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3 Strategies for Increasing Your Productivity as a Business Owner

Posted by Lily Teplow on April 20, 2017

3 Strategies for Increasing Your Productivity as a Business Owner

If you own your own business, you're an extremely busy person. It's important to find ways to be more productive, but also make sure you're getting the rest and separation you need to be an effective business owner. This can be a lot easier said than done.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a struggle for many managed services providers (MSPs). You are knowledge workers, and process a tremendous amount of information in your day-to-day. But in order to be a topnotch provider for your clients and run a successful MSP business, you need to maximize your time and be as productive as possible. So, as a business owner, how can you increase your productivity while maintaining a healthy work-life balance? Start with these three strategies.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Workforce Optimization and Employee Retention, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

How to Solve the MSP Marketing Struggle

Posted by Meaghan Moraes on April 18, 2017

How to Solve the MSP Marketing Struggle

Business growth: it’s on every MSP’s mind yet tends to fall to the bottom of the list when it comes to your day-to-day tasks. As a business owner, you’re constantly dealing with endless moving parts, so conserving your time and effort is really the only way to scale your business. Maybe you haven’t been focusing on marketing—even though it is circled and underlined three times on that to-do list—or maybe you’re taking a whack at this seemingly foreign concept.

The key point to consider here is that when you do marketing, it’s crucial that you understand how to do it right. So, what’s the first step in solving the MSP marketing struggle? You must develop and deploy an effective marketing strategy.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing

Partner Spotlight: How Standard Operating Procedures Can Help Your MSP Grow

Posted by Josh Giesing on April 14, 2017

How Standard Operating Procedures Can Help Your MSP Grow

Conducting business in today's competitive, technology-focused environment is becoming increasingly complex. As a fellow managed services provider (MSP), you know this first-hand. Today, we have to stay on top of not only our own market and technology developments, but also on the changing landscape of our clients’ markets. With all the ebb and flow of this industry, don’t you wish there was something to provide your business with more stability? Well, the answer might be to create and implement standard operating procedures (SOPs).

SOPs ensure consistency, create organization so that tasks can be easily completed, provide transparency for all key parties and make communication and training more seamless. Here are several ideas for implementing SOPs that can help MSPs increase efficiency and profits, leading to sustainable growth in the future.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Service Delivery and Operational Efficiency

How to Identify Your Unique Selling Proposition and Differentiate Your Company

Posted by Nate Teplow on April 13, 2017

How to Identify Your Unique Selling Proposition and Differentiate Your Company

With the growing competition in the MSP landscape, developing a unique selling proposition is more important than ever. As the marketing continues to evolve and consolidate, it can be tough to identify and articulate what makes your MSP unique – especially in a services-based environment. You need to offer prospects an immediate glimpse of what sets your company apart in order to effectively sell your services and close more deals. So, how exactly can you make yourself stand out from all of the managed IT services offerings available?

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Sales and Marketing, Podcast

Making Your Way to $10M: 5 Important MSP Lessons

Posted by Peter Melby on April 11, 2017

Making Your Way to $10M: 5 Important MSP Lessons

Growing a business is exciting. In this industry, the idea of being a $10 million MSP is something many see as a top possible accomplishment. There are thousands of tips and best practices out there to help ensure we’re on the straight and smooth path to reaching this milestone. However, I have been down that path before, and let me tell you, it’s not as straight and smooth as you’d think.

The journey to becoming a $10M MSP is full of obstacles and reroutes, and you might even find yourself stumbling off one or two cliffs. If you aspire to take your business to the next level, you should beware that there will be challenges at every turn. In reflecting upon my own journey, I wanted to share a few important lessons that I’ve learned along the way. Making your way to $10M can be worth it, as long as you don't forget these key things:

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

All MSPs Need to Be Performing Quarterly Business Reviews. Here’s How.

Posted by Lily Teplow on April 4, 2017

All MSPs Need to Be Performing Quarterly Business Reviews. Here’s How.

It’s officially April, which brings one specific thing to mind. Now, I’m not talking about taxes or the long-awaited start of baseball season. I’m referring to the first quarter of 2017 coming to a close, which opens the opportunity for you to perform quarterly business reviews (QBRs) with your clients.

As a managed IT services provider (MSP), your goal is to build strong, long-term relationships with your clients. This relationship is usually defined by the quality of your work and the value you are delivering to the client. A great way to demonstrate this value is to perform QBRs. These are an essential component of your service offering and they help set you apart as an elite MSP partner, rather than just a vendor.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

Marketing KPIs All MSPs Should Be Tracking

Posted by Nate Teplow on March 28, 2017

Marketing KPIs All MSPs Should Be Tracking

In today’s increasingly-digital business landscape, everything is measurable. For growth-oriented MSPs, key performance indicators (KPIs) are essential in making sure your business is on a path to greater profitability and success. Now, there are certain profitability and sales KPIs you should be keeping track of, but what should you measure when it comes to marketing? If you’re looking to develop or refine an analytic strategy for your marketing efforts, here are some key metrics you should consider.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

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

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