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Top 5 Dos and Don’ts of Digital Customer Success

Implementing Digital Customer Success strategies is a new frontier for many CS organizations. Without automation, scaling Customer Success becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible. Very few (and I mean very few) companies excel in this area today, but it’s quickly becoming a must-have. So, as you begin to expand your digital capabilities and build out […]

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Building Blocks of Partner Success: For Partners vs. Through Partners

As companies perfect their Customer Success strategies, they look ahead to the next phase of scaling CS – Partner Success programs. According to TSIA, 70-80% of all technology is sold through the channel. How does CS factor into that huge percentage? You didn’t pour your blood, sweat, and tears into building a robust, proactive Customer […]

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The Future of Customer Success: Talking 2020 and Beyond with ESG CEO Michael Harnum

We all know that 2020 has been quite the year. Certainly, it hasn’t been what many of us were expecting from the beginning of a new decade, but it’s a milestone year nonetheless. So, while none of us have a crystal ball to tell us what will happen next (if only!), I wanted to take […]

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Top 3 Dos and Don’ts of Monetizing Customer Success

Hot! Hot! Hot! These days, the hottest topic in Customer Success is the big “M” word – Monetization. But how do you go about monetizing Customer Success? Many companies are taking a learn as they go approach, testing the waters of charging customers for CS resources a little bit here, a little bit over there. […]

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How Well Do You Understand Your Customers’ Health?

What do you know about your customers’ health? I don’t mean if they’ve been to the doctor lately, though it’s always nice to ask how they’re doing. I’m talking about understanding your customers adoption of, and reliance on, your product. Healthy customers are enthusiastic users who value your company, have incorporated your product into their […]

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Our Newly Redesigned Services: Why the Change?

If everything is working, why would you change it? If you are succeeding, why not just keep going as-is? In any line of work, the best in the business are constantly pushing themselves to get better, to evolve and adapt faster, both as a competitive advantage and as a way to anticipate the needs of […]

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Not Just for Startups: Test and Refine CS Strategy with an Incubation Model

Startup incubators are well-known programs that allow entrepreneurs to test out their new business ideas. They usually offer support like office space and mentors so the idea can be tried out and improved upon in a nurturing environment. Building or expanding a Customer Success organization can be surprisingly similar to developing a startup. The most […]

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CS Technology Vendor Selection: Gathering Tool Requirements

Utilizing a Customer Success tool can be an invaluable part of your customer engagement strategy, but with the ever-growing number of providers and platforms, it’s difficult to know which solution is the right fit for your business. A tool won’t magically fix the challenges you face or fill in any gaps you may have in […]

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Customer Success and Revenue: Why CS Should Embrace the Numbers

Tying Customer Success to your company’s strategic growth (aka revenue) can be tricky to maneuver. Yet, for most Customer Success organizations, embracing revenue goals is the only way to have a seat at the table as your company expands and evolves. To really prove your value to senior leadership, CS metrics must have a direct […]

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7 Tips for Effective Virtual Training

Before Customer Success even existed, ESG already had a long history of robust experience in customer education – selling and operationalizing training sessions for some of the country’s largest software companies. As technology evolved, so did training modalities – moving from primarily in-person instructor led to include virtual training and on-demand options. Through this experience, […]

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