One of the most closely guarded secrets in business seems to be the churn rate. This is the rate of attrition, over a period of time, that subscriber-based customers “churn out” (unsubscribe) of the customer base. Churn rates are often measured in monthly terms, especially in the cable and satellite television and the wireless telephone industries. Business analysts will often look at the churn rate on a quarterly basis. Likewise, an annual rate of churn is a commonly used measure.
Recently, I got to searching the Internet for a comprehensive list of churn rates, if such a thing existed. A churn rate table, across industries. But alas, nobody seems to have compiled a database measuring the percent of customers who churn out of various companies, across sectors. So, I had no choice but to create such a table.
If you try to discover reported churn rates, the first thing you’ll notice is that companies will use various time periods as the basis. Monthly, quarterly, annually. I even found one study of lawyer retention rates that spanned a four-year period. So, to try to make this an apples to apples comparison, I converted all of the churn rates I found to “per year” terms. Note, however, if a company reported a 2% monthly churn rate, I did not say that equates to a 24% annual rate (2% times twelve months). Rather, I calculated a sliding count, such that in the first month, 100 customers would dwindle to 98. But in the second month, the 98 customers would decrease to only 96.04 customers (98 minus 2% of 98).
The table below expresses 67 different churn rates at different companies in different industries at different times. As I discover more churn rates in my travels, I will update my spreadsheet and occasionally edit this chart. I’m quite certain that I will get feedback in the Comments section, pointing out the perceived errors in my table, or suggesting new data points worthy of adding. I look forward to that! For verification, I have placed a link at the bottom of the table, showing the source material for this table. It would be fantastic if this post became the Internet’s number-one repository of publicly available churn rates.
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And now, without further ado, Inside Market Research presents the…
BIG LIST OF CHURN RATES
|Annual Churn||Company||Industry||Data Year||Country|
|1.0%||Cox (triple-play customers)||Cable TV||2002||US|
|4.0%||C I Host||Web Hosting||2003||US|
|4.5%||Greenberg Traurig (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|4.6%||Reed Smith (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|5.0%||Piper Rudnick (lawyers)||Legal||2006||US|
|5.3%||Baker & McKenzie (lawyers)||Legal||2005||US|
|6.3%||Holland & Knight (lawyers)||Legal||2004||US|
|6.4%||White & Case (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|6.5%||McGuire Woods (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|7.0%||Morgan, Lewis (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|9.6%||Duane Morris (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|10.3%||Akin Group (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|15.0%||Nascar.com (premium subscribers)||Sports Media||2004||US|
|17.0%||Colorado teachers in ‘excellent’ schools||Education||2004||US|
|17.0%||Schnader Harrison (lawyers)||Legal||2003||US|
|22.0%||Analog cable subscribers||Cable TV||2002||US|
|23.0%||Colorado teachers in ‘unsatisfactory’ schools||Education||2004||US|
|35.0%||Maricopa County (anglers)||Recreation||2002||US|
|36.0%||Las Americas – Cable California||Cable TV||2002||MX|
|46.0%||Prepaid Calling Cards||2004||US|
|46.0%||Digital cable subscribers||Cable TV||2002||US|
|52.0%||Florence (AL) Times Daily (readers)||Newspapers||2005||US|
|78.0%||Touch Mobile||Prepaid Wireless||2004||PH|
|93.0%||Runoff at time of sale||Home Mortgage||2002||US|
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