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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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7 Customer Success Webinars to Watch

Webinars are a wonderful way to learn something new, get questions answered, and maybe even make a few connections. 2020 proved that virtual learning can be a great alternative to being somewhere in person, and there’s no shortage of excellent virtual conferences, discussions, and gatherings to spark anyone’s interest. Customer Success webinars are no exception. […]

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TSIA Interact Spring 2021: 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 spring’s virtual TSIA Interact was certainly no exception, with three days of sessions from TSIA researchers and industry-leading companies and experts. With so many impressive sessions and speakers, it was hard to choose […]

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Secondary Effects of Churn: Part 2 of 2

In part one of this two-part series, I shared the five secondary effects of churn on your organization. I discussed the reality that churn impacts more than just your bottom line, including these very real potential consequences for your brand: 1. Perception of product becoming reality 2. Negative publicity from churned users 3. Employee anxiety […]

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The Customer Success Maturity Model Part 3: “Transform” Capabilities (Optimizing CS)

In the third installment of our three-part series on the ESG Customer Success Maturity Model, I’ll share the characteristics it takes to Transform your CS organization into a proactive, predictive powerhouse (look at that alliteration!) of customer happiness and retention. If you haven’t read parts one and two on the Build and Operationalize phases of […]

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The Customer Success Maturity Model Part 2: “Operationalize” Capabilities (Constructing Your CS System)

Stop! If you’re wondering what the ESG Customer Success Maturity Model is and why we built it, go back and read the first installment of this three-part series. If you’ve already devoured that and are ready for more, read on! Here in part two, I’ll talk about the second phase of Customer Success maturity – […]

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