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Abstrakt Marketing Joins Hands with Sapper Consulting to Create the Largest Lead Generation Company

Abstrakt Marketing Group, the region's largest marketing company announced the acquisition of another growing St. Louis-based firm, Sapper Consulting. The amalgamation will allowAbstrakt to provide comprehensive integrated marketing services to more than 1,700 customers in all 50 U.S. states, and will fuel a three-year growth tactic to lead it from 500 employees and more than $58 million in revenues by the end of 2021 to about 1,000 employees and $100 million in revenues by 2023.

Abstrakt services today range from Outbound Lead Generation to Digital Marketing, Branding and Video Production. It has won more than 85 business growth and innovation awards since inception. Sapper Consultingdelivers industry-leading email marketing solutions countrywide.
"We have been following Sapper from the beginning. Our team has always admired their work and the values they live by. The addition of their services will close the loop on our multi-channel lead generation solution and enable us to deliver an even better product mix to our clients," stated Abstrakt CEO, Scott Scully.

Jeff Winters, CEO of Sapper Consulting added, "In order for us to join forces with another firm, there had to be a win for our people, our business and our clients. This relationship checks all the boxes. Collectively, we will provide a world-class service offering that doesn't exist today."
"Abstrakt has been a cornerstone in the redevelopment of the historic riverfront district, Laclede's Landing," stated Abstrakt's COO, Brian Condon. "The addition of Sapper Consulting, along with our own growth, will result in almost double the number of people we will have working downtown. We plan to add 400 more jobs over the next three years."

The company feels the creative energy that resonates from the unique neighborhood that is Laclede's Landing. Informed acquisitions and organic growth will allow Abstrakt to continue to expand their footprint and grow as a true anchor for the community, continuing a long-overdue revitalization of one of the city's finest neighborhoods.

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Based in St. Louis, MO, Abstrakt Marketing Group is a business growth agency serving over 800 clients nationwide. With 350+ employees, Abstrakt has grown rapidly since its founding in 2009. Abstrakt is a full-service lead generation company, offering both inbound and outbound solutions for its client partners.

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Abnormal Security Expands Channel and Alliances Leadership, Appoints Jonathan Corini and Stephanie Goodman

Business Wire | January 11, 2024

Abnormal Security, the leading AI-native cloud email security platform, today announced that it is fueling its continued hypergrowth by expanding its sales leadership. The company has appointed two executives to lead its channel and alliances initiatives, with Jonathan Corini joining as Vice President of Worldwide Channel Sales and Stephanie Goodman as Head of Global Alliances. Corini will lead Abnormal’s global channel sales strategy and oversee all aspects of the company’s channel partner program, while Goodman will expand Abnormal’s strategic alliances ecosystem and accelerate growth among technology partners. These appointments cap a banner year for the company, which now serves 1,880+ customers and recently crossed $100M in ARR. This unprecedented success over the past year is due in large part to the company’s extensive partner system, ongoing dedication to the channel, and deep technology alliances across the industry—all of which will continue under new leadership. Corini has over 23 years of experience in cybersecurity and has held numerous sales and channel leadership positions. He most recently served as the VP of Global Channels at HYPR, where he designed and launched a new channel-focused GTM strategy that was responsible for over one-third of the company’s pipeline. Previously, Corini was SVP of Global Channels at Mimecast, where he grew channel sourced bookings to over 40% of the company's revenue and expanded the global MSP business to 20,000+ customers. In addition, Corini has held channel leadership roles at ForeScout Technologies, Tanium, and Intel Security throughout his extensive career. Goodman brings over 15 years of security experience and comes to Abnormal most recently from Google, where she served as the Global Lead of Strategic Alliances & OEMs. While there, she launched a global OEM program that grew over 200% in its first year and led her team to grow GSI revenue by 250% over the course of 2023. Previously, Goodman was the Director of Global Strategic Alliances at ForeScout Technologies, where the alliance team created an integration monetization plan that now represents 25% of overall company revenue, and held channel program management roles at McAfee. The two executives are joining an established channel-first organization with strong technology partnerships. Abnormal currently supports dozens of strategic partners, including value-added resellers, by providing its behavioral AI platform to protect customers against the growing threat of advanced, socially-engineered email attacks. The email security platform currently integrates with Microsoft, Google, and CrowdStrike, as well as dozens of other cybersecurity platforms. Moving forward, the focus will be on deepening relationships with enterprise partners throughout North America, expanding channel partnerships across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and launching strategic alliances with key organizations across the industry. About Abnormal Security Abnormal Security provides the leading behavioral AI-based email security platform that leverages machine learning to stop sophisticated inbound email attacks and dangerous email platform attacks that evade traditional solutions. The anomaly detection engine leverages identity and context to analyze the risk of every cloud email event, preventing inbound email attacks, detecting compromised accounts, and remediating emails and messages—all while providing visibility into configuration drifts across your environment. You can deploy Abnormal in minutes with an API integration for Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace and experience the full value of the platform instantly, with additional protection available for Slack, Teams, and Zoom. More information is available at abnormalsecurity.com.

