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Cold Call Scripts That Land Meetings with MSP Buyers [Free Download]

Sample Cold Calling Scripts for Key Buyer Personas in Managed IT (Featured Image)

Managed IT providers know that they need to reach out to both IT and non IT decision makers to gain new customers. That’s because IT purchases are increasingly being decided not only by multiple people, but also across multiple business functions.

These trends highlight the critical role that targeted, one-on-one outreach plays in selling MSP solutions, and cold calling remains one of the best tools for the job.

That’s why we recently released a downloadable eBook that contains sample call scripts for finding and qualifying potential MSP customers. Each script is tailored for a specific buyer persona and includes a few helpful notes and comments.

The resource is available for download here. The rest of this blog post provides added insights to help you fine-tune your cold call pitch.

 

Who Makes Managed IT Purchases?

IDC reports that non-IT line of business (LOB) buyers now account for around half of technology spending. These are purchases made without the involvement or knowledge of an organization’s IT department.

Even when IT does get involved, LOB managers still hold a huge sway in the tech purchase process. TechTarget estimates that nearly 30% of buying decisions made by an organization’s IT leadership depend on inputs from non-IT staff.

This makes it clear that selling MSP solutions now needs to move past solely targeting IT decision makers. This underscores a growing challenge for MSP vendors that rely on reaching buying consensus with multiple stakeholders to close deals.

Not only do LOB managers’ priorities and pain points differ from those of IT decision makers, but these two buying groups often disagree about key items on the IT buying checklist.

What’s also important is that these divergences have a huge impact on how MSP buyers start their purchase journey. This means that connecting and building relationships with stakeholders require messaging that takes these gaps into account, even in the initial stages of the buying process.

 

Targeted Cold Calls to Key MSP Buyer Personas

Targeted cold calls make up a vital layer of touch points for proactively reaching out and engaging potential MSP customers.

Cold calling works well for top-of-funnel outreach activities since it enables one-on-one conversations that prepare prospects for the next stages in the sales cycle.

For complex-sale products like managed IT solutions, cold calls help move contacts from initial awareness to active leads.

With the MSP prospect pool growing to include more and more non-IT decision makers, your cold call messaging strategy also needs to capture this new audience.

One way to refine your outreach message is to segment potential stakeholders based on buyer personas and then tweaking your cold call pitch accordingly.

In most technology purchases like managed IT solutions, key decision makers consist of four buyer personas (although the number can certainly increase, depending on the complexity of your sales cycle):

  • End User:  These are typically non-IT LOB managers of departments and business areas that stand to benefit the most from your offer.
  • Influencer:  These are mid- to senior-level decision makers that drive purchase decisions.
  • Technical Buyer:  These are IT-focused specialists that can block a purchase if it doesn’t meet their requirements.
  • Economic Buyer:  These decision makers oversee the budget and give the final go-ahead for a purchase.

 

End User

In MSP sales, the end user buyer persona consists of non-IT LOB decision makers that oversee specific functional business areas that directly benefit from your solution.

End users have the most to gain from your offer. That’s why they tend to be your biggest advocates in your target accounts. That is, if you can find a way to build a relationship with them early on in the sales process.

LOB decision makers care about business outcomes rather than product specifics. If a product solves a real problem, the results matter more to them than the underlying details.

According to professional services automation provider Promys, the decision-making process that LOB managers follow typically includes:

  • Decide if there’s a specific problem
  • Determine if the problem is worth devoting resources to
  • Identify possible ways of solving the problem
  • Pick out the “best” way
  • Look up vendors that provide the “best” solution
  • Choose the “best” vendor

Influencer

Even though buying decisions have now become more distributed, the process is still significantly driven by stakeholders that span different business areas and functions.

These decision makers have a huge influence on the buying process and help move the deal forward. That’s why they’re typically labeled as “influencers.” They commonly consist of mid- to senior-level managers that directly handle your target LOB prospects.

Influencers look for strategic impact of MSP solutions instead of operational or technical details. They’re more into seeing how your offer fits their big-picture goals of growth, profitability, competitiveness, industry trends, disruption, etc.

That’s why your cold call messaging strategy needs to achieve the below three key points. These ensure that your pitch will be able to capture influencers’ attention and obtain the response you want:

  • What does your offer bring to the organization?
  • How can you earn your prospects’ trust?
  • What line of fresh thinking can you offer?

