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TSIA Interact: Key Takeaways

TSIA’s conferences are always jam-packed with best-practices, real-life examples, success stories, and lessons learned from some of technology’s biggest names. This year’s virtual TSIA Interact was certainly no exception, with three days of sessions from TSIA researchers and industry-leading companies like Salesforce, Okta, Oracle, SAP, Cisco, Aruba, HPE, and Genesys, and even a session led […]

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Top 5 Tips for a Thriving Partner Success Program

Partner Success programs are relatively new to the Customer Success world. Software as a Service (SaaS) companies are big trendsetters in CS. Their subscription business model has taken root across a spectrum of services in our daily lives, and its popularity is only growing. Customer Success evolved out of the need for more dynamic, forward-thinking […]

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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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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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The Customer Success Maturity Model

Building a Customer Success Organization is no easy task. Let me rephrase. Building a proactive and predictive CS organization is no easy task. Make no mistake, there is big difference between adding CS to a company org chart vs. building a scalable operationalized practice. To accomplish this, here are just a few considerations to keep […]

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Where Does Education Fit into the Customer Lifecycle?

Ignoring the impact of education on Customer Success simply isn’t an option. When Customer Success (CS) and Education Services (ES) teams are successfully aligned, product usage rates go up, and churn rates go down. Education within the customer lifecycle So, if more training equals higher adoption and less churn, the question then becomes, “where does […]

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The 5 Stages Of The Customer Lifecycle

When your customers decide to begin a relationship with your business, you are both embarking on a path in which you are responsible for delivering on the promises that your marketing and sales teams made. Guiding your customers at the right pace, with the right understanding of their business, and providing the right tools are […]

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Applying MVP to CS: The Why

Since its 2009 introduction by Eric Ries in his NY Times bestseller, The Lean Startup, the concept of Minimum Viable Product (MVP) has been applied by numerous startups to engage in new product and service offering developments. Well-known companies such as Groupon, Zappos, Dropbox, and Uber have used MVPs to not only determine and modify […]

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More than a Buzzword: Why Committing to Customer Success Is Essential

In 1975, Kodak engineer Steve Sasson built the first ever digital camera, but Kodak’s management just didn’t see the appeal. After all, profit margins were far higher on film than on the cameras themselves, and this was filmless photography. In Sasson’s words, “management’s reaction was, ‘that’s cute, but don’t tell anyone about it.’” This was […]

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