Google My Business Optimization Considered the Most Valuable Local Marketing Service

Google | March 15, 2020

Google My Business optimization, not website optimization, is considered the most valuable local marketing service in 2020. According to BrightLocal’s annual local search industry survey, on-site optimization is now the second most valuable local marketing service. The survey of 475 local marketers looks at the business practices, pricing, salary, and services offered by local marketers.

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Impartner Business Planning Levels Up Partner Experience

Impartner | September 16, 2022

Impartner, the global pure-play leader in SaaS-based channel management and Partner Relationship Management (PRM), launched Impartner Business Planning within its PRM—scaling your channel and engaging partners like never before. Impartner Business Planning accelerates revenue in your entire channel. Impartner Business Planning ends managers' dreading the quarterly business reviews (QBRs) with their partner channel. The increased collaboration, transparency, and automation help companies create business plans with all segments of partners—maximizing the productivity of the largest ones and fully engaging even the very smallest. "Business planning with partners is no longer a check-off item or something to dread," said Gary Sabin, VP of Product at Impartner. "Business planning with partners is no longer a check-off item or something to dread," said Gary Sabin, VP of Product at Impartner. "Impartner brings more accountability into the process through collaboration—not top-down micro-management—making partner planning meetings more productive, more fulfilling and even more enjoyable with the end result being increased revenue." Impartner Business Planning motivates and manages partners with clear performance measures and objectives, enhancing the overall partner experience. Most companies perform business planning through spreadsheet applications and one-off systems, which impacts partner experience. Today, partners decide whom they want to do business with based on the experience they receive, especially compared to competitors. Business Planning provides a competitive advantage in partner experience. Impartner Business Planning provides better collaboration with partners. It works with any CRM system. Channel managers can drag and drop pre-built metrics using standard objectives or build their own based on the partners' business. They can also establish two-way communication of these metrics with message threads, templated plans for different levels of partners and automated instructions. Business Planning provides easy access to current performance measures and attainment status. The system displays progress updates and tracks the history of business plan details. Business Planning extends the value of Impartner's Journey Builder, Program Compliance Manager and MDF applications by tracking and displaying the progress of journeys, tier badges and percent of MDF funds used. The new product helps customers achieve more revenue with all levels of partners. It allows customers to deepen relationships and effectiveness of the top-performing partners, but it also engages the smallest, lower-tier partners. With new partners, channel chiefs can automatically track metrics like lead distribution, deal conversion and revenue targets and set goals for channel certification completion. Business Planning is available in Impartner PRM for all customers now. To learn more about how Impartner helps corporations from the smallest to the largest enterprises like Honeywell, Qualtrics and Vertiv grow their channel revenue by an average of 32.3% in the first year of use alone, click here. About Impartner Impartner is the fastest-growing, most award-winning provider of channel management technologies, including its flagship Partner Relationship Management (PRM) and Through Channel Marketing Automation (TCMA) solutions, which help companies worldwide manage their partner relationships, drive demand through partners and accelerate revenue and profitability through indirect sales channels. For more information on Impartner, which is based in Utah's tech hotbed, the Silicon Slopes, visit impartner.com.

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CallTower Expands Channel Partnership Team

CallTower | October 12, 2022

CallTower, an international leader in delivering cloud-based enterprise-class unified communications, contact center and collaboration solutions has expanded its Channel Partnership team with the additions of Global Director of OEM Alliances, Jessica Flannery-Ball and Partner Marketing Strategist, Madison Doner. In her over 20 years of direct and channel sales experience, Jessica Flannery-Ball has built a reputation of integrity, discipline, and passion. She is known to approach partners and customers from a place of curiosity, aiming to understand how they transact to ensure their goals are met. She strives to build partnerships based on mutual respect and understanding and prides herself on being a strategic thinker, seeking to understand how to bring more value and strengthen partnerships. Jessica was a 2020 Avant Hustle Award Winner for Top Channel Manager. In her previous position, she was actively involved in ERGs, serving as Co-Chair of the Mom Support Group (sub-ERG of WISE Leaders). In her newest role as Global Director at OEM Alliances at CallTower, she will bring her expertise in Demand Gen and Enablement to develop plans that outline how the partners she supports can maximize their potential together. She will strategically sell and market to the Global Community, drive increased CallTower adoption, and increase marketplace knowledge & sales conversion through joint selling efforts. Madison Doner began her career in communications as a journalist in the fast-paced environment of local news. Upon receiving her Bachelor of the Arts in Journalism as well as Global and International Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego, Madison started her career at the NBC affiliate in Missoula, Montana as a news reporter and anchor. In 2021, she took on a similar role at an ABC affiliate in Virginia, where she built relationships with government officials while covering the gubernatorial race. In joining CallTower as our Partner Marketing Strategist, Madison will be strategically marketing and aligning sales team members within the Master Agent community, fast-tracking CallTower adoption, and increasing marketplace knowledge and sales conversion through tactical efforts. Madison is focused on driving sales growth through Master Agent alliances, executing events with CallTower connections and growing the organization. “We are excited to have Jessica and Madison join the CallTower Channel team”, says CallTower’s Chief Revenue Officer, William Rubio. “We are excited to have Jessica and Madison join the CallTower Channel team”, says CallTower’s Chief Revenue Officer, William Rubio. “Their addition to our team is instrumental as we continue to build upon our channel partner relationships and grow the CallTower family.” About CallTower Since its inception in 2002, CallTower has evolved into a global cloud-based, enterprise-class Unified Communications, Contact Center and Collaboration solutions provider for growing organizations worldwide. CallTower provides, integrates and supports industry-leading solutions, including Microsoft® Teams Direct Routing, Operator Connect, Office 365, GCC High Teams Audio Conferencing and PSTN, Cisco® Webex Calling / UCM, Cisco® CCPP, CT Cloud UCaaS, CT Cloud Meeting powered by Zoom and four contact center options, including Five9 for business customers.

