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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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4 Customer Success SaaS Metrics that Can’t Be Ignored

While customer success is much more than simply a set of measurements and gauges to predict customer health, it’s vital to have a set of metrics to guide the journey. In fact, without a tried and true set of metrics, your organization could be operating blindly and may be relying on gut feels or false […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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How to Build a SaaS Unicorn with Customer Success at the Core

Dave Blake, Founder/CEO, ClientSuccess, sat down with Ryan Smith, Founder/CEO, Qualtrics, for a fireside chat to kick of the CS100 Summit in Park City, Utah, September, 13, 2016. Ryan started Qualtrics in his basement in 2002, and has since grown it into a software leader with a track record of success with over 90,000 clients […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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Customer Success as a Culture — Why the Concept of a ‘Trusted Advisor’ is Something Emarsys Champions

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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3 Ways to Position Customer Success At Your 2017 Sales Kickoff

Customer success is one of the most important—if not the most important—function in a SaaS business. But more often than not, new business sales is given the spotlight. Typically, companies focus on highlighting new customer wins, new logos, and giving sales reps recognition for crushing their quotas. And while certainly nothing is wrong with that, […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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CSM from the Trenches – 4 Segmentation Strategies for Frontline CSMs

For those just joining my blog series CSM from the Trenches, welcome. In this series I discuss trends, best practices, and advice for frontline customer success managers (CSMs). Being on the CSM frontline allows us to directly influence the success of our clients. I love that; as our clients are successful, we’re successful. Let’s move […]

Sam Feil

Customer Success Manager
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The Customer Success Framework – Relationships, Risks, & Revenue

Tony Nadalin currently serves at the Group VP of Customer Success in Oracle’s Marketing Cloud. Oracle is a leading computer technology company that offers comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems. Tony brings about 20 years of expertise in customer success and support in high tech and SaaS, including […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist
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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