Maybe I’m simplifying things to say that for the Enterprise, the biggest change that Software as a Service brings is a matter of technical delivery. In that I mean it removes the task to install and maintain the software itself. But I believe that even if you are offering a SaaS solution, the need remains to understand business flow and integration with other systems in the enterprise.
Let’s step back and look at some common touchpoints – Acquisition, Onboarding, Adoption, Retention, Advocacy, and Growth. Each of them can spawn a separate post or series of posts in itself, for now let’s just look at them from a high level.
I would expect that for most subscription type services there can be a reverse bell curve to lifetime. With a blip of churn occurring early. Then customers that stay a subscription cycle or two will end up staying for some time. This is real churn, or at least the churn that is most worrisome, because it is often customers that leave before you recover the cost of acquiring them in the first place.