The Scottsdale Telecom Tour Stop Highlighted a Record Year for the Company
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–November 15, 2013–Arizona-based master agency PlanetOne Communications brought its agents and suppliers together for a watershed year-end event Nov. 5 and 6 at in Scottsdale, the last stop on the company’s 2013 Telecom Tour. With the theme of “Pure Imagination,” the event featured high-speed cart racing at the opening reception at Octane Raceway, and then a full next day of activities, including a major channel launch.
After a fun-filled evening of indoor adrenalin, refreshments and networking at the racing venue, PlanetOne and its partners got down to business the next day at Talking Stick Resort & Casino. In his opening remarks, CEO Ted Schuman told the crowd–the largest ever for a Tour Stop–that PlanetOne and its partners have seen a year of record growth.
Hooking into the event’s theme of imagining opportunity, Schuman noted that the company has expanded its horizons significantly, thanks to the hard work of its sales partners: The company was named as one of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. Magazine for the third year in a row. PlanetOne also had Tour Stops in Long Beach, Denver, Connecticut and Charlotte, N.C. during the year, and brought agents to the Phoenix Open and Cabo San Lucas as part of its extensive incentive program.
The centerpiece of the event however was the launch of the PlanetOne Telecom Partner Toolbox (www.planetonetelecomtoolbox.com). Featuring clips from Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (during which Schuman changed into Willy Wonka backstage), a presentation from VIRGO CEO John Siefert, and more than $10,000 in giveaways, including five Golden Tickets worth $500 each, the company unveiled its online destination for market intelligence and sales help.
Featuring a mix of professionally developed reports, slide shows, videos, blogs, infographics and more, the PlanetOne Telecom Partner Toolbox offers information and marketing tools that are designed to be easy to use throughout the sales cycle, from generating leads to growing and expanding relationships. Partners can download the materials and use them in their own presentations and marketing pieces as well.
“I could not be more excited to cut the ribbon on what has been the fruit of months of development,” said Schuman. “This new self-contained portal, developed in collaboration with VIRGO Publishing, has been designed to do something that’s never been done before–it offers an objective resource center, not tied to any vendor, that gives partners tools exclusively designed to be end-user facing.”
Agents and suppliers also benefitted from an afternoon of networking, featuring tabletop displays and the opportunity to have casual, fun and productive chats with the channel managers and other sales partners that work hard every day to serve customers and open up opportunities.
Golf and a closing reception at Talking Stick rounded out the day.
“We have had an incredible year,” said Lauren Shapiro, president of PlanetOne. “And that’s thanks to our sales partners, who are an incredible group of people that I’m honored to work with. We wanted this event to showcase our new online sales help portal, which has been a big initiative for us and the product of a lot of imagination, but we also wanted to help our partners relax, have some fun and enjoy networking opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten.”
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PlanetOne is the IT channel and telecom industry’s preferred business partner for identifying and delivering cloud-based and connectivity solutions to small and midsize businesses and enterprises. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the industry pioneer is celebrated by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and regarded as a top-performing partner for hundreds of telecom agents and channel partners nationwide. The award-winning PlanetOne Partner Program has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Channel Programs in the industry for the past five consecutive years by Channel Partners and recently named to CRN’s 2014 Connectivity Partner Guide. To reach PlanetOne call (877) 487.8353 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Suzanne Collier, WhiteFox Marketing for PlanetOne