Technical Buyer

The rise of the LOB buyer hasn’t made the IT department irrelevant in MSP purchases. The risks and limitations associated with shadow IT (such as interoperability, security, resilience, etc.) still support the case for IT’s close involvement.

While technical buyers typically don’t have final authority over tech purchases, they do have the power to reject a potential managed IT proposal. The goal when reaching out to technical buyers is to make sure they don’t shake their head sideways at your offer.

When crafting a cold call pitch aimed at technical buyers, it’s important to keep the following points from Lean B2B in mind:

  • They have in-depth and specialized expertise in your field.
  • Their main concern is to verify whether your solution really does what you claim it does.
  • They focus on the measurable and quantifiable items of your offer.
  • They look for details on usage, testing, deployment, and maintenance.

Economic Buyer

The persona that has the final say in MSP purchases is the economic buyer. In fact, most marketing experts consider economic buyers as the “ultimate decision maker” because even if everyone else says yes, it’s the economic buyer’s approval that determines whether a purchase happens or not.

Economic buyers can be a single person or a committee that directly controls budget and spending. The larger the deal size, the more senior the economic buyers will be involved. Smaller purchases commonly require only the approval of managers lower in the org chart, while deals with six-figure price tags can involve a board- or C-level evaluation committee.

The key to winning economic buyers over is to deeply understand the things that tend to make them say yes:

  • Finding the best-fit managed IT vendor for their organization
  • Ensuring long-term stability of both the MSP provider and the working partnership
  • Knowing the vendor’s approach to risk mitigation
  • Verifying different proof points about a vendor’s ability to deliver
  • Being able to objectively weigh costs against benefits

 

Conclusion:

Now more than ever, cold calls help MSP vendors reach and connect with the different decision makers involved in the purchase process. But this requires refining your MSP pitch to make it more relevant to what each decision maker actually cares about.

To see how to put this strategy into action, check out our latest collection of cold calling scripts for various MSP buyer personas.

 

Turn cold MSP leads into sales meetings. Get your free sample scripts now.

Download your Sample Cold Calling Scripts for Key Buyer Personas in Managed IT eBook

Author Bio:

Katrina Chua

Katrina works as the Marketing Manager at Callbox Singapore. She helps companies in Asia Pacific countries increase their business revenue through lead generation and appointment setting services. Follow Katrina on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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Sample Cold Calling Scripts for Key Buyer Personas in Managed IT (Featured Image)

Cold Call Scripts That Land Meetings with MSP Buyers [Free Download]

Sample Cold Calling Scripts for Key Buyer Personas in Managed IT (Featured Image)

Managed IT providers know that they need to reach out to both IT and non IT decision makers to gain new customers. That’s because IT purchases are increasingly being decided not only by multiple people, but also across multiple business functions.

These trends highlight the critical role that targeted, one-on-one outreach plays in selling MSP solutions, and cold calling remains one of the best tools for the job.

That’s why we recently released a downloadable eBook that contains sample call scripts for finding and qualifying potential MSP customers. Each script is tailored for a specific buyer persona and includes a few helpful notes and comments.

The resource is available for download here. The rest of this blog post provides added insights to help you fine-tune your cold call pitch.

 

Who Makes Managed IT Purchases?

IDC reports that non-IT line of business (LOB) buyers now account for around half of technology spending. These are purchases made without the involvement or knowledge of an organization’s IT department.

Even when IT does get involved, LOB managers still hold a huge sway in the tech purchase process. TechTarget estimates that nearly 30% of buying decisions made by an organization’s IT leadership depend on inputs from non-IT staff.

This makes it clear that selling MSP solutions now needs to move past solely targeting IT decision makers. This underscores a growing challenge for MSP vendors that rely on reaching buying consensus with multiple stakeholders to close deals.

Not only do LOB managers’ priorities and pain points differ from those of IT decision makers, but these two buying groups often disagree about key items on the IT buying checklist.

What’s also important is that these divergences have a huge impact on how MSP buyers start their purchase journey. This means that connecting and building relationships with stakeholders require messaging that takes these gaps into account, even in the initial stages of the buying process.

 

Targeted Cold Calls to Key MSP Buyer Personas

Targeted cold calls make up a vital layer of touch points for proactively reaching out and engaging potential MSP customers.