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RackWare Launches New PartnerConnect Channel Program

RackWare | December 15, 2023

RackWare, a leading innovator in hybrid cloud management solutions, today announced the promotion of Colby Calonica to Vice President of Global Sales, Channels and Alliances and the launch of its RackWare PartnerConnect channel program. RackWare PartnerConnect helps IT solutions providers, managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers (VARs) across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region better serve customers and capitalize on the demand for simple, fast and cost-effective cloud migration and disaster recovery solutions as more enterprises are moving workloads to and between clouds as a strategic business imperative. “As enterprises continue to look for ways to increase agility and innovate to better serve their customers, cloud migration and disaster recovery have become a business imperative. As a result, our company has seen significantly increased demand, and much of this is coming through the channel,” said Bryan Gobbett, CEO at RackWare. “As we expect this trend to continue, we are launching RackWare PartnerConnect and promoting Colby Calonica to VP of Global Sales, Channels and Alliances as a reflection of our commitment to long-term partner growth, innovation and enablement.” RackWare PartnerConnect offers channel organizations resources, including technical resources and training, sales support, marketing collateral and co-marketing opportunities with increasing incentives, rebates and benefits based on tiers. This enables our partners to expand their market presence, solve key challenges for customers and successfully serve customers around the world. The RackWare PartnerConnect offers three tiers: Silver Tier: Entry-Level Partner Criteria: Silver Tier partners are typically new to the PartnerConnect program or may not have met the requirements for higher tiers. Minimum annual sales or revenue targets that are set by RackWare. Benefits: Access to RackWare's comprehensive partner portal and resources. Basic sales and marketing support, including access to marketing collateral. Eligibility for deal registration to protect leads and opportunities. Comprehensive entry-level product training and onboarding. Opportunity to participate in co-marketing initiatives at the discretion of RackWare. Gold Tier: Intermediate Partner Criteria: Gold Tier partners have demonstrated a certain level of commitment and success within the program. Achieved specified annual sales or revenue targets higher than the Silver Tier requirements. Benefits (in addition to Silver Tier benefits): Enhanced sales and marketing support, including lead generation assistance. Access to more advanced training and certification programs. Priority deal registration and lead distribution. Co-marketing opportunities with RackWare, including joint webinars and events. Eligibility for additional incentives and rewards, such as increased rebates. Dedicated channel account manager for personalized support. Platinum Tier: Top-Tier Partner Criteria: Platinum Tier partners represent the highest level of commitment and success within the PartnerConnect program. Consistently exceed the highest annual sales or revenue targets set by RackWare. Demonstrated exceptional product expertise and market presence. Benefits (in addition to Gold and Silver Tier benefits): Premium sales and marketing support, including dedicated resources for joint campaigns. Exclusive access to RackWare's most advanced training programs, including technical certifications. Highest priority for deal registration and lead distribution. Strategic collaboration with RackWare on joint marketing campaigns and go-to-market strategies. Top-tier incentives, including the highest rebates and rewards. Executive-level support and access to RackWare's executive team. Invitation to exclusive partner events and advisory board participation. By offering these distinct tiers with corresponding benefits, RackWare encourages partners to grow their commitment and sales efforts while rewarding them for their achievements within the PartnerConnect program. This tiered structure motivates partners to excel and aligns their goals with RackWare's growth objectives. “RackWare is in a unique position to strategically support our customers throughout their cloud migration journey with fast and cost-effective cloud migration and disaster recovery solutions,” said Calonica, who previously served as RackWare's VP of Sales. “Our partner ecosystem has grown impressively over the last year, driven by our commitment to collaboration, comprehensive training and joint market initiatives. With this ongoing growth, I’m thrilled to be part of RackWare's next phase, reinforcing our dedication to our customers and partners.” For more information about RackWare Partner Connect, please visit rackwareinc.com/partner-program or contact our channel team at partners@rackwareine.com. About RackWare RackWare makes data and applications mobile and secure. We empower our customers to run their applications and store their data in any cloud of their choice. Seamless mobility allows our customers to take advantage of cutting-edge services or reduce costs as they become available throughout the cloud universe. And if disaster strikes — either natural or cyber-criminality — our proprietary replication and sync technology has our customers protected. RackWare is based in San Jose, California, with offices in Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, London and Pune, India.

