Social networking site LinkedIn can be a powerful business and networking tool; if you know where to go and how to get started. To help you out, CDN has identified these 10 key LinkedIn groups you should join to begin networking with your channel peers. Choose the groups that are right for you, and start making some connections.
“Competing on price is to die a slow death – so how do we add value to customers, increase our margins, our footprint in a customer and ultimately increase our ability to succeed in an ever changing environment. This forum is for best practices, heads up for new technologies that may allow you to have an edge over your competition as well as “warnings” if manufacturers shift their channel policies.”
Another pretty large LinkedIn community, this group has over 16,000 members and is nearly six years old – that’s ancient in Internet years. It’s not tied to any one vendor and has members from all over the world, making it a good group to gain an international perspective on matters of IT, and find potential partners in different geographies.
“This group is exclusively for professionals who are involved with direct or indirect channel sales and marketing. If you currently or previously worked in channel sales and marketing whether as a manager, sales team member or authorized reseller then you are welcome to our group. Discussing technology trends, recruiting new resellers, partners or alliances, marketing a new product, new channel sales opportunities and job positions, open discussions and insightful advice, etc. are all reasons to join.”
“This group is strictly for Cisco Channel Partners. To create and develop relationships between partners at all levels from Registered to Gold. This group is strictly for Cisco Channel Partners please do not request to join unless you are a registered Cisco Partner. Any requests to join made by non-Cisco partners will be rejected.”
“This group is LIMITED and EXCLUSIVE only to McAfee SecurityAlliance Channel Partners and Alliances in Canada, the US and Latin America. Ideal for collaboration and communication between McAfee authorized partners. Share news, feedback, events, promotions and other McAfee related information.”