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What Are the Differences Between a Customer Success Agenda and Objective?

As a customer success leader, you’ve put a lot of hard work into building the perfect meetings with customers. You know to focus on the most relevant items at hand, come out with clear action items, and always have an agenda to keep things on track. 

But did you know there is a difference between a meeting agenda and a meeting objective? While an agenda is required to keep your team and your customer on track to make the most of your time together, both an agenda and an objective are needed to achieve what you set out to do in your meeting.

Here, we’ll look at the differences between a meeting agenda and a meeting objective and how they both pertain to customer success:

The agenda is the what, while the objective is the why.

Your customer success meeting agendas probably already list out the topics you need to discuss or the areas where you need to spend precious time with the customer. But why do you have to talk about those specific items? Adding an objective to each agenda item can help focus discussion and ensure the team comes to an actual decision instead of just talking in circles.

An agenda helps establish expectations and talking points for a meeting, while an objective helps attendees stay focused on a clear outcome.

Providing agenda items before a meeting with a customer ensures they have the information they need to come prepared and speak on specific topics. Agendas outline the expectations (for both sides) so that no one is in the dark. Objectives, on the other hand, can help lead the conversation to its end goal. Let’s say a demo of a new feature is on a customer meeting agenda. The objective here would be to give the customer the information they need to decide whether to buy the new feature. After the demo, they should have the data they need to say yes or no. 

Meetings with agendas ensure customers stay engaged, while meetings with objects help customers feel valued. 

Your customers have other things to focus on during their days, making the time they spend with you in these conversations so precious. Customers are less likely to attend meetings with no agenda, as they need to have a clear reason for being there in the first place. Providing meeting objectives and agenda items in advance can help ensure customers feel as though these meetings are a valuable way to spend their time and resources during a day. 

You can learn more about optimizing your customer meetings with these additional resources from ClientSuccess:

Announcing ClientSuccess Goals: Deliver Measurable Results for Your Customers

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