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Partner Relationship Management (PRM): The Ultimate Channel Sales & Partnerships Podcast

Partnerships are the pathway to higher sales - and your customers. Are you equipping your channel partners with what they truly need to represent you? Are you choosing the right ecosystem partners? Do you trust your partners (and do they trust you)? Do you do your part for your partners? As we interview channel chiefs and other partnerships industry experts, we explore these questions and more. We'll share channel management insights on how to navigate partnerships, support your partners, identify weak areas of your partner strategy, discuss the latest industry trends and reports, and more.

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34 - Hiring A Fractional Channel Chief vs. In-House - Kameron Olsen
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Have you ever heard of a fractional channel chief? This is a concept that's shaking up the industry, and we had the privilege of delving into it with Kameron Olsen, a leading expert with over 15 years of experience.So, what exactly is a fractional channel chief? Unlike a full-time in-house channel leader, a fractional channel chief offers their seasoned expertise to multiple companies, but only for a fraction of their time. This approach allows businesses to benefit from top-tier channel knowledge and experience without the full-time investment. It's a perfect solution for companies looking to dip their toes into the channel waters or needing to revamp their existing channel strategies.(See here for the video version of this episode https://youtu.be/ALnjOa-ABgw?si=X4XIg-YbzFpkC2wt)(01:02) Guest intro: Kameron Olsen(01:47) Highlights in your career in the channel thus far(04:29) How hiring a fractional channel chief differs from in-house + shortage of the role(06:01) Typical responsibilities and scope of work for a fractional channel chief(08:06) Most enjoyable part about the role of a fractional channel chief(09:15) Potential conflicts of interest or competing priorities channel chiefs may have to navigate when working with multiple clients(09:52) When is it more advantageous for a company to hire fractional channel chief vs. in-house employee?(11:58) Being thrown into a channel role for the first time & how to figure it out(14:04) The disillusion of hiring an inexperienced channel manager that you don't provide training to(14:54) Advice for companies that want to hire a fractional channel chief for the first time + steps to take(17:08) Steps for suppliers to ensure successful partnerships(18:10) Partner management tech stack recommendations to vendors(20:03) Customized recommendations partner management tech stack for each vendor(22:50) How to keep track of the partner experience aspect & increase likelihood of partner engagement & what mature partner programs might do(25:53) Do fractional channel chiefs have deeper insights than in-house channel chiefs?(27:20) Tips for organizations to nurture successful partnerships(28:56) How the role of a fractional channel chief may evolve (will there be a shortage?)This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
31:39 4/24/24
33 - Gen AI & How You Can Add Digital Workers to Your Partnerships Team with Alden Hultgren
Let us know what you think of the podcast.How does one begin to integrate AI into their partner programs? Alden Hultgren provides practical advice, from mapping out automation opportunities to designing partner experiences that are not just functional but delightful. She envisions a future where digital workers become integral to partnership teams, streamlining processes and freeing up human talent to focus on strategic initiatives. Her mantra? Dream big — the technology is ready for you.(00:32) Guest intro: Alden Hultgren(03:27) Alden on growing a $1MM partnerships practice to $25MM(05:16) Strategies Alden used at Salesforce to grow their partnerships beyond $100 MM(07:21) Alden's tools for partner management(09:29) GenAI: Reshaping traditional channel partnership roles(11:36) Strategic approach to gen AI for partnership professionals + skills do you believe will help partnerships professionals survive & thrive within the gen AI landscape(13:06) Gen AI's affect on longevity in a career in partnerships(13:56) Conversational AI Orchestration Platform & its role in partnerships(15:58) Gen AI digital workers' role in partnerships(18:22)  Designing digital workers in partnerships & optimizing the experience for partners(20:11)  Digital workers: who's done it well(22:01)  Strategies for integrating gen AI into partner programs to create value-added services(24:05)  Challenges related to the rapid evolution of Gen AI technology(25:03)  Can Gen AI help with the partner experience?(27:05)  Alden on most significant achievement with gen AI in partnerships(28:25)  What vendors need to keep in mind as they leverage Gen AI for partnerships in the near futureThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
30:31 3/21/24
32 - Prioritizing the Partner Experience (PX): The Basics - Bernhard Friedrichs, PartnerXperience
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Bernhard Friedrichs (PartnerXperience) joins us to share his wealth of knowledge on crafting a partner journey that fosters collaboration and drives capital-efficient growth.He takes us through the nuances of treating partners as equals, not customers, and the importance of transparency and trust throughout the partner lifecycle. From recruitment to onboarding, and beyond, discover the strategies that can turn a good partner experience into an exceptional one.We'll explore:PartnerXperience's four C's of partner qualification: Customer Base, Credibility, Capability, and CommitmentThe impact of technology on PX, including PRM platforms like MagentrixHow to measure the ROI of a superior partner experienceThe playbook for capital-efficient growth through strategic partnershipsBernhard's insights are not just for partnership veterans but also for CEOs and founders looking to weave partnerships into their business model. If you're aiming to future-proof your partnerships and ensure they're more than just transactions, be sure to have a listen.