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Vendor Vetting: Things to Consider

Article | July 13, 2022

Choosing your stack and the vendors who provide its components are two of the most crucial business choices you will make. Finding a reliable supplier at a reasonable price is crucial to the success of any business. Every company has different hiring standards. Here are the criteria you can use to vet your vendors: Customer Satisfaction No vendor shares customer complaints. Inquire about the vendor’s performance. Find good and bad examples of interactions, then decide what bad means to you. Service levels Can the vendor meet your account's needs? This varies by product and buying cycle. Check their supply chain and process control. This will show how reliable they are. Finances Long-term planning depends on a vendor's financial stability. What are their options if they run out of money? Will your vendor's layoffs affect service and needs? Could a cash-strapped vendor raise your costs? Determine your recourse if the vendor is acquired and if the risk is acceptable. Relationships & Culture The vendor's culture should match yours. If not, you'll have staffing, contract, and other vendor issues. No relationship is perfect, but find vendors who want you both to win. Communication Communication is key in any relationship, and a vendor's poor support can be maddening. Ensure departmental communication. Support management reveals much about communications. Some vendors prioritize closing the deal. Great vendors solve issues before closing tickets. Contracts What's your company's contract tolerance? A confident vendor offers one-year or month-to-month contracts. Immature or aggressive vendors may seek long-term contracts. Make sure their method fits your company's culture. Costs These products and services cost money. How well you negotiate with vendors affects costs. Choose the best product and price, then negotiate. Quality Is the product constantly improved? If innovation stalls or quality drops, the vendor will be replaced quickly. Check their quality history. Supply Chain Security Most vendors have supply chains. Evaluate each supply chain part's service level, security, and compliance. Final Thoughts: Choose Your Vendors Wisely List vendors in your product stack or distribution chain. Add your own selection criteria. If you don't have a vendor due diligence and selection process, this will help.

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Channel Partners: How Investing in the Right Ones Can Stimulate Growth

Article | August 8, 2022

Investing in the right channel partners in a deeper, more personalized way through tailored, easy-to-use marketing development funds and incentives. Partner marketing programs can help your organization achieve key growth and your ROI objectives. You need to take risks, be creative and use the rapid digital transformation to identify your top channel and dealer partners. Here are some ways to help you identify which channel partners you need to focus on and how to categorize your partners: Creating a Robust Channel Strategy Create a strong channel strategy based on the ideal channel partner profile. Find answers to questions like what your channel strategy aims to achieve, what drives the growth of your business, what separates you from your competitors and what is important for your partnership. Defining what you want from your channel strategy is the key to recruiting the right partners for your program. Defining IPP (Ideal Partner Profile) Your ideal partner should be capable, ready, willing, and able to sell your products. They should have the same mindset, a partnership mentality, make the most of the sales enablement resources you provide, and align with you in terms of business perspective. Stability in aspects like finance, human resources, market reputation, and performance is crucial. Analyze Partners’ Performance Rate your partners based on their capabilities, their ability to come up with competitive solutions, their willingness to communicate clearly and their ability to inculcate new ways to increase sales and revenue. If their performance is not up to the mark, be prepared to knock them off the list. Be selective when investing in a partner. Be Ready to Support Large Channel Partners You should have the mindset and resources to support large channel partners. Devote your funds to offering them training and relevant content, and give them the support they need to succeed. Employ a team who can manage such partners, regularly get an overview of their performance and issues they are having so they know you care. Harness Technology to Manage Partnerships Use sophisticated PRM tools to analyze how your partners are performing against defined KPIs and identify areas for improvement, and the type of training they are receiving and their incentive history. Channel Partnerships Aid in Revenue Growth Creating channel partnerships with the right companies can help you broaden your customer base, achieve your ROI objectives, and create lasting business relationships.

