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Certification

Noun

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Certifications are acknowledgements granted to partners for achieving certain milestones. Usually, they acknowledge that a partner has completed product training and is now qualified to represent the company as a partner. They are most often earned as a part of the onboarding process, wherein the partner must learn about the vendor's product to a degree that allows them to comfortably sell/market/share it. Certifications are usually earned early on in the partner journey, but they can also be earned again after product updates or new releases that require subsequent training.

Example: Luke had received his initial product certification on behalf of his partner program shortly after joining Vento's referral program, but a significant update to the main product offering meant he'd be earning an updated certification to make sure he still knew his stuff.

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Content creator

Noun

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A content creator is someone who makes material to be shared through any medium or digital channel. This content is often entertaining or educational, and the content is often published on social media channels, personal blogs, or websites. The content creator is responsible for the execution of the content, and may be solely or partly responsible for the ideation of the content.

Content creators are an important tool in affiliate marketing, most recognizably in B2C affiliate marketing (although they also play an important role in B2B efforts, too). Brands will pay content creators to make content about their products for their audience, often providing them with an affiliate link to drive business through.

Example: Joseph runs a YouTube channel where he reviews different cloud softwares. He often cuts down clips from his YouTube to post on TikTok, too. This makes Joseph a content creator.

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Cloud marketplace

Noun

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A cloud marketplace is an online storefront run by a cloud service provider. It offers access to software applications to customers that integrate with or compliment the cloud provider's offerings. In the marketplace, customers can directly purchase and manage these cloud-based software applications.

You may hear cloud marketplaces referred to as SaaS marketplaces. Cloud marketplaces attract a significant amount of traffic; according to Gartner, enterprise customers buy over half of their services from cloud marketplaces. This makes them a key part of a successful go-to-market strategy for SaaS providers.

Example: A well-known cloud marketplace is the AWS Marketplace, where customers can purchase software that runs on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud.

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