(01:00) Guest intro: Bernhard Friedrichs, PXP(04:36) Key elements of a good partner experience (PX and how they influence the overall success of a partnership(07:28) How does a seamless and user-friendly partner experience contribute to the efficiency of partner onboarding and ongoing collaboration?(10:44) Well-designed partner experience, partner loyalty and long-term commitment to a vendor's program(12:09) Preliminary elements or considerations that need to be in place before your efforts with PX can even have a chance to be effective(16:17) Partner recruitment & setting a potential partner up for a great PX - The 4 Cs(21:07) How a positive PX contributes to the overall brand perception and reputation of a vendor within the partner ecosystem(22:13) Role of partner technology in shaping and enhancing the partner experience + how vendors can leverage it effectively(25:29) Personalization in the partner experience(27:04) Strategies for enhancing and evolving the partner experience to meet changing partner expectations: Embrace complexity(28:13) Measuring & quantifying the ROI of investing in a superior PX in a partner program(31:21) What is Capital Efficient Growth? (PXP's Playbook)(34:00) How integrations help provide a better user experience, not just for the vendor’s customers, but for partners too(36:21) Bernhard's key takeaway for vendors from the CEG playbook(37:00) The one thing to know for creating an unforgettable partner experience that can future-proof the partnership(37:35) ConclusionThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
38:36 2/1/24
31 - 3 Partnerships Podcast Hosts Discuss 2023 Trends & 2024 Predictions - Rob Spee, Vince Menzione
Let us know what you think of the podcast.We dissect the past year's partnership trends and forecast what's on the horizon for 2024. Join our guests, Rob Spee & Vince Menzione as we dive into topics such as:co-sellingpartner programspartner relationship managementmarketplacesresellersthe impact of AI on channel sales2024 predictions (and reviewing our 2023 predictions 😁)(01:08) Guest Intros(01:30) Co-selling has continued to be a bigger focus area – any notable observations around this?(02:47) Canalys’ “Co-sell Tech Matrix” report(03:59) Co-sell impact on hyperscalers?(04:59) Traditional resellers in favor of selling in marketplaces - trend in 2023?(07:26) Vendors using marketplaces to co innovate and co sell(10:21) How have partner programs changed in 2023?(12:53) Any new KPIs that you've noticed that vendors are focusing on?(15:59) Trends with partnership technology and the partner tech stack(18:09) Gen AI: Standout technologies helping partnership leaders?(20:02) PRMs are not dead(21:09) Partner-driven revenue: observations & updates(24:58) Do you think there's still an issue with partner attribution?(26:22) A review of the predictions we made last year: Vince's predictions(28:24) A review of the predictions we made last year: Rob's predictions(29:49) Predictions for 2024: Vince's predictions(31:20) Predictions for 2024: Rob's predictions(33:26) Predictions for 2024: Magentrix's predictions(35:40) Paul on Gen AI as a channel opportunity(36:38) Rob on AI, partner experience and PRM(40:24) Rob's final thoughts for partnership professionals as they head into 2024(41:14) Vince on the one consideration partnership professionals should be mindful of as they head into 2024This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
43:13 12/28/23
30 - The Importance of C-Level Support for the Success of Channel Partner Programs - Paul Banco
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Paul Banco makes the case for why leadership buy-in is critical. Drawing from decades of experience, Paul explains how partner alignment, executive involvement, and presenting a clear vision are key to gaining leadership support. He also outlines how to get executives on board, involve them in shaping the strategy, and secure their ongoing commitment.Hear insights on overcoming challenges, evaluating metrics, and maintaining commitment during difficult times.Chapter markers:(01:19) Guest Intro(03:33) How do you suggest partnership leaders within the organization communicate the importance of partner programs to their C-Level leaders who may not see the value?(04:56) Getting internal support to run a partner program(05:58) What's the role of support from C-level executives in a partner program(08:07) What are some more specific parts of the strategy one should focus on when setting the stage in attempting to convince leadership? Should a compelling value proposition for recruitment of potential partners be a top consideration?(09:27) What about technology platforms, collaboration tools, or dedicated personnel for partner management. Is it important to have all that figured out before attempting to get your leadership on board?(10:30) How do you think support from C-level can influence decision-making when it comes to a partnering strategy?(12:00) Once you get the leadership to commit and support the partner program, what do you think they can do to foster a culture of collaboration and get the whole team on board to support the partnerships dept within the organization?(13:28) What other ways would you recommend for leadership to contribute to the growth and development of their partnerships?(15:11) What metrics or key performance indicators should C-Level leaders focus on when evaluating partner program success?(17:22) What’s involved in maintaining a long-term commitment to partner programs, even during challenging times? How can we prepare for such a situation?(20:04) How do we convince the C-level to keep faith in the original vision for the partner program?(22:05) What about the partner experience – how does strong C-level support affect the partners themselves? What benefits might the partners experience when this backing is present?(23:10) Can you share a specific example of a vendor’s partner program that benefited significantly from the backing of high-level leaders in their company?(25:46) What is the most essential element for setting the direction of your partner program and ensuring it continues operation for a long time to come?This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