Cold calling works well for top-of-funnel outreach activities since it enables one-on-one conversations that prepare prospects for the next stages in the sales cycle.

For complex-sale products like managed IT solutions, cold calls help move contacts from initial awareness to active leads.

With the MSP prospect pool growing to include more and more non-IT decision makers, your cold call messaging strategy also needs to capture this new audience.

One way to refine your outreach message is to segment potential stakeholders based on buyer personas and then tweaking your cold call pitch accordingly.

In most technology purchases like managed IT solutions, key decision makers consist of four buyer personas (although the number can certainly increase, depending on the complexity of your sales cycle):

  • End User:  These are typically non-IT LOB managers of departments and business areas that stand to benefit the most from your offer.
  • Influencer:  These are mid- to senior-level decision makers that drive purchase decisions.
  • Technical Buyer:  These are IT-focused specialists that can block a purchase if it doesn’t meet their requirements.
  • Economic Buyer:  These decision makers oversee the budget and give the final go-ahead for a purchase.

 

End User

In MSP sales, the end user buyer persona consists of non-IT LOB decision makers that oversee specific functional business areas that directly benefit from your solution.

End users have the most to gain from your offer. That’s why they tend to be your biggest advocates in your target accounts. That is, if you can find a way to build a relationship with them early on in the sales process.

LOB decision makers care about business outcomes rather than product specifics. If a product solves a real problem, the results matter more to them than the underlying details.

According to professional services automation provider Promys, the decision-making process that LOB managers follow typically includes:

  • Decide if there’s a specific problem
  • Determine if the problem is worth devoting resources to
  • Identify possible ways of solving the problem
  • Pick out the “best” way
  • Look up vendors that provide the “best” solution
  • Choose the “best” vendor

Influencer

Even though buying decisions have now become more distributed, the process is still significantly driven by stakeholders that span different business areas and functions.

These decision makers have a huge influence on the buying process and help move the deal forward. That’s why they’re typically labeled as “influencers.” They commonly consist of mid- to senior-level managers that directly handle your target LOB prospects.

Influencers look for strategic impact of MSP solutions instead of operational or technical details. They’re more into seeing how your offer fits their big-picture goals of growth, profitability, competitiveness, industry trends, disruption, etc.

That’s why your cold call messaging strategy needs to achieve the below three key points. These ensure that your pitch will be able to capture influencers’ attention and obtain the response you want:

  • What does your offer bring to the organization?
  • How can you earn your prospects’ trust?
  • What line of fresh thinking can you offer?

Technical Buyer

The rise of the LOB buyer hasn’t made the IT department irrelevant in MSP purchases. The risks and limitations associated with shadow IT (such as interoperability, security, resilience, etc.) still support the case for IT’s close involvement.

While technical buyers typically don’t have final authority over tech purchases, they do have the power to reject a potential managed IT proposal. The goal when reaching out to technical buyers is to make sure they don’t shake their head sideways at your offer.

When crafting a cold call pitch aimed at technical buyers, it’s important to keep the following points from Lean B2B in mind:

  • They have in-depth and specialized expertise in your field.
  • Their main concern is to verify whether your solution really does what you claim it does.
  • They focus on the measurable and quantifiable items of your offer.
  • They look for details on usage, testing, deployment, and maintenance.

Economic Buyer

The persona that has the final say in MSP purchases is the economic buyer. In fact, most marketing experts consider economic buyers as the “ultimate decision maker” because even if everyone else says yes, it’s the economic buyer’s approval that determines whether a purchase happens or not.

Economic buyers can be a single person or a committee that directly controls budget and spending. The larger the deal size, the more senior the economic buyers will be involved. Smaller purchases commonly require only the approval of managers lower in the org chart, while deals with six-figure price tags can involve a board- or C-level evaluation committee.

The key to winning economic buyers over is to deeply understand the things that tend to make them say yes:

  • Finding the best-fit managed IT vendor for their organization
  • Ensuring long-term stability of both the MSP provider and the working partnership
  • Knowing the vendor’s approach to risk mitigation
  • Verifying different proof points about a vendor’s ability to deliver
  • Being able to objectively weigh costs against benefits

 

Conclusion:

Now more than ever, cold calls help MSP vendors reach and connect with the different decision makers involved in the purchase process. But this requires refining your MSP pitch to make it more relevant to what each decision maker actually cares about.

