May 8, 2019
Imagine 2019 marks one year since we announced the launch of the Community Insider Program for small Magento agencies and developers. We know there are hundreds of thousands of people and companies around the world that work on Magento that aren’t yet ready to be an official Magento Partner, but are still vital to Magento and help keep our community strong. This program was created to serve this part of our diverse global ecosystem by providing access to more resources to grow their Magento business.
What It Means to Be a Magento Community Insider
Many of the benefits for the Community Insider Program are similar to those of the Partner Programs and offer a great place to start a formal relationship with Magento. Insider benefits include a badge, a company listing on the Insider Directory, access to a plethora of sales and marketing resources in the Partner Portal, Magento Commerce source code, a Cloud sandbox environment, and discounts for Magento U.
Agencies, partners and developers have seen immediate benefits from joining the Community Insider Program. Alex Schreck from Solvature, one of the original Insider companies said, “Being an Insider has helped Solvature by formalizing a relationship and partnership with Magento. Since our investment, we have gotten noticeably more attention and support from Magento themselves.”
“Since joining the program, we have gotten leads and opportunities coming in through the Magento portal,” said Schreck. “However, I wouldn't join to get leads. What I find most important is that Solvature has built connections within the ecosystem due to being a Community Insider.”
Schreck also found the partner portal and marketing hub immensely helpful. “It has jump-started us into selling and marketing and helps us learn what to say to whom. Since Solvature engages in content marketing, the backlink from the directory and the ability to submit blogs is a big plus. We are looking forward to attending the Partner Summit at Imagine for the first time this year!”
What’s New In 2019
We want to continue growing the program. If you have a certified developer on staff, offer Magento website development services, and not an active Magento Partner, the Community Insider Program is a perfect first step to develop your relationship with Magento.
If you’re interested in joining, we have a special offer for those that are attending Imagine 2019:
Apply to the Community Insider Program by close of business Wednesday, May 22, 2019, and get $500 off the program fee. Be sure to include the Imagine confirmation number and email of employee that attended Imagine in the application.
If you get a current Insider to “refer a friend”, both Insider and new applicant get $500 off.
New applicants can stack promotions to total a maximum discount of $1,000.
Active Insiders can refer multiple applicants. When a new applicant is approved and pays the program fee, the current Insider will get a credit of $500 to use on their next year’s program fee or within Magento U. A maximum discount of $1,000 applies.
Magento Community Insider Program Meets Magento Community Engineering
While we encourage community members to give back to Magento, we also reward those that participate with our Magento Community Engineering team. The top three companies that contribute the most get additional benefits, such as complimentary Magento U courses and discounted tickets to Imagine or MagentoLive. So definitely keep up the hard work!
Thank you, again, to everyone who joined the Magento Community Insider Program in 2018. Looking forward to an amazing 2019!