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AM or CSM: What’s the Difference?

“What is the difference between an account manager and a customer success manager?” or “Why are they different?” or “What is is that you do again?”

I might not need to continue grooming my customer success career! Lots of companies use these terms interchangeably, and some use one over the other. Or, if your experience is anything like mine, switch one out for the other. One thing is certain: Every company uses these titles a little differently. I am happy to share with you how I continue to navigate this path and discuss why these titles are often confused.

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While both AMs and CSMs are both customer-facing roles, they are typically striving towards different goals and KPIs. 

An account manager is usually more sales-focused and working with clients on expanding their contract, cross-selling complementary product offerings, or working throug...

In support of striving towards different goals, a CSM and AM will most likely approach various conversations differently. A CSM will be more focused on team adoption, technical details, and perhaps where things have gone wrong, or the client requires more support. These circumstances typically bu...

I think the sweet spot is where you can find a candidate that can perform all of these duties well. Being able to grasp the technical, while finesse on the business side, can make you a particularly strong contributor regardless of the title on your LinkedIn. I have carried both titles and would ...

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