Simplicity In Customer Success

We often plan to make improvements by adding to what we already do. Less common and an often just as, if not more effective an approach, is taking away. Every time we add something internally in customer success, a playbook, a process, a customer journey step, a CTA,...

The Art Of Understanding

George Bernard Shaw once said: “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Or put another way, seeing something from your customer’s point of view is not the same as seeing it from your point of view. At the start of any...

CSM As A Revenue Engine

Common misconception: positioning your #CSM team as a revenue engine means your CSMs need to be #commercial What it actually means is your CSMs just need to be truly focussed on #customersuccess. Which customer is more likely to expand or to advocate for your company?...

More Segments Than A Chocolate Orange

Almost every discussion of segmenting customers for customer success includes the ‘position’ of the author. “ARR is absolutely the wrong way to do it.” “To be truly customer centric we must segment by need.” “Industry vertical expertise is a must have.” Every one of...

Can You Do The Fandango? Hiring Great CSMs

A while back I read a bunch of job ads as part of some research for an article I was writing. Below are just some of the requirements I’m sure I recall seeing mixed in with the more typical requirements: Astronaut Tour de France winner Accomplished jewel thief...

Customer Success : An Antifragile Approach

People who have heard of Nassim Nicholas Taleb usually know of him as the guy who popularised the use of the term “Black Swan” to describe hard to predict, extremely high impact events that lie outside the realm of normal expectation. Initially his focus was the...

Automation In Customer Success

Automation has a long and extraordinary history. You could argue it started with the wheel, the first piece of technology to dramatically improve human efficiency. The revolution it started continues at an ever accelerating pace so that today, for example, we can use...
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