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In memory of Brooke Webb Smith, Founder of Channel Marketing Alliance, all of you nominated a group of incredible marketers who demonstrate an enthusiasm for learning, sharing knowledge and a passion for the art of marketing! The 2019 award nominees were Adrianne Machina , Amy Spencer , Barbara Pfeiffer , Brianne Van Reenen , Chelsea Schlepp , Jon Rivers , Julie Flaherty , Lindy Belley , Michelle Glennie , Natalie Jackson and Richard Lee . Here is an idea of the types of things their peers said about this group of nominees: “Whether it's strategy, career, advice, data, or tactics, it is clear that she would like to see her fellow ...
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Hello, Microsoft is looking forward to seeing you at UG Summit North America! As part of your conference experience, we have a unique opportunity for you to meet directly with the Microsoft Dynamics product team.    During the conference, the Microsoft Dynamics product team will be conducting the following sessions - Sign-up now to secure your spot! D365 Customer Engagement Roundtable: Are you using Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement? What are the challenges you've encountered or the pitfalls you've been surprised by? What successes are you seeing? If you are a CEO, CIO, CMO, CFO or equivalent at a customer organization, attend this session ...
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The whole idea of a user group is fundamentally simple: Find people who do what you do and share knowledge to better your workday. Thank you for building an incredible commonwealth of shared Microsoft Business Applications platform experience and connections. Our Story The value of our user group communities is based on the official founding in 2004, when a small group of CIOs discovered great benefit in sharing knowledge and experiences about their ongoing system and business strategies. Over the last 15 years, together we’ve grown to 10+ user group communities including the PowerApps User Group in 2018. What’s Next We are excited ...
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Microsoft is seeking organizational decision-makers for a group discussion about experiences with or interest in customer reference programs. Whether you currently participate in a formal business-to-business (B2B) reference program, informally provide reference calls to other decision-makers you know, write reviews, or are simply interested in the prospect of providing others with your unique insights, this discussion is for you! To be considered for participation, please provide your feedback to research recruiters at: https://www.mdcresearch.com/ugsummit20
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As we roll into October, there are signs of the fall season everywhere you turn here in North Dakota. The change of seasons for many – including me – is a time for reflection. And it’s also a time to look forward to one of the more intense months of the year for our community.   In our early years, October meant Summit was finally here. For most folks back then, Summit in October embodied the entirety of their user group life. Thankfully, we are vibrant today because a core group of like-minded users of Microsoft’s myriad of enterprise business systems found value in connecting with each other to share. We’ve always cherished a core group that viewed this ...
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Do You Deserve a Referral?

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If you were a client of your organization – would you give your company a referral?  It’s in interesting question.  Today’s business world relies on referrals.  Over the years I’ve asked partners in the Dynamic ERP space on how they find clients – the number one answer is referrals .  It’s true, partners depend on referrals – it’s a faster and easier sale.  Not sure if it’s an updated fact – but I heard the statistic years ago:  it’s 5 times easier to close business from a referral.  I also read a Nielsen report saying 83% of us turn to others they trust for recommendations.  That pretty much sums it up! Let’s face it, we don’t make ...
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Dynamic Communities is raising awareness for three important charities during their annual event. Tampa (FL) – For the first time ever Dynamic Communities, a business management organization that develops and supports technology-centric user groups, is partnering with three charities at User Group Summit North America . These organizations appearing at the conference are Camaraderie Foundation, Mindshift, and Think Big for Kids. User Group Summit North America is Dynamic Communities’ annual conference for users of the Microsoft Business Applications platform, which includes Dynamics and the Power Platform. The conference starts October 15 and lasts ...
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Connect, grow, retain and so much more Staying up-to-date and embracing the changing strategies of Microsoft alone can be a challenge. Add in the quarterly goals related to growing your business, exposing your brand, recruiting, and retaining staff, there is no shortage in items to cover as a business leader and it can be daunting to balance. That’s why attending eXtreme365 is key for someone in a leadership role like you. How attending eXtreme365 can help This year, eXtreme365 is coming to Orlando, Florida, October 13-16, to not only provide the face - time with Microsoft leadership but a rare chance to be surrounded by leaders just like ...
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Take time now to save even more time later The growing pace of change across Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform can seem intimidating at times, bringing the challenge to find ways to gain more product knowledge and optimize your practice at just as high of pace. eXtreme365 makes it possible as the essential technical conference for the Microsoft Business Applications partner community. How attending eXtreme365 can help eXtreme365 is focused on helping you navigate the changes to stay ahead. Dynamics 365 partners attend eXtreme365 for partner-only education focused on technical and go-to-market sales readiness, with sessions ...
