Unlock Channel Partner Engagement with These Three Tricks

Apurva Pathak | June 3, 2022 | 145 views | Read Time : 05:00 min

Channel Partner Engagement
Channel partners are a bridge between businesses and their customers. They are crucial for increasing sales, achieving revenue targets and tapping new opportunities in new markets and verticals. Because of this, businesses want to strengthen their relationships with their channel partners, such as distributors, resellers, or technology partners.

"Distribution is the single most viable alternative to complement and supplement a direct sales organization." – Phillip L Peck, Former Director of Sales for EagleBurgmann

Do you rely on channel partners to reach your customers? Read on to find out how you can enrich your channel partner relationships.

Channel Partner Enablement

Channel partnerships need enablement through engagement. The right content, proper tools, and accurate information about your products, customers, and territories drive this engagement. Continually improving and retaining a good relationship with channel partners is imperative to bring in sales and revenue, increase market share and improve your bottom line.

Here are the three tricks that can help you boost your channel partner engagement:
  • Don’t Let Partners Fend for Themselves
Identify what your channel partners are looking for to increase their productivity. Product training resources and marketing collateral that are full of crucial information add value to your channel enablement plans. Crisp and to the point, product information allows partners to grasp and adapt to any change. Constant support and enablement encourage partners to do more.

A sophisticated partner relationship management (PRM) software can help you organize resources, track progress on leads, and understand the partners’ performance. Channeltivity, a partner relationship management software provider, helped Outmatch, a hiring experience stack provider, grow their partner base by over 300% without hiring new staff. This is a great example of PRM software’s success in managing partnerships.
 

  • Create a Strong Channel Partner Program
Your channel partner program shows how committed and involved you are with both the channel partnership and your end customer. Partners who work with other businesses might analyze you through every interaction they have with you. Ensuring that you treat all your partners — enterprise-level, small or mid-sized channel partners — the same way can help create healthy partnerships.

  • Keep Communication Channels Open
Find the right and most effective way to communicate with your channel partners so you remain on the same page. To increase engagement, remain approachable and listen to your partners with an open mind. Address concerns or suggestions rationally and ensure that your communication is clear and goal-oriented. Microsoft Teams, Facebook groups, and Slack can add a personalized touch as compared to sending out email blasts. Consider using a PRM tool that offers messaging features so you can collaborate, communicate, and document your interactions with your partners.

Transparency in communication will increase partner productivity, profitability, mutual trust, loyalty, and partnership longevity.

Key Takeaways

Offering rewards for exceptional performance, aligning your partnership strategy with your partners’ needs, and maintaining clarity in communication can bring you the output you expect from channel partnerships.

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Fundamentals of Distribution Marketing

Article | July 13, 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. Partner Enablement Use your distribution partners to drive multi-partner demand generation activities with co-branded content that your channel marketing teams create. Partner Incentives Deploy partner incentives to motivate distributors and partners they manage. Review their performance and approve their claims. Performance Optimization Get insights into how distribution partners are selling through business analytics and reports so you can accelerate sales, and in turn, boost your revenue. When you use a good distribution management system, you can manage multiple stakeholders, including resellers, distributors, and partners, along with your internal marketing, sales, and finance teams. Your distribution teams can look at sales through distributors and forecast future performance and partner pipelines. They can also use the system to run different programs and campaigns to meet the changing needs of their business. A U.S. Manufacturer Uses ZINFI Platform for Efficient and Effective Channel Marketing VERSATEX, a PVC building products manufacturer, used ZINFI’s partner portal to streamline its marketing so its partners could be more engaged. "We are using the ZINFI portal as our VERSATEX CRM, and it's been working out amazingly. We can track how the salespeople in the field are selling and quickly determine what's working and what's not," said Cassidy Huff, Channel Marketer at VERSATEX. Summing it Up A distribution strategy can revolutionize the way you sell your product in different markets. With the correct distribution channel and strategy, your product can reach your buyer considerably more quickly and help you achieve your revenue goals. FAQ What is a distribution channel? A distribution channel is a network of intermediaries like distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, and VARs that a company uses to get its product to its end user. What is the impact of distribution management on business? Efficiently managing distribution partners boosts company sales and profitability as it helps businesses streamline how fast and efficiently they distribute their products in the market. What is the difference between direct and indirect distribution channels? In a direct distribution channel, a company allows its manufacturer or service provider to deal directly with the end customer, whereas in an indirect distribution channel, a company relies on a network of distributors, wholesalers, and retailers to sell its products.