28:46 11/13/23
29 - Structuring Partner Programs as an Entrepreneurial Pursuit: A Dissertation by Dorian R Kominek
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Our guest, Dorian Kominek, realized the pursuit of partnering and partner programs was in need of a foundational framework. So she has set out to work on changing the minds of partnering organizations to rethink their approach to partner program development.Guest bio: From Channel Manager, to Strategic Partnerships Manager, to Head of Partnerships, Dorian has spanned the partnerships arena for some years before deciding to make an interesting contribution to those who have established partner programs, or are planning to establish one.She’s here with us today to discuss key ideas from her dissertation: Channel Partner Program Development As An Entrepreneurial Pursuit.Find the dissertation here:https://partnershiphero.ca/#research?ref=mgx-pd-bzsptOr check out Dorian's YouTube channel here: https://youtube.com/@InnovationSensation?si=cM0WVttV1UqN-aRfChapter markers:(01:00) Guest intro(06:20) How to attain organizational alignment for supporting channel partner program development as an entrepreneurial venture(08:34) Best practices for development of a channel partner program in accordance with entrepreneurial literature(11:04) Embracing entrepreneurial thinking to foster innovation for partner program development(13:02) Work discretion, autonomy for the partnership person you hire & trusting them(13:47) Not enough financial support is one or budgetary support. But also time is a huge one(14:59) Rewards and reinforcements: If you're hiring an entrepreneurial person, you need to reward them(16:11) Serving partners as we do customers + aspects of the partner experience (PX)(18:25) Survey results & the most commonly cited entrepreneurial factors necessary for success(20:41) Role of partner segmentation in the partner experience(22:55) Role of empathy in creating a partner program(24:50) Partner programs, as an entrepreneurial venture, and the value to partners(26:10) Type of partners to target in the partner program(27:50) Key resources required to run a successful channel program(29:35) What impact do you hope this report will leave on organizations with partner programs?(31:21) 67% of partner professionals say their biggest challenges are internal at their organization----This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
33:30 10/26/23
28 - Ultimate Guide to Partnering with Vince Menzione, Rob Spee
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Paul appears on an episode hosted by Vince Menzione. They, along with Rob Spee, explore the dynamics of partnerships and ecosystems, channel marketing, and the pivotal role of the chief partner officer. Other subjects include ecosystem attribution, channel alignment, partner marketing strategies, and the rise of AI adoption. We discuss this and more on today's episode with our Channel Panel members: Rob Spee of Channel Journeys podcast And Vince Menzione of the Ultimate Guide to Partnering® podcastThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
38:21 10/18/23
27 - Partner-Led Growth Report: Results + Key Takeaways - Kelly Sarabyn, HubSpot, and Asher Matthew, Partnership Leaders
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Kelly Sarabyn and Asher Mathew are here with us today to discuss key insights from their latest report: The State of Partner-Led Growth Report.This new report promises to shed light on: The power of partner-led growth strategies, Showcasing real-world success stories, Lots of interesting partnerships insights from sales and marketing leaders, And tips to drive business growth through partnerships. To get a better understanding of the implications of the insights they've uncovered, we delve into the specifics behind the results from the report.Link to the report: https://www.hubspot.com/hubfs/The%20State%20of%20Partner%20Led%20Growth%20Report%202023..pdfThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
34:15 8/3/23
26 - Creating Exceptional Partner Experiences (PX): The Key to Partner Ecosystem Growth - Lindsey Traub
Let us know what you think of the podcast.It's not enough to just have partners – understanding them and tailoring the experience to their needs can truly set apart a great partnership from a good one. This episode will cover: Practical Strategies for improving your partner experienceExploring ways to better understand your partners And discussing the potential impact these strategies can have on your overall channel performance.Lindsey Traub brings expertise from: Working on partner programs and operations at Magento – where achievements included: significant strides in enabling partnersWorking at Adobe, as Head of Operations Strategy for Adobe Exchange DX, managing and launching a new ISV partner program that combined the Magento, Marketo, and Adobe partner programs, serving more than 1,000 partners in the process.She also served as the Director of Programs and Partnerships at Cart.com and built the company's partner program from the ground up. This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
27:32 7/13/23
25 - Partner Ecosystems: Fueled by Hyperscalers, Sold in Marketplaces, Delivered via the Channel - Rob Spee, Vince Menzione
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Today’s partner ecosystem: fueled by hyperscalers, sold in marketplaces, and delivered through the channel. What can we expect of the partner experience in light of this new ecosystem model?We discuss this and more on today's episode with our Channel Panel members: Rob Spee of Channel Journeys podcast And Vince Menzione of the Ultimate Guide to Partnering® podcastThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
35:30 6/29/23
24 - 5 Uncomfortable Truths About Channel Management & How You Can Confront Them - Barb Huelskamp
