If it is too late for purely preventive measures, and the churn already showed an unpleasantly high score, you need instruments for:
1) segmenting the churned users into “irrevocable” and “retrievable” groups, and
2) figuring out the particular reasons that could drive the latter group so far away from your services.
While both tasks are the job of your analytics, they will need basic technical data to proceed from. Therefore, it is strongly advised to use analytical integrations (e.g. Google Analytics) to fix and record important business metrics on the customer behavior within its space.
This can be the duration of their sessions, mapping of their journey between pages and CTAs, response time to notifications and messages, failed and successful transactions, purchase history, etc. By relying on this knowledge, an analyst will be able to ask more precise questions about challenges of a user's onboarding, such as:
- where exactly a customer was stuck;
- what questions/complaints they might have probably had at each segment of a sales funnel;
- what stage of a customer journey coincides with the clear decline of a client's interest/activity on a platform.
Further, depending on the answers and hypotheses received, you will receive quite an accurate and statistically meaningful answer whether the key factor of your customer churn is rooted in financial, technical, communicational, or user experience areas.
A good example of comprehensive anti-churn tracking is demonstrated by Hubspot which implemented the so-called Customer Happiness Index. This metric is calculated based on several indicators relevant to customer satisfaction, including the frequency and scope of their business clients' blogging, lead and remarketing tracking, running email campaigns, using social media, and other platform actions illustrating high user engagement.
Such cases prove that keeping track provides you with the needed intelligence and clarifies ways of further reaction to the problem with a surgically accurate approach, allocating your limited resources selectively and wisely.
You will hence know, whether to send more educational content, revise the onboarding process for friction points, or eliminate obvious communication gaps with your users.