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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 [...]

Launch

By | 2018-03-12T17:52:07+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Customer Success Best Practices|

WHY IS Launch IMPORTANT? Launch is actually more a customer status than it is an event. Rather than thinking of Launch as something you do with or for your customer, consider it a state of accomplishment where you can (or should) take a breath and feel as though you and your customer are at a good place for them to take off in using your solution. WHO NEEDS TO KNOW HOW TO DO Launch? Launch [...]

Core Enablement

By | 2018-03-12T17:55:02+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Customer Success Best Practices|

WHY IS Core Enablement IMPORTANT? Core Enablement is the first step in ensuring adoption. Getting your customer administrators to own the platform creates a first line of sponsors and evangelists within the account. The better and sooner you can create master users of your admins, the more effective you can be in growing adoption throughout the account. While Core Enablement is about helping your administrative users understand how your solution works (behind the scenes), it’s [...]

Rapid Prototyping

By | 2018-03-12T17:58:15+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

WHY IS Rapid Prototyping IMPORTANT? Not every SaaS company does Rapid Prototyping for new customers, but we encourage it as an opportunity to be impressive right out of the gates. If your solution allows you to get a quick win with your new customer by focusing on a single area or part of your solution, you will start the relationship off with a bang that will have far reaching effects. WHO NEEDS TO KNOW HOW [...]

Implementation Discovery

By | 2018-03-12T18:03:07+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

WHY IS Implementation Discovery IMPORTANT? You’ve kicked off your relationship with a new customer, and now it’s time to get tactical. Implementation Discovery is a step that can sometimes be forgotten, yet is extremely important. It’s an opportunity to catch things that may have been missed during the sales and kickoff steps, and validate the KPIs you and your customer have agreed to. Consider this the first tactical, down and dirty, meeting. What do they [...]

Internal Knowledge Transfer: Handoff

By | 2018-03-12T18:05:07+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

https://embed.vidyard.com/share/NGZj8SbW3v8AhHDVWdtEKc WHY IS KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IMPORTANT? At the heart of every subscription-based business is the loyalty of the customer. Loyalty doesn’t simply happen at every renewal opportunity. It’s built over time and through meaningful customer experiences. The very first of those customer experiences happens with the sales team. While customers may be excited to get through the sales process and want to start using your platform quickly, they also don’t want to keep repeating [...]

Customer Kick-off

By | 2018-03-12T18:07:07+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

https://embed.vidyard.com/share/98ceagK4KCRcZy514QQrKN WHY IS KICK-OFF IMPORTANT? You’ve just been handed a new customer, and it’s your job to officially start the relationship. Your entire organization has put the customer in your hands now, expecting that you can keep the enthusiasm of purchase alive and establish roots for an enduring relationship. Your kickoff meeting sets the tone for implementation, and the future of the customer relationship. No pressure. Right? Without making this more stressful than it [...]

Discovery: How Sales Sets Customer Success up to Succeed

By | 2018-03-13T14:06:55+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

https://embed.vidyard.com/share/xKKXPgGZQXNQyNnX61Lwdf WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? While Discovery is incredibly informative for a XaaS vendor, it’s important to remember that it’s a moment of vulnerability and truth for a customer. When a customer is willing to share their business model, their pain points, and their needs with you, they are demonstrating trust that you will be able to help them ease their pain and reach their desired outcomes. Sales teams learn a lot during the [...]

5 Real Frustrations of Great Customer Success Managers

By | 2018-03-12T18:19:15+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

Customer Success Managers (CSMs) have challenging jobs. The better a CSM is at their job, the greater the likelihood that they have some stresses around being able to do their job well. If you’re managing CSMs, don’t view these frustrations as indicators of weakness or poor performance. Rather, see them as indicators that your team is focused on delivering an excellent experience to your customers, and some of these pain points are implicit to those [...]

A 3-step Guide to Making Renewals Happen

By | 2018-03-12T18:22:31+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

In the subscription world securing customer renewals is our bread and butter. 80% of customer lifetime value comes through renewals. We always hope that renewals will happen as a matter of course, but sometimes they need a little gentle shove to get over the finish line. Assuming our customers will renew because they seem happy isn’t enough. We have some work we need to ensure they will renew while preserving (or even improving) the relationships [...]

Checking In Can Yield Checking Out

By | 2018-03-12T18:25:49+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|

Are you a CSM responsible for remaining close to your customers during onboarding, implementation, and throughout the customer journey? Do you task yourself with routinely checking in on them? If so, you may want to take caution in how you conduct your check-in phone calls. Without an agenda and a plan, check-in phone calls can cause your customers to check out. Consider the following phone call scenarios Scenario 1: an unscheduled Check-In call during Implementation [...]