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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

Your First 90 Days as a New Customer Success Leader

In any new role, the first 90 days are critical. You’re not only establishing your credibility to your new coworkers, you’re also making a case of the kind of professional you’re going to be in the future. For executives in particular, this is the period when you hone in on the type of leader you […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

6 Red Flags Every Customer Success Manager Should Watch For

The concept of customer success never ends. It’s a journey that requires a constant pursuit to drive value to your customers. There will be ups and downs, challenges, and opportunities throughout the entire customer journey. In this blog, I’ll cover six red flags or risks every customer success manager needs to watch for to ensure […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

CS100 Speaker Preview: Emilia D’Anzica – Proactive Customer Success Strategies that Create Fans

Emilia D’Anzica, Vice President of Customer Engagement at WalkMe, was recently announced as a speaker at the upcoming CS100 Summit, the premiere conference for customer success executives and leaders. The CS100 Summit will take place September 13-15, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel in Park City, Utah and will attract 100 customer success executives traveling […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

CS100 Speaker Preview: Whitney Hillyer – Make Your Customer Success Team a Key Revenue Driver

Whitney Hillyer, Vice President of Client Success at Collective[i], was recently announced as a speaker at the upcoming CS100 Summit, the premiere conference for customer success executives and leaders. The CS100 Summit will take place September 13-15, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel in Park City, Utah and will attract 100 customer success executives traveling […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

Leading Indicators of Customer Success: Gut, Usage, Engagement

As a customer success manager (CSM), you know from personal experience that there are many ways to understand whether customers are actually engaging with your products or services. Often times, you can even determine whether the customer is successful by understanding their goals and metrics and aligning your products and services to meet their needs. […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

CS100 Speaker Preview: Stacey Bishop – The Investors Perspective on Customer Success

Stacey Bishop, Partner at Scale Venture Partners was recently announced as a speaker at the upcoming CS100 Summit, the premiere conference for customer success executives and leaders. The CS100 Summit will take place September 13-15, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel in Park City, Utah and will attract 100 customer success executives traveling in from […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist

CS100 Speaker Preview: Ursula Llabres – Building Customer Success at Scale

Ursula Llabres, VP Customer Success at InsideSales.com  was recently announced as a speaker at the upcoming CS100 Summit, the premiere conference for customer success executives and leaders. The CS100 Summit will take place September 13-15, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel in Park City, Utah and will attract 100 customer success executives traveling in from […]

Burke Alder

Customer Success Strategist