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Pyramid Analytics Expands European Systems Integration Channel With Amplifi Partnership

Amplifi, Pyramid Analytics | September 21, 2022

Pyramid Analytics (Pyramid), a pioneering decision intelligence platform provider, and Amplifi, a specialist consultancy providing Advisory, Delivery and Support services for data management, data governance and data quality, today announced a partnership from Big Data LDN, the UK’s largest data and analytics conference. Expanding channel partnerships with complementary technology companies, independent software vendors (ISV), consulting firms, value-added resellers (VAR) and systems integrators (SI) is a strategic priority. Pyramid has expanded its Alliances team and partner recruitment capabilities, invested in partner training and development, and launched joint go to market programs. Key Points: Amplifi provides a portfolio of services across the data management spectrum: Strategy & Advisory; Implementation & Integration; and Managed Services & Support. Partnership enables Amplifi to broaden its service portfolio to include top-rated augmented and prescriptive analytics with the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform. Pyramid continues to build a roster of SI and VAR partners to extend market reach and scale. Pyramid is a CRN Channel Awards 2022 finalist in the Emerging Vendor of the Year category which recognises new and emerging organisations which have successfully supported the growth of their channel partners in the UK. To learn more about becoming a Pyramid partner in the UK & Ireland, contact bill.clayton@pyramidanalytics.com. Pyramid Analytics Demonstrates its Commitment to and Value for Channel Partners Channel partners are critical for Pyramid’s ability to continue to grow in a scalable manner, in turn offering them access to pioneering innovative technology that can transform their business. Pyramid understands that for outstanding growth to be achieved for the company and for its channel partners, its partners should be thoroughly supported with training to develop in-depth knowledge and insights. Pyramid’s partner portal is vital in delivering learning, development and growth value for Pyramid and its partners. Decision Intelligence is the Next Big Data Analytics Innovation The next major innovation in analytics is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Applying AI across Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science is what separates Decision Intelligence from traditional business intelligence tools such as Microsoft Power BI, Qlik, and Tableau. AI lowers the skills barrier by automating the highly technical work needed to prepare and analyze data and create and share reports and dashboards. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform delivers data-driven insights for anyone to make faster, more intelligent decisions. The Pyramid Platform provides instant access to any data, enables automated governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need, from the simple to the sophisticated. By uniquely combining Data Prep, Business Analytics, and Data Science with AI guidance in a single environment, the Pyramid Platform reduces cost and complexity while accelerating growth and innovation. This enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics. Quotes Bill Clayton, Vice President of Global Partner Sales, Pyramid Analytics: “Amplifi has a proven record of building solid data foundations for customers in a variety of industries. This partnership brings additional vertical expertise and services to Pyramid customers across the UKI and Europe. Importantly, analytics is the catalyst that turns data into intelligent decisions. The combination of the data infrastructure architected, deployed, and managed by Amplifi and the decision intelligence capabilities of the Pyramid Platform are highly complementary and will deliver added value to joint customers.” Mike Evans, Chief Innovation Officer at Amplifi: “Our partnership with Pyramid Analytics is a strategic step for Amplifi as we advance our capabilities and services along the Data Value Chain. Until now, our focus has been on the foundational management of data – from data strategy through to implementation of MDM, PIM and data governance frameworks. Mike Evans, Chief Innovation Officer at Amplifi: “Our partnership with Pyramid Analytics is a strategic step for Amplifi as we advance our capabilities and services along the Data Value Chain. Until now, our focus has been on the foundational management of data – from data strategy through to implementation of MDM, PIM and data governance frameworks. Being able to offer the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform to operate on top of that foundation means we’re able to provide increased value to our customers when they’re making business decisions with their data.” About Amplifi Amplifi is the go-to consultancy for Enterprise organizations that want their success to be driven by data. We establish and deliver data strategies that enable global brands to manage, govern and analyse their most important data so they can innovate, grow and succeed. Consistently recognized as a leader by Gartner on the Market Guide for MDM External Service Providers report, Amplifi provides strategic consulting and implementation services for industry leading B2B and B2C companies through its global offices in North America, the UK and Northern Europe. About Pyramid Analytics Pyramid is what’s next in analytics. Our unified decision intelligence platform delivers insights for anyone to make faster, more informed decisions. It provides direct access to any data, enables governed self-service for any person, and serves any analytics need in a no-code environment. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence 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. The Pyramid Platform enables a strategic, organization-wide approach to Business Intelligence and Analytics, from the simple to the sophisticated. Schedule a demo. Pyramid Analytics is incorporated in Amsterdam and has regional headquarters in global innovation and business centers, including London, New York City, and Tel-Aviv. Our team lives worldwide because geography should not be a barrier to talent and opportunity. Investors include H.I.G. Growth Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), Sequoia Capital, and Viola Growth. Learn more at Pyramid Analytics.

