SaaS Customer Success Blog

Learnings, Support, and Scale with SupConf Fall 2017

SupConf, the self-described "best support conference", took place in Atlanta last week for Fall 2017. And it was, indeed, truly excellent -- I really do agree with the superlative description, and learned a ton about remote work, knowledgebases, proactive support, and the SupportDriven community.

Personally, I was honored to have been able to kick it off with a talk on scaling your support team from 0 to 250+.

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Topics: software customer success customer support

The One Key Trait That Great Product Managers and Support Managers Share

sharing_is_caring_memeProduct Managers and Support Managers don't end up in the same sentence often. But in my experience, Product Managers and Support Managers actually share some similar responsibilities and tasks:

  1. Both need to accomplish a hard job with specific goals and limited resources
  2. Both need to deeply understand systems dynamics
  3. Both need to regularly measure and improve output

As categories of work, both Product Managers and Support Managers do all of the above, and more. Great versions of both roles share one key trait, though.

Topics: software customer success user experience customer service management

How to Predict, Solve, and Avoid Dangerous Customer Service Queues

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As a customer base grows and a customer service team scales with that growth, it's almost inevitable that you'll run into nasty queue dynamics at least once. A few examples of environments where work queueing can occur:

  • Technical support ticket queues
  • Task queues that require human involvement
  • Customer onboarding queues

In a perfect world, a company would be staffed perfectly versus demand to deal with these constant streams of work. You'd have exactly the number of resources necessary to hit response timeframe goals on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, and all would be happy in the land of customer support. Back in reality, this is rarely the case when you're managing customer work in a fast-growth environment.

Topics: customer success software customer success customer service management

Measuring Customer Success in SaaS: Ladder & Usage Scoring Methods Compared

I've noticed two broadly used & accepted methods of quantitative customer success measurement in SaaS: laddering and scoring. A comparison is interesting.

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Topics: customer success SaaS customer success software customer success customer success measurements