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Published On: Thu, Nov 1st, 2018

Looking for your next channel manager sales role? You better get channel certified!

The writing seems to be on the wall for the traditional channel sales manager. Both research and anecdotal evidence indicates that the traditional route to channel management from inside sales or field sales roles is diminishing and a new breed of “channel business certified” professionals is increasingly favored by employers.

A recent article by Channel Marketer report highlighted how employers are increasingly looking for channel-specific formal training in new hires, including clear knowledge of how the channel works, the channel landscape, and joint business planning.

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Few universities teach indirect or channel marketing, which is posing challenges for employers that want to expand channel services. An over-reliance on field sales and marketing skills has limited the effectiveness of channel partner programs and technology employers in particular have had enough.

Michelle Chiantera, Cisco’s VP of Global Partner and Commercial Marketing agrees. “I think that is fundamentally a challenge because people are coming out of universities without a foundational understanding of what an indirect selling model looks like.” 

The report also reviewed how companies are making additional investments to build teams with sharper channel management and marketing skills, mainly through formal training programs. The trend reflects the growing importance of the channel profession, with employers demanding more highly skilled channel channel marketing and channel sales managers for their teams. The implication is that channel business professionals who are pursuing new channel sales manager jobs can no longer rely on field sales or marketing certification to get their channel jobs. They will now need to become channel-business certified with a reputable training body that is recognized by their industry.

Gone are the days when a good salesperson would get the job. Employers now want to see a commitment to the channel as a profession, reflected in the attainment of certified training from accredited third parties.

Chiantera is one of many channel visionaries who is helping to drive this change through her work on the Industry Advisory Council of the Channel Institute.  The Channel Institute has become the de facto leader in certified channel training worldwide, providing certificate courses in channel management, channel marketing and digital co-marketing.

Each certificate course’s syllabus is reviewed and approved by members of the Industry Advisory Council prior to being launched to ensure the course meets the needs of major technology employers.

Another member of the Industry Advisory Council is Sukhdev Singh, senior director, Channel Programs & Partnerships at Microsoft comments: “The Channel Institute is a great way to unify channel thought leadership from across the technology industry worldwide, driving best practices in channel management and channel marketing.”

Much of the demand for more professional credentials is driven by the increasingly challenging environment faced by channel partners themselves. The move from a license-based model to subscription-based, cloud-oriented models has presented significant business challenges for channel partners, and few channel managers or channel marketers have the skillsets to help them.

According to research by Sirius Decisions, channel partners are desperately struggling to understand how to:

  1.  Match product offerings to buyer needs.
  2.  Differentiate themselves in crowded markets.
  3.  Utilise digital marketing methods effectively.

The reality is that channel managers and channel marketers face the exact same challenges on a daily basis. With challenges coming from all directions, the need for specific channel training and certification has never been more important. Channel professionals pursuing their next channel sales manager jobs should consider differentiating themselves from the crowd by evaluating channel business certification and training bodies.

Author: Nataliya Stefanus

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