Co-op Marketing Strategies: Building a Better Co-op/MDF Program

Co-op Marketing Strategies: Building a Better Co-op/MDF Program



Do you understand the key elements that lead to highly successful co-op marketing programs? Check out this presentation to get practical guidance on how to move your program forward.

Do you understand the key elements that lead to highly successful co-op marketing programs? Check out this presentation to get practical guidance on how to move your program forward.



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Co-op Marketing Strategies: Building a Better Co-op/MDF Program Co-op Marketing Strategies: Building a Better Co-op/MDF Program Presentation Transcript

  • Co-op Marketing Strategies
    Building a Better Co-op/MDF Program
    For national brands with co-op marketing programs
  • Ask yourself the following questions:
    Do you believe your co-op budget is being fully optimized?
    Can you guarantee coordination of timing and messages for product launches?
    Are you concerned about how your resellers represent your brand in their local markets?
    What are you doing to address these questions?
  • If you are like the majority of product manufacturers, you know that you need to refine, improve and/or modify your co-op marketing strategy.
  • Currently, the average product manufacturer….
    Reaches their customers primarily (if not exclusively) through a reseller network
    Has recently had their marketing budget reduced while projected sales goals have increased
    Recognizes that improving their co-op marketing program represents one of their largest revenue opportunities
  • One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers’ marketing teams in their efforts to make reseller co-op marketing more effective is at the very heart of what defines the century-old ‘co-op’ marketing concept:
    The coordination and execution of programs and financial transactions across two separateorganizations.
  • Co-op Marketing Today
    Over the past decade, marketing at the manufacturer’s level has become remarkably more sophisticated due to:
    • Cascading closed-loop planning
    • Return-on-Marketing investment
    • Real-time program tracking facilitated
    by the internet
  • Co-op Marketing Today
    The tools and means available for managing co-op marketing have generally lagged behind or been abandoned entirely – despite the fact that your reseller marketing activities supported by your co-op funds are typically closest to the customer and are critically important to brand communications and demand generation.
  • Co-op Marketing Today
    Today, manufacturers work with hundreds, if not thousands of different resellers, making the scale and breadth of the effort simply overwhelming.
    However, achieving success for both the manufacturer and his/her resellers is not only
    possible but a reality due to the
    implementation of fully integrated
    technology solutions - bringing
    co-op marketing management into
    the modern age.
  • It has never been more important to coordinate and leverage marketing activities with your network of resellers.
  • CommonCo-op Marketing Strategies
    Short of applying integrated technology solutions, manufacturers often fall into a mix of the following traditional methods and strategies:
    Develop and distribute ‘Co-op Kits’
    Maintain multiple creative platforms
    Manufacturer dictates - owns program development, planning and full execution
  • Strategy Analysis
    Develop and Distribute ‘Co-op Kits’
    Often due to the challenge of supporting a large reseller network, manufacturers resort to this classic “spray and pray” model
    +Resellers receive a package containing a situation brief and associated creative assets
    • Resellers have to find their own vendors, develop their own marketing plans, negotiate media rates, etc. to execute (all of which require skills that many smaller resellers lack)
    • Pricey – the additional steps required by the reseller add up quickly, ultimately consuming a MAJOR portion of total co-op funding, thus the actual execution that reaches the customer represents a shockingly low percentage of the total money spent
  • Strategy Analysis
    2. Maintain Multiple Creative Platforms
    Product manufacturer contracts with multiple media vendors to deliver marketing solutions to their resellers (often in the form of multiple medium-specific web portals)
    +Involves multiple media forms (direct mail, pay-per-click, online, TV, etc.)
    • Incredibly time-consuming (when new media vehicles are added to the mix manufacturers must create an additional portal, while resellers must establish yet another new vendor relationship)
    • Places the burden of executing a true integrated marketing campaign on the reseller while also tying them to specific fulfillment vendors
    • Fails to address the critical financial component of giving both the manufacturer and reseller clear visibility into the co-op reimbursement process requirements and system
  • Strategy Analysis
    3. Manufacturer owns program development, planning and execution
    Manufacturer manages the marketing material development, strategic media/marketing planning and local-level marketing implementation
    +Can lead to timely execution on strategy with well-characterized expenses and a predictable reseller reimbursement model
    • Largely removes the valuable input, expertise and involvement of the reseller to affect their local demand generation efforts
    • Places immense pressure on the manufacturer organization, requiring adequate staff numbers with appropriate competencies to develop these pre-packaged programs for their reseller network (something not typically within marketing head count and expense budgets)
  • While each of these three approaches has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, none of them completely meets BOTH the needs of the manufacturer and the reseller…
  • Ultimate Challenge
    In order to satisfy both the manufacturer and the reseller, the challenge is to integrate the following:
    Co-op funding process
    Management and distribution of creative assets
    Media and marketing planning
    Media and marketing execution
    Yielding an efficient and effective platform capable of seamlessly satisfying both the product manufacturer and the reseller network equally.
  • Ultimate Solution
    Integrated Co-op Marketing
    Combines creative customization, local media execution and co-op funding into a single Integrated Co-op Marketing platform.
    Providing product manufacturers and their resellers a single location to manage all co-op marketing activities.
  • Integrated Co-op Marketing
    What is Integrated Co-op Marketing?
    • A software-plus-services solution