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5 Solid Reasons to Fuse Your Influencer & Affiliate Marketing Campaigns

Article | August 5, 2022

Your business needs to see a big return on investment (ROI) from influencer marketing to be worth it. And the best way to do that is through affiliate marketing. In this article, you will find five solid reasons to blend your influencer and affiliate marketing campaigns. Encourage Team Work You can increase influencer-driven purchases by integrating creator efforts with partner marketing. Furthermore, you can optimize partner diversification, gain quantitative insights into individual performance, and combine sales metrics with valuable top- and middle-of-funnel data for a more comprehensive approach. Your teams can remove department silos and work towards the same goals. Broaden Your Customer Base Your secret weapon is nano and micro-influencers, with a smaller, highly engaged audience of up to 50,000 followers. These creators understand that affiliate partnerships with brands can increase their earnings by attracting more engaged audiences with a higher probability to transact. Create Long-Term Relationships Influencer marketing used to be all about short-term strategies. However, cultivating long-term relationships with performers yields better results. So, find the voices that understand your brand and invest in long-term relationships. Form Smooth-Sailing Partnerships Finding the right creators and maintaining close contact can make or break a project's success. Choose affiliate platforms that provide third-party influencer management solutions to reduce friction and allow creators to focus on engaging their audiences, making it easier for influencers to work with brands and track direct sales. Align Your Objectives You can accurately measure a creator's impact on sales and pay for tangible results by combining your affiliate and influencer marketing activities. And because affiliate marketing lets you track sales for each influencer, you can accurately determine the return on investment for each one and focus on the most productive ones. 1 Drive Revenue and Prove the Value of Investment Affiliate partnerships are an example of a new way for brands and influencers to work together to benefit everyone.

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Lifecycle Marketing: Conquering Customer Engagement

Article | July 5, 2022

Marketers know it's rare to capture a customer's attention on the first brand encounter. Customer loyalty takes time, thought, and brand trust. What if your marketing strategy included all these elements and more? Lifecycle marketing boosts customer engagement, revenue, and brand growth. Lifecycle Marketing at a Glance Lifecycle marketing is a set of strategies that a company uses to positively influence customers as they move from one point in the marketing cycle to the next. Stages of Lifecycle Marketing A brand’s lifecycle can be short, like Nespresso’s, or long, like Mercedes’. Both have the same goal: to win over a customer and keep them coming back. Stages of a lifecycle marketing plan: Awareness Prospects learn about your company. This is where you can catch their attention and reel them in to the next stage. Engagement Prospects begin interacting with your brand. They want to learn about your offerings through different channels like email, websites, and social media. Evaluation Here you provide your prospects with information on your product or service so they can move towards making a purchase decision. Purchase Your prospect buys your product or services and becomes a customer. Ensure that you make the purchase experience simple. Support After-sales service is crucial for maintaining your brand’s reputation. At this stage, make sure your customers are satisfied with your product through excellent customer service. Loyalty Your customers become your brand ambassadors and promote your product to their contacts. What Does Lifecycle Marketing Do for Your Business? Helps grow your customer base through elevated customer experience Improves sales by turning a one-time buyer into a returning customer Turns customers into brand advocates who promote and vouch for your brand Improves marketing ROI and lifetime customer value (LCV)

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CGI Communications, Inc. is anything but your average company. When it comes to digital marketing, we don't play by the rules, we set them. We strongly believe that happiness in the work place means providing an energetic environment where employees can achieve professional success while having fun. We are not just co-workers, we are a family, encouraging each other every step of the way while molding the digital world as we know it.

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Thryv and Google Partner to Streamline Communication for Small Businesses

