MSP Business School

MSP Business School

A podcast geared to Technology Service Providers where we bring you strategies and tactics to grow your business and build a winning culture. This podcast helps MSP's and MSSP"s accelerate their business through strategies, tips, and tactics to drive sales, marketing, and account management. Join our hosts Brian Doyle, Tim McNeil, and Robb Rogers every Thursday!

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October 12, 2021 22 min

You hear it everywhere: “email is dead,” leaving many to believe that locking down their email accounts is an unnecessary expense. Enter Matt Scully, Senior Channel Development Manager at Mailprotector. In this episode, Matt shares his thoughts on email security, the state of the industry, and what he sees facing MSPs today.

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Ali Imran of Boundless Digital – a company that helps MSPs automate the deployment, troubleshooting, and overall administration of their Cisco Meraki organizations – is an automation evangelist. In this episode of MSP Business School, Ali shares how Boundless works tirelessly to make Meraki a better fit for MSPs, helping them become more efficient and more profitable.

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Chris Johnson is a leading cybersecurity specialist and consultant at Pinpoint Solutions. Having run an MSP himself, Chris knows the challenges surrounding security implementation and compliance when it comes to needs both within your organization and with your clients.

In this episode, Chris shares how he helps MSPs on their cybersecurity journey through consultation, implementation, and even acting as your MSP’s cybersecurity spe...

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When it comes to paying salespeople, it can be difficult to determine the right split between guaranteed income and commission-based earnings. In this episode, the hosts lay out their approach to building sales compensation plans. Brian asks Tim and Robb to share from their experiences of helping MSP owners devise these structures, diving into the philosophy behind setting base pay, bonuses, and commissions.

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Brett Jaffe of ConnectStrat is a name well known in the MSP industry. In this episode, Brett sits down with Brian and Robb to talk about how ConnectStrat came to be, the methods they use with their clients, and how creating a business operating system unique to the MSP industry has helped countless owners redefine and successfully reach their goals.

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Ryan O’Halloran’s unique set of experiences, coupled with the timing of his entry into the channel, have granted him a fascinating perspective on the MSP industry. In this episode, the hosts sit down with the CTO at Access One to discuss how he leverages these factors to push the technologies that Access One uses and to drive policies and procedures.

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In this episode, Brian, Tim, and Robb use their combined knowledge to deliver expert tips and tricks on how to build a successful follow-up process that results in closed deals. Sales may be one of the most brutal parts of building a company, but by implementing the strategies and mindsets shared in this episode, you’re certain to harness the power of prospecting.

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On this episode of MSP Business School, we’re joined by Paul Schroeder and Lucy Nguyen, Account Executive and Content Marketing Specialist at ChannelAssist, a company that provides end to end development and management of channel engagement and incentive programs. Paul and Lucy share excellent suggestions on how to incentivize behaviors with your sales team in order to increase revenue and how ChannelAssist helps companies create t...

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For this special episode of MSP Business School, the hosts share how they got into sales positions early in their careers. Wins and losses, horror stories and personal triumphs, this episode is packed with no-holds-barred stories and invaluable lessons.

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When new technologies arise, like the new Windows 365, it can help to have a partner who understands how to shape the technology to fit the needs of your clients. Will Ominsky of Nerdio comes on the show to share how they assist MSPs to leverage new technologies quickly, early, and easily.

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Security is the hot topic these days, with MSPs desperately trying to add that extra “S” by starting a new arm inside their existing organization or by outsourcing to partners. But how do you sell security to clients, especially those whose IT budgets are already pretty tight? For this roundtable discussion, hosts Brian Doyle, Tim McNeil, and Robb Rogers deep dive into tactics you can use to help your prospects and customers unders...

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Jay McBain is the principal analyst for global channels at Forrester, one of the most influential global research and advisory firms in the world. Jay is a recognized expert in the future of channels (he was named the 2021 Channel Influencer of the Year by Channel Partners Magazine), and in this episode he sits down with the guys to talk about how to determine who should be in your network and how to take advantage of the exciting ...

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Too many times we see an MSP slap an extra “S” in their description and think they’re good to go when it comes to security and compliance. In this episode, Michael Crean of Solutions Granted walks us through the main differences between an MSP and an MSSP, showing that it takes a little more work to provide the security your clients need.

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In this episode of MSP Business School, hosts Brian Doyle, Tim McNeil, and Robb Rogers sit down to discuss how MSPs handle issues and how to best approach your clients when conflicts and problems inevitably arise. They talk about how to get in front of a problem, reminding us that “bad news doesn’t get better with age,” and that the best way to ensure your client feels taken care of is to communicate early and often.

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What do you do when a pandemic hits and your clients are almost exclusively in an industry that shuts down completely? Senior Account Manager James Pelham from TMB Systems – a UK-based MSP that specializes in hospitality (and specifically hotels) – shares the ups and downs of the past sixteen months, giving us a glimpse into the rollercoaster ride experienced by the hospitality industry during lockdown and the shifts made by TMB to...

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Sean Lardo is the VP of Partner Development at OIT, an organization that specializes in telecommunications and distributed networking. Having started as an MSP working with clients in many different industries, Sean understands the unique needs of OIT’s partners in the MSP industry. In this episode, Sean and the guys discuss how partnering with your vendors can help your MSP reap great benefits and rewards.

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In this episode of MSP Business School, hosts Brian Doyle, Tim McNeil, and Robb Rogers sit down to discuss the challenges that MSPs typically face when hiring sales professionals. They take us on a deep dive into the sales recruiting process, why MSPs struggle with it, and the game-changing approach Tim and Robb implement in their own business.

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You don’t often think of ransomware and growth in the same sentence, but for Gary Jones and VCPI, an attack a few months before the pandemic was the catalyst for a whole new approach to security.

Add in a healthy dose of automation, and this episode is packed with unconventional ways to expand your MSP and deepen your client relationships. 

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A former MSP owner who successfully grew his business for over 20 years before selling it in 2018, Shawn Walsh of Encore Strategic Consulting knows a thing or two about leadership. In this episode, the guys sit down with Shawn to pick his brain about what makes a good leader and how to develop the skills and qualities needed to lead a team to profitability. 

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