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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

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

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

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

5 Steps to Optimizing Your Webinar Strategy

Posted by Lily Teplow on November 3, 2017

5 Steps to Optimizing Your Webinar Strategy

“What’s your current webinar strategy like?”

“Well, I’ve made a point to attend lots of webinars... but I’ve never actually hosted one myself. What should I do?”

This is how 90 percent of my conversations started when talking to our MSP partners at Navigate 2017’s Grow Your Business Hub. Many understood the value of webinars—being able to educate and establish oneself as a thought leader in the industry. However, few actually took the next step to be a part of or host webinars of their own.

If you’re looking to strengthen your webinar strategy and generate more leads, this post will serve as your guide to hosting and executing a successful webinar.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Webinar

How to Take the Fear Out of Cybersecurity Sales: The Hallo-Weekly Byte [VIDEO]

Posted by Brandon Garcin on October 30, 2017

How to Take the Fear Out of Cybersecurity Sales

There’s no denying the need for effective cybersecurity services in the small- and mid-sized business (SMB) market today—but IT providers need to have the right go-to-market strategy in order to effectively demonstrate their value and win security business. In this special Halloween edition of The Weekly Byte, we explore how to take the fear out of cybersecurity sales!

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

5 Proven Ways to Optimize Your Website and SEO Strategy

Posted by Mariam Ahmad on October 26, 2017

5 Proven Ways to Optimize Your Website and SEO Strategy

Let’s face it: we’re living in a digital age, which means that your website has become a 24x7x365 selling tool. Whenever a user or business is experiencing a particular problem, they turn to search engines like Google and click on the most relevant result. As an IT service provider, you’re in the business of solving problems, so how can you ensure that your website appears on that first page?

The traffic you capture via organic search is free, and having a solid search engine optimization (SEO) strategy is an extremely effective way to drive qualified traffic to your website. To do this successfully, however, IT service providers need to understand the most important elements of SEO and implement the best tactics. In this post, we’ll dive into the five proven ways you can strengthen your website and SEO strategy, increase your rankings and optimize your online presence. Let’s get started!

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Topics: Sales and Marketing, Website Optimization and Design, Search Engine Optimization

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