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Best Practices for SuccessFlows

SuccessFlows are designed to categorize team activities and customer interactions into the business workflows they are part of. We highly recommend that you use this article to define the right SuccessFlows for your organization and get started with this feature immediately with best practices in mind.

 

First, we have laid the groundwork for you by creating 5 SuccessFlows: Onboarding, Renewal, Escalations, Support, and TBD. TBD is the “to be defined” category created as the initial default but we recommend that you define and replace the “TBD” SuccessFlow with a new default.

 

All new tasks, touchpoints, SuccessPlays, and Customer Success Campaigns will be marked as “TBD” until you begin selecting a SuccessFlow or create a new default.

 

Second, there are 2 “best practice” approaches to setting up SuccessFlows for your customer success organization. We recommend choosing an approach that fits your customer success engagement model.

 

Option 1 - Categorize activities and interactions by Lifecycle Stage

Categorizing SuccessFlows by lifecycle stage is the simplest approach. There are 5 customer lifecycle stages: Onboarding, Nurture, Renewal, Upsell, and Escalations. Below are the categories, suggested icons, and example activities you would mark as these SuccessFlow categories.> 

  SuccessFlow 

 Icon 

   Example Activities  

Onboarding

Onboarding kick off call, scheduling data review, technical integration, launch, sending onboarding survey

Nurture

Training, business reviews, product release announcements

Renewal

Renewal discussion, pricing and negotiation activities

Upsell

Identifying potential upsell options, pricing discussion, ROI

Escalations

Escalation meeting, creating a get well plan

 

PLEASE NOTE:

In this approach, there is no “TBD” SuccessFlow. We recommend using “Nurture” to be your new default because the majority of customer interactions and activities occur within this lifecycle stage. To get started with this best practice approach, you need to do two things:

  1. Edit the “TBD” SuccessFlow to be Nurture
  2. Create a new SuccessFlow called Upsell

 

Option 2 - Categorize by more detailed Business Processes (Recommended)

Taking a more detailed approach to categorizing SuccessFlows is recommended for customers that want to view, track, and filter activities at a more granular level. Going beyond lifecycle stages, the recommended SuccessFlows listed below adds key business processes that you and your team care about. We have created the “Support” workflow for you, and we also propose breaking the longer, more general “Nurture” lifecycle stage into multiple SuccessFlow categories.

  SuccessFlow 

 Icon 

   Example Activities  

Onboarding

Onboarding kick off call, scheduling data review, technical integration, launch, sending onboarding survey

Training

Feature training, methodology training, executive coaching

Business Review

QBRs, executive reviews, OKR reviews

Adoption

New feature Introduction, webinar

Executive Relationship

Executive Discussion summary

Renewal

Renewal discussion, pricing and negotiation activities

Upsell

Identifying potential upsell options, pricing discussion, ROI

Support

High ticket open by customer, Call customer if 10+ open tickets (task)

Escalations

Escalation meeting, creating a get-well plan

Professional Services

PS meeting

Billing

Customer paid, customer late in paying

 

PLEASE NOTE:

In this approach, there is also no “TBD” SuccessFlow. We recommend editing and replacing the “TBD” category with a new SuccessFlow listed above. Please also define and select which SuccessFlow will be your new default.

 

Other Recommendations

If your team wants to document internal notes or use tasks to log non-customer activities like emails and calls, we recommend using an additional SuccessFlow like “Internal Notes.” This will allow you to view only the meaningful interactions and engagements pertaining to the key SuccessFlows categories listed in the table above.  

  SuccessFlow 

 Icon 

   Example Activities  

Internal Notes

Schedule a QBR call (task)

 

For additional information about SuccessFlows, here are 2 articles:

 

 

 

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