Case Study: MSP Generates 5-15 Leads Per Month Via PPC

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    In August of 2023 Tortoise and Hare began working with a new South Florida based MSP. The company reached out after reading some blog posts on the Tortoise and Hare website about running Google Ads for MSPs and wanted to know about what we could do to help them out. After a brief sales process, they decided to pilot a Google Ads campaign. This client had been running their own campaigns and had enlisted the help of several previous agencies in the past and said they were “frustrated”, “exasperated”, and “tired” of trying to crack the Google Ads code. They knew advertising worked but didn’t feel they had the right partner.

    The MSP had developed an in-house platform that allowed them to reduce the cost of serving their customers and made their business more efficient and were trying to “crack the marketing code” so that they could scale up the number of customers on their platform and expand their revenue base.

    Launching New Campaigns

    Tortoise and Hare started out by configuring conversion tracking and adding in new conversions that weren’t previously in the account. They had conversion tracking for some form submissions and most phone calls but had gaps where they weren’t tracking all form submissions. Tortoise and Hare also added in tracking for full-page scans and link clicks to measure softer signals of campaign performance.

    Tortoise and Hare launched new search campaigns as a starting point with ad groups configured for the key locations near their headquarters and a “NoLo” ad group for keywords that didn’t have any sort of location indicator. We rolled out copy that made sense for each ad group and would strengthen click-through rates for each ad group.

    Tortoise and Hare selected keywords based on extensive experience advertising in the MSP space and the large repository of negative keywords that helped save the client money and generate positive performance immediately.

    In the first month, the client got approximately 5 new leads for their MSP and was able to close some new managed services seats right out of the gate. They were so impressed by the performance that they quickly decided to double the advertising budget and scale up faster.

    Expanding The Advertising Effort

    With the expanded budget, Tortoise and Hare made several structural changes to the advertising effort to lengthen the pipeline and both nurture and prospect with advertising. This included expanding into new advertising platforms, LinkedIn Ads, and Meta Ads. We did separate pixel installations and conversion tracking deployments for each individual platform as part of the expansion. Within the Google account, we also split the ad budget from a single prospecting campaign to a prospecting campaign, a known converters campaign, and a display remarketing campaign. On LinkedIn and Meta we added in display remarketing campaigns that align with their objectives. We developed creative assets that were branded to their company to support those campaigns.

    This infrastructure created an advertising structure with approximately 75% of the budget prospecting for new leads and 25% of the budget working to stay top of mind with display remarketing efforts on website traffic and branded search campaigns to defend the brand and create positive experiences for down-funnel buyers.

    Results Generated

    Over a 6 month period Tortoise and Hare continued to manage and develop campaigns while generating between 5 and 15 leads per month for this South Florida based MSP. Due to the advertising success and traction generated with marketing efforts, the MSP has developed the confidence to move forward with a rebranding and a new website launch coming in 2024 before scaling up further with additional marketing efforts including SEO, organic social media marketing, and increasing ad spend on campaigns. We look forward to supporting their continued growth!

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    Hunter Nelson

    Hunter is the founder and president of Tortoise and Hare Software, a digital marketing agency for managed service providers. Hunter has more than 10 years’ experience building web applications and crafting digital strategies for companies ranging from scrappy startups to Fortune 50 household names. When not on the clock, you'll find him spending time with his family and pups, relaxing on the beach, or playing competitive online video games. See for more.

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