What Is an Elevator Pitch and Why Do I Need One?
MSP marketing is a process that is essentially continuous. Even if you’re not specifically pitching products or services, anytime someone, who is an existing or potential client, observes your MSP in action, they’re having thoughts which could prompt them to purchase products or services you provide. If you’re troubleshooting for a client and find some aspect of operations where one of your services may help solve a problem, just by telling them about it, you’re essentially marketing your business.
An elevator pitch is a perfect way to describe specific and general services fast. It makes sense to have them available for differing aspects of your operations. Basically, a pitch only takes around 30 seconds to deliver. This is about all the time you really need to make a “sale.” The other time you spend with potential clients will be caught up in describing what you’ve learned as an IT professional, letting prospects know your opinions on certain technology roles and generally being an IT authority.
For those 30 seconds where you’re in “pitch” mode, however, you want something to draw clients in so that they’ve really made the purchase in their minds; they’re just ironing out details with you. Basically, you need to be able to pitch your business in the time it takes to ride an elevator; hence the term “elevator pitch.”
How Do Elevator Pitches Look?
MSP marketing should employ effective elevator pitches, not passable ones. To be effective, you want to design the pitch with several key elements. Your pitch should:
• Be quick
• Not sound complicated
• Have full confidence
• Condense information concisely
• Directly address client issues
When you’re swift, concisely addressing your client’s needs in a relevant way that is confidently and simply presented, it makes the client’s decision to work with you much easier. A basic example of an elevator pitch might be something like:
“Our MSP business can take your issue here, provide this particular service here, and make it so you don’t have to pay as much as you did before, but you’re able to be more secure and more competitive than your competition.”
Now, the above pitch is in reference to the client’s hypothetical need directly. You also want to have an elevator pitch which describes your services as a whole. Here’s an example:
“Well, the IT company I manage is always leveraging cutting-edge technology against cost-effective innovations. We specialize in (your specialty) and have helped businesses of many sizes reach (relevant client vertical). Basically, I do my best to save clients money. When they do good, I do good.”
Both pitches are relatively short. You may be able to get them out in less than 30 seconds. That’s fine— 30-second sales pitches are, by no means, some numerical gold standard in marketing. The idea is to give your clients and potential clients value and intrigue quickly.
About our Contributor
Jennifer Holmes is President of MIS Solutions and a Georgia native who, after graduating from Georgia Tech, became an accomplished research virologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In 2000, Jennifer hung up her lab coat to join husband Lliam at MIS Solutions as President.
In the past 16 years, she has led the MIS Solutions team to become the leaders in Metro Atlanta IT Support. MIS Solutions, Inc. is on a mission to provide managed IT services to Atlanta businesses to help them grow and support their businesses. MIS Solutions provides a wide range of IT services to Atlanta-based businesses and, combined with Jennifer’s passion for sharing effective business strategies with her clients, they are able to deliver the best IT support solutions for each client’s unique environment in Atlanta.
In 2013, Jennifer’s leadership and marketing skills won her the title of Spokesperson for the nationally acclaimed Technology Marketing Toolkit, an industry group of over 550 top U.S. She is a graduate of the Leadership Gwinnett program and has acted on the boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners’ Atlanta chapter, Gwinnett Great Days of Service, the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club and the Gwinnett Chamber’s Technology Board.