Simplify Channel Partnerships with Channel Partner Management Software

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Channel Partners: Scale Your B2B Sales

B2B organizations form alliances with like-minded, goal-oriented channel partners such as resellers, distributors, service providers, vendors, agents, or retailers to increase their market share and scale their growth. Channel partners help organizations venture into new markets, passionately co-sell their products, market their offerings to customers, and achieve revenue through sales. As a result, you can focus on efficiently utilizing your existing resources to innovate and offer exceptional customer service instead of hiring new employees.

In a candid conversation with Media 7 about the growth of the partner market.

“We're working with some huge brands at the moment, we're giving companies a faster way to start Partner Marketing. Find the partners you want to work with, or the publishers or creators or affiliates, to promote your business.”

Sam O’Brien, CFO at Affise


How Do Channel Partnerships Drive Revenue?

More than 90% of company executives and channel leaders expect to increase revenue directly through their partner ecosystem. (Source: 2021 Annual Channel/Partner Marketing Benchmark Survey conducted by Demand Gen Report and Channel Marketer Report)

In a channel partnership, the ground rules for revenue generation are laid beforehand. Channel partners optimize their performance to match each other’s expectations. The revenue in channel partnerships is governed by the type of partnership. Some of the most popular channel partnerships are channel value-added resellers (VARs), service delivery partners, technology alliance partners, cloud service providers, and high-velocity partners.

Channel partnerships drive revenue by:
  • Increasing a brand’s market presence through the channel partner’s credibility
  • Leveraging an already established customer base to improve brand recognition
  • Enabling the sales channel using defined processes that accelerate lead conversion
  • Offering a bigger network of connections in the target industry domain

A revenue performance management strategy uses partner engagement data from marketing assets that help close deals. It helps you understand how every part of your partner network is performing and which areas need extra attention. You can do this effectively through partner relationship management (PRM). Read on to find out the finer details of PRM.


Partner Relationship Management: How to Net on Channel Partnerships?

Partnership relationship management is a combination of processes, software tools, and strategies that help businesses optimize their channel partnerships. Channel partner management software usually includes a partner portal, a customer database, and tools that allow businesses and partners to manage leads and opportunities. A PRM system also gives insights into the sales and revenue metrics to understand how well a partnership is faring. You can track inventory, product pricing, operational efficiency, and discounts through a PRM system.


Streamlining PRM

According to Gartner, PRM has expanded considerably in the past decade. In tandem, the importance of closely managing channel partner performance and partnership processes has increased. A good PRM solution for managing partner relationships takes care of the following parts of a channel partnership:

Partner Recruitment: Score and recruit partners based on an ideal partner profile to kick-start a successful partner program.
Partner Onboarding: Onboard ideal partners to your partner program to increase revenue and enter new markets confidently.
Joint Business Planning: Plan business strategies with partners to optimize partner sales processes.
Partner Training & Certification: Train and certify partners with on-demand product training and onboarding programs.
Partner Enablement: Provide partners with resources like playbooks that are industry-specific, covering sales cycle stages, and product details.
Lead Distribution & Management: Monitor, organize, and score leads based on their categories and assign them to channel partners.
Deal Registration & Management: Get insights into the channel’s sales after partners register their deals.
Marketing Development Funds (MDF) Management: Manage and process MDF applications from partners, tracking payments, and marketing campaign approvals.
Partnership Contracts Management: Manage special provisions, signing, documents, and archiving of partner contracts. With the help of automation, reduce labor costs, limit liabilities, and increase efficiency.
Partner Solutions Marketplace: Connect channel partners with prospective customers through a unified solutions marketplace.
Partner Performance Management: Optimize partner program by analyzing dashboards and reports that show the status of leads, and opportunities.
Communication & Collaboration: Communicate with partners at every stage of the sales cycle. Monitor opportunities and collaborate in real-time with partners about new deals.

A great example of how channel partner management software can streamline partner management would be Halodata. As a leading distributor of information security products and solutions across Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, Halodata managed a network of 80 resellers that sold 10 different products. The company invested countless hours into training, deal management, and coordination, which was challenging and affected its performance. Streamlining processes was crucial. It found a solution in Kiflo, a channel partner management software which helped define deal registration, set a clear business plan, and organized resources effectively. Halodata’s indirect sales went up by 33% in a year with Kiflo’s help.


