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How to Set Up Your Deal Pipeline and Stages in HubSpot CRM

May 3, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, HubSpot, sales enablement

Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in July 2018 and updated in May 2019.

HubSpot CRM is a great tool to help sales leaders gain visibility into their pipeline and to implement measurable change in their organization.

Click here to get the HubSpot CRM. It’s free and it’s awesome, we promise.

Setting up well-defined deal stages is an important first step to gaining insight into your sales funnel and improving sales team performance.

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6 Free Apps to Supercharge Your HubSpot Portal

Feb 25, 2019 / by Lex Hultquist posted in sales, technology, HubSpot, customer acquisition, optimization

There are over 130 apps that seamlessly connect with HubSpot, plus thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of custom apps and existing API configurations that exist to help companies grow better.

Every organization has its own set of priorities when it comes to infusing HubSpot across its specific tech stack; however, there are a number of high-value, free-version apps every company can connect to HubSpot in order to extract more value from the platform. We've outlined six of these free apps to get you started maximizing your HubSpot investment.

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Chatbots: A Primer for Marketing Teams

Jan 9, 2019 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, marketing, customer acquisition

If you’ve spent any time online over the last two years, you’ve more likely than not encountered chatbots. And if you haven’t, you will soon. Chatbots, often referred to simply as “bots,” are heralded by many as the next must-have-technology for marketing and sales.

Businesses of all shapes and sizes are adopting chatbots rapidly, and there are many powerful applications within any given company. More and more big brands, from Nike to Whole Foods, have already embraced bot technology, and now chatbots are quickly becoming mainstream. Research from Forrester showed that in 2016, just 5% of companies worldwide were using chatbots regularly. Compare that to a recent survey by Oracle, which found that 80% of senior marketing and sales professionals expect to be using chatbots for customer interactions by 2020.

Chatbots are an excellent reminder that the digital revolution is far from over. We’re actually right in the midst of it. As more and more companies join in, marketers need to get a good grasp on how to use this powerful technology for the good of their brand.

So, let’s explore this emerging technology, what it means for marketing teams, and how to leverage it successfully for your brand.

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11 Clever Ways to Use the HubSpot Prospects Tool

Nov 7, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in sales, technology, HubSpot, sales enablement

The HubSpot growth stack includes tons of useful tools for sales and marketing teams. One of its most powerful and intriguing features is known as the Prospects tool. It's a tool that's been around since the very early days of HubSpot, and it's one of the most interesting features to both new and existing HubSpot customers.

Understanding the potential power of the HubSpot Prospects tool and how to leverage it gives marketing and sales teams a huge competitive edge.

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12 Free Marketing Tools to Make Your Team Even More Amazing

Oct 16, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, marketing

Today's best marketing teams have an innovative mindset - constantly testing, integrating, and optimizing new technologies into their marketing tech stacks for continually better results over time. 

Indeed, the right marketing technology tools can be the difference between lackluster and amazing results. Fortunately, having an awesome tech stack doesn't have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are hundreds of tools that can make you a more amazing marketer without costing you a penny.

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HubSpot Tools to Speed Up Your Sales Process and Close More Deals

Sep 12, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in sales, technology, HubSpot, sales enablement, marketing automation

The world’s most popular marketing automation platform, HubSpot, is primarily known for its ability to help marketing teams, but there are so many powerful facets of the software that are designed to supercharge sales for your company.

Many sales leaders are cautiously optimistic about marketing automation software like HubSpot, but they're just not sure how the technology applies to them. 

HubSpot includes a full set of sales productivity tools that help streamline and speed up your sales process. These technology tools allow sales teams to spend more time selling, shortening average sales cycles and increasing sales team happiness. Let’s take a look at some of the top tools helping sales teams fuel performance.

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How to Use Lead Scoring to Close More Customers

Sep 4, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in sales, technology, marketing, marketing automation

Having a healthy stream of leads coming in from your website is a great first step toward generating revenue attributable to your marketing efforts. But turning those leads into customers requires a bit more strategic attention.

Lead scoring is a valuable tool that any sales and marketing team can implement to close more customers. Lead scoring is a system that ranks your prospects based on their perceived value to your organization. It is an automated way to identify and hand off your hottest leads to your sales team so they can work their magic and close more deals.

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SEO Best Practices for 2019

Aug 31, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in technology, marketing, websites, optimization, SEO

What's the Best SEO Strategy for 2019?

SEO is an essential component of driving qualified traffic and leads to your website. But so many companies don't have a good handle on what SEO even means today. It's not completely their fault. There is so much misinformation about SEO out there, and it's tough to sort through what's current and what's accurate.

What makes SEO such a tough discipline is that it is ever-evolving, with search engines releasing updates all the time and often without warning. The best way to stay ahead of search engine algorithm updates is simply to adhere to best practices from the beginning. 

So, let's take a look at what SEO best practices look like as marketers gear up to head into 2019. Combine these powerful forces to put together the best SEO strategy your company has ever seen.

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The Dirty Little Secret About Marketing Automation

Aug 23, 2018 / by Meghan Hultquist posted in sales, technology, sales enablement, marketing automation

Marketing automation exists primarily to help companies generate revenue. Because, really, what's the point of marketing if it's not generating revenue? The way we see it, marketing shouldn't even be happening at your company if it's not strategically generating revenue in a predictable and scalable way.

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4 Emerging Technologies on a Collision Course with Marketing and Sales

Aug 21, 2018 / by Lex Hultquist posted in sales, technology, marketing

Technology in the marketing and sales space is evolving rapidly, with more capabilities and innovations emerging every day.

The disruption potential of these major technologies is tremendous. In a space that has already been massively revolutionized in the era of digital, marketing and sales leaders must prepare to adapt their technologies, business models, and personnel in order to keep up with the future.

Here are four of our favorite emerging technologies on a path sure to intersect with marketing and sales very soon.

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