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Vendors Boost Concierge Services to Attract and Support Resource-Strapped Partners

Despite the development of user-friendly partner relationship management solutions, channel marketing management technology, and increasingly intuitive portals intended to make it easier for partners to work with the vendors they represent, brands are finding it necessary to offer even more personal touches. Concierge programs, which can range from answering simple questions about accessing those partner […]

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The Integration Imperative: Why Channel Partner Processes and Technologies Must Be Silo-Free

Laz Gonzalez, Chief Strategy Officer at Zift Solutions With the channel in a constant state of flux, it’s no wonder that today’s CMOs are dealing with more demands, complexities and technology than ever before. Channel technology vendors have been quick to deliver all sorts of software and solutions to help (and win the business of) […]

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PRM, By Any Name, Could Benefit From More Integration with CRM

By Robert DeSisto, Chief Value Officer at Salesforce Partner Relationship Management (PRM) applications have been around for 18 years, yet have struggled to take hold in the market. Over the same period, CRM spend has seen explosive growth across every industry in companies small to large. So with one third of the world’s business generated […]

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When Will CMOs Recognize the Potential of Channel Partner Marketing?

While the communication gap between direct sales and marketing organizations appears to be closing, partner programs have yet to win much support from many CMOs. That could be a problem for many of the large and small businesses that are counting on partner organizations to drive more of their revenue. Start-up firms, in particular, are […]

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Boost Your Business with an Effective Channel Advisory Board. Here’s How to Start Building Yours

By Lisa Masiello, president and founder, TECHmarc Labs, Inc. A channel advisory board provides leadership in identifying, cultivating, and strengthening a technology vendor’s relationship and business interactions with the rest of their partner community, industry leaders and influencers, other IT vendors and potential clients. It also provides external guidance to a vendor’s management team on their corporate […]

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Streamlining Processes, Accelerating Reimbursement Can Boost MDF Utilization

At the end of the last quarter — just like countless quarters before them — many vendors were probably sitting on a fairly significant portion of their MDF (market development fund) budget. Despite the value that many partners place on having access to MDF, much of the money that vendors set aside goes used. Figures […]

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ChannelChat: Why Partners Are Opting for a ‘My Brand First’ Marketing Strategy

Episode 11: Jeff Mesnik, ContentMX In a recent State of The Channel report, CompTIA noted that channel partners – especially managed service providers – are beginning to put more emphasis on marketing their own brands and identity. One reason, said CompTIA, is that vendor brands of cloud-hosted solutions are becoming less visible. In this episode […]

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Zyme, the CDM Company, Completes Acquisition of Incentive Management Firm, CCI

Zyme, a leading channel data management company, has acquired CCI, the channel incentives management firm. With the acquisition, Zyme now offers its customers the added capabilities of a comprehensive data-driven incentive management solution supporting rebates, MDF, co-op, SPIFS, and referrals. The purchase of CCI is in line with Zyme’s mission to create “the new smart […]

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ChannelChat: Addressing The Evolving Partner Ecosystem

Episode 10: Maria Chien, SiriusDecisions Digital transformation, cloud adoption, and the shift to recurring revenue models are compelling more companies to examine how they should adjust their channel programs. Maria Chien, service director, channel marketing strategies, at SiriusDecisions, sat down with CMR editorial director Andrew Gaffney at the SiriusDecisions Summit to review why companies need […]

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Blackhawk Engagement Solutions’ Platform Aims To Reduce Program Complexity

  The Problem: Because channel marketers work with multiple partners concurrently, resellers can often feel inundated with information. On the opposite side of the partnership, most channel managers are struggling with how to obtain mindshare from their indirect sales network of resellers, distributors and channel partners.

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