B2B Businesses Are Creating a Sales Machine with PRM Software

B2B executives are giving priority to consolidating multiple systems into one to provide simplified support to their channel partners. The partner relationship management market size is set to reach $1994.76 million by 2026 (Market Research Future).

The changes in digitization, the expansion of businesses in new territories, and the need to create external partnerships to strengthen sales channels are driving the market’s growth. Getting buy-in for PRM is no longer a hassle for B2B executives because they use partner management software for:
  • Achieving productive marketing
Providing partners with robust marketing material, implementing an MDF program, and periodically updating co-branded marketing materials that can be accessed through PRM software brings in more revenue.
  • Addressing partner oversight
PRM software provides analytics and reports that can give you insights into your partners’ performance. These insights can help you make critical changes to your channel strategy to achieve optimum results and avoid oversight.
  • Real-time partner feedback
Your channel partners can provide actionable insights that can help you adjust your approach to addressing customer pain points. 

Read more about effective channel partner management.


Conclusion

Based on the unique requirements of a business, channel partnerships take shape. They can be effectively managed using PRM solutions and enhance revenue growth strategies across different touchpoints.

FAQ


What features should you look for in PRM software?

Some features that you should look for in a PRM software are partner profiles, partner portals, partner performance management, data integration, partner marketplace, and partner contract management.


How does PRM help increase ROI?

Partner relationship management helps increase ROI by providing businesses with a comprehensive view of how well their channel partners are doing, how they can empower their partners to do more, and what steps need to be taken to strengthen the partnership.


How can you create a successful partner relationship management strategy?

You can create a successful PRM strategy by using insights from PRM software to make decisions, streamlining lead management, onboarding, and training partners, and preventing partner churn through transparent communication.

