VARs See Mixed Success on Microsoft’s Dynamics NAV 'Buy One License Get Two Free’ Deal

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Earlier this summer, Microsoft Corp. ran a year-end promotion for new Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers. The deal, which ended the third week in June, was buy one full Dynamics NAV license get two free.

The question: Did that promotion actually bring in new business?

The answer: Maybe, maybe not.

Although the promotion ran in the U.S. as well as the UK, we talked to partners in the UK where there has recently been some friction among Dynamics NAV partners.

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When is a promo not a promo?

When it isn't understood.

3 for £1 was a stunning success. It was heavily promoted across the web and through partners. Microsoft spent a lot of money on getting it out there and making sure that everyone understood it. (btw, this was the promotion that necessitated 3 years BREP). 3 for £1 was disliked by a number of partners and analysts for what it said about the value of the solution. But, from a purley commercial standpoint it worked.

Buy 1 Get 3 was actually better in many respects (financially for partners, better positioning and messaging and less restrictive on BREP). Microsoft didn't really promote it very well, didn't spend the dough and the partners didn't understand all the implications. Funnily enough... it wasn't that successful.

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