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6 Tips for Managing Small-Medium Partners

We were asked recently by a client to create a channel management training program specifically focused on how to engage with and manage a territory of partners that were selling to Small Medium Businesses (SMB). Most of these partners were SMBs themselves so we use the term Small Medium Partner (SMP) as they have different … Continued

Don’t Ask WHO Your Customer Is. Ask WHY

When we’re thinking about marketing, one of the first questions that comes up is “Who are we selling to?” And the answer, eight times out of ten, is a list of demographic, sociographic, psychographic and other ‘aphic’ dimensions that describe an ideal client. This is the ‘customers that look like this’ approach. It’s useful to … Continued

Smarter Simpler Selling to Small Business

Selling to small businesses is an entirely different animal. It requires a different approach than marketing to consumers, mid-sized companies, or enterprise organizations. So what’s the best way to effectively market to small business owners? In this article, Sydni Craig-Hart from Smart Simple Marketing explains how to align with small business owners’ mindset, appeal to … Continued

How Channel-Ready Are Tech Vendors?

There’s plenty of evidence that selling indirectly through solution providers is an extremely efficient route to market for tech vendors. However, that success is often predicated on those same vendors knowing how to sell through the IT channel—why they want to do it, where to find the best partners, and when to use them. That, … Continued

The Lost Art of the Elevator Pitch

As channel consultants, we get to work with an incredible array of different companies and technologies. And with the breakneck speed of new product releases, it’s a real challenge trying to stay on top of it all. What continues to amaze us however, is how few companies can explain what they do in a concise … Continued

12 Elevator Pitch Examples to Inspire You

Elevator pitches effective when you’re talking to a stranger (at a networking event, in line, while riding public transit, or yes, on an elevator), and they ask, “What do you do?” or “Where do you work?” In situations like these, you need a short, snappy, easy-to-grasp explanation of your company and its products. The person … Continued

The Elevator Pitch is Dead

For all the talk about Moore’s Law and the notion that computing power increases unabated, Jay Baer (founder of Convince & Convert) believes there’s not enough talk about another law he feels has equal importance in marketing and public relations. It’s what he calls the Law of Boundless Brevity. In this article, he explains why the … Continued

International State of the Channel 2021 Webinar

CompTIA has released its highly anticipated “International State of the Channel” report for 2021. While the research chronicles the impact of last year’s unprecedented events, the findings mainly focus on the future and what’s next for the channel. This year, the report includes an international focus, covering Australia/New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and … Continued

Recruit Partners Like You Recruit People

Would you recruit a sales rep for your business just because they were enthusiastic, and knew someone they could sell your product to?  Without an interview? Without references? Without discussing salary or sales targets? It sounds a bit crazy doesn’t it! But that’s exactly what vendors do all the time with their channel partner recruitment. … Continued

10 Things You May Have Missed at ChannelCon Online 2021

There’s a reason why CompTIA chose “Explore” as the theme for ChannelCon Online this year. The world has changed so much that it’s become critically important to always be searching for new technology innovations and improvements that can help businesses succeed. This year, ChannelCon featured 10+ hours of content to explore, and attracted more than … Continued