Partner Communication: Road to Improved Channel Sales

Apurva Pathak | August 8, 2022 | 300 views | Read Time : 04:00 min

Partner Communication
Effective partner communication helps you build strong relationships with channel partners and enhances your channel ecosystem with improved productivity and higher sales numbers. Putting in the legwork is an absolute necessity to keep your channel network healthy. Here are some ways you can use partner communication to skyrocket your sales:

Customize Your Messaging

Channel managers tend to send the same message to the entire partner network because they think it is an efficient way to communicate with partners. However, this leaves partners to sift through a string of messages to find the relevant one, which can be frustrating and lead to a waste of time. Make your messaging role-specific. Find out the objectives of your message before sending out any form of communication. Determine what kind of messaging you want consistently delivered to your partners, what kind of channel partner profiles you are targeting, and what action you want the partners to take after they read your messages. Your messaging should enable your partners to sell better. Access your partners’ changing needs, understand their issues, and build strategies that result in success.

Choose the Right Communication Channel

Emails may not be the best way to communicate with partners across the world. In this case, messages might get lost, accidentally deleted, and in the end, partners may just resort to getting on calls to retrieve documentation. This can create a gap between you and your partners and vendors. Administrative errors may even result in deals getting dropped. Employing an advanced PRM tool or partner portal can help you manage multi-user communication with your partners. PRM tools can help you keep all of your conversations in one place and make sure that your relationships with your partners don't change.

Communicate at the Right Time

You must make sure that your partners are not kept in the dark, nor are they bombarded with too much information too frequently. A solid channel partner communication strategy will help you outline and find an ideal frequency and repetition for messaging so your partners receive relevant information at the right time. Modern PRM solutions can help you increase partner interactions through content that adds value and is easy to share. They will also provide you with insights on what kind of content your partners interact with the most. Partners can pin the content they like on their personalized dashboards and remain updated on all the resources you add. Real-time content sharing and engagement can enable your partners to go the extra mile to get the sales you expect.

It’s All About Remaining Connected with Partners

Channel relationships require involvement to be enabled. This interaction is driven by the correct content, tools, and precise information about your products, customers, and regions. Maintaining and constantly strengthening relationships with channel partners is critical for increasing sales and revenue, increasing market share, and boosting your bottom line.

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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. 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Grip Security launches first partner program to drive sales of their SaaS application protection

Grip Security | September 27, 2022

Grip is looking to add partners who understand the differentiated value of their offering, and the uniqueness that it will provide to customers looking for improved SaaS security. Grip Security, which makes a SaaS security solution that unifies discovery, access control and data governance, has announced the Grip Security Partner Program. Grip emerged from stealth in April 2021 with a SaaS security solution designed to go beyond the limits of traditional CASBs, while at the same time making it easy to cover a large number of apps, overcoming a problem that exploded with the number of apps where many apps were simply not covered. “The company has grown by 300% and has seen a 500% growth in engagements with Fortune 500 companies,” said Lior Yaari, Grip Security’s CEO. “The company has grown by 300% and has seen a 500% growth in engagements with Fortune 500 companies,” said Lior Yaari, Grip Security’s CEO. “There has been a lot of change and a lot market change.” Because SaaS is closely tied to identity, Grip made it a top priority to establish deep integrations with as many identity providers as possible. That phase has now been completed. “We have extended our integration to almost every identity provider in the market today – almost a dozen,” Yaari said. “We are now looking at bringing joint offerings with large security vendors to market. Many of these joint integrations have been signed, but have not yet been announced, as we are still building out joint value.” Grip started out briefly selling direct in their proof of concept stage, but the pivot to the channel was in their plans, and that too has already taken place. “We have a channel-focused Go-to-Market strategy,” Yaari stated. “14 is the number of partners that we have right now, and that is growing fast. Our third U.S. hire was our director of channel sales. This is a critical part of our strategy.” The plan is for a fairly rapid channel expansion, not just to work with a small number of partners until they become successful. “We aren’t looking to work with 10,000 partners, but we do want to find enough key partners,” Yaari indicated. “We are not looking for logos on the web site. We are looking for partners who want to work with us so that we can make each other successful, and where they can position themselves as a source of innovation with us.” Insight is one of their initial partners. “With Insight, we are not part of a special innovation program,” Yaari said. “They are an example of a partner that we have a good relationship with, who understand how to drive need and who knows that SaaS is becoming bigger.” The problem many partners face is that since SaaS is relatively new, as they think organizations don’t have the right solutions to fix it, and they themselves lack the right backdrop for channel sales to explain it to the customer. “For the partner, they keys are understanding the problem space, understanding the market and the patching that is used today, and understanding how we are unique and the right questions to ask to get a meeting,” Yaari said. The program begins with a single tier, but Yaari said that they intended to expand that as the program builds out further. Simplicity is a dominant feature of the new program. “Our product is very different from other security products,” said Young-Sae Song, Chief Marketing Officer at Grip. “It takes 10 minutes to install. It is simple enough to be demoed by a channel sales person. You don’t need a technical person with deep training to demo it.” Grip also supports partners with jointly funded programs to promote Grip, as well as co-branded sales materials. Song said that because Grip isn’t heavy like most SaaS solutions, the channel can go to market very quickly with it. “It is probably faster for them than any other enterprise security product,” he stated. It also provides support for more than 20,000 SaaS applications, allows for 80% reduction in analyst workload, and has five times more SaaS application discovery compared to CASBs.

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