Optimizing Channel Partnerships to Drive Business Growth

Apurva Pathak | August 5, 2022 | 348 views | Read Time : 05:00 min

Optimizing Channel Partnerships
B2B businesses are focused on driving their growth with the help of channel partners. In a channel/partner marketing benchmark survey conducted by DemandGenReport, 96% of respondents said that they expect revenue growth with the help of their partner ecosystem. To capitalize on channel partnerships, it is imperative for B2B businesses like yours to put extra effort into handling their channel partners, enabling them in innovative ways and working towards retaining them for healthy business relationships.

Optimizing Channel Partnerships to Drive Business Growth

Every partner program needs to be unique. No matter what kind of channel partner program you have, you can optimize it to get the most out of your partner ecosystem. Let's look at five ways you can make your channel partner program work better.

Increase Trust and Close Communication Gaps

Not all partners fit into a tiered system. Tiering partners based on revenue and other criteria may tamper with the partner experience (PX) you want to offer to your partners. Instead, focus on every partner’s strengths and challenges. Find out their go-to-market strategy, their team dynamic, their marketing and sales tech stack that helps them drive demand and leads, how they address their growth challenges, their goals for the year and how you can help them achieve those. Once you have the answers to these questions, you will have a clear idea and approach of how to help your partners do more for your partnership.

Build Trust and Eliminate Communication Gaps

The foundation of every channel partnership is trust. Right from partner recruitment to partner onboarding and enablement, partners expect support if they face any challenges. They want transparency and honesty in communication. Use automation to constantly keep in touch with your partners. Keep them informed of new developments, develop training programs that meet their needs, and empower them to sell more. Get to know the partners’ preferred communication channels, create value-added content to demonstrate your commitment to the partner program, and remain in touch with partners over email through newsletters and other updates to let them know that they are appreciated.

Your Program Should Be Partner-centric

Look at your partner program through the eyes of your partners. Let their needs guide your interactions through email, phone calls, or meetings. The certifications your offer, tools, and training should add value to their sales strategy. Work towards making partner onboarding smooth, offer training and enablement resources liberally, create solutions that align with desired business outcomes, and extend indiscriminate support to your partners. All this effort can help your partners understand your commitment to the program and motivate them to work harder to sell your products.

Bottomline

The success of your partner program depends on how you communicate with your partners, the effort you put in to make the partnership work, and how well you understand your partners as they do their bit to bring you the business growth you desire.

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Nutanix Unveils Partner Program Updates and Incentives

Nutanix | September 26, 2022

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Horizon3.ai Drives Global Partner-First Approach with Expansion of Partner Program

Horizon3.ai | September 28, 2022

Horizon3.ai, a cybersecurity firm focused on autonomous penetration testing, today announced it has expanded its partner program to include new rewards, incentives, training, and tools to help partners drive more recurring revenue. The mission of the Horizon3.ai Partner Program is to drive growth opportunities for partners and position them as trusted advisors for their clients. Leading this charge is Jennifer Lee, newly appointed Head of Channel Sales. In this role, Jennifer will be responsible for the strategy and execution of Horizon3.ai’s global channel program. Horizon3.ai’s award-winning autonomous pentesting platform, NodeZero, enables partners to help clients continuously verify their security posture by identifying any exploitable risks and weaknesses across all attack surfaces – hybrid, on-premises and in the cloud. 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Horizon3.ai’s business strategy is built on the concept of enabling partners to create high value, high margin businesses on top of our platform.” “The Horizon3.ai Partner Program enables partners to leverage the industry’s most advanced, comprehensive penetration testing available. By using NodeZero, partners can help their clients find and fix attack vectors before attackers can exploit them, then verify any issue is resolved,” said Lee. “We’re excited that this expansion further deepens our footprint with MSPs, MSSPs, Resellers and Consulting Partners across the globe, opening up new market and recurring revenue opportunities to better position them for success.” "Most MSSPs and VARs don’t have the talent for pentesting, and trying to staff this position can be incredibly difficult,” said Christopher Prewitt, CTO of Inversion6. “Partnering with Horizon3.ai has been a game changer for us, as it's allowed us not only to perform new services for our customers, but also provide a product where customers can pentest their own network – both internally and externally. With NodeZero, the outcomes we provide to customers are special, unique and effective. 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This ensures deal and renewal protection for the partner; Partner Certification training – in-person and virtual trainings are available for sales professionals, technical sales support, and operators to achieve certifications with the industry’s top penetration testing platform, helping drive new recurring revenue opportunities; Partner incentives – deeper discounts and sales incentives available for partners that meet specific commitments, like the completion of the Horizon3.ai Partner Certification training Joint marketing opportunities – partners are given priority in joint marketing opportunities with Horizon3.ai, such as sales campaigns, sponsorship opportunities, events, and more; Additional sales, marketing, and technical resources – resources are available to ensure solution competency and enable partners to articulate value and better meet customers’ needs. 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Pixotope Announces New EMEA Partners and Distributors