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Vendavo Drives Strong Growth in 2023 with AI-Powered Product Innovations and Partner Program

PR Newswire | January 12, 2024

Vendavo, the global market leader in B2B pricing, selling and rebate solutions announced a strong 2023 finish today, noting a 12% growth in annual recurring revenue and 43% growth in higher margin recurring services. "As economic uncertainty persisted through 2023, global organizations increased investments in AI-driven technology to drive profitable growth, placing their trust in Vendavo," said Alex Hoff, Chief Product Officer, Vendavo. "While many predict stronger economies in 2024, manufacturers and distributors face a growing demand for agility in pricing, channel incentives, and commercial processes. We take pride in enabling significant revenue and margin growth for our customers." Vendavo's products and services enabled a 1.5% margin increase for customers in 2023 through improved pricing over cost. On average, customers achieved $27 million benefit from price improvement. To offer more features to customers, Vendavo's product investment increased by 21% in 2023. New AI product innovations have set the stage for smarter, more efficient commercial processes for customers. A new AI fueled Price Sensitivity metric was added to Vendavo Deal Price Optimizer, a solution that maximizes revenue and profitability through a better understanding of customers' willingness to pay. AI algorithms allow for more in-depth segmentation and analyses that deliver more precise sales guidance. AI now powers timely pattern detection for Price/Volume/Mix analyses in Vendavo Margin Bridge Analyzer. Ranked a Strong Performer in the 2023 Forrester Wave™ for CPQ, Vendavo Intelligent CPQ now has new pricing capabilities within the solution's agreement's function. Sales teams can incorporate more accurate pricing from the onset for even the most complex quotes. Vendavo Pricepoint, the flagship solution for B2B price management, improved both pricing calculation speed and performance. Vendavo's commitment to growing its partner ecosystem led to a doubling of partner-originated pipeline year over year. Notably, Vendavo's existing partnership with Oracle significantly expanded with the creation of new rebate and channel management incentives and the addition of support staff. In response to increasing market demand for rebate and channel management solutions, and following the 2022 acquisition of Market Medium, Vendavo integrated Rebate & Channel Manager into their suite of growth and profitability products. Many customers now effectively manage their rebate programs with the solution. About Vendavo Vendavo empowers global manufacturers and distributors to accelerate growth and profitability with leading pricing, selling, and rebate management solutions. Companies like Emerson, Medtronic, and GAF rely on Vendavo to manage, optimize, and digitize their end-to-end commercial processes. Vendavo's solutions, team of pricing and selling experts, and proven process accelerates value and outcomes that are not only predictable, but unrivaled. With Vendavo, the world's most ambitious B2B organizations can develop dynamic customer insights and execute optimal pricing strategies that maximize margin, boost sales effectiveness, and improve the customer experience.

