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Telecom News Tidbits Part 2927

February 27, 2015

A few things going on besides the color of a dress and the FCC orders (here and here). Here are some telecom tidbits.

Windstream didn't have good results this quarter. The former CFO/ new CEO had some explaining to do, including about the SMB market:

"CLEC SMB opportunities remain "challenging," said Bob Gunderman, Windstream CFO and treasurer, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha.

Sales Math and Measuring What Matters

February 18, 2015

Sales Math is the concept that you need X number of leads to make Y number of sales where Y is a tiny percentage of X. The funnel starts out with a big number and the inked deals drip out of the bottom -- with a bunch of leads lost along the way (like a leaky hose).

We all believe in Sales Math. We are delighted to be asked to quote something. Why? Pavlov response I guess - plus you can't win if you don't play.

The Culture of Complacency

February 14, 2015

"In their book "In Search of Excellence," Tom Peters and Robert Waterman list a "bias for action" as the first of eight attributes that distinguish excellent and innovative companies. Many of the companies they studied were very "analytical in their approach to decision making, but they are not paralyzed by that fact (as so many others seem to be.) In many of these companies, the standard operating procedure is: 'Do it, fix it, try it.'" [WSJ]

Many companies are going through change -- mostly M&A change which isn't the change I mean. EarthLink and Cbeyond were going through very public change - like Dell, Microsoft and others.

It's Just a Piece of Paper

January 14, 2015

In the course of a day, I often hear about agent deals where the agent gets burned. let's face it, if you have been a channel partner for longer than a minute, you have probably been burned - either on a deal, a commission, or a contract.

During the prospecting stage, the Service Provider (SP) loves the Partner. Loves them.

The Job Jumper and His Rolodex

January 9, 2015

This is the story of the channel manager who about once a year changes jobs. In this business, people change logos often. Even more now with all the consolidation and layoffs. It's a joke at trade shows: "I'm here just to get your new business card."

There Were Some Bright Spots

December 26, 2014

There were some bright spots in 2014.

Canadian and UK companies reached out for consulting in 2014. Opportunities in LATAM also peaked on the horizon. But most of the attention was right here in the USA.

The Year That Was a Mess

December 24, 2014

We have a huge Net Neutrality debate, Open Internet fights (especially between Netflix and ISPs) and peering duels (between ISPs and backbones, notice the pattern?). Why? Lack of broadband competition.

Big mergers still in play: AT&T buying DirecTV to keep up on TV; and Comcast in a three way with Charter over TWC.

A Short Chat with the VAR Advisor

November 18, 2014

Growth for Women in the Channel [podcast]

November 12, 2014

3 Reasons Channel Management Needs a Slap

October 31, 2014

It's amazing to me how people who manage channel operations for carriers (and likely have not worked in the channel as a partner in at least 8 years) can give partners advice about running their business. Have you looked inside your own company???

Reason 1 that some people need a slap is Larry Walsh on CPZ saying that partners need to spend money on R&D. Never mind that he doesn't explain what he means by R&D.

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