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Data Settings

You must have an Admin or Owner ChartMogul account to access and modify your Data Settings. Read more about User Permissions.

This article details the different data settings that you can modify in your ChartMogul account.

Admin users can access the Data Settings page in ChartMogul at https://app.chartmogul.com/#admin/data_settings.

Remember to click "Save changes" once you have made any changes to your data settings.

Contents

Basic Settings

  1. Timezone
  2. Week start date
  3. Primary currency
  4. Default customer name
  5. Plan settings

Advanced Settings

To view your advanced settings, click "Show advanced settings..." on your Data Settings page.

  1. Churn rate formula
  2. Churn recognition
  3. Free customer handling
  4. Refund handling

Basic settings

Account Timezone

You can select the preferred 'Account Timezone' for your account from the timezone drop-down menu. Once you have selected a new timezone, click "Save Changes".

All timestamps and dates in your ChartMogul account will be changed to the timezone selected immediately after you save. No data re-import is required.

 

Week start date

You can change your 'Week start date' to Sunday or Monday. This will set the start and end days of weeks for MRR calculations. For example, if you set the start day to Sunday, when viewing your charts with the 'week' time increment enabled, the metrics will be calculated and shown such that weeks end on Saturdays.

Once you have made this change, click "Save Changes". The change will be immediate.

Primary currency

Your 'Primary currency' is the currency in which your revenue is reported in your account. ChartMogul supports 169 currencies

If a customer's currency is different from your 'Primary currency', ChartMogul will also display the customer's currency in brackets next to their MRR Movements and transactions. This will be visible in the email notifications, in the activities on data tables and on the customers user profiles. To understand how ChartMogul converts currencies to the 'Primary currency', please read how ChartMogul handles currency conversion

A change to this setting will be made immediately after you click "Save changes".

Default customer name

A customer's name can either be their company name, the customer's first and last name, or their email address. This name is reported on a customer's page in ChartMogul and is the name attributed to all of their MRR movements.

If you have chosen 'Company name' as your 'Default customer name', ChartMogul will use your customer's first and last name should a company name be unavailable (or vice versa if you have chosen 'First + last name' as your 'Default customer name'). If neither of these options are available ChartMogul will use the customer's email address. If neither of these three customer name data values are available, ChartMogul will use the customer's billing system ID.

Please click on "Save changes" to bring any changes through.

Plan settings

Learn more about:

Creating Plan Groups

Adding Manual Plans

Advanced settings

Choosing a Churn Rate Formula

There are two different Churn Rate formulas to choose from:

  • Standard formula (recommended for B2B)
  • Shopify formula (recommended for B2C)

 

The Standard (B2B) formula compares the amount at the start of a period and then takes account of how much that has decreased by the end of that period.

For B2C subscription businesses where there are thousands of new customers being added each month with little expansion/contraction and mostly monthly subscriptions where customers can cancel at any time, the standard churn method isn’t necessarily the best approach. For these businesses, the Shopify (B2C) formula is more current and timely.

 

Standard (B2B) Formula:

 

Shopify (B2C) Formula:

For each day in a month ChartMogul performs this cumulative calculation:

For each day we calculate the total MRR at the start of the day. We then see how much of that MRR is still present at the end of the day, ignoring any expansions, contractions and new customers. Iterating through each day in the selected period (e.g. month/quarter) gives us our MRR churn rate for the given period and provides a much more realtime churn rate.

 

Both, the B2B and B2C formulas apply to the following graphs in ChartMogul:

  • Customer churn rate
  • Gross MRR churn rate
  • Net MRR churn rate
  • Quantity churn rate

Learn how churn rate formulas affect these graphs

 

Churn Recognition

Please note:  Changing how ChartMogul recognises churn will only be reflected going forward. Hence, you will need to re-import your historic data to make the behaviour consistent. 

 There are two 'Churn recognition' options available in ChartMogul. 

Under Settings > Data settings, there is a set of options titled "Churn recognition"

There are two options

  • Always recognize cancellations as churn at the time of cancellation
    • Churn will always happen in ChartMogul at the time the subscription is cancelled/expired in your billing system. This gives you a more real-time view of your forward looking MRR and is closer to the concept of Committed Monthly Recurring Revenue (CMRR).
  • Always recognize cancellations as churn at the end of the paid-up billing period
    • Churn will always happen at the end of the current paid-up subscription billing period, even if the subscription is cancelled immediately in your billing system. This is often considered as a good practice for MRR reporting. One side effect (and a potential benefit) is that your MRR will usually appear to be higher with this setting.

 

Here's an illustration of how these options will affect the date on which your customers will be reported churned.

 

 

The behaviour of these options works consistently across all billing systems.

Free customer handling

Note: A re-import is required to bring this change through to your historic data.

With the 'Free customer handling' setting you can choose to consider customers who have been billed for a subscription and downgraded to a $0 subscription as either active or cancelled.

With the default option "Paying customers who move to a free plan (or are given a 100% discount) should still be classified as active subscribers", customers who were paying and have downgraded to a zero-dollar plan will be remain active. These customers will not contribute to your Customer Churn Rate.

With the option "Paying customers who move to a free plan (or are given a 100% discount) should still be classified as cancelled/churned subscribers", customers who move to a zero-dollar plan or receive a 100% discount will be reported in your ChartMogul account, but will no longer be reported as active. These customers will contribute to all of your churn rates.

Customers who have never been billed over $0.00 for a subscription will not be reported in ChartMogul.

 

Refund handling

Note: This setting only affects customers imported from Stripe. If you use another billing system this setting will not impact your customers.

A full re-import is required to bring through this change for your historic metrics.

This setting enables you to retroactively remove refunded MRR movements from your subscription metrics. With both options providing a refund to a Stripe customer will decrease the revenue reported in your Cash Flow graphs and your Refunds graph will report an increase.

There are two refund handling options. With the first option enabled "Refunds are tracked but do not, by themselves, impact MRR" no MRR Movements or recurring revenue reporting will be affected by a refund.

The second, non-default, option removes any refunded recurring revenue from your recurring revenue metrics, and also removes any MRR movements that were 100% refunded. The transactions table will report the refund, but will not remove the original transaction.