Freedmen's - #6 on the TX BBQ Passport and our fourth stop. Fancy restaurant that is pretending to be a barbecue joint.Read More
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que - #8 on the TX BBQ Passport and our fourth stop. Excellent sausage, good brisket, and low key atmosphere.Read More
Stiles Switch BBQ - #20 on the TX BBQ Passport and our third stop. Great brisket and sausage with not a lot of fuss.Read More
Terry Black's BBQ - #21 on the TX BBQ Passport and our second stop. Absurdly amazing brisket right close to downtown Austin.Read More
Kreuz Market - #10 on the TX BBQ Passport and our first stop. Great ambiance and sausage, but not much else.Read More
I read a lot. An embarrassing amount, actually - I average about a book a week according to my Amazon purchases (and I would like to thank the advent of the e-book for giving me an easy place to store all of this reading material - thank you cloud!) When I started brainstorming blog post ideas, sharing a few of my favorite books was on the top of the list, and narrowing the list down of just a few of my favorites to just five has been challenging.Read More
A few years ago, I met with a SaaS startup who was looking for someone to lead their customer success team. Interesting product, good funding, early traction, 50-70 clients - everything sounded great. But as I dug into their customer success model, I saw a big problem - their customer success ratios. They were charging $30,000 yearly on average and their customer success managers (CSMs) were managing on average 7 accounts - meaning each CSM was managing $210,000 yearly and spending 18.5 hours per month per client.Read More
"How often are you asked if you have kids in a job interview?" I asked my husband.
"Never," he replied.
"I'm asked about half the time."Read More
As customer success is a fairly new field and can mean a variety of things to companies, how to compensate a CSM is not as clear as in other fields such as sales and support. In my experience, CSMs are not motivated by high variable compensation. They are generally motivated by their customer's success and enjoy working in collaborative, team environments.Read More
When you are building your customer success team, you probably spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to segment accounts - do you want to divide up accounts by vertical? By region? By MRR? Or by however sales does it? And once you come up with the perfect division, you will probably spend a lot of time trying to figure out the right number of accounts per CSM, probably by the amount of ARR each CSM is carrying. You are also coming up with a plan and strategy about how to use that time: quarterly business reviews, product updates, adoption reporting, and so on.
While you are making these choices, the most important thing to consider is how many hours your ratio will allow you to dedicate per client per month.Read More
After proposing a Customer Success Manager (CSM) structure to a team of leaders at a previous company, the very next question was, "But what are other companies doing?"Read More
Welcome to my blog! As a 7 time startup veteran who is obsessive about customer success, and who has probably seen every manager situation known to man, I'm excited to have a place to share some of my hard-earned lessons.Read More