Check Point, a cybersecurity pioneer and decorated Microsoft partner
Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. continuously pioneers cybersecurity technology. With more than 3,500 security experts, a world-acclaimed research and intelligence unit, and a broad ecosystem of business and technology partners, Check Point protects more than 100,000 organizations in 88 countries.
Check Point has been a Microsoft partner since the mid-1990s and has been recognized for numerous achievements, including Most Prolific Integration Partner at the Microsoft Security 20/20 awards and a Partner of the Year distinction at the 2020 Microsoft US Partner Awards. Check Point’s solutions, such as its CloudGuard Network Security, are available in the Azure Marketplace.
Beating expectations with big webinar turnouts and more marketplace page visits
For the past two years, Check Point has regularly met with a Marketplace Rewards engagement manager, who has collaborated with Check Point on partner benefits, such as Azure Marketplace listing optimizations, social promotions, and a spot in a Microsoft internal commercial marketplace newsletter. This has created opportunities for engagement with hundreds of Microsoft sellers, which has driven dozens of co-sell opportunities. Check Point is currently targeting double-digit year-over-year growth of its pay-as-you-go offerings, as well as increasing awareness of its offerings for enterprise customers looking to tap into the Microsoft Azure consumption commitment.
After a successful initial webinar in February 2020 and in the next month passing the threshold of $5 million in billed sales, Check Point was invited to co-present with two Azure experts from Microsoft. The result was impressive: 972 people registered for the webinar, and 578 attended live.
Concurrently, Check Point was executing a digital marketing campaign and added a full digital asset nurture stream, moving prospective customers through a well-defined nurture funnel, which ended at a Microsoft-Check Point special offer in the Azure Marketplace. Paid advertisements attracted leads to a landing page to download a co-branded Microsoft-Check Point top-of-funnel asset (“Introduction to Cloud Security Blueprint”). From there, leads flowed to a nurture stream that involved a customer story, video, and more. The results from this campaign were better than expected. Although the number of leads and cost per lead were close to Check Point's expectations, the conversion rate (number of leads per page view) was 50 percent higher than projected. Additionally, the number of page visits to the Azure Marketplace offering was 10 percent higher than forecast. As of March 15, page visits were up by 10.51 percent, to 20,550, and the unique visitors count was up by 18.58 percent, to 12,220.