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Building a Solutions Engineering Function

Building a Solutions Engineering Function
Zach Lawryk is the VP of Solutions Engineering at Slack, and has previously led solutions engineering at Optimizely and Box. In this guide he explains the role of solutions engineering in the presale process, and outlines how to manage key SE responsibilities from demoing to technical discovery to running pilots.

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.

Designing a Sales Org for a High-velocity Sale

Designing a Sales Org for a High-velocity Sale
Lori is currently the Global Head of Business Development at Cloudflare. She has built high-velocity sales teams at companies across the growth spectrum, from joining early startups as the first sales hire to helping public companies achieve revenue targets of $1B. In this guide she outlines how high-velocity sales teams should design their sales org, set up their processes and leverage tech tools to drive efficiency and productivity.

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.

Implementing Salesforce

Implementing Salesforce
Jen Flanagan is the Director of Sales Operations at Ordergroove, and has built or advised on dozens of Salesforce instances. In this guide, she explains what Salesforce can do natively, with integrations, and with customization and outlines, how Salesforce objects work and how to think about the right setup for your business.

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.

Managing Scalable ABM Campaigns

Managing Scalable ABM Campaigns
Heidi Vandermeer is the Director of Demand Generation at Resolver and has led account-based marketing at Security Compass and Uberflip, and has won an ABMie award for best ABM campaign at scale. In this guide, she shares how to select an ABM account list, and how marketing and sales should work together to execute ABM campaigns.

Optimizing a Payments Processing Partnership

Optimizing a Payments Processing Partnership
Greg Myers is a payments ecosystem expert and the host host of the Monetize your Payments podcast. In this guide, he outlines the different types of payment processor relationship options available to software companies, along with the risks, benefits, and considerations that come with each.

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.

Planning for Predictable Growth and Accurate Forecasting

Planning for Predictable Growth and Accurate Forecasting
Anthony Cessario is VP of Industries and GTM Solutions at Clari, the revenue operations and forecasting platform. In this guide, he explains how good forecasts are a part of a bigger predictable growth strategy, and lays out how to design and instrument a repeatable revenue process with strong processes and accurate data.

Positioning and Launching a New Product

Positioning and Launching a New Product
Dan Murphy has led product marketing at Privy and Drift, where he’s overseen over 70 product launches and more than a dozen large, new product launches. In this guide, he walks through how to position and launch major new offerings, including new products, products introduced to new verticals, acquired products, and important partnerships.

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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