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    In today’s post, we’re going to be talking about an IT company digital marketing case study. NetTech Consultants is a Jacksonville-based IT company or Managed Service Provider as they’re commonly known in the IT world. Back before coronavirus, there was this thing called a “trade show” where large groups of people would get together and showcase their businesses. We initially established contact with NetTech at a trade show where they were looking to toe the waters of digital and expand their marketing efforts, but were unsure of how to proceed.

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    Initial Audit Findings

    We took a look at the online presence and spotted several opportunities for improvement. Their website was loading quite slowly, was not search optimized, and needed a design update. Their social media pages and business listings were out of date and needed a more professional look and some updated copy in the descriptions.

    NetTech also didn’t have any sort of active digital marketing plan and were relying heavily on referrals and outsourced appointment setting services. Since NetTech was wanting to get more aggressive with their growth we also took a look at the options available, timelines for a return, and budgets and decided that establishing a pay-per-click investment would be most prudent.

    Marketing Website Updates

    Since a website often serves as the cornerstone of other digital marketing efforts and is the main place prospects are driven to and leads are generated, we started out with an update to the website.

    Tortoise and Hare Software started out by creating a new design in Photoshop that NetTech was able to provide feedback on before beginning work on the new site. Designs were created and approved quickly and work began shortly thereafter.

    After some technical changes and code updates, we were able to significantly improve the user experience by reducing page load times and implementing the new design. Below is a screenshot of the above-the-fold home page, but you can view the full site here. We also updated the site to be a more graphical and engaging and updated copy in certain places.

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    NetTech Website Sample

    Behind the scenes, Tortoise and Hare Software also installed several tools. Firstly we installed Google Tag Manager to help deploy small JavaScript tags that social media sites and other related marketing technology requires without having to re-deploy new code. We installed Google Analytics and configured their analytics set up so that NetTech could get a better understanding of how their website was performing. We also installed a conversion rate optimization tool to measure scroll depths, capture heat map data, and look at screen recordings of how users were interacting with the site.

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    Heatmap showing how users are interacting

    We also registered the site with Google and Bing, created an XML sitemap, and submitted it for indexing so that the site would be better understood and generate more relevant search engine traffic.

    As part of the website update package they purchased, we also moved them over to a business-grade web hosting platform with properly configured caching, a content delivery network, and a streamlined development workflow to make ongoing updates.

    These changes laid the foundation for developing an effective IT company digital marketing program and allowed them to start advertising in the Jacksonville market.

    Advertising As Part Of The IT Company Digital Marketing Plan

    The next step in the journey was to start advertising and bringing more traffic to the website to increase brand awareness in the marketplace. After looking at available options and weighing other considerations we decided to advertise with a budget spread across Google Ads and LinkedIn.

    Tortoise and Hare Software started by defining and installing conversion tracking to measure the success of ads using the conversion tracking tags from each platform and deploying them through the previously installed Google Tag Manager. The identified conversion events for the business were:

    • Phone Calls
    • Contact Form Submissions
    • Inbound Email Clicks

    We installed and configured the conversion tracking and also installed the re-marketing tags for each platform, the Google Remarketing Tag, and the LinkedIn Insights Tag.

    Campaigns were set up on Google to generate traffic for searches like:

    • IT Company
    • Tech Support
    • Managed Service Provider
    • IT Consultants
    • Managed IT Provider
    • IT Outsourcing
    • IT Support

    These campaigns were supplemented by display and search remarketing campaigns and a LinkedIn sponsored content campaign to keep searchers engaged.

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    Branded Search Ad For NetTech

    Digital advertising was a new venture for NetTech and a gentle approach was taken by sending traffic from campaigns directly to relevant pages on their website in order to establish a baseline performance, with plans to set up dedicated landing pages for high-performing keywords and expand efforts in the future.

    Advisement Services

    A key portion of the working with NetTech these past months has been providing advisement services. We’ve examined competitors, discussed ways to improve the website, talked about content strategies, discussed adding live chat functionality, what implementing marketing automation tools might look like, and what the impact of dedicated landing pages for high volume keywords could be.

    Business conditions change regularly and so does the conversation about how to best invest available resources. Tortoise and Hare Software have served as a trusted adviser to NetTech throughout the relationship.

    Results Generated

    Over a 5 month period from 10/1/2019-2/29/2020, NetTech was able to generate at least 1500 site visits and at least 26 leads, representing approximately 5 leads a month sourced from digital.

    In reaction to the pandemic, NetTech paused its marketing in march but resumed in April with some additional investment. From April through October we’ve been able to generate over 1850 site visits and increase monthly lead volume to an average of 8.5 leads per month sourced from digital and they have continued to grow their monthly recurring revenue over the time period.

    Another more silent benefit is that NetTech has also built up a solid base of re-marketing lists in its digital advertising accounts that will continue to provide an ongoing benefit. Sales cycles in the MSP world can be 6-12 months or longer and the sales pipeline for NetTech has been firmly established and can continue to provide benefits into the forward-looking future.

    Results have been convincing enough to expand their digital marketing program, roll out dedicated PPC landing pages, and expand into monthly blogging.

    Are you interested in generating new leads for your MSP? Reach out and learn more about how we create an IT company digital marketing plan for your business.

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    Hunter Nelson

    Hunter is the founder and president of Tortoise and Hare Software, a digital marketing agency for B2B technology companies. 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 LinkedIn for more.

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