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May, 2012

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    Announcing the Microsoft Dynamics FY12 Q4 ERP SMB Customer Addition Contest


    To continue driving a successful close to Microsoft Fiscal Year 2012, our US Microsoft Dynamics partner programs team is excited to announce the FY12 Q4 Microsoft Dynamics ERP SMB Customer Addition contest.

    You could win* one of the following prizes for your qualifying FY12 Q4 Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, or Microsoft Dynamics SL customer additions:

    • Twelve (12) Grand Prizes: Samsung Series 7 Slate Notebook
    • Six (6) First Prizes: $500 American Express Gift Card

    Follow these links to complete three easy steps to enter:

    1. Register in the Sales Professional Community by June 1, 2012.
    2. Close as many volume customers as you can who meet the contest eligibility requirements by June 22, 2012.
    3. Assign Your Customers in VOICE by July 1, 2012.

    *Contest open only to authorized reps in the Microsoft Dynamics Sales Professional Community in the West, Central, or East U.S. Microsoft Dynamics sales regions. Game ends 6/22/12. For full contest details, see Official Rules.

    Happy selling!


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    Microsoft Dynamics FY12 Q4 New Offers for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Existing Customers


    Our Microsoft Dynamics Existing Customer Marketing Team shares this important update regarding two new offers available in the United States and Canada.

    • Microsoft Dynamics ERP User Offer
    • Microsoft Dynamics ERP Business Ready Licensing (BRL) Module Offer

    Now is a great time to connect with your customers and talk to them about expanding their ERP solution with these two special offers.

    Microsoft Dynamics ERP User Offer

    Effective May 1, 2012 through the end of the business day June 22, 2012 Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, and Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 customers can receive up to a 20% discount off of Microsoft’s standard list price for additional user licenses purchases. Customers on AX 2012 can receive up to the greater of a 20% discount or the applicable volume discount built into the Business Value Licensing (BVL) price list.

    What’s more, they only have to purchase a minimum of 2 licenses to be eligible for the discount.

    Microsoft Dynamics ERP Business Ready Licensing (BRL) Module Offer

    Effective May 1, 2012 through the end of the business day on June 22, 2012, eligible Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 customers can receive up to a 15% discount off of Microsoft’s standard list price for a la carte module licenses.

    For complete offer details please visit PartnerSource


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    Customer Effective Accesses New Markets and Minimizes Sales Cycles by Leveraging the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace


    A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Christian Lindberg, Solution Sales & Marketing, Microsoft Dynamics Partner Team.

    Listing its solution called Customer Effective: FinServ for Microsoft Dynamics CRM on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace brings a steady stream of new business opportunities to Customer Effective. Mike Rogers, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Customer Effective, explains, “We receive an average of eight new contacts per month through our Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace listing. Of those, an average of four turn into qualified leads and engage with us in conversations about their goals and visions for the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM in their business.”

    “Through the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, we hear from many people in micro-vertical market segments, so we can effectively increase our exposure and visibility in certain areas,” says Rogers. “The potential purchasers tend to be extremely sophisticated. They need to meet highly specific requirements within budget constraints.” In pursuing the new business that the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace generates for Customer Effective, the company’s sales representatives find that they can significantly shorten the sales cycle. “By effectively aligning customer needs and our solution offering, starting with an introduction through the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace, we can cut the sales cycle in half, from six to eight months down to two to three months,” states Rogers. “We can increase our sales volume, and customers receive their solution sooner. Everybody wins!”

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    Microsoft Dynamics Marketing Service Bureau Special Offer – Nurture Butterfly Trial


    The US Microsoft Dynamics marketing team is excited to announce another great offer for partners from one of the Marketing Services Bureau vendors.

    The Nurture Butterfly Platform has Expanded!

    Try our latest features and content FREE for 15 days

    Nurture Butterfly is a complete social media and email marketing solution specifically for Microsoft partners. You can be up and running in under an hour. Ready made Tweets and Facebook status updates let you sustain an effective social + email marketing program in under 30 minutes per week! Includes training and support.

    NEW! Email Social Digests

    If you are like most businesses on the web today, the number of Facebook fans and Twitter followers you have pales in comparison to the number of email addresses you have. Social Digests meld email with your social marketing efforts. A digest is a collection of the most recent messages that you have posted to social media sites. This collection is assembled into an email message and sent every week to your email list. By contacting people with email, it reminds them of the social conversation and directs them back to that conversation for further engagement. Think of it as an alternative or in addition to your email newsletter!

