Customer Success

January 17, 2018
You’re doing it wrong: Art vs. Science in Customer Success premium
It seems like something from a different lifetime, but I still remember the old days when sales was all chalkboards, steak knives, and “gut feeling.” Okay, well maybe chalkboards were before my time. Also, I’m vegetarian and don’t really need steak knives. But gut feelings—those were definitely the name of the game back in the […]
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Nick Mehta
January 11, 2018
The Official Chief Customer Officer Welcome Kit premium
One of the best parts of my job as CEO of Gainsight is seeing individuals with responsibility aligned to customer needs moving up in their own personal careers. And one of the hottest trends in enterprise businesses is to appoint one person with end-to-end operational responsibility for Customer Success and Customer Experience. While the title may […]
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Nick Mehta
January 9, 2018
4 Reasons You’ll Miss Your Number Without Customer Success premium
If I had a genie, one of the things I would wish for (after more wishes and a Steelers Super Bowl win) is an extra month between the end of our current fiscal year and the start of our next.* It feels like every year, you go from the stress of closing strong to the […]
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Nick Mehta
November 5, 2017
Using Gainsight to Drive Customer Success Across the Company premium
The Meeting Every now and then you have a meeting call that reshapes your world view. This past June on a Tuesday evening in Washington, D.C., I had one of those meetings. I was at an investor-hosted healthcare CEO event and had a chance to meet dozens of CEOs whose companies are changing the world […]
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Nick Mehta
October 25, 2017
How to Solve the 3 Biggest Challenges in Cybersecurity Customer Success premium
If you’re waiting for the next major cybersecurity breach, history has shown us time and again that you just have to give it a minute. Yahoo. Equifax. Target. Home Depot. Chase. Sony. OPM. These high profile breaches happen seemingly every few weeks, but the reality is that thousands of cyberattacks are happening every day. It’s […]
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Nick Mehta
August 25, 2017
12 Customer Success trends transforming the Private Equity landscape premium
If you follow the M&A markets, you know that Private Equity firms have had an expanded role in the technology market. Traditionally, Private Equity firms had been known for cutting operating expenses at their investments—identify companies with slower top-line growth (and thus lower shareholder value) and trim operations in order to maximize cash flows. But […]
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Nick Mehta
August 22, 2017
The CEO’s Guide to Under-budgeting for Customer Success and Destroying Shareholder Value in the Process premium
As CEOs, our job is to maximize the upside while protecting the downside. Depending on the phase of our business, the mix between fear and greed can ebb and flow. The good news is that Customer Success is becoming an important part of the strategy in all seasons of business, good or bad. That being […]
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Nick Mehta
August 7, 2017
The CEO’s Guide to Measuring Your Customers premium
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” -Peter Drucker “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby.” -Puff Daddy Whether you take your leadership lessons from Drucker or Diddy, you know that a huge part of the CEO’s job is to help your colleagues understand the “scoreboard” for measuring success. Over the years, we, as […]
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Nick Mehta
August 2, 2017
The Scientific Method to an Effective Voice of the Customer Program premium
I was thinking about our latest product package, Gainsight for Voice of the Customer (VoC), and naturally, my thoughts immediately turned to quantum mechanics. And my question was this: Is there a quantum superposition for a customer in which they can be both healthy and at-risk simultaneously until observed by a CSM? In other words, […]
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Nick Mehta
Eight Trends from East Coast CCOs premium
Silicon Valley versus Wall Street. Warriors versus Cavs. Tupac versus Biggie. The West Coast versus East Coast rivalry has a long and storied history—and I’m definitely caught in the middle! I have deep roots on both coasts. As such, I was excited to lead our ‘CCO Connect’ forum back in my old college town of […]
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Nick Mehta
Why CEOs Should Take Ownership of Customer Success premium
“Ownership” is one of the most overused terms in modern work; it shows up in the business buzzword dictionary right next to “synergy” and “taking things offline.” In a typical large company, you can find at least a dozen people that “own” hot initiatives like “the cloud” or “our artificial intelligence strategy.” Strangely, when things […]
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Nick Mehta
April 20, 2017
Why Customer Success teams should partner with their IT counterparts premium
Business, as with much of life, moves like a pendulum—from one extreme to the other. I remember the 1990s and early 2000s with the emergence of large corporate IT organizations. Nothing got done without IT being involved. CIOs were on the fast track to becoming some of the most important leaders in the company. Then […]
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Nick Mehta
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