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Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges with Managed IT Services

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 16, 2017

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If there is one thing we can be certain about when it comes to cybersecurity, it’s that the landscape will remain dynamic and turbulent over the coming years. Today, news headlines are dominated by cyberattacks and breaches that span across all industries – causing security to be top of mind for almost all businesses. However, these headlines don’t seem to be slowing down, which means that businesses are still struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

So, what are the biggest obstacles businesses face in achieving a stronger cybersecurity posture, and how are MSPs best-suited to help clients and prospects overcome these obstacles?

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

A Look at Today’s Changing Managed IT Services Landscape

Posted by Brandon Garcin on March 15, 2017

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The managed IT services market today is experiencing significant change. Businesses across all industries are becoming increasingly dependent on technology, and the skills gap in this industry continues to widen. What’s more, we’re beginning to see the potential for new legislation or policy that may impact how IT outsourcing services are delivered and consumed.

As these trends converge, MSPs must take a tactical approach to ensure that they’re aligning the right internal and external resources, putting the right processes in place and placing themselves on a path toward long-term success and stability.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Industry News

How to Write an Elevator Pitch for Your MSP Business

Posted by Frank Bauer on March 14, 2017

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If there is an Achilles Heel of MSPs, it’s the role of sales and marketing. MSPs, by their very nature, are technology driven. They are comfortable in the realm of tech and can do things that others simply can’t fathom – it’s exactly why they exist! Although sales and marketing are essential in sustaining a profitable business, many MSP owners are often so immersed in the day-to-day of their business that they don’t have the time to market or sell.

But let me tell you something that MSP owners often don’t realize: you’re actually selling at all times. Think about it, you’re in a front-facing role where you’re frequently networking with other business owners. The trouble is, though, that you’re not always in “sales mode.” So, how can you better incorporate sales into your day-to-day in a way that feels natural?

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

8 Ways to Reduce Your Technician Turnover Rate

Posted by Mary McCoy on March 3, 2017

Did you know that today is National Employee Appreciation Day? It’s a day for companies to thank and recognize their employees for their hard work throughout the year. In honor of this, we wanted to know what MSP business owners could do to appreciate their techs and reduce their turnover rate. We all know that employee turnover is a business killer in the IT industry, but why is that? Bottom line: there’s a shortage of IT talent and a widening skills gap.  

In fact, there are about 593,500 IT jobs in the United States that have remained open for 90 days or longer. That equates to 50,000,000 days of lost IT productivity each quarter! So, what can be done about this? We turned to Spiceworks, a community of online IT professionals, to ask: What is one thing your boss could do to make your job more enjoyable? The influx of responses was astounding! After scanning the 64 (and counting) comments for common themes, we picked these eight ways to cut down on employee churn!

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, IT Community, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

The Top 5 MSP Blog Posts of February 2017

Posted by Lily Teplow on March 1, 2017

The-Top-5-MSP-Blog-Posts-of-February-2017.pngCan you believe it’s already March? With only one month left in the quarter, it’s time to focus on maximizing your client relationships, closing those deals and ending this month on a high note. Now, if only there were some blog posts out there that would help you do just that... Oh wait!

Although February is a month shorter in days, there was no shortage of valuable posts on the MSP Blog. A lot was covered this past month, including how to strengthen your MSP sales strategies for 2017, how to align your IT services with your clients’ and prospects’ business priorities, tools and tips for greater workplace productivity and much more! So without further ado, here are the top five blog posts our readers couldn’t get enough of this February.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

2017 Cybersecurity Trends and How MSPs Can Capitalize

Posted by Scott Spiro on March 1, 2017

2017 Cybersecurity Trends and How MSPs Can Capitalize.pngOver the last several years, cybersecurity has become one of the most vexing problems for companies of all sizes. Today, business owners know hackers are out to steal information from their networks and endpoints, but few have IT experts with the right experience to fight off cybercriminals. However, this situation creates a ripe opportunity for your MSP.

Before you can meet the needs of existing and potential clients, though, you'll need to understand the emerging cybersecurity trends and how to capitalize on them.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Cybersecurity and Threat Management, Managed Security Services

How to Build a Successful BDR Line of Business

Posted by Nate Teplow on February 28, 2017

How to Build a Successful BDR Line of Business.pngThe backup and disaster recovery (BDR) market has seen tremendous growth over the last five years and presents a big opportunity for managed IT services providers. The small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) you serve now require effective disaster recovery and continuity planning as part of their daily operations, and MSPs are best-suited to deliver these services. However, many IT providers still struggle with developing a BDR line of business and profitably servicing their clients. So, what are some strategies MSPs can use to build, strengthen and deliver a successful BDR offering?

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Backup and Disaster Recovery, Podcast

6 Tips and 8 Tools for Greater Workplace Productivity

Posted by Mary McCoy on February 22, 2017

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Do you ever struggle with work piling on and on that you feel like you’re playing an endless game of catch-up? Our frustration peaks as productivity plummets and we're left with only one thought: "Where did the day go?"

We've all been there, right? We stare at our list of to-do items for the day knowing full well we can't cross them off until we buckle down and eliminate distractions. But let's face it, sometimes this works better in theory than in practice.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention

Scalability, Cybersecurity & Cloud Services: Three eBooks to Support MSP Growth in 2017

Posted by Brandon Garcin on February 21, 2017

Three-eBooks-to-Support-MSP-Growth-in-2017.pngThe managed IT services industry is constantly changing, and it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on the latest changes, trends and best practices. Today, things like cloud computing, an increasingly-complex cybersecurity landscape and other pressures are forcing MSPs to rethink their approach to service delivery, sales and marketing, and other key aspects of the business.

To help you stay ahead of the curve and set yourself up for success in 2017, we’ve compiled three of our most popular eBooks. Check them out below!

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity and Threat Management

5 Tips to Make Your MSP Social Media Savvy

Posted by Lily Teplow on February 20, 2017

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We regularly hear our partners grumble about using social media, and it’s no wonder. Some managed services providers (MSPs) simply don’t have the time to support it, some might not see the ROI in it, and others just don’t quite “get” it. However, social media is an essential aspect of marketing and selling your managed services and it can act as an MSP’s differentiator. For starters, it can raise awareness for your company and boost your reputation as a leader in your field. It can also encourage your leads to reach out, look at your website and get to know your business. So, whether you’re looking to better align social media to your sales and marketing strategy, learn how to boost your current efforts, or you’re just starting out, you can use these five tips to make your MSP much savvier in the social media sphere.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

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