Pixotope | September 28, 2022

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We’re looking forward to broadening access to Pixotope technology and seeing what clients create next." David Cheng, VP Sales & Marketing (EMEA) at Pixotope, says, "We're delighted to be working with our new partners in the EMEA region. These new partnerships reflect the increased global demand for high-level, virtual production technology throughout EMEA. We’re looking forward to broadening access to Pixotope technology and seeing what clients create next." All the new business partners represent the best talent in their respective regions to support the adoption of Virtual Production. Clients can take additional assurance with the introduction of Pixotope Certified Experts, who have each taken a specialized course and exam, ensuring the best level of support for productions. To support the new business partners, Pixotope has appointed Lisa Schneider as Channel Marketing Manager, to be responsible for the global Pixotope Partner Program. Lisa joins Pixotope from Arvato Systems, where she supported the sales teams and spent several years in the company's Media & Entertainment division, becoming a familiar face at industry events and exhibitions. Lisa says, “I’m looking forward to working with such a prestigious group of partners and leading a program that brings real value to our business partners, enabling them to grow their business as we grow ours and fulfill our mission to make virtual production accessible to all media creators.” New Pixotope EMEA Partners Tangram Solutions - Spain We are a company offering the best audiovisual solutions through the most advanced technologies for more than 18 years. We provide our clients with specialized advice, being experts in the development and optimization of pipelines for Media Entertainment. We are a company that distributes both software and hardware of the first brands in the audiovisual industry, and we are currently leaders in Virtual Production. We are HP Amplifly Power Partner specialized in Workstations Specialist and Autodesk Gold Partner of Media & Entertainment (M&E). We work with film production companies, series, animation, VR, AR, professional schools, and universities. Always being at the forefront of new technologies, providing the sector with new ideas to speed up production. Telmaco - Greece Telmaco S.A. is a leading European AudioVisual and Broadcast Systems Provider and Integrator located in Athens, Greece. The company has been operating very successfully for many years in Greece and Cyprus, with a branch office in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. In recent years Telmaco has expanded operations internationally and is involved in Turnkey System Integration projects in Northern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. VANTeC - Portugal VANTeC provides technology, consulting, integration, training, and support for the media market, optimizing its clients’ resources and offering complete solutions. 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Nutanix | September 26, 2022

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Horizon3.ai Drives Global Partner-First Approach with Expansion of Partner Program

