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The Definition of Customer Success: A Short Discussion on the Discipline

In today’s “subscription economy,” consumers want more than a month-to-month delivery of a product. Technology and services available for companies to do their work have advanced so much that the switching costs are no longer a deterrent. An 18-month go-live timeline can leave teams with a bad taste in their mouth and more susceptible to competitor encroachment. The B2B SaaS world has responded appropriately through the mass adoption of Customer Success--a discipline, a function and [...]

By | 2018-05-08T13:59:45+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Customer Success|0 Comments

The Dynamic Duo – Customer Success and Customer Marketing

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 [...]

By | 2018-05-02T12:30:29+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Customer Marketing, Customer Success|0 Comments

Graduation

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 [...]

Customer Success 2018: The Year of Adoption

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-12T17:49:35+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Customer Success|0 Comments

Retrospectives

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 [...]

A Day in the Life of 2 Customer Success Managers

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-20T00:41:54+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Customer Success, Infographic|0 Comments

Rapid Prototyping

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-12T17:58:15+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|0 Comments

Implementation Discovery

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-12T18:03:07+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|0 Comments

Internal Knowledge Transfer: Handoff

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-12T18:05:07+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|0 Comments

Customer Kick-off

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-12T18:07:07+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|0 Comments

The Blocking and Tackling of Customer Success

We know that Customer Success teams are being formed and developed at a rapid pace. XaaS companies are no longer debating the value of a dedicated expert services team to work with customers to generate and sustain a continuously valuable experience. While the debate about whether to have a Customer Success team within your organization is subsiding, the questions about how to DO Customer Success are mounting. In response to these questions, Bolstra delivers The [...]

Discovery: How Sales Sets Customer Success up to Succeed

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 [...]

By | 2018-03-13T14:06:55+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Customer Success, Customer Success Best Practices|0 Comments