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Building Channel Infrastructure to Better Enable Your Channel

Every single day we speak with Vendors about infrastructure to help them better engage and enable their Channels. Luckily, we’ve never built our own and refuse to take referral fees so, we remain unbiased when working with Vendors to discover what’s best for them. Putting together a robust infrastructure is typically a huge undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. It’s possible to take baby steps or take on some elements and not others.

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Help A Woman in Need: Contribute to our Dress for Success Drive!

Every day on social media, in the news, and at the “water cooler” we hear about the gender gap, a critical need for more women in STEM, and how difficult it is for women to gain traction in a “man’s world,” especially in the tech sector. Through public speaking, participating in and supporting organizations like Cloud Girls, CompTIA’s AWIT (Advancing Women in Tech) and others, we're working to make a difference.

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How to Help Channel Partners Create an Editorial Calendar

Today’s Partners finally realize the impact content marketing has on driving demand to generate leads. However, working with anywhere from 5-25 Vendors day-to-day, makes it very challenging to turn their focus away from their customer’s needs. Between stretched resources and competing priorities, the work involved for Partners to curate or create relevant and engaging content, ends up taking a back seat or falling by the wayside all together.

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3 Things Channel Partners Need from Their Vendors

The Channel has shifted significantly in the past few years. Channel Partners are working with multiple Vendors; end-users are driving digital transformation, and customers want business outcomes instead of solutions.  In addition, new IT channels are cropping up across the landscape as S-a-a-S and other as-a-service Vendors enter the market with always on, from anywhere, cloud-based platforms to address user pain points.

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#CMCtv Episode 15: Internet of Things and The Channel

Welcome back to another episode of #CMCtv. In this episode, we discuss Internet of Things (IoT) and the impact IoT has on Partners and The Channel. Stephen DiFranco, Principal at IoT Advisory Group, joins Heather K. Margolis, CEO, and founder of Channel Maven Consulting, to lend his expertise on IoT and its relationship to The Channel.

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Twitter Privacy Policy Updates – What IT Vendors and Channel Partners Need to Know

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.

Effective June 18, the Twitter privacy policy was updated. Chances are millions of users received the notice but didn’t have time to find out what it means for them. We get it, we’re busy too and fine print is a tough pill to swallow; but with the recent upheaval in engagement strategy caused by their recent algorithm updates and how they impact social media syndication, it’s a good time to find out what other Twitter changes might be suddenly impacting The Channel.

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Help Channel Partners Gain Reach with Twitter’s Algorithmic Changes

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.

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3 Skills Successful Channel Account Managers Have

Hiring the right Channel Account Managers (CAMs) can make or break your relationship with Channel Partners, increase (or decrease) their ability to drive revenue with your solutions, and greatly impact their willingness to engage with your teams. In a recent presentation at the 20th anniversary of Channel Focus North America, Heather K. Margolis gave details on the top traits of world-class CAMs. Here are three to look for when hiring an effective CAM:

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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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