HubSpot tips that blend online/offline marketing efforts

February 7, 2018 | Patrick Icasas

Any dedicated HubSpot user will tell you that it’s a great tool for managing all sorts of marketing and sales related tasks, from inbound marketing to social media to SEO — all tied together with a powerful CRM. And with over 31,000 users in over 90 countries, it’s pretty safe to say that what HubSpot does, it does well.

There are, however, certain things it doesn’t do. And most of these limitations have to do with HubSpot’s challenges in tracking offline activities. After all, how can one expect a digital marketing solution to track how many people see a TV ad? How can HubSpot tell if the same Bob calling your help desk is the same Bob you emailed a week ago? It’s simply not possible.

Right?

Wrong.

HubSpot integrates with best-in-class service providers with solutions that can track and measure what out-of-the-box HubSpot cannot. Here are three offline examples where Hubspot partners shine:

Event attendance and interactions

Hosting a live event is a great way to engage new prospects and connect with existing customers, but coordinating event leads with HubSpot is a major time sink. It’s difficult to research names pre-event, as most of the time you’re picking names from one list and searching them in HubSpot to see if they show up. Updating the list with new names is only marginally faster, as they have to be manually imported into the HubSpot CRM.

This is precisely why the Eventbrite-HubSpot integration is so valuable. With it, marketers can sync Eventbrite registrations with existing HubSpot contacts and, if necessary, automatically create new contacts on the fly. You’ll be able to see how these contacts engaged with you before and after the event.

This automated contact management process makes it easier to track your event’s success. How many conversions did the event generate? What’s the ROI for this single event, and how does it compare to the overall ROI of your marketing program?

The integration gives you access to all this information and more.

Direct mail and traditional advertisements

While HubSpot is unmatched at tracking the performance of digital content assets, print and offline assets are a whole different story. After all, how can HubSpot reasonably measure how many people read your direct mail or how many drivers read your billboard?

Savvy marketers will accomplish this through judicious use of tracking URLs and landing pages. You can have either multiple tracking URLs that take you to a single common landing page. Or you can generate multiple landing pages, each unique to the direct mail asset you sent out. HubSpot accounts for both scenarios and gives you insight into which asset performs the best.

Inbound phone calls

Despite the breadth of features HubSpot offers, inbound phone calls have been a consistent blind spot when assessing marketing performance. Yes, contact agents can gather information and put it in the HubSpot CRM. However, doing so manually prolongs call time and the unnecessary questions turn off prospects. As a result, agents aren’t always able to collect enough information about who calls a hotline and why.  

That’s what Retreaver’s Integration for HubSpot is built to solve. Retreaver gives HubSpot users the ability to generate unique telephone numbers and tie them to HubSpot campaigns. The unique phone numbers can also be used on ads, and even individual keywords. Marketers can determine which sources are driving conversions and helps you prioritize where you should be spending your marketing dollars.

Customers benefit from the service as well. The integration synchronizes your calls with HubSpot so that you can instantly know who you are talking to and can easily update new data on the fly. Your sales team doesn’t miss a beat, purchase paths are shortened, and marketing gets the info it needs.

Learn more about how Retreaver makes caller insight happen by clicking here!

The Customer Data You Track on Your Website is Trackable on Phone Calls Too

January 16, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

Metrics are an important facet of any marketing and ad campaign. With data metrics in hand you see the actions customers take when they visit your website. See which links they click, and even go back through the customer journey to see which ad campaigns drew them to your website in the first place. For all of these different data points you now integrate the same tracking information into your analytics for the phone calls your business receives. Not only will you enjoy greater insight on how your marketing efforts drive phone calls, but you’ll have improved cross-channel visibility that finally bridges the gap between offline and online marketing.

The Phone is Easier, Depending on Your Industry

For many businesses, it is simply easier for customers to pick up the phone and call for service rather than clicking through an endless stream of pages on your website. When a family is locked out of their car at the mall, they don’t have time to browse a website and fill out lead forms. They want to do a quick Google search, find relevant locksmiths nearby, and call for service. Tracking phone calls used to be difficult for businesses, but that difficulty is no longer an issue.

Discover the Most Effective Sources, Channels, and Verticals

Phone call tracking is far more diverse than most marketers might realize. Using unique business numbers for various ad campaigns or even pages on your site, you can see how your various marketing sources, channels, and verticals are performing. For example, varying final extensions (the last four numbers) can be altered and assigned to different marketing campaigns. This will help you see which ones are generating the most outreach on the phone.