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Pyramid Analytics Signs More UKI Channel Deals

Pyramid Analytics | December 02, 2022

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The company was a CRN Channel Awards 2022 finalist. To learn more about becoming a Pyramid partner in the UK and Ireland, contact Bill Clayton, Vice President, Global Partnerships, at clayton@pyramidanalytics.com. Meet Pyramid Analytics’ New Partners Datazed Associates is a boutique data consultancy specialising in data governance and data quality. The company’s network of experienced professionals has a strong track record in the insurance industry, having supported general insurers, Lloyd’s market firms, brokers and reinsurers. Data Reply is the Reply group company offering a broad range of advanced analytics and AI-powered data services. Data Reply operates across industries and business functions to achieve meaningful outcomes through effective use of data. Digital Data Consultancy provides consulting services in the areas of data management, data science, and digital experience. The company helps clients in retail, hospitality, healthcare, banking and consumer goods to master and reimagine their data, create new value, and differentiate and profit in the digital economy. Pyramid Analytics Delivers Value for Partners Partnerships are critical to Pyramid’s ability to scale growth. In turn, partners get access to the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform, an innovative augmented analytics platform which has garnered analyst accolades for its ability to transform businesses. Pyramid Partners benefit from a range of resources to help them effectively market, sell, and deliver the Pyramid Platform, integrated solutions, and services. These include the Pyramid Partner Portal, a one-stop shop for deal management, market education content, co-branded marketing materials, and interactive tools and resources, and; the Pyramid Learning Hub for self-guided and expert-led courses, and Pyramid Partner Certification programs. 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Our highly productive and effective work with channel partners has forged a host of mutually beneficial relationships that have driven growth for all involved across the UKI. Channel partners are at the core of Pyramid’s business model. The growth and expansion of the company is firmly embedded with our channel partners.” About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. The award-winning Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers insights for faster, optimized decisions by providing direct access to any data, enabling governed self-service for any person, and meeting any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Platform uniquely combines Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science in a single environment with AI guidance, reducing cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, enterprise-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. 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Altair Names Keinavo Data Analytics Channel Partner for Switzerland

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Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), announced that Keinavo has joined Altair’s growing channel partner network. Keinavo, which has offices in Lugano, Switzerland, will offer all of Altair’s data analytics solutions to its customers in Switzerland. Keinavo has major customers in sectors like banking, insurance, industry, and public service, and offers expertise, consulting, and training focused on data. “Keinavo has deep expertise in data analytics and the SAS language and we are proud to have them as a valued channel partner. This combination – and their work related to the integration of Altair SLC in complex environnements – makes Keinavo a trusted partner that will be key for Altair’s growth in Switzerland,” said Haroun Mokdad, managing director, Altair Switzerland. “We look forward to providing great opportunities for any company looking to modernize their legacy data analytics platforms.” Keinavo has been providing auditing, consulting, and training services focused on big data, analytics, business intelligence, system integration and optimization, data management, and platform and business process management throughout the EMEA region since the early 2000s. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. “We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo. Altair works with a global network of channel and technology partners. To learn more or to become a partner, visit: https://www.altair.https://www.altair.com/partners/. About Altair Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit https://www.altair.com/.

