Developed foundational demand generation and go to market strategies for more than 30 early-stage startups and 70 growth stage organizations.
In my experience, the longer sales cycle requires more attention. The metrics will be unique to your business, but you can't go wrong with these:
Marketing & Sales Metrics
Look at metrics that will help you scale and project growth, and then accelerate opportunity to close velocity
#s and conversion rates of marketing qualified leads (MQLs)
#s, time, and conversion rates of MQLs to sales qualified leads (SQLs)
#s, time, and conversion rates of SQLs to opportunities
#s, time, and conversion rates of opportunities to sales
Customer Success Metrics
An ARR SaaS business may have a guaranteed 12 month customer lifespan, but that doesn't guarantee the customer actually uses the product and won't churn at renewal time. Measuring product usage will help you discover patterns that cause churn, increase the perceived value of the product, and improve the customer experience.
Each Reporting Period (I'd recommend monthly) look at Values & Rate of Change
Customer Acquisition Cost
Average Value of a Customer
look at Values, % of total, & Rate of Change
Revenue from New Subscriptions
Revenue from Renewal Subscriptions
At the early stage, businesses will see new Subscriptions significantly outpace renewals. As the business matures, the % of total ARR from New Subscriptions will begin to decline, assuming churn rates are good.