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Growing and managing a channel is not without its pitfalls and harsh realities. These uncomfortable truths, often kept under wraps, can hamper the growth and success of your channel strategies if not confronted head-on.Some of these uncomfortable truths include:The Challenge of AlignmentThe Necessity of InvestmentThe Inevitability of ConflictThe Struggle of DifferentiationThe Demand for Constant EvolutionToday’s guest will share their experiences, insights, and strategies to turn these uncomfortable truths into powerful levers for success. About the guest - Barb Huelskamp:Has experienced these realities firsthand, survived, and thrivedIs a powerhouse in the world of global strategy and partner sales.is an award-winning Global Channel Executive, recognized by CRN Power 100, and made significant strides in technology, cloud, and software markets – from growing revenues, to orchestrating complex business transformations, and optimizing partner relationsMost recently, she served as the Senior Vice President of Global Partners & Alliances at Alteryx This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
35:36 6/12/23
23 - Partner Marketing: Tips, Advice & Strategies to Stand Out - Ben Wright, PartnerFuel
Let us know what you think of the podcast.In this episode, we will explore the key benefits and strategies of partner marketing, and provide practical tips and advice on how to optimize your partner marketing efforts.Partner marketing provides a unique opportunity for businesses to leverage the strengths and resources of their partners to enhance their marketing efforts, reach new audiences, and drive revenue growth. Guest bio: Ben Wright of PartnerFuelOur guest today is one of the most visible members within partnership communities today.  If you’re active within partnership posts on LinkedIn, you may have noticed him regularly commenting and leaving helpful tips. After working in partnerships roles such as Director of Partnerships and Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, at a Senior Manager & Director Level,  he quickly embraced a specialization within this space. He set out on his own to help partnership teams overcome their partner marketing challenges at PartnerFuel. From:Fractional leadershipto fractional marketing supportto program designHe can do it all.For the video version of this episode, see here https://youtu.be/0uuiLbmBSXoThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
29:57 5/4/23
22 - Live: The State of Partner Engagement and Partner Portals in 2023 & Beyond - Rob Rebholz, Aaron Howerton, Paul Bird
Let us know what you think of the podcast. The current state and future of partner portals (do we even need them?)Partner engagement challenges: How partner management tech is changing to meet partners where they already are (outside the portal) Hear about what other partner tech providers are doing to meet expectations partners have in the current landscapeFor a video version of this episode, see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FkPi5I5wdI  The conversation started on these threads. We’ll be addressing the major points brought up by others from these threads https://www.linkedin.com/posts/adampasch_partnerships-partnerexperience-partnersuccess-activity-7039629574317490176-vIDU and https://www.linkedin.com/posts/aaronhowerton_partnerexperience-prms-activity-7039950524846067713-MrpMThen we decided to give it a bigger platform to continue the discussion since these have been long-circulating thoughts in the partnerships space.Hear insights from:Aaron Howerton from Atlassian on why partners don’t want to log into your partner portal and other current challenges partners face with PRMsRob Rebholz, CEO of Superglue on how to create better partner experiences and drive portal adoptionPaul Bird, Head Portal Wizard at Magentrix on:the root causes behind a lack of partner engagement with your portal and what you can do about itWhat Magentrix is doing to enable you with partner engagement tools both inside AND outside the portalAnd how Magentrix has pioneered AI-powered PRMs and is leading the way to an AI-powered future in partner management techThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
60:02 4/17/23
21 - How to Align Channel Sales with Your Direct Sales, Darren Bibby
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Aligning your channel sales  team with your direct sales team can be a great way to maximize your business's potential. This episode will provide an overview of how to align the two.In addition to tips and techniques to help you navigate this tricky situation, we will cover topics such as: the importance of communication and collaboration between the two teamscreating a unified sales strategyand the benefits of having a cohesive sales effort. This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
30:29 3/15/23
20 - The Effects of Hyperscaler Marketplaces on Channel Sales & Partner Ecosystems
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Hyperscaler marketplaces are having a significant impact on channel sales. By providing customers with access to cloud-based services, hyperscaler marketplaces have become an increasingly popular way for customers to purchase IT services. This has led to a shift away from traditional channel sales, as customers are now able to purchase what they need directly from the cloud provider. As a result, channel partners must focus on providing value-added services and support in order to remain competitive in the market.Our guest today, Tim Lowe, is the Director of Partner Ecosystem for the South East at the world leader of enterprise open source solutions at Red Hat.Watch the video version here. This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
31:23 3/2/23
19- We asked MSPs: What Are Channel Chiefs Getting Wrong? - Tim Conkle, Jason Dittmann
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Take a listen to the latest episode of the Ultimate Channel Sales Podcast and hear two MSPs share their experiences and perspectives on managing their channel, from the channel partner's point of view. They share their strategies for success, the challenges they've faced, as well as their advice for other MSPs. Tune in to get an inside look at how channel partners manage their channel!This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
45:27 2/16/23
18 - Partner Ecosystems: Trends, Predictions & 2023 Forecast with Jay McBain
