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You’ll Never Do Channel Sales Enablement the Old Way Ever Again

You’ll Never Do Channel Sales Enablement the Old Way Ever Again

Top channel executives agree that sales enablement of your channel team is one of the most important things to improve revenue growth.  It is proven that sales teams of any type that a trained, capable, and motivated will yield consistently higher revenue growth rates. Top Two Outcomes […]

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Why Your Partner Planning Process May be a Train Wreck & How to Get Back on Track

Why Your Partner Planning Process May be a Train Wreck & How to Get Back on Track

Why do partners dread business planning with their vendor teams?  Because it is one of the most unsatisfactory, waste-of-time activities they participate in every year.  Typically, the only part of joint business planning that is “joint” is done with a vendor channel account manager. Ninety percent of […]

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Successful Partnering is More about People than Programs

Successful Partnering is More about People than Programs

Today’s carefully architected partner programs that use industry accepted best practices often fail because they are designed to attract and engage all partner types but are not aligned with the changing business models or needs of individuals within these partner organizations.Today, more than ever, the business of […]

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The 3 Biggest Lies Channel Executives Tell Themselves Every Year

The 3 Biggest Lies Channel Executives Tell Themselves Every Year

According to this year’s YouGov(https://www.mensfitness.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast/25-surprising-benefits-weight-loss)  survey on New Year’s resolutions, the number one response was to lose weight and the second was to exercise more. We all know why we make these annual commitments. We want to look better, live longer and be healthier. Losing weight and […]

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The Biggest Lies Told In The Channel

The Biggest Lies Told In The Channel

Maybe we don’t realize we are lying when we speak to each other. It is the natural tendency of both parties to make a positive impression, which leads to tall tales of how committed one is to the other. But each side has a clear motive for […]

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Cloud Left Partners Out to Dry and Vendors Don’t Care

Cloud Left Partners Out to Dry and Vendors Don’t Care

It is time to stop crying over spilt milk.  The days of traditional enterprise, on premise-only deals with fat margins, are slowly disappearing and there is little sympathy forthcoming from technology vendors.  The changes in the IT hardware infrastructure market have been with us for a few years. […]

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8 Reasons CAEs Can Drive More Channel Revenue than CAMs or PSMs

8 Reasons CAEs Can Drive More Channel Revenue than CAMs or PSMs

The days of traditional channel roles are numbered due to the growth pressure on vendor brand sales and a partner’s expectations for improved profitability. A CAM (Channel Account Manager) is a role focused on helping partners achieve their sales goals through a range of enablement and sales-assist […]

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5 Strategies to Make Your Channel Managers Your Highest ROI Investments

5 Strategies to Make Your Channel Managers Your Highest ROI Investments

If your channel mission is to build more capable partners, activate them to invest in growing your brand, and build greater partner sales pipeline, then all roads lead to your channel managers.   Channel managers that are guided and enabled effectively can drive more partner revenue and ROI […]

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3 Key Elements of the Perfect Partner Performance Management System

3 Key Elements of the Perfect Partner Performance Management System

The recurring dream of channel executives worldwide is the creation and implementation of a perfectly-designed and fully-integrated partner performance management system.  This dream is of a process that brings together everything a channel manager needs to assess a partner’s performance-to-date, and review the strength of their sales […]

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Channel Incentive Programs that Earn Greater Revenue, ROI, & Partner Commitment Levels

Channel Incentive Programs that Earn Greater Revenue, ROI, & Partner Commitment Levels

With over $70B in channel discounts and incentives forecasted to be spent in 2016, company finance executives are asking about the return that is generated on these investments. The traditional response “this is the cost of doing business” is no longer acceptable and finance executives are expecting […]

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