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How To Embed Personalized Video Into Your Hubspot Sales Emails

Posted by Shaye Smith

November 15, 2018

Recently, I shared a post explaining how to send videos via email. Due to spam, security, and email hosting features, many email clients do not allow video embeds directly into emails, so with a few easy steps, marketers and salespeople can send video via email, just not with an actual embed. If you are a Hubspot Sales user at the Professional or Enterprise level, I have good news! Not long ago, Hubspot announced a feature that enables salespeople (or any Hubspot user communicating with a contact through the CRM) to embed videos directly into their 1:1 emails! 

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Topics: video, sales strategy, marketing strategy, prospecting, account based marketing

Can I Embed a Video in an Email?

Posted by Shaye Smith

November 13, 2018

This question is asked a lot. And you'd think with it being almost 2019, the technology would allow for this to be a normal practice. But it's not. Due to security, spam, and varying features across email clients, most email clients do not support this feature, so it's recommended that you insert a thumbnail or gif of your video and link to a landing page that the video is hosted on. 

How To Send a Video Via Email:

  1. Save the video to a video hosting site.
  2. Optimize the video on the hosting site.
  3. Save an image or screenshot as the custom thumbnail.
  4. Insert an image or gif that matches the custom thumbnail into your email body.
  5. Link the image in the email body to the video. 

Below, are some details and further explanation on how to send a video via email.

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Topics: video, inbound marketing, marketing strategy, prospecting, inbound sales

4 Reasons People Avoid Video and How To Overcome and Achieve Marketing and Sales Results with Video

Posted by Shaye Smith

November 9, 2018

Alright, it's time. Video is important to marketing and sales. I know, I know... but have I done much with it? Not until this year. After attending INBOUND 2018, Hubspot's annual conference, I decided that it's time. Time to jump feet first into the world of video to enhance our company's marketing and sales efforts and achieve bigger and better results. 

Video is often cited as a tool that helps drive marketing and sales performance, and the numbers shared in a Hubspot blog back up those claims:

  • 97% of marketers say video has helped increase user understanding of their product or service.
  • 76% say it helped them increase sales.
  • 47% say it helped them reduce support queries.
  • 76% say it helped them increase traffic.
  • 80% of marketers say video has increased dwell time on their website.
  • 95% of people have watched an explainer video to learn more about a product or service.
  • 81% of people have been convinced to buy a product or service by watching a brand's video.

We often wear a lot of hats, juggle a lot of duties, and report to a lot of people. It can be challenging to gracefully and successfully achieve everything you want to (and need to) while also adopting a new marketing or sales tactic. I network with a lot of marketing, sales, and public relations professionals, and these are the most popular reasons people share that they avoid getting started with video, and ways to overcome these excuses to achieve results with video in marketing and sales strategies.

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Topics: video, sales strategy, inbound marketing, marketing strategy

GROW BETTER: Hubspot Product Updates and Announcements Coming From INBOUND 2018

Posted by Shaye Smith

September 25, 2018

As we've shared in previous posts, our team recently attended Hubspot's annual conference in Boston, INBOUND. Each year, INBOUND marks a monumental time for Hubspot's product updates and announcements, and this year didn't disappoint. This year's over-arching theme at the conference was, 'Grow Better,' and these product updates will assist Hubspot users with just that: growing better and growing bigger. 

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Topics: customer focus, sales strategy, sales performance, inbound marketing, HubSpot, inbound sales, customer service

B2B Companies: Super-Serve Your Clients To Success

Posted by Shaye Smith

August 2, 2018

We serve clients. Our team exists to provide services that set a client up to succeed. We provide a service that's a part of a bigger plan with bigger goals and expectations, but what we do plays a major part in supporting the end product and success. In a way, I define my success by our clients' success. 

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Topics: business relationships, goals, b2b, shayesmith

15 Key Components of a Solid B2B Marketing Campaign Plan

Posted by Shaye Smith

June 26, 2018

There are some key components of marketing that fit together to create a solid B2B marketing campaign plan that drives results and delivers desired business results. Ensure you are utilizing each of these when planning your B2B marketing campaign plans. 

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Topics: content marketing, digital marketing, inbound marketing, sales and marketing alignment, marketing strategy, marketing, shayesmith

Exploring the Hubspot Service Hub

Posted by Shaye Smith

June 22, 2018

It seems that Hubspot has exceeded expectations in the Marketing and Sales arenas, but there was one arena that complements these that they felt they were missing something: Service. Today, customers expect more, and meeting those expectations can be hard. But meeting those expectations also comes with reward: increasing satisfaction and keeping customers longer. In a world where the customer is in control, the key to growth is happy customers. They’ll stay longer, refer friends, and share with the world how much they love your company on social media. 

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Topics: HubSpot, shayesmith

26 Inspiring Marketing Quotes to Motivate Your Strategy

Posted by Shaye Smith

June 19, 2018

Have you hit a slump? Do you feel like you're stuck in a marketing valley and you can't get over the hills (or mountains) that surround you and are keeping you from reaching success?

Well, that's normal. We all find ourselves needing a bit of motivation at times, so we've gathered some inspirational marketing quotes to motivate you and your team to get on a strategic track and crush your business goals! 

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Topics: motivation, inbound marketing, productivity, marketing, shayesmith

You’ve Heard About It: GDPR. What Is It and How Does It Affect You?

Posted by Shaye Smith

May 25, 2018

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably received multiple emails about updated privacy policies and terms of service. You’ve probably been invited by one, two, or many companies to update your settings so they can protect your privacy and provide you the information you want, when you want it. But why?

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Topics: inbound marketing, HubSpot, marketing strategy, marketing strategies and tactics, shayesmith, gdpr

6 Inbound Marketing Metrics You Need to Track

Posted by Shaye Smith

April 19, 2018

Optimizing your inbound marketing performance starts with measuring the key metrics that show you if your strategy is effective or if it’s time to redirect, re-strategize, and focus on a new path for their target audience. Remember that no matter how you analyze your data, whether it be multiple marketing platforms or just one like Hubspot, the buyer’s journey should be the foundation of how you define success.

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Topics: inbound marketing, HubSpot, marketing strategy, marketing strategies and tactics, shayesmith

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