Let us know what you think of the podcast.In today’s episode, we’re bringing on a world-renowned professional who has been a long-standing expert in the partnerships industry, to discuss the most recent trends in partner ecosystems practices, as well as predictions for 2023, and a general forecast of what we should expect in the evolution of the partnerships space with regards to ecosystems.Today's guest is Jay McBain. Jay is the chief analyst of “channels, partnerships & ecosystem” at Canalys – a market analyst firm with a distinct channel focus.This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
36:26 2/2/23
17 - 3 Partnerships Podcast Hosts Discuss 2022 Trends & 2023 Predictions
Let us know what you think of the podcast.We’ve brought together three hosts from three different podcasts in the partnerships space to review key insights and trends noticed in the past year from interviews with channel chiefs, partnership leaders and in the overall partner ecosystem landscape.Rob Spee is a seasoned and experienced channel and alliance executive. He has created and executed channel strategies and programs ranging from start-up mode businesses, all the way to a $350M business. Today he’s SVP of Global Channel & Alliances at BeyondTrust as well as the host of the long-running Channel Journeys podcast – a podcast where you can “hear channel experts share authentic stories of their channel victories, defeats, and lessons learned along the way.”Vince Menzione is the Founder of Ultimate Partnerships – a consultancy helping partner organizations drive greater results. And the host of another impressively long-running podcast, The Ultimate Guide to Partnering podcast.Paul Bird is the host of Magentrix PRM's The Ultimate Channel Sales Podcast - where he regularly has discussions on how to navigate partnerships, how to support your partners, identify weak areas of your partner strategy, discuss the latest industry trends and reports, and more.This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
48:18 1/17/23
16 - The Current State of Partner Ecosystems: What You Need to Do Differently
Let us know what you think of the podcast.In the past year alone: “Partner ecosystems” has become the hottest buzzword in the channel space. Forrester reported an even split between channel, direct, and marketplace revenue.And that 90% of IT sales will be partner-assisted before, during, and after a sale.All this to say that the channel looks shockingly different than it did just five years ago.If a vendor’s channel team fails to jump on this partner ecosystem trend, will they be left behind?Today’s guest is Balthasar Wyss, the Vice President of Customer Success at MerdianLink - a digital lending platform. He brings years of business development wisdom from both sides of the channel and helped earn VC funding and successful IPOs. In this episode, we’re going to:Look at how ecosystems affect the channel.And what channel leaders can do differently in the ‘age of ecosystems’.This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
44:56 1/5/23
15 - The State of Partner Ops & Programs Report: Results & Key Takeaways
Let us know what you think of the podcast.The first-of-its-kind report on the state of the partnerships industry. Hear the latest trends in Partner Ops, partner programs, and ecosystem strategy – all from an impressive roster of partnership leaders.We’ve invited two key contributors, Kelly Sarabyn (Platform Ecosystem Advocate @ HubSpot) and Asher Mathew (Founder @ Partnership Leaders), to discuss their findings and key takeaways. On today’s episode, you’ll hear discussion around:Insights from vendors leading the world's most successful partner ecosystems What’s to come for partner professionals in the evolving ecosystems spaceWhat the authors have discovered since publishing this reportThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
41:53 12/12/22
14 - Five Principles of Successful Partnerships & How to Avoid Dysfunction
Let us know what you think of the podcast.There’s a simple set of principles the world’s best partnership teams tend to follow and some common dysfunctions that hold many teams back.Ecosystem thought leader Vince Menzione shares how to spread these five principles throughout your partnerships.Listen to today’s episode to: Leverage the one communication hack that aligns internal and external teamsDrive a partnership-first culture throughout your entire companyAnd, stand out in saturated marketsVince Menzione is:The Founder of Ultimate Partnerships – a consultancy helping partner organizations drive greater results. And the host of The Ultimate Guide to Partnering podcastThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
32:19 11/15/22
13 - How Not to Lose a Channel Partner in 30 Days: Partner Retention Tips
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Some partnerships fail incredibly fast. Some in as few as 30 days.So, be careful with what you do in the early days of a partnership – as it can set the tone for the rest of the relationship. At the start of the partnership, it’s important to be careful and leave first impressions that can help create partners who are:Confident in your brandCome forward for supportAnd want to promote your productThe attention you pay to partners during this critical timeframe can result in either:A positive outlook for a long-term partnership Or, cause your partners to lose interest altogetherToday, we welcome a special guest to help improve your partner retention rates.He’s a channel partner with a horror story that shows you what not to do and shares tips for vendors on how they can retain their channel partners. Listen to this episode to:Learn how to set a standard for retaining channel partners for the long-termDiscover what aspects of your partner program help and hinder your partnersAnd, find out what truly motivates partners to sell moreGuest Bio - Adam Alfi: Today’s guest is a multi-preneur with over 25 years experience in the IT space, and a career spanning various roles, including: project management, consulting, and even a stint on Wall Street.Today, he runs an MSP business – EV Software and Business Solutions – which serves startups and enterprise clients alike. (1:46) Guest intro: Adam Alfi(3:52) Why are the first 30 days so critical when starting a new partnership with a vendor?