HTG Peer Groups Blog
The HTG peer group experience is a unique forum for technology industry resellers who are serious about implementing a model for success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices.
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In case you missed it, some very important news hit the web today:A new internet search engine will deliver tomorrow's news today, airline passengers willing to stand can buy cheap "no chair fares" according to April Fool's Day reports.Google's contribution to April Fool's Day headlines was the announcement of a new feature giving computer users access to news in advance, including share prices and sports results.The company quoted one delighted user, Daryl from Victoria, as saying: "Wow, I just put a grand on number seven in the fourth at Flemington tomorrow and bought my girlfriend a gift with the money I'm going to collect. Thanks Google."You never know.......enjoy the day! Make someone ... Continue reading
Details are starting to trickle in regarding the SBSC racing promotion. You may recall that Microsoft is sponsoring some opportunities around the #49 car on teh NASCAR circuit. As SBSC members we can participate in that. Here is the URL for the sign up page, including a link on it to view more details on all of the items included in this package: https://www.49team.com/sbscorder. On that page, be sure to enter the Microsoft Promo code which will be sent to you in the SBSC newsletter so watch for that.Looks like a fun promotion and a lot of creative ideas to incorporate into our own marketing. I encourage you to take a look and see if it fits your plan. If you haven't been marketing to prospe... Continue reading
Microsoft recognizes a broad spectrum of partner innovation and contribution. From competency excellence to supporting nonprofit technology access, apply for awards that highlight your organization’s strengths.You have two great opportunities for recognition – one local and one worldwide. Deadlines for submissions:Local Area Awards: Due May 17, 2008Worldwide Partner Conference Awards: Due April 4, 2008 UPDATE: April 8, 2008 (the deadline has been slightly extended)Local AwardsNominate Your Solution For A Local Award! Open Now!Each semester, your local Microsoft team recognizes partners who have excelled in sales, marketing, growth, competing to win, partnering, and customer experience. Eac... Continue reading
One area Microsoft has been working to improve has been the partner touch aspect of the program. They have field based PAM’s (partner account managers) for those who are large enough or do enough business to justify that investment. For most of us SMB partners though, the touch is done through T-PAM’s, which are a telephone based account manager that is assigned to a number of SMB accounts in a given geography. These folks are our lifeline to Microsoft and we need to provide some solid feedback as they evaluate how to make them more effective. I encourage you to submit comments to me about the T-PAM program:1. What works / doesn’t work?2. What specific, simple changes could Microsoft make to... Continue reading