In May 2017, we co-located our Business of Customer Education Conference (BOCE) at the Gainsight Pulse Customer Success Conference. The session audio was recorded, and we wanted to make them available. We had speakers from Workplace by Facebook, Atlassian, Gainsight, Cloudera, MuleSoft, Couchbase, and ServiceRocket, each of which shared their stories for how customer education plays a role in customer success. Below is a brief recap of each session and a link to the audio recording.
MRR. Churn. CPA. ARC. LTV. If you're in the SaaS business, you're familiar with these terms.* Do a quick search for "customer success KPIs" and you'll find a dozen more. It can be a challenge trying to figure out which KPIs to use to measure the effectiveness of your training team and the programs you produce.
Further complicating matters is if you're being asked to tie your training metrics to customer success. According to customer education thought leaders like Wayne McCulloch, senior vice president of Salesforce University, "education has never played a more important part in customer success than in a cloud-based organization."
Customer Education is a critical component for scaling your customer success function and delivering successful customer outcomes. Leveraging education enables your customers to successfully adopt your product and achieve the goals they identified during the sales cycle. This is the pathway to increased customer retention, expansion and reduced churn. Here are five best practices drawn from software companies who are leading the way in delivering Customer Education focused on customer success.
Danielle Tomlinson knows a thing or two about building a customer education team. She's successfully lead customer education teams at SAP and Redhat and has now built the education services team at Hortonworks from scratch.
Because she's so passionate and interested in customer education, Danielle's dedicated a lot of time and effort into building the best customer education strategy—and team—at Hortonworks. She's seen first-hand the impact of education programs on a company's bottom line and knows how to build a successful customer education team.
In this post, we'll share some of Danielle's ideas on how to build a customer education dream team, including information on the roles and skills you need in your team, as well as the importance of internal collaboration with other teams in your company, like sales and marketing.