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Reassessing Sales Incentives for MRR

We’ve recently worked with a number of companies who needed help redesigning their sales incentive programs to drive sales of Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) through XaaS, Cloud and Managed Services, rather than traditional CapEx IT. While there may not be a single perfect incentive model for all organisations, there are certainly some valuable lessons you … Continued

Jay McBain Presentation Now Available On Demand

At the last CompTIA Community Meeting, we were fortunate to have Jay McBain (Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems – Forrester) share his top 7 predictions/trends for 2021, and provide actionable advice on the changing tech market and how to thrive in broader channel ecosystems. We also had a panel of industry experts tackling … Continued

How to Shift from Selling Products to Selling Services

Only a few years ago, most software companies sold seat licenses for their products, charging customers on the basis of head count. But today, software is typically provided using cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) models that charge customers fees for consumption. Technology companies have spent billions on the innovation necessary to achieve this product shift. In this … Continued

Sales Incentives That Boost Growth

Sales calls aren’t what they used to be. For starters, salespeople are interacting with customers who are armed with heaps of prior research, thanks to the availability of digital and in-person channels. Today’s salespeople are also encountering greater numbers of people they need to influence at customer organizations and are being asked to sell new … Continued

Do We Really Need To Meet Customers?

In Australia and New Zealand, restrictions have eased over the ability to meet with customers and partners in person. And as the vaccines are rolled out, it’s only a matter of time before we return to some semblance of the way meetings used to be. But just because we can meet in person, does that … Continued

CompTIA 2021 Industry Outlook Webinar Available

I was thrilled to host the CompTIA 2021 Industry Outlook Webinar with Leo Lynch (APAC Sales Director, StorageCraft) yesterday. Together we explored some of the trends highlighted by the CompTIA IT Industry Outlook 2021 Report and reflected on the implications for Australia and New Zealand. You can watch the recording HERE, or download the full report … Continued

Channel Management Course Scheduled for 3-4 March

Our best-selling channel workshop – Dynamic Channel Excellence – is now scheduled for 3-4 March. This is a virtual workshop is delivered remotely by a live instructor, and is perfect for any channel professional from the technology industry, who wants to dramatically improve their channel knowledge and skills.  We cover everything from building the best … Continued

Channel Compensation Systems – You Get What You Reward

Recently we worked with two vendors to update their channel strategy to be more MSP focused. One of the biggest hurdles was to re-align the internal and external compensation systems to support the channel partners. The old adage “you get what you pay for” was certainly true, and without change, the new channel strategy was … Continued

The Right Way to Use Compensation

When Mark Roberge joined HubSpot as its fourth employee, he had no sales experience but still was charged with building the sales team. His background proved to be an advantage, however: With his engineering training, Roberge brought an analytic rigor to the task. And he quickly realized that the sales compensation plan could motivate salespeople … Continued