Horizon3.ai | September 28, 2022

Horizon3.ai, a cybersecurity firm focused on autonomous penetration testing, today announced it has expanded its partner program to include new rewards, incentives, training, and tools to help partners drive more recurring revenue. The mission of the Horizon3.ai Partner Program is to drive growth opportunities for partners and position them as trusted advisors for their clients. Leading this charge is Jennifer Lee, newly appointed Head of Channel Sales. In this role, Jennifer will be responsible for the strategy and execution of Horizon3.ai’s global channel program. Horizon3.ai’s award-winning autonomous pentesting platform, NodeZero, enables partners to help clients continuously verify their security posture by identifying any exploitable risks and weaknesses across all attack surfaces – hybrid, on-premises and in the cloud. Over the last year, the Horizon3.ai Partner Program has seen tremendous growth, adding partners across the US, and recently expanding internationally, with new partners in Canada, LATAM, EMEA and APAC. As the new Head of Channel Sales, Jennifer brings more than 20 years of experience driving joint sales within the Channel Partner community and will oversee the strategy and execution of the program as it continues to expand. In this role, she’ll be responsible for ensuring GTM alignment and maximizing the program’s value for partners. “The driving force behind creating our new partner program really aligns with our channel-first commitment and how we go-to-market,” said Snehal Antani, CEO and co-founder of Horizon3.ai. "Autonomous pentesting enables the next-generation of security assessments. With NodeZero, partners can help customers continuously verify their security postures. Horizon3.ai’s business strategy is built on the concept of enabling partners to create high value, high margin businesses on top of our platform.” “The Horizon3.ai Partner Program enables partners to leverage the industry’s most advanced, comprehensive penetration testing available. By using NodeZero, partners can help their clients find and fix attack vectors before attackers can exploit them, then verify any issue is resolved,” said Lee. “We’re excited that this expansion further deepens our footprint with MSPs, MSSPs, Resellers and Consulting Partners across the globe, opening up new market and recurring revenue opportunities to better position them for success.” "Most MSSPs and VARs don’t have the talent for pentesting, and trying to staff this position can be incredibly difficult,” said Christopher Prewitt, CTO of Inversion6. “Partnering with Horizon3.ai has been a game changer for us, as it's allowed us not only to perform new services for our customers, but also provide a product where customers can pentest their own network – both internally and externally. With NodeZero, the outcomes we provide to customers are special, unique and effective. It allows us to provide better analysis on systemic issues to customers, so they truly understand what needs to be fixed.” Driving New Market Opportunity with More Incentives and Rewards Horizon3.ai is upskilling and empowering channel partners with financial incentives and professional certifications that position them for rapid growth. Benefits of the Horizon3.ai Partner Program include: Partner Portal – a one-stop shop that offers on-demand support and training as well as the tools needed to simplify deal registration and provide superior and knowledgeable partner support. The portal also enables partners to manage their pipeline, quickly leverage Horizon3.ai resources and sales tools, and gain access to marketing campaigns; Deal protection and increased margins – partners can easily grow their business with high margin opportunities through the deal registration program. These levels of margin are available only to the partner with the approved deal registration. This ensures deal and renewal protection for the partner; Partner Certification training – in-person and virtual trainings are available for sales professionals, technical sales support, and operators to achieve certifications with the industry’s top penetration testing platform, helping drive new recurring revenue opportunities; Partner incentives – deeper discounts and sales incentives available for partners that meet specific commitments, like the completion of the Horizon3.ai Partner Certification training Joint marketing opportunities – partners are given priority in joint marketing opportunities with Horizon3.ai, such as sales campaigns, sponsorship opportunities, events, and more; Additional sales, marketing, and technical resources – resources are available to ensure solution competency and enable partners to articulate value and better meet customers’ needs. Join theCUBE and Horizon3.ai on September 27 at 12 p.m. EDT for the session, “Horizon3.ai Drives Global Partner-First Approach.” Tune in to learn why the program is designed to be an easy win for partners. Read more about the Horizon3.ai Partner Program. About Horizon3.ai Horizon3.ai’s mission is to help you find and fix attack vectors before attackers can exploit them. NodeZero, our autonomous penetration testing solution, is an unlimited, self-service SaaS offering that is safe to run in production, available on-demand, and requires no persistent or credentialed agents. See your enterprise through the eyes of the attacker, identify your ineffective security controls, and ensure your limited time and resources are spent fixing problems that matter. Not just a compliance checkbox; this is effective security. Founded in 2019 by industry and US National Security veterans, Horizon3.ai is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Pixotope Announces New EMEA Partners and Distributors