For example, different numbers can be used for direct mailers, social media ads, email marketing, and your homepage. When customers call those various numbers, they’re directed to the same place: your sales team. However, since they used different numbers you’ll be able to see which verticals and sources generated what type of business.

Go Next Level with Multi-Channel Insight

As you zoom out your view from the micro to the macro, phone call analytics tie together your broader marketing strategy with multi-channel insight. Understanding the customer journey from start to finish, online to offline, is key to improving your marketing as a whole. Without phone call tracking, you lose sight of your customer’s journey from time to time. How is that possible?

Well, some customers might initiate a search online and find one of your search ads. Clicking that link, they’re directed to your site and click through the pages doing some research. If they put off the purchasing decision for a few days though, you lose them in the mish-mash. That same customer could be reminded of your brand through social media days later and find your phone number through a Facebook page. When that customer calls from that posted number, their journey to contact has traversed a variety of channels.

Phone call tracking allows you to stay on top of their travels by gaining insight to each individual data point so you know what brought each customer in. Down the road you’ll be able to use that information to better harmonize all of your marketing efforts.

Review, Optimize, Repeat

Finally, use phone call recording to analyze the speed and quality of the service or support your customers receive when they call in. You’ll be able to look through those analytics to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. You can then put that information into action by refining each marketing channel for improved performance in the future.

Phone calls provide an essential link between online and offline actions of your consumer. Integrate phone call analytics into your marketing data and you’ll be able to build a bridge from the online world to the offline world. Get started today

 

Why a Seamless Transition from Offline to Online Marketing Is Important

January 3, 2018 | Marija Sekularac

There is an unfortunate lack of connectivity in many companies between their offline and online marketing efforts. Some marketers, either by lack of budget or options to connect, fail to link their offline and online marketing efforts together. In some cases marketers treat the two as separate tactics, while worst-case scenarios see other marketers using only one or the other. The reality is that consumers are relying on both when connecting with brands. In fact, according to Science Daily, more than 80% of online ads have an effect on offline sales. As such, it’s important to provide your consumers with a seamless transition between the two worlds.

Online Marketing Generates Offline Conversions

As the Science Daily data suggests, consumers interacting with online ads are contributing immensely to offline conversions. It is important to realize that offline conversions still afford consumers the chance to inspect and examine merchandise before making a purchase. This doesn’t discount the role of online marketing though.

Mobile devices account for more than half of online searches, and nearly 53% of online shoppers prefer to use smartphones when searching for products/services. Beyond that, 69% of consumers still trust local publications and 54% are more likely to purchase products advertised by traditional means. When online marketing is connected seamlessly to offline marketing, it leads to increased conversions offline.

Offline Conversions Shape Online Marketing

When consumers cross the divide from online to offline and convert, they bring with a treasure trove of data. If your offline and online marketing efforts are seamlessly connected, you get first-party data that is invaluable in shaping your marketing efforts online following offline conversions. You’ll gain insight into purchase history, demographic information, call history, and even the channel, campaign or source. If your marketing efforts are disjointed, you’ll miss out entirely on this information (at worst) or have to rely on third-party data to shape your marketing (at best).

Delivers Consistency to Consumers

When you achieve a seamless transition across offline and online marketing channels, you present your brand and messaging to consumers with consistency. Ideally, all of your marketing messaging and brand presentation should look and feel the same, from billboards, direct mailers, and radio ads to social media marketing, search ads, and mobile app engagement. When the consumer picks up the phone to call your company, they should be able to receive the same messaging from the sales or customer service rep.  With a consistent message across these platforms, you’ll not only enjoy greater success in marketing as a whole, but you’ll encourage cross-platform participation among consumers because it is easier to do.

How Can You Achieve Seamless Transitions?

There are lots of ways to offer consumers a seamless transition from offline to online and vice versa. Determine what is and isn’t working in your current marketing arsenal by testing which channels, campaigns or sources are driving traffic to you.

When phone calls are a big part of your business, start using trackable numbers. Suppose a consumer is inspired to call your business based upon an online ad, but that number isn’t tracked, then they’re likely to get the runaround in trying to find the deal they saw. Worse, they’ll feel like their time isn’t valued by your brand. With the simple inclusion of trackable phone numbers though, the transition becomes seamless as the caller is directed right to the department handling that promotion.

Curious to learn more about creating a seamless transition from offline to online for your customers?  Get in touch today.