    NEW! Obtain Leads with Social Promotions

    Finally - a way to use social media for lead capture. With Butterfly Publisher you can provide special, time and quantity limited, group deals and high value content that captures emails automatically. Social Promotions let you provide incentives that generate social referrals and the growth of your networks!

    Please access PartnerSource for complete offer details and pricing information.


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    Kati Unplugged: ERP Cloud Recipe for Success—Go Vertical!


    Countdown to the Cloud banner

    A Blog Series for Microsoft Dynamics Partners by Kati Hvidtfeldt, US Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Lead.

    Kati color 2004Conventional business wisdom preaches differentiation. A solid strategy to move ahead of the pack in the ERP cloud-based solutions business is to become the go-to provider in a specific vertical or segment. This can be accomplished through strategic partnering, as discussed in earlier Kati Unplugged posts, or by developing services and add-ons based on deep industry knowledge. In this week’s blog Microsoft Dynamics Partner Technology Advisor Dan Youngers explains why customers choose companies that offer vertical solutions—and why going vertical can help Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners compete in the cloud.


    Microsoft Dynamics partners are often on the receiving end of a common mantra: Go vertical. From our 30,000-foot view of Microsoft Dynamics ERP partners, we’ve noticed that those whose numbers are consistently strongest are those who are meeting the needs of vertical markets. And a closer look shows us that many of those companies are more profitable, too. Offering cloud-based solutions can help partners stay ahead of the competitive curve, but adding an industry focus can really help partners move ahead.

    Here are five reasons why going vertical can help your business deliver the best value and customer experience—along with higher win rates and profit margins.

    1. Referrals: Most software purchase decisions are heavily influenced by referrals. By focusing on a specific vertical your business can build its expertise and shine as a leading industry solutions provider.

    2. Trust: Solution providers that demonstrate industry knowledge through spot-on vertical solutions and educated sales discussions show that they know exactly what prospects need, reducing buyer fear, uncertainty and doubt.

    3. Lead qualification: Understanding a specific industry gives businesses insights into the prospect landscape. By getting to know the reputations of your prospects, including their financial solvency, you’ll be in a better position to prioritize leads based on which businesses are “players” and which ones may not be able to afford your solution.

    4. Efficiency: A typical customer doesn’t want to spend time educating sales and support people on the universal needs of the industry. Focusing on a specific industry lets your business offer the best value for your customers—and best margins for your business—by reducing your sales and marketing investments in messaging, demo development and collateral, and by developing a support staff knowledgeable in the common industry ISVs and configurations.

    5. Loyalty: Industry expertise equals a better customer experience through faster implementations and added value, like industry-specific reports and role-tailored dashboards. And that leads to long-term relationships.

    Going vertical is really a process of reinventing your business—a daunting proposition. But the payoff is increased wins, shortened sales cycles and better profits. What business can walk away from that?

    To learn more about how to incorporate cloud-based solutions into your business plans visit the Microsoft Dynamics Countdown to the Cloud page on PartnerSource. Go to for resources that demonstrate to customers how Microsoft Dynamics ERP cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions can benefit their businesses.

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    Are You on Track? Be A Part of 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club and Inner Circle Partner Recognition Programs


    With two months remaining in Microsoft Fiscal Year 2012, now is the time to review your progress toward recognition within two of Microsoft Dynamics prestigious partner programs.

    The 2012 Partner Recognition Program for Microsoft Dynamics recognizes our top Microsoft Dynamics partners for their exceptional FY12 performance. To achieve 2012 President’s Club for Microsoft Dynamics, partners must demonstrate a strong combination of revenue or customer adds, plus license growth.

    A small number of strategic partners from across the globe will be invited to be part of the 2012 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics based on their stellar sales performance in FY12. Partners will qualify to be considered for Inner Circle based on performance and those who have demonstrated consistent business leadership and strategic impact on the growth and success of the Dynamics business.

    Check Your Current Progress

    1. Navigate into PartnerSource >> VOICE.
    2. Within VOICE choose Scorecard >> Sales Summary
    3. At the Sales Summary Scorecard select these options:
      1. Performance Area: Recognition
      2. View sales for: Select “My Location” for President’s Club results and select “Organization” for Inner Circle results.

    For more information, including detailed requirements and FAQ’s, please visit PartnerSource.


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