D-Link Bolsters Channel Program With New Tiers, Rewards

All of the updates, according to the company, are a direct result of partner feedback, and VIP now offers three tiers: Registered, Silver and Gold.

Partners who enroll in D-Link VIP automatically become Registered level partners, which means access to D-Link's deal registration program, eligibility for special pricing, access to its online partner portal, and access to various promotional and discounting programs, including D-Link Rewards.

At the Silver level of partnership, VARs receive all of the Registered benefits, plus a quarterly volume incentive rebate (VIR) of as much as 7 percent, access to sales leads, access to a quarterly roadmap product briefing and eligibility for a D-Link Bounty Program that pays a rebate when a D-Link-defined Registered Deal doesn't pan out.

At the Gold level of partnership, VARs receive all of the benefits available to Registered and Silver partners, and can earn a 10 percent VIR, have top priority for D-Link sales leads, and can participate on D-Link's recently formed D-Link Partner Council.

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Also new to the VIP partner program are technology specializations, designed for partners with proficiency in specific areas. The first two specializations are Storage Preferred, available now for D-Link data storage product specialists, and IP Surveillance Preferred, coming in the second quarter for D-Link IP Surveillance products. Specialized partners can earn 5 percent upfront discounts on products in their specialization category, branding as a "preferred" partner and priority access to leads provided by D-Link.

Finally, D-Link has pumped up its existing deal registration program to provide discounts on the front-end of deals, and also leveled the playing field so that VIP partners qualify for the same discount amounts. Those amounts are tiered based on deal size, according to D-Link, which means 6 percent off MSRP discounts for deals ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, and 10 percent off MSRP discounts for deals north of $20,000.

There's also a new partner benefit specific to government and education sales. Under the GovEd Discount Program, partners selling to those vertical markets can receive a 5 percent upfront discount when purchasing D-Link product from distribution. GovEd is exclusively available to D-Link VIP partners, according to the company.

"With this newly enhanced Partner Program, D-Link reaffirms its commitment to channel partners, ensuring they have the most up-to-date information and resources on D-Link products, which in turn will provide more value to their customers," said Steve Ryan, D-Link's director of North America channel programs, in a statement.

D-Link was recently named among 5-star-rated companies in CRN's annual Partner Program Guide.

D-Link executives could not be reached for additional comment on the VIP program updates.