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Ask an MSP Expert is a weekly advice column answering common questions from MSPs and IT service providers. It covers topics ranging from pricing and selling to marketing and communications—and everything in between.

Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP provide security for manufacturing clients?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can my MSP provide security for manufacturing clients?

Q: My MSP is located in an industrialized city and an increasing amount of our clients are manufacturing facilities. What can we do to keep our manufacturing clients safe? First of all, congratulations on posing the question — this means...

/ October 7, 2019
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Ask an MSP Expert: What do my customers need to know about phishing?

Ask an MSP Expert: What do my customers need to know about phishing?

Q: It seems like every day I hear about a new security threat. With phishing scams on the rise, I want to educate my SMBs on how to avoid it. Most of my customers have only the most basic knowledge...

/ September 30, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we get more out of our sales calls?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we get more out of our sales calls?

Q: As an MSP, a difficult part of our sales process is “getting our foot in the door” and attracting follow-up interest from our discovery calls and meetings. What type of approach or strategy should I take to capture more...

/ September 23, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: Should I outsource NOC and Help Desk services?

Ask an MSP Expert: Should I outsource NOC and Help Desk services?

Q: My managed service business is at a stage where we need more technicians to focus on resolving support tickets and provide help desk support. I am debating between hiring a Level 1 help desk agent or outsource to a...

/ September 16, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince customers to invest in backup and recovery?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince customers to invest in backup and recovery?

Q: Many SMB customers say they want to be increase their cybersecurity posture, but they decide to forego backup and disaster recovery services. How can I convince them that this is still an essential component to protecting their business? We’ve...

/ September 9, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I effectively communicate with my SMB customers?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I effectively communicate with my SMB customers?

Q: One thing that we’ve noticed is that we only talk to our SMB clients when something is wrong. How can we increase communication with our clients—the right way? How often should we reach out to them?  Communication is a...

/ August 26, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: Should my MSP have its own company vehicles?

Ask an MSP Expert: Should my MSP have its own company vehicles?

Q: I’m an MSP owner and business is booming. In fact, I’m planning on hiring two technicians to assist me in servicing customers. Should I have them take their own cars on service calls or should I purchase company vehicles?...

/ August 12, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I keep sales moving during the slow summer months?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I keep sales moving during the slow summer months?

Q: Everything seems to slow down during the summer — especially signing new customers on to our MSP services. How can we close more deals in the slow summer months? Closing deals during the summer can be difficult, especially when...

/ August 5, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I overcome SMBs’ security fatigue?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I overcome SMBs’ security fatigue?

Q: When it comes to security, I feel like our SMB customers just want to tune us out! How can I communicate with customers who are tired of hearing about security? As an IT service provider, one of the most...

/ July 29, 2019
Ask an MSP Expert: How can we maintain efficient communication within our MSP as it grows?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can we maintain efficient communication within our MSP as it grows?

Q: Our MSP has been pretty successful lately, which has allowed us to grow and hire more people. With our team continuing to increase in size, what are some ways for us to maintain the proper communication to make sure...

/ July 22, 2019