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3 Things to Consider when Re-evaluating Your Partner Programs

One of the biggest challenges facing Partner Programs in the Channel today is that Channel Partners have plenty of options when choosing a Vendor to work with. This means Partners are increasingly inundated with Vendor pitches, presentations and calls asking them to join forces, all while they’re managing their own book of business.

How do you convince potential Partners that your Channel Program stands above the rest?

Hint: Success depends on how you communicate with Partners, which maps to your messaging and the lens through which you craft your Partner-facing talking points.

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Conquer Ease of Doing Business in Your Channel Partner Program

In today’s competitive landscape, your Partners work with a variety of Vendors and don’t have time or patience to navigate a difficult program. Vendors who focus on ease of doing business are the ones finding success in their Partner programs.

How can you ensure your Program is easy to navigate but still provides value? Here are four components of a simple, effective Partner Program:

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Channel Veterans join the team to Strengthen your Channel Journey

So much of Vendor success is about understanding how the Channel Journey is shifting, then ensuring your program and communications arm Partners with the knowledge they need to be successful in today’s market. With this in mind, we’re excited to welcome Debbie Kane, VP Client Strategy and Brad Rolfe, VP Client Engagement, to the Channel Maven team. Both formerly with Penton and Everything Channel (now The Channel Co.,) they bring Channel experience and interesting insights to our team and the Vendors and Channel Partners we work with.

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Extending the Channel Partner Journey to Latin America

At Channel Maven Consulting we aim to work with the best people in the industry to improve the Channel Partner Journey across all regions. We’re happy to announce we’re now able to expand our channel marketing and program development services to Latin America thanks to a strategic partnership with Pigs on the Roof.

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A New Age for Channel Partner Recruitment

A guest blog from Carlos Blanco, Founder Pigs on the Roof.

Carlos is a seasoned business professional and entrepreneur, with over 30 years of domestic and international experience. During his corporate career, he held executive technical and channel sales and marketing positions at DCA, Micro Tempus, Verint, Ingram Micro, Eastern Airlines, Citicorp and FPL. As the founder and managing director of Pigs on the Roof, Carlos and his team focus on provisioning channel development, marketing, and sales services in U.S. and Latin America.


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How to Design a Robust Channel Incentive Strategy

A guest blog from Del Heles, CEO/President Computer Market Research

Del is a global leader in Channel data management solutions and a software marketing automation executive with over 40 years of experience.  He brings extensive experience to the Channel including: Channel POS, inventory data collection, co-op/MDF management, deal registration, synchronized channel marketing (SCM), special pricing agreements, Channel gamification, SPIFF management, and more.

How to Design a Robust Channel Incentive Strategy

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The Three E’s of Channel Management

The Vendor-Partner relationship has evolved and in today’s crowded Channel management ecosystem, Partners have more Vendors than ever to choose from. As a result, staying top-of-mind has become the number one priority for Vendors. This shift in thinking has trickled down to all elements of the Channel.

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Women in the Channel: Laura Bergerson on Entrepreneurship

With interest rates at an all time low and individual and institutional investors cash heavy, 2016 marks the beginning of what’s being referred to as the Golden Age for women entrepreneurs. In short, women now own 38% of the U.S. businesses across most industries and these ventures are growing at five times the national average. Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more women in The Channel exploring entrepreneurship. If predictions are right and the “Golden Age” has only begun – there are plenty of up-and-coming women business owners hungry for advice from inspiring entrepreneurial women in The Channel.

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CMCtv Episode 4: Help Channel Partners Understand their Buyer’s Journey

If you have ever wondered how to help Channel Partners understand their buyer’s journey, you’re not alone. As a Vendor, implementing an effective digital strategy and educating your Partners on the marketing landscape is key to success. In Episode 4 of #CMCtv, these concepts are discussed and offer a bite-sized version of a much larger (and very effective) marketing approach.

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Like a Buyer's Journey, are you Helping Your Channel Partners Down the Partner Journey?

Though our Boulder, CO office received 16" of snow yesterday, spring is literally right around the corner. In fact, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in February – so (fingers crossed) spring is coming earlier than expected. With it comes more sun, longer days and of course the best task of all: spring-cleaning… but wait. It’s not what you think. We’re not talking about your closets, basement or backyard; we’re talking about spring-cleaning your Partner Program so it aligns with the Partner journey!

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