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Haresh Gangwani

About Haresh Gangwani

Haresh is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Bolstra. Haresh is a veteran B2B SaaS industry executive having served in key roles with emphasis in product strategy, sales and marketing.

Agile Adoption: “Dating”

By | 2018-11-13T08:40:51+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Agile Customer Success, Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

How to Use Agile Customer Success Management to Increase Adoption In our previous blog, Implementing Agile Customer Success Management we shared some best practices for incorporating agile techniques during the first stage (Land) of a post-sale customer relationship. This blog post covers how to continue using agile methodologies as your customers grow more loyal and continue to adopt your solution. Agile methodologies work for Customer Success Management because of the iterative and cyclical nature of [...]

End User Training

By | 2018-11-10T11:12:01+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Customer Success Best Practices|

WHY IS End User Training IMPORTANT? End User Training is your chance to validate your sponsor’s decision to purchase by demonstrating the power of your platform to his or her team. It is an extremely valuable relationship-building exercise when you are able to do this within their live environment. The best End User Training is built around a well-planned learning design that is persuasive, capitalizes on real and relevant scenarios, and includes reinforcement. WHO NEEDS [...]

5 Customer Success Platform Must-Haves

By | 2018-11-02T10:30:21+00:00 October 27th, 2018|Customer Success|

If you are a growth-minded B2B XaaS company, then you are likely “doing” customer success in some fashion or another. Whether you have a dedicated team or have operationalized the discipline of customer success across your organization, you are certainly recognizing the value of existing customers and working to deliver continuous value to make (and keep) them loyal. Increasingly, this approach is being supported with platforms designed specifically for enabling your best Customer Success practices. Operationalizing [...]

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Landing Agile Customer Success

By | 2018-11-05T09:13:49+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Agile Customer Success, Customer Success|

Incorporating an Agile Customer Success Process Begins in the Land Stage Agile Customer Success is the ideal model for incorporating the basic tenets of Agile management into Customer Success Management.  Some of the core tenets are: Attain customer satisfaction through continuous delivery. Don’t be afraid to make changes. Cross-functional collaboration is key. Agile processes promote sustainability. Simplicity is essential. Inspect and Adapt. The Virtuous Cycle As B2B SaaS companies seek to operationalize their Customer Success process, [...]

How Martech SaaS Vendors are Doing CS (and getting it right)

By | 2018-08-07T15:10:21+00:00 August 7th, 2018|Customer Marketing|

Just so that we’re on the same page, let’s define the terms. “Martech” refers to all initiatives and tools used to help companies achieve their marketing goals.  When we look at the landscape for Martech since 2011, we’ve gone from 3 categories with about 150 vendors to 6 categories with over 5000 providers. It is a vast landscape, indeed. Martech-ers represent a large portion of the SaaS industry, and are, themselves, at the forefront of [...]

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Everything you Need to Know About Customer Advocacy

By | 2018-05-31T13:56:33+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Customer Advocacy|

Chapter 1: From Customer Experience to Customer Advocacy (a Primer) While there’s plenty of chatter about Customer Success being your “driving purpose” in a post-sales strategy, we have a slightly different take. Your customer’s success is a critical step on the road to garnering their loyalty and, ultimately, their advocacy. Attaining this end goal starts with how you manage your customer experiences. In a recent LinkedIn forum discussion, Customer Success enthusiasts debated the definitions of [...]

Customer Success is not enough

By | 2018-04-11T10:47:16+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Customer Advocacy|

Ask 10 CSMs what success in their job means to them, and they will have 10 answers, ranging from: keeping my customers from churning onboarding my customers successfully helping my customers adopt our solution identifying opportunities within accounts for growth facilitating my customers’ attainment of outcomes managing the renewal process None of these are wrong. They are all part of many CSM job descriptions. However, to limit customer success to these roles alone is not [...]

The Dynamic Duo – Customer Success and Customer Marketing

By | 2018-05-02T12:30:29+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Customer Marketing, Customer Success|

In the B2B recurring revenue economy, customer relationships are increasingly owned by a team of professionals (Customer Success Managers) who earn customer loyalty by continuously demonstrating the value of their solution to their customers. Ideally, they have a defined customer lifecycle as their model for customer engagement, and in doing so, are churn mitigators. As part of the charter for Customer Success, marketing teams are now joining the action to facilitate customer loyalty, too. In [...]

Graduation

By | 2018-03-20T00:41:09+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

So my feeling on Graduation is that it’s less a post live meeting and more a post first value meeting.  I would typically say that we are identifying a measure of first value that we want to achieve that impacts their business in some positive way in order to graduate. I think graduation is a step that both you and your customer will know you have reached once you have worked together to create and [...]

From Customer Experience to Customer Advocacy (a Primer)

By | 2018-05-31T15:48:36+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Customer Advocacy|

While there’s plenty of chatter about Customer Success being your “driving purpose” in a post-sales strategy, we have a slightly different take. Your customer’s success is a critical step on the road to garnering their loyalty and, ultimately, their advocacy. Attaining this end goal starts with how you manage your customer experiences. In a recent LinkedIn forum discussion, Customer Success enthusiasts debated the definitions of Customer Experience and Customer Success. As we ignite the fire [...]

Customer Success 2018: The Year of Adoption

By | 2018-03-12T17:49:35+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Customer Success|

While the term Customer Success may have been used for the first time back in 1996 to name a department committed to helping customers be successful using Vantive’s CRM, Customer Success as a holistic approach to developing loyal customers is still evolving. Where on the evolutionary curve it falls is up for debate. Even though many of us in the industry (purveyors of Customer Success solutions) may wish for us all to be on the [...]

Retrospectives

By | 2018-03-12T17:47:39+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices, Featured In|

WHY ARE Retrospectives IMPORTANT? There are three primary reasons for conducting Retrospectives: allowing your customers to be heard taking steps toward cultivating long-term loyal customers agreeing upon the “sprint plan” that outlines what both sides are tasked with accomplishing ahead of the next scheduled retrospective Routine Retrospectives provide the framework for you to check in on your customer in a scheduled way to understand what’s working and what’s not. Simple agendas for Retrospectives allow you [...]