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 impact their business in some positive way in order to graudate. 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In our infographic series, we share research and statistics around the actual value of loyalty when it comes to customers.
As Customer Success teams evolve at a rapid pace - from fledgling ad hoc efforts to more repeatable and measurable strategic teams - we wanted to know how things were going out there. So, we surveyed teams to get a clearer picture on the state of things. Check out our findings.
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 [...]
Customer Success Managers keep a lot of balls in the air over the course of their days. They perform a variety of tasks to keep customers delighted, and frequently face surprises in the midst of their well-planned routines. Consider what the typical day looks like for two Customer Success Managers: one who performs his job piecing together account information from a variety of sources, and the other who is supported by an agile work management [...]
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 [...]
Once upon a time, in the world of perpetual licenses and revenue streams coming predominantly from new logo acquisitions, pipelines looked like this: In today’s subscription economy, existing customers represent 70+% of total ARR, and have a significant effect on revenue – both recurring and new. Consider the math. In the calculations below, COMPANY has an Existing ARR (EARR) of $0 and generates $1,000,000 in New ARR (NARR) in Year 1. NARR grows at a [...]
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 [...]