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Why Technology Marketers Should Go All In on LinkedIn

By Barbara Pfeiffer

I’ve been doing a lot of LinkedIn presentations lately to software and technology clients. The discussions afterward have been really interesting and left me a little surprised at how underutilized this network really is. Most technology marketers I speak with have decent company pages, post fairly regularly (as on other networks), and may have dabbled in

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How and Why You Should Now Write Compound Blog Posts

By Cheryl Strege

Gloom, despair and agony (a nod to a classic Hee Haw skit) is often the reaction when I ask our clients—primarily our ERP and CRM resellers, ISVs and accounting professionals—about their blogging strategy. Most struggle with producing enough content to meet the schedule on the editorial calendar (if they even have one), much less think

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The New Case Study: More creative ways to tell your customer stories

By Cheryl Salazar

As technology marketers, or technologists, our comfort zone often lies in our product knowledge. If you are the MASTER of telling people how awesome your products are and why they should use them, your potential customers probably checked out a long time ago.
As my colleague noted in a recent blog, 3 Customer Engagement Lessons

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7 Quick Tips for Marketing Dynamics 365

By Michelle Etherton

The race is on! Dynamics 365 has a lot of Microsoft Dynamics partners around the world both excited and overwhelmed right about now. You’ve got to figure out not just how to market it, but how to explain it. We’re already helping partners educate their customers and prospects about Dynamics 365 and know some of

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Clever, Creative Customer Success Stories

By Michelle Etherton

Whether you call them client case studies or customer success stories, they are one of the most – if not the most – important marketing assets you can have. When you can’t compete on product and price alone (and who can these days?), you better be able to prove your business value to prospects and customers in

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The Marketing Curmudgeon: Why You’ll Never Succeed at Nurture Marketing

By Barbara Pfeiffer

I’ve been advocating for nurture marketing as an essential component to every successful marketing plan for years. That said, the recent results of our 2016 Technology Marketing Survey around nurture marketing were disturbing to say the least.
A full 44% of respondents have NO nurture program in place (although in fairness, half that amount said

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Is Marketing Automation the secret to success? Not always.

By Cheryl Salazar

Marketing automation is just one tool we marketers love to have in our bag of tricks. Not all companies can afford one and that might not be a bad thing. After working with various marketing automation systems over time, I’ve come to the conclusion they are great in certain situations and not in others.
If

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5 ways to help your small marketing team get big results

By Michelle Etherton

In the real world, most technology vendors, partners and ISVs will never be able to hire a large marketing team. Typically it’s a small group—sometimes one very exhausted individual—working their tails off to do the best they can with what they have. Whether you’re short on time, staff or knowledge, we’ve got 5 ways to help

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Building Profitability With the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider Program

By Cheryl Salazar

I was recently invited by Microsoft to attend Sage Summit 2016 and deliver a presentation on Building Profitability in a Cloud-first Economy, geared specifically towards Sage VARs. Through my preparation on Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program, and some great conversations at the conference, a few things became very apparent to me.

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12 Apr 2017

Digital Transformation: What does it mean to you and your clients?

Digital transformation has been a message and movement we have seen grow throughout many partner and ISV organizations over the past year. It has become a hot marketing topic for the technology industry. With all the buzz, we thought we’d ask some of our clients their thoughts on digital transformation.
For starters, what is digital

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05 Apr 2017

Why Technology Marketers Should Go All In on LinkedIn

I’ve been doing a lot of LinkedIn presentations lately to software and technology clients. The discussions afterward have been really interesting and left me a little surprised at how underutilized this network really is. Most technology marketers I speak with have decent company pages, post fairly regularly (as on other networks), and may have dabbled in

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28 Mar 2017

5 Ways to Tell It’s Time to Outsource Your Marketing

As part of my investment strategy, I own a number of rental properties that are managed by a professional property management company. Although they do a great job of managing the day-to-day needs of the tenants and they provide owner’s statements monthly, I still have to track the income and the expenses.
Is outsourcing the

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01 Mar 2017

A Day in the Life of Our Virtual Marketing Directors

Software and technology partners and ISVs come to us seeking marketing assistance, but are often unclear as to what exactly they need. What they do know is they want to improve their marketing, build an effective marketing plan, establish a regular cadence and create powerful content they can stand behind. Getting there is the challenge.

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23 Feb 2017

How and Why You Should Now Write Compound Blog Posts

Gloom, despair and agony (a nod to a classic Hee Haw skit) is often the reaction when I ask our clients—primarily our ERP and CRM resellers, ISVs and accounting professionals—about their blogging strategy. Most struggle with producing enough content to meet the schedule on the editorial calendar (if they even have one), much less think