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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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5 Ways to Improve Your MSP Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

SLAs are the foundation of your MSP business. They are essential to building strong client relationships and must be clear, reasonable and well-constructed.

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Are You Getting the Most ROI out of Your Marketing Strategy?

Posted by Nate Teplow on November 17, 2017

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I think everyone can agree on the importance of marketing today, but many IT service providers struggle with how much money and resources they should allocate to it. Marketing is an investment—it’s a collection of activities that must be continuously worked at and updated. But how can you ensure you’re making the most of your efforts if you’re limited on time and resources?

If this is a big concern for you, you’re not alone. I’ve helped many of our MSP partners optimize and scale their marketing strategy, and with these three essential tips I’m about to share, you too will be able to get the best return on your marketing investment. Keep reading to learn how to increase your overall marketing performance and define what metrics you should be tracking for long-term success.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Inbound Marketing

Building Your IT Business Throughout the Sales Funnel

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on November 16, 2017

Building Your IT Business Throughout the Sales Funnel

In the managed IT services business, your focus is not only on keeping your clients’ IT environment running smoothly, but also on building a thriving business for years to come. In order to effectively sell your services and achieve scalability, you need to differentiate your business from the rest. What are the unique benefits you can offer? How should your audience think of your brand? Who is your ideal audience and what’s the best way to speak to them?

Utilizing inbound marketing tactics will help you find more opportunities and close clients faster. Follow these proven steps to take full advantage of the sales funnel and, as a result, position your company as the clear solution for future clients.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Client Acquisition and Management

Introducing: A Quick Guide to Marketing and Selling Cybersecurity

Posted by Lily Teplow on November 15, 2017

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The need to enhance cybersecurity is a given today for both Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and their clients. The constant news headlines containing “ransomware,” “cybercrime,” “data breach” or the like has made security top of mind for businesses of all sizes—prompting MSPs to start thinking more seriously about their cybersecurity services and how to best offer them to clients.

There is a huge opportunity for MSPs to pave the path to their clients’ success, but it all starts with cybersecurity sales. However, selling your managed security services isn’t always easy. Your focus and priority is on keeping your clients protected, yet this makes it difficult to find the time to create your own marketing campaigns. But, imagine if you could become a cybersecurity sales expert without doing all the heavy lifting…

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

3 Milestones Every MSP Should Hit When Launching a Security Line of Business

Posted by Chris Johnson on November 14, 2017

3 Milestones Every MSP Should Hit When Launching a Security Line of Business

In previous articles, I have talked about the differences between MSP and MSSP and how important it is to practice what you preach as you look to differentiate yourself in the cybersecurity space. As we quickly approach the end of the year, I’d like to provide you all with a tried-and-true strategy for successfully launching your cybersecurity offering as a new line of business in 2018 and beyond.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

When Should You Say "No" To a Prospect? The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on November 13, 2017

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You can’t grow your business if you’re not acquiring new customers—but that doesn’t mean you should take on every single opportunity that comes your way. In fact, knowing when to say “no” to a prospect can be just as valuable as knowing when to say “yes.” In this episode of The Weekly Byte, we explore when it might make sense to pause (or walk away from) a potentially bad deal!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, The Weekly Byte, Inbound Marketing

The Top 10 Ransomware Attacks of 2017

Posted by Lily Teplow on November 10, 2017

The Top 10 Ransomware Attacks of 2017

Dominating the threat landscape this year, ransomware has become an issue that all modern businesses need to worry about. While ransomware isn’t a new phenomenon, over the years it has grown from a mild annoyance to a shocking financial burden for many individuals and businesses today. Variants such as NotPetya, WannaCry, and Locky are among those that wreaked havoc for businesses worldwide this year—rising to become some of the most damaging ransomware attacks in history.

Recently, the Webroot threat research team released their list of the Top 10 Nastiest Ransomware Profiles, which highlights the most destructive ransomware of 2017. The list illustrates the reality of how cybercriminals will continue to develop new infections and capitalize on reliable, successful attack methods. Keep reading to discover the top ransomware attacks of this past year, what you might need to look out for in 2018, and how you can keep yourself and your clients protected from the threat of ransomware.

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Topics: Information Security, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

How Social Selling Can Help MSPs Generate New Leads and Improve Close Rates

Posted by Brandon Garcin on November 9, 2017

How Social Selling Can Help MSPs Generate New Leads and Improve Close Rates

The modern business-to-business (B2B) sales cycle and buyer’s journey have changed dramatically over the last several years—and if you’re still relying on traditional prospecting tactics to win new business, you may be limiting your pipeline and losing deals.

While cold calls and referrals can still be valuable, the most successful sales reps today are leveraging digital channels and creating personalized prospect experiences to drive success—and one of the best ways to do this is through social selling.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation

Fueling Your Funnel: Navigating 4 Sales and Marketing Phases to Close Clients Faster

Posted by Mary McCoy on November 8, 2017

Fueling Your Funnel: Navigating 4 Sales and Marketing Phases to Close Clients Faster

I've reviewed countless IT service provider websites, but one thing that's abundantly clear is that not enough organizations take the time to clearly map out their sales and marketing funnel. The first warning sign? Home pages that lead with "Contact Us" or "Schedule a Consultation" requests and nothing else. Right off the bat, this tells me that these companies are only marketing to companies that know of and are ready to evaluate their IT services. Sure, this is an important audience to hit and you want your sales representatives to work prospects with the highest level of sales readiness, but what about the rest of the prospect pool who may not be ready to commit—who may not even know who you are or why they need you?

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Client Acquisition and Management

6 Profitability KPIs You Should be Tracking

Posted by Ray Vrabel on November 7, 2017

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In today’s increasingly-digital business landscape, everything is measurable. Whether it’s the ROI of a given marketing initiative, the effectiveness of an entire sales department, or the average cost of new customer acquisition, one thing is clear: businesses with a strong analytics program in place have a significant advantage over those that don’t. 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

How to Host the Perfect Webinar: The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on November 6, 2017

How to Host the Perfect Webinar

Webinars are a great way to drive leads, engage with prospects and customers, and more—but you’ll need more than just a screen-sharing tool to successfully deliver webinar content. In this episode of The Weekly Byte, we explore how to host the perfect webinar! Once you've watched today's episode, you can click here to access your webinar success kit

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, The Weekly Byte, Inbound Marketing

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