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Customer Lifetime Value

Date created: Mar 28, 2018  •   Last updated: Sep 27, 2019

What is Customer Lifetime Value?

The Customer Lifetime Value (LTV) metric indicates the total revenue a business can reasonably expect from a single customer account. It considers a customer's revenue value and compares that number to the company's predicted customer lifespan. Businesses use this metric to identify their most valuable customer segments.

Alternate names: Lifetime Value


ƒ (Average Revenue Per Account) X (1 / Logo Churn Rate) X (Gross Margin %)

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There are two methods for calculating LTV - with or without considering Gross Margin (GM) percentage.  The formula includes GM% and is considered to be the more conservative method to report LTV.

Customer Lifetime Value (LTV) is one of the most important metrics to measure at any growing company. By measuring LTV in relation to Cost of Customer Acquisition (CAC), companies can measure how long it takes to recoup the investment required to earn a new customer, for example, the cost of sales and marketing.

LTV tells companies how much revenue they can expect one customer to generate over the course of the business relationship. The longer a customer continues to purchase from a company, the greater their lifetime value becomes.

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More about how to calculate LTV from this Hubspot article