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MSP Marketing Should Include a Well-Designed Elevator Pitch

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

MSP marketingWhat 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

IT marketingJennifer 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.

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…)

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…)

Have You Suffered an MSP Marketing Betrayal Like Edmond Dantes?

Friday, July 28th, 2017

MSP MarketingIf you have ever watched the movie The Count of Monte Cristo then no doubt you felt the betrayal of Edmond Dantes was heart wrenching. In the story Edmond is reduced from a having a promising sailing career to being unjustly accused of treason and imprisoned because of his best friend’s jealousy.

While the fictional tale of Edmond life is quite dramatic is it possible that an MSP business could suffer a similar marketing betrayal at the hands of an employee, partner or competitor? (more…)

What Can an MSP Business Learn from The Little Engine that Could?

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

MSP BusinesWhen I was a kid one of the stories that stuck out in my mind the most was the Little Engine that Could. When I was faced with adversity the core message of this book always helped motivate me. Of course, as I got older the memory of this positive message seems to have faded from my mind.

How could dusting off The Little Engine that Could and reviewing its positive message help an MSP Business grow their company?

Watch the YouTube clip here–> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe-J6O3zuBM (more…)

You need Gorilla-Sized ideas to be successful with Managed Services Marketing

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

managed services marketing“Gorilla” Warfare in Marketing

Managed services marketing plans need ideas the size of a gorilla. A gorilla is big, strong, majestic, frightening, intriguing, and watchable. A gorilla idea would be an idea with these qualities. But there is a “guerrilla” nature to such ideas which makes them hard to come by. These guerrilla gorillas can be hiding in the nutrition facts label on the back of your water bottle, but if you don’t know where to look, they will grunt and fight among themselves conceptually; but you’ll never hear their battle cries. If you really want to be effective in marketing, you’ve got to see gorilla-sized ideas everywhere, because it’s not just about the strength of the idea— it’s about exceptional ideas continuously used. (more…)

Why MSPs Are the Perfect IT Operations Partner for CIOs!

Friday, July 21st, 2017

IT operationsUnnecessary Worries

IT operations sourced through an exterior agency are shunned by CIOs out of fear that their job will be lost. But a chief information officer knows more about internal operations than any exterior agency can; he or she just may not have requisite resources to apply their knowledge as necessary. When a CIO needs to get certain tech solutions in place, they have to deal with internal company bureaucracy and employees. What ends up happening is that most CIOs end up treading water in a way that seems endless. (more…)

Are You Self-Promoting Your IT Services Firm With Marketing Blogs?

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

IT services marketingThe Advantage of Information over Self Promotion

IT services marketing needs to be about communication of ideas, tips, tricks, techniques, and unique information. It doesn’t need to be about how good one company is over another. Your job isn’t to prove your IT business is the best. Your job is to prove to prospective clients that you’re worth their time, that you will cohesively help, and that your motivation isn’t solely bound up in gain.

You want to communicate an attitude of reliable, trustworthy passion; not a predatory intent. When you’re constantly self-promoting, a predatory vibe is more likely to be communicated. If, instead, you give tips on cloud installation, IoT best practices, and solutions for voice systems which consolidate expenses, you’re more likely to be successful in marketing campaigns. Following are five things to consider as you approach prospective clients. (more…)

Would You Like to See Your IT Marketing Competitors in the Rearview Mirror?

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

IT MarketingSales in the Fast Lane

IT marketing has a tough nature. The sales cycle is long and technological advances continue to develop almost faster than you can sell them. Technological pursuits predicate technological solutions for marketing. One of the most successful is called content marketing. Consider these four pillars of content marketing strategy: (more…)


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