Thryv Holdings, Google | August 05, 2022

Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRY), the small business platform for growing small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is pleased to announce a new integration with Google’s Business Messages to help streamline communication for small businesses who have a growing number of inbound contact options. Thryv is a partner of Google’s Business Messages, a mobile conversational channel that combines entry points on Google Maps, Search and brand websites to create rich, asynchronous messaging experiences that customers find easily accessible and drive business results. Google’s Business Messages integrates within Thryv’s real-time, centralized inbox, which launched last year and allows businesses to have a single thread of communication rather than relying on pockets of data located in individual applications. “Rapid expansion of communication technologies has helped usher in a new era of communication when it comes to customer service for businesses,” said Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. “Rapid expansion of communication technologies has helped usher in a new era of communication when it comes to customer service for businesses,” said Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. “But only businesses with robust customer service teams and constant availability are benefiting from these advances. Local, service-based businesses, like a local roofing company, may not be able to respond to web chat messages quickly enough for customer satisfaction because they’re on the roof. Thryv’s integration with Google’s Business Messages helps small businesses benefit from said advancements too. These local businesses don’t have to decide between losing revenue and running their business (implying it’s a trade-off by example). The 2020s will continue to be about small business cloud adoption, and we will be there along the way with product updates to support our small business customers.” The rise of messaging platforms has created more lines of communication for businesses than ever before, and small business owners are being pressured to adopt these new tools or lose business. Sending messages to businesses has become the new normal. A 2020 Juniper Research study found that global mobile business messaging traffic would reach 2.7 trillion messages by the end of that year, up 10% from the previous year. Companies with 24/7 customer service availability are built to dominate in a market where speed is key, but small businesses are offline more than they’re online. Thryv’s latest integration helps businesses make sure they’re not missing out on critical communications. Thryv provides automation capabilities enabling businesses to respond to customers quickly and keep track of ongoing conversations. For more information and to take advantage of Thryv’s offerings, visit thryv.com. About Thryv Holdings, Inc. Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRY) is a global software and marketing services company that empowers small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), franchises, and agencies to grow and modernize their operations so they can compete and win in today’s economy. Over 46,000 businesses use our award-winning SaaS platform, Thryv®, to manage their end-to-end customer experience, which has helped businesses across the U.S. and overseas grow their bottom line. Thryv also manages digital and print presence for over 400,000 businesses, connecting these SMBs to local consumers via proprietary local search portals and print directories. For more information about Thryv Holdings, Inc., visit thryv.com.

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RedTrack Integrates with Shopify and Brings Back Accurate Reporting for Facebook

RedTrack | December 03, 2021

RedTrack.io, the analytics & attribution tool that helps marketers to analyze acquisition channels and find which campaigns turn visitors into purchases, announced the release of their Private Shopify app. Now, as soon as RedTrack is connected to a Shopify store, it tracks your website's traffic and attributes the purchases to the channels and campaigns they came from. This integration helps fight the biggest problem of all eCom store owners: matching the data between Facebook and Shopify and ensuring optimization that was available before iOS updates. Moreover, with Shopify x RedTrack integration, marketers can pass more information about each conversion back to advertising channels, like Facebook, Google, TikTok, etc. This, in turn, provides better match scores and gives more information to the channels used further for optimization tasks. Working with 100+ eCom customers, we saw their problems and felt a need to create accurate tracking & attribution experience, yet simple at the same time. We are building a global digital marketing platform that, together with our RedTrack's Shopify app, will offer significant value to eCom customers struggling to attribute sales across various customer touchpoints." Vlad, CEO of RedTrack With RedTrack App, Shopify store owners have: Accurate attribution reports across all channels that match Shopify sales report; Sales data sent back to advertising channels for better ad optimization and machine learning; Easy no-code setup. By fusing all marketing channels, like Facebook, Instagram, Google, TikTok, Taboola, email, affiliates, etc., into a single source of truth, RedTrack helps to improve one of the most challenging but critical business processes. It allows marketers to tie each dollar spent through multiple advertising channels with the revenue generated from there.

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A post��COVID-19 commercial-recovery strategy for B2B companies

Mckinsey | July 20, 2020

Leaders of B2B companies that primarily serve customers in sectors such as automotive, energy, mining, and telecommunications are trying to mitigate COVID-19’s economic fallout and human toll by ensuring workplace safety, increasing liquidity, and keeping supply chains moving. The pressures have been so intense that few are looking ahead to the return to work, when production lines will ramp up to full capacity. Those forward-thinking executives who do contemplate the recovery may have difficulty creating a solid plan, because COVID-19 has introduced unprecedented complexity into their operations.

