What can I say? I am a fan of community. I’ve taken this long-time passion and turned it into my job!



And now, the single most driving factor for my love of digital is that I can stay connected and help connect people. In this case it’s you, our partners, members of a strong, growing community.
By the numbers I’m not the only one who thinks so. Based on the recent poll results from our Digital WPC home page poll, you agree on what best enables you to stay connected with other Microsoft partners.
Recent Poll Results
​The poll roundup
Conferences and industry—This is #1 and I couldn’t agree with you more. Conferences and industry connections allow you to business-build, learn, and get out of the office to refill the brain with new ideas that help you stay ahead of the curve.
Clearly, WPC 2012 is the conference you should be turning your attention to right now. If you haven’t yet, I urge you to register by Thursday, April 5, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time (UTC-7) to take advantage of our early bird promotion. The U.S.$300 in savings is well worth it!​ Three hundred bucks can pay for a hotel room for a night, or a couple of dinners, or a percentage of your airfare.
Social media—This ranks #2 and is neck-and-neck with partner organizations. The social web has revolutionized how we communicate. A recent survey conducted by Reuters and marketing research firm Ipsos found “eighty-five percent of people around the globe who are connected online send and receive emails and 62 percent communicate through social networking sites.” And with all of you as members of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner community, it’s no surprise that you stay connected this way.​

Partner organizations—Coming in at #3 is one of my favorites: partner organizations like IAMCP. They’ve defined their organization as being “dedicated to assisting members in business development. The chapter activities are aimed at helping people and companies in the Microsoft ecosystem broaden their base of business opportunities within their own communities and around the world through partnering among IAMCP members.”
Kelvin Kirby, IAMCP Worldwide Chapter President, among other partners whom I’ve met at WPC, has a lot of valuable experience and insight. By being a member of this organization you can stay connected with other successful partners who business-build and share best practices to strengthen opportunities for their companies while supporting others in the community.
For more on this topic, follow the story of Seattle’s IAMCP chapter on our website, written by Chapter President Christian Buckley.
Microsoft Pinpoint—Last but certainly not least, Pinpoint​ was selected by many of you as a great MPN benefit to help customers connect with you. And not only connect, but generate leads.
I believe in the power of community, and one that is powered digitally. There is no substitute for meeting face-to-face—this no one can debate. But staying connected by some of the means highlighted above can allow you to maintain the valuable relationships you create at important annual gatherings like the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.
If you have another means of staying connected, share your thoughts in the below comments!


P.S. Don’t forget to take this period’s poll that we recently published on the home page. ​