A highly successful MSP company relies on the strengths of exceptional IT people. No matter how much advanced technology services your company develops, you can’t prosper without talented techs. So, how do your recruit smart, highly skilled IT techs to your company? One of the first steps to take is making the recruiting and selecting of IT applicants’ top priorities for your business. Once you do this, you can use the following strategies for attracting skilled personnel to your business. (more…)
On Gangland streets, the Mafia and other underworld organizations fight to control the illegal markets. These illicit markets are called rackets, and criminals fight to gain dominance over each racket. This often means using violence to eliminate the will of competing organizations. When it comes to controlling the high-traffic IT marketing keywords racket, MSP SEO Factory has used massive intimidation to gain dominance over this racket! Why does this matter to your MSP Business?
Why is There a Fight for High-Traffic Keywords?
There are only a handful of high-traffic keywords in just about every major market in the United States. This means most of the businesses in each metro area tend to search specific keywords when looking for a new IT support provider. In addition, it’s typical for internet searchers to only consider the company that ranks on top. This is like a Gangland community that only has a few high traffic street corners when they can conduct their illicit activities. Naturally, when there are competing crime syndicates in each metro area, they will be fighting for those coveted street corners. In the same way, IT companies and IT marketing vendors will be fighting for these rare high traffic keywords.
How Did We Intimate the Competition?
The way that we intimidate these IT marketing competitors is by going all in to overwhelm them with original content, guest blogs, updates, etc., that exceed these rival’s wildest dreams. When they see how fast we get our MSP clients ranked on top of these high-traffic keywords with many articles and backlinks, they’ll feel they could never catch up in a million years. This is just like the one underworld organization that decides to dominate the street covers with overwhelming violence and show of force. The weak-kneed bad guys will lose their stomach for a fight and acquiesce the coveted street corners. In the same way, the IT marketing competitors lose their will to fight when they see the overwhelming show of force we bring to the MSP SEO fight.
Now that you’ve realized that IT marketing keywords are rare and that we have the secret to controlling who owns the top-ranked position on these keywords; we control this racket and then we can assign your IT company the high-traffic keywords in your local market before your competitor beats you to the punch. If you let us make that happen, then your MSP business would be getting the easy way to close leads on the internet. To make it come to fruition, give us a call and pony up the cash!
Many 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?
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
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
Your marketing plan for IT needs to be of the trendsetting variety, not the trend following variety. It doesn’t matter how strong a given trend seems to be, it will fall by the wayside. If you jump on the bandwagon, you’re already behind the times. A good portion of the population has already grown savvy to the trend and won’t respond to it as they would to something entirely unique. The solution is to be the one who sets trends, not the one who follows. Or, at the very least, one who uses the trends in aggregate for a new and improved aim. In a phrase, you want to be an apex predator. (more…)
Many MSP businesses fail to capitalize on the advantages that come with applying IT services marketing to generate leads because they lack the necessary techniques. You need to turn innovative, gripping, and highly informative content to produce tangible results and revenue. Here is how it happens: (more…)
There are multiple methods through which you can gain new customers and make more sales for your MSP business. One of the most beneficial techniques to consider for your operation is referral marketing. In general, customer referrals will generate more positive results and higher sales compared to cold leads. This can be attributed to the fact that referrals provide immediate credibility while cold links require you to slowly build trust. Unfortunately, most IT companies do not take full advantage of this marketing option. If you would like to improve your referral strategy, here are some practical tips to help you get started: (more…)
An IT content marketing plan bears striking resemblances to certain strategic practices. You might liken it to chess. Chess has a number of moves which are so well-known they become associated with those who pioneered them. Now, imagine the pieces on the board as allies in a marketing battle against the other player in the game, whose name is “low profit.” You’ve got to strategically place your “men” and have an overarching goal. As a “thought leader,” you’re directing other players in your marketing game through a premeditated strategy. Part of that requires putting the right people on the right job. (more…)