HubSpot - What is it?

What is HubSpot?

HubSpot - What is it?There are several “all-in-one” marketing solutions on the market, each with its own set of features and loyal following. We use HubSpot to fuel our inbound marketing and it has worked great for us. We’re also a VAR, partner and I’m certified in Inbound Marketing and the software itself, so clearly, I’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid. Still, Here’s an overview of some of HubSpot’s key features. Want to see them in action? I was a guest on a “HubSpot Features” Google Hangout Friday, September 27th. Take a look!

What is HubSpot?

HubSpot is all-in-one marketing software that helps companies convert website visitors into leads and nurture those leads into prospects. The theory behind it is simple, and is common to all inbound marketing – give people what they want and need and they are more likely to become your loyal customers.

But What Does it DO?

It’s not a “set it and forget it” program. No inbound marketing can be. What it is is a collection of tools that integrate very closely for a fantastic method of marketing your business and keeping a close eye on your progress. Here are a few of the key features:

Marketing Campaigns

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Easily create landing pages with smart forms that only ask for information a contact has not previously supplied.Landing Pages

Easily great-looking landing pages that convert. Not only great for marketing campaigns, effective landing pages can also enhance the results and return on your paid marketing.

Forms with “Smart” Fields

Collect the information you need and set up some extra “smart” fields that will ask auxilliary questions to returning visitors. Already have their business name, phone number and address? Tell the form to collect “your biggest marketing challenge” on the next visit and don’t ask for the phone number and address again.

Workflows

My favorite. Workflows allows you to trigger a certain action (for me, it’s usually sending an email) when a visitor completes any given form of engagement (usually a form submission). You can set up a series of highly targeted emails based upon the visitor’s expressed interest. Starting with more general information, you then funnel them in to a more “middle of the funnel” offer and end up with an “end of the funnel” offer like a coupon, free demo or trial.

See How the Campaign Performed

At a glance, you can see who downloaded your offer. Look at each contact to see how they found you, how many times they’ve been back to the site, which emails they opened and even which website pages they visited.

Email

Aside from making for great workflow steps, email campaigns can be used to target specific groups. Want to target only those visitors who have visited over 50 pages on your sited? You can do that, using lists. In fact, you can create lists based on any of the contact fields for super-targeted email campaigns.

Reports

It’s all about the data – and HubSpot’s reporting makes it easy to see and use. Here are a few of my favorites:

HubSpot's Sources Report shows what's working.Sources Report

Wondering how many visits, leads and customers are coming from your social channels? Wonder no more! This handy graph-style report breaks it down by organic, referral, social media (down to the platform), email, direct and paid traffic. You can then easily see where your efforts are most productive. If something special is going on (like a guest post, webinar, speaking engagement or ad campaign), you can add a marketing action, then watch to see what impact it has on your results.

Page Performance Reports

Quickly look at your most popular pages and see how your calls to action are performing and how many inbound links each has attracted. Worried that you might have some on-page SEO or other errors? HubSpot will alert you and help you fix them.

Competitor Reports

At a glance, see how you stack up against your  competition – even view their most recent blog posts. Watch how you’ve compared over time in areas such as linking domains, MozRank, number of social followers, etc. If someone is pulling ahead, you’ll know to keep an eye on them for ideas you can use, too.Social monitor allows you to view tweets by segmented contact lists (ie., people who downloaded the "Pinterest" ebook) and by keyword.

Social Media Tools

Publishing

Pretty standard stuff. Publish to LinkedIn (personal or pages), Twitter and Facebook. Unfortunately Google Plus is not yet available, nor is Pinterest. However, it is easy to schedule, and allow HubSpot to suggest times that, based on their research will work best for you. You can also easily see how many clicks each shared link garners. The other perk to using their publishing tool is that you get a weekly email showing you which updates have been most successful.

Monitoring Social Inbox

This is where HubSpot’s social tools shine. Here you can keep custom searches based on segmented contact lists, keyword mentions, or a combination of each. Right from the dashboard you can follow, reply, retweet, etc. to keep people engaged.

Signals

Signals is a new feature that works with Chrome to tell you the moment it happens: who opens email (and when), who returns to your site (and what they’re reading), and when your contacts interact with you on social media. This allows you to make contact when you are most top-of-mind with each potential customer.

COS – Content Optimization System

COS is another new feature that allows landing pages, calls to action and entire web pages to be customized for individual visitor experience, and at the same time optimizing it for any platform – desktop, mobile or tablet. How might customization work at the individual visitor level? Has the visitor already downloaded your “Smarketing” ebook? Instead of seeing that offer, they’ll get something else that might interest them, something suited to someone a little closer to a buying decision. This brings lead nurturing to your website – no longer limiting it to email campaigns.

Have any specific questions about HubSpot features, or our HubSpot experience? Please share below, or join me for that Google Hangout Friday afternoon!

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About the Author Alisa Meredith (311 Posts)

As co-owner and chief inbound marketing consultant at Scalable Social Media, Alisa Meredith spends a lot of time keeping up with online marketing trends for the benefit of our customers. Computers have been a passion of hers since her first T1-99, so inbound and social media marketing is a natural fit.

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