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Bigger growth opportunities beckon for partners who rewrite the rules of cybersecurity with Infoblox

Infoblox | December 05, 2022

Infoblox Inc., the leader in cloud-first networking and security services, unveils its new partner program today, designed to maximize opportunities partners can secure and deliver. The Skilled to Secure trusted partner program reflects the changing security landscape and shifting customer requirements – and the need for providers of security solutions and services to adapt in response. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. Infoblox BloxOne® is the first cloud-native platform delivering DDI (DNS, DHCP, and IPAM) and DNS data-enabled threat detections, and offers partners predictable, reliable renewal margins year after year. A Forrester Economic Impact Report found that BloxOne® Threat Defense can deliver a staggering 243% return on investment. Integrated into the security ecosystem, BloxOne® enables DNS data to be used to address blind spots in enterprise threat defense and security systems. Internal and external threats can be identified, prioritized, and remediated in a fraction of the time without significant additional investment in new solutions. In the new program, partners will be assigned levels based on their acquisition of the competencies required to deliver BloxOne® and maximize its value for customers. Chris Millerick continued: “We recognize that an exceptional customer experience requires a level of trust, one that only highly skilled and competent technology partners can provide. Infoblox is privileged to offer partners a program that helps them acquire the competencies required to stand out and grow in the cybersecurity market.” Benefits partners can gain through the new program include partner-hunted sales incentives and deal registration, “Guardians of the Network” rewards and incentives, marketing campaigns, marketing development funds, and demonstration software. The Skilled to Secure program is built around three tracks designed to deliver support across the channel: Value-added Reseller and Systems Integrator, Service Provider, and Value-added distributor. Based on their track record and meeting the defined competency requirements, partners’ awarded level will be announced in May 2023. More information on the program, its structure, requirements, and benefits are available on the Infoblox website. About Infoblox Infoblox is the leader in next-generation DNS management and security. More than 13,000 customers, including over 75% of the Fortune 500, rely on Infoblox to scale, simplify, and secure their hybrid networks to meet the modern challenges of a cloud-first world. Learn more on our website.

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Bigger growth opportunities beckon for partners who rewrite the rules of cybersecurity with Infoblox

Infoblox | December 05, 2022

Infoblox Inc., the leader in cloud-first networking and security services, unveils its new partner program today, designed to maximize opportunities partners can secure and deliver. The Skilled to Secure trusted partner program reflects the changing security landscape and shifting customer requirements – and the need for providers of security solutions and services to adapt in response. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. “The rules of cybersecurity have changed. Customers want more than just another security solution or tool – they have dozens, if not hundreds, already. What they want is to drive more value from their current environment by making it more effective. That’s where Infoblox comes in,” explains Chris​ Millerick, ​Vice President, Worldwide Partner Sales at Infoblox. Infoblox BloxOne® is the first cloud-native platform delivering DDI (DNS, DHCP, and IPAM) and DNS data-enabled threat detections, and offers partners predictable, reliable renewal margins year after year. A Forrester Economic Impact Report found that BloxOne® Threat Defense can deliver a staggering 243% return on investment. Integrated into the security ecosystem, BloxOne® enables DNS data to be used to address blind spots in enterprise threat defense and security systems. Internal and external threats can be identified, prioritized, and remediated in a fraction of the time without significant additional investment in new solutions. In the new program, partners will be assigned levels based on their acquisition of the competencies required to deliver BloxOne® and maximize its value for customers. Chris Millerick continued: “We recognize that an exceptional customer experience requires a level of trust, one that only highly skilled and competent technology partners can provide. Infoblox is privileged to offer partners a program that helps them acquire the competencies required to stand out and grow in the cybersecurity market.” Benefits partners can gain through the new program include partner-hunted sales incentives and deal registration, “Guardians of the Network” rewards and incentives, marketing campaigns, marketing development funds, and demonstration software. The Skilled to Secure program is built around three tracks designed to deliver support across the channel: Value-added Reseller and Systems Integrator, Service Provider, and Value-added distributor. Based on their track record and meeting the defined competency requirements, partners’ awarded level will be announced in May 2023. More information on the program, its structure, requirements, and benefits are available on the Infoblox website. About Infoblox Infoblox is the leader in next-generation DNS management and security. More than 13,000 customers, including over 75% of the Fortune 500, rely on Infoblox to scale, simplify, and secure their hybrid networks to meet the modern challenges of a cloud-first world. Learn more on our website.

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