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How to Use Sales Automation Tools to Increase Efficiency and Boost Revenue

Automation is a powerful tool for Sales and Marketing teams alike. For businesses of all sizes, automation can be used to improve and streamline processes.

In this blog post, we outline how we used HubSpot’s sales automation tools and leveraged training to transform the sales process of a global FinTech analyst firm.How to Use Sales Automation Tools to Increase Efficiency and Boost Revenue-2

Project and goals

Our initial project with the client was all about auditing the website, optimising the marketing strategy and onboarding them on HubSpot. However, during our evaluation, we identified the need to overhaul the existing sales processes, with the support of HubSpot’s Sales Hub and sales automation tools.  

Sales goals: 

  • Consolidate, integrate and migrate all sales data into one unified platform - HubSpot - from three sources where information was being stored: Excel, WooCommerce, and Salesforce

  • Improve lead quality by consolidating, cleansing and segmenting all data available and by implementing lead scoring

  