# Deviation from Target Churn Rate

Date created: Oct 12, 2022  •   Last updated: Oct 12, 2022

## What is Deviation from Target Churn Rate?

Deviation from Target Churn measures how close or far away you are from hitting your ideal target churn rate in a specific time period. It is calculated by finding the difference between the forecasted churn rate and the target churn rate.

### Deviation from Target Churn Rate Formula

ƒ Avg(Forecasted Gross MRR Churn Rate) - Avg(Target Gross MRR Churn Rate)

### How to calculate Deviation from Target Churn Rate

A business has a gross MRR churn rate target of 1% a month or less. Their forecasted gross MRR churn rate this week is 2%, meaning their Deviation From Target Churn Rate is 1%. To enable their team to see and efficiently focus on closing the biggest deviations, the business charts the actual deviation from target churn against a linear churn target line.

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### What is a good Deviation from Target Churn Rate benchmark?

You want this metric to be 0 or negative, meaning you are on track to hit your target churn rate, or below your target churn rate.

### How to visualize Deviation from Target Churn Rate?

Deviation from Target Churn Rate is a metric meant to help you how close you are to hitting your targets. Therefore, it makes mos sense to visualize this metric as a summary chart or potentially a bar chart/waterfall chart. Take a look at a couple examples to help you decide how to best visualize Deviation from Target Churn Rate for your use case:

### Deviation from Target Churn Rate visualization examples

Deviation from Target Churn Rate

3%

0.57

vs previous period

#### Summary Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your current Deviation from Target Churn Rate data in comparison to a previous time period or date range.

Deviation from Target Churn Rate

#### Bar Chart

Here's an example of how to visualize your Deviation from Target Churn Rate data in a bar chart to observe segmented data.

Deviation from Target Churn Rate

#### Chart

Measuring Deviation from Target Churn Rate

## More about Deviation from Target Churn Rate

The logic behind calculating a Deviation from Target Churn Rate metric is to provide early warning signs of forecasted increases in churn that give teams such as Customer Success the ability to intervene so that actual churn stays within or below target levels.

This can be an especially helpful Customer Success operational metric in a high volume SaaS business with a monthly renewal cycle. For example, a customer subscription may be queued for cancellation simply because their payment method failed. In some companies, there is a period of time between account cancellation and deactivation. By tracking Deviation from Target Churn Rate at a granular level by day, you can foresee when spikes in churn are forecasted to occur. Then by targeting accounts with the highest dollar volume who are forecasted to churn in the period between account cancellation and deactivation, you can potentially prevent some clients from churning simply by updating their payment method.

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