(4:41) Textbook example of how to lose a partner in 30 days(10:21) Some vendors look great on paper, but that’s where it ends. As an MSP owner, what made this partner you mentioned seem like a good partner at the time? What motivated you to sign a partner agreement with them?(12:06) How can vendors and partners get on the same page from the beginning? What would build confidence in the partnership?(15:29) Vendors sometimes have different definitions of success than partners. How can partners on both sides align on a shared vision of success?(17:13) In terms of sales enablement, what helps you understand a vendor solution so you can sell it to your best-fit customers?(20:15) Do a lot of software vendors lack discovery as part of their onboarding or enablement process?(22:02) What about training? What's better, one-on-one, or self-guided? How does training play a role in the onboarding process?(25:41) Opinion on online training or self-guided training (as opposed to one-on-one) - is it useful?(28:56) Partner enablement resources: Content types that really helpThis production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
49:12 10/25/22
12 - How Partners Vet Vendors & Cringey Things Vendors Need to Stop Doing Now
Let us know what you think of the podcast.It’s no secret, potential partners start scoping you out long before approaching you.Sure, it’s easy to brush off anonymous complaints as “unimportant”. But don’t forget, the channel community is listening. Today’s episode brings a new perspective on partnerships. We welcome someone representing the other side of the channel: a channel partner, straight from the MSP community.Listen to this episode to find out:How partners vet vendorsManaging your reputation in the channel communityWhich common practices turn partners off from working with youAnd, as a bonus, How to start delivering marketing that adds more value to your partnersToday's guest has been in the tech space for nearly 30 years. For the past 2 decades, he’s been a tech entrepreneur and advocate for open-source software. He maintains a YouTube channel, “Lawrence Systems” has over 258-thousand subscribers where he vlogs on: Tech, IT and, cyber security. And he’s currently the President at Lawrence Technology Services, a Managed Services Provider based in Michigan.  Read the blog:  https://www.magentrix.com(0:00) Introduction(02:34) Why is it important for an MSP to thoroughly vet vendors?(4:11) Define the MSP community and tell us where you connect with each other?(5:41) Red flags that can make you stop pursuing a partnership altogether(8:06) Green flags – Factors that inspire confidence in working with a vendor (9:33) Cringe-worthy call-outs: Claim # 1  (11:13) Cringe-worthy call-outs: Claim # 2  (12:39) Does breaking trust tend to affect vendor reputation forever? Can a vendor come back from breaking trust in the partner community?(14:57) Things vendors need to start doing to increase transparency overall(16:12) Pricing and transparency: How should vendors list pricing?(18:50) Product feature pages are usually written by marketers. How do you ensure that a vendor’s product does what it says it does?(21:05) Vetting Vendors video reaction(25:52) How can vendors be as transparent as possible(26:11) What's the right balance of marketing vendors should do?(28:09)  At what point in your vendor vetting process do you reach out to engage with them about a potential partnership?(29:54)  Advice for vendors dealing with issues that are negatively affecting their reputation today(31:14) Conclusion  This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
34:49 10/3/22
11 - Is Your Partner Ecosystem Healthy? Check These 3 Things Immediately
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Partner ecosystems are like ecological ones: when healthy, all connected parts can nurture and support one another. But how do you know if your partner ecosystem is healthy?Are there any measurements that can help monitor ecosystem health? And how can you identify deficiencies within your ecosystem before it’s too late?Norma Watenpaugh shares insights on: How you can sustain a healthy partner ecosystem What you can do to optimize ecosystem healthToday’s guest, Norma Watenpaugh, has been a visionary in the IT world for channel giants like Sun Microsystems, pre-Oracle, Fujitsu, BA Systems, and for the last 20 years, CEO and founding partner of the Phoenix Consulting Group.She has a laser focus on helping companies achieve profitable results through strategic alliances, channels, and partner ecosystems.Listen for all of Norma’s insights on maintaining a healthy partner ecosystem. Read the blog:  https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/Is-Your-Partner-Ecosystem-Healthy-31-8-2022(0:00) Introduction(2:30) What is a partner ecosystem?(4:32) The shift to the ecosystem model (6:08) Gauging the health of the ecosystem – how it impacts the success of partnerships(8:22) Establishing a Partner Ecosystem(13:17) 1st Thing to Check: Ecosystem strategy (18:25) 2nd Thing to Check: Interaction and engagement amongst partners(22:43) 3rd Thing to Check: Mutual benefits for partners(23:42) Example of a healthy partner ecosystem (25:16) Norma Watenpaugh’s background in partner ecosystems(26:39) Results to expect from a healthy partner ecosystem (27:33) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
29:04 8/31/22
10 - How to Create and Best Leverage Strategic Channel Partnerships
