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Did EarthLink Goof on Branding?

December 14, 2010

Yesterday when I was speaking to a client, I mentioned that new Edge Networks merged with Deltacom to become EarthLink Business. The confused look on his face was not unexpected. Again this morning when discussing the new name, EarthLink is linked to consumer dial-up in the marketplace. How does that translate into a B2B Brand?

What to Do With a Certified Agent?

December 10, 2010

On the Board call for the TCA (Technology Channel Association) discussing the the next step in the evolution of the Certified Telecom Professional (CTP).

The exam (and certification) is just $199 for member agents (and member VAR's) of TCA. Employees of our Vendor members (Motorola, Qwest, Megapath, Global Crossing, Intercall, XO, Level3, Netwolves, Star2Star, US Signal, Telnes Broadband and SalesStream) can also take the exam.

There has been a groundswell of buzz around the certification. The next step is to get carrier support for the CTP.



Sub-Agent Basics

December 6, 2010

I received an early morning call from the West Coast today from a woman who is a sub-agent selling Sprint mobile services. She's not having a good day. Here's a few reasons why:


  1. She isn't getting paid from her master agent.
  2. She doesn't have a contract in place with her master agent.
  3. She was unaware of charge-backs.
  4. She has no way to track commissions.
  5. She was not clear on who she could sell Sprint mobile services to.

Hence, her not getting paid.


Why You Should Get Certified

November 30, 2010

The Certified Agent is a Go!

November 29, 2010

The only non-profit trade association for telecom agents and VAR's, the Technology Channel Association (TCA) has launched a new and voluntary Certified Telecommunications Professional (CTP) program! This program will advance Agent business relationships and energize the indirect sales channel by:

  • Providing industry developed and approved technical training and knowledge
  • Recognizing accepted standards of professional conduct and experience
  • Verifying the CTP understands critical industry fundamentals of the industry and how they apply to the end users and carriers
  • Validating Agent expertise and inspiring customer confidence
  • Differentiating personal professional development and company reputation
  • Furthering the stature and recognition of the industry-at-large

Be one of the first to achieve the CTP designation. Go to the CTP information section of the TCA web site to learn how and to get started.

Renewals and Retention

November 15, 2010

As an Agent are you actively working to retain your customers? Are you working on renewals for contracts ending? If not, commissions will end and the account will be taken over by a corporate salesperson.

"When a MetTel account falls into "Renewal Status" or month-to-month rates/terms, unless an Agent can show an active/current role in trying to "renew" a term on the client, MetTel's internal renewal group will begin to do so, which will forfeit the Agent's commission."

My Take on Stocks

November 10, 2010

So "BroadSoft Inc.(BSFT) shares climbed 43% after the voice-enabling software company reported third-quarter earnings that exceeded estimates," according to MarketWatch. Total revenue increased 22% year-to-year to $22.3 million; up 13% from the second quarter of 2010. License revenue increased 27% year-to-year to $12.9 million; up 22% growth from Q2 2010.

The Buzz around Hosted UC is certainly up, driven by such companies as Polycom and its PR machine.

Big Challenge Selling Hosted PBX

November 9, 2010

On LinkedIn (in the Hosted PBX group), the question was asked, "What's the biggest challenge you face selling your solution to end users and/or channel partners?" Here are some of the answers.

Can the end user trust the service delivery of the provider? This is a big question because there have been some failures in VoIP delivery over the years. VoIP has taken somewhat of a reputation hit.

You Can't Be All Things to All People

November 7, 2010

This morning Seth Godin blogs about alienating the 2%. In short, you can't please everyone. There's more money in trying to please a targeted core. In cliche, You can't please everyone.

Day 1 Observations from Phoenix

October 26, 2010

I'm at the Broadsoft Connections 2010 user conference in Phoenix. The theme is Ignite Passion (for Hosted UC). These are some of my notes:

Broadsoft is pushing not just Hosted PBX but services they are calling CAAS (Communications-as-a-Service).

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