The colocation market is steadily changing, as entities such as colocation, enterprise hosting, private cloud, and managed services begin to merge and intertwine.
Where each enterprise once held different markets, clients, business models, and offerings, the line continues to blur as each competitor strives to hold their stake in the market.
This competitive atmosphere makes it essential for colocation providers to stay on task, identify the right clients and partners, and maintain their pricing power.
Join me at Data Center World on Tuesday, April 4th at 2:30 pm to learn how to analyze your competitive pricing and take stock of your content assets.
My session “10 Ways for Colocation Providers to Find the Right Niches and Avoid Commoditization,” will address strategies for analyzing your competition, identifying market opportunities, and positioning your colocation company for profitable growth.
Analyze Your Competitors
Colocation providers aiming to make an impact in their market must first analyze their competitors before they can determine their own competitive advantage.
Include relevant businesses of all sizes and categories in your competitive research:
- Direct competitors
- Indirect competitors
- Non-business model competitors
When conducting competitive research, consider how your prospect’s company size affects their needs/wants and how your competitor’s company’s size impacts your prospect. A company’s size can be measured by its revenue, number of employees, or number of clients. However, the measurement you select must remain the same for each entry.
There are two types of colo providers that compete amongst each other:
- Large regional/emerging (inter)national providers
- Local providers
Factor both when conducting your competitive research.
There’s also a third category—the big national colo providers—Digital Realty, Equinix, QTS, and TierPoint for example. However, the competitive analysis is a little more complicated because it is not a true reciprocal apples-to-apples comparison.
Monitoring competitor recruiting efforts can help your colocation business identify internal employment gaps. Monitor LinkedIn streams and career pages, and focus not only on job titles but also on job descriptions as job titles may vary from business to business.
Local colo providers often make the mistake of hastily partnering with local MSPs. This partnership may pose a major conflict of interest, as the two businesses often target the same/similar clients and often do not share the same goals/values (account control, marketing goals, and sales budgets for example).
Take Stock of Your Content Assets
The way data center influencers and decision makers purchase colocation has drastically changed over the years.
Where potential clients once relied on salespeople to deliver the vital information needed to make purchase decisions, they now take an active role in their buying process, seeking the information needed on their own.
It is important for businesses to take inventory of all their content assets to ensure they are targeting prospects during various stages of their buying journey.
Sales leaders should verify they have content available to create traffic generation, generate leads, nurture opportunities, and close new clients.
At the bare minimum, colo providers should be optimizing their websites, blogging, actively managing their content, publishing on social regularly, and investing in paid/sponsored placements.
Colocation providers ready to take their business to the next level should use buyer personas, personalized and educational content, full-funnel revenue growth strategies and tools, SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound), and continuous data-driven improvement to support their revenue goals.
The Next Step
So, what exactly are buyer personas, full-funnel revenue growth strategies and tools, and SMART goals? How do colo providers apply data-driven improvement to support their revenue goals?
To learn all about this and more, join me on April 4th at 2:30 pm at Data Center World 2017 for my workshop on “10 Ways for Colocation Providers to Find the Right Niches and Avoid Commoditization.” The session will provide comprehensive information essential to accelerating your sales cycles, generating new highly-qualified leads, scaling your business, and driving your sales, marketing, and revenue strategies.
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To learn more about analyzing your competition and taking stock of your content assets, check out our webinar "How Colocation Data Centers Can Differentiate to Grow Leads, Revenue, and ROI."
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