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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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Customer Experience: What B2B Can Learn from B2C

In the B2B world, your roster of customers may appear as just a list of company names – a long list of logos won by your sales team. And kudos to sales – they worked hard for those wins! But behind every Corp., Inc., and Ltd. on that list is a living, breathing human being […]

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Customer Experience Starts with Personas

The term ‘buyer persona’ may be everyday nomenclature for marketers and sales professionals, but in some organizations, those on the post-sales side of the business may not realize that understanding and developing buyer personas is not just for marketing and selling, but can also make a dent in your goal of improving customer experience. Although […]

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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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Approaching Renewals from the Customer Success Angle

Gone are the days when B2B companies could survive just by sending sales people out to chase down new customers. In today’s subscription-based SaaS world, it’s just as important to focus on keeping your existing customers as it is on acquiring new ones. Retention and renewal have quickly become the new focal points for business […]

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The Importance of Account Segmentation for Customer Success

You wouldn’t shop for furniture at the grocery store. You wouldn’t ask your accountant for help with child care. Why? Because there is a method to breaking things apart into what makes sense. Customer segmentation isn’t all that different. It makes sense that we divide our customers and prospects into various groups based upon their […]

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How Customer Success Data Can Impact Strategy Company-Wide

Your Customer Success efforts generate a lot of data, from product usage to customer behavior to adoption and renewal rates. But how are you supposed to use all that data? Think of the data as the raw ingredients you can buy from the grocery store. You can buy the highest quality ingredients or you can […]

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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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The Customer Birth Certificate (CBC)

When you think of the milestones in life, you may think of graduating college, your first corporate job, marriage, parenthood, retirement, and building a legacy. And, some of these life events don’t even happen in sequential order (or at all). More often, they come in a “non-traditional” order and one is not a prerequisite to […]

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Understanding the Connection Between Customer Success and Renewals

According to Harvard Business Review, acquiring a new customer is somewhere between five and 25 times more expensive than keeping a customer you already have, depending on what line of work you’re in. Think about all the time, energy, and money you spend on attracting new visitors, pursuing new leads, and closing new sales — […]

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