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Fundamentals: Focus on Retaining your Mid-tier Customers

Here we are in the midst of “the dog days of summer.” That time when productivity ebbs and new customer acquisition slows down. It seems people are more focused on vacations with the family and road trips to the beach than they are on actual business. Who can blame you for soaking up those last […]

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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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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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Diamonds in the Rough: Finding Growth Opportunities in Your SMB Customers

As of 2018, there were slightly over 30 million small businesses in the United States. The number of businesses with more than 500 employees? Only 120,000. What this means is that small businesses are an enormous opportunity for any B2B software as a service (SaaS) business. If you can get in on the ground floor […]

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The Trifecta: Top 3 Customer Success Manager Traits to Increase Customer Retention

How do I increase customer retention? It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. Although the answer is multilayered and complex, one of the essential building blocks to answering it includes Customer Success Managers (CSM). A career field that barely existed five or so years ago, CSMs make up ground zero for all CS functions […]

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3 Unique Concepts to Connect Marketing & Customer Success

A Director at a successful SaaS company recently approached me about the role of marketing in customer success. This leader understood that the marketing team was a valuable resource when developing customer-facing communications but wanted more. As we discussed possible options for the “future state” of a marketing + customer success partnership, it became apparent […]

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Step Out of the Customer Success Silo and into the Light of Education Services

Let’s be honest. If it were possible to just make one sale, stop there and have a “forever customer,” everyone would be a Customer Success (CS) pro. That isn’t quite our reality though. The CS reality is a lot more complex, nuanced and ultimately scientific. It requires relationship building, thoroughly understanding customer needs, advocating for […]

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Champagne Results on Juice Box Budgets: Winning Customer Success Through vCSM Engagement

Chartered to increase revenue and promote company growth, but don’t have the resources? If this sounds familiar, you’re likely one of the many budget-strapped Customer Success (CS) leaders we talk to every day. Folks who know that to improve their bottom lines they need higher touch engagement with their customers — but don’t have the […]

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3 Customer Success Best Practices to Scale People & Automation

In a fast-paced, resource-strapped world, solving problems through automation is a no-brainer. Auto-delivering customer communications through technology can cost less and is often faster. Plus, hurried customers who just need answers love real-time, no hassle responses. What customers don’t love is never having the option of human engagement — even when they don’t realize they’re […]

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