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ZINFI Releases Its Latest Complimentary Best Practices Guidebook: "The Ultimate Guide to Channel Partner Management"

PR Newswire | January 04, 2024

ZINFI Technologies, Inc., a company leading the definition and creation of Unified Partner Management (UPM) solutions, today announced that its latest best practices guide —The Ultimate Guide to Channel Partner Management — is now available as a complimentary downloadable eBook. Among the most comprehensive and practical guides to partner management, the guidebook was designed to help organization of all sizes and in every industry learn how to unlock new markets, innovate faster, and deliver better customer experiences. The Ultimate Guide to Channel Partner Management consists of 10 detailed chapters based on common questions from business professionals, including: What Are the Different Types of Channel Partners? How to Find and Recruit Channel Partner What Are the Benefits of Having Channel Partners? How to Choose the Right Channel Partners for Your Business How to Get Started with Channel Partnerships How to Align Partners with Overall Business Strategy What Are the Challenges of Managing Channel Partners? How Do We Evolve Channel Partnerships over Time? What Are the Best Practices for Channel Partnership Management? What Are the Future Trends in Channel Partnerships? "We know that effective partnerships can significantly extend a company's market reach, enhance product distribution and fortify its competitive edge," said Sugata Sanyal, CEO and founder of ZINFI Technologies. "Channel partners are not just another route to market. Indeed, they are a strategic asset that, when managed well, can become a source of sustained competitive advantage. But what exactly constitutes a channel partner, and how can a business harness a robust network of partners to realize its full potential? We created this new guidebook to provide detailed answers to a whole host of questions like these that people ask us every day as they try to understand how to unleash the power of partner relationships and partner ecosystems. The future of channel partnerships is bright, and this guidebook is just what business executives and marketing professionals need to prepare for a world of opportunity." The Ultimate Guide to Channel Partner Management can be downloaded here: https://www.zinfi.com/guidebooks/channel-partner-management-ultimate-guide/ ZINFI has consistently been named a PRM "leader" by G2, the world's leading business solutions review website. ZINFI has earned this distinction over multiple consecutive quarters dating back to 2019, most recently in G2's Winter 2024 G2 Grid® Report for Partner Management Software. G2 scores are based on the responses of real, verified users and data aggregated from online sources and social networks. To access more information about ZINFI's partner relationship management platform or to download a copy of ZINFI's best practices guide on partner relationship management, please visit our website at www.zinfi.com. You can also follow ZINFI Technologies on LinkedIn and at the ZINFI Channel Marketing Best Practices blog. ZINFI offers its potential customers a 30-day free trial (no credit card required) providing access to its entire Unified Partner Marketing (UPM) automation platform. This will allow any prospective buyers to test-drive its industry-leading channel management applications before making a purchase decision. About ZINFI Technologies ZINFI Technologies, Inc., a company leading the definition and creation of Unified Partner Management (UPM) solutions, enables vendors and their channel partners to seamlessly collaborate in a virtual environment to achieve profitable growth on a global SaaS platform. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, we at ZINFI see an immense opportunity to build high-performing sales channels by deploying a powerful virtual collaboration platform that has been rated #1 by leading analyst firms for simple to complex enterprise channels. ZINFI's state-of-the-art SaaS Unified Partner Management (UPM) automation platform allows brands and their global partner networks to work together remotely throughout the entire partner lifecycle via three core state-of-the-art SaaS applications—partner relationship management, partner marketing management and partner sales management. ZINFI's UPM is super easy to use and affordably priced, and it comes with a complete set of do-it-yourself tools in multiple languages.

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