Marketopia CEO Terry Hedden Presents Online Training to Jump-Start MSP Marketing

Marketopia CEO Terry Hedden Presents Online Training to Jump-Start MSP Marketing

Marketopia, a specialized source of innovative and powerful demand generation, marketing and sales solutions and team training for IT service companies, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Terry Hedden will present an online training course in association with MSPmentor—the ultimate guide to managed services, the leading global destination for MSPs and a digital property of Penton Technology.

Hedden’s presentation entitled “Creating a Managed IT Services Marketing Lead Machine” begins at 11AM EDT, Tuesday, August 25, 2015. To register for the 90-minute event and learn more about the session details, go to mspmentor.net. Hedden will also be available during the scheduled presentation to answer questions.

Hedden’s one-session training course is designed to show MSPs looking to boost MRR and net profit how to consistently produce more qualified managed IT and cloud solution leads. Just for joining the session, each attendee will receive a complimentary customizable marketing template from Marketopia to develop an effective and efficient marketing plan for any MSP business.
“Marketing for managed IT services continues to evolve and expand,” Hedden said. “The objective is to educate attendees about the strategies needed to quickly grow their business. We will take them through ways to best plan and assess their marketing investments, and to better understand the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.”

To register for the 90-minute event and learn more about the session details, go to mspmentor.net. The cost for enrolling in this course is $99.

 

About Marketopia

Marketopia, The Lead Machine, is an MSP marketing firm uniquely positioned with expertise throughout the entire IT channel from software, hardware and cloud vendors to distributors, MSPs and VARs. The company’s system is based on real-world knowledge. Marketopia uses an enterprise-class technology platform, channel marketing experience and deep industry relationships to create a revolutionary approach to outsourced marketing and sales empowerment for IT service companies seeking to grow leads, sales and profit. For more information about Marketopia and its proven demand generation system for managed IT services, visit the company on the web at https://marketopia.com. To learn more now, call 844.482.4769. Also, to get the latest industry news and trends, go to https://marketopia.com/blog; like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarketopiaMarketing; follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/marketopiatlm; and connect with us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/marketopia.

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The original release can be found at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/08/prweb12912198.htm.

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Coming August 25: Online Training Course to Rev Up Your MSP Lead Machine

Coming August 25: Online Training Course to Rev Up Your MSP Lead Machine

There’s a line we like to use around the office and share with our clients: “To fail to plan is to plan to fail.”

While the saying is nothing new, it holds very true. Everyone knows it. As a leading MSP marketing agency, we’ve learned that few MSPs and VARs plan their marketing investments or analyze the effectiveness of their own campaigns. This keeps them from growing their business. That’s because we know that more leads deliver more sales which equals more profit.

Hence, our repetitious mantra … “More leads. More sales. More profit.”

In an effort to reverse such misfortune, we are presenting a one-session online training course in association with MSPmentor to give MSPs a marketing boost. A way to quickly grow their business.

“Creating a Managed IT Services Marketing Lead Machine” is designed to help MSPs like you define achievable marketing goals, shape them into a solid plan, then get it jump-started. The live workshop begins at 11AM EDT, Tuesday, August 25, 2015. When you’re done reading this, you can go to MSPmentor.net to register and learn more about the 90-minute session, which also features an interactive Q&A throughout the presentation.

Our CEO Terry Hedden is taking the lead on this one. Well-known for helping MSPs close more deals, he’s looking to educate attendees about the strategies needed to quickly grow their business. He will take you through the ways to best plan and assess your marketing investments, and to better understand the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

 

What you should expect to learn:

• The different types of marketing.
• How to create your own marketing plan based on your unique business needs and growth targets.
• Putting your plan into action.
• How to measure success.

So, this is a session you can’t afford to miss. The only thing you have to lose by not attending … is more sales! Join us Tuesday, August 25. Register today!

