Posts Tagged ‘Channel’

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Canalys Channels Forum Review

October 17, 2018

The largest independent Channel Event in EMEA

channelcentral was an emerging vendor sponsor for the Canalys EMEA Channels Forum this year, and we had a terrific response at this year’s fantastic event in Barcelona. Greg Starks (CSO) and Dan Mason (CTO) represented channelcentral on the 9-11th of October, with Tim Moyle (CEO) also managing to attend part of the event! It was a very busy few days and a perfect opportunity to meet multiple customers and prospects in a very well organised, structured and desirable setting: the stunning Hotel Arts near the beach (see image).

If you are unfamiliar with Canalys events:

The Canalys Channels Forums are major independent events for IT channel partners across EMEA, APAC and LATAM. The events bring together major technology vendors, distributors and resellers to discuss industry trends, forge new business relationships and create sales opportunities. Our emphasis on high-quality content, top-level speakers and innovative ideas and platforms has enabled us to grow and become the world’s largest independent IT channel events.

At Canalys we can meet new, old and existing customers. This is a wonderful opportunity to expose our brand and services to Manufacturers & Channel Partners in attendance. For new customers we meet at Canalys, we can explain how our services work and how we can possibly benefit their company. It builds a strong foundation for a relationship between two businesses.

I really enjoyed meeting customers, new and old. It’s a great opportunity to get feedback on what we’re getting right and what we need to improve on. Also probing for opportunities to deliver new complementary services.
Tim Moyle, CEO, channelcentral.net Limited

In addition to some great meetings with vendors, we were able to demonstrate our boost! data service to several resellers. This allows resellers who have customer-facing web stores to dramatically improve the user experience for customers purchasing servers, storage and networking. Resellers consume the boost! service data, then use our “Attach Patterns” to create a very easy-to-use interface for attaching common/popular options to the base system, integrated seamlessly into their web store. boost! supports HPE Servers, Storage and Networking, and Dell “Stock and Sell” servers, with more brands coming soon.
Greg Starks, Chief Strategy Officer, channelcentral.net Limited

Thanks again to everyone involved in Canalys, and we hope to see you next year.

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SEVEN Dysfunctional User Experiences Buying Services Online

September 25, 2018

If you’re selling services as an attach to IT products, you need to make it as easy as possible. Users will have searched, researched and selected a product, but without a service the user may be reliant on basic warranty that rarely matches the need or product lifecycle.

So when you’re purchasing that product it’s absolutely essential that attaching a service, potentially from a large list of services, is obvious, easy, intuitive, appropriate. It’s a shame that’s rarely the case and here are the main eCommerce blunders that users often experience:

1. Duo: a site is so poorly structured or has terrible data management that you have to buy the product, then circle back to find a service (often from a different web site), buy it as a separate journey, often to the same basket. And if you get it wrong…

2. Mashup: when looking for a service you have to trawl through all of the hardware accessories and software add-ons to find services.

3. Bookworm: there are so many services offered that you are reading dozens of part descriptions trying to decode them and select the best one for your budget.

4. TLA: product descriptions that use so many proprietary acronyms that part of your buying experience is Googling acronyms.

5. Shapeless: random parts in random order with no element of what the Manufacturer or Retailer would recommend.

6. Tumbleweed: literally nothing compatible is shown at all.

7. Cat Food: sites that use “Big Data” often offer items as complementary that are totally irrelevant. Cat food with your Laptop?

CPQ Applications or CPQ Data Services can fix this. Compatibility, recommendations, plain English filters, acronym ‘expanders’, consistent descriptions even through to Device as a Service plans. No more Cat Food.

Attaching services to products is a huge market opportunity for Manufacturers and Channel Partners. Very simple actions can drive major advances in user experience and ultimately Sales.

Click here for channelcentral CPQ Services

Click here for channelcentral boost! Data Services

 

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channelcentral join CompTIA

May 17, 2016

ComptTIA Premier Member Logochannelcentral is delighted to announce that it is now a Premier Member of CompTIA. CompTIA is the IT Industry Trade Association. They are best known for their IT Certifications and education programmes but also provide industry resources, run communities and offer vast networking opportunities for IT Industry organisations.

As members you can expect to see us at some forthcoming CompTIA events and participating in community discussions. We will also have access to industry research and resources which we can share with our partners.

We look forward to meeting fellow CompTIA Members in the near future to both learn from and impart our own industry knowledge.

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How can CPQ Software help your marketing teams?

April 14, 2016

It shouldn’t be all about the sales teams! The marketing folk tend to get forgotten when the industry talks about Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) Software and the benefits that it brings. The truth is, there are probably even more benefits to a Marketing Manager than a Sales Manager. Here are the key ones:

  • Return on Investment (ROI) – Time and time again Marketing teams are asked to show their return on investment and it’s not always easy to do. Seeing your quote volumes increase YoY after adopting CPQ Software with detailed reporting not only demonstrates your ROI but breaks it down to a granular level.
  • Promotions – Ensure your promotions are not missed or forgotten with auto-add technology in your CPQ Software. Detailed reporting will show you the typical configuration types for market insight.
  • Go-to-Market Strategy –  Control exactly when, what, where and who sees your new products and promotions.
  • Market Research – With real-time, detailed reporting find out exactly when, what and where your customers are quoting for valuable segmentation data for your next promotions and campaigns.
  • Advertising – The most targeted adverts you’ll ever run! Get right to the heart of your market by advertising in your CPQ Software or better still, if your CPQ Software is Multi-Vendor like Freebird, why not sell advertising space and make some money?!
  • New Product Introductions – A new and additional route to your customers. The greatest value here is for Channel Marketing teams where Multi-Channel CPQ Software such as Freebird are used. Add your new product at host level and release it to every instance of your tool and instantly you’re market-wide!
  • Upsell – Something we are all asked to do more of! It has never been easier with auto-add features  as well as recommended options.
  • Brand – Beat your competition with faster quote-to-order cycles and lower error rate (less returns) for a reputation all marketing teams would be proud of.

