For the 500 million Facebook users around the globe, the site has become the de facto means of communicating with friends and relatives. Want to share photos of a recent family vacation or fill everyone in on your thoughts about a recent episode of TV show “Big Brother”? But Facebook is moving beyond just allowing friends to stay in touch with one another: It’s becoming a critical business tool, too.
But how? For starters, Facebook enables you to reach all of your customers with one portal. By aggregating all of your news, images, videos, and blog entries in one place, a Facebook fan page lets your customers (and even other Cisco partners) visit one spot for all of your company’s latest information. The best part is that it also lets them interact. And since so many people around the world are on Facebook already, there’s very little barrier for entry.
Creating a basic Facebook fan page for your company takes just a few steps. To guide you through the process, we’ve put together a video tutorial:
With all the different means of communicating out there—email, newsletters, Twitter—why should you create a Facebook fan page? Here are five compelling reasons for why a fan page is essential for business:
If you’re anything like me, your smartphone goes wherever you go—work, home, and everywhere in between. But a phone that relies on a third-party network doesn’t always cut it (dropped calls, anyone?) In fact, the proliferation of mobile phones still can’t replace the essential need that small businesses customers have for simple, reliable, and affordable voice solutions.
It should come as no surprise that the hosted VOIP market is expected to grow to USD$1 billion by 2013 — that’s a huge opportunity for Cisco Small Business partners.
Want to learn how you can take advantage of this opportunity to meet customer needs, grow your practice, and enhance profitability?
Join Andrew Sage, VP of Cisco’s Small Business Sales, and Ken Rokoff, VP of Business Development at BroadSoft, for a live, free, interactive video chat. They’ll discuss ways that Small Business partners can leverage this huge opportunity and answer your questions. So tune in on Wednesday, August 18 from 11:30 a.m. -- 12 p.m. PDT. To watch live, join the conversation, or RSVP, visit our Ustream channel.
The broadcast will answer a number of questions, including:
CRN’s annual Women of the Channel report selects “the female channel executives from solution providers and vendors that carry the most clout.” This year’s clout-worthy Most influential Women Of The Channel lists (part 1 and part 2) included five female executives from Cisco:
Dawn Duross, Director, Public Sector Partner Organization
Maryann Von Seggern, Director of World Wide Channels Development for Cisco Capital
Wendy Bahr, Senior Vice President, Global and Transformational Partnerships
The first thing we decided to do when we heard the news was to try to schedule time to sit down with all five execs in a super-powered TelePresence session. But we soon realized that getting five busy executives in one session would prove more difficult than we had imagined!
So we sat down with Maryann and Dawn via TelePresence and talked about how they first started working in the channel, advice for those just starting out, and defining moments from their successful careers. (Read the other interviews after the jump.)