Marketing is a hefty topic with many methodologies and best practices. It’s a world full of buzzwords like SEO (search engine optimization), PPC (pay-per click advertising), click-through rate, inbound vs. outbound, and lots more. And with our world becoming increasingly more digital, it’s an area of focus your business needs to be paying attention to.
When we first started utilizing HubSpot and became a HubSpot Partner Agency in 2015, HubSpot looked a lot different. The platform itself looked and functioned differently, there was no Sales Hub or Service Hub, and the HubSpot CMS was known as the HubSpot COS (and was really an afterthought).
Needless to say, a lot has changed in the last six years. And it seems like more and more is changing by the day with HubSpot. Earlier in 2020, HubSpot rolled out themes. It was a monumental shift in the way the HubSpot CMS functioned as well as how things like landing pages, thank you pages, and blogs were built and managed.
Inbound marketing uses digital assets to attract prospects to a website or landing page with the goal of converting visitors into leads that can be nurtured throughout a marketing and sales funnel. Typically, this is achieved through content marketing campaigns focused on educating prospective customers through high value content pieces which are accompanied by landing pages, thank you pages, and calls-to-action. Once a prospect enters their information into a company’s database, the company can nurture them through the various stages of the buyer’s journey with the end goal of a closed sale.
Making a software decision as a business is a big process. There’s a lot to consider and research as you determine what company and services will best meet the needs of your business. Most organizations are looking for a tool and team that can streamline your day-to-day responsibilities and help you reach your goals. HubSpot and a HubSpot Solutions Partner may be your answer.
The holiday season is finally upon us. After the 853 months so far in 2020 (or maybe it just feels like that many), we're finally in the last month of the weirdest year on record. The good news is, it's also the happiest month of the year!
I don't know about you, but I look forward to December every year. It's all the lights, gift giving, food, family, friends, and general cheer that surrounds this month that gets me excited. For a lot of businesses though, the thing that really makes them excited about this time of the year is sales. And with 2020 shutting down so much of our in-person activities (like shopping), we are sure to see a gigantic uptick in online shopping this holiday season. In fact, online sales are expected to spike 25% - 35% this holiday season and reach up to nearly $200 billion! That's why it's time to add a holiday HubSpot chatbot to make your user experience exceptional.
Since we are an inbound agency and many of our own leads are inbound leads, we don't often need to spend sales calls explaining what we do and why organizations need it. They've already become aware of their issue, they have researched us, and they have determined that HIVE Digital Strategy could be a good fit. The job of our business development team is to share what it will be like to work with us -- the retainer program, our value based point system, our level of inbound and HubSpot expertise, and IF we as an agency are a fit with their team and their company. And that is why we feel intros during the sales process is important. Let me explain...
This season always brings gratitude and thankfulness to mind. But this year — the 2020iest of years — needs an extra dose of gratitude for the things that didn't go wrong. With everything that has happened in our world throughout this pandemic it helps to focus on the positives. Here's where our team is focusing their thanks this year.
Creating valuable content to attract, engage, and delight your online audience is an important part of building an effective inbound marketing strategy. But it’s not enough to create great content and hope for the best. To attract visitors to your website and content, you’ll need to make it easy for both digital users and search engines to find and understand your content. Structuring your content in the form of topic clusters and pillar pages can help your search engine optimization (SEO) and make it easy for your website visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for.
We have been a HubSpot Partner Agency for about six years now, and it's been one heck of a whirlwind. When we started with HubSpot, we really didn't think that inbound was as intensive of an undertaking as it would prove to be. See, we were already performing and executing on all kinds of inbound marketing tactics - website design, search engine optimization, blogging, social media, email marketing, landing pages and diving deep into analytics. So, this inbound thing was just a nice way of wrapping it all up together, right? Eh...not exactly.
HubSpot is one of the world’s leading marketing automation platforms and they have also added on sales, service, and CMS website platform options in the last few years. While they realize that they will never be an all-in-one platform (mostly because that is genuinely impossible), they have adopted an all-on-one mantra. Through all of the thousands of native and 3rd party integrations, you truly can turn your HubSpot portal into your all-on-one option.
That being said, HubSpot can also be a lot to handle and it’s easy to lose sight of all of the things that HubSpot can do simply because there are so many moving parts.