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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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The Crisis of Confidence in Customer Success: Presentation Recap

Since 2013, the Customer Success Association has been hosting Customer SuccessCon, a conference designed to look at the current state of the profession and into its future. It brings together some of the most experienced and forward-thinking minds in the Customer Success community. ESG was proud to sponsor and present at all of this year’s […]

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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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What Can Customer Success Learn From Marketing?

If you’re trying to build out a Customer Success strategy in your business, you don’t have to start from scratch. There are a ton of resources you can take advantage of in order to set up a Customer Success department, but one of the most useful resources is right there in your own building: your […]

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Strategies for Making High-Touch and Tech-Touch Friends, Not Enemies.

Today’s customers expect (and sometimes demand) a never-ending wheel of attraction, engagement, and retention after purchasing both the simplest and most complex of SaaS offerings. So, when the volume of customers creeps up, and we’re focused on deploying a tech-touch heavy approach, how do we stay engaged with the personal element of our customers? And […]

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So, What’s an Acceptable Churn Rate?

From customer satisfaction to revenue, SaaS companies have many factors to worry about when it comes to keeping their business not only afloat, but also thriving. One such factor: What is your churn rate, and what can you do to decrease it? Reality check: these are critical questions, but they don’t have such a straightforward […]

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Setting Up Your Channel Partners for Customer Success

Customer Success goes beyond your customer-facing domain. It is about more than just delivering specific customer outcomes. An effective Customer Success strategy depends on buy-in from your channel partners as well. Regardless of the vendor – manufacturers, resellers, service providers, stakeholders – success for a customer means buy in from everyone. While many companies are […]

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Who Owns Your Customer Communication? Marketing or Customer Success?

Fact: keeping customers is more cost effective than adding new ones. The numbers vary depending on industry, time scale, and who you ask, but the consensus is that it’s five to ten times more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to retain an existing one. Furthermore, existing customers are more likely to […]

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5 Questions to Gauge Customer Adoption

Think back to your first smartphone. Unless you’re one of the first people to buy an iPhone, way back in 2007, there was probably a time when you thought a smartphone was unnecessary. All those features were flashy, sure, but who needed it? You’ve got calls and texts on your current phone already. When you […]

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Customer Onboarding — Measuring Time To Value

Your customer has bought your software, and they’re excited to dig in and start using it! But, how do you avoid the pitfall of managing their onboarding via a standardized checklist driving toward a timely go-live, and then moving on quickly to the next customer? Jennifer, our resident onboarding expert, coined the “Tupperware Cupboard” analogy. […]

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