To learn more about CPQ Software, how it can integrate into all your internal systems and how it can help your marketing (and sales!) teams visit our website or contact us.

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New website launch

June 10, 2015

New Website HomepageWe are pleased to be able to share our new channelcentral website. After considerable redesign and content additions, our new website is live!


What can you expect to find on the new site?

  • Background information on the company and how we began
  • Overview of our services to the IT Channel
  • Reasons why CPQ tools are so crucial for channel development
  • Meet the team – put a face to the names
  • Company News including regular blog feeds
  • Events – details of where you can see us and when

Visit the site and take a look around and see how channelcentral can help make your Channel business more efficient and let us help your business reach its full potential. Just visit the Contact Us page!

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HP to separate into two leading companies

October 6, 2014

How does that affect HP iQuote?

Today we have heard the announcement about HP separating into two leading public companies. One will be HP’s market-leading enterprise infrastructure, software and services businesses, which will do business as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, and one that will comprise HP’s market-leading printing and personal systems businesses, which will do business as HP Inc.

This change has been driven to deliver independence, focus, financial resources and flexibility to adapt quickly to the market.

For Partners, this separation is to be good news as interactions will be simplified and we’ll see lots more innovation coming out of the two organisations.

Those customers using HP iQuote will be aware that the product portfolio spans across Enterprise Infrastructure, Software & Services, Printing and Personal Systems Group. channelcentral can confirm, that the separation of the two businesses will make absolutely no change to the way HP iQuote works in terms of Product Portfolio, Subscriptions or Contacts.

CEO Meg Whitman said in her closing statement “Both companies will have the same commitment to the channel that our partners have come to trust, but with more focus, flexibility and accountability.  We look forward to partnering with you in the next phase of our journey.”

For further information on the separation Register for the global partner webcast with HP on October 7 at 10:00 a.m. PT.

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channelcentral Smartphone App Services

September 29, 2014

Keeping businesses productive while on the move.

channelcentral is pleased to announce its Smartphone App Service. This exciting new product has been developed primarily for HP Partners that already use the popular channelcentral HP iQuote tool.
The Smartphone App Service offers the ability to quote validated, priced configurations for HP Solutions from any smart device without the need to open up a browser. The application works in both connected and standalone environments. Designed to increase both time-to-quote responsiveness, and increase revenues offering you and your customers the opportunity to provide qualified HP Configurations, with pricing and availability on the move.
All HP BTO Supply-chain Business Units are included in the application.

Key Features and Benefits of the Service:

Cloud-Ready
Quotes are saved locally and can be reloaded for editing. The Smartphone App is Cloud-ready: Simply associate the App with other applications such as HP iQuote and store your quotes in your account. Those quotes can then be opened and edited in HP iQuote via your desktop browser.

Fast & Flexible Configuration
The Smartphone App will help you find the best system for your needs. Once loaded it will provide a fully functional solution using pre-loaded defaults allowing customisation to cater for many common configurations. By using default settings it accelerates the process of delivering a quote, and exploits your smart phones intuitive interface to reach your goals with the fewest clicks and swipes.

• Maximise Revenue
The App is specifically designed to simplify the process of selling HP products and maximise revenue and margin on every sale by guiding you through an intuitive process of building a quote.

Quote Management
It’s easy to share your quotes with your contacts and customers by email or you can send to HP iQuote with the integrated HP iQuote upload function.

Hassle Free
Our fully managed service means that you don’t have to deal with the complexity of developing, hosting and offering Apps, including the detailed, varied and specific requirements of the App store owner.

How much will it cost you?

Smartphone App Services consists of a one-time-only set-up fee for creation, customisation, and completion of the App for your organisation, including making the App available in the three App stores.  This is supplemented by a quarterly subscription which provides for product lifecycle, stock pricing data, and maintenance services.
Smartphone App Services is customised to your own language, company branding (Logo and company colour scheme throughout), and uploaded by channelcentral into the three App Stores on your behalf.
Once the Smartphone App is created, YOU own the download revenue from the App Stores, should you decide you wish to apply a customer download fee for your Smartphone App.**
Distributors and Resellers can receive an on-going revenue from the Application should you choose to charge your customers download fees.
** Terms and Conditions apply.

How can you get the Smartphone App?

Smartphone App Service BrochureThe Smartphone App is developed and brought to you by channelcentral. If you are a Distributor or Reseller and would like to create your own Smartphone App contact sales@channelcentral.net for further information or for a free, no obligation discussion about how channelcentral can help you sell more HP solutions.

Download our Smartphone App Brochure for more information.