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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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How Internal Engagement Can Promote Strong Customer Success

Customer Success is all about relationships. Your relationship with your customers, of course, but also the CS team’s relationship with other internal groups, and even their relationship with executive leadership. One critical relationship that tends to get pushed to the bottom of the priority list is CS leadership’s relationship with their own team. It’s easy […]

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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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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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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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Account Management vs Customer Success: 4 Major Differences

As the gospel of Customer Success is spreading like wildfire in the corporate world, executives are realizing that they need to act fast to incorporate it into their organizational structure. But to their own detriment, some of these executives aren’t fully committing to the importance of Customer Success. Instead, they’re simply “rebranding” their Account Managers […]

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