Pixotope | September 28, 2022

Pixotope, the leader in live augmented reality (AR), extended reality (XR), and virtual production solutions, is continuing to break down barriers to Virtual Production adoption by expanding its network of partners across the EMEA region. This expansion follows the success of major productions for Pixotope, including support of the world's largest esports event, Valve’s Dota 2, 2021, held in Bucharest’s 50,000-capacity stadium, Arena Națională. Alongside Pixotope, new business partners Tangram, Telmaco, Vantec, The Level, Mondatum, Post Logic, Plan Shoot Deliver, Centron, CVP, and BDS will drive market-leading virtual production technology in their respective territories. David Cheng, VP Sales & Marketing (EMEA) at Pixotope, says, "We're delighted to be working with our new partners in the EMEA region. These new partnerships reflect the increased global demand for high-level, virtual production technology throughout EMEA. We’re looking forward to broadening access to Pixotope technology and seeing what clients create next." David Cheng, VP Sales & Marketing (EMEA) at Pixotope, says, "We're delighted to be working with our new partners in the EMEA region. These new partnerships reflect the increased global demand for high-level, virtual production technology throughout EMEA. We’re looking forward to broadening access to Pixotope technology and seeing what clients create next." All the new business partners represent the best talent in their respective regions to support the adoption of Virtual Production. Clients can take additional assurance with the introduction of Pixotope Certified Experts, who have each taken a specialized course and exam, ensuring the best level of support for productions. To support the new business partners, Pixotope has appointed Lisa Schneider as Channel Marketing Manager, to be responsible for the global Pixotope Partner Program. Lisa joins Pixotope from Arvato Systems, where she supported the sales teams and spent several years in the company's Media & Entertainment division, becoming a familiar face at industry events and exhibitions. Lisa says, “I’m looking forward to working with such a prestigious group of partners and leading a program that brings real value to our business partners, enabling them to grow their business as we grow ours and fulfill our mission to make virtual production accessible to all media creators.” New Pixotope EMEA Partners Tangram Solutions - Spain We are a company offering the best audiovisual solutions through the most advanced technologies for more than 18 years. We provide our clients with specialized advice, being experts in the development and optimization of pipelines for Media Entertainment. We are a company that distributes both software and hardware of the first brands in the audiovisual industry, and we are currently leaders in Virtual Production. We are HP Amplifly Power Partner specialized in Workstations Specialist and Autodesk Gold Partner of Media & Entertainment (M&E). We work with film production companies, series, animation, VR, AR, professional schools, and universities. Always being at the forefront of new technologies, providing the sector with new ideas to speed up production. Telmaco - Greece Telmaco S.A. is a leading European AudioVisual and Broadcast Systems Provider and Integrator located in Athens, Greece. The company has been operating very successfully for many years in Greece and Cyprus, with a branch office in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. In recent years Telmaco has expanded operations internationally and is involved in Turnkey System Integration projects in Northern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. VANTeC - Portugal VANTeC provides technology, consulting, integration, training, and support for the media market, optimizing its clients’ resources and offering complete solutions. Founded in 1991, VANTeC has 31 years of experience in the market. VANTeC is part of the Danmon Group*. *The Damon Group works specifically in the broadcast sector, with an international presence in various countries like the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Dubai, Jordan, Vietnam, Spain, and Portugal. The Level - UK & IRE Established in 2020 by founder and creative director Kevin Cooney, The LEVEL has worked with some of the biggest names in television sports broadcasting, including F1, FIFA, ITV and Disney, to deliver a truly immersive experience in real-time production. Blurring the lines between animation, virtual and live performances, The LEVEL are creators and innovators and proud to pioneer virtual production solutions and workflows for the broadcast industry. Based in Nottingham in the heart of the midlands, the team have over 20 years’ combined industry experience, which they are now using to take the business to the next level, delivering real-time virtual productions of all shapes and size across the broadcast, media and corporate sectors. Mondatum - UK We are tech innovators, problem solvers, and contract developers. We specialize in on-set virtual production, in-camera visual effects, and real-time visualization. As Unity’s newest tech partner outside games, we are focused on helping organizations to incorporate game engine technology into their creative processes and workflows. Post Logic - France Post Logic distributes a complete range of software and integrated systems for post-production video, film, 3D animation, and broadcast. We are looking for innovative technologies and offer software solutions for the whole of the image processing chain: management of rushes & DI, film restoration, encoding, storage, & special effects compositing, 3D, DCP, and graphic design, as well as hardware systems suitable for the graphics chain: workstations, render farms, secure direct-attached, NAS and SAN storage, networking, monitoring & HD UHD play-out. Plan Shoot Deliver - Czech Republic Plan Shoot Deliver. That's what we do. Founded by Warren Yanish, who has twenty-five years of broadcasting and content creation experience. We bring thousands of hours of live television, sports, documentaries, and corporate & commercial video production experience to the industry. Our focus is innovative solutions for video technologies, Virtual Production, 3D Environment Creation, XR, VR, and AR content creation. Based in Prague, Czech Republic we have worked with clients worldwide to produce amazing projects using Unreal Engine, Twinmotion, Pixotope, Blender, Houdini, 3Dsmax, Sketchup, Revit, and many others in our production pipeline. Contact us for a solution to your next video, broadcast, or film project using Virtual Production. Centron - Slovakia Centron is one of Europe’s leading integrators in the field of supplying professional audiovisual systems and designing, managing, and implementing projects based on audiovisual and communication technologies. Founded in 1991, we have been operating across the Slovak and Czech markets as a distributor, seller, and integrator of professional audio and video technology. CVP - UK & Belgium For over thirty-five years, CVP has been one of the leading Broadcast and Professional video solutions providers, with a comprehensive sales and support infrastructure across the UK and Europe. The company prides itself on maintaining close relationships with key manufacturers such as ARRI, Sony, RED, and Canon, and uses its unrivalled experience to listen to customers, understand their needs, and deliver the right solution with first-class service. CVP offers creative consultation, sales advice, technical service provision, and training. BDS - Italy Broadcast Digital Service was founded in 1994, spanning thirty years of experience in the construction and assembly of audiovisual and commercial directories in multimedia systems, Virtual Studios, Augmented Reality Studios, and Realtime VFX for Film & TV. For over ten years we have expanded our focus on two new sections: Production & Creative Lab. We always work by your side, guaranteeing highly qualified teams, able to develop ideas and content for important audiovisual realities.

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