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.
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.
For a marketing agency, there are plenty of software tools that you can hitch your wagon to. And those software tools can be in all kinds of segments - marketing automation, sales tools, chat, email, website hosting, productivity, etc.
Several years ago when we were looking through all of the tools that we could partner with, one quickly floated to the top - HubSpot. In 2014 we became a HubSpot Agency and joined their partner program. Why? Well I'm glad you asked...
As we celebrated HIVE's six year anniversary at the end of January, we started to reflect back on what has changed and the wild ride that we've been on over the last six years. From starting as Bee Social (our original name) to becoming one of only eight agencies in Colorado to reach the Platinum HubSpot Solutions Partner level, a lot has changed.
We've been there. You signed up for HubSpot, you've been shown all the cool things that it can do and how powerful it can be. You are excited to get started.
Then you actually get into the tool and realize that you have no idea how to use it.
It can be daunting and confusing. It's such a big tool that you're not going to learn it over night. It will take time.
If you’re familiar with the Hubspot CRM or HubSpot Marketing software, you probably already know that it’s one of the best programs for inbound marketing and sales teams. The platform offers plenty of freedom with easy integration options for social media, email, and websites, but the system (and sometimes even the concept of inbound marketing) can be unfamiliar to members of your team. This is where HubSpot outshines the competition and positions itself as an industry leader.
Contrary to popular opinion, agencies are not full of magicians.
In order to get the most out of your SEO or inbound marketing agency, you need to be involved.
One thing that we tell our clients up front is that we're never going to be as much of an expert in their business as they are. They will always be the 1a expert. Our goal, instead, is to be the 1b expert. In order to get there, we need some help though.
Let's take a look at how you fit into the client-agency relationship and how you can get the most out of your agency.
Extremely grateful, that's how I feel every time I think about my transition into the world of inbound marketing. It’s been a long journey; from getting my bachelor’s degree in marketing, to applying that knowledge to what were then my college jobs and internships, to finally getting my foot in the door at a digital marketing agency.
While it would be easy to focus all on HIVE in this article (I mean, our team is pretty amazing!) and toot our own horn, instead we've decided that we'd share some of our other favorite inbound marketing agencies throughout Colorado. Colorado has a TON of skilled marketers and we're proud to be part of it!
As with anything, there are distinct pros and cons to working with any kind of business. While we would love to work with everyone, the fact is, not every company needs or should work with a marketing agency. Let's look at situations where you should consider hiring an agency as well as reasons to avoid it.