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 […]read more
Revenue Optimization and Customer Success
One of the biggest business lessons of the last decade has been that keeping your current customers is just as important as acquiring new customers. In the age of SaaS, this is an indisputable fact. But there’s more to the success of your business than just retaining customers. You also have to think long-term, ensuring […]read more
CS100 Rundown: The Latest and Greatest in Customer Success
Each year, the CS100 Summit brings together the best and brightest minds in the industry to beautiful Sundance, Utah to learn and collaborate in an atmosphere of inspiration, ideation, strategy, and real-world application around Customer Success. This year, for the first time, ESG was proud to not just attend the event, but join it as […]read more
Strategies for Making High-Touch and Tech-Touch Friends, Not Enemies.
Today’s customers expect (and sometimes demand) a never-ending wheel of attraction, engagement, and retention after purchasing both the simplest and most complex of SaaS offerings. So, when the volume of customers creeps up, and we’re focused on deploying a tech-touch heavy approach, how do we stay engaged with the personal element of our customers? And […]read more
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 […]read more
Outsource – A Dirty Word?
As a function of my role as Business Development Manager at ESG, I spend a lot of time talking with Customer Success leaders. And from those conversations, I’ve found that many of them very much dislike the idea of outsourcing any part of their business. In fact, I recently spoke with a gentleman who boldly […]read more
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 […]read more
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 […]read more
Who Owns Your Customer Communication? Marketing or Customer Success?
Fact: keeping customers is more cost effective than adding new ones. The numbers vary depending on industry, time scale, and who you ask, but the consensus is that it’s five to ten times more expensive to acquire a new customer than it is to retain an existing one. Furthermore, existing customers are more likely to […]read more
Upgrade from Freemium to Premium with Tech Touch
Everyone loves free stuff — like free samples of fancy cheese at the grocery store. But there’s a reason the store hands out free samples, and it’s not out of the goodness of their heart. They want you to spend money on a whole block of the fancy cheese. Freemium SaaS models — where the […]read more