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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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7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #6

Posted by Joseph Tavano on February 22, 2018

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit 6

What would your perfect client look like? How many employees do they have? Are they in a certain geographical region? Do they work in a specific vertical? The answers to these questions may largely depend on the makeup of your MSP business.

In this sixth installment of the 7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers, you’ll learn why targeting ideal clients can lead to better client life cycles and larger revenue over time—if you are aligned to support it.

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

Cross-Selling and Upselling: 3 Quick Ways to Capture Open Revenue

Posted by Lily Teplow on February 21, 2018

Cross-Selling and Upselling: 3 Quick Ways to Capture Open Revenue

What is one thing that today’s most successful companies have in common? They are frequently cross-selling and upselling. For them, it’s as easy as asking, “would you like fries with that?” or mentioning, “customers who bought this item also bought...” For the average IT service provider, however, cross-selling and upselling requires a bit more effort and creativity.

Expanding service adoption within your client base is one of the most effective ways to grow your managed services business. If you're looking for quick wins on how to do this, here are some strategies that will help you effectively cross-sell and upsell your existing clients.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Legal

Posted by Joseph Tavano on February 13, 2018

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Legal

Imagine landing a new account whose business is highly profitable, highly reliant on uptime and depends on a business model that must keep their administrative and operations budgets as small as possible. This is the legal vertical, which can provide a perfect scenario for an MSP to step in and deliver considerable value to their clients. But before you do, there are important considerations to understand to see success in this highly specialized field with highly specialized IT requirements.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Healthcare

Posted by Joseph Tavano on January 30, 2018

New Verticals to Go After in 2018: Healthcare

As an MSP looking to grow your business and expand into new revenue streams, this new series will provide an in-depth view into the verticals you should look to go after in 2018.

As far as vertically aligned industries go, healthcare is one of the more widely-known areas of opportunity for IT service providers, and with good reason. Healthcare relies on current technology, requires constant uptime (it can literally be a life of death situation), utilizes extensive backup resources for records and regulatory compliance, and needs to be protected from hackers, malware and bad actors of all types. The managed services model could not be more of a perfect fit.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, HIPAA, Healthcare IT

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

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 4: Measuring Financial Health

Posted by Evan Tencer on December 20, 2017

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 4: Measuring Financial Health

What is your most important business goal? For most of you, the first thing that may have come to mind is “growth.” All MSPs (and all businesses for that matter) consider business growth as their main goal. But before you go allocating more budget to sales and marketing efforts, let’s put on our chief financial officer (CFO) hat and look at the specific financial areas you need to improve in order to accelerate your growth.

This series is designed to help you plan for and achieve success in 2018. Each post digs into a specific department of your business, helping establish a success plan with useful and tangible strategies. In part three, we dove into three helpful strategies for making client satisfaction a driver for your MSP business. In this post, we’ll take a look at which financial metrics you should understand in order to optimize your financial health.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

7 Habits of Highly Successful IT Service Providers: Habit #1

Posted by Joseph Tavano on December 14, 2017

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When it comes to success in business, luck has little to do with it. In fact, the most successful managed service providers (MSPs) have put processes in place at virtually every level of their business to optimize efficiency and maximize profitability. But what exactly are these processes and best practices? What can you do to focus your efforts and accelerate your growth trajectory in 2018?

At Navigate 2017, Continuum CEO Michael George outlined seven habits that the most profitable, growth-oriented MSPs in the industry all seem to have in common. Designed as actionable skills you can put to use immediately in your business, these seven habits of highly successful IT service providers are proven building blocks for success in a modern managed IT services business. Each of the seven posts in this special series will explore one habit in greater detail. In this post, we’ll explore the basics of a process-driven approach to metrics, and the advantages available to MSPs who use them.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 2: Selling Upstream

Posted by Robert Kocis on December 6, 2017

Your 2018 Business-Wide Success Guide | Part 2: Selling Upstream

As more companies begin to invest in managed services in the year to come, developing the right sales strategy is top of mind for all IT service providers. However, due to longer sales cycles, higher cost of sales and new buyer behavior, selling managed services is quite different than selling any other kind of technology. Providers can no longer take the “same old sales” approach if they’re to generate viable sales leads and grow their business. So, how can you adapt your sales strategy in 2018?

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

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 Equip Your Sales Team for the Pitch and Close

Posted by Lily Teplow on October 11, 2017

If you expect to grow your managed IT services business by closing more prospects, you can't leave your sales team to do all of the work alone. Salespeople can be that perfect combination of charismatic and trustworthy, but none of these skills can be put to use if they also have a limited understanding of your business and services. Your sales team needs to not only understand your products inside and out, but also the capabilities of your organization, as well as internal processes and the benefits of working with your company and solutions.

Once your sales team understands the main selling points for your offering and can discuss them with ease on a pitch or qualifying call, you have to help them communicate this information in a digestible and reader-friendly format that enables the sale. How has your progress been in winning new accounts and growing your business? Learn how to better assist your sales team by keep reading!

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

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