Case Studies

With 6,000 IT and Telecoms suppliers, the UK market is a busy and fragmented one. Brand development, marketing and client engagement is the key differentiator to getting noticed, ensuring your business stands out from the crowd when you most need it.
Alongside this, technology and propositions are changing every day. Understanding how to align your brand to the right solutions and key messages for your target market is a complex task. Staying abreast of developments in your core sector without “chasing the shiny ball” of new and interesting technology, for an industry that is attracted to new and shiny things, is nigh on impossible.

Embedded IT have significant and practical experience in the development of marketing messaging for IT and Telecoms companies. We will independently work with your core business stakeholders to identify the direction you want to take, and align marketing activity and messaging to this direction to help keep you in the forefront of your target clients minds for all the right reasons. Embedded can:

  • Perform an initial audit of marketing team, collateral, web and social media, campaign plans and comment on the suitability for target market
  • Evaluate brand and identity to align to target market goals and business objectives
  • Look at Lead to Cash Sales process to identify bottleneck / under-performant processes and propose remedial actions

This relatively short piece of work can help with direction setting for business and marketing / sales teams, and can provoke appropriate debate to ensure core business messages are consistently adopted across all business teams.

IT and Telecoms are not short of opportunity to create interesting propositions. With new technologies being developed each day, and new business problems being identified even faster, aligning technology to business benefits can be a time consuming but high volume business.

Many IT and Telecoms suppliers however struggle with developing appropriate propositions to their target markets. With too much onus on technical speeds and feeds, and less understanding of core and tangible business benefits, IT and Telecoms Proposition Marketing can be more “byte” than “bite”, to the detriment of marketing conversion and performance metrics.

Embedded IT advise clients on their IT procurement processes, and as a result understand the language by which clients buy technology. The key to proposition marketing in this context is to create a number of different messages that match buyer persona, and industry, aligning non-technical messaging to specific job role or business based benefit. We take your core propositions and create content that supports messaging for your typical target market, delivering copy and suggested media to deliver the message to your prospects and clients in the most consumable form.
Embedded can:

  • Review existing collateral to identify appropriateness to the stated target audience
  • Develop new business level propositions to support sales and marketing objectives
  • Create content, copy, sales training materials, and other supporting detail to enable propositions to be delivered to internal and external audiences

Dependent on the complexity of proposition and the volume of work to support each one, this engagement can be a short or longer term project, tailored to work hand in hand with in-house marketing teams to meet budgetary expectations.

Management of technology vendors is a significant overhead for all IT and Telecoms service providers. Maintaining partner accreditations and levels, staying on top of the ever changing rules, understanding revenue and customer reference requirements etc. is a full time job for someone that does not naturally sit anywhere in a specific organisation. Vendor Management principles touch multiple teams within the organisation, and ownership can be a problem.

More importantly, losing your partner accreditation can hinder you from delivering services to your clients. Wrongly claiming your partner status can lead to serious consequences, at worst affecting brand value and status in the market, at best limiting your access to preferential pricing for the given technology.

Embedded Vendor Management is a service that manages your conformance to Vendor Partner programmes, maximising your relationship with a chosen Vendor. Providing regular reporting of compliance, alerting on changes in approach by the Vendor, and providing advice on how best to get the most from your partner programme, Embedded Vendor Management leverages expertise in Vendor Programmes to the benefit of the Service Provider. Embedded deliver tiered services that deliver monthly reporting on :

  • Partner level and conformance to requirements / risk of exposure
  • MDF performance and usage
  • Revenue achievement vs targets
  • Accreditation performance and plans
  • Sourcing / Procurement routes for a given technology, such as Distribution
  • Product and Service updates for a given Vendor, including notifications of changes in product collateral
  • Action plans and progress against plan

Improved visibility and control of partner levels will reduce the risk of non-compliance and ultimately lead to improved relationships with key technology vendors.

With the consolidation of the UK Channel, many suppliers are being asked to manage significantly broad and complex portfolios of technology and services. Convergent technologies across Voice, Data and Mobile, blurring layers between Application and Infrastructure, and complex delivery models from on-premise support to Cloud, or Reactive to Proactive Managed Services. With all of these multi-dimensional models, creating and maintaining a structured and pragmatic approach to portfolio and product management can be time consuming and complex.

Beyond the day to day portfolio, the downstream management of internal and external communications associated with changes in portfolio is an overhead most IT and Telecoms suppliers forget. Ensuring that the removal of a product from portfolio, or changes to pricing structures, are correctly briefed to market and sales teams is a task that no-one wants to perform, but not doing it can have catastrophic consequences. Portfolio management and alignment with marketing / sales has got to be the most important relationship within the IT Channel today.

Embedded IT have substantial best practice experience in the “art” of Portfolio Management for IT and Technology Suppliers. With the ability to take a complex group of technologies, and structure them in the best way consumable for your target market, Embedded can create a simple structure and process to manage changes in both technical and business level proposition marketing. Armed with this structure, we can create an “As Is” and “To Be” product roadmap, showing proposed changes to best align portfolio to your target marketing. Embedded will:

  • Perform an inventory of your current portfolio, and structure it to enable easy consumption
  • Identify state of readiness for each product within portfolio
  • Prioritise products within portfolio based on business agenda
  • Identify relevant gaps in portfolio to correctly address target market propositions
  • Create a headline roadmap of new products to be adopted, or existing products to be sunset, in line with business strategy

Deliverables for Portfolio Management can range from a simple audit / roadmap, to a more complex set of product and proposition literature to support focus portfolio items, dependent on requirements.

As a technology vendor, gaining access to a volume of clients is one the key success factors to the launch of your particular product. With only a finite amount of internal sales resource, focussing these resources on your priority clients, and using the Channel to access broader sales opportunities can expedite the success of your product and drive substantial revenue growth.

Identifying the right channel partners however can be complex. With 6,000 potential UK IT and Telecoms Channel Partners, as well as a variety of Distribution partners, it can be time consuming and resource sapping to find that perfect partner who can successfully embrace and represent your product to its target market sectors. Understanding the proposition, not just to the end client, but also to the channel partner can be difficult to achieve and slow down your successful launch.

Embedded IT hold relationships with hundreds of UK channel partners, and all of the major Distribution partners, to help you understand the best way to engage the UK IT and Telecoms Channel. By investing time up front to understand your product and client proposition, we can help build an engagement strategy that identifies UK channel partners to work with and where appropriate effect introductions to expedite sales.

Embedded will:

  • Understand your products target end client and identify the most efficient route to that market through the UK IT and Telecoms Channel
  • Establish a prioritised list of channel routes to market, potentially including Distribution options, to drive new sales in the most efficient manner
  • Assist in developing proposition and sales collateral to support your product launch through channel partners
  • Comment on the optimum partner programme / compensation schemes to drive adoption through the channel
  • Provide ongoing support of channel engagement, including introductions to key partners where appropriate.

By working with Embedded, your channel engagement strategy will drive optimum engagement and shortcut the significant overhead of navigating the complexities of such a diverse and fragmented route to market for your product.


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