02 Nov How Channel Partners Can Remain Profitable in Today’s Cloud World
The world of communications has come a long way in the last 50 years. As channel partners, it is your job to keep up with this ever-changing industry. In recent years, the shift from physical to digital services has created some unique opportunities for channel partners. But opportunities come with their challenges.
Challenges for Channel Partners
In the past, capitalizing on premises-based telephony was fairly easy as a channel partner. As long as you provided the products and services your clients needed, business was good. Now that the world of communications has evolved, channel partners need to make sure they have offerings that are current and relevant to their clients.
In the past year and a half, the business world has changed extensively – to say the least. The needs of business owners have shifted to put a high value on collaboration. Unified communications and other platforms that include video, conferencing, messaging and mobile apps have become more valuable than ever before.
This shift has been a little bit of a thorn in the side of channel partners. Selling physical hardware with installation and services was straightforward and profitable. These contracts were often worth tens of thousands of dollars. Now that business communications have shifted into the virtual space, channel partners have also had to shift their business models to focus on virtual offerings. Instead of selling physical products, they’ve begun selling recurring cloud licenses.
With this product pivot, margins for channel partners have lowered considerably. Not only that, but some customers are now purchasing their cloud services straight from digital sources. This saves them extra time and money but often leaves channel partners in the dust.
The good news that accompanies these changes is that now channel partners can focus on maintaining healthy vendor relationships with their clients. They can add value to their customer’s experience and remain profitable at the same time, with better customer experience, additional features and services, and much more.
Life with the Cloud
Since the pandemic and rise of remote work, channel partners have had to assess their business models to keep up with the demands of their customers. These models need to keep the needs of their clients front and center.
A Great Vendor
All vendors are not created equal. Their channel approach and strategy can vary greatly. Items to consider when researching vendors include financial models and programs as well as a platform offering.
As a cloud-based platform sales representative, you now need to understand what adds value to cloud-based platforms. Support services, application integration, network services, training programs, and cloud migration are just a few value-adding services.
If your customers are looking for certain platforms, make sure that you can add value to their choice with other services. For example, if your client is looking for a UCaaS solution, you can add value by also selling them other services, such as SMS messaging and CPaaS.
As you know, every business has different needs and wants. When you diversify your offerings, you are increasing your ability to serve many different types of customers. This means continuing to offer physical, on-premises-based offerings can still be profitable. You may even have customers that want to gradually switch to cloud-based services. If your competitors are not offering premises-based communications, you will get that sale.
Partner with Brightlink
Brightlink channel partners are fully supported. We work hard to make sure that end-users are happy with the Brightlink suite of solutions so that you can have a long-lasting relationship with your customers. As such, all platforms are designed with the experience in mind.
What does that mean for you? This allows you to focus on building trusting relationships with your customers. We offer complete white label platforms perfect for channel partners. Contact us today to learn more and remain profitable in today’s cloud world!