3 Strategies For MSPs To Stand Out From Your Competition

If you want awesome marketing, you need to stand out. If you don’t, you’re going to lose opportunities.

Building my first two businesses taught me that the only way to get in front of the people who need you is to master marketing, and that has nothing to do with mastering an actual marketing plan. Any marketing plan is just fiction if you can’t get prospects’ attention in the first place.

Our own fear of standing out is the main reason we struggle to get noticed. People lose the game of marketing because they play by rules that don’t even exist.

If you’re looking to nail your marketing strategies, it’s simple: You must be different. Human minds are designed to ignore what’s common, to filter out the static. It’s not a new phenomenon.

It dates back to the evolution of man, and it’s wired into our mind. The hunter mind was efficiently designed to filter out all of the common noise in order to notice what could serve them. While we have certainly evolved since then, we still operate this way.

When your audience sees your marketing, they’re going through these mental calculations within seconds:

  • Block out the common noise.
  • Does this serve me now?
  • Should I take action?

For your marketing to be successful, your prospects need to be guided fast. According to Time magazine, the average website holds visitors’ attention for a mere 15 seconds. Instagram reports people spend less than 10 seconds on a post. And what about more tactile marketing? I’ll bet you riffle through your junk mail at warp speed.

If you market just like everyone else, you will just be white noise. In response to this, I developed The DAD Method. It’s a fast, three-step process to get noticed and move your prospects to take action immediately.

1. Differentiate: Get Different To Get Noticed.

This first step in the framework is to identify a marketing approach that stands out in a sea of sameness. What will make your prospects’ minds stop and pay attention? How can you engage them during the marketing milliseconds?

One place to begin is to elevate your ideas. If you are sending something, be it swag or a digital download, call it something clever that stands out and represents you. For instance, if you were sending a hat, you could call it a thinking cap. Little moves like this make you stand out from the rest. You don’t have to come up with a huge, time-consuming marketing plan right off the bat. Make small changes to logos, copy, ads, and videos. Use those as a beta test to see what’s converting for you.

2. Attract: In A Way That Attracts Your Ideal Prospects.

Next, ensure that your approach will appeal to the people you want to serve, not turn them off. How will you establish your marketing as an opportunity they will consider instead of a threat they will avoid? Make sure how you are attracting works for who your community is.

3. Direct: Illustrate A Clear Message Of What Action You Want Your Prospects To Take.

Finally, your strategy must compel your ideal prospects to take a specific action you desire. Now that you have prospects’ attention and they are engaged, you need to tell them what the heck to do. Marketing guru Jeff Walker says that marketing is every step you take to get the customer to the buying decision, and the sale is the final action on their decision to buy. So, your clear, singular directive should get them to the next step.

Does the prospect see the reward of doing what you ask as greater than the risk of taking that action? And will their compliance with your directive help you achieve your marketing goals?

Forgetting to include a specific call to action is one of the most common marketing mistakes I’ve seen (and done). Along with being specific, this step must be reasonable. Maybe my marketing win is to sell you a house, but once I have your attention, I wouldn’t immediately ask you to plop down a million bucks on the spot. It’s way too much, way too soon, and unreasonable. An excessive ask will cause prospects to walk (or run) away. Conversely, inadequate asks will slow down (or stop) any progress toward the outcome you want. Once I catch your attention with uniqueness and maintain it with relevance, the Direct step must be specific so you know what to do and reasonable so you feel safe doing it and move efficiently toward your goal.

To sum up the DAD: Get different to get noticed in a way that attracts your ideal prospects and directs them to act. That’s it. That’s the framework. It’s simple yet powerful. When you follow it, you will land new prospects. Every. Single. Time.

Better isn’t better; different is better. So get different.