Incorporating Social Media and Social Listening into your Voice of the Customer (VoC) Strategy
Are your ears burning? They should be! Your customers are talking about you. The real question is, are you listening? The most effective Customer Success organizations (and entire companies) are paying attention to what their customers are saying about them. But you can’t just wait around for your customers to gush (or complain!) about your […]read more
Do I Really Need to Train & Certify My CSMs? (Spoiler Alert – YES!)
Ah, shoot, I put the answer right there in the headline. Do you really (really?!) need to train and certify your CSMs? Even though we’re not training providers, per se, our team gets this question all the time. In our sort of, but not really, humble opinion, yes, you really, really do. Why? Because there […]read more
10 Ways Customer Success Can Break Through Silos
In a dream world, Customer Success, sales, marketing, product, and support organizations all work together to weave the beautiful tapestry this is your customer experience. In the real world, where most of us live, this is, unfortunately, rarely the case. Silos are prevalent and difficult to break through, even when everybody wants to! That’s why […]read more
Uncovering the Reasons for Customer Churn: An Interview with Anita Toth, Chief Churn Crusher at The Churn Crusher System
Churn. Nobody likes it. Everybody hates it. It might as well go eat worms. But addressing churn is an essential part of the work of every company with a subscription-based business model. You can’t avoid it. So, what can you do? You can face it head-on, do the work to uncover the reasons your customers […]read more
So, You Want to Write a Case Study?
You did it! You’ve done incredible, meaningful work with your customer, and they clearly love you, your product, and your company. Getting customers to that stage is really the ultimate goal of Customer Success, so this is a moment to be celebrated (cheers!) and documented. Documenting these success stories can be done in several different […]read more
Webinar Q&A: Why High Touch and Tech Touch Should Be Friends, Not Enemies
ESG’s own Madeline Evans, Britt Layman, and Marley Wagner joined last week’s ChurnZero webinar to discuss how high touch and tech touch engagement models can co-exist in Customer Success. Watch it here if you missed it! They answered a number of audience questions during the session (recapped here on ChurnZero’s blog), but there were so […]read more
Why and How to Use Project Charters in Customer Success (+ a FREE template!)
It’s too easy to get lost in the details of a project when we’ve always got so much on our plates. And with so many goals and objectives to achieve, it can be hard to focus on the specifics of the one right in front of you. We know this can be especially true for […]read more
The Role of Human Capital Management in Customer Success
An Interview with Maranda Dziekonski, SVP of Customer Success and People at Swiftly Human capital management (HCM) in Customer Success can mean slightly different things to different organizations, but it all boils down to making your employees successful so they can make your customers successful. As one of the 17 capabilities of the ESG Customer […]read more
Is a Partner Success Pilot Program for You?
Partner Success is still a relatively new concept in a fairly new industry. More and more, larger enterprises are taking a look at their successful CS efforts and wondering, “Can I apply this to my channel partner relationships?” The answer is yes! But just how to go about applying Customer Success best practices to Partner […]read more
Customer Success Plans That Rock!
Let’s talk Customer Success Plans. What’s a Customer Success Plan, you ask? Well, let’s just say it’s the wind beneath your customer’s wings. It’s the recipe for their success. It’s the chocolate in their cake. Or whatever flavor of cake you like best. My amazing metaphors aside, Customer Success Plans are essentially the “what” and […]read more