What It Takes to Be an MSP 501er
Every year, managed service providers (MSPs) from around the globe compete to earn a spot in the prestigious MSP 501 worldwide rankings. The 501 companies on the annual list from Channel Futures represent the best and brightest that the channel has to offer. They’re willing to take risks, agile enough to respond to business challenges and laser-focused on customer success.
They also have an intimate knowledge of the IT channel and the managed service provider business model, and the savvy to jump on trends before they become old news. At Channel Partners Evolution in Washington., D.C., Sept 9-12, attendees will have a chance to hear firsthand what it takes to be a 501 winner. MSP guru Tim Conkle, CEO of the MSP Roland Tech as well as CEO of MSP consortium The 20, will lead a discussion with three of the 2019 MSP 501 Special Award winners about how to succeed in today’s managed services market. “MSP 501: What Makes a Winner,” delivered from the keynote stage, will ask: What are the best practices that make an MSP rise to the top? How can partners overcome obstacles to growth? What trends and opportunities should partners be capitalizing on in today’s market?
We sat down with Conkle to get a sneak peek at what the session has in store.
Channel Futures: What is the biggest challenge facing MSPs today, and how do best-in-class partners handle it?
Tim Conkle: Lead gen. According to Datto’s latest report, 33% of MSPs struggle with revenue generation. Most MSP owners don’t fully understand marketing, and they underestimate its importance. Marketing, done correctly, is high-impact, shortens the sales cycle, and drives the business. An engine without gas never runs. Marketing is the fuel. Only MSPs that actively market will create sustainable growth. Best-in-class partners make marketing a top priority and invest resources accordingly, with the understanding that you’re never finished. In my experience, you might try six things that don’t work before you find one that does.
|Hear from Conkle and dozens of other top industry speakers at Channel Partners Evolution, Sept. 9-12, in Washington, D.C. Register now!|
CF: In your opinion, what is the most critical thing that highly successful MSPs do that their competitors don’t?
TC: Don’t be an island. Join forces with other MSPs. Using the power of partnerships to gain exposure and utilize new channels is not only smart but also an essential marketing tool for MSPs who want to remain competitive in today’s constantly changing marketplace. Strategic partnerships – for example, peer groups – are a crucial part of business development and growth because they can strengthen the weaker aspects of your MSP business, so you can grow and expand in a way that would have been impossible …