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Meredith Giersch profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight is currently the most robust platform in the CSM industry, however, I've seen 90% of my peers do a poor job of implementing / customizing it. So make sure you have a strong team to focus / clarify how you want CSMs / managers to do their job first... then a team to implement the tool and do proper enablement. Without that, you'll likely fail round one.
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Score 8 out of 10
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I think the difference in value you will get out of Gainsight is largely dependant on the size of your organization, your desire to scale, and willingness to keep things updated. If you're a large org that is willing to devote time to configuration, this is for you. If you're a small team, I just don't think the operational benefits compensate for the amount of time you'd need to devote.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight for a customer success organization is essential. It gives account managers or CSM's a one-stop-shop view of all their customers, and with the dashboards that can be configured, they can have an easy outlook as to why a merchant's overall health score may have dropped or improved. Some scenarios where it is less appropriate, however, would be Sales or Risk, etc, just due to the limitations of the product and how catered to it is for customers and updates/historical information on them.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Due to the flexibility Gainsight could likely be adapted to a multitude of scenarios and functions within a customer success organization. The key to getting the most out of it is ensuring your organization has their data in order (this is not a small task), and the business goals are clearly defined and supported.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Gainsight does a great job of consolidating relevant account information and automating tasks associated with Customer Success. Their staff is also very helpful in recommending the best practices they've observed across their own customers.
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Score 8 out of 10
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It is well suited to adoption/customer success focused endeavors where there is quantifiable data, which will make charting/graphing/etc. much easier. It becomes less intuitive and useful to use in cases where there isn't a lot of quantifiable data but rather subjective type data. For example, gauging a customer's success/adoption by survey questions will make Gainsight less useful than having measurable data.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Great tool for CSMs and account managers who are managing individual accounts. It’s also great for 1: many teams with the CTAs and automated emails. We still send most data back to Salesforce and share the customer information through Salesforce instead of Gainsight.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Great for CSMs managing larger subsets of customers as well as smaller subsets. Helpful for CS management to configure in a way where key metrics and data are provided that can be reported to the business in a productive way.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight is well suited when a CSM is managing multiple accounts (higher than 10) and each requires a certain degree of personalized follow up. With its automation (rules engines) you can also build into the system automated responses and triggers for your customer and/or CSMs relevant to a particular situation. Reporting for management is also a key feature that Gainsight is well tooled for.
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October 22, 2019

Good CS Platform

Score 9 out of 10
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If you have enough customers and ARR, you can't live in spreadsheets any more. Gainsight is useful to pull data in from different tools and bubble up actionable insights to your team. If you want to use it effectively, you should have a dedicated resource to manage Gainsight and make sure you can make changes to its data structure and reports as quickly as your business needs to change.
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Score 9 out of 10
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I love gainsight because it makes my job easier. I have already recommended it to my colleagues and peers because I have found such success from it. It is really good to use for proactive outreach such as for quarterly business reviews and health checks. It is not as helpful to break down your onboarding customers because it groups all of those types of CTAs together.
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August 16, 2019

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Score 9 out of 10
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Well suited for onboarding, pro-active CTAs, timeline tracking. Less appropriate for technical case logging, multiple billing entities/divisions/products.
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August 14, 2019

Gainsight is Gold

Score 9 out of 10
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If you are looking to help better scale a CS team, implementing Gainsight enables you to roll out processes that help ensure all CSMs are following the same plays. We purchased Gainsight when we were at ~10 CSMs, which was a big enough group to see the immediate impact the features had on our team. It's a one-stop-shop for them to work from to help create better efficiencies.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Well suited:
- There is a dedicated CSM team with a 1:1 assignment of accounts.
- More mature CS organization with defined processes for your CSM team.

Less appropriate:
- There is a services fulfillment team that does not have access to Salesforce—the lack of direct integrations with other tools makes it hard to communicate with other teams.
- Less mature CS organization with no real processes defined.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight works extremely well for a SFDC shop that is looking to make for a more impactful and efficient customer success organization.

I am unsure how well Gainsight would work in non-traditional CS capacities (TAM roles).

Make sure that you have IT staff that have allocated time for maintenance and administration as this can take up a large amount of time to get full value on all functionality.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight is well suited for organizations where people are taking notes and documenting things related to their customers, and need them to be visible to the entire organization for visibility, knowledge transfer, etc.
Gainsight is less appropriate for a company that is not B2B, and does not have accounts/clients.
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April 17, 2019

Great tool!

Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight is great for managing customer interactions through the customer lifecycle and understanding how to successfully keep your customers on a path to success via using your product or service.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Gainsight is great if there are multiple data sources that aren't easily viewed in a combined way or if users do not have access to all these data sources. Gainsight provides a way to get this information into one area that is easy to view by anyone that is involved with the account. It also allows for data back to other systems like Salesforce which is important for contributors that may not be in Customer Success. Gainsight is helpful for automation as well as building scenarios with a specific goal in mind - all of which helps with scaling across segments.

In other areas, Gainsight can be harder for users to adopt if they are used to different workflows like working from support cases or direct email. It also doesn't have much machine learning that would increase the ability to automate workflows. If your product isn't true SaaS you can't make as much use of some of the areas of Gainsight that work well with usage data. Gainsight is also good for workflows that produce an output - an email, a survey, etc. - but not as good with taking inputs from customers.
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Ben Michael profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Anyone looking to scale their business to a growing customer base should use Gainsight. It's a needed tool to take the jump from manual to automated, while maintaining (or possibly improving) the value you give to your customers. We have seen immense improvements in our efficiency, proactiveness, and overall customer retention with the use of Gainsight.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Gainsight is the keystone solution for a customer-centric SaaS organization looking to proactively operationalize the engagement of a team of Customer Success Managers, Sellers, Support people, and other customer-facing resources. Insights into recurring revenue should be objectively based on objective customer data. Gainsight provides the insight along with the suggested tasks that will secure greater revenue retention.


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Score 10 out of 10
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Gainsight is a powerful tool and I've used it at two companies to define the work and outcomes of CSMs. If you have a multi-product offering and need to manage the post sales experience, this tool is perfect. If you are smaller, you could live in your CRM tool until you are ready.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (150)
7.8
API (108)
8.0
Integration with Salesforce.com (187)
9.1
Integration with Marketo (47)
7.6
Integration with Eloqua (18)
7.2
Product usage (180)
8.6
Help desk / support tickets (152)
8.2
NPS surveys (155)
9.3
Sponsor tracking (147)
7.6
Customer profiles (178)
9.2
Automated workflow (192)
8.3
Internal collaboration (179)
8.1
Customer health scoring (192)
9.3
Customer segmentation (164)
9.0
Customer health trends (181)
9.1
Engagement analytics (160)
8.7
Revenue forecasting (100)
8.5
Dashboards (194)
8.7

About Gainsight

Gainsight says they enable business transformation through their passionate community, proven expertise, and cutting edge technology. In addition to the largest customer success community, the vendor says they also have a diverse, 333+ customer base spanning across Fortune 1000 companies such as HP, Cisco and Adobe and growth businesses like Box and Shopify.

Via their community and customers, Gainsight says they have developed deep expertise around customer success best practices which are embedded into the product. Additionally, the vendor says 50% of their company headcount is dedicated to R&D, and that their platform can serve business needs across various customer segments. The vendor’s value proposition is that their product innovations are consistently first to market and built to scale from day one.

Gainsight says their customers see an average of 4% higher retention and 20% faster growth than their peers.

Gainsight Features

Customer Data Extraction / Integration Features
Has featureProduct usage
Has featureHelp desk / support tickets
Has featureOnline customer community
Has featureBilling
Has featureMarketing emails
Customer Success Management Features
Has featureNPS surveys
Has featureSponsor tracking
Has featureCustomer profiles
Has featureAutomated workflow
Has featureInternal collaboration
Has featureCustomer health scoring
Has featureCustomer segmentation
CSM Reporting & Analytics Features
Has featureCustomer health trends
Has featureEngagement analytics
Has featureRevenue forecasting
Has featureDashboards
Has featureCustomer lifetime value
Has featureChurn rate
Security Features
Has featureRole-based user permissions
Platform & Infrastructure Features
Has featureAPI
Has featureIntegration with Salesforce.com
Has featureIntegration with Marketo
Has featureIntegration with Eloqua
Additional Features
Has featureCustomer360
Has feature4D Analytics
Has featureCustomer Lifecycle Cockpit
Has featureIn-product best practices library of resources
Has feature60 second video message to Customers

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Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Required

Gainsight Customer Size Distribution

Consumers
0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
10%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
60%
Enterprises (> 500 employees)
30%

Gainsight Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android