Merry Christmas & THANK YOU

Dear Partners – Is it Christmas already?   It looks like Christmas.  We have fresh snow on the ground.  I put a Christmas tree up in the living room three weeks ago.  Cards from family and friends are pouring in.  And Lisa Hughes even gave me a tray of Christmas cookies yesterday (Lisa – we ran…

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Learning Plan Tool: Get ‘Ready’ for the New Year!!

Ok, You have heard me time and time again talk and blog about the Learning Plan Tool.  But I keep coming across partners that are new to the tool and their feedback is always the same- positive.  So, I feel compelled to blog about it, again. Here is a recent quote from a partner…“Great information…

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It’s buzz-worthy…

As a Microsoft Partner you tied to one of the most well known BRANDS in the world, so I thought you’d find this pretty interesting.  It’s definitely food for thought, huh?? How do you leverage your Microsoft partnership to build your marketing plan and drive new business.    ________________________________________   Microsoft is the most buzz-worthy…

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Applicants wanted for Fully Funded Social Marketing Program driving BPOS

A friend of mine is looking for applicants to a fully-funded, Microsoft-sponsored program that will help you develop a social marketing strategy (with the objective of driving sales of the Business Productivity Online Suite offering aka. ‘BPOS’.) Last year, he coached a number of partners through a similar program that generated 559% ROI There are…

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FY10 Goals – "Seeing is Achieving"

I have read numerous times that you are more likely to acheive your goals if you write them down.  With the New Year fast approaching, and my guilty conscious nagging at me to get back on the “Blog Bandwagon”, I thought this would be a good topic to discuss. When I was a sales manager…

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Web Platform Event coming up for partners in Dallas.

Microsoft & SoftLayer Present: Elite Web Optimization Event Come spend a day with us to explore the Microsoft Windows Web Platform and the many hosting services provided by SoftLayer! During this event, we’ll review what’s new in the Microsoft Web Platform and tools, the interoperability improvements in the Microsoft Web platform and the value that…

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There is still time…………

……to nominate your business for an H1 Central Region Partner Award! Each year, 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. This is a great opportunity for recognition – Please see below for details and be sure…

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If partnering is not part of your marketing strategy, you are turning your back on potential new business

WHO IS IN YOUR CONTACT LIST THAT YOU COULD BE CO-MARKETING WITH? Developing an alliance strategy of co-marketing and co-selling is a smart way to open your business to new communities of prospects that you would not have otherwise had access.  Think about this as a new lead funnel of warn leads.  Yes, I said warm…

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Microsoft launches Community Connections – Connecting Partners, customers, and organizations with Windows 7

Microsoft launches Community Connections – Connecting Partners, customers, and organizations with Windows 7 Community Connections is an offer that brings together local Microsoft Partners with Local Business Community Organizations (LBCO), such as a Chamber of Commerce, to help them get access to Windows 7 and services from local Microsoft Partners to assist them do their…

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3 easy steps to qualify for EVENT marketing support through the Local Engagement Team

1.  Plan a customer / lead generation event 2.  Feature any Microsoft product 3.  Do at least 1 of the following:   Ø  Team up and co – market / co-present with a Local Business Community Organization  (any organization whose charter is to move SMB’s forward)  EX:  Chambers, Small Business Development Centers, Professional Associations   Ø  Team up…

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