To see how to put this strategy into action, check out our latest collection of cold calling scripts for various MSP buyer personas.

 

Turn cold MSP leads into sales meetings. Get your free sample scripts now.

Download your Sample Cold Calling Scripts for Key Buyer Personas in Managed IT eBook

Author Bio:

Katrina Chua

Katrina works as the Marketing Manager at Callbox Singapore. She helps companies in Asia Pacific countries increase their business revenue through lead generation and appointment setting services. Follow Katrina on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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Key Marketing Stats that Drive Top B2B Industries in 2019 [Free eBook]

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In 2013, an Adobe report found that marketers felt marketing had changed more in the previous two years than in the past five decades. Today, over five years later, the pace of change has apparently accelerated even more.

Take, for instance, the number of marketing technology (MarTech) solutions available today. As of the last count, there are now 6,829 different MarTech products provided by 6,242 vendors spanning 55 categories. This represents a 27% increase from last year’s total, and there’s no sign that things will be slowing down any time soon.

The explosive growth in the number and diversity of MarTech tools is a good indicator of how fast things are evolving in B2B marketing. That’s because many of these tools emerged from marketers’ shifting needs as they keep up with how their customers actually buy.

But without even looking at the marketing world’s MarTech stockpile, every marketer knows we’re living through fast-changing times because of digital transformation. What’s less clear yet greatly more important is how this development impacts our strategies and results.

To help find out, the Callbox team recently published a free eBook that provides an in-depth analysis of how rapid digital transformation is reshaping marketing in nine (9) key B2B industries.

The eBook dissects the trends, stats, and data from a number of sources that tell the story of how marketing is evolving and how marketers are responding in each industry:

 

Cyber Security Software

In the eBook, we tackle cyber security vendors’ tendency to rely on FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) as a messaging strategy and why this approach yields limited success with today’s more-informed software buyers. We then talk about some proven alternatives for vendors to follow instead.

 

FinTech

B2B FinTech continues its double-digit growth as payment platforms, lending solutions, and SaaS-enabled back office tools start seeing mainstream adoption. The challenge now for B2B FinTech firms is to find a sustainable strategy to influence decision-makers in a buyer-led, consensus-based purchase process.

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IT Storage

For more than half of the businesses surveyed in Interop ITX’s 2018 State of Infrastructure, the need for adequate storage is the biggest factor for their changing business IT systems. But buyers want more than just bigger storage space; they’re looking for a complete solution.

 

Cloud

Cloud solutions’ evolution from cost-saving measures to business-critical investments has created a more diverse ecosystem of buyers. In fact, there are now five broad types of cloud customers, each requiring a different marketing approach. Success in B2B cloud selling will depend on how vendors can identify and connect with these different buyer groups.

 

Advertising

An increasing number of potential advertising clients are moving campaigns in-house and are opting for project-based arrangements. This has led to a significant drop in new business revenue for creative agencies. As a result, agencies are now devising fresh ways to pitch and close new customers.

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Healthcare

Marketers in the healthcare space today face unique challenges as they interact with risk-averse buying committees that follow different budget cycles. To thrive in this challenging landscape, healthcare marketers need more innovative ways to engage potential buyers.

 

Management Consulting

With intense competition from new and established firms, unconventional ways that clients choose consulting services, and continued disruptions to consultancies’ core business, it’s a very “turbulent” climate for management consulting companies.

 

Manufacturing

Marketers in manufacturing industries need to have deep familiarity with the way engineers and technical professionals research and evaluate potential purchases. Thanks to a number of recent industry reports, we now have a clearer picture of how technical buyers arrive at a purchase decision.

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Telecom

Like marketers in other industries, telecom vendors also face multiple stakeholders throughout the sales process. Recent research sheds some light on the roles that each decision maker plays and how each stakeholder impacts buying decisions.

 

To get an in-depth look at marketing trends in each of these industries, get your copy of the free eBook now.

 

Author Bio:

Katrina Chua

Katrina works as the Marketing Manager at Callbox Singapore. She helps companies in Asia Pacific countries increase their business revenue through lead generation and appointment setting services. Follow Katrina on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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