It’s a shame that more businesses don’t use webinars as a marketing tool. They are so effective that, in 2013, 62 percent of all marketing campaigns involved a webinar. Seemingly the perfect combination between video and content, webinars can help your business grow and reach a whole new audience.
Internet marketing is still relatively young. Fifteen years ago companies warmed up to having their own homepages. In the past five years, social media evolved from teenagers flirting on Myspace to a massive marketing tool which allows companies of all sizes to reach millions of people, all over the world. Today, the majority of businesses are heavily invested in internet marketing strategies. This creates a new problem, noise.
Noise happens when a customer is overwhelmed with a barrage of marketing messages. Just opening a web browser, users are faced with pop-up windows, spam, targeted ads, and more. The majority of users have learned to ignore these distractions.
Creating content for your MSP marketing blog doesn’t have to be an area of trepidation. You’re the best advocate and resource for what makes the services you provide as an MSP unique, you just need to give your audience a reason why they should choose you. Your blog is the perfect opportunity to show your experience, ideas, and why you’re the best at what you do.
There are three basic forms of SEO—Technical SEO, On-Page SEO, and Off-Page SEO. On-page SEO is the content you create to solve people’s problems. Off-Page SEO are things you are doing outside of your website to increase your visibility. Technical SEO are the things you do in the “backend” of the website, and while not as prominent as the content, it is just as important. Schema Markup (Structured Data) should be part of your technical SEO, as it can provide your MSP website the visibility it needs to stand out from the competition.
Marketing your MSP may seem like a huge endeavor, or that you need to be a marketing mastermind to actually effectively market your business, but that is not true. If done right, marketing can be done without any stress or hassle. Where do you start? With a plan of course!
There’s no school like the old school, and when it comes to marketing, “old school” more or less means “outbound”... an approach where you are reaching out to your audience, as compared to them seeking out what you offer. Let’s review some of the marketing techniques that you could use as part of an outbound-focused initiative that (especially with our help) proves to be a worthwhile endeavor as you promote your managed services.
Marketing is an integral part of the business process. If your MSP isn’t allocating any time to marketing, then your MSP isn’t growing. However, if you allocate too much time to marketing, you take time away from other aspects of the business process. You can escape this trap by utilizing your time marketing effectively and efficiently.
When you market your business’ services you want to make sure you are marketing effectively! With too broad a target market, you could be wasting your marketing efforts. You want to narrow your marketing focus - so try target marketing. By doing this you will be breaking your marketing into groups. Then you will narrow those groups down, to those that would need your product or services the most.
As the COVID-19 virus continues to sweep its way through the world it is imperative that businesses remember and continue, with a little adjustment, their marketing efforts. When it comes to marketing your MSP, you can consider it a best practice to always be marketing your services. No matter what complications or difficult outside circumstances your MSP may face, you should always be marketing your business.
Trust is a critical factor in running any business successfully. A business owner needs to trust their employees to work effectively, a business as a whole needs to trust its vendors and service providers, and—perhaps most pressingly—a business’ audience needs to trust that business.
Maintaining your business’ reputation can be hard in today's age when there are so many ways and places for people to share exactly what they think about your business, whether it be correct or even true! Unfortunately, some people share fake or false accounts of their interactions with a business, and oftentimes, the business is unable to outright remove those comments. So, here is what you do if you ever find your business facing this problem:
Managed service providers, as well as other B2B vendors and service providers, have a very different market to compete within than they once did. In fact, the competition between different businesses has transformed into hypercompetition—the shifting adoption of various tactics for the express purpose of undermining another business’ advantages. Let’s consider how the right kind of marketing activities can help your MSP to gain an advantage over its competitors.
When it comes to marketing any business—managed service providers included—it helps to implement a concept known as a marketing funnel. This strategy can better ensure that your budgeted dollars are being spent effectively while also coaxing your targeted audience through the transition to satisfied clients.
If you were to poll a group of people, we would be willing to bet the majority would say spam is gross - whether you’re talking canned “meat” or what fills that annoying folder in your Inbox. Now, the point of that meat-substance may have originally been a good one. After all, why wouldn’t a precooked meat that you could essentially eat anywhere, that was relatively inexpensive and could last for years, be a good thing? We’ll let you be the judge of that, but what we do know is that there is nothing good about the spam hitting your Inbox, and what’s even worse, is the spam hitting other people’s inboxes from you!
When determining whether their online marketing is successful, most MSPs only focus on their page position for some golden keyword like “Managed IT” or “Computer Support.” While page positioning is a valid consideration, it shouldn’t be the only or even primary method of measuring your online success. Here’s why.
First, 2020 was a paradigm shift, and no business, regardless of size or industry, including MSPs like yours, survived it without needing to abandon their 2020 plans. This caused most companies to adapt on the fly or risk losing their business. As we near the end of the first business quarter of 2021, you need to consider putting your MSP marketing plans into motion.
When it comes to search results, all search is local. The more connected you are to your community, the better your chances are to rank higher in local search results. While there are a variety of steps to increase your local search marketing, the most basic, but critically important, is to ensure that Google knows where your business is. If your NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) isn’t consistent throughout your presence on the internet, there is a chance that you may not appear in your localized search results.
Marketing your MSP services can be difficult during the best of times, so it's no wonder many MSPs are having trouble gaining leads right now. Despite the uncertainty, now is not the time to stop your marketing efforts. If you don't market your services, you won't be able to attract any leads. If you aren't sure how to start, here are six ways to market your MSP during the pandemic.
“How long will it take for an SEO strategy to start showing results?” This is a question that will get you many different answers depending on who you ask. The optimization of your business’ website happens on so many levels and has so many different variables, and coupled with the fact that your competitors aren’t just resting on their heels and have likely also optimized their website, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) can take as long as six months to show results.
Most business owners realize that Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the primary marketing tools to get your MSP noticed. Yet, very few understand that SEO (like most marketing) can often be a slow process. However when done correctly, SEO marketing can provide your business the boost needed to be heads above the competition and on page one of Google.