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Free Trial Average Conversion Rate and Other Metrics

Following Lincoln Murphy’s post on (talking about conversion average rate for free trials, pricing pages or Freemium for SaaS or Web Apps), conversion rate average figures will do no good, as it doesn’t reflect the whole picture and usually lacking context.

It’s hard to know what metrics are being used for the “average conversion rate” and Lincoln claims that looking on average numbers to plan businesses around might make us average ourselves – and who want to be considered average?

Every company aspires to increase their conversion rate figures but Murphy’s suggestion is to figure out where you are today and then figure out how to make it better.
Meaning, if you’re at 1% conversion rate, reaching 2% is achievable, even though it’s 100% increase over what you have now.

I agree that context is crucial and also explained about this in “Measure trial conversion rate” webinar. Furthermore, in order for each SaaS business to understand where they stand, a lot of other metrics need to be taken under account besides conversion rate from free to paying customers. For example – do you also review unique visitors to your website? Social media mentions? signups, churn rates, customer lifetime value, account activation rate, account usage statistics, etc.?
All of these are metrics that should be taken under consideration in order to reflect the whole picture for a SaaS company and to allow it to set its goals.

Which metrics do you use to make your goals setting?

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Guy Nirpaz

Guy Nirpaz is a Silicon Valley-based Israeli entrepreneur and CEO of Totango, a Customer Success software platform. A pioneer in the Customer Success field, Guy established the Customer Success Summit and is a well-regarded industry speaker and community contributor. Guy loves people and technology and has dedicated his career to improving the way in which business is done through innovation. Fun Facts: Guy moonlights as the lead guitarist in a rock band based out of his garage in Palo Alto and used to command a tank well as having grown oranges.

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