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HubSpot Hacks; 5 Quick Wins you can implement now to drive ROI in HubSpot

Posted by Annie Shearer on 12/11/2019 12:24:03 PM

Feel like you're not seeing a return on your investment in HubSpot? Or unsure where to start? Here are 5 quick and easy wins that'll save your team time, focus your energy on best practice lead generation, and get intel on the competition.

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Topics: Marketing Automation, Lead Generation


Posted by Annie Shearer on 30/10/2019 7:44:26 AM

Auckland, New Zealand – Today, Auckland-based consultancy​ ​RECIPE Marketing announced it has been named the APAC winner of HubSpot’s Q3 2019​ ​Impact Awardsin the Grow Better: Marketing Enablement category.HubSpot, a leading growth platform, use the awards to recognise agency partners who go above and beyond to help their customers grow better.

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Topics: Insider, Marketing Automation

Marketing Automation: FAQ's

Posted by Soazik Shearer on 30/08/2019 11:22:00 AM

When we introduce the concept of Marketing Automation to a business, it's met with excitement, a few nerves, and lots of questions. Questions like;

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Topics: Marketing Automation

How to select the right Marketing Automation platform for your team

Posted by Annie Shearer on 19/10/2018 6:37:44 PM

HubSpot, Pardot, Marketo, InfusionSoft... There is an abundance of Marketing Automation platforms available aimed at small and large organisations alike with wildly varying features, benefits, levels of integration and price points. 

How do you know which is the right platform for your business?  As Inbound consultants who help businesses develop an effective over-arching strategy for growth, we often get asked which Marketing Automation platform/software is best. Our answer has been, and will always be, start with the business' strategy, and use this to develop a Marketing Automation strategy. 

1. Consider your team's capabilities. How easy is the software to use? Hop on a 30-day free trial. 

Here are the key competencies your team will need to hold to build up an effective Marketing Automation programme. Consider what roles your team members will play, and whether upskilling is required. 

Every platform says their software is 'easy-to-use'. You don’t want to be reliant on developers to set up and edit basic landing pages, forms or email sequences so do a litmus test internally. Get key team members onto a 30-day free trial and get their feedback on building out these key features. No 30-day free trial? Walk away. 

2. Is there an active community of users who share info and insights? And how responsive is the customer service desk? You want to know you can get answers when you need them. 

Encourage the team to Google search for any questions they have as part of the free trial (rather than just defaulting to asking a sales rep any questions they have). You'll soon discover whether there's a community of users who offer up solutions to problems that've been encountered in the past. 

Check what their SLA response time is for queries, then read reviews of the Marketing Automation platform online via social media. Understand the experience of others and you're likely to understand what your experience will be. 

3. What does training look like? Is it self-service ? Or is it an on-site training course? 

How extensive are training tools? And do these go beyond the application of the software, into more valuable resources that will upskill the team on techniques and methodologies? 

4. Don't forget sales: consider how the Marketing Automation software will support conversion of leads to customers, and hand-off from marketing to sales.

If marketing and sales are not aligned in their thinking & objectives, leads will fall over when it comes to conversion. Lead scoring is meaningless to a team who is not brought into the thinking behind lead scoring: leads will disappear into a long-forgotten email folder. 

5. A decision should be made collaboratively as Marketing Automation impacts marketing, sales, customer service and I.T, but marketing & sales should hold the final decision. 

Marketing Automation can drive the entire customer experience - from attracting customers through to delighting customers. 

  • Customer service will be concerned with Marketing Automation can improve response times, and quality of response. 
  • I.T. will be concerned with data security & privacy.  
  • Marketing's focus will be on high-quality lead generation and demonstrating ROI. 
  • The sales' team's focus will be on how software delivers actionable insights they can use to sell, the efficacy of tools that'll support their sales process and closing customers. 

Ultimately, it's the marketing and sales teams who'll be the ones that use the Marketing Automation software (and are the business units accountable for getting results) so ultimately, this decision should rest with marketing and sales. 

Need some help working out what platform is right for your business? 

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Topics: Marketing Automation

4 Signs your Marketing Team is Ready for Marketing Automation (and what to do if you don't think they are yet)

Posted by Annie Shearer on 28/09/2018 12:27:38 PM


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Topics: Marketing Automation

5-Reasons "Why Hubspot"

Posted by Annie Shearer on 25/09/2018 7:49:20 PM


In today's world where competition is rife and customers expect more from brands than they've ever done, businesses need as much help as they can to drive excellence throughout the customer experience (CX).

From the first touchpoint through to 'delighting' customers with their product experience, and beyond, the customer experience should be frictionless, considered and pre-empt needs before they're even expressed.

Moreover, the digital revolution means that CEO's expect their marketing departments to be more accountable than they've ever been; a marketing department can't be a colouring-in department. It's got to be a strategic wing that delivers qualified leads to the sales department. 

Tracking ROI is critical.

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Topics: Insider, Marketing Automation, Lead Nurturing, Lead Generation

Marketing Automation and the Marketing Team: Roles and Core Competencies in a Marketing Automation Programme

Posted by Annie Shearer on 28/08/2018 10:37:16 AM

This week at RECIPE we've had two clients ask what skills their team need to deliver on a Marketing Automation sprint (or programme). While your Marketing Automation programme will, undoubtedly, reflect your company size, budget, resources, & the goals you want to accomplish, the core competencies you need in a team are the same.

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Topics: Marketing Automation

What is Marketing Automation? (And how can it be used to transform your business)

Posted by Annie Shearer on 1/06/2018 8:56:00 AM

In an age where customers expect more from brands than they've ever done in the past & marketing teams have never been busier, Marketing Automation leverages technology to automate repetitive tasks and workflows. Done well, it can be used to tackle a business' real challenges: the things that keep us (and the team) up at night, like;

  • how do we increase traffic and improve lead generation?
  • how do we better convert leads to sale?
  • how do we increase spend per customer?
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Topics: Marketing Automation

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