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A Revolutionary Agent

An interview (12 minutes) with Yvonne Fry of the telecom agency, Lines of Communications, who recently launched Revolutionary Strategies.  Fry is an example of an agent who is making the shift and adapting to the current changes happening in telecom. Here's...

Level3 Channel Update

Yesterday on its partner call, Level3 rolled out Level 3 Business Partner University. Most carriers that I have spoken with understand that educating the Channel is the key to revenue growth. “This training platform was designed to make these self-service...

Agent Open Call

I am a Certified Telecom Professional now. On the TCA Open Agent call this Friday at 4 PM, we will be talking about CTP, tips and tricks, and trends that will affect Agent revenue. Register today here. This is the...

2011 Will Be Tough

Several Carriers have notified agents that in 2011, they will be "managing to their contracts". "Some Carriers are having monthly reviews with their Contract Divisions to see which Agents are not meeting their obligations. While most Carriers were open to...

Congrats to AT&T Partners

AT&T announced the 2011 AT&T Business Solution Provider Champions. There are only 3 Gold winners: Cydcor, Presidio and Spearhead. One of the Bronze winners, JBS of Orlando, I have known for quite a few years. Congratulations to these companies because working...

Verizon Changes Commissions

Shockingly, Verizon has dramatically changed their commission structure for 2011. The changes are effective for all orders issued into Verizon's legacy system after 1/1/2011. Commissions have moved from a Residual and Acquisition structure, to an all Acquisition (up-front) structure. Commissions...

Changes in Customers, Changes in Attitude

In an article by Gary Kim, Matt Bramson, Inphonex chief marketing officer, sais some interesting things about telecom sales to SMB.Bramson suggests that “People also increasingly are comfortable configuring their own solutions and are used to getting support from user...

TCA Announces Agent Education Series

The TCA (Technology Channel Association) is a trade association for the Indirect Channel. It's prime mission is education. The TCA has been holding monthly peer-to-peer webinars, allowing members to teach members about various topics and services (since April of...

VZ Buys Terremark for $1.4B

I was shocked last night when I read that VZ had purchased Terremark for $1.4B. It reminded me of MCI Worldcom buying Intermedia just to acquire the Digex assets. It really is all about Cloud these days! Rackspace and...

The Customer Comes First

My interview with fellow agent, David Goodwin of ATC, about the changes in the Agent business in the last 10 years. We talk about Total Telecom Spend, Lifetime Value of the Customer and One Throat to Choke as business terms...

The Winds of Change on The Channel

The last six months has seen many channels at the Channel Chief level at XO, Level3, MegaPath, and other carriers. Also, the M&A has resulted in a tumulus time for The Channel. Qwest and CentruyLink. Embarq and CenturyTel. New Edge...

A Brief Talk with XO's Tom Gorey

Here's the last interview of 2010 with Tom Gorey, Vice President Channel Strategy & Development at XO Communications. Gorey is an active member of TCA. He and I have had a few chats this year about educating the Channel...

EarthLink Wins One

It looks like EarthLink won the auction for ONE Communications, the CLEC with a HQ in New England and network in Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England. EarthLink will pay $370M for ONE including $285M of debt.EarthLink Business will end up...

Contract Termination Class

A mandatory webinar on ETF, Contract Termination and Shortfall Charges today. The ILEC starts out by blaming tariffs for the clunky processes that require Agents to spend so much time and effort every single move, add, change and even upgrade....

What to Do With a Certified Agent?

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...

Why You Should Get Certified

The TCA's Certified Telecom Professional Program has officially launched. (See here). It costs $199 to take the exam. Why should you?One reason: Differentiation.Why do people take any certification? Mainly to differentiate their knowledge from the hundreds of others running around in...

The Certified Agent is a Go!

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...

8 Questions for Cloud Providers

I've done a couple of webinars lately for VAR's and Agents about the Cloud. I think that between SAAS and Cloud, vendors are forgetting that they are selling applications. I think the disconnect right now is that Agents aren't comfortable...

Renewals and Retention

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...

Big Challenge Selling Hosted PBX

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...

Indirect versus Direct: the Financials

At Microcorp agent show today, one regional GM was explaining that the corporate mentality is that it is more expensive to sell via indirect than direct. I was flabbergasted.The reasoning is that on year 2 and 3, when the carrier...

4 Opportunities for Agents

Microcorp is a master agent that I have dealt with since 2003. Their agent conference is this week. The focus is on Get Away from T1. Well, that’s not the official theme, but that is the message.It started with a...

Broadvox and Cypress: What Now?

Broadvox and Cypress acknowledged the merger rumors on Thursday, announcing that they were still working out the details of the merger. (TMC broke the story here). Both companies wanted to assure customers that it will be business as usual.Executives told...

Cloud Opportunities for Agents

I was on a Cloud panel for Comdex Virtual for VAR’s. (You can see that Nov. 16-17, 2010). And I am moderating Demystifying the Cloud for Agents at Microcorp One-on-One on Monday morning. Then I will be presenting Put Your...

Broadvox Inks Deal to Acquire Cypress

And so the VoIP Consolidation continues. (This is a good thing for two reasons: I need something to write about and this industry has too many players mucking about.)Rumor has it that Broadvox has inked a deal to acquire...
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