Which software company created the very first named Customer Success group?
In 1996, CRM-company "Vantive" realized that, on an industry-wide scale, corporate CRM systems have, unfortunately, a high failure rate. While the main part of the supplier's profit from the sale of perpetual licenses was received when the contract was signed. Failed implementations not only jeopardized future sales, but also resulted in strategically significant losses in expected support and maintenance fees. For this company, whose goal was expressed to have 100% of their clients ready to make recommendations at any time. The sales departments regularly offered the entire list of services to qualified prospects, luring them into the company. However, the real driving force was the development of relationships and the growth of the average check after the sale. The traditional organizational structure was not enough, a new approach was needed.
John Luongo, CEO of Vantive, experienced a very innovative use of the app by a client and wanted to bring that innovation back to Vantive. He hired Marie Alexander, who created a new approach, to come and run the "Vantive" service team.
In 1996-1997, Marie created a new department called Customer Success and began introducing the team to potential clients before signing a contract. "It's the Customer Success team that makes sure you're successful with Vantive. And they're compensated based on your success."
Other major SaaS players also liked this experience: "Siebel" (2004 introduction), "Salesforce" (2005. True, they called their department much more interestingly "Customers for Life" (Customers For Life)).
In general, as we can see, the specialty is quite new, but very exciting in the online and offline sales market.