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Partner Update Shares Top Cisco News and Magic Recipes

September 30, 2011
at 3:02 pm PST

Fairy dust and magic genies? Is it Halloween already?

Actually, Halloween is over a month away but that didn’t stop Alex from sharing her magic recipe for driving more traffic to your site in this episode of Partner Update.

But that’s not all that happened during Partner Update. We also got a glimpse of Andrew’s presentation skills and why he’ll be joining the upcoming Virtual Partner Velocity, share Keith Goodwin’s thoughts on the importance of healthy competition, find out why Andrew wishes he had a magic genie, learn how to get in touch with live experts, and hear about how Cisco Talent Fairs are helping partners fill talent gaps.

Tune in now to watch the full episode.

Keep reading for a list of links and a written transcript of our newscast.

0:18 – Upcoming Virtual Partner Velocity
Join us on October 11th at 8 a.m. PST for our next Virtual Partner Velocity. During the live broadcast, our guest speaker best-selling author and persuasion expert Nancy Duarte will be sharing her tips on how to present visual stories that captivate any audience. Find out how to reserve your spot today.

1:11 – Channels SVP shares thoughts on the importance of healthy competition
Cisco Senior Vice President of the Worldwide Partner Organization Keith Goodwin blogged about why a bit of healthy competition makes us stronger. He states that, “Through competition, we strive to create the best products for our customers, the best programs for our partners, and the best Cisco for the networking industry as a whole.”

Read what else Keith shared in his blog and see what some of our partners had to say.

1:56 – New iPad Application for Small Business Partners
Need Cisco solutions and products at your fingertips to help solve your customer’s business needs? Well, there’s no need for a magic genie now that the Cisco Small Business Solution Builder is available on the iPad! Find out how you can get this new app for free.

2:26 – Social Media Spotlight: The Importance of SEO
In the latest Social Media Spotlight, Alex blogged about the secret recipe for getting your site to appear at the top of the list of search results. Turns out, all it takes is a pinch of magic fairy dust, two tablespoons of sugar, and a drizzle of chili oil.

That actually sounds more like a recipe for disaster! It actually has nothing to do with magic recipes but everything to do with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Learn how to drive more traffic to your site and find out 4 quick actions you can take today to make your site appear in search results.

2:48 – Have a question? Speak to a live expert today!
Miss the days when you dialed a number and got to speak with an actual human being? So do we! Which is why we’re thrilled about Cisco Partner Advisor.

New and existing Registered and Select Certified Small Business partners can talk or chat online for free with a Partner Advisor agent to get non-technical information about on-boarding, programs, promotions, marketing, and financing. Take advantage of this free resource today.

3:49 – Helping partners fill talent gaps with the Cisco Partner Talent Fair
IDC predicted a nearly 40% gap between demand and supply of technical networking skills by 2012. To help partners fill that talent gap, Cisco recently partnered with CareerBuilder to set up three Cisco Talent Fairs across the Southern region of the United States.

Check out the highlights from the talent fair and top tips on how partners can attract prospective employees.

4:35 – Tweet of the Week
Our Tweet of the Week comes from @Comms_Care_Mark:
@Comms_Care_Mark: Very pleased @CommsCare achieved Advanced Data Center Arch Specialization! #ciscopartner wasn’t easy tho!

Glad you persevered and congrats on your specialization!

Well partners, hope you enjoyed our latest episode of Partner Update! If you ever miss a newscast, you can always watch past episodes of Partner Update.

Be sure to tune in again for a new episode in two weeks! Until then, you stay classy partners!

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