Let us know what you think of the podcast.It’s important to find partners that are right for you, but just as important, if not more, is knowing how to make the most of those partnerships. One way that can almost guarantee a deep understanding of how to navigate your partnerships and best leverage them is the practice of partner segmentation. That is, segmenting partners within the different markets they service.  Manuel Rivera shares insights on: how to identify different partner segments, what you can do to build partners’ strengths, minimize their weaknesses, how to support them, and help them grow to reach your overall goal. Our guest today, Manuel Rivera, has been in the channel for over 20 years. He boasts a pretty extensive background in: taking over existing channel programs, understanding the current makeup of the channel partners that are part of those programs, and trying to align those partners with the goals of the organization. Today, he develops and manages the channel sales program of Constella Intelligence as the Vice President Global Channel Sales. Listen for all of Manuel’s advice on creating and leveraging strategic channel partnerships. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/How-to-Create-and-Best-Leverage-16-6-2022(0:00) Introduction (2:07) Manuel Rivera’s background in channel sales (4:11) Benefits of a well-thought out channel partner strategy (7:15) Start by selecting the right partners (13:55) Leverage partnerships & know where to invest time (37:24) Understanding market trends is key for positive growth  (40:15) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
41:37 6/14/22
09 - 3 Expert Tips on Building a Successful Partner Channel
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Our guest today, Hans Peter Bech, has been involved in the channel space for over 3 decades. With more than 25 years in executive roles growing global market shares for information technology companies under his belt, he decided to focus all his energy on strategic business development projects and founded TBK Consult. And as if that wasn’t enough, throughout this time, he has also written not one but 3 published books on channel-related topics. Topic summary: Channel sales is a great way to reach the end consumer and so you establish a channel. Now, how do you build that channel to be successful? What if you’re experiencing great success already but now, how do you expand your channel globally? Hans discusses what your channel sales strategy should include: A clear definition of the goals for your channel from day 1 – what you hope to achieve. Keep goals realistic and be sure to track and measure progress. A complete channel partner program, defining everything from selecting the best partners to guidelines for partners to expectations from partners. A plan for managing channel partners and all their ongoing requirements. Listen to the episode for all of Hans’ expert tips on building a successful partner channel. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/3-Expert-Tips-on-Building-a-Successful-5-5-2022(0:00) Introduction(2:14) Hans Peter Bech’s background in channel sales(4:00) Mapping out a channel strategy: how it impacts the success of the channel (7:23) Planning for a successful channel: the biggest misconception(8:39) What makes an exceptional channel partner?(09:20) 1st Tip: Define goals from day 1(16:14) 2nd Tip: The channel partners (29:19) 3rd Tip: Managing the channel partners (36:06) When does building a successful channel pay off?(37:12) What results can you expect?(39:09) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
40:22 5/10/22
08 - How Nurturing Partners is Crucial to Untapped Channel Sales
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Preparing your channel partners for success involves taking a customized approach, consistent attentiveness and active listening skills. Your work doesn’t end after partner onboarding - it is a continuous effort. Pay careful attention to: discussing and aligning your goals practice transparency and give them a personal experience In this episode of The Ultimate Channel Sales Podcast, we bring on Ben Cornett (works with channel partners in a partner marketing capacity, currently directing Verified First’s partner marketing division) who shares his insights on why nurturing channel partnerships is so important, as well as best practices and tips on how to use these insights to uncover untapped channel sales. Ben tells us there are two main reasons why nurturing partners is crucial: First, acquiring new partners to meet your channel sales goals can cost you much more than retaining your current ones. Second, how your channel partners represent you to customers, and deal with them, ultimately impacts you. So make sure your advocates are well-equipped to represent you and subsequently, make the sale. Listen to the episode to hear the rest of Ben’s advice on how you can make the most of your channel partner efforts. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/How-Nurturing-Partners-is-Crucial-to-28-5-2021 (0:00) Introduction (2:08) Ben Cornett’s background in channel partner marketing (6:01) Top 3 best practices for effectively nurturing channel partners (10:37) Why it's important to nurture channel partners (12:10) How to keep channel partners engaged (15:18) Training and education materials for nurturing relationships with channel partners (17:53) When to end a channel partnership (20:29) Proper nurture methods translate to higher sales and channel growth (24:36) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
27:56 3/30/22
07 - How to Build a Mutually & Equally Beneficial Partner Program
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Our guest today, Kathleen Phillips, has been in channel-related roles for over 20 years. Her portfolio includes leading teams that have generated more than 100 million dollars in new revenue and successfully launched over 35 disruptive products, solutions and services. Today, she is the Head of Global Partnerships and Strategic Alliances at Digital River. Topic summary: The keys to building any relationship where both parties benefit mutually and equally are transparency, commitment and trust. These key concepts should be at the heart of every partner program and every activity in a partner program should lead back to helping flesh out one of these key areas. They are the building blocks for a mutually and equally beneficial partner program, and how you can use them to build yours is the discussion we’re going to have in this episode of the Ultimate Channel Sales Podcast. Kathleen discusses how to build a mutually and equally beneficial partner program including: How to show commitment to partners from the start Channel partner training and alignment across the partner organization Shrinking time to revenue and increasing the value of partnerships Partner enablement & incentives Tools for effective partner management Listen to the episode for Kathleen’s insights on these topics and more. