1 2012 SaaS Conversions Benchmark Website visitors Website visitors 2% Free trial signups 50% Paying users 60% Active paying users Based on the engagement with about 100 SaaS companies Monthly churn 2.5%
2 Convert and Retain like the best This report is answering the question: what are typical conversion rates in the SaaS industry
3 How we got this data We ve helped SaaS companies like Zendesk, Clarizen and Cloudbees and about 100 other online businesses like Streeteasy increase trial conversion and user retention. From our engagement with these businesses, we re in a unique position to observe typical conversion rates in the SaaS industry and we decided to share these insights with you. 2/10
4 Conversion Metrics People ask us: What is typical conversion in SaaS and What is best in class conversion in SaaS companies; specifically: 1. Website to free trial conversion* 2. Free trial to paying plan conversion 3. Percentage of true evaluators during a trial 4. First 90-day churn 5. Steady-state churn *44% of SaaS companies offer a free trial. 17% offer freemium See more details on trial and pricing models in our 2012 SaaS pricing and free trial benchmark report 2/10
5 There is no such thing as typical Conclusion 1 When looking at conversions, not all business models are created equal. Specifically; companies that require a credit card as part of the free-trial signup process see very different conversions than those that don t require a credit card. Therefore we will look at both models (credit card, no credit card) separately.
6 Best in class companies Conclusion 2 Best in class SaaS companies have significantly higher conversion rates. There is a group of SaaS companies which significantly outperforms their peers. We will also look at their conversion rates and what they do differently to achieve those numbers.
7 3 Conversion Models 1. Credit card required 2. No credit card required 3. Best in class What is following is a direct comparison of the three models and an example for each scenario where we assume that you start with 10,000 website visitors and see how many people will end up as happy, paying users after 90 days. 2/10
8 Conversions Comparisons Credit card required Credit card not required Best in class SaaS leaders Visitor to free trial signup conversion 2% 10% 10% Free trial to paid subscrip5on conversion 50% 15% 25% Retained paid customers a8er 90 days 60% 80% 80% Conversions end- to- end 0.6% 1.2% 2.0% 80%
9 SaaS Conversions credit card required 10,000 visitors 2% 200 free trial signups 50% 100 converted to paying users 60% 60 paying users retained after 90 days Monthly churn 2.5%
10 SaaS Conversions no credit card required 10,000 visitors 10% 1,000 free trial signups 15% 150 converted to paying users 80% 120 paying users retained after 90 days Monthly churn 2.5%
11 SaaS Conversions Best in Class 10,000 visitors 10% 1,000 free trial signups 25% 250 converted to paying users 80% 200 paying users retained after 90 days Monthly churn 2.5%
12 Conversions Comparisons Resul5ng number of acquired paid users a8er first 90 days Credit card required Credit card not required Best in class SaaS leaders
13 What Do Best In Class Companies Do Differently? 1. Large top-of-funnel Awesome content, inbound marketing Do not restrict top-of-funnel (don t ask for credit card) 2. Focus on most active evaluators first Monitor the most active trial users (in any group of trial customers there are some that are naturally more inclined to buy from you see next slide) Nurture other trial users to success 3. Pro-active approach to customer retention Listen for early warning signs of churn (like non-use) Pro-actively reach out to at-risk customers to offer help
14 The Anatomy of a Free Trial True Evaluators Multiple users active during trial, logging in daily 20% Potentials Activated trial but not very active 10% 70% Accidental Signups Signed up but haven t done anything since
15 Learn More If you want to learn how to convert like the best: 1. Identify trial users most likely to buy 2. More rapidly onboard new users 3. Identify and engage users at risk Contact Totango for a free consultation, or; Start your free 30-day trial today.
16 Resources Learn more: Are you engaging new trials in their evaluation? How to boost sales with a free trial model Analysts on Totango: OVUM Paul Greenberg Try Totango for 90 days
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