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The Ultimate Guide to Success in Managed IT Services

What are the fundamentals to building a profitable managed IT services business? Keep reading to discover the four key ingredients for success.

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Partner Spotlight: Why MSPs Should Go to Industry Events

Posted by Mark Matthews on October 11, 2018

Partner Spotlight: Why MSPs Should Go to Industry Events

It can seem on the face of it that industry events are expensive to go to, especially if you have to fly to get there, add the hotel costs and the event themselves are normally chargeable, it can all add up. Sometimes the costs can run into the thousands, particularly if you take other members of your team with you. The key to an industry event is finding the greater value for your company. There may be things at the event that you wouldn’t know about otherwise but have potential to bring a new source of revenue to your company, or a method of doing something that would increase productivity tenfold!

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Topics: Events, Business Development and Growth

Here Are the Top Marketing Questions MSPs Are Asking

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 3, 2018

Marketing is essential to growing your business, yet it doesn’t come as naturally to most MSPs. But it’s OK, that’s exactly why we created the Grow Your Business Hub—an all-inclusive marketing support hub at Navigate where we work with hundreds of Continuum partners to identify and support their key marketing growth initiatives.

Last week at Navigate 2018, the Grow Your Business Hub team and I had some great conversations around MSP sales and marketing. If you recognize room for improvement in your marketing endeavors, the good news is that you're not alone. Here are some of the most frequently asked marketing questions we heard from MSPs at each station.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Business Development and Growth

Live from Navigate 2018: Day 2 Coverage

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 27, 2018

Live from Navigate 2018: Day 2 Coverage

Greetings again from day two of Navigate 2018, Continuum’s user conference focused on empowering our MSP partners with the tools and insights they need to achieve success in the IT space.

Day one was full of value, including various breakout sessions, one-on-one marketing consultations at the Grow Your Business Hub, the opening of the Cyber Attack Simulator, and of course, an inspiring keynote address from our very own Michael George.

Riding off the coattails of an eventful and successful day one, here’s a quick look at what day two of Navigate 2018 had to offer.

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Topics: Navigate 2018, Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

Live from Navigate 2018: Day 1 Coverage

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 26, 2018

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Greetings from Boston at Navigate 2018, Continuum’s user conference focused on empowering our MSP partners with the tools and insight they need to define their path and achieve success in the IT space. Over the next three days, we will be live blogging this great event—covering all the valuable content, announcements, and highlights that Navigate has to offer.

Here are our top stories from the first day of Navigate 2018.

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Topics: Navigate 2018, Business Development and Growth

Top 5 Warning Signs That Your Client is About to Leave You

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 25, 2018

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What is one of the worst things an MSP can hear? “You’re fired!”

When a client leaves you, that’s called churn… and it’s really bad for your business. Churn not only represents a client leaving, but it can be incredibly costly to replace that business. It’s important to minimize client churn and therefore, you need to be able to identify the early signs of churn so you can reduce the chance that your client leaves you.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

The MSP's Guide to Getting the Right ROI from Industry Conferences

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 21, 2018

The MSP's Guide to Getting the Right ROI from Industry Conferences

The right industry conference can be a game changer for your business, and when done the right way, it can present a goldmine of opportunities. However, with so many conferences and events taking place these days, it can be difficult to know where to spend your time and how to get the right return on investment (ROI).

In this post, we’ll dive into what to do before, during, and after industry conferences to ensure you’re making the most of your time. Also, with Navigate 2018 fast approaching, we’re offering a few special tips for our partners and attendees.

 

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Events

How to Turn Your Business Into a Resilient One

Posted by Arnie Bellini on September 20, 2018

How to Turn Your Business Into a Resilient One

You’re in business to make money, but that’s not the only reason you started this professional adventure. Maybe you’re looking for a way to create a legacy to pass on to your family, or you’re hoping to fund your retirement. Maybe your business is helping you send your kids to college, provide a better lifestyle, or help you fund your favorite hobbies.

Whatever your business does for your life, being resilient in business makes it all work. Our industry changes so quickly that it can be hard to predict and stay ahead of changes, but business resiliency is the key to meeting and exceeding your business goals.

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Topics: Navigate 2018, Business Development and Growth

The Best Pieces of Advice for Growing MSPs

Posted by Lily Teplow on September 14, 2018

The Best Pieces of Advice for Growing MSPs

If you’ve been on LinkedIn recently, you’ve probably seen the #NextGenMSP challenge floating around. Started by Continuum, this challenge engages MSPs and asks them to post a video sharing their top growth tips for the next generation of MSPs. 

With over 60 videos and counting, the challenge has taken over our LinkedIn feeds. These videos contain excellent pieces of advice from fellow IT providers, MSPs, and vendors. We noticed a couple key trends and themes, so we’ve decided to consolidate these to bring you the best pieces of advice we’ve heard thus far.

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

Explaining “IT” to Your Clients

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on September 7, 2018

Explaining “IT” to Your Clients

When your profession is managing IT for your clients, you’re expected to know the ins and outs. You’re the expert, right? You’re the thought leader, the support system. But “IT” is a broad term.

Apart from your job title, how do you actually showcase your IT expertise to clients in a way that gets their buy-in, their trust, and their business long term? It’s all in the way you communicate.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Remote Monitoring and Management, Explaining IT Series

The MSP Evolution: Growth Tips from Richard Tubb and Paul Dippell

Posted by Lily Teplow on August 24, 2018

The MSP Evolution: Growth Tips from Richard Tubb and Paul Dippell

There are massive pressures on managed IT service providers today—leading to a new chapter in MSP evolution. The speed at which the M&A market is consolidating and the growing IT skills gap are just a few examples. And because of this, we’re seeing an increasing separation between those MSPs who are quickly growing and succeeding, and those who are being left behind.

To be part of this former group, though, the key may be to leverage the Master MSP model. On a recent TubbTalk podcast, Richard Tubb was joined by Paul Dippell, the CEO and founder of Service Leadership, to discuss how today’s fastest growing MSPs are using this model, and why.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Service Leadership Index

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