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West McDonald

West McDonald is the Vice President of Business Development at Tigerpaw Software. He spent the past 15 years exclusively in the office equipment channel, sharing his expertise on alternative billing models, such as seat-based billing and flat-rate billing, to help partners and clients excel in managed print and converged services. West is a two-time recipient of The 40 Most Influential in the Imaging Industry award as well as an ENX Difference Maker.
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Serious About Growing Your Managed Services Practice? Here’s Some Free Advice From Those Who Are Winning.

Have you heard of the “race to the bottom”?  Essentially this is a danger that spells doom for any managed services business (or any business for that matter) that doesn’t understand the fundamentals of solution or value selling. If your sales team spends their days trying to convince a customer or prospect that they do...

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Jan 21, 2020 10:39:49 PM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

7 Resolutions That Will Help You Grow Your MSP Business and Make 2020 the Best Year Ever

The first week of January is always full of good intentions.  We often make resolutions like eating better and going to the gym more often. I’m not knocking those things, trust me, they’re on my list too.  But I can’t help but think that if resolutions are good for me personally that I should probably be making some for...

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Jan 7, 2020 10:00:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Total Tech Summit: Worth your time in 2020?

Tigerpaw just got back from Total Tech Summit in Forth Worth Texas and wanted to share some insights that may help you to decide on coming (or not) next year.

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Nov 12, 2019 4:00:27 PM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

New Revenue Opportunities for MSPs – Closer Than You Might Think

As an MSP (Managed Services Provider) you’ve made your living taking care of your customers’ I.T. assets. If it’s a desktop, server, IP enabled security system or VOIP system, you’re probably changing lives by rocking their management. But the world, as they say, is ever changing.

More and more “smart” devices are...

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Nov 5, 2019 10:22:10 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Is Your Business Recession-Proof? Find out at Total Tech Summit

Recessions. Might as well be a four letter word. If you’re old enough you’ve lived through one, two, or a few and they never get any easier. My first was the early 1980s and I’ll never forget it. I was only a boy then but I’ll never forget the day my Dad came home in tears because he 
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Oct 30, 2019 11:02:46 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

They say the office equipment channel is on fire. What are you going to do about it?

What a summer it’s been for the office equipment industry!  The biggest news was the Xerox & HP partnership for managed print. I would love to have been in the boardroom when this deal was proposed. Sheer brilliance and a total bombshell for many. This partnership is an exceptionally big deal and its ramifications are...

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Sep 11, 2019 9:15:34 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Selling copiers and compatible toner? You need to diversify now

If you’re an office equipment dealer and you’ve been on LinkedIn over the last couple days you’ve read some sobering news about an industry giant going into receivership as a "going concern." I don’t think anybody is really shocked. But what does that mean going forward? Let's look.

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Aug 21, 2019 10:35:30 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Got the cost per page blues? 3 ways to move your managed print sale beyond price

I work with a lot of business owners and their sales departments who are running into something more than ever: Customers demanding lower and lower page rates. It can be extremely frustrating when prospects and, heaven forbid, existing customers, keep asking you to lower your cost per page (CPP) rate.

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Aug 13, 2019 2:53:00 PM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Are you really providing (or using) Managed Print Services? 5 questions to ask yourself (or your provider) before you answer

I’ve been involved in the Managed Print Services (MPS) space, in one form or another, for more years than I’d care to count now. I’ve worked with a ton of office equipment dealers and office print providers that provide incredible managed print for their end-user customers. I’ve also had the experience of working with...

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Aug 6, 2019 10:12:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments

Selling remanufactured or clone toner? How the OEMs are fighting back harder than ever to change your mind

Do you think that talking politics and religion can be risky at parties? Having worked in the Imaging Channel for as long as I have, I’ve learned there are certain topics that could land you in hot water even more than those. The decline of user print volumes, shrinking margins and the rise of the mega-dealer, to name a...

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Jul 30, 2019 10:46:00 AM / Posted by West McDonald / 0 Comments
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