    • Functions across all media forms
    • Allows manufacturers to translate their national marketing strategies into reseller execution
    • Shortens marketing planning and execution timelines
    • Improves use of creative integrated across all media
    • Reduces burden on manufacturer in managing co-op funding
    • Simplifies the co-op reimbursement process
    • Improves reseller execution and overall satisfaction
  • Integrating these two worlds together with technology and automation:
    • Shortens marketing planning and execution timelines with better use of creative integrated across all media
    • Reduces burden on manufacturer in managing the co-op funding and reimbursement process
    • Improves reseller satisfaction and execution by increasing predictability of co-op reimbursement process
  • Built from key elements of an enterprise class closed-loop marketing process, Integrated Co-op Marketing adds and integrates financial functionality that characterizes, structures, and manages funding planning, approval and reimbursement with the reseller.
  • Integrating the creative and the financial worlds is the breakthrough in driving effective co-op marketing and is made possible by technology and automation.
    This financial component is integral to all forms of co-op marketing, and its automation moves the world of manufacturers and resellers into the “instant rebate” era, compared to the “mail-in rebate” traditions of the past.
  • Co-op Reimbursement Cycle
  • In an Integrated Co-op Marketing model, the manufacturer provides all required tools for local marketing success including:
    • Brand guidelines
    • Creative assets
    • Marketing planning
    • Best practices
    • Customer data
    • Reseller co-op financial guidelines around funding levels and reimbursement rates
  • Breakthroughs yield incredible benefits for the national marketing team. They see their creative and marketing plans being executed by their resellers and have complete visibility to timing and media execution.
    Meanwhile, resellers receive the tools needed to allow them to easily assemble integrated programs at a lower cost with less burden on their marketing and sales teams, and under a totally predictable co-op reimbursement system.
    All resulting in more profitable sales.
  • Five Primary Components
    When considering implementing an Integrated Co-op Marketing Solution, there are five primary components to address:
    Distribution and Customization of Assets
    Local Media and Marketing Planning
    Local Media and Marketing Execution
    Measurement and Reporting
    Co-op Funding
  • Distribution and Customization of Assets
    Distributing creative assets to resellers should be quick and cost-effective for the national brand
    Local customization of these creative assets should be simple and inexpensive for the resellers across all mediums
    Five Primary Components
  • Local Media and Marketing Planning
    Placing the burden of local media and marketing planning on resellers results in marketing campaigns that are often non-strategic and ineffective
    Providing enterprise-class media and marketing planning at the local level can increase reseller ROI by 30% or more
    Five Primary Components
  • Local Media and Marketing Execution
    Engaging with multiple fulfillment and media vendors across mediums is a daunting and time-consuming task for resellers
    An effective Integrated Co-op Marketing solution will manage all vendor negotiation and interaction to ensure resellers are receiving the best quality at the lowest price.
    Five Primary Components
  • Measurement and Reporting
    Tracking marketing performance at the local level is imperative to driving positive local marketing ROI
    Aggregation and reporting of all marketing activity and platform adoption provides business-critical information to the manufacturer
    Imagine having total and real-time visibility into reseller activities around a product launch!
    A manufacturer will know “all is well” OR “we need to re-energize our plans” as the launch approaches, not weeks or months after
    Five Primary Components
  • Co-op Funding
    Real-time tracking and presentation to the resellers of their available co-op funds, reimbursement rates on planned activities, payment status, along with integrated and instant program approval functionality
    Gives resellers a certainty and predictability to their finances and reduces their internal overhead in tracking expenses and payments
    Applying technology to integrate the financial and creative aspects of co-op marketing is a long needed breakthrough in improving overall effectiveness
    Five Primary Components
  • Benefits of Integrated Co-op Marketing
    More affiliates engaging in a more effective co-op program at a lower total cost (ROI/Optimization)
    • Significantly reduced marketing production costs for affiliates
    • Easy to both access and customize marketing materials across all mediums
    • End-to-end fulfillment at the best prices
    • Strategic marketing guidance at a local level – improving ROI of local demand generation efforts
    • Streamlined process takes significant time and effort out of approval/reimbursement processes
    • Leverage national buying power for local marketing execution
  • Benefits of Co-op Marketing
    Affiliate marketing efforts are always in concert with the national brand and perfectly timed
    • Customizable templates lock-down branded elements
    • Ensure reseller marketing activities align with key national initiatives (product launches)
    • Clearly see WHO is doing WHAT and WHEN across your entire reseller network
    • Share ‘best-practices’ across the entire network
    • Integrated local campaigns
  • Benefits of Co-op Marketing
    Greater share-of-voice with customer
    • Lower admin and media costs put more of your co-op dollars to work driving local demand generation
    • Apply marketing expertise locally for best-performing programs
  • Until now, even with the complexity added by an increasing number of co-op marketing options, managing the co-op marketing process has not progressed at the same rate that technology has enabled improvements in other marketing management functions.
    Applying technology and automation to this function delivers the key benefits of dramatically simplifying the process for both manufacturer and reseller while at the same time making co-op efforts more effective at the local level.
    Integrated Co-op Marketing is a solution whose time has come
  • To learn more about ‘Integrated Co-op Marketing Platform’ visit to request our free ‘Integrated Co-op Marketing’ white paper.
  • Or to schedule a live demo contact Balihoo at: (877) 212-8019 – Ext.1