First things first, what exactly is "Customer Success"?

Customer Success is when a customer achieves their Desired Outcome through their interactions with a company .

Customer Success is a new term for customer service activities that help a customer thrive when using a product after purchase. With the rise of the Software as a Service (SaaS) business model, it's become an increasingly necessary job.

A customer success specialist helps an organization ensure that customers come back to buy the product year after year.

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How Does A Customer Success Specialist Drive (Great) Success?

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Short answer: make sure customers are happy with their experience with both the company and the product!

Long answer: complete various tasks on a day-to-day basis, like...

  • Onboard and train new customers to help them get up and running with your product or service.

  • Partner up with other teams to help answer customer questions and resolve issues.

  • Check-in with customers and flag any issues that may arise.

  • Constantly ask yourself, was the customer able to achieve the value they sought for when coming on board?

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Which skill is most helpful in this kind of role?

But Does This Pay The Bill$?

The three major types of pay structure for customer success specialists are:

  • Base Only — base salary with no bonus or variable component

  • Base + Bonus — base salary with a small bonus structure

  • Base + Variable – base salary with a variable component, usually when the role includes sales quotas

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Here's what you should expect to make, on average:

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$42,000 CAD

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$48,000 USD

Where Can You Work As A Customer Success Specialist?

Short answer:

Everywhere!

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Long answer:

While the majority of job opportunities are within software companies, Customer Success is not limited to tech. As more people get used to subscription-based relationships with companies, other industries are adopting recurring revenue models:

  • Consumer products

  • Car companies

  • Entertainment

  • Furniture

  • Transportation

  • Food

  • …and more!

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What is the "primary" role of a customer success specialist?

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Kinda Nehlawi

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