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When the customer leaves a checkout page unattended for 30 minutes, or when they close the webpage and not return to it within 30 minutes, it is counted as an Abandoned Cart.
The point in a customer’s journey where the account information and payment details are collected, the transaction is processed, and the product/service is purchased.
Discounts & Coupons
Offering a discount is defined as slashing the price of a product to give customers something they can’t refuse. Running promotional discounts/coupons is a viable customer acquisition strategy for SaaS businesses looking to get more leads and profits.
An acquisition model where a product/service is offered to customers for a limited period of time, for free, so that they can learn about the product and discover value before actually paying for it.
Freemium model is an acquisition strategy used to attract users to a product/service by providing basic features for free, and advanced features for a premium.
Retaining your old pricing plan for existing customers, while new plans are applied to all new customers.
Recurring Revenue Models
A recurring revenue model is how a business makes money by trading access to products or services for regular, scheduled payments.
Subscription management refers to customer lifecycle operations like managing trials, assigning credits, issuing refunds and making mid-cycle subscription changes. While recurring billing is automated, subscription management involves billing actions that cannot always be scheduled.
Tiered pricing as a model (also known as price tiering) is used to sell your products within a particular price range. Once you fill up a tier you move to the next tier and you will be billed according to the number of purchases you make in those respective tiers. Tiered pricing differs as a model and strategy. Often both these terms are confused with one another.
Volume discounting is a method by which the price of items bought are lowered when increased quantities are purchased.
Account hierarchy is a way of structuring a complex organisation into a simple parent-child relationship, generally used to break down locations, departments or any other function of the company.
Calendar billing equips a business to change the billing date of its user’s subscription cycle. It helps businesses provide flexibility to its users to obtain unique billing dates which will better align with the user’s financial cycles.
The operation of generating a single invoice against multiple purchases made by a specific customer over a specific period of time.
A document that's used to return an invoice amount as credits made to a customer account or as cash. Also called credit memos.
The process of handling failed payments and declined credit cards to recover lost revenue.
Friendly Fraud or Chargeback Fraud occurs when a consumer purchases a product/service online using a credit card and later claims a chargeback for the same instead of raising a refund from the merchant.
The number of ways in which merchants can collect payments from their customers, for example, credit cards, digital wallets, direct debit, offline payment etc.,
Adjusting a customer's bill amount to reflect any plan changes made in the middle of a billing cycle.
The process of ensuring subscriptions to your product or service are billed accurately and on time for each customer, accounting for global taxes, proration, payment failures, etc.
Also called metered billing or pay-as-you-go pricing, this allows customers to only pay for what they've used in each billing cycle.
Accounting and Taxes
A Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) that specifies the conditions under which revenue is considered to be recognized and reported.
Order To Cash
Order to Cash also known as O2C or OTC is the business process that covers the entirety of the order processing system right from receiving the order to up until the point the payment is made and an entry is logged in your accounting books.
Sales tax is a consumption tax imposed on the buyer during the point of sale of a product/service, collected by the seller, and paid to the government.
Value Added Tax
Value Added Tax (or VAT) is a consumption tax that’s added on top of a product, whenever value is added on each stage of the production, until the point of sale.
Purchase Order (PO) is an official order form submitted by a customer to a business, committing to pay for the product/service that it is to be delivered in the future.
Compliance & Security
The Second Payment Services Directive is a European regulation that will require online card payments to go through Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) from September 14th, 2019.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came into effect in May 2018 gave European citizens the power to control their personal information that businesses store and handle, without tradeoffs.
'PCI' stands for Payment Card Industry and 'DSS' stands Data Security Standard which is a set of security requirements for companies involved in the payment process of accepting, transferring or even storing card information.
Credit Card Data Portability
The ability to port customer credit card information from one payment gateway to another.
Lifetime Value and CAC/LTV Ratio
Customer Lifetime Value (LTV) is the average revenue generated from a customer over the life of their account. In simple terms, it is the total money you would make off a customer before churning.
Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC) is simply the average money you spend in obtaining a customer.
Operating expenses are those expenses that are incurred by a business through its regular business operations. These expenses are incurred from day-to-day business activities.
Quick ratio, also known as acid-test ratio or liquidity ratio, is an indicator of a business’s ability to meet its short-term obligations or liabilities by having liquid assets (cash and assets that can be quickly converted to cash).
Current ratio, also called working capital ratio, is a liquidity ratio used to measure a business’ ability to meet its short-term liabilities. It compares the firm’s current assets to its current liabilities.
Bookings in SaaS
Understanding Bookings is essential for understanding the health and the sales process of any business. Predominantly, Bookings and Revenues are misunderstood and oft times used interchangeably - even though they imply two different things.
Customer churn is a measure of the customers lost by a subscription business. Customer churn is also called as Logo churn.
Negative churn is a specific state of the net churn of a subscription business when its able to add more in expansion revenue than its losing as churned mrr.
Revenue churn is a measure of the recurring revenue lost by a subscription business through subscription cancellations and downgrades.
Involuntary Churn occurs when a customer’s payment attempt fails, leading to their subscription being canceled.
Gross MRR Churn Rate
Gross MRR Churn rate is the percentage reduction in monthly recurring revenue from existing subscriptions because of factors such as subscriptions being moved from paid plans to lower or free plans, cancellations, add-ons and other services removed from subscriptions.
Net MRR Churn Rate
Net MRR Churn Rate is the net percentage of total MRR lost from existing subscriptions/customers during a period.
Churn rate is the rate at which your customers are canceling their subscriptions. It is the percentage of subscribers who stop paying you.
Subscription churn is the number of subscribers/customers that stop paying for your product/service in the given period of time. Churn can be seen from different angles, and businesses can have its own way of calculating it based on what is relevant for their organization.
Average Revenue Per User (ARPU)
ARPU is the revenue generated from each paid subscription over a period, typically per month or year.
Contraction MRR is the total reduction in MRR due to downgrades and subscription cancellations (or churn) compared to the previous month.
Downgrade MRR is the reduction in monthly recurring revenue caused by existing subscribers paying less than they did the previous month.
Expansion MRR is the additional monthly recurring revenue generated this month compared to last month, excluding the MRR contributed by new subscribers.
Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR)
Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) is the predictable recurring revenue earned from subscriptions in a particular month.
Net MRR Growth Rate
Net MRR Growth rate is the net increase or decrease in monthly recurring revenue from one month to the next.
New MRR is the additional monthly recurring revenue earned from new subscriptions acquired during a month.
Reactivation MRR is the monthly revenue earned from previously churned or canceled subscriptions that are reactivated during the month.
Upgrade MRR is the monthly recurring revenue generated when subscriptions are moved from existing plans to higher plans.