Partner Relationship Management Software [PRM]

A Partner management tool built for growing partnership teams. And driving revenue.

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Easily engage partners across the entire journey

A Partner Management Platform Software [PRM] that has it all.

  • From Partner Enablement and Training
  • Account mapping along with Intent Data overlaps
  • Marketing Collaboration & MDF
  • Deal Registration, Referral, & Affiliate tracking, 
  • to Goal Tracking, Tier attainment and payout.

Everything you need in a simple to use, elegantly designed user experience.
With Free Implementation, 6 Mo ROI guarantee and Quality Customer Support

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Onboard, train & certify partners with ease

  • Enable partners to submit applications through the portal and review status of applications.; All agreements and documentation live within the partner portal for easy access.
  • Create and publish partner enablement resources by partner tier, level of engagement or performance.
  • Create certification courses within Torchlite or integrate seamlessly with your preferred LMS or sales enablement platform.

Manage co-marketing programs, lead distribution, and deal flow

  • Automate channel marketing  journeys to drive revenue.
  • Simplify deal registration and deal tracking.
  • Use personalized link tracking to measure marketing efforts.
  • Surface partner performance through robust CRM Integration
    (Salesforce and HubSpot).

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  • View account mapping along with Intent data-driven insights.
  • Identify opportunities and trigger request workflows.
  • Build and automate marketing campaigns using proven playbooks to move leads and opportunities faster through the pipeline.
  • Track activity to ensure teams are following up and working leads.

Track partner performance and sales attribution

  • View individual partner performance or by partner tier.
  • Filter and view partners by tier, quota and performance to quota.
  • Track total referrals, sourced revenue and level of engagement in real-time.
  • View standard and customized reports built for your team

Torchlite is a full Partner Relationship Management [PRM] Platform designed to scale your partner program in inventive ways. Scale quantity, types, tiers or simply accelerate partner performance. Available with tools like; onboarding and certification, Affiliate and Deal Registration, internal and external Partner Portals, Account Mapping with CrossBeam, Co-Marketing and Co-Selling, even numerous integrations.

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Partner Relationship Management: How Software Fuels Success

Most businesses know the value of partnering with other organizations. Partner programs provide a plethora of possible benefits, including increased referrals, amplified marketing efforts, and more. But how can a company use partner relationship management to create a successful business? And can a partnership management strategy really make that much of a difference for your bottom line?

At Torchlite, we know the answer to this question is a resounding “yes.” The trick, though, is developing a good partner management framework—and having the tools to support it. That’s exactly what we’ll cover in the following article: PRM (partner relationship management) software, and why your partner strategy benefits from using it. We’ll answer questions such as:

  • What is partner relationship management and what are the components involved in it?
  • How can I improve my relationship management with my partner through software?
  • What should I look for in a PRM software solution for my organization?

We hope this article teaches you how to vet PRM software and how to better run your PRM strategy as a whole. Speaking of strategy, the first step to understanding PRM software is laying out all the crucial pieces of partner management—then knowing how software can support them. Let’s start with:

What Is the Purpose of PRM?

Partner relationship Management [PRM] exists to support, amplify, and ensure the success of your partnerships with other organizations. Partnering can take many forms—resellers, affiliates, co-marketers, and more—but no matter what type of partnership you form, each requires regular care to benefit both parties. Most businesses know this in theory, but quickly fall victim to the ever-evolving complexity of partner management.

Once you have more than one partner program going, it becomes…

  • …harder to maintain constant, thorough communication with each partner.
  • …tougher to track the unique terms for each partnership, and when to renegotiate them.
  • …increasingly important to track partner attribution—but increasingly difficult as well.

Together, these three form the crux of partner management: properly balancing communication and financial information for multiple relationships. What does a partner manager do when they’ve got to keep track of so many moving parts—for the benefit of their company as well as their partners? That’s where software really makes a difference. Automation, consolidation, and data distillation are all critical when handling the complex role of partner management. Speaking of, let’s delve a little deeper into:

Partner Management Roles and Responsibilities

A partner manager has a simple role in theory: manage an organization’s partnerships. However, doing this requires wearing many hats and fulfilling a wide range of responsibilities.

First, let’s talk about that hat selection. A partner manager, at any moment, may have to play the role of:

  • Business liaison
  • Comms facilitator
  • Data analyst
  • Educator
  • Finance reporter
  • Negotiator
  • Operations director
  • Salesperson
  • And much more!

If that sounds like a lot, it’s because well, it is. And it probably goes without saying, but each of those roles has their own unique set of functions they provide. We won’t list all of them, but here are just a few of the things partner managers might have to do in their day-to-day jobs:

  • Send updates to partners about new business goals
  • Provide resources, training, or support to any number of partners
  • Sell potential partners on the idea of forming a partnership
  • Train new partners on shared resources and program details
  • Coordinate with their sales and marketing team on partner program initiatives
  • Prove the value of each partnership to leadership teams through reporting

Needless to say, keeping all of these roles organized can be quite the challenge. Having a good strategy for tackling all of these elements is critical not just for the success of your partner programs, but their survival as well. As a partner manager, one of the toughest things is making sure each partner gets the proper attention, communication, and support to flourish. This is especially tough because a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work for every partner. Each organization a partner manager works with has different needs, schedules, and partnership goals.

While each partner program will be unique, having a solid strategy to start with simplifies the process. Keep reading to learn more about PRM strategy best practices and how a software should support you.

What Is the Best PRM Strategy?

Building a sound partnership relationship management strategy involves nine key phases—almost all of which benefit greatly from the support of a software solution. As you read through each of these phases, keep in mind that this process is not necessarily linear and you may have to revisit some of these phases multiple times—or even slightly alter the order, depending on what makes sense for your organization.

