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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

3 Tips for Unleashing Your Managed Services Sales Potential

Posted by Lane Smith on February 15, 2017

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We’re already well into the first quarter of 2017, and I bet you’re thinking about how you can amplify the sales of your managed IT services. Many MSPs still struggle with selling their services because there are countless variables to consider. For example, who are your ideal clients and what is your target market? What should your sales force look like and what should your sales cycle look like? The list can go on and on. While you’re figuring these factors out, it’s likely that you’re out selling your managed services already. To help you get started and maximize the effectiveness of your sales team, here are three steps you can take to accelerate your sales cycle and increase your close rates.

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Topics: Revenue Growth and Profitability, Sales and Marketing

5 Simple Ways to Break the $1M Revenue Barrier

Posted by Frank Bauer on February 8, 2017

Who Wants to be an MSP Millionaire

Who wants to be an MSP millionaire? OK, so we’re really talking about annual revenue for your business, but still impressive, no? Isn’t the dream of achieving those financial goals part of the reason you started your practice in the first place? Maybe you haven’t reached this important milestone yet. You used up all of your lifelines, and the pressure of the “hot seat” got to you. That’s OK! Chris Harrison might judge you, but we won’t. Instead, let’s put two minutes on the clock as we demonstrate five simple steps you can take to hit your $1 million revenue mark!

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

Align Your Business for Success: An Organizational Chart Built to Scale

Posted by Ben Barker on February 8, 2017

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By now, you have heard all about the benefits of partnering with a third-party NOC and Help Desk. You know that offloading day-to-day tasks frees up your technicians to be more proactive and focus on the big picture. But once you make that move and get to a place where your team no longer needs to work reactively, you need to adjust your organizational structure. It won't happen automatically, it won't happen overnight, but it needs to happen if you want to grow and scale your MSP business.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Webinar Highlights

Reasons to Use Managed IT Services in 2017

Posted by Mary McCoy on February 3, 2017

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As cited in CompTIA's 5th Annual Trends in Managed Services report, "the global managed-services market is predicted to grow to $193B by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.5%." What is fueling this impressive level of adoption? Why are so many business owners fans of your business model? We dug into this report and more to examine the top reasons small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) list for working with MSPs and IT solutions providers. As you build your 2017 sales strategy, pay attention to these main market drivers.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

3 Strategies for Achieving Operational Efficiency

Posted by Jaq Baldwin on January 19, 2017

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As a managed services provider in the SMB market, the challenge of growing your operational maturity, bringing on more clients and simultaneously caring for existing accounts can be daunting. From the moment that first contract is signed, tickets begin to come at your team at 1000 mph from all directions – all with the same level of urgency. Your support staff gets stretched too thin, yet all the while your sales team is out looking for new clients that will also need support!

So, the questions begin to pile on. Do you invest in a bigger support team so you’re ready for newly acquired business? Or do you hire an outside sales rep to generate the revenue to pay for your team? Do you hire an internal account manager to offload the customer service requests? Or do you invest in more specialized training for your current team? The list goes on and on. But as the old adage goes, the key is to "work smarter, not harder."

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

How to Reduce Operational Expenses and Increase Revenue

Posted by Ben Barker on January 18, 2017

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Where has the IT industry been and where is it going? When Eric Townsend, Director of MSP and SMB Marketing for Intel Corporation, joined us for last week’s webinar titled “The Top 5 Ways to Reduce Operational Expenses and Increase Revenue in 2017,” this is the question we began with. “Where have we been and where are we going?" For many of us in the IT industry, we’re probably familiar with the answer to the first part of this question. However the second part, "where are we going?," has a more surprising answer. According to Townsend, we are heading toward the world of managing all devices.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability, Webinar Highlights

4 Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Growing Your Managed Services Business

Posted by Matt Waters on January 12, 2017

If there’s one constant in the IT industry, it’s change. For many managed services providers, this change presents a significant opportunity in the market to expand. Being poised for growth is a key component to your profitability, yet scaling your MSP effectively can be a lot trickier than it sounds. Whether it be struggling to meet your current demand or securing your IT platform, there are a handful of barriers to face when seeking to take your business to new heights. To capitalize on this opportunity, though, you’ll need to be sure your own organization is prepared to face the challenges that exist when growing your business. Here are four common mistakes you should avoid when scaling your MSP business.

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Topics: Business Development and Growth, Revenue Growth and Profitability

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