Driving Customer Success: Key Metrics for Optimal Performance

Megan Killeen

Jul 4 2023 7 min read

In today’s customer-centric business landscape, customer success is increasingly taking center stage.

With large and diverse customer bases, organizations understand the significance of keeping their customers happy, even if some are unsure of exactly what exciting new customer information they should actually be capturing. It can be hard to know where to start. 

Fortunately, we’re here to help! So let’s take a look at some of the metrics we believe play the biggest role in ensuring your customers – and you – are successful. 

After all, without measurement, how can you truly determine satisfaction, utilization, loyalty and ultimately… customer success?


Customer Effort Score (CES)

Customer Effort Score (CES) measures the ease or difficulty a customer experiences when interacting with a business. It gauges the effort required from the customer’s perspective to resolve issues, seek support, or achieve their goals. By minimizing customer effort, organizations can enhance the overall customer experience and drive success. 

To improve CES, businesses should focus on streamlining processes, reducing friction points, and providing self-service options. By simplifying interactions and making it effortless for customers to achieve their desired outcomes, organizations can foster higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Billable utilization

Billable utilization is a metric that measures the percentage of time a customer actually utilizes a product or service they have purchased. High billable utilization indicates that customers are actively engaged with the offering and deriving value from it. 

To drive customer success through billable utilization, organizations should focus on providing training, resources, and support to help customers maximize their utilization. Regular check-ins, proactive communication, and identifying opportunities for upselling or cross-selling can further enhance billable utilization. By ensuring customers make the most of their investment, organizations can strengthen relationships, drive customer satisfaction, and ultimately increase revenue.


Customer Satisfaction (CSAT)

Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) is a widely recognized metric that assesses how satisfied customers are with a specific interaction, experience, or overall relationship with a company. It measures customer sentiment and provides insights into areas that require improvement. To drive customer success through CSAT, businesses should prioritize excellent customer service, responsiveness, and personalized support. 

Actively seeking customer feedback, conducting surveys, and analyzing customer sentiment enable organizations to identify pain points and take corrective actions. By consistently meeting or exceeding customer expectations, businesses can enhance CSAT, foster customer loyalty, and drive long-term success.

Net Promoter Score (NPS)

Net Promoter Score (NPS) measures customer loyalty and advocacy. It indicates the likelihood of customers recommending a company’s products or services to others. NPS is determined by asking customers a single question: “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend us to a friend or colleague?” Respondents are then categorized into promoters (9-10), passives (7-8), or detractors (0-6). 

To drive customer success through NPS, organizations should focus on converting detractors into promoters by addressing their concerns and improving their experience. Engaging with promoters and leveraging their positive feedback can also lead to valuable referrals and customer acquisition. NPS provides actionable insights for enhancing customer loyalty, retention, and overall business growth.


Adopting a holistic approach

Driving customer success is a multifaceted endeavor that requires a holistic approach. By tracking and optimizing key metrics such as Customer Effort Score (CES), Billable Utilization, Customer Satisfaction (CSAT), and Net Promoter Score (NPS), organizations can gain valuable insights into customer experiences, utilization, loyalty, and advocacy. These metrics serve as crucial indicators of customer success and help businesses identify areas for improvement, enhance customer satisfaction, and build lasting relationships. 

By prioritizing customer success and leveraging these metrics, organizations can foster a customer-centric culture, drive growth, and stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace – and at Cloud Coach, we can help!

With robust project management capabilities, Cloud Coach enables teams to effectively plan, execute, and track projects, ensuring timely and successful delivery.

Additionally, Cloud Coach offers valuable customer insights and analytics, allowing teams to gather and analyze customer data to better understand their needs and preferences – empowering customer success teams to optimize their workflows, deliver personalized experiences, and ultimately foster stronger customer relationships. 

If you’d like to learn more, get in touch!


Megan Killeen

Megan is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Cloud Coach

Related Articles

Feature of the Month: Scenario Planning

Scenario planning is a strategic management tool, which is essential for professional services teams and  organizations looking to anticipate and...

Christian Langley

Mar 28 2024 3 min read

Want to see Cloud Coach in action?

Cloud Coach is secure and customisable platform for successfully delivering customer projects of all shapes and sizes.

See Cloud Coach In Action

Cloud Coach is secure and customisable platform for successfully delivering projects of all shapes and sizes.

Schedule a tailored demo with one of our project specialists.

  • Fill out the form below
  • Our team will reach out within 24 hours to discuss your unique requirements
  • We’ll schedule a 1:1 demo with one of our product specialists  
medal 2 1
reCAPTCHA logo@2x

protected by reCAPTCHA

medal 2 1

Thank you

A Cloud Coach advisor will be in contact by email within one working day to arrange your demo.