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You've seen it without realizing it. Or maybe not even fully appreciating it. The craftsmanship, expertise, and creativity that are made possible thanks to Toon Boom Animation. Because behind those animated series you see is a skilled team of creators. And behind them? There is Toon Boom Animation.
Today, their software is used by everyone from students and freelancers to companies and organizations to the very best animation studios.
This – a global company working within the animation industry, in multiple markets, and with even more buyer personas – makes up for an extensive product offering.
In 2015 the company made a shift from being an on-prem solution only to also offering a subscription model.
Marie-Ève Chartrand, Director of Customer Success and part of the company executive team, immediately realized what that change meant for the business.
A broad mix of customers makes it difficult to standardize solutions.
The customer success department looked for an optimized way to handle all their tasks.
Finding the best way to analyze and take the correct actions based on all the available data.
To help Toon Booms customers get closer to achieving their dreams, Marie-Eve Chartrand started digging into the data they already had. Soon she realized that although the data was there, it consisted of way too many variations to make use of.
In short, Marie-Eve Chartrand’s challenge was to find a flexible software that could make Toon Booms customers happy - no matter what part of the customer journey they were on, what role they had, what market they operated in, or even what animation dream they had.
Marie-Eve Chartrands wish-list was long. It declared that the software Toon Boom was looking for needed... :
Provide a 360-degree view of the customer to all key stakeholders.
Allow Sales Directors, Account Managers, and Renewal Sales to see the state of their customers.
Gather and analyze customer data from SalesForce, ZenDesk and other tools.
Track customers and create plays, workflows, and automations for the various customer segmentation and journey stages.
Alert CSMs when immediate actions have to be taken with customers.
Allow CSMs to log activities, internal notes, and calls.
Allow CSMs to track and prioritize their tasks based on the renewal date and health score.
Report on MRR, ARR, renewal, expansion, churn, CLTV, and retention.
Planhats flexible tool makes it easy to create unique solutions
Revenue reporting provides crucial business insights
The intuitive interface creates fast time to value
No need for extra developers - it's all done by the team
After doing due diligence, starting at the review sites, and following up with product demos with the CSMs in her team, Marie-Eve Chartrand decided on Planhat.
Planhats flexibility was another great winner. For example, Toon Boom relies heavily on SalesForce and tracks its customers via NRR and MRR. However, the subscriptions are much customized depending on the type of customer. But in Planhat, this wasn't a problem.
Other strong points during the evaluation process were the simplicity of creating playbooks, triggers, and automations, as well as the flexibility of aggregating data to create segmented health scores and forecast revenue.
Also, Planhats pricing model with unlimited seating was a big deal since it meant a fast time to value. Toon Boom already had a customer-centric culture in place, and now everybody could be invited to Planhat, but nobody had to worry about additional licensing costs.
And in the end, one more feature stood out to Marie-Eve Chartrand and her colleagues around the executive table: the model for revenue reporting.
Marie-Eve Chartrand might be more tech-savvy than many others in her field, but the ease-of-use and flexibility of Planhat are appreciated by her whole team and by other departments.
Revenue tracking facilitates focus on key indicators
Customers turn from the risk of churn to expanding
Reduced cost of operational management
No additional cost for developer thanks to flexible UI
Improved CS capacity means the team creates more with less
With a small team, a wide array of customer scenarios, and a big global market, adding Planhat has resulted in all that Marie-Eve Chartrand was hoping for. She not only got a “team member skilled at data analytics,” but the new team member also proved to be highly qualified in financials.
It quickly became evident that adding Planhat means a smarter and more efficient way of working. Now the customer success department can handle more customers with less.
During the evaluation process, it became clear to Marie-Eve Chartrand that some of the other alternatives came with an additional development cost in order to adapt the tool to Toon Booms needs. But with Planhats ease-of-use, this isn it necessary.
Today, Planhat is the foundation of their day-to-day operations, and the improved financial results are already in. But in the creative and ambitious animation world, things are rarely finished for good. The industry keeps evolving, and so does Toon Boom.
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