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Don’t Allow a Guarantee to Lure You into a MSP Marketing Trap!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

MSP marketingIn the hilarious movie Tommy Boy, Tommy Callahan played by Chris Farley tries to sell his companies auto parts against a competitor that has a guarantee on the box. He first attempts to explain why his customers don’t need a guarantee were extremely funny and total failures. However, towards the end of the movie Tommy manages to pull of an amazing pitch and convinces a retailer to by his parts without a guarantee. Some MSP Marketing firms are also using the guarantee on the box to lure IT providers into a trap for their website. Can Tommy’s pitch help clear up the matter about whether MSP’s need a guarantee? (more…)

Why Your MSP Business Needs a Strategic IT Marketing Plan

Friday, September 1st, 2017

IT MarketingAs an MSP, you have a great opportunity to improve your fortunes by engaging on an effective IT marketing campaign to generate leads and boost sales. However, without a plan, your efforts could go down the drain, wasting your time and money. A strategic marketing plan can be the difference between profitability and loss. It will benefit you to understand what it entails and subsequently know how to capitalize on it to improve your business. (more…)

Brand Consistency, MSP Business, and DAM

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

MSP BusinessDigital Asset Management

MSP business marketing solutions often benefit from consolidation. That is to say: if you’ve got a good number of resources you’re devoting toward a marketing strategy, you’re likely to have greater success should you categorize those resources for later use. This is what a digital asset management (DAM) system does. (more…)

Using Blogs to Solidify Your MSP Marketing Strategy

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

MSP MarketingYou’re Going to See More Leads

MSP marketing which incorporates properly designed blogs is going to generate more leads, pure and simple. Statistics indicate that companies that use blogging correctly are apt to generate 67% more leads than businesses that don’t. (more…)

Can MSPs Learn a Reverse Marketing trick from Ozark!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Reverse SellingIn the Netflix series Ozark Marty, and investment broker, is halfheartedly trying to close a prospect. Of course, they aren’t that impressed so they say they’re going to keep looking around. Until Marty’s partner interrupts the meeting by asking if the prospects were told the firm wasn’t accepting new clients? However, when the smoke from Bruce’s magical close clears, the prospects have invested ten thousand dollars. Wouldn’t it be great if MSPs could learn this reverse marketing trick? (more…)

Your MSP Business Strategy Must Account For a Continuously Fluctuating Market

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

MSP BusinessPersistent Change

Every MSP business has always dealt with change. Change is an essential component of any economic ecosystem. But change today is different than change several hundred years ago. The current free market system allows natural competition between businesses that grow unimpeded— well, mostly unimpeded. Let’s not get into unjust taxation here. The point is when free market ideals were initially endorsed several hundred years ago, economic transition was slower than today. As technology has advanced, so has economic flux. This is especially true in the information age characterizing modernity. Today, everything changes continually— this is especially true in technology. With that in mind, the following are four advisable characteristics your business would definitely benefit from adopting if you haven’t already: (more…)

Do you have an Amazing MSP Marketing Tagline Like the Ghostbusters?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

MSP MarketingIn the eighties, a movie called Ghostbusters took theaters by storm and became an international film sensation.  In the movie, a motley crew join forces to combat the forces of evil by forming Ghostbusters.  While they didn’t have much in the way of startup funds to get their message out, they still managed to run a few adds then went viral.  The key that helped them reach the community was their brilliant marketing line, “Who Ya Gonna Call?  The question is can MSPs learn from the Ghostbusters’ marketing tagline how to successfully brand their IT companies? (more…)

Do your MSP Business Employees need a Ferris Bueller Day Off?

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

MSP BusienssMany MSP businesses ignore the adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Most IT providers tend to believe that they need to squeeze every minute of work out of their employees because any lost time will cost them money.

However, is it possible that Ferris Bueller can teach an MSP business a lesson about the balance of work and play? Is it possible that giving employees more time off to play might help an IT company make even more money?

