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Going Vertical

Cybersecurity and cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings are among the leading money-making opportunity for channel partners who are looking to add more recurring revenue to their business. That was the message from several of the speakers at CompTIA's ChannelCon 2017 Vendor Summit in Austin, Texas, earlier this month.

 
 

3 Ways To Add Value: Services, Vertical Focus And Ecosystem Access

Channel companies and IT vendors are all shifting from hardware-based procurement and innovation cycles to a world where software and services are always-on, pay-as-you-go and constantly changing. To stand out, solution providers need to specialize, focus and do more than just resell someone else's cloud capacity.  

Recurring Revenue and Higher Margin Services Boost Your CLV

Is your best customer now going to be a customer for life? That's the question vendors should be asking as they consider their channel and go-to-market strategies in the enterprise. According to CompTIA research, more than 80 percent of managed service providers have a formal process in place for estimating Customer Lifetime Value (CLV).

Why Your New “Partner” Isn’t Really Your Partner (Yet)

What does it mean when an IT solution provider signs up for a partner program? This simple question may be the greatest source of IT channel agita in the entire partner recruitment, enablement and on-boarding process.

How To Build A Database From Scratch

If you need to create a B2B marketing database but are having trouble doing so, it may be because you have too many options. There are many approaches you can take, from building your marketing database list from scratch, buying a list, or even renting one to uncover potential leads for your product(s).  Read on to learn how to figure out if you should build, buy or rent your marketing list—or if a hybrid approach is best for you. 

Vendor M&A Leads to Channel Consolidation

The pressure to go big or go home brings a new sense of urgency to channel partners who are looking to remain a valued part of the technology supply chain.

Do You Push Or Pull Partners?

No doubt the economy is more forgiving than it was a year or two ago and most Strategic Service Providers are having more sales success. But suppliers that are strategically looking for their SSP channel partners to bring on net new customers must decide if they are pushing hard enough as well as pulling the SSPs with incentives that are effective.

How To Manage Your B2B Marketing Database

As a B2B marketer, your bread and butter is leads—you’re either trying to generate new leads or trying to convert your current leads into customers. And once you have those customers, your job is to keep them happy and hopefully convert them further into being advocates of your products. So, where do you keep the information on these leads? The answer is your B2B marketing database.

Understanding The Scale Of The Partner’s Journey Versus The Buyer’s Journey

Influencing a decision has always been the goal of strategic marketing. More importantly, the fundamentals of marketing are based on the fact that doing so requires multiple touchpoints at different steps in the decision-making process.

Do You Have A Digital Marketing Plan?

That may seem like a question with either a “yes” or “no” response, but it’s not. Having one big marketing campaign that you use to market to customers and potential customers across all channels does not mean you have a digital marketing plan. It simply means that you have an overall marketing plan. Here’s why you need to separate digital from your other marketing plans. 

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