#CS leaders: how are you managing customer requests for contract flexibility right now?

Approaches we're seeing:

For mid-term contracts, 6+ months away, hold off on making any contract changes right now.

If customer needs flexibility on an upcoming payment, consider moving from annual --> semi-annual, quarterly or monthly payments for a period of time.

For near-term renewals, provide a 15-month renewal and flexibility on next payment. Drawback is that this could appear to cause a drop in ARR (revenue recognition over 15 months instead of 12). Track that as a separate bucket from downsells or cancels.

Add a triage process to validate needs (vs. wants / opportunism). Doing this custom for each customer that asks is going to get time-consuming and painful.

In general, seems like folks are also avoiding blanket discounts.

How are you supporting your customers' needs for flexibility right now?


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