Watch the clip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX_rPkWzlqs (more…)

We Can Learn some IT Marketing Tricks from Willy Wonka!

Monday, July 31st, 2017

IT MarketingI believe most of our MSP readers have seen the cult classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. You probably remember that Willy Wonka had become a Hermit as he had closed the Factory to outsiders and never left. This maverick, however, unleashes a brilliant marketing campaign that offers a chance to win his prized factory for only a few lucky candidates that find a golden ticket.

This movie does provide some wonderful entertainment to children and adult audiences and passes on a few moral lessons at the same time, but can the unpredictable Willy Wonka teach IT providers any marketing lessons that can help them expand their business? (more…)

Maximizing the Remainder of Your 2017 MSP Marketing Plan with Data

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

MSP MarketingFive Optimization Steps

MSP marketing is complex. In order to properly profit, you’ll need to know the involved variables. You want to figure out which numbers are most important and focus on them. Five areas where you can really obtain actionable numbers include:

• Sales goals
• Review of marketing programs: what works and what doesn’t
• Data pertaining to services that sell and services that don’t
• Finding the low-hanging fruit and harvesting it
• Designing a marketing calendar for the remainder of the year

Sales

What were they? Did you meet them? Were you under or over budget in acquisitions? These are good questions to answer. Get the numbers, and don’t just look at the bookends. Sure, where you were and where you are both represent important indicators. However, you also want to determine where there were peaks and valleys. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of tweaking to curtail thousands in unnecessary spending. A perfect example: don’t have a full staff available during the middle of January if you don’t make big sales at that time. If you do tend to see spikes at that time, ensure you’ve got requisite staff.

Review Marketing Programs: What Works?

MSP marketing isn’t static. Some things will work excellent at one time and then quit working entirely at another. There will be fluctuations. Some things worked well for years, and suddenly they’re useless. Maybe that billboard on 27th isn’t worth funding— after all, there isn’t an industrial district in that part of town anymore.

One thing you’ll likely find is that SEO-based content marketing is very effective in terms of cost and lead generation. Discover where lead generation is facilitated in your marketing endeavors. Put money toward that.

What Sells, What Doesn’t?

Maybe you’re not doing well in terms of security sales. Maybe this portion of your MSP never took off. Abandoning it may not be the best choice, but what does make sense is a critical evaluation of programs that sell and those which don’t. You want to go through the numbers and fix what you can. Look at where low-sellers were able to convert clients, figure out why, and focus on that. But what you definitely must do is curtail unnecessary marketing expenditure on products or services that aren’t successful.

Low-Hanging Fruit

You might upsell existing clients who are already satisfied with what you do. You might look at government contracts. You might send out emails, newsletters, and blogs pertaining to new technology breakthroughs which stand to save clients money. Establish where there is an easy sale and get it. Then make that policy.

Marketing For the Remainder of the Year

Look through your sales goals, ensure the marketing programs you’ve designed are properly aligned, find the low-hanging fruit, and when you’re done with all that, make a calendar. This will help you identify when the most important marketing events should be held. It will help inform staffing, operations— the list goes on.

A Consolidated Approach

Between mapping via calendar, getting all the low-hanging fruit, finding what sells and what doesn’t, reviewing marketing programs, and re-establishing sales goals, you can really maximize the rest of 2017.

About our Contributor

MSP BusinessStephen Monk started Noverus Innovations Inc., an IT Services company serving the entire Sacramento area located in Roseville, California. Stephen started Noverus with a passion for using advanced technology to solve IT support business problems for small and medium companies in the Sacramento area. The company was started nearly six years ago with a focus on bringing state-of-the-art technology like, Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions, fixed-fee managed services, IT outsourcing and cyber security.
Unlike many other managed IT services providers in the Sacramento area, Noverus take providing amazing customers services extremely seriously to the point of hiring people that understand how important customer service is and then teach their techs the technology skills needed.
Finally, Noverus has made a commitment to never fall behind on the technology curve so that they can always give their customers accurate managed services advice in Sacramento!


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