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In 2018, IDG published a report and infographics describing new strategies for IT decision-makers. This report has turned the traditional IT sales paradigm upside-down, as it shows at least 8 different LOBs (Line of Business) involved in the IT purchase process. If you are selling IT services and SaaS and are looking to grow your customer base, then this is your new realm – get used to it.
Social media is a flexible tool that can be effectively used for your marketing, as we discussed in the previous posts of this series. It is inexpensive (or even free), it provides good exposure to the audience, it helps promote your services, and it boosts brand awareness. In this post, we talk about how to actively engage MSP prospects on social media.
In my previous post, I outlined basic guidelines on how to start using social media for MSPs. Today, I want to focus on the specific importance of LinkedIn. As of November 2018, the total number of LinkedIn users is more than 562 million people. Now consider that 80% of B2B leads come from LinkedIn vs. 13% from Twitter and 7% from Facebook. Since this is where most of your B2B contacts will find you first, LinkedIn is considered a leading social media tool for B2B marketing. That’s why it is crucial for an MSP to have a strong LinkedIn presence. Here’s how to get started.
Why is a Social Media Presence Important for MSPs?
As we mentioned in our previous post, social media is an essential aspect of digital marketing nowadays. In the big pool of managed service providers, a social media presence will help individual MSPs stand out, increasing their business visibility and brand recognition. By sharing your knowledge and relevant content, you boost your reputation as a leader in your field. By having a social media presence, you make it easier for your customers and prospects to find you and connect with you.
What MSPs Need to Know to Start Promoting Themselves on Social Media
These days, it is not enough for a business to have a pretty website and invest in online and offline advertising to reach potential customers. There are more virtual marketing opportunities now than we would have thought possible just 30 years ago. Social media evolved from an entertainment platform to a powerful business tool. Even if you are selling things you can’t take a pretty selfie with, like IT services and cyber security, you must be present on social media. Believe it or not, it will help you boost your marketing, sales and brand awareness.
There’s no standard recipe for how to budget your marketing. Each company has its own internal rules, and each marketing team has tools that work for them. I have never been formally taught how to budget marketing activities, so I came up with a way that works for me and polished it over the years. Today, I want to share how I do it to help you plan and analyze your marketing expenditures. Additionally, I will share a budget template that I have designed and have been successfully using for the last 10 years.
Marketing Plan Steps:
- Create marketing goals.
- Know your audience.
- Find the channels with which your audience engages.
- Create the marketing offer.
You’ve decided to hire an in-house marketing team (or person), but how do you find the right talent and ensure that your marketing strategy is aligned with your business vision and road map? In this post, we help you outline key characteristics to look for in ideal candidates.
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A Quick “Do It Yourself” SEO Guide
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is one of the most frustrating terms for marketing departments in the small-to-medium business sector. It is tricky and difficult, and it is a game where rules are changing almost weekly.