Key Go-To-Market Metrics That We Think Matter

Revenue Operations (RevOps) plays a critical role in a SaaS company’s go-to-market strategy by aligning sales, marketing, and customer success efforts. As of 2022, the North American SaaS market had already skyrocketed to $138.8 billion in value. With a nearly $20 billion increase in 2023, and an additional $10 billion projected for 2024, staying ahead of the curve is not just a goal; it’s a necessity. To evaluate and optimize the effectiveness of this strategy, RevOps leaders should monitor a set of key metrics that are specific to the go-to-market (GTM) process. SaaS KPIs serve as crucial benchmarks that companies utilize to evaluate and oversee their growth and development. In essence, these metrics can help businesses in quantifying their accomplishments, evaluating their performance, and adapting their strategies while preparing for the future. This, coupled with qualitative observations and creative thinking, support key decision makers to do their jobs with more confidence. 

For those at the forefront of data analytics at their companies or those who may have been contemplating tracking essential metrics but haven’t yet revved up their efforts, here’s a quick overview of the primary SaaS go-to-market metrics we recommend monitoring. Keep an eye out for an upcoming white paper that will delve deeper into each of these critical metrics!

So what should you be measuring?

ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue): This metric provides an annualized view of your recurring revenue, which can be useful for long-term planning and forecasting.

MRR (Monthly Recurring Revenue) Growth Rate: Track the month-over-month or quarter-over-quarter growth rate of your recurring revenue. It’s a fundamental indicator of your SaaS company’s health and growth trajectory.

Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC): CAC measures the cost of acquiring a new customer, including sales and marketing expenses. It’s crucial to ensure that customer acquisition costs are reasonable relative to the revenue generated from new customers.

Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV or LTV): CLTV estimates the total revenue a customer is expected to generate over their entire relationship with your company. This metric helps assess the long-term value of customers acquired through your GTM efforts.

CAC Payback Period: This metric calculates the time it takes to recoup the cost of acquiring a new customer through their subscription payments. A shorter payback period indicates faster ROI on customer acquisition efforts.

Churn Rate: Churn rate measures the percentage of customers who cancel their subscriptions. A high churn rate can offset your acquisition efforts, so reducing churn is crucial for sustainable growth.

Net Retention Rate: This metric accounts for both churn and expansion revenue (upsells, cross-sells) among existing customers. A positive net retention rate suggests that you’re growing revenue within your current customer base.

Lead-to-Customer Conversion Rate: Evaluate the efficiency of your lead generation and qualification process by tracking the percentage of leads that convert into paying customers.

Sales Velocity: Sales velocity measures the speed at which deals move through the sales pipeline. It considers factors like deal size, conversion rates, and sales cycle length, helping you optimize your sales process. 

  • Sales Pipeline and Conversion Rates: Monitoring the sales pipeline, conversion rates at each stage, and the velocity of deals through the funnel helps optimize the sales process.

Marketing-Sales Alignment Metrics: Ensure that marketing and sales teams are aligned by tracking metrics like Marketing Qualified Leads (MQLs), Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs), and lead handoff conversion rates.

Sales Win Rate: Calculate the percentage of opportunities that result in closed-won deals. This metric provides insights into the effectiveness of your sales team’s efforts.

Deal Size (Average Contract Value – ACV): Understand the typical size of deals closed by your sales team. This can inform pricing and resource allocation strategies.

Sales and Marketing Funnel Metrics: Monitor key stages of the sales and marketing funnels, including awareness, consideration, and decision stages, to identify bottlenecks and optimize conversions.

Sales and Marketing Efficiency Ratios: Calculate the ratios between marketing and sales spend and the revenue generated to ensure resource allocation is optimized.

Lead Generation Channel Performance: Evaluate the effectiveness of different lead generation channels (e.g., content marketing, paid advertising, referrals) to allocate resources to the most successful ones.

Customer Acquisition Funnel Metrics: Understand the various stages of the customer acquisition process to identify areas that need improvement and optimization.

Gross Margin: Gross margin reveals the profitability of your SaaS product, considering the costs of goods sold (COGS) associated with delivering the service.

Customer Health Scores: Develop a customer health score based on various engagement and usage metrics to identify at-risk customers and take proactive measures to retain them.

Customer Expansion Metrics: Track revenue generated from upselling or cross-selling to existing customers to maximize account value.

Customer Retention Metrics: Assess how well your GTM strategy retains and grows the value of existing customers.

  • Renewal Rate: Track the percentage of subscription renewals. This is crucial for SaaS companies with annual contracts.

Customer Satisfaction Metrics:
Measure customer satisfaction through Net Promoter Score (NPS) and Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT) to ensure a positive customer experience throughout the GTM process.

  • Net Promoter Score (NPS): NPS measures customer satisfaction and loyalty. A high NPS indicates that customers are more likely to renew their subscriptions and refer others to your service.

Customer Support Metrics:
Monitor metrics like response time, resolution time, and customer satisfaction for support interactions.

By monitoring these go-to-market metrics, RevOps leaders  can identify areas for improvement, optimize resource allocation, and ensure that the company’s GTM strategy is driving sustainable growth. However, it’s just as important to note what metrics to use, as it is how you use them to make decisions. Think of the contents in this blog as your go-to resource for understanding the essential RevOps metrics. For a more in-depth exploration of these metrics, keep your eyes peeled for the release of our upcoming whitepaper!