Defining the Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) is a hot topic in almost every early-stage B2B SaaS company. It begins with some assumptions and then is refined over time based on the acquired customer profile that represents those early customers who purchase a company's solution. This evolves to which customer profile cohort has the best customer acquisition metrics such as average annual contract value, win rate, and sales cycle length.
Dan Sperring, the founder and CEO Align has a different perspective...the best ideal customer profile cohort is determined by the segment(s) that have the best Net Revenue Retention (NRR) rate. Since NRR measures both customer retention rates in dollars (Gross Dollar Retention) + Expansion ARR in dollars, it is the ultimate compound metric to determine if a customer will buy, stick around, and expand their relationship over time.
If you are considering how best to define and/or refine your ideal customer profile cohort(s) - this conversation with Dan is thought-provoking and insightful as to why NRR can best guide which prospects to pursue.