By Louis Foong, President and CEO, The ALEA Group The relationship between manufacturers and their channel partners is always an intriguing one. Even the most profitable of relationships have a set of intricacies and complexities that require deep understanding and careful handling. The accepted trust factors imply that manufacturers want to provide their channel partners […]
By Rich Harrison, CEO, SMTP.com SMTP.com is regularly approached by well-intentioned marketing directors with a “great idea”: Why not capitalize on the countless email addresses sitting in our CRM application via an email marketing campaign? It doesn’t matter if they are large Fortune 1000 companies or small businesses; to them, this is great idea. From […]
Industry shifts and market changes — such as the continued shift to cloud operations and managed services — also are motivating vendors to rethink their incentive strategies. Rather than implementing short-term initiatives, organizations are honing in on more long-term, loyalty-generating strategies that will contribute to yearly lead gen and sales goals.
By Ed Thompson, Director of Demand Generation, The Pedowitz Group Editor’s Note: Due to a special arrangement with CRN, Channel Marketer Report is publishing a recent article from the site, written by Ed Thompson of the Pedowitz Group. On the surface, reselling a vendor’s products is a relatively straightforward process. I source a lead, work […]
By Mike Ruff, Associate, CTX Resources When times are tough and resources are thin, leveraging channel relationships is often a force multiplier. But engaging with a partner in a joint business development initiative can be a minefield of shattered expectations for both vendor and partner. According to Ian MacMillan, Wharton Professor of Innovation and […]
By Erich Flynn, CEO, TreeHouse Interactive Now that the new year is in full swing, it’s a good time to look at your partner program and make adjustments. Whether you do it now or later, you should review your program at least once per year. Here are some review items to get you started.
By Tracy Delphia, Senior Marketing Analyst and Vaughn Aust, VP, Client Solutions, hawkeye Like most ecosystems, the channel is continuing its evolution to adapt to a changing environment. The Great Recession, which started around 2008, punctuated channel change and quickly drove adoption of Software-as-a-Service and created quite a cloudy outlook for the channel. We are […]
By Ed Thompson, Director of Demand Generation, The Pedowitz Group Editor’s Note: Due to a special arrangement with CRN, Channel Marketer Report is publishing a recent article from the site, written by Ed Thompson of the Pedowitz Group. Most B2B sales environments, both reseller and direct, are comprised of two sales organizations; one lands the […]
By Craig DeWolf, VP, Strategic Development, CCI Normally I like to start these entries on a positive note, though this title seems ominous for channel marketers. But there is a positive spin: The good news is that if none of the items listed below will keep you up at night, then you can consider yourself […]