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Anomali Announces New Platinum Elite Technical Certifications for Global Partner Engineers

Anomali | November 16, 2022

Anomali, the leader in modernizing and scaling security operations by delivering breakthrough levels of visibility and intelligence-driven threat detection and response, today announced the availability of its all-new Platinum Elite Technical Certification Program. To further drive the success of Anomali partners and customers, all partner engineers now have access to the same technical curriculum available to Anomali field and customer success engineers, regardless of their current partner level. Partners that complete certification are eligible for Platinum Elite Status in the Anomali Resilience Partner Program. Since launching its all-new partner program in March 2022, Anomali has continued to invest in the channel, doubling its channel field personnel and hiring a dedicated Director of Channel Enablement. “To date, the Resilience Partner Program has absolutely energized our partner base, more than tripling our partner engagement in just the first six months,” said Chris Peterson, VP Worldwide Partnerships at Anomali. “By making our Platinum Elite Enablement Program available to all partners – GSI, value-added reseller, or MSP – Anomali is further investing in our partners, providing additional routes to market and enabling new services-driven revenue opportunities.” The new training is delivered as a hybrid learning model, incorporating both instructor-led and hands-on labs. It comprises three flexible modules, allowing partners to match technical skill development to their business model and scale their Anomali practice. The three available certifications are: Anomali Proof of Value Certified Engineer - Focused on pre-sales technical skill development; Anomali Certified ThreatStream Engineer - Further enabling partner engineers to deliver implementation and integration services for Anomali ThreatStream; and Anomali Platform Certified Engineer - Enabling partner engineers to deliver implementation and integration services for The Anomali Platform. “The technical certification training from Anomali is phenomenal,” said Paul Lim, Regional Director, ANZ at Netpoleon. “The cloud delivery environment and interaction with Anomali engineers gives us the hands-on experience we can apply immediately into new service offerings for our channel partners and customers." Platinum Elite is the top tier in the Anomali Resilience Partner Program and provides partners with several enhanced benefits to maximize margins and increase partner routes to market with The Anomali Platform, including: Licensing to The Anomali Platform for the delivery of billable services; Additional margins on the resale of the Anomali solutions; CPE credits against CISSP continuing education requirements for partner engineers; and Enhanced technical knowledge to deliver customer facing POV and implementation engagements. "Growing a vendor’s business requires technical knowledge transfer to enable a partner to provide implementation and professional services," said Craig Gledhill, CEO, ACA Pacific. “Anomali’s new modular technical enablement program provides this. It also showcases Anomali's continued commitment to the channel, giving our partners’ engineers the skills necessary to deliver great support to their customers and scale their Anomali business.” "Growing a vendor’s business requires technical knowledge transfer to enable a partner to provide implementation and professional services," said Craig Gledhill, CEO, ACA Pacific. The Anomali Platform is a suite of products that work together and easily integrate into existing security stacks across multi-cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments. The Integrated product offerings, deliver new and uniquely differentiated security visibility use cases to stop attackers and their breaches, including ransomware. The product suite includes Match, a big data engine that correlates all telemetry with global intelligence to detect and respond at scale; ThreatStream, the leader in threat intelligence management and the largest repository of global intelligence; and Lens, the industry’s only Natural Language Processing (NLP) extension that identifies all threats and IOCs in public and private data to detect the latest threats. About Anomali Anomali is the leader in modernizing and scaling security operations, delivering breakthrough levels of security visibility and intelligence-driven threat detection & response. In a world filled with SIEM, SOAR, XDR, the Anomali Platform amplifies visibility, integrating with existing security controls, and enriching them with actionable context to stop the adversaries. Anomali helps customers and partners transform their SOC platform by elevating security efficacy and reducing their cost with automated processes at the heart of everything. The solution is anchored in big-data management and boasts the world’s largest repository of global intelligence that supports native-cloud, multi-cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments. Founded in 2013, Anomali serves global B2B enterprise businesses, large public sector organizations, ISACs, ISAOs, service providers, and Global 1000 customers to help safeguard the world’s critical infrastructure, companies, and people. Leading venture firms, including Google Ventures, General Catalyst, and IVP, back Anomali. Learn more at www.anomali.com.

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