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Chris Timm’s New Book: PSA Profitability

Chris Timm’s New Book: PSA Profitability

Karl caught up with Chris Timm from Sondela Consulting. Chris has a long history in the SMB IT community. He is a former MSP owner and spent a few years at Autotask. Today Chris is a coach and thought leader around making the most of your PSA. He runs a podcast with Rayanne Buchianico at http://psaimpact.net/. Check it out! But our focus here is Chris’s new book! PSA Profitability is available on Amazon and Kindle. The Amazon.com link is...

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Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads for MSPs

Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads for MSPs

Using LinkedIn to Generate Leads for MSPs with Nathaniel Freedman, Tech Pro Marketing Karl interviews Nathaniel Freedman, CEO of Tech Pro Marketing. As Nate says: You don’t want marketing help from just anyone — you want it from someone who is focused exclusively on using MSP Marketing to help MSPs generate leads. Tech Pro Marketing is dedicated to delivering predictable, quality leads to Managed Service Providers and help fill...

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Erick Simpson on Remote Sales – an Opportunity more than a Challenge

Erick Simpson on Remote Sales – an Opportunity more than a Challenge

Karl caught up with coach Erick Simpson (www.ericksimpson.com). He works with a lot of partners, and we talk about what partners are experiencing as the extended “work from home” world evolves. Luckily, many IT service providers are thriving and doing well helping their clients to be successful. That is a great example of technology that used to be “nice” and is no critical. So that has turned into an unexpected...

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VARs 1-Stop Connectivity Service Fuels Growth

VARs 1-Stop Connectivity Service Fuels Growth

Karl interviews Ben Niernberg from MNJ Technologies. MNJ is an MSP that also helps other MSPs resell phone services and Internet connectivity. Ben currently oversees all sales, marketing, services and vendor management relations for MNJ Technologies. Before joining MNJ, he spent a decade at Canon Solutions America, a subsidiary of Canon USA Company, where he was in a variety of management and executive roles. At MNJ, Ben remains focused on...

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The State of Insurance in the IT Industry

The State of Insurance in the IT Industry

Host Amy Babinchak interviews Josh Barker from TechRug (the Technology Risk Underwriting Group). Their topic is: The Insurance Landscape for MSP’s. Amy starts out with the big question: What’s up with the big price increases? Is it all ransomware? And just so we don’t put all the blame on the “bad guys,” Amy and Josh also discuss the promises made by MSPs that get them into trouble. If your web site embellishes your...

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Turning Leads into Prospects and Prospects into Clients

Turning Leads into Prospects and Prospects into Clients

I caught up with Paul Green again, from Paul Green’s MSP Marketing. One of the first things Pauls says is that you can’t really speed up sales most of the time because you don’t have the power place your prospects in a position of “needing” your services. Your goal is to be there when they realize they have a need. But you can’t create the need. In this interview, Paul talks about the power of physical...

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Amy Luby on the Acronis Summit 2020

Amy Luby on the Acronis Summit 2020

I caught up with Amy as she’s running around (virtually) getting ready for the big Acronis Summit 2020. More information at https://summit.acronis.events. The Acronis Summit is . . .October 19-20-21 Registration is free athttps://summit.acronis.events Amy is a long-time friend of the Channel and is now the Channel Chief Evangelist at Acronis. She is organizing a number of the sessions for the Summit, including all of the...

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Michael Slater on Sherweb’s Accelerate 2020 Conference

Michael Slater on Sherweb’s Accelerate 2020 Conference

I caught up with Michael Slater, Director of Corporate Sales at Sherweb. Sherweb has promised that the 2020 Accelerate conference will be focused on MBA for MSPs. Accelerate is always focused on education, and 2020 will continue that approach. Historically, Accelerate has been held in Montreal. So, they decided to move to Florida this year. Well . . . then 2020 happened. Now, the conference is 100% virtual, but still packed with lots of...

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How Security Awareness can Finally Start Working for MSPs

How Security Awareness can Finally Start Working for MSPs

Today’s guest is Todd Snapp from Stridepoint, the developer of Relay Managed Security Awareness. We do a deep dive into “Security Awareness” services. And, of course, my big question was about the managed piece of this. Several companies will now send out test phishing email to catch client users opening things they shouldn’t. Relay Managed Security Awareness goes way beyond this, including preventive micro education....

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Vendor Fatigue? Here’s a better way to manage your technology stack

Vendor Fatigue? Here’s a better way to manage your technology stack

Today’s guest is Victor Raessen, founder of MSP Navigator. What are the first three questions every new MSP asks? 1) How do I get clients? 2) What are you using for RMM? 3) What are you using for PSA? Victor won’t help you for #1, but MSP Navigator is designed to help you with #2, #3, and all the other “What are you using for” questions. Victor has worked in the IT Managed Services space for more than 20 years and has...

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