CONTENT MARKETING

InfiniGrow raises $5.25 million to build a navigation system for B2B Marketing teams

InfiniGrow | May 06, 2021

Tel-Aviv-based InfiniGrow, which builds a navigation system for B2B marketing teams, today announced the completion of a funding round of $5.2 million in seed funding.

InfiniGrow is the first investment of AnD Ventures, a new Tel Aviv-based VC firm, as well as several world-renowned marketing leaders such as Hubspot CMO Kipp Bodnar, Samsung SVP Dave McDowell, and successful founders such as Or Offer (SimilarWeb founder), Adi Azaria (SiSense), Eytan Stibbe, and Gil Hirsch (StreamElements).

B2B marketing in the age of uncertainty

Marketing wastes ~30% of their budget ($150 billion globally) on the wrong channels, allocations, and timing. This issue has been aggravated in 2020 as any marketing plan in place experienced drastic changes throughout the year and the ability to predict the impact of marketing activities plummeted.

About InfiniGrow

The company was founded by Daniel Meler (CEO) and Dor Lahav (CTO). InfiniGrow was bootstrapped (self-funded) for 2 years. However, InfiniGrow has, with close to no external resources, acquired dozens of large clients such as Bizzabo, Papaya Global, Orca Security, and more. Several studies released by the company indicate an increase in marketing performance of tens to several hundred percent, in only a few months.

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MULTI CHANNEL MARKETING

Relevize Raises $6M Seed Round to Continue Expanding Channel Activation Platform

Relevize, Insight Partners | October 20, 2022

Relevize, the category leader in channel activation, announced today that it has raised a $6 million seed round led by global software investor Insight Partners, with participation from existing investors Hyperplane, Newfund, 1984.vc, and Weekend Fund. The latest round of funding will further accelerate product development as the company looks to enhance the platform's engagement and reporting capabilities. Relevize is currently hiring for roles in marketing, product, and engineering as it looks to expand the team. Relevize is the only platform that accelerates channel partner sales by giving software providers and their partners the ability to generate pipeline through digital acquisition channels. Started in 2020, Relevize automates the distribution of lead generation programs across digital platforms, including LinkedIn and Facebook, for channel partner programs. During the pandemic, channel marketing teams lost their most effective tactic to generate pipeline: in-person events. Leading software providers are also putting an increased emphasis on growing their channel sales as they look to shift revenue from direct to indirect. Consequently, channel marketing teams are left searching for new tactics to hit larger revenue goals. With Relevize, customers are able to pivot to partner-led digital distribution channels to efficiently generate pipeline. "The Relevize platform is producing some of the highest quality leads of any program we have in place to support partner pipeline acceleration," said Cindi Johnson, Senior Director, Global Partner Marketing at New Relic. "We see this platform as high potential and will continue using it as one of several key tactics to make a significant impact on our partners' business success." Through the platform, software providers and their partners engage, track, and attribute leads to increase the return on investment from co-op and MDF funds. In the last year, Relevize customers, which include New Relic, Chili Piper, and WatchGuard Technologies, Inc, have realized a 20x multiple on ad spend to pipeline generated and an increase of 550% in pipeline generated through the platform in the last year. "Channel-led GTM and digital-first marketing strategies are becoming need-to-have for enterprise companies to hit revenue targets. With this tactical shift, the transition of channel partners from strictly implementation partners to revenue generators is becoming critical, and we see Relevize as a catalyst for this transition," said Julian Marcu of Insight Partners. "Relevize is pioneering a new category in the channel-led GTM tech stack, and is generating significant ROI for its customers and their partners via time-savings, visibility, and net-new lead generation." As part of this round, Julian Marcu of Insight Partners will be joining the Relevize Board of Directors. "Channel marketing teams lack the tools to excel in their roles, and Relevize looks forward to continuing to bring world-class technology to help them achieve their revenue goals. We could not be more excited to work with Insight Partners on the next phase of Relevize's growth," said Michael Nardella, CEO & Co-founder of Relevize. "Channel marketing teams lack the tools to excel in their roles, and Relevize looks forward to continuing to bring world-class technology to help them achieve their revenue goals. We could not be more excited to work with Insight Partners on the next phase of Relevize's growth," said Michael Nardella, CEO & Co-founder of Relevize. "Insight Partners has been a catalyst for numerous pioneers in the sales and marketing software space, and we look forward to partnering with them as we continue to grow." About Relevize Relevize is the only partner activation platform built for sellers and partners to maximize their channel sales revenue. Most solutions focus on direct sales but now that companies are putting a stronger emphasis on scaling through their partner networks, they need better support. By automating partner campaigns, Relevize enables channel sales teams to efficiently scale and increase visibility into their partner generated pipeline. About Insight Partners Insight Partners is a global software investor partnering with high-growth technology, software, and Internet startup and ScaleUp companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. As of June 30, 2022, the firm has over $80B in regulatory assets under management. Insight Partners has invested in more than 700 companies worldwide and has seen over 55 portfolio companies achieve an IPO. Headquartered in New York City, Insight has offices in London, Tel Aviv, and Palo Alto. Insight's mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with right-sized, right-time practical, hands-on software expertise along their growth journey, from their first investment to IPO. For more information on Insight and all its investments, visit insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter @insightpartners.

