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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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Who Filled Out My Form? Prospect Research 101

Posted by Frank Bauer on April 19, 2018

Who Filled Out My Form? Prospect Research 101

“I got an inbound lead! I’m going to call them right now!”

Whoa there. Let’s hit pause for a second. All of us in business get excited when that hot inbound lead comes in, but you shouldn’t be running full steam ahead as soon as they submit a form. Instead, take a step back and prepare before engaging.

Much like it’s important to understand your managed services competitive landscape, you’ll want to fully understand the end client before reaching out. That due diligence starts on the Internet.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

How to Align Your Team Around an Outsourced Model

Posted by Brandon Garcin on April 13, 2018

How to Align Your Team Around an Outsourced Model

For managed services providers (MSPs), support and customer service is just as important as the software and tools you’re using—in fact, it might even be more important. Unfortunately, a growing labor shortage and an expanding skills gap have left many service providers unable to find, hire or retain the technical talent needed to support complex SMB environments. 

For this reason, many MSPs are turning to third-party providers and vendors who offer NOC, SOC, Help Desk and other services that can expand and augment an IT provider’s existing capabilities. When done correctly, these relationships can help MSPs greatly expand the scope of their services, extend coverage hours and refocus their internal teams toward more strategic projects and work.

In a recent episode of MSP Radio, I had the chance to sit down and discuss this topic with Barb Paluszkiewicz, CEO at CDN Technologies. We talked about how her company has successfully adopted an outsourced model, and today relies on Continuum to provide both software and services that help CDN be successful. Keep reading to learn how Barb uses outsourcing to grow her business and get more out of her team.

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

What's the Best Way to Reduce Client Churn?

Posted by Lily Teplow on April 5, 2018

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Customer satisfaction is the number one way to ensure your continued success as a managed IT services provider (MSP)—and a customer satisfaction survey is one of the best ways to see how you’re performing. The data from a customer survey offers extremely valuable feedback, which you can funnel back into your business to improve your service offering.

However, writing an effective survey that people will actually fill out can be a real challenge. Here are a few tips for getting started.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Customer Service, Client Acquisition and Management

How to Grow Your MSP Using the "Pyramid for MSP Success"

Posted by Jamie Warner on March 29, 2018

How to Grow Your MSP Using the "Pyramid for MSP Success"

For those of you who may have missed the Invarosoft™ presentation at Australian Partner Day 2018, we have a great summary of our presentation about the Pyramid for MSP Success. Keep reading to discover seven key ingredients to successfully growing your MSP business. 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

How to Write an MSP Business Plan

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 21, 2018

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. That old adage has always rung true in all businesses, and managed services providers (MSPs) are no different. Yet successful planning all starts with one critical element: Your MSP business plan.

Despite the importance of this document, many MSPs operate without one, and subsequently operate without any kind of guidance or direction. An MSP might have acquired a few early customers from referrals and personal relationships, prompting them to formally set up their business, but the truth is that without a business plan to lay out the future, that MSP will have no idea where it’s headed in the future. Simply put, you need a sound business plan, codified and documented, to steer your MSP’s direction. Here’s how to write an MSP business plan, in eight steps.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

The 5 Fundamentals of an Executive Business Review

Posted by Nicole Hunter Hart on March 15, 2018

The 5 Fundamentals of an Executive Business Review

Welcome back to my blog series dedicated to customer management and retention. Each post in this series will help you better engage with your clients to retain and grow your business through meaningful relationships. One of the best ways to create these strong business relationships is to maximize the impact of your touchpoints. By communicating the right information, at the most important time, you’ll be able to continuously demonstrate the value of your services.

To tie these concepts together, I’m going to focus on a particularly important touchpoint: The Executive Business Review (EBR). When presented to your clients, EBRs can drive increased awareness, communication, and ultimately reinforce trust when expansion opportunities arise. Keep reading to discover the fundamentals of an Executive Business Review and how you can optimize your next client meeting.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Client Acquisition and Management

12 Helpful Online Tools Every MSP Needs

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 14, 2018

12 Helpful Online Tools Every MSP Needs

As a managed service provider, it can get overwhelming putting out fires and wearing multiple hats. Your clients rely on you to not only maintain their IT environments, but a high level of service and organization. Sometimes, you need all the help you can get—which is why we’ve put together this list of tools that can help you streamline your business operations.

Whether you need help with productivity and communication, password management, or even sales and marketing, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover the tools that are essential in the daily work of an MSP.

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

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Construction

Posted by Joseph Tavano on March 13, 2018

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Construction

When the discussion of verticals comes up in the IT channel, the conversation usually switches to the healthcare industry, legal, financial—in other words, the established verticals, and the opportunities there. However, in many regions the markets for these verticals amount to a zero-sum game; there are a limited number of clients within said vertical in a region, and to add new clients, another must lose them.

This sort of stiff competition can make it challenging for new MSPs to enter a vertically aligned market, but that’s not to say there aren’t other opportunities to specialize in a vertical. Numerous verticals exist for MSPs to tap into, and new ones are being born all the time as advancements in technology and communications enter new sectors.

The construction industry is one such sector where managed IT services are emerging as a clear necessity for maintaining normal business operations, and as such has become a new vertical MSPs are able to specialize in.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

How to Combat the Daily Struggles of an MSP

Posted by Scott Wittstock on March 9, 2018

How to Combat the Daily Struggles of an MSP

Like any MSP or IT service provider, we’ve struggled with common problems that either cost the company money, cause discord among employees, or frustrate customers. Typical occurrences include showing up to a customer’s site without the right tools or expertise for the job, spending more time at a customer’s site then we can genuinely bill for, re-dispatching to correct something and not getting to charge for it, or leaving a poor taste in the mouth of a customer due to not being on our game.

Can any of you relate?

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

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

Posted by Joseph Tavano on March 8, 2018

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MSPs have plenty of options when selecting their technology partners, so what is the criteria that matters most when choosing the best partner for your business? In this seventh and final installment of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers, you’ll learn why a low total cost of ownership for your technology solution over time is the best way to maximize margins and optimize productivity.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

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