Churn scores in Salesforce
Knowing which of your customers is most likely to churn gives you the opportunity to act before they make that critical decision.
The most effective way to predict likelihood to churn is with machine learning. With machine learning, you can constantly keep your list of customers up-to-date with churn scores based on the historical data of similar shoppers, and plug your likely-to-churn customers right back into your stack, no PhD required. With churn scores in your stack, you're primed to jump in, offer a discount, a helping hand, or some other offer to keep them on board.
Faraday makes predicting churn scores for your customers intuitive & easy, and delivering them to any channel in your stack a breeze.
With churn score predictions in Salesforce, you’ll give your team valuable insight to intervene before the customer makes that critical decision, exactly where and when they need it.
Follow the steps below to get your churn scores predictions into your Salesforce account.
In this guide, we'll show you how to:
- Organize your customer data into cohorts
- Describe predictive models for churn scores with outcomes
- Deploy churn scores predictions to Salesforce using Pipelines
Make sure you have a Faraday account (signup is free!) and that it's not in test mode.
You'll need the following cohorts available in your Faraday account:
- A cohort representing your customers — or create one first
- A cohort representing your churned customers — or create one first
Now you'll create the prediction objective(s) necessary to complete this use case with Faraday.
Outcomes use machine learning to predict whether or not people will exhibit a certain behavior.
Likelihood to churn
Let's make an outcome for likelihood to churn.
- In the navigation sidebar, choose Outcomes.
- Click the New outcome button.
- Fill out the form:
- Click the Save outcome button.
Faraday will do some magic in the background, so you can proceed with the rest of the instructions. When your outcome is done building, you'll get an email, and you can review your outcome.
Now you'll configure the pipeline that deploys your predictions to salesforce.
Create your pipeline
- In the navigation sidebar, choose Pipelines.
- Click the New Pipeline button.
- Fill out the form:
- Click the Save pipeline button.
Your pipeline will start building in the background. You can proceed immediately with the next set of instructions.
Deploy your pipeline
- In the Deployment area, find the CSV module and click Add.
- Fill out the popup:
- Click the Finish button.
- Click the Test deployment button and confirm the results meet your expectations. Faraday will finish building your pipeline in the background. When it's done, you'll get an email—return to the pipeline and click the Enable pipeline button to activate it.
With your pipeline deployed, it's time to plug your churn scores into Salesforce. Follow the steps below to see each Salesforce contact enriched with their likelihood to churn.
Creating a Salesforce Contact Field
First, we're going to create a Salesforce Contact Field for our churn scores so that we can assign them to our contacts appropriately.
- Navigate to the Fields & Relationships tab under Contact in Salesforce Object Manager.
- Click New in the upper right to create a new field.
- Select the number bubble, then click next.
- Name the field something unique like "Churn score." Feel free to leave the character length limit as the default 18.
- Click next, then choose the appropriate permissions required per your company's guidelines for which Salesforce users can view the churn score field–then click next again.
- Finally, choose which page layouts you'd like the churn score field to display on. We recommend including any layout that is used by your team. Click save to finish creating the custom field.
Importing your churn scores CSV into Salesforce
Now that the custom field for churn score is created, let's upload the CSV output from your pipeline.
- In your Faraday pipeline, click the Download CSV button under the deployment to download your churn scores as a CSV.
- Navigate to Salesforce's Data Import Wizard and select Accounts and Contacts.
- Select Update existing records, and ensure you're matching records by Email.
- Select CSV in the right pane, choose the CSV you just downloaded from your deployment, then click next.
- In the mapping step, map your contact fields appropriately, and select the churn score contact field you created to map to the row for the churn score. See the bottom row's "2, 69, 87" example below where each value is a score. The second-to-last row–the raw score–can be safely left unmapped and ignored.
For churn scores, the higher the score, the more likely it is that the customer is going to churn.
- Click next and review your mappings.
- Click Start Import to begin the import. When the import is complete, your contact cards will be populated with your Faraday churn scores, and you're ready to kick off campaigns to intervene just in time to keep your customers on board.
🔒 It's a best practice to permanently delete any file that contains personally identifiable information (PII) after use. Any deployment from Faraday that is unhashed contains PII, and should be deleted after uploading it to your destination for security purposes.