PHD INSIGHTS ON SUCCESSFULLY ENGAGING YOUR CHANNEL PARTNERS
by Ivan Grisedale
Are you thinking; "do enablement & incentive programs build loyalty with Channel partners and resellers"?
If so then here are some key questions to consider if you're thinking about launching a B2B Loyalty Program or even how to re-engineer an existing one:
The first one is to ask yourself 'Is a loyalty program right for your business'? Like any marketing strategy, loyalty programs have a place and an ideal environment in which they should be deployed and managed.
Are we currently supporting our partners and what should we be considering?
You might then wonder if it’s a good idea to involve other vendors and 'what are the key benefits of a 'B2B Coalition'.
Amplifying the message internally through chat rooms, live chat, rating and feedback mechanisms as well as externally through Social Badging using the Open Badge platform may help you to understand 'why social media in your loyalty program increases ROI results'.
Thinking ahead, you might ponder thoughts around the best 'tactics to accelerate participation in your loyalty program' once you've arrived at the ‘threshold of engagement’.
Getting the balance right between the hard and soft benefits of your b2b channel loyalty program can be the key to its effectiveness.
When all is said and done, you’ll want to feel safe & secure in the knowledge that you have an “in tune” customer help desk to handle participant’s queries, comments, aspirations and…. complaints.
So if you already have a program that you've realised needs 'hacking'; a new approach is sometimes the best cure.
What does 2019 have in store for B2B loyalty marketing programs? Read on to see what our loyalty doctors have predicted to be the top 10 advancements in B2B loyalty programs for 2019.
Today’s program managers are conceding that the constant desire for global standardization has reached an inflection point where there still needs to be a high level of local customization. This is despite procurement and finance departments thinking that even more efficiencies can be derived from global program operations resulting in year on year cost savings.
Whilst a lot of time and money is spent creating brand and positioning, little effort is spent on developing the “loyalty avatar” that will be used to communicate to program participants, both formally and informally.
Every company needs them; re-seller top dogs. They drive success, they show others how it’s done, they collect the rewards, they stash the cash, they may come to expect the white glove treatment. At the same time, it is becoming clear that incentivizing these star business partners also has a dark side. And it is good for companies that run performance incentive programs for their channel partners to be aware of this.
Motivforce has scooped two Gold Awards and three Silver Awards at the prestigious 2018 Brandon Hall Excellence Awards with client channel incentive programs Know Your IBM and Lenovo LEAP.
It seems that the 2018 obituary for offline communications and tactics in loyalty and channel incentives programs has been premature. Indeed, we have seen an increase in program sponsors allocating budgets to offline executions during the first eight months of 2018, signaling a retreat from the sole reliance on digital communications.
Motivforce’s innovative and pioneering approach to creating Celebrity Cruises’ travel agency loyalty program ‘Celebrity Rewards’ has been recognised with one of the most prestigious accolades in the incentive marketing industry.
Celebrity Rewards has been named the recipient of the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) 2018 Circle of Excellence Award in the Consumer Offer, Branding Program & Customer Loyalty category.
One of the growing challenges facing all loyalty practitioners is how to drive higher levels of engagement. Traditional methods such as bonus points and bespoke communications, whilst still effective, are losing their impact, particularly when competitor loyalty programs are also engaging in these tactics.
Motivforce has topped off the first half of 2018 by winning three prestigious accolades in the B2B loyalty marketing industry in recognition of its pioneering channel incentive programs, Know Your IBM and Lenovo LEAP.
Motivforce is in line for a host of accolades over the next few months as we’ve been shortlisted for three high profile awards programs with our clients IBM, Lenovo and Celebrity Cruises.