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ChannelCon 2015: Writing Effectively to Supercharge Your Marketing & Sales Efforts

ChannelCon 2015: Writing Effectively to Supercharge Your Marketing & Sales Efforts

Our CMO, Andra Hedden, got back to the office several days ago after an action-packed trip to CompTIA ChannelCon 2015 in Chicago. This is one of her favorite events of the year. It gave her and our CEO, Terry Hedden, a chance to not only meet with a good mix of current partners and prospects, but also sit down with a variety of IT thought-leaders to share views on the future of the industry and focus on growing the reseller and vendor communities.

ChannelCon’s aim is to bring the entire channel together for this three-day event and to attend high- level executive panel discussions, participate in training courses and leverage opportunities to grow your business and develop new partnerships. We had the privilege of speaking during an hour-long session entitled: “The Writing Side of Sales.”

In attendance for our session was Spencer Smith, associate editor of TechTarget. Afterward, he filed an article summarizing our presentation. He accurately depicted Marketopia’s message that it’s the details that make your MSP business stand out from your competitor, even when it comes to writing and designing your marketing and sales collateral.

Following is a truncated version of the article Spencer posted August 5, 2015, the last day of the event. You can read the complete, published version here.

 

CompTIA ChannelCon: Marketing, sales collateral checklist

“Right now, more than ever, marketing is a huge differentiator” for channel companies, (Andra) Hedden said. “Obviously, we had years previously where marketing kind of fell off a little bit. … Now, we are in a pendulum swing … where marketing is truly what is going to lead your differentiation between you and your competitor.”

Hedden (CMO at the St. Petersburg-based MSP marketing firm) and Marketopia define collateral broadly. According to Hedden, it’s any of the materials used during the sales process and that describe your company, including proposals.

Before a partner creates or revamps its marketing and sales collateral, the company needs to have a clear understanding of what it provides its customers. Additionally, a partner should understand what types of problems it solves, what its business goals are and how they help its customers. … If done right, marketing and sales collateral should instill comfort and confidence in your clients.

 

Marketing and sales checklist

Hedden provided the following checklist of sales and marketing elements that all partners, regardless of company size, should have in place:

• A website. While it’s unlikely many partners today don’t have websites, Hedden emphasized how important those websites are. She also said partners should have a website, as well as a search engine optimization strategy and promoted search engine marketing.

• A brochure. Your brochure should be “a depiction of what you sell … in terms that your clientele is going to understand,” Hedden said.

• Business cards. According to Hedden, partners should optimize their business cards for the sales process. Ensure each employee’s business cards will clearly show whoever receives them what they can call on that employee for.

• White papers and e-books.

• Industry and solutions sell sheets.

• Client-facing presentations. “It’s extremely important to have items in your arsenal of sales support that are very specific to whom you’re selling to,” Hedden said. “When you’re talking to customers, they need to know you understand the rules and regulations of the vertical that they’re in. They need to know that you really get the infrastructure that they have in place right now so you can actually implement this new solution.”

• Quotes for hardware and software. Proposals for services, including hourly, managed services and cloud. Hedden recommended partners prepare every type of proposal template they’ll need ahead of time, so when an opportunity presents itself, their sales reps can quickly customize the template for the client and move forward with the sales process. “Proposals make you more trustworthy,” she said.

• Network assessments and audits. Network assessments are a “form of marketing” and a great way for partners to show their expertise, according to Hedden. She suggested offering network assessments and audits “in a consumable fashion so (clients) understand what it is you’re trying to portray to them and why you’re giving them this audit so you can in turn sell them whatever the product or solution is.”

• Marketing campaign elements. “If you’re not doing marketing campaigns, you should be. … Yes, you can be found online, but if no one hears from you, if you’re not getting top-of-mind (attention) in campaigns, it’s really tough for your sales reps. Your sales reps need to be having warm leads out there,” she said.

 

Customer perceptions

Each of these elements weaves together into a portrait of your company, contributing to your customers’ perception of who you are, Hedden said. It’s important that everything you do across your business is consistent, precise and “a reflection of whom you are.”

She added everyone in the partner business needs to be on board in terms of branding and messaging, so when they’re speaking to customers or prospects, “they understand what they’re portraying … and they are a good representation of your company.”

You can read TechTarget Associate Editor Spencer Smith’s complete, published version of this article here.

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