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When support tickets rise en Masse, many Ceos hit the panic button. This sends Dev into a flurry of activity (disrupting what they were doing) what if we built a new feature? What if we did one big update? What if we asked each departing customer why they’re leaving and solved all of those issues? It’s the fast track to the dreaded "next feature fallacy" and the "product death cycle"
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Customer success already builds out ideal customer profiles, in which the ideal customer’s pain points and ideal outcomes are recorded. It’s not a great leap to also create user stories that help Dev answer the question, “why are we doing this?” and Prioritize accordingly. Success can even take o...
The “ right” kind of feedback comes from ideal customers. The wrong kind of feedback can lead to wasting time on features that don’t serve your target audience. Customer success has already identified ideal customers. That means they know who to survey, and when they send the survey, they’ll get ...
Show Product Dev how their hard work impacts real people. Share customer stories and anecdotes. Share your numbers and stats. Celebrate successes.
Too often, Dev is removed from the effects of their work. They don’t get to see the end users succeeding. They don’t see how what they do makes ...
Which means that the company benefits, because you’re effectively maximizing lifetime value (aka. minimizing churn), which leads to growth.
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Churn can most basically be defined as resources lost in a given period of time. Typically it’s referring to users or revenue lost and is usually represented with either a percentage or dollar amount.
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Customer Success Managers are responsible for developing a positive and trusting relationship with the client. This is a unique role that is a hybrid of customer service and sales.
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