Retention

Building a Developer Relations Function

Building a Developer Relations Function
Mary Thengvall leads developer relations at Camunda, and has long been a thought leader in the guide, authoring the book, "The Business Value of Developer Relations" and publishing DevRel Weekly. In this guide, she describes what DevRel is, and how to stand up a function to drive developer awareness, enablement, and engagement.

Codifying Your Company’s Customer Success Playbooks

Codifying Your Company’s Customer Success Playbooks
Kristi Faltorusso is currently the VP of Customer Success at ClientSuccess and has previously led the function at IntelliShift, BetterCloud, and Sisense. Her specialty is scaling customer success at hyper-growth companies on their way to $100M in ARR. In this playbook, she explains how CS teams can craft repeatable playbooks to handle common scenarios. She lays out four families of CS playbooks: risk, expansion, lifecycle, and objectives.

Collecting Voice of the Customer Insights to Prevent Churn

Collecting Voice of the Customer Insights to Prevent Churn
Anita Toth is a Customer Success expert specializing in Voice of the Customer customer feedback. In this guide, she covers qualitative Voice of the Customer research techniques, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, listening tours, customer advisory boards, and testimonials.

Conducting Technical Discovery

Conducting Technical Discovery
Joe Casson is the Director of Solutions Engineering at Qualified.com and previously managed solutions engineering at Optimizely. In this guide, he explains that good technical discovery prevents customer dissatisfaction and services inefficiency once it comes time to implement customers. He outlines what to ask prospects and how to weave technical discovery into the sales process.

Defining an Ideal Customer Profile

Defining an Ideal Customer Profile
Kirby is the Chief Marketing Officer at Elevate Security, and has served as CMO at enterprise software and networking companies including Ionir, Illusive Networks, Bayshore Networks, and Limelight Networks. In this guide, he explains how to identify prospect characteristics that predict strong fit, to help sales and marketing automate prioritization.

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy

Designing a Product-led Go-to-Market Strategy
Myk Pono is the Director of Product Management focused on Growth & Acquisition at Freedom Financial Network. For the past 12 years, he’s been a product-led growth and go-to-market strategy consultant, author, and advisor. In this guide, he explains what a product growth team is, and how to operationalize a product-led go-to-market strategy.

Developing a Customer Onboarding Process

Developing a Customer Onboarding Process
Donna Weber is a recognized Customer Success thought leader and strategist. She’s currently a consultant specializing in customer onboarding, implementation, enablement, and education for high-growth companies. She previously built out customer success and customer enablement organizations at SugarCRM and Jaspersoft. In this guide, she dispels the notion that onboarding is just implementation and shows how education, enablement, and support should be woven into onboarding to help new customers see value and succeed quickly.

Email Marketing Strategy

Email Marketing Strategy
Jeanne Jennings is a recognized industry expert and an email marketing consultant and trainer with 25+ years of experience working with both B2B and B2C clients ranging from early-stage startups to major corporations like Capital One and Verizon. In this guide she outlines relevant email regulations, best practices for segmentation and campaign management, and tips for driving conversion rates.

Hiring Customer Success Managers

Hiring Customer Success Managers
Maranda Dziekonski is currently Chief Customer Officer at Swiftly, and has previously led customer success and support teams at Lending Club and HelloSign. In this guide, she describes the CSM role, where to look for candidates, and how to screen for judgement, proactive mindset and communication skills in interviews.

Identifying and Multiplying Your Best Customers with Customer Segmentation

Identifying and Multiplying Your Best Customers with Customer Segmentation
Tamara Grominsky is the Chief Strategy Officer at Unbounce, and has previously led product marketing at other SMB-focused companies including FreshBooks and Yellow Pages. In this guide, she explains why customer segmentation is a powerful tool for improving conversion, acquisition cost, churn, and lifetime value. She outlines how to take on a segmentation project - from analysis to product packaging.

Managing a Customer Success Team

Managing a Customer Success Team
Boaz Maor currently serves as Chief Customer Officer at Talech and has previously led customer success at OpenGov, Mashery, newScale, and FreeMarkets. In this guide, he discusses the role of Customer Success, how to structure a CS team as a company grows, and what metrics to track to measure success.

Managing Customer Engagement Marketing

Managing Customer Engagement Marketing
Lisa Pratt is the Vice President of Customer Engagement Marketing at UKG where she leads a team responsible for customer marketing, customer intelligence, advocacy, and community for more than 20,000 customers. In this guide, she explains how customer marketing can make customer retention and expansion efforts more effective at scale, and describes how to manage the function.

Optimizing Your Support Function

Optimizing Your Support Function
Maranda Dziekonski is currently the Vice President of Chief Customer Officer at Swiftly, and has previously led customer success and support teams at Lending Club, HelloSign, Castlight Health, and Pared. In this guide, she outlines how to set up and tier a customer support function, including how to divert support queries to self-serve channels, and how to work with product and tech teams on bug management.

Outcome-based Product Roadmapping

Outcome-based Product Roadmapping
Rajesh Nerlikar is a Co-Founder and Product Coach at Prodify, and co-author of the best selling product book, Build What Matters. In this guide he explains how to build a roadmap centered on customer outcomes instead of features shipped. He outlines how to balance new functionality with maintenance and tech debt, and how to run a cross-functional roadmapping process.

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways

Scaling Onboarding with Self-guided Pathways
Shareil Nariman is the Head of Customer Success at Arrows. Previously, he led customer lifecycle management, including onboarding, at Sprout Social and previously led operations teams at Booking.com. In this guide, he explains how companies that offer lower-priced SaaS products can leverage cross-functional collaboration and automation tools to design high quality self-guided customer onboarding experiences.

Structuring and Scaling a Post-Sales Org

Structuring and Scaling a Post-Sales Org
Rod Cherkas is the CEO of HelloCCO, a consulting firm that partners with Chief Customer Officers and their leaders to develop, execute and scale their post-sale functions. He previously led post-sale organizations at Gainsight, Marketo, RingCentral and Narvar. In this guide, he outlines the responsibilities and typical growth paths of post-sales functions including services, customer success, support, customer education, customer operations, and partner success.

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