  1. Define your goals. As a business, you need to know who you’re seeking to partner with, but more importantly, your reasons for partnering with them. How will you benefit from working with them, and how will they benefit in return? These will be the questions on the mind of not just your hopeful partners, but your teammates and your leadership team as well.
  2. Identify potential partners. Look for organizations that will align with your goals, help you reach your target market, and will enhance your business offerings in some way. Technology partners, referral partners, distributors, and co-sellers are just a few of the possibilities.
  3. Create a partner agreement. While it may help to have a starting template, it’s important to remember that every partnership will be slightly different, with different terms, incentives, resources, and any number of other variables. Here, a solution like Torchlite is invaluable: it allows you to form individual channels for each partner and outline the details of your unique agreement with them. This sets you up perfectly for the following phase, which is to…
  4. Set up a partner portal. You and your partners each need a way to quickly access resources, track progress, and communicate with each other. While email might suffice for one or two partners, a flooded inbox quickly gets tough to stay on top of. Not only that, but a program like Torchlite takes comms a step further than email—by automating certain communications and announcements on a schedule. You can rest easy knowing that your partners will know key information when it counts, such as company updates or when their contract is up for renewal.
  5. Compile training and enablement resources. As you add new organizations to your partner portfolio, they’ll need access to a wide variety of materials depending on the nature of your partnership. Marketing materials, training videos, and vision/mission statements are some examples of relevant resources. If you’ve set up a partner portal through a software solution like Torchlite, sharing any number of those resources becomes a lot simpler.
  6. Establish a measurement and reporting system. The ability to share data on each partnership is invaluable. Accurate reporting shows partners why working together benefits you both, and it also helps communicate to your leadership team what partnerships are bringing to your organization. Financial reports, client conversions, referrals—all of which are possible through a PRM software solution—make measuring and reporting that much richer in detail. 
  7. Decide on your incentives. Partnerships can provide more reward than simple, transactional benefits. Try to find ways that your business can sweeten the deal for partners. Commemorate milestones, celebrate certain goals, and offer incentives that only your organization can provide. And thanks to Torchlite’s smooth integration with CRM platforms, you’re able to track incentives in the same channel your partner receives them.
  8. Promote continual engagement. Forming a new partnership is not an end, but a beginning—a time to set standards and expectations, especially around communication. If you’re in constant, intentional contact with each partner, they will feel both valued and informed about your business relationship. Share relevant information like marketing efforts, business campaigns, and milestone progress—all in the same channel.
  9. Prioritize constant improvement. No PRM process is perfect, even when executed well. Create space for your partnerships to grow and evolve, and provide feedback to support your decisions. Needless to say, the last thing you want is to be limited by the tools at your disposal. Many PRM programs struggle not because their strategy is poor, but because their software tools inhibit what is possible. Torchlite exists to solve that problem—with a software solution of “Simply Intelligent” design: a sophisticated, flexible design with a dynamic, adaptive workflow (see below). Set up each channel with the processes you need and the software integrations to make it work seamlessly for your operations.
Flexible and scalable architecture creates a structure that can grow with any partnership

As previously stated, each phase of PRM will require refinement, revisiting, and retooling as your partner programs progress. In some cases, the process may be nonlinear; for example, you might need to revamp your channel creation procedures, or rethink your incentive program. But regardless of when and how you approach each step, it’s much easier to do with a software solution designed to support these functions. Using email and spreadsheets for your PRM strategy will only get you so far. Before long, these simple tools create a convoluted mess that’s near-impossible to organize—and your partnerships will suffer as a result. Having a good PRM solution, then, is not a matter of luxury but necessity.

What Is Partner Management Software?

Partner management software is a tool that aids with partner management by consolidating, automating, and recording partner programs as they unfold. PRM software should support each step of the PRM process smoothly, efficiently, and effectively. There are key features that PRM software needs—channel creation, resource management, and data reporting—but above all, it should be a solution that is adaptable to each partner program’s needs.

As you search for a PRM solution for your business, here are the critical traits to look out for:

  • Adaptability | The ability to change and grow with your PRM program, rather than hold it back
  • Customization | Creation of unique channels that better suit each individual partner
  • Integration | Easy incorporation into existing workflows, CRM platforms, and other softwares
  • Reporting | Collecting targeted intent data that makes communications easy and informative
  • Visibility | Full transparency for partners, leadership staff, and all adjacent departments (e.g. marketing, sales, operations)

A comprehensive solution like Torchlite will provide each of these traits and more—all through a platform that’s easy for both sides to navigate (see below). Keeping partner programs organized and consolidated not only makes PRM easier but improves your relationship with everyone in your portfolio.

Torchlite: The Best in PRM Software

For the best partner relationship management software on the market, look no further than Torchlite. Our software solution supports every step of the PRM process; we provide a flexible platform with customizable workflows—all translated through a user-friendly interface. Torchlite automates, consolidates, and simplifies PRM strategies for ease of operation. Your partners will also have full visibility into each aspect of your relationship, all without giving them access to your CRM or operations back-end.

With Torchlite illuminating your PRM portfolio, here are some of the things you can expect:

  • A single source of truth for your partners, leadership staff, and adjacent departments.
  • Clear communication of ROI through targeted intent data, financial reports, and more.
  • Seamless integration into CRM, POS, or any other acronymized software you use. 
  • Growth and evolution alongside your PRM program, changing smoothly with your strategy.

What is a partner relationship management plan without the tools to support it? Unfortunately, not much. But if you’ve got Torchlite in your toolbox, that’ll be the least of your worries. Book a demo today and see for yourself why we stand behind the powerful, intuitive, “Simply Intelligent” design of our PRM software solution. Partner management just got a lot easier for you.