Vendors know that sales and marketing alignment drives about 20% more growth and see the win-win in enabling their Partners in this direction. However, if our conversations are any indication, many Channel Partner organizations have adopted a few best practices towards integrated sales and marketing strategy (aka SMarketing), but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
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With the virtual event market predicted to reach $4 billion over the next five years, our ability to engage Channel Partners through online events is more powerful than ever. Of course, the time and resources required to successfully plan and execute virtual events do not come without challenges. Working with Vendors daily, the major hurdles we discuss center around delivery tactics and low attendance.
With the event season upon us, I’d like to share a few best practices we employ when working with Vendors to engage Channel Partners via online events:
In a perfect, inbound world where demand is auto generated and leads are lining up at your virtual door, marketing and sales are 100% aligned. However, with a historic “love-hate” relationship between the two, achieving this utopia is no small feat for any sized partner organization especially those working with 5 – 25 Vendors at any given time.
At ChannelCon 2017, I had the pleasure of speaking alongside Larry Walsh, CEO of The 2112 Group on why integrating sales and marketing for inbound demand generation is critical for driving more revenue through The Channel:
There’s no shortage of arguments for and against paid vs. organic traffic. They both have advantages, associated costs, and expected outcomes (when done right). For Channel Partners considering PPC for their Channel Partner marketing strategy, it can be frustrating, time-consuming, and daunting to learn the nuances of PPC. However, if they execute a marketing strategy for PPC before fully understanding where to begin, it can be an enormous waste of money.
As Twitter says, “You are what you Tweet.” Sad but true; more than one reputation has been built or destroyed in 140 characters or less.
Historically, Twitter has been a dynamite platform for driving traffic to websites, building awareness, and generating demand. However, recent algorithmic changes altered that so, if your Channel Partners are experiencing significantly diminished engagement metrics, there’s good reason and they’re not alone. We’re all suffering.
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.
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!
Last fall we attended the Hubspot Inbound conference and were privy to some LinkedIn changes coming down the pike. We sent an email with the information we had (you can see it here) and promised an update as changes rolled out.
The visual changes to LinkedIn are striking, starting with a new navigation and circular image but are you aware of what happened to some of our favorite features? A few were axed altogether, some were removed and then quickly added back, and others are still available but moved.
Channel Jeopardy Anyone?!
Answer: Four preeminent Channel analysts, all of whom left their posts to take executive positions in the last 12 months.
Question: Who are Tiffani Bova, Laz Gonzalez, Darren Bibby, and Tim Harmon?
What else do they all have in common? They will be contestants to my “Alex Trebek” in our “Channel Jeopardy” session at the ‘Leveraging New Technologies to Amp Your Channel's Effectiveness’ symposium being put on by Nuvello May 8th and 9th. I assure you, you will not want to miss this! [And NO, I will not be wearing a mustache (sorry, Alex).]