73,400. That’s the estimated number of businesses using HubSpot marketing, sales, and service software in 2020 in over 120 countries (source: HubSpot). Not surprising, since HubSpot continues to improve its platform to solve marketing, sales, and service needs.
But hungry sales reps want more – more data, more intelligence, and more tools.
SalesLoft’s Best Practices of Top Performing Sales Reps highlighted that top-performing reps use productivity tools.
The report also broke down the daily tech stack used by sales reps, which typically includes a CRM like HubSpot or Salesforce (sometimes both), LinkedIn, sales engagement platforms (like SalesLoft), and intelligence tools.
With so many high-growth companies using HubSpot and Salesforce, as a Marketing Technology Agency, clients often ask us how we can solve the request for “more” from sales teams, while maximizing an existing tech stack.
Being partners of HubSpot and SalesLoft, we love both platforms. When evaluating what’s right for a client, we consider their goals, sales process, and key foundational elements before layering on technology. So for the sake of this analysis, let’s assume that you are a high-growth company, with a sales team of more than 5 reps, with very specific revenue goals. If your situation is different, let’s talk and we can provide a recommendation.
SalesLoft is not a marketing tool, so combining with HubSpot helps you meet the buyer where they are throughout the entire customer journey. SalesLoft is a sales engagement platform, providing personalized outreach at scale. While HubSpot Sales has some similar features (like sequences), SalesLoft is designed for revenue teams, making their features, like cadences more robust.
|Comparison of Features|
|Sequences / Cadences||
Put prospecting on autopilot to keep them from slipping through the cracks and free up more time to close warm leads.
Create a repeatable series of steps, or sequence, that mimics your sales process to create a consistent process.
|Analytics and Reporting||
FREE - 1 dashboard with 10 reports (out-of-the-box reports)
STARTER - 1 dashboard with 10 reports (out-of-the-box reports)
PROFESSIONAL - 2 dashboards, including 10 reports per dashboard (custom or out-of-the-box reports)
ENTERPRISE - 26 dashboards, including 20 reports per dashboard (custom or out-of-the-box reports)
PROFESSIONAL - 20 custom reports
ENTERPRISE - 500 custom reports
To put it bluntly, HubSpot is a great tool, but SalesLoft excels at specific sales engagement related features. Integrating the two tools together can improve your buyers journey and help you hit your goals faster.
HubSpot and SalesLoft do not integrate natively to one another. There are a few third-party applications for connection, but nothing official.
Enter the power trio. Both HubSpot and SalesLoft integrate with Salesforce – which is typically the source of the truth for our clients. Having this main (and robust) CRM allows us to set up the integration so HubSpot and SalesLoft send and receive information to and from it.
Some clients like Salesforce to be the source of truth and only push to SalesLoft, others like data to flow back and forth similar to most HubSpot portals (same setup as one direction, bi-direction, etc.).
Start with a strong process.
Tech stacks keep getting bigger – designed to increase efficiency, but without proper implementation and consolidation, adding more tools can hurt businesses more than they help. Marketing and sales should work together to determine stages and handoffs BEFORE any implementation occurs.
Avoid circular references.
It’s important to make sure things like status and stage values are aligned so no circular references occur between SalesLoft and HubSpot.
If you have properties in SalesLoft like working, replied, or bounced, these should absolutely sync to HubSpot so there isn’t overlap or confusion in the communication coming from marketing vs. sales.
Once implantation occurs, the fun begins. This is where content is critical to creating a frictionless customer journey for your prospects.
There are a few ways to define workflows, cadences, and lead handoffs, but we find that businesses are most successful when they have clear ownership of each lead stage. That helps with goal setting and reporting.
The process should not be linear, giving your prospects the opportunity to move and connect at their pace. The goal is to respond quickly and infuse multiple touchpoints into the process so you can meet your audience where they are.
Here are some best practices for cadences via research from TOPO.
|Touch Pattern||# of Touches (per contact)||8 - 10||14 - 16||16 - 20|
|Channels||Call, Email, Chat||Call, Email, LinkedIn||Call, Email, LinkedIn, Direct Mail, Video|
|Duration (days)||14||21||28 - 35|
|Response Time (hours)||< 1||N/A||< 4 (for inbound)|
|Messaging customization||Templated based on persona, action taken||Semicustom first touch; then templated, based on account, persona||Semicustom or custom, based on account, persona|
|Research||Account, persona||Account, persona, peers||Account, persona, peers, content|
|SDR Daily Activity||# of Touches (per contact)||125||60||40 - 50|
|# of Emails||75+||30||20 - 25|
|# of Dials||50+||30||20 - 25|
|# of Conversations||8 - 10||4 - 6||3 - 5|
|Live Call Duration (minutes)||6 - 10||6 - 10||10 - 15|
Based on SalesLoft best practices, across all communication and touch points, your messaging and touch points should:
When considering the cost of your marketing and sales platforms, consider your average customer value.
The first viable vendor to reach a decision maker and set the buying vision has a 74% average close ratio. (Forrester Research)
If you can layer on these tools to close more customers, faster, is it worth it? Doing that math, the extra cost is likely a no brainer.
The other justification for spending more is the sheer amount of increased visibility you will have access to. Right now, do you know how many touches your reps are making on a given day? Do you know what’s driving results from an account, cadence, or team member level? With SalesLoft, you can gain that visibility and replicate it across your entire team.
If you are ready to accelerate your sales enablement, or interested in implementing any of these platforms, our MarTech Experts are here to help.
SmartAcre®, Inc. is a Marketing Technology Agency. Our demand generation teams leverage technology (like HubSpot, SalesLoft, and Salesforce) to create solutions that align B2B marketing, sales, and service to drive results throughout the entire customer journey.
Founded in 2008, with a mission to create an agency that truly cares about our people and clients, our “SmartAcres” are located throughout Pennsylvania and Colorado supporting SaaS, technology and industrial manufacturing U.S. clients. SmartAcre has been recognized as an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company, and a top ranked agency by AgencySpotter, Clutch and HubSpot.