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  • Blog Post: PR Opportunity! Technology Adoption & Small Businesses

    We have yet another PR opportunity for SBSC partners to take advantage of... The small business team are currently commissioning a series of small guides/whitepapers. One of these guides is on how adopting technology can make a huge change to the way small businesses work – a recent example being...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft need your case studies

    We have a unique opportunity for partners to provide case studies that Microsoft will fund. See below for the criteria and details on how you can get involved: What are we looking for? 50-250 users Products the customer must be using. It can be one or more than one as long as it is the latest version...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Partners Promoted in the Microsoft UK's Smart Business Customer Newsletter

            In this month's August edition of Microsoft UK's "Smart Business Newsletter", SBSC partners were highlighted as experts in the "buying and licensing" section.  SBSC partners were listed as Microsoft partners qualified to specifically deal with the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Ask the Experts mentioned in the Small Business Centre Blog

    The other week I wrote a post about two of our SBSC partners taking on the role as "Ask the Experts" for the Microsoft's customer facing small business website. I'm now pleased to share with you the blog post that directed small business customers to the articles and called our our partners...
  • Blog Post: Generate sales leads with Microsoft Pinpoint

    Microsoft Pinpoint is a new lead generation tool that customers can use to find the solutions you offer. Launching in June, it will replace Solution Finder/Partner Marketplace in due course and offers an easy-to-use interface, customer ratings, reviews and partner spotlight features. We recommend you...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Promoted in Windows Vista SMB Supplement

    At a number of the recent WESS launch User Group meetings I have talked about how using PR and case studies as a tool can raise the profile of Small Business Specialist partners. I had mentioned to some that a couple of SBSC partners recently contributed to an SMB supplement that has gone out in a number...
  • Blog Post: Download the SBSC customer facing data sheets now

    As part of the SBSC Customer Awareness campaign Microsoft have recently embarked on, we wanted to make you aware of some great new customer data sheets that Microsoft will be using at small business customer events to ensure small business customers utilise the expertise of SBSC partners. What's more...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 2nd Windows Vista Small Business Challenges Supplement heavily promotes SBSC!

    Remember the SMB Supplement that was focused on a Windows Vista Small Business Challenges campaign and competition? It called out SBSC partners and was distributed in big name magazine publications including Vista Magazine, What Laptop, PC Plus, Computer Arts, 3D World and .NET magazine. In total these...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Partners Promoted to 800,000 Small Business Contacts!

    Thought you may be interested to hear about a direct email that Microsoft sent out to 800,000 small business customers today. In it Microsoft addressed "How to adapt and succeed in the downturn..." and clearly called out SBSC partners as the partner of choice to assist small business customers and highlighted...
  • Blog Post: Office Live Partner Directory – promote your services today

    Do you offer a service or solution that enhances a Microsoft® Office Live Small Business account? Then submit a listing to the Office Live Small Business Partner Directory and give the nearly one million subscribers of Microsoft Office Live Small Business access to your business information—a...
  • Blog Post: SBSC Partner Required to contribute to a mini whitepaper

    Microsoft are currently producing the next article in our series of mini-whitepapers for small businesses. We’re looking for a partner to comment and add some helpful advice. Specifically, we’d like a partner who can talk about: Any evidence of companies getting their first server and seeing...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Blog from Microsoft : Don't put your trust in ‘Some IT guy'

    Microsoft's customer facing Small Business Blog has recently posted about SBSC partners... have a look for yourself... Don't put your trust in ‘Some IT guy' Look for a Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist. You might trust your neighbour to give you advice on buying a car and your partner...
  • Blog Post: Presenting the NEW SBSC customer awareness materials

    A number of partners have fed back to Microsoft that they would like us to do more to promote the SBSC channel out to small business customers. As a result, we have recently undertaken a project to build some creative materials to help small business customers understand why they should choose to enlist...
  • Blog Post: Remember the SMB Insights Survey you participated in?

    Remember the SMB Insights Survey you participated in back in February? Well, we do apologise for the delay in sharing this with you but are now pleased to be able to show where/ how the insight was used. On 25th March Microsoft published a press release entitled Microsoft Study Shows SMBs Using Technology...
  • Blog Post: Promote yourself - Become an "Ask the Expert"

    The Small Business Centre often receives customer queries on technology issues that are answered by ‘Experts’ – often internal experts but sometimes partners as well. A handful of SBSC partners have already put themselves forward and participated and we’d like to ask for more...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the NEW SBSC customer facing web page

    Many SBSC partners have fed back that they would like to see Microsoft do more to promote the SBSC partner channel to small businesses. As a result we have engaged SBSC partners in a number of PR opportunities to promote the channel. Alongside this we have recently undertaken a project help build some...
  • Blog Post: Important: SBSC Survey Deadline extended to 13th February

    Our colleagues at Microsoft Corp in the USA have kindly extended out the deadline for the SBSC Survey to this Friday! If you have already completed the survey - a very big THANK YOU! The UK still needs more responses in order to have meaningful data to drive PR... If you haven't completed it please do...
  • Blog Post: Want Publicity?

    Want to be known? Want some publicity?... Let's create some buzz about your company and the SBSC partner channel using PR! I've spoken to many SBSC partners about how we (Microsoft and the SBSC partner channel) can work collectively to build awareness of the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC...
  • Blog Post: You have spoken... we are listening: First 6 Month Review of the SBSC in the UK

      You have spoken...    We are listening... As we enter a new calendar year, and approach a midyear check point in Microsoft’s financial year, now is as good a time as any to reflect on the Small Business Specialist Community (SBSC) and what we have achieved in 2008. Over the past...
  • Blog Post: SBSC gets Coverage in Making Money Magazine

    Recently Robert Epstein, who is the Business Lead for Small and Medium Business at Microsoft, did an interview with Making Money Magazine. This magazine is aimed at business start-ups, franchise owners etc. Robert was interviewed for an article which encourages small and medium businesses to consider...
  • Blog Post: Check out SBSC Partner’s Windows 7 Video case study

    We had to highlight this Windows 7 Video case study from UK SBSC partner, Netlink IT. This video is focused around Netlink IT and it's client, The Health & Safety Partnership, on how Windows 7 Professional has made an impact on their businesses. Many thanks to Richard Tubb from Netlink IT for rolling...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: PR Tips from a fellow SBSC partner

    At a number of recent SBSC user group meetings, whereby Microsoft ran sessions in preparation for the launch of SBS and EBS 2008, we talked about the huge opportunities to utilise PR to drive awareness of your company and the SBSC brand. Did you know that the Microsoft Partner Portal is able to offer...