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How to Create a Channel Marketing Program Your Partners Will Love

This blog was updated on August 3, 2021. Successful partnerships are the cornerstone of many B2B companies and having an effective channel marketing program is essential for long-term sustainable success. A channel partner program can be used to encourage partners to recommend and sell the company’s products and associated services. Essentially, it’s a clever way of extending a company’s sales and marketing reach to new audiences through other complementary partners. Growing companies can take particular advantage of channel marketing to rapidly increase market exposure. But channel marketing isn’t easy. It takes a lot of strategizing, planning, and collaborating internally across…
Shannon Prager
July 27, 2016
Channel MarketingDemand Generation

How to Build a Successful Channel Partner Program

The term ‘channel partner program’ is often met with confusion or misunderstanding. What does that really mean and how does an organization create a channel partner program that really works? A channel partner program is a business strategy that vendors use to encourage value-added resellers, managed service providers, consultants, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, or independent vendors to recommend and sell the company’s products and associated services to their own networks. Essentially, it’s a clever way of extending a company’s sales and marketing reach to new audiences through other ancillary service partners. (more…)
Shannon Prager
November 4, 2015
Channel MarketingIntegrated MarketingMarketing Plan

10 Ways to Evaluate Channel Marketing Management (CMM) Platforms

Effective channel marketing management (CMM) requires channel teams to have a dedicated program and methodology designed to deliver campaign materials and programs to partners.  But it doesn't stop there.  It also needs to foster a collaborative relationship with your partners to encourage and support joint lead generation and sales efforts. To accomplish this, channel teams need a robust and comprehensive platform for channel marketing management. There are several viable CMM options to choose from, a solid evaluation strategy should ensure that you choose the right CMM platform for your business. Before you get started, it's a great idea to understand and…
Shannon Prager
October 7, 2015
Channel MarketingDemand GenerationMarketing PlanMarketing PlanningMarketing Tactics

Demand Generation Challenges: Making the Most of Your Channel Programs

  Generating demand for your products or services requires a multi-pronged approach. You must first raise awareness and recognition of your brand, which can be supported with an increase in marketing tactics. Ultimately, with repeat business and further exposure, your sales should improve quite noticeably. This all helps to shape a self-perpetuating cycle of expansion. But, what if you could incorporate the other professional interests you're affiliated with to help you with the heavy lifting? This is where channel (partner) programs come into play. Developing specific demand generation strategies for your channel partners provides the opportunity for exponentially larger growth.  Think…
Shannon Prager
September 23, 2015