It’s not uncommon for professionals in the MSP industry to treat the formal marketing of their business as an afterthought. However, during the current crisis, where social distancing reduces the opportunity for face-to-face contact, and many business owners are focused more on keeping the cashflow going rather than improving and upgrading their IT, having leads fall into your lap may be difficult. It doesn’t have to be. Now is the time to develop your online persona and drive lead generating conversations.
Marketing automation allows businesses to maximize the use of the time they set aside for marketing their business. Careful planning and online software programs will replace a portion of your MSP’s marketing effort, allowing you to use the time that would have been used for marketing elsewhere. With marketing automation, an MSP can continue marketing to their website’s visitors and prospects long after the initial contact.
“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.
Ever put a good amount of time into a marketing campaign for your MSP only to have it fizzle out? It can be demoralizing to spend time and money trying to get more sales only to get nothing back. Marketing is a beast, and most of the time, trying to run a successful MSP business while trying to usher in growth and spread the word is very challenging. Let’s discuss how you can market your MSP.
By now, you should have run out of excuses and realized that social media marketing is essential to generating leads for your MSP. It’s simply time to do it. Fortunately, Social Media as a Service allows you to focus on your business, while your marketing agency uses social media to send leads in your direction.
As the owner of an MSP, one of your number one tasks is to grow your business. Simply put, without the revenue new contacts bring in, you’ll likely grow stagnant. While word of mouth is great, there is a limit to how many people you can meet. You have to market, advertise and promote your MSP services to reach a wider audience. In terms of reach, social media can provide access to a nearly unlimited source of leads.
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!
Need more traffic to your site? Want to increase brand awareness? Could you use more email subscribers? Try a giveaway! Maybe you’ve tried to do one before, but did not see the results you were looking for. Would you be willing to try again if you were armed with some additional knowledge?
How do you measure the results of your marketing? Is it an increase in traffic, a rise in rank? Phone calls? Social media attention? The uncomfortable truth is if you can’t define your terms of success, what hope do you have to determine the ROI of your MSP marketing campaigns?
Social media is not only one of the main drivers of traffic to your site, but it is also a primary tool for the marketing of your business. Social media is particularly valuable to smaller businesses, as it can level the playing field in regards to the ability to communicate with an audience. Unsure of how to find the time to set up, customize and develop an effective social media plan for your business? Now’s the time for The Ultimate Social Media Rig.
We recently wrote about how useful linkbait can be to your MSP marketing efforts. This got us thinking… why not give you some actionable efforts to help you?
Your website can’t be an island all to itself and hope to be competitive. Your site can’t be considered truly engaging until other domains (websites) link to it. If variety is the spice of life, domain diversity is the ticket to page one of Google.
You may have heard the proverb, “The right tool for the right tool” and its cousin, “It’s a poor workman who blames his tools.” When it comes to using social media to promote your MSP and develop your brand, social media tools are not interchangeable. While social media is designed to be used as tools of engagement, they each achieve their goals in different ways. Read on to learn to choose the best social media tools to develop your MSP marketing funnel, promote your brand, and drive traffic to your site.
There are many Managed Service Providers out there that have decided, “we’re not going to bother with social media at all.” We understand where they’re coming from: managing multiple social media channels on top of handling all the day to day business processes can be overwhelming for a small business. Instead of even attempting to, some companies of smaller size won’t even bother setting up accounts for their company across the major platforms.
Whether you’re new to social media entirely or just new to using certain aspects of it as a business, you’ll probably admit that it can be a little complicated to use it effectively. There are a lot of ‘little things’ you need to know if you want to develop a strategy that actually sees noticeable, measurable results.
If you’ve established social media pages but aren’t doing anything with them, you’re wasting so many valuable opportunities to connect with your target audience. This includes your clients, and even your prospects who decide to seek out more information about you.
To many small business owners, especially those in the arena of serving other businesses, social media seems like a waste of time. You’re not selling a brand new, up-and-coming consumer product, you’re a managed service provider trying to sell businesses various IT-related services to other business. So, what’s the point of trying to compete for attention in online spaces filled with baby pictures, memes, and funny animal videos? Why should you even bother?
LinkedIn is a place where prospects can learn about your company through a social network that is designed for business professionals. It’s a place where your current clients often expect professional updates from. And, it’s a place where potential future employees are searching for employment.
Recently, we have been sharing insights on some best practices regarding social media. This time, we’re going to discuss the primary function of social media: engagement.
Social media marketing, like all marketing, requires repeat viewings to enter the consciousness and equally important the subconscious of the audience. This is why there is the “Rule of 7” - the long-held belief that a potential customer needs to see your ad at least seven times before they are willing to commit to an action. Yes, there are impulse buyers, but they are the exception, not the rule. Most people take some time before they commit to a course of action and successful marketing demands you ‘touch’ them multiple times to reinforce your message.