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Proactive Customer Service

How to Ensure You Are Delivering Success For Your Customers

Shep Hyken sits down with Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight. They discuss why you should be proactive instead of reactive, how the subscription model is shaping customer loyalty, and why making your customers happy is no longer enough.

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Top Takeaways:

  • You have to proactively ensure that you’re delivering success to your customers. If you wait until they call you to voice their complaints, it may be too late.
  • Because of the subscription model and the numerous options available to consumers, they don’t have to be loyal to any one company. If you can’t deliver your customer’s desired outcome, they will find someone else who can.
  • Keeping your customers happy isn’t enough anymore. Today, they have to get more value from you than they can get anywhere else. This is why Jeff Bezos says he isn’t scared of his competitors. He’s scared of his customers, because they have the choice to leave every day.
  • Companies are realizing that they need somebody whose job is to ensure customers are getting maximum value. According to LinkedIn, the third fastest growing job title in 2018 is Customer Success Manager.
  • You have to proactively ensure your customers are achieving their desired outcome. Three ways to do that are:
  1. Start at the beginning of the process by on-boarding the customer and getting them up to speed on how to use your product/service.
  2. Ask them what it will take for them to continue doing business with you in the future.
  3. Reach out to them over time to make sure they’re getting value and reaching their desired outcomes.


“You can’t just have the best product, you have to have the best outcome.” – Nick Mehta

“You re-earn your customers business every single day.” – Nick Mehta

“If you’re waiting for your customer to tell you what they want instead of being proactive and figuring that out yourself, they’re going to go somewhere else.” – Nick Mehta

“You’re never done delivering value and success to your customers.” – Nick Mehta


Nick Mehta is the CEO of Gainsight. In his six years as CEO, he’s secured over $156 million in funding, expanded the employee base to over 500 employees, and been recognized as the third best SAAS CEO out of 5,000 nominees. He also co-authored the book Customer Success: How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn And Growing Recurring Revenue.

Shep Hyken is a customer service and experience expert, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning keynote speaker, and your host of Amazing Business Radio.

This episode of Amazing Business Radio with Shep Hyken answers the following questions … and more:

  1. How can you be proactive with your customer service?
  2. What is customer success?
  3. Why are smart companies investing in customer success?
  4. How can you keep customers longer?
  5. What questions should you ask new customers?



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