Since starting my role in Cisco Channels social media some three years ago, I’ve been asked a lot of questions: “What video camera should I buy?” “Who do you like to follow on Twitter?” “Who does your hair?” (OK, no one’s actually asked me the last question, but drop me a note in the comments if you really want to know.)
But the most commonly asked questions that I hear over and over are: How do I get started with social media, what are the best tools to use, and how do I engage more customers? Well, in the interest of helping Cisco partners around the globe achieve resounding social media success, I’m happy to announce our new Channels blog series: Social Media Spotlight!
In this series, my fellow Channels blogger Kalpana Ettenson and I will be addressing any and all social media questions that you have. For starters, we want you to post your most burning social media questions in the comments below so we can address them in upcoming blog posts.
And we also have a few topics planned based on questions we’ve gotten in the past…Read More »
You may have read about Fast Track 2 when I first blogged about ways this new program will help simplify sales transactions, reduce pricing on key product families, and accelerate Cisco partner rewards and incentives.
As of today, there is now a Fast Track 2 Pricing Catalog that includes the AIRxx Product Family, in addition to product SKUs from switches, routers, and wireless families. This new addition will help partners view the Cisco Suggested Reseller Price, inventory availability by distributor, help you close deals faster and drive incremental demand for Cisco solutions.
Yesterday, we hosted a live video broadcast via Ustream with VP of Worldwide Commercial Sales Dave O’Callaghan—during our half-hour talk, we discussed everything from Fast Track 2 (our new Commercial sales program), to our partner-led sales strategy in Commercial sales, to what we think Dave’s new nickname should be. (Read on to find out how you can participate in the contest for a chance to win a Flip camera.)
For those of you that didn’t get a chance to tune in live, here’s a replay of our broadcast:
Want to know more about what we talked about? Here’s a recap.
I’m a fan of superlatives (who isn’t?). Faster, easier, better: Those all sound good to me. And those are also words that can describe our new Commercial Sales program, Fast Track 2.
As its name implies, Fast Track 2 is designed to simplify sales transactions, making it easier for you to do business with Cisco. So how will it help you? Fast Track 2 will provide a smoother transaction process, with simplified pricing on key product families, and reseller and end-user offers. It will also accelerate partner rewards and incentives, with products built for the mid-market and SMB sectors.
In this video, I provide an overview of Fast Track 2 and how it will support your push to increase profits.
In a nutshell, here are some of the key details about Fast Track 2:
Want to find out what’s in store for Cisco’s transformational partnerships?
We’ll be hosting a live video chat on our Ustream channel with Wendy Bahr on November 5, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. PST. During the broadcast, we’ll get the latest news and info about Cisco’s global and transformational partnering strategy.
So what will Wendy talk about during the chat? Read More »