I'm building and owning the tech touch segment for my company, Gainsight. We're calling it the "Digital Led" segment.
LIFECYCLE - first 5 months (example)
I'd love to hear your feedback, critiques, or thoughts on this!
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
This is next-level @Alex Tran, and exactly what we envisioned members of this community would be doing.
(Oh, and I like "Digital Led" much better than "tech touch")
@Jay Nathan Thanks for the compliment! :)
If you have any ideas on what to change, add, or subtract - I'd love to hear since you're the CS guru :)
This is very similar to what we're working on as well. I'm curious about the exec outreach even for our digitally led customers - how big is this customer base? Is the exec truly reaching out individually, or is it an automated message that has their signature information included? Our tech touch customer base is quite large, and would be challenging to have an executive engage with each one of them.
@Anna Alley An exec is truly reaching out individually. Our customer base isn't that large so it's doable.
We currently do this right now with our customers every quarter, and this change will decrease the frequency of exec engagement.
Also curious to know - what sort of information do you put in the "EBR emails"?
that makes sense - unfortunately not doable with our current size, so trying to figure out what long-term executive engagement looks like.
For our EBR emails, we're actually finalizing those now, but we include the primary portal usage information that's most critical to full efficiency on the application, based on which products they've purchased. We're transactional based (primarily), so most of the data points focus around those.
@Alex Tran this is great thanks for showing your work here. one Suggestion to think about is how you can incorporate a scaled success plan into the mix.
this really should be the basis of an EBR email as opposed to usage and adoption metrics. Remember, adoption isn’t really something we want to lead exec conversations with - live or digitally.
The way to do this with “long-tail” customers is to capture their objectives from a predefined list, e.g. (for Gainsight customers):
You can use surveys or in-app feedback tools To capture their objectives. Then use what you captured to relate the adoption and usage metrics back to the customer through these emails.
Another suggestion is to benchmark each customer against a small set (10-15) of similar companies. Zendesk does this (or at least used to do it) with their monthly emails.
One last suggestion is to make sure you’re measuring engagement with all the touch points you mentioned. Clearly everything you’re doing is meant to drive customer outcomes, and subsequently retention for Gainsight. So monitoring all the touch points in the journey will be key. Cross reference the engagement rates With churned and retained customers. See if there’s a correlation with any one activity - if you find a positive result, double Down on it!
Oh, and never stop talking to customers. Just because you have a scaled program in place, don’t rely on the data alone. It won’t tell the whole story, nothing replaces the context you will gain from speaking with a sample set of customers every month.
@Alex Tran very impressive! Thanks for sharing your work on this forum. I am going to share bits and pieces with my team to drive inspiration
@Alex Tran This is super interesting, thanks for sharing! I'm helping to build out the same program at MongoDB right now, and we're in the middle of building out our automated customer journey across setup, onboarding, adoption and growth. The plan is that having these automated means we can focus our time on manual engagement with customers who have growth/risk potential. Would love to sync up with you for a call if you have time, I'm sure we have lots of experiences we can share!
Love this connection @Emma Mailey and @Alex Tran - my one ask is that you bring back any findings into the community and this thread if you don't mind! :)
@Emma Mailey I'd love to talk more! Two brains are better than one :)
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Let's talk soon, Emma!
@Alex Tran I sent you an email and @Jeff Breunsbach we absolutely will share findings in this community!
Wow - this is sweet! I especially love the automated Support Model @Alex Tran. So streamlined for not only the customer but the Support team and any CSMs that have to juggle this responsibility as well!
Thanks, @Rachel Priest ! Much appreciated!
@Alex Tran I love how you've visually represented the critical first few months of a customer journey, overlaying all the different stakeholders in play and making it a shared plan. Have you considered converting this into a Relationship Roadmap that you share with clients, so its not just internal to Gainsight stakeholders but something you collaborate on and update the client on as well? Curious if it would create a sense of shared ownership for the various touchpoints and outcomes you're hoping to achieve.
@Naveen Nair Thanks for your feedback! I haven't updated customers on this roadmap yet. We are actually transitioning from high touch to low touch for a cohort of customers.
Would you recommend sharing this roadmap with clients when making the transition?
@Alex Tran I can see two distinct advantages from sharing this:
Hope you don't mind, but i'm planning to steal "digitally led", so much better than tech-touch or low-touch.
Thank you so much, @Naveen Nair ! It's good to get feedback from our customers!
Go ahead and take "digital led"! I think many people have already haha :)
@Emma Mailey and I met over Zoom to dive deeper into this! Lots to unpack...some key takeaways:
cc @Jay Nathan @Jeff Breunsbach