Note from the Editor
Great news! The Channel is resurging as the IT industry leads the recovery. Vendors are looking to recruit reseller partners like never before and channel marketers are discovering new tools, processes and practices to drive results. Most intriguing are advances are in the once-elusive area of channel ROI tracking and measurement. This issue features advice from the best of the best…read on!
– Jim Novy, Editor
WHY PARTNER JOINT MARKETING PLANS FAIL – Most channel programs fail because of poor execution—not because of poor design. Consider adopting the Joint Marketing Planning (JMP) process to align sales and marketing efforts. Read Full Story
MDF OR REBATES…WHICH IS BETTER – Effective channel marketing programs are basically a series of “carrot” and “stick” value propositions to your channel partners. It is time to rethink traditional incentives to boost results. Read Full Story
WHAT ARE BEST-IN-CLASS CHANNEL MARKETERS DOING RIGHT? – What are the best-in-class performers doing with their channel programs to help them be so successful? An Aberdeen study identifies key characteristics to yield 157% higher lead conversion rates and 44% higher quota attainment. Read Full Story
KEY ATTRIBUTES OF GOOD CHANNEL MANAGEMENT – Channel management is the foundation upon which resellers and vendors build a long and fruitful partnership that is profitable for both parties. LinkedIn Group members discuss what it takes to build a solid channel partnership. Read Full Story
THE 6-STEP PLAN TO FIX THE SALES ENABLEMENT DISCONNECT – This sales-marketing disconnect is costly and completely avoidable for IT marketing professionals who adopt a simple 6-step plan. Read Full Story
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