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5 Ways to Create Newsletters that Better Engage Channel Partners

While we talk an awful lot about email-type communications being overwhelming and bombarding, we are huge fans of newsletters. They are a great way to aggregate a lot of information and cut down on multiple emails.

They also enable you to relay important information to Channel Partners regarding your solutions, program, resources and other offerings. Unfortunately, they are losing effectiveness as Partners are now working with anywhere from 5 – 25 Vendors which means as many newsletters. In those cases, the volume of incoming information from co-workers, Vendors, customers, prospects, solicitors, and others can be overwhelming. I don’t know about you but I don’t read a newsletter if the rest of my inbox is out of control unless there is something incredibly useful in it.

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How Changes to Twitter Impact To and Through Channel Marketing

Twitter is one of those love-it-or-hate-it social platforms. It can be time consuming and confusing but historically it’s been a significant driver of traffic to websites, which impacts SEO and Search Engine rankings. We love that part - but lately, Twitter’s been noticeably sluggish, engagement is more difficult to come by, and followers don’t stream in like they used to.

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5 Things Channel Partners Need From Channel Account Managers

This week we were honored to sponsor the 20th anniversary of Channel Focus North America in San Diego. It was the best Channel Focus event to date; smart panel discussions, expert presenters, tons of networking with Channel executives and a killer view!

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Why Communications to your Channel Really Matter

We’ve all done it. You get into a rut communicating to Partners; the same old email here, the same stale newsletter there. Unfortunately, what happens is a global tune out of your entire Channel. Why should they care when it feels like you don’t?

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Make Sure your Channel Marketing Core is Solid

This morning I pulled out my back. Stay with me, this will make sense for the Channel, I promise. If it doesn’t I’ll blame the muscle relaxers, but stay with me anyway.

I pulled out my back, like walking bent over and not able to pick up anything more than my laptop and immediately sought help from a few resources. Namely a chiropractor, massage therapist, and physical therapist. All of them said, “Well, you need to make sure your core is solid before you do anything else.”

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The ROI on Social Media Content Syndication Just got Worse

From a Vendor perspective, every tool or tactic that engages and assists Channel Partners to sell or develop solutions around yours, is one day closer to them joining your top 20%. This includes content syndication offerings meant to make it easier for Partners to execute marketing tactics. Think blogs and social.

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Vendors and Partners: How do you Define a Successful Channel?

The Channel Maven team has a collective 100 years experience in the channel so, it’s probably no big surprise that we often converse about best-in-class Channel Programs and which components lead to a successful Channel. Lately, we’ve been looking at it from the Partner journey perspective and how this point of view can help build an ideal Channel Program.

When looking for Vendor options, there are of course some common elements Partners identify and review. But beyond those, how (other than looking at sponsored award winners) can they define channel success or rank channel opportunities in order to make the best decision for their situation?

As a Partner looking to add a Vendor to your portfolio, or as a Vendor trying to attract Partners, here are some factors to take into consideration:

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Disruption in the Channel: Rethinking Traditional Partnering

We hear about disruption all the time in the B2C; think Netflix and Uber. However, it’s just as prevalent in B2B, particularly in the Channel with so many Vendors competing for Partner mindshare. In today’s evolving landscape, there’s really only one choice for Vendors: disrupt or be disrupted.

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Differentiate your Partner Program with Virtual Sales Engineers

In today’s sea of Vendor choices, Partners look for Channel Programs that are easy to do business with and profitable so they can focus on their customers’ needs, rather than the needs of their Vendors. With “ease of doing business and expertise” as the driving factors, many Vendors have responded by deploying virtual sales and marketing teams. For most, it’s a well-oiled machine - except for one small glitch. What happens when the Partner needs pre or post sales technical support?

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All I Want for the Holidays is a Complimentary Channel Assessment

In our last newsletter, we offered a complimentary Channel assessment to the first two people to reach out to Heather.

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