A reward structure where the revenue generated from a deal is shared between a vendor and a partner. For example, if a $50,000 deal is closed, the vendor may keep 75% and give the partner 25% for a payout of $12,500.
Revenue that an individual or company receives on a regular basis and at fixed intervals, as opposed to in lump sums. Two common forms of recurring revenue are monthly recurring revenue (MRR) and annual recurring revenue (ARR), depending on the cadence with which funds are distributed. Both are common metrics that SaaS companies use to track how much revenue they’re earning.
In addition, reseller partners will often receive recurring revenue from software vendors if they sell a subscription on their behalf. For example, if a value-added reseller (VAR) partner sells a software subscription to a new customer, the software vendor may reward the partner with a 20% of the MRR the company receives from that customer each month.
This mutually beneficial arrangement also incentivizes the reseller to help keep the customer happy because the longer they keep renewing their subscription, the more passive income the partner will earn. Companies benefit massively from this, as it takes some strain away from their customer support and customer success functions.
Also see: Reseller partners.
Example: The CEO was thrilled to see annual recurring revenue increase nearly 20% after the product marketing team rolled out a pricing update.
Example: As a small agency, X-Factor Marketing was eager to add sources of recurring revenue through partnerships to offset some of the instability of their project-based fee structure.
A reseller partner sells a vendor’s product directly to their client. In contrast to the relationship between affiliate/referral partners who are involved only at the start of the customer’s journey (it gets handed off to the vendor), a reseller partner owns the whole customer relationship.
Resellers are the most complicated partners to work with, and for good reason! They give you access to a relatively limited but highly qualified audience. This is why they often require more support and enablement resources.
Also see: Affiliate partner, Referral partner
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