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MARTECH

Simplicity Welcomes Hank Kuonen as Partner with the Acquisition of Kuonen Insurance Marketing

Kuonen Insurance Marketing, Simplicity Group | October 07, 2022

Simplicity Group ("Simplicity") today announced the acquisition of Kuonen Insurance Marketing, LLC, an Arkansas-based brokerage organization led by Hank Kuonen. Kuonen Insurance Marketing becomes the 44th group to join Simplicity. "Hank and Rick successfully built Kuonen Insurance Marketing with a strong commitment to helping financial professionals grow their business and serve their clients," said Bruce Donaldson, President and CEO of Simplicity. "Hank and Rick successfully built Kuonen Insurance Marketing with a strong commitment to helping financial professionals grow their business and serve their clients," said Bruce Donaldson, President and CEO of Simplicity. "Now with the combined marketing and product resources of the Simplicity Group behind him, we know going forward Hank will be able to help more agents and serve more clients with his unique brand of entrepreneurial professionalism. We are thrilled to welcome Hank to Simplicity." "I am excited to grow my business with the full power of Simplicity behind me," said Hank Kuonen. "Everyone I have met at Simplicity has demonstrated a thoughtful approach to our new partnership, and has taken care as we begin integrating my business into the broader organization. Fully utilizing Simplicity's back-office functions and tapping into their marketing programs and training events will allow me to do what I love: to connect with and support agents as they support their clients' needs." About Kuonen Insurance Marketing Founded in 1985 by Rick Kuonen, Kuonen Insurance Marketing supports independent financial professionals. With access to top carriers, and a deep commitment to customer service, Kuonen distinguishes itself as a leading Brokerage Agency. About Simplicity Group Simplicity Group is one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing financial product distribution companies, which has had 44 distribution businesses join its partnership (including Kuonen Insurance Marketing). Each of Simplicity's operating businesses is directed by its local management team and benefits from access to Simplicity's group resources. Through partnership with top distribution organizations and technology companies, Simplicity seeks to provide compelling business solutions that will attract the industry's best leadership, talent, advisors, agents, and future partners. Simplicity supports independent financial advisors and agents across the country with investment, annuity and life insurance solutions with a focus on client education, consumer value and partnership. For more information, please visit: www.simplicitygroup.com and follow the Company on LinkedIn.

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CHANNEL PARTNERSHIPS

AdvisoryHub Wins 2022 US & Canada Partner Marketing Innovation Award at Zoomtopia Partner Awards

AdvisoryHub | November 18, 2022

AdvisoryHub is a recipient of the 2022 Zoom Partner Awards from Zoom Video Communications, Inc., commending the company's inventive spirit and impactful achievements. The award was presented to AdvisoryHub for the 2022 US & Canada Partner Marketing Innovation Award at Zoomtopia Partner Connect. Partner Connect is a partner-focused event at Zoomtopia designed to inform and inspire partners on Zoom’s vision, how they can better sell, learn about new program updates, and celebrate their successes. The award program recognizes organizations that have strategized impactful business plans with Zoom, resulting in increased alignment and distinguished sales and marketing accomplishments. AdvisoryHub is this year's US & Canada Marketing Innovation Award winner recipient. “Our partners continue to do incredible things, and Zoom’s annual Partner Awards recognize their ongoing commitment to deliver happiness to our customers,” said Todd Surdey, Head of Global Channel and Business Development at Zoom. “With hybrid work here to stay, our partners play an integral role in delivering Zoom’s platform to our global customers. From chat, phone, meetings, and much more, our partner community has worked tirelessly to help customers reimagine work and stay connected. We commend their dedication, innovation, and impressive results.” Transitioning to the cloud provides businesses new opportunities and operational muscle to unlock innovation across their organization including fundamentally reinventing their business models and redefining the Customer Experience (CX). With extensive industry and technology expertise, AdvisoryHub’s team of Practical Strategists work with their clients to strategically identify, plan, and propel their business transformation with cloud-enabled solutions focused on the Customer Economy. “Zoom has built one of the most innovative cloud platforms of our time, combining the use of chat, phone, meetings, rooms, webinars, and contact center. Such an offering can only be met by an innovative marketing approach to help companies digest and adopt the full stack of offerings that can drive Customer Experience in the new Customer Economy,” said Richard Tarity, AdvisoryHub Co-founder and Practical Strategist. “Zoom has built one of the most innovative cloud platforms of our time, combining the use of chat, phone, meetings, rooms, webinars, and contact center. Such an offering can only be met by an innovative marketing approach to help companies digest and adopt the full stack of offerings that can drive Customer Experience in the new Customer Economy,” said Richard Tarity, AdvisoryHub Co-founder and Practical Strategist. “Zoom has proven to be a leader in the phone and call center market and continues to innovate with new features to their platform on a daily basis, making it easy to help clients adopt these offerings,” said John Maylath, AdvisoryHub Co-founder and Practical Strategist. About AdvisoryHub AdvisoryHub is a new age advisory firm acting as an extension to your team, helping you navigate the changing markets caused by the accelerating pace of change in technology. In short, we are a team of Practical Strategists.

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CHANNEL PARTNERSHIPS

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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