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/How-to-Build-a-Mutually-Equally-7-4-2022(0:00) Introduction (2:21) Kathleen Phillips’ background in channel sales (3:46) How to show commitment to partners from the start? (6:40) Channel partner training and alignment across the partner organization (8:28) Shrinking time to revenue and increasing the value of partnerships (10:17) Partner enablement - make sure your partner is effectively representing you  (13:47) Partner incentives, spiffs & rewards - what’s the best approach?  (16:45) MDF & co-op marketing (17:52) Maintaining transparency and trust with partners (19:41) Dedicated partner account managers vs. a team managing partners (21:08) Tools for effective partner management (22:32) What should channel partners do to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship (23:58) The benefits of a partner portal (25:10) What results can you expect from following a symbiotic approach? (26:27) Taking your channel program to the next level (27:49) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
29:01 3/8/22
06 - 3 Best Kept Secrets to Creating Long-Term Revenue Streams Within The Channel
Let us know what you think of the podcast.Our guest today, Autum Grimm, is not only an innovator, but also a pioneer, in a division of the channel space that had been left completely unexplored before the birth of her company. Today, she is responsible for revenue, demand generation, operations and business development as CRO at PartnerTap, a leading enterprise Partner Ecosystem Platform that allows companies to automate account mapping, control data shared with each partner, and enable sales teams to cross-sell with partners. Topic summary: Growth of your partnerships can sometimes take a direction that may demand a new set of requirements to keep your partners engaged. Dealing with any unforeseen situations can best be avoided by planning early & carefully, and regularly checking in with partners and tracking efforts. Take care of your partners and your partners will take care of you. This, is how you truly reap long-term benefits for years to come. Autum shares the 3 best kept secrets to creating long-term revenue streams within the channel: Build strong relationships with your channel partners Have a winning channel strategy Track and measure success with your channel partners Listen to the episode for all of Autum’s insights on achieving success within the channel. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/3-Best-Kept-Secrets-to-Creating-16-2-2022(0:00) Introduction (2:16) Autum Grimm’s background as a channel leader (2:43) What do organizations need to consider if creating long-term revenue through partnerships is their end-goal? (3:04) Secret #1: Build strong relationships with your channel partners (5:29) Secret #2: Have a winning channel strategy (10:46) Building loyalty and engaging channel partners (13:55) Enabling partners to meet their goals (15:54) When to give up on an unsuccessful partnership (18:39) Secret #3: Track and measure success with your channel partners (26:31) Invest in yourself as a channel professional (27:48) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
28:56 2/15/22
05 - How Channel Partners Help Build a Brand’s Authority
Let us know what you think of the podcast.In this episode of The Ultimate Channel Sales Podcast, we bring on Matt Soloman. He has been in channel-related roles for nearly a decade. Currently, he is the Chief Business Development Officer & Co-Founder of a consultancy, The Channel Program. He is also the CEO of Channel Halo and he runs an insightful channel-related newsletter: Navigating the IT Channel. Topic summary: As we know, channel sales is an efficient way to cast a wider net and increase sales – But, did you realize that your channel partner program is also one of the greatest marketing tools you’ll ever have? Acting as agents on your behalf, channel partners engage in a variety of activities to promote a vendor, and all this additional marketing for your brand can really help build its authority far beyond what you may be capable of independently. So, what can you do to get the most out of the marketing opportunities from your partnerships and strengthen your brand authority, as much as possible via partners? Matt discusses how channel partners help build a brand’s authority including: What to define in the channel marketing strategy Through-partner marketing best practices Joint-marketing activities between partners and vendors that produce the highest ROI Best practices for enabling your channel partners to build your brand authority Listen to the episode to hear Matt cover these topics and more. Read the blog: https://www.magentrix.com/articles/blog/How-Channel-Partners-Help-Build-a-1-2-2022(0:00) Introduction (2:11) Matt Soloman’s background in channel sales (4:36) The Channel Program (7:42) Channel partners building a brand's authority: what to define in the channel marketing strategy? (9:19) How to strengthen partner relationships and differentiate yourself from other vendors (13:26) Measuring the success of your efforts: can you use KPIs? (15:21) Through-partner marketing best practices (20:38) Partner-vendor joint-marketing activities for high ROI (24:06) Setting realistic expectations for through-partner marketing (25:25) How to reverse the damage of a partnership that is affecting the ecosystem (27:14) 3 best practices for enabling your channel partners to build your brand authority (31:05) Can the growth rate of a vendor's channel be too fast? (34:39) Conclusion This production is brought to you by Magentrix ✨💜 Magentrix is a pioneer in platforms for partner ecosystem management and partner relationship management 🤝 If you haven't already, please like 👍 & subscribe! ✅ And if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://apple.co/3HcqSsm See instructions to do so at the end of the episode. To learn about Magentrix PRM, please visit www.magentrix.com______Podcast Credits:Host: Paul BirdExecutive Producer: Fereshta Nouri Content & Research: Fereshta NouriGraphics & Branding: Fereshta Nouri
36:28 1/26/22

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