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New Sales and Marketing Resource Library
Microsoft have just launched the Sales and Marketing Resource Library , available through the Microsoft Partner Portal . This is an easy-to-use tool that allows you to locate downloadable product and marketing campaign materials. Developed in response to partner feedback, the Resource Library will become...
29 Oct 2008
SBSC 2009 Logo now available for download
The SBSC UK Partner Qualified for 2009 logo is now available for download from the SBSC pages on the Partner Portal . Please ensure you are signed into the portal and click on the Community link in the left hand navigation. You will need to select the Resources tab to get access to the 2009 logo. Use...
2 Jan 2009
Have you signed up to the SME News Feed?
Add value to your website with a Small Business news feed! Around 50 SBSC partners have already taken us up this offer to add value to their websites and promote repeat visits with a free news feed. Simple to setup, the feed allows you to offer your customers the very latest small business related news...
30 Mar 2009
Subscribe to the UK SBSC Newsletter
Our statistics show that there are a large number of SBSC partners out there who are not subscribing to the UK SBSC newsletter. Are you one of them? You have to opt in to receive it so sign up now. Simply click here to sign up. The SBSC Newsletter provides a great overview of news that matters most to...
14 Jan 2009
Internet Marketing - Advice from an expert
There's an interesting article posted on the True Business - real life for small businesses blog which shares some marketing advice from Phil Ledger of Ledger Bennett , a rather marketing agency in Milton Keynes. The article highlight's Ledger's advice on why you should consider reinvestigating...
18 Dec 2008
Introducing our new Partner Programme Videocasts
Microsoft have just launched a series of videocasts to kick start your knowledge of the Microsoft Partner Programme and to help you get the most value from your partnership. All videocasts are accessible on our brand new Partner Player — you simply pick the videos you want to watch, be that...
7 Nov 2008
Order hard copies of the SBS and EBS 2008 customer brochures
Printed versions of the Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 customer brochures, plus folder wallets, are now available to order. The brochures aim to provide customers with the key content required to make purchasing decisions. They also feature a whole page...
13 Jul 2009
Generate leads with our free Small Business Server Marketing Materials - download now!
Microsoft have just finished putting final touches to a new campaign for partners that will help you target small businesses with Small Business Server (SBS). The campaign centres around manager stereotypes which align to the problems customers experience, and then match the features of SBS to...
19 May 2009
Download updated small business brochures
A while ago we told you about small business customer facing brochure which acts as a 20 minute small business guide to IT. We have now updated this document to reference Windows Small Business Server 2008. To download the PDF document, click here . We also have another small business focused document...
10 Mar 2009
Top 10 Money Saving Tips
Considering that many SBSC partners run small businesses themselves, the following article recently posted on Microsoft's Small Business customer facing blog recently highlighting ten top money saving tips might be of interest to you. Time is money, and in the current economic climate every small business...
9 Dec 2008
Digital Content Direct: save time, increase customer satisfaction and increase sales
Microsoft has recently announced Digital Content Direct , a free service that allows you to have the latest Microsoft product information embedded in your website. Digital Content Direct has been created for partners who like to highlight or promote Microsoft products on their website. This free service...
1 Dec 2008
Incorporate a Small Business news feed on your website
There is now an exciting new tool available to SBSC partners that allows you to incorporate a Small Business news feed on your website. This news feed is a free and automated small business news feed, courtesy of Microsoft’s Small Business Centre. This free feed, with RSS functionality, is available...
22 Dec 2008
Power Through the Downturn - Drive you way to better deals!
We wanted to advise you all of an initiative Microsoft is driving to address head-on some of the challenges we know you are facing right now in the mid-market space. No-one is immune to the economic pressures in the market, and we are all feeling the impact of reduced customer spending in some form....
5 Feb 2009
Microsoft are looking for case studies on SBS 2008
We are looking to put together some customer case studies around Small Business Server 2008. These are two page documents with information on the customer / business that adopted SBS 2008 and how SBS 2008 has helped their company. Essentially we would like to know the key benefits it has...
19 Feb 2009
SBSC Toolkit - What's Coming?
Our Corporate team have recently updated me on what's coming in the November update of the SBSC Toolkit. It's theme is around Windows Essential Server Solutions (WESS). As part of the kit you will get: Windows Small Business Server 2008 STANDARD - Exchange Server 2007 Standard, Windows SharePoint...
20 Oct 2008
Earlier today I posted a reminder about our SBSC User Group tour to deliver WESS readiness and training out to our partners. Ahead of these meetings I thought I'd give you all a little bit more information on ResourceIT , the external company who are coming along to each meeting to deliver a generic...
8 Oct 2008
Generate Revenue from Open Value
Microsoft has made available to partners new sales materials to help you generate revenue from selling Open Value agreements into the 5 to 500 PC market. The Open Value programme is for small to medium-size organisations with at least five desktop PCs to use and manage Microsoft software licences under...
9 Dec 2008
Business Advisor Podcasts now available
In light of the current economic downturn, Microsoft has created the Business Advisor podcast series which discusses business issues of relevance to all partners and features guidance from Microsoft executives, independent business experts and other partners. The first four Business Advisor podcasts...
12 Feb 2009
SBS 2008 & EBS 2008 Customer Brochures: Download today
With our humble apologies for the delay, we are delighted to advise that the Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Customer facing brochures are now available for partners to download. Despite the wait, we hope you will be pleased with the finished article and...
28 May 2009
Power Through the Downturn- “Every Last Drop” Marketing Campaign Available Now
Getting the most out of technology investment is the main priority for many organisations right now, especially as they’re under more pressure than ever to save money. The second phase of the Power Through the Downturn campaign, entitled "Every Last Drop" focuses on helping customers...
27 Apr 2009
Small Business Cashflow Guide
It doesn’t matter how much your business sells. If you can’t pay the bills, you’re bust. So how do smart firms keep the cash flowing? There is now a Small Business Cashflow Guide PDF available for download that you can share with your small business customers to guide them in this area...
4 May 2009
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