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Keep up or fall behind It can easily feel that every time you turn a corner, there’s a change in the world of marketing or in the world of Microsoft. With the latest abundance of tools to choose from, new roadmaps to learn about and targeting your next round of customers, we get that finding the time needed to take it all in and move it forward is a constant challenge.   How attending eXtreme365 can help eXtreme365 is focused on providing you the education needed to help you stay ahead. Dynamics 365 partners attend eXtreme365 for partner-first education focused on technical and go-to-market sales readiness, with sessions led by industry ...
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How can I get my product into more people’s hands? How can I ensure it’s the right hands? What steps do I need to take in order to keep up with the latest in Microsoft? How will these steps help me, my business or my clients? These are just some of the possible questions swirling around in your head as an ISV continuing to look to grow your business – and we understand it can be a challenge to keep up. How can attending eXtreme365 help? eXtreme365 is focused on helping you find these answers. Dynamics 365 partners attend eXtreme365 for partner-only education focused on technical and go-to-market sales readiness, with sessions ...
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Here's just one more reason to keep blogging! Be sure to register for my upcoming webinar on blogging.   Sign up here!  Renée Cormier has had a long standing passion for business and for helping others be the best they can be. She is a certified coach who shows you how to move forward and achieve growth in business and all other areas of life. Renée happily shares her business and personal development expertise through a variety of training and coaching programs that create unsurpassed value for her clientele. Would you like some help setting goals and getting things done better and faster than ever before?  Renée is also a published ...
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Put plenty of thought into your business planning and pay attention to the things marketers always do. Marketers understand the value of research, analysis and reflection in directing their efforts. Being thorough in your business research in the early planning stages makes your effort much more efficient. Taking the time to make these tactics part of your overall planning will ultimately save you a lot of time and money. Below are some things you can do to help you get a fuller understanding of the nature of your business so you can execute activities that will actually kick up your results a notch. Conduct a Competitive Analysis:  Understanding ...
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Blogging is critical to your marketing effort.Follow my Eight part series to learn why you should be blogging. By the way, Channel Marketing Alliance has asked me to host a webinar about blogging.  You can sign up here!  About Me: Renée Cormier is a certified coach who shows you how to move forward and achieve growth in business and all other areas of life. Renée happily shares her business and personal development expertise through a variety of training and coaching programs that create unsurpassed value for her clientele. Would you like some help setting goals and getting things done? Get access to unlimited coaching services for ...
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Here's the first of eight reasons why you should still be blogging.  I'll be hosting a webinar on blogging with Channel Marketing Alliance in October. Sign up here! Renée Cormier is a certified coach who shows you how to move forward and achieve growth in business and all other areas of life. Renée happily shares her business and personal development expertise through a variety of training and coaching programs that create unsurpassed value for her clientele. Would you like some help setting goals and getting things done? Get access to unlimited coaching services for a flat fee! Contact Renée for details .
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So, I went to my 30 th high school reunion a few weekends ago.  I learned something very interesting during this event.  Not only was it interesting how people have changed and “matured”, but it was also interesting learning about what others do and explaining what I do to them. It’s very easy for someone to say, “I am a real estate attorney, I work for the post office, I am a plastic surgeon.”  The facial expressions received when it comes to saying “I am a Sales and Marketing executive for a Microsoft partner” are quite interesting.  Some of the questions received: “You work for a what?”, “Oh you work for Microsoft”, “Oh is that fun?” I had to put my ...
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Social media offers business owners a cost-effective way to reach their customers and prospects that is both engaging and profitable. Public relations professionals use social media to help manage the public’s perception of a brand, and marketers understand that social media creates the perfect opportunity to develop brand awareness and remain top of mind so that people will remember you when they need you. The process of accomplishing your marketing and communications objectives through social media is not entirely complicated, but it does require a certain level of expertise and understanding of how to maximize the opportunity before you. Below are some ...
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Microsoft Dynamics AX has been a robust enterprise resource planning tool, but like every digital tool, it needs maintenance. It’s natural for a system to start experiencing errors after years of configurations, updates and the accumulation of data. What can you do to extend the life of your Dynamics AX system, squeezing out every bit of performance until your company decides it’s time to migrate to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations? Get the most out of your current system by taking advantage of our tips below. 1. Clean up Inventory Settlement Tables To minimize errors and keep your system running at optimal speed, we recommend that you keep the ...
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eXtreme365 North America is the place to be this October for any Microsoft Business Applications partner. Here are just a few of the compelling reasons why you simply must register to attend: Attend and reap all the educational benefits of this year’s eXtreme partner event, focused on Executive, Sales and Marketing, and Technical roles. View the session line-up Choose 1 of 5 all-day Dynamics 365 certification exam crash/cram courses offered on Sunday, October 13 th Take the Certification Exam onsite on Monday or Tuesday while the material is still top of mind, for 50% off the normal exam fee – offer exclusive to eXtreme365 North America attendees ...
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