Avid wanted to fully capture their tremendous opportunity for revenue growth and expansion, and given the importance of the indirect channel to their business, they knew they had to develop a world-class global channel partner program to capitalize on that potential. The program would provide their partners with 24×7 access to:
Avid also wanted to unify programs from their various business units under a single brand while leveraging shared infrastructure and systems in order to maximize value for each business while improving the channel partner experience. Avid selects and segments channel partners based on their ability to:
The program and its infrastructure therefore had to support all of the associated business processes on a single platform and leverage a single database. Avid concluded that in order to achieve a world-class indirect channel partner program, they needed a world-class external social collaboration and multi-channel communication solution designed specifically for engaging with indirect sales channels wherever they may be.
“The introduction of Zift was a game-changer for Avid and our channel. Our global program and portals run on Zift’s technology and it has provided us with a significant competitive advantage. What’s more it has been met with a terrific response from our channel partners.”
– Stefan Rollins, Director Worldwide Marketing, AVID
Avid wanted to present their strategy and solution to their partners at their annual partner conference in the summer of 2011, and the chosen technology provider would have to adhere to strict and challenging timescales.
AVID’S SELECTION PROCESS
In 2011, Avid engaged with a number of potential providers of technology solutions, each sharing a common capability to offer an integrated partner portal. Initially, the purpose of this engagement was to understand the market and the capabilities of the software solution providers. This provided Avid stakeholders with the ability to clearly define the business, functional and technical requirements that would ultimately be distributed to a shortlist of vendors in the form of an RFP in the Fall of 2011.
AVID’S DECISION TO GO WITH ZIFT
Avid narrowed their focus to two companies: Zift and Salesforce.com. After careful deliberation, Zift was chosen for the following reasons:
The solution satisfied all of Avid’s defined business, functional and technical requirements
All current and future needs were available on one platform without the need for 3rd party plug-ins
The solution was scalable, enabling Avid to deploy functionality according to priority and capacity in a series of phases
The system facilitated collaboration with and among the indirect channel network
The system features an array of multi-channel communication capabilities including an integrated customizable portal, email, social and mobile
Once commissioned, Zift’s team of experts worked with Avid on the following:
Translation of business needs into clear and concise functional requirements and specifications
Detailed solution design workshops
Detailed solution demonstrations
Detailed Salesforce.com CRM integration design and data mapping
Zift product strategy and roadmap disclosure
Budgeting and affordability analysis
Delivery of a formal Statement of Work including a phased functionality implementation plan
Commercial terms negotiation
Zift worked closely with the Avid business and IT teams to deploy a tailored solution worldwide with a subset of Zift’s key features including:
Single database containing detailed company and contact profiles
Recruitment and registration with approvals automation
Content management system
Custom partner portal in multiple languages
Marketing automation including email marketing communications
Sales automation including lead management and deal registration
Sales and marketing collaboration
Full integration with Salesforce.com CRM
The implementation approach afforded Avid the opportunity to review progress at key stages and modify and enhance the collective approach as necessary. Avid’s assessment of the implementation and their experience of working with the Zift team highlighted:
A structured methodology
Very detailed and thorough approach
Sharing of domain expertise to provide guidance for the adoption of best practice indirect sales channel program management
Managed and exceeded expectations
Met timescales and hit deadlines
AVID’S BENEFITS FROM ZIFT
The benefits that Avid enjoyed and continue to enjoy since going live include:
Avid is easier to do business with
Partners have much easier access to the information, tools and resources they need to be effective
Single login and single portal offers a single Avid “face” to their partner network
Increased and improved channel recruitment with more companies and more individuals than ever before selling Avid products
Targeted communications and training, ensuring both are timely, pertinent, of interest and of value to the recipient
Avid can deploy information more quickly and in a more targeted manner
Multi-lingual portal and localization of content ensuring improved engagement with non-English speaking partners
Channel and Avid productivity has improved
Avid have an integrated view of their entire sales pipeline
Accelerated revenue growth and increased profitability through improved communication and collaboration
Avid set out to develop a world-class global channel partner program that provided their partners with 24×7 access to information, tools, resources and training through the widest range of communication channels to drive mutual revenue and profit growth and further increase customer satisfaction. This vision required a powerful single, integrated and flexible technology platform that facilitated effective communication and productive collaboration and which offered scope for expansion and growth. After careful appraisal, Zift was selected over Salesforce.com and became Avid’s technology partner supporting all of their immediate channel enablement needs and helping them define and fulfill their future requirements.
Avid have achieved and exceeded their business objectives with what the CEO of one of their key channel partners claimed was “the single biggest thing Avid have ever done [to improve channel effectiveness]”. Zift continues to offer leading edge innovation in channel management and external social collaboration technology and Avid continue to work closely with Zift’s product marketing and development teams to shape the product roadmap and deploy new features as they become available.
ABOUT AVID Avid creates the digital audio and video technology that creative professionals use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world. The company operates across the globe with our 5,000 indirect channel partners who represent both a tremendous asset as well as a substantion commercial opportunity for growth and expansion. Learn more at www.avid.com.
MEASUREABLE RESULTS Accelerated revenue growth and increased profitability through improved communication and collaboration.