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The 4 Phases of Digital Customer Success

One of my biggest professional pet peeves is when people think that automation means eliminating personalization or human connection. Newsflash: if that’s happening with your automation, you’re doing it wrong. Whether we’re talking about attracting new customers or strengthening the bonds with your current customers, this (surprisingly common) misconception has got to go – especially […]

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Why Tech Touch Isn’t Only for Your Tail

Digital Customer Success is for everyone! In an ideal world, every customer gets one-on-one time with their Customer Success Manager, and there are enough Customer Success Managers to fulfill every request without overwhelming your CS team. What a beautiful world that would be! But we live in reality, where time and resources are not, in […]

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In-App Engagement Software: Your Friendly Neighborhood CS Tool

Here’s a riddle for you. How many CSMs would it take to walk each and every one of your new customers through a detailed tutorial of your product, one-on-one? Now, how many would it take if you grow your customer base by 50%? 100%? While it may sound dramatic, it’s not a far-fetched scenario for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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