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Learn how customer success leaders are making positive organizational impacts, solving real business challenges, and building cultures of customer success.

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3 Ways to Eliminate Vanishing ARR

What is vanishing ARR? All companies that rely on subscription-based services or annual contracts are subject to vanishing annual recurring revenue (ARR). For customer success leaders, one of the most important aspects of success is ensuring predictability and growth of current contract value, as well as anticipated contract value in the years to follow. So […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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The L.A.E.R. Model and Customer Success Health Scoring

As customer success professionals know, there are multiple ways to understand, calculate, and grade customer health scores. These health scores help identify at-risk customers and help CSM’s reduce churn and attrition. In a recent webinar, Phil Nanus, the VP of Research, Customer Success for TSIA, discussed his take on the evolution and growth of customer […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Customer Success Segmentation & Prioritization Strategies

Ursula Llabres, VP of Customer Success at InsideSales.com, brought her high-octane energy to the CS100 Summit stage in Park City, Utah. At InsideSales.com, Ursula thinks big-picture about ways to scale, segment, and create a culture of success throughout her department. Excitedly, Ursula announced to the CS100 Summit crowd that she had recently accepted a position […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Customer Success in the C-Suite—Aligning the Board and Exec Team

Jason Holmes currently serves as the COO of Marketo, a leading CRM and lead management platform based out of San Mateo, CA. Jason has a rich history of customer success based roles across various industries and organizations, including Oracle and Adobe. As COO as Marketo, Jason works daily to ensure the success and growth of […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Customer Success as a Culture — Why the Importance of Customer Success is Immersed in the Fabric of Act-On

Customer success teams have gone through strategic changes and growth over the past few years. This important strategy and business focus drives toward the outcome of retaining and growing your customer base. As you continue to adapt and change your customer success strategies and tactics, remember this key focus—customer success is not a department, it’s […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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The Four Fold Mission of Customer Success

Customer success is a strategic and vital part of any organization that spans multiple departments and people. For customers, their lifecycle with your organization begins when they receive that first marketing email and it (hopefully) won’t end for a long, long time. The customer/organizational relationship is usually quite long, and every single interaction influences its […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Top Five Personality Traits of Successful Customer Success Managers

Are you cut out to be a Customer Success Manager (CSM)? CSMs are tasked with many responsibilities, from retaining and growing customer accounts to solving customer issues to connecting dots between departments and individuals across the company. Customer Success Managers act as the true customer advocate and the front-line problem solver to ensure the customer […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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5 “W” Questions and Customer Success: How to Break from the Surface Problem to the Core

As a customer success manager (CSM), you have a lot on your plate. Each day, you’re tasked with growing customer accounts, introducing new products and services to your contacts, building relationships, solving problems, and connecting dots across an organization. It’s easy to get caught up in the here and now and lose sight of the […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Customer Success Team Setups: Pros & Cons

In the previous post we explored the 4 types of customer engagement models. We covered a high touch onboarding approach to a low touch post onboarding approach and three other engagement models to drive customer success and a positive customer experience. As you segment your customer account base by size, revenue, and vertical—you’ll also need […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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4 Engagement Models for Customer Success

For customer success organizations that are either building their team, scaling their team, or re-defining their processes, they know firsthand how many components go into planning and determining the right customer engagement model. Before we jump in to explore what types of engagement models are available to customer success organizations, let’s first define what we […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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3 Strategic Pillars Customer Success Leaders Should Be Thinking About Now

As a customer success leader, you spend everyday making sure your team is working towards creating the ultimate customer experience for your customers that drive renewals and expansion revenue. Let me suggest taking a step back as you go into the fourth quarter and look at big-picture ideas that not only affect your team but […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

Customer Success as a Culture — Why Passion, Experience, and Credentials Are Key for InMoment When Hiring CSMs

Customer success teams have gone through strategic changes and growth over the past few years. This important strategy and business focus drives toward the outcome of retaining and growing your customer base. As you continue to adapt and change your customer success strategies and tactics, remember this key focus—customer success is not a department, it’s […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist