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Customer Churn vs. Revenue Churn — What’s the Difference?

by Lea LeBlanc. Last updated on June 14, 2024

Confused about customer churn vs. revenue churn? 

Churn means lost money or lost customers. These metrics help you understand two different things:

  • Customer churn — the number of people you’ve lost.
  • Revenue churn — the amount of revenue you’ve lost.

Customer churn = customers lost. Revenue churn = money lost.

But which of these churn metrics should you use? This article will cover everything you need to know about customer churn vs. revenue churn. 

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What is Customer Churn?

Customer churn measures the number of delinquent customers over a specific period. In most contexts, delinquent customers are customers who:

  • Cancel a subscription/service
  • Downgrade a subscription
  • Leave your business for one reason or another within a given period of time, typically the last 30-days

Example: Your company has 100 customers who pay for subscriptions, but 10 customers cancel their subscriptions in the last 30 days. Your customer churn rate is 10 percent. 

Read more: What is Negative Churn? (And How to Achieve It)

What is Revenue Churn?

Revenue churn measures the amount of lost gross revenue over a specific period. In most contexts, revenue means Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) — the revenue your business expects to receive over 30 days.

Example: Your company has 90 customers who pay $1 a month for a subscription and 10 customers who pay $100 a month for a subscription. (Your MRR is $1,090.) 

  • If your company loses 10 of the existing customers who pay $1 a month, your customer churn rate is 10 percent, and your revenue churn rate is 1 percent. 
  • If your company loses one customer who pays $100 a month, your customer churn rate is 1 percent, and your revenue churn rate is 10 percent.

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How to Calculate Customer Churn vs. Revenue Churn

Calculating customer churn vs. revenue churn lets subscription and SaaS companies like yours compare churn from month to month. 

Monthly Customer Churn Calculation

monthly customer churn retention

Monthly Revenue Churn Calculation

monthly recurring revenue

The calculation for Annual Churned Customers 

You can also compare customer churn every year.

annual churned customers

Read more: What is Net Revenue Churn? (And How Does It Impact Your Business?)


Customer Churn vs. Revenue Churn — Which of These Churn Metrics Should Subscription Businesses Use?

Understanding customer and revenue churn is critical because both metrics provide value. 

Simply put, using both metrics tells you how many customers have left your business and how much money these customers took with them. 



How to Prevent Customer Churn and Revenue Churn

You can prevent churn by identifying key insights you need to make profitable decisions that propel the business forward. Baremetrics generates daily, weekly, or monthly email reports with the following metric benchmarks:

  • MRR for the given period
  • New MRR added in the last seven days
  • Annual Run Rate (ARR)
  • The average total revenue per user
  • Lifetime value for subscribers
  • New, canceled, upgraded, and downgraded accounts

Tracking subscription and SaaS metrics helps you:

  • Identify new and long-standing customers at-risk of churn
  • Improve retention rates and attrition
  • Increase customer lifetime value
  • Identify new revenue sources and pricing and upsell solutions that reduce churn
  • Improve customer success

In particular, Recover by Baremetrics keeps track of when customers’ credit cards are due to expire so you can contact customers and encourage them to update their card details. This way, customers never miss a payment. 

Recover from Baremetrics is a simple way to prevent customers on monthly and annual subscription plans from churning, making it an invaluable tool for your business. Try it free. 


Bottom Line

Tracking customer churn and revenue churn provides your business unparalleled insights into how your customer base behaves. Using both metrics tells you:

  • The number of long-standing and new customers who have become delinquent
  • How much money these customers took from your business. 

Daily, weekly, and monthly reports and Recover from Baremetrics are two features of many that help prevent customers from churning in the first place.

Identify what’s happening today and make changes that promote growth with Baremetrics, the leading metrics dashboard for your subscription or SaaS business. Start your free trial today!


  • What is the difference between Customer Churn and Revenue Churn?
    Customer Churn refers to the number of customers lost over a specific period, while Revenue Churn refers to the amount of revenue lost in the same period​.
  • How is Customer Churn calculated?
    It's calculated by measuring the number of customers who cancel or downgrade a subscription within a given period, typically the last 30 days​.
  • How is Revenue Churn calculated?
    Revenue Churn is calculated by measuring the lost gross revenue over a specific period, commonly represented by Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) changes.
  • Why is understanding both Customer Churn and Revenue Churn crucial for subscription businesses?
    Both metrics provide insights into how many customers have left your business and how much revenue was lost, aiding in informed decision-making.

Lea LeBlanc

Lea is passionate about impactful businesses, good writing, and the stories founders have to tell. When she’s not writing about SaaS topics, you can find her trying new recipes in her tiny Tokyo kitchen.