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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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How to Have the Security Conversation with Small Businesses That Don't Want to

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on January 23, 2018

How to Have the Security Conversation with Small Businesses That Don't Want to

For managed IT service providers working to bring a cybersecurity offering to market, it’s serendipitous that “cybersecurity” is at the tip of every small-to-midsize business’ (SMB) tongue… right? With hacks hogging headlines, small businesses will instinctively run to their MSP for security guidance and enhanced protection—in a perfect world. The reality is, the high frequency of debilitating data breaches has spawned a numbness to cyber attacks. The majority of SMBs today actually think they don’t need managed security services. That’s a major hurdle for aspiring MSSPs to overcome.

So, where does the answer lie? In the way you’re able to communicate with these skeptical SMBs. Once you and your client come to a cybersecurity strategy you can agree upon, you’re golden. And it all starts with flipping their perspective on what security really means.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

6 Elements Every MSP Website Should Have: The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on January 22, 2018

Six Elements Every MSP Website Should Have

Your website is arguably your most important marketing asset—it’s where you can make a first impression with prospects, offer information about your products and services, and convert visitors into leads. But what should your website include? What information is most important, and how should you organize your content? Explore six website must-haves in this episode of The Weekly Byte!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Website Optimization and Design, The Weekly Byte

7 Steps for Hiring a Rockstar MSP Sales Rep

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 19, 2018

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The global demand for managed IT services is greater than ever before. Analysts suggest that the emergence and proliferation of new trends, cloud and security technologies will drive the overall market to $268.25 billion by 2022. And a big part of that market will be comprised of MSPs who cater to small- and medium-sized businesses. Just like yourself!

Now, how can you position yourself to grab a well-deserved slice of that very lucrative managed services pie? A great place to start would be to hire an MSP sales representative. The rockstars of the MSP sales community can not only land you the new clients you need to grow your business, but will also qualify them to make sure they are bringing on great fits for your MSP company.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

Posted by Madison Lichtmann on January 18, 2018

Solving the IT Hiring Challenge | Part 3: Employee Turnover

This is the final post of our three-part series discussing common challenges MSP businesses face when it comes to hiring and onboarding, retaining top talent, and reducing employee turnover. In the first two posts, we gave you best practices for owning the hiring and onboarding process and the importance of developing and maintaining an employee retention program. In our final post we’ll talk employee turnover, how to proactively diminish it, and, when necessary, embrace it.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Partner Spotlight: How to Become a Recognized MSP

Posted by Lily Teplow on January 17, 2018

Partner Spotlight: How to Become a Recognized MSP

Today’s managed service providers (MSPs) play a critical role in overseeing IT functions and helping organizations achieve their business and technology goals. While every MSP strives to be the best in the market, only few can actually claim the title.

If you’re looking to take your managed services business to the next level in 2018, read on to hear advice from a leading MSP on what it takes to make it to the top.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

Meltdown and Spectre: What MSPs Need to Know and Communicate to Clients

Posted by Bill Hughes on January 16, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre: What MSPs Need to Know and Communicate to Clients

By now, you’ve probably seen two names swirling around every industry news headline. These, of course, are Meltdown and Spectre; two critical vulnerabilities found in current CPUs from Intel, AMD and ARM.

On Wednesday January 3, several researchers disclosed the security flaw in modern processors that could affect practically every Intel computer released in the last two decades—as well as the AMD and ARM chips in your laptops, tablets and phones. As people are (rightly) concerned, we’ve decided to assemble and organize all the information MSPs and IT service providers should understand about these vulnerabilities, how they could be exploited and how to communicate these vulnerabilities to your clients.

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Topics: Industry News, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

5 Keys to Writing a Great Sales Email: The Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on January 15, 2018

Five Keys to a Great Sales Email

Email is one of the most important channels your sales reps have at their disposal—but what makes a great sales email? What combination of messaging and tone will increase your open rates and encourage prospects to pick up the phone? Tune in to this episode of The Weekly Byte to find out!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Website Optimization and Design, The Weekly Byte

5 Ways to Increase Cybersecurity Preparedness in 2018

Posted by Chris Johnson on January 12, 2018

5 Ways to Increase Cybersecurity Preparedness in 2018

Everyone in the managed IT services space has faced at least one or more cybersecurity challenges, whether with their clients or even their own internal IT infrastructure. From corrupted patches to malware, from DDOS to physical failure of equipment. While not all incidents were necessarily tied to hackers, they did have a negative impact on the businesses we try to support.

In this post, I am going to go over what I feel are the top five areas that any MSP, MSSP or IT service provider should be doing to help strengthen their security posture and face the onslaught of threats in 2018.

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Topics: Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #3

Posted by Joseph Tavano on January 11, 2018

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Getting your MSP business to $1–2 million in revenue is one thing, but moving beyond that requires a different strategy. In this third installment of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers, you’ll learn what it takes to grow your sales operation beyond the personal network that originally brought you success.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

Setting the Stage for Lasting Client Relationships

Posted by Nicole Hunter Hart on January 10, 2018

Setting the Stage for Lasting Client Relationships

Clients are arguably the most important aspect of a managed IT services business. After all, they’re the ones who keep the lights on. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that client management and retention might be a major focus area for 2018. In my previous series, we learned how to properly onboard your new clients. Now, I’m authoring a new series that’s designed to help you not only manage new clients, but successfully delight and retain them.

Throughout this five-part series, I’ll cover the basics of client management and retention, the fundamentals of executive business reviews, how to uncover new revenue opportunities in your executive business reviews and how to manage client risk. Each post in this series will deliver rich information on how to achieve success with your clients, what benefits you will see along the way and tools and tips to help you in your journey of increasing your worth to clients.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Client Acquisition and Management

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