February 24, 2023
TL:DR - ISVs can make private offers to a buyer by creating them in the AWS Marketplace Portal and sending a special link over email for the buyer to accept.
However, this 3-stage, 12-step process creates challenges for ISVs who have to track the lifecycle of each private offer and synchronize each step with their CRM.
Labra optimizes the AWS Marketplace seller private offer process by bringing AWS Marketplace private offer operations into an ISV’s CRM. Private offers are now much easier to manage and scale, with better visibility to track their AWS marketplace business in the CRM they use every day.
What are ISV private offers?
The AWS Marketplace seller private offer feature enables buyers to receive customized product pricing, direct from the seller, that is better than the public listing.
There are four major stages in every seller private offer process:
- Step 1: Buyer negotiates pricing and terms with the seller.
- Step 2: Seller creates a private offer for the buyer’s AWS account.
- Step 3: Track the private offer status until it’s accepted or it expires.
- Step 4: Buyer accepts the private offer
When a buyer receives a private offer, this is what they will see in their AWS Marketplace account:
CPPO benefits for the ISV, the Consulting Partner, and the Buyer
Enterprises have always negotiated custom deals with ISVs. AWS Marketplace enables this same enterprise procurement practice with private offers.
There are, however, some challenges for ISVs regarding managing the multi-step process for each private offer.
The private offer challenges facing ISVs
Although there are 4 major stages for private offers – negotiate, create, track, accept – there are 7 individual steps.
Tracking the progress after each step in the process creates operational challenges for ISVs.
- They need to manually synchronize the lifecycle of a private offer in AWS Marketplace Portal with their CRM system and this slows down the process and creates an administrative burden on staff. Especially sales staff who prefer winning deals over doing paperwork.
- Even at a low number of private offers, this administrative burden impacts the performance of the sales team. It takes valuable time away from front line sales, and this overhead “cost of private offers” can choke growth and force the seller to hire more headcount to keep up as they grow.
- It’s worse for at-scale ISVs that need dedicated teams just to keep their CRM in sync with the AWS Marketplace.
Every step requires an update to the seller’s CRM, but some steps also require actions in the AWS Marketplace Portal. This creates a need to synchronize the CRM and Portal, which creates extra effort.
Why do sellers care if their CRM gets out of sync with the AWS Marketplace Portal?
The seller could lose track of private offers which creates issues with customer service. They also have poor visibility of their pipeline, which creates issues in sales operations, not to mention tense weekly sales pipeline calls.
How the Labra Platform optimizes ISVs’ private offers
The Labra platform optimizes the AWS Marketplace seller private offer process by bringing Marketplace Portal actions into the seller’s CRM.
An optimized AWS Marketplace seller private offer is shorter, faster, and requires much less manual effort. This optimization gives multiple benefits:
By bringing AWS Marketplace seller private offers into the seller’s CRM, Labra platform simplifies the job of ISV staff who manage private offers by automating the workflow and improving notifications and data visibility.
7 Labra platform advantages for AWS Marketplace seller private offers
The Labra platform is built to optimize the build, market, and co-sell for AWS partners.
As part of the Labra platform, Labra FlyOut is the component that enables ISVs to carry out AWS Marketplace operations – like seller private offers – in their CRM instead of using the AWS Marketplace Portal.
This optimization helps ISVs to grow their AWS Marketplace go-to-market channel and co-sell better with their strategic partner, AWS.