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Article | June 3, 2022

Are you looking to expand into new markets, boost your sales pipeline, and increase conversions? Whatever your business growth objectives are, a distribution partnership is your answer to all of them. Why are distributors becoming a vital component of business expansion strategies and what is the importance of distribution in marketing? Let us take a look. Distribution Marketing Channels: Achieving More with Distribution Partners The process of making a product or service available to a consumer through a direct channel such as a manufacturer or an indirect channel such as a distributor constitutes a distribution marketing strategy. B2B marketers decide on which type of distributor channel they want to use based on their product and the revenue targets they have in mind. Global suppliers have eroded margins and created an explosion of products catering to even the tiniest market niches. They have disrupted local markets. Consequently, sophisticated logistical systems have been developed to shorten delivery times. Businesses have expanded their distribution network to get closer to their B2B clients. The following statistic says a lot about why B2B businesses are keen to embrace distribution marketing and develop their indirect distribution network. 75% of the world’s commerce is transacted indirectly, meaning goods are sold through distribution channels. (Source: Forrester) In this article, we will be focusing on distribution partners, as channels of distribution marketing, and how they are creating a foundation for businesses like yours to expand and grow while helping you bring your products to your target customers. Distribution Marketing Strategy: Types of Strategies & Things to Consider B2B businesses embrace a new channel of distribution marketing or improve their existing one based on their marketing and management requirements. You can consider going down the same road if you have a new customer segment in mind, are planning to release a new product or want to aggressively grow your revenue. Here are the broad types of distribution in marketing: Direct channel: A direct sales channel is any company or manufacturer that creates its product and sells it directly to customers without the involvement of third parties or intermediaries. The product is sold through a shop, online channels, door-to-door or through any other method. Indirect channel: An indirect sales channel is comprised of—distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and VARs (value-added resellers)—who sell products made by other companies. At times, there may be more than one middleman between the consumer and the product’s producer. Apart from these two main strategies, there are other specialized strategies that fall under these categories, like exclusive distribution, intensive distribution, selective distribution, dual distribution, and reverse distribution. Of these strategies, manufacturers use the product distribution strategy that suits their product and revenue goals the most. Consider the following factors when planning your distribution strategy in marketing: The Type of Product You Sell Your distribution channel marketing strategy should depend on the type of product. Purchase decisions that customers make are classified into three types: routine, limited, and extensive, based on the number of times businesses buy a product, its cost, and the time taken by the customer to make a purchase decision. Capitalize on this information and decide on the strategy that will work best to position your product. Customer Base Based on the types of purchase methods that your target demographic may use, where they make their purchase decisions, and what kind of technology influences them, you need to choose your distributor. Ensuring that your customer base gets access to your product based on its preference is crucial to attracting customers to make a purchase. Logistics and Transportation Whether you sell a software product to streamline business processes or spare parts that automobile businesses require, your product needs to reach your end user safely and on time from locations where your distributor stores it. Understanding a prospective distributor’s logistics and transportation capabilities should be a priority while finalizing a distribution strategy in marketing. Focus on cost-saving and increasing revenue while choosing your distributor. A Strong Game Plan & Bigger Market Reach with Distribution Partners Product, place, price, and promotion are the four Ps of marketing. A B2B company cannot successfully sell its product or service unless it determines its four Ps. This is where distribution comes in. It is the ‘place’ part of every marketing strategy. Distributors are channel partners who are experts at getting your products into as many markets as possible as quickly as possible so that they can be used by end customers. There are tactical and logical advantages to having a strong distribution partner network. Let us explore them in brief. You Can Focus on Your Expertise Your expertise lies in creating the product. Setting up a sales system to facilitate end customers doesn’t categorically fit your skillset. With the help of a good distribution partner, you can limit your sales risk and use your time and resources to make your manufacturing processes and techniques more efficient. Streamline Market Expansion Selling to a new geographical market with the help of a distribution channel partner who has an established retail network can instantly get you more leads and boost your sales. Especially when entering a new international market, you can trust your distribution partner to take care of international trade law compliance, shipping and customs laws, and the culture of the new market. Limited Involvement in Customer Service Distribution marketing reduces your involvement and investment in customer service considerably. All you need to do is be in touch with your distributor partner. You don’t have to think about exercising administrative duties and investing in operations because your distributor will be your face while dealing with end customers. Distribution Partners Fire-up Your GTM Strategy In your go-to-market strategy (GTM), your distribution partners can market your product to large numbers of geographically dispersed customers. Distributors, especially VARs customize your product and complement it with prompt support and specialist services. Here’s how you can go-to-market confidently with the help of distribution partners: After you segment your target market into customers and prospects, identify which of these segments you can reach with the help of distributors. They can utilize their customer base to get you sales in territories with good sales potential. Distributors with experience can cover the market sectors you want to target. Choose distributors who do not market products that compete with yours. To get the most out of the channel partnership, describe the market opportunities for the distributors and talk to them about what you expect and what you need from them. Decide on whether you want to share marketing rights with distributors. Create solid and binding commercial terms such as stock levels, discounts, selling prices, and marketing support beforehand so the distributors are motivated to give their best to sell your product. Distributors develop sales and marketing plans, provide support in the form of marketing collateral, funds, or marketing campaigns. To support their efforts, run marketing campaigns that target your customers and promote your distributor network. Communicate the advantages of buying from your authorized distributors so that you can create and maintain sales leads for your entire distributor network to make your GTM a success. Distribution Management: Refining Distribution Partner Performance Just as it is important to set up a distribution network, it is also important to manage it, optimize it through consistent efforts, and make sure it is a smooth-functioning ecosystem. Managing distribution businesses can empower your distribution teams to manage distributors and the way they sell your product. They can also enable partners to do more for the sales. Distribution management can be streamlined using a distribution management system (DMS). With the help of the following features, this platform helps you run your distribution network well: Partner Recruitment Easily deploy partner recruitment campaigns through single or multiple distributors. Target specific groups of partners through these campaigns to get them involved. Partner Onboarding Help your distribution partners bring on channel partners for short-term channel programs with high returns and low costs. Partner Training Enhance partner competency and development using partner training through the DMS system. Pipeline Management Keep track of how each distributor contributes to your pipeline growth and engage with distributors to increase revenue. 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Article | August 16, 2022

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