Rethink Your SaaS Channel Strategies
Achieving profitable growth for SaaS products involves adopting a new mindset about “channel” and gaining a keen understanding of the difference between “customers” and “users,” the benefits of network-centricity and the role of freemium.
By Lincoln Murphy, Sixteen Ventures
The notion of channels in the distribution of SaaS is a topic with very little consensus in the industry. Many people seem to think: “if its on the Web then the Web is the channel.” This is a very narrow-minded view that can significantly stagnate, if not completely stall, growth. There are industries or market segments where the people making the purchasing decisions do not spend their time searching the Web for the best solution. In these cases they turn to trusted advisors for recommendations.
Unlike in traditional software where the channel partners had to have some level of technical expertise, with SaaS, that is not the case, significantly expanding the type of company that could fill the role. It is up to the vendor to fully understand the role of intermediaries in their market and how to leverage the existing relationships those third-parties have with their target end customers.
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Top Software Stories of the Past Week
- VC investments sink to lowest level in 12 years. (News.com)
- SAP shakes up support plan, executive team. (Computerworld)
- Google shows renewed vigor with robust Q4 results. (Yahoo! Finance)
- Novell slapped for impersonating Red Hat. (News.com)
- Oracle-Sun merger wins EU approval. (InformationWeek)
The Latest Software Business News
All Headlines: SugarCRM starts 2010 with momentum.
VC Activity: New Enterprise Associates to invest $375 in India.
M&A Deals: IBM acquires national interest security company.
Executive Moves: Anil Gupta named EVP and global head of business operations at Patni Computer Systems.
Quote of the Week
“While venture capitalists as a group loosened their purse strings toward the end of 2009, some start-ups, especially those seeking first or second rounds, may be in for a rude awakening in 2010... A large share of companies are due for capital this year and the competition will be fierce.”
— Scott Austin, editor of Dow Jones VentureWire on the downturn in VC investing
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