How Fast are Your Customers Churning?

In the TMC.net article titled A Challenge for T-Mobile: Reducing Sky-High Customer Churn Rates, author Tracey Schelmetic discusses the high turnover rate of customers at T-Mobile and what the company is doing about it. Essentially, over 2% of customers leave their long-term contracts monthly, or about 25% per year. To address that, the organization is going to make several changes – the first of which is tying executive compensation to customer turnover.

So this article begs the question for every company – what is your customer churn rate? I know every business has a Profit & Loss statement that shows top line revenues, but what percentage of the customers that produced those revenues last year are producing revenues for you this year? How much money did you lose last year that you have to backfill with new business this year?

Let’s just say it’s 25%. What is that in terms of dollars? How much effort has to be put into place by your Sales & Marketing forces to attract that level of dollars in new business – just to get you back to where you were last year?

Any business – large or small – needs to know their customer churn rate, their revenue loss. When you do, you begin to realize the true financial impact of customer retention. You begin to understand the importance of every interaction with customers. You begin to define how you can improve your bottom line by improving your customer service.

So how fast are your customers churning?

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