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Thryv and Google Partner to Streamline Communication for Small Businesses

Thryv Holdings, Google | August 05, 2022

Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRY), the small business platform for growing small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), is pleased to announce a new integration with Google’s Business Messages to help streamline communication for small businesses who have a growing number of inbound contact options. Thryv is a partner of Google’s Business Messages, a mobile conversational channel that combines entry points on Google Maps, Search and brand websites to create rich, asynchronous messaging experiences that customers find easily accessible and drive business results. Google’s Business Messages integrates within Thryv’s real-time, centralized inbox, which launched last year and allows businesses to have a single thread of communication rather than relying on pockets of data located in individual applications. “Rapid expansion of communication technologies has helped usher in a new era of communication when it comes to customer service for businesses,” said Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. “Rapid expansion of communication technologies has helped usher in a new era of communication when it comes to customer service for businesses,” said Ryan Cantor, Chief Product Officer at Thryv. “But only businesses with robust customer service teams and constant availability are benefiting from these advances. Local, service-based businesses, like a local roofing company, may not be able to respond to web chat messages quickly enough for customer satisfaction because they’re on the roof. Thryv’s integration with Google’s Business Messages helps small businesses benefit from said advancements too. These local businesses don’t have to decide between losing revenue and running their business (implying it’s a trade-off by example). The 2020s will continue to be about small business cloud adoption, and we will be there along the way with product updates to support our small business customers.” The rise of messaging platforms has created more lines of communication for businesses than ever before, and small business owners are being pressured to adopt these new tools or lose business. Sending messages to businesses has become the new normal. A 2020 Juniper Research study found that global mobile business messaging traffic would reach 2.7 trillion messages by the end of that year, up 10% from the previous year. Companies with 24/7 customer service availability are built to dominate in a market where speed is key, but small businesses are offline more than they’re online. Thryv’s latest integration helps businesses make sure they’re not missing out on critical communications. Thryv provides automation capabilities enabling businesses to respond to customers quickly and keep track of ongoing conversations. For more information and to take advantage of Thryv’s offerings, visit thryv.com. About Thryv Holdings, Inc. Thryv Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRY) is a global software and marketing services company that empowers small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), franchises, and agencies to grow and modernize their operations so they can compete and win in today’s economy. Over 46,000 businesses use our award-winning SaaS platform, Thryv®, to manage their end-to-end customer experience, which has helped businesses across the U.S. and overseas grow their bottom line. Thryv also manages digital and print presence for over 400,000 businesses, connecting these SMBs to local consumers via proprietary local search portals and print directories. For more information about Thryv Holdings, Inc., visit thryv.com.

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RedTrack Integrates with Shopify and Brings Back Accurate Reporting for Facebook

RedTrack | December 03, 2021

RedTrack.io, the analytics & attribution tool that helps marketers to analyze acquisition channels and find which campaigns turn visitors into purchases, announced the release of their Private Shopify app. Now, as soon as RedTrack is connected to a Shopify store, it tracks your website's traffic and attributes the purchases to the channels and campaigns they came from. This integration helps fight the biggest problem of all eCom store owners: matching the data between Facebook and Shopify and ensuring optimization that was available before iOS updates. Moreover, with Shopify x RedTrack integration, marketers can pass more information about each conversion back to advertising channels, like Facebook, Google, TikTok, etc. This, in turn, provides better match scores and gives more information to the channels used further for optimization tasks. Working with 100+ eCom customers, we saw their problems and felt a need to create accurate tracking & attribution experience, yet simple at the same time. We are building a global digital marketing platform that, together with our RedTrack's Shopify app, will offer significant value to eCom customers struggling to attribute sales across various customer touchpoints." Vlad, CEO of RedTrack With RedTrack App, Shopify store owners have: Accurate attribution reports across all channels that match Shopify sales report; Sales data sent back to advertising channels for better ad optimization and machine learning; Easy no-code setup. By fusing all marketing channels, like Facebook, Instagram, Google, TikTok, Taboola, email, affiliates, etc., into a single source of truth, RedTrack helps to improve one of the most challenging but critical business processes. It allows marketers to tie each dollar spent through multiple advertising channels with the revenue generated from there.

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A post��COVID-19 commercial-recovery strategy for B2B companies

Mckinsey | July 20, 2020

Leaders of B2B companies that primarily serve customers in sectors such as automotive, energy, mining, and telecommunications are trying to mitigate COVID-19’s economic fallout and human toll by ensuring workplace safety, increasing liquidity, and keeping supply chains moving. The pressures have been so intense that few are looking ahead to the return to work, when production lines will ramp up to full capacity. Those forward-thinking executives who do contemplate the recovery may have difficulty creating a solid plan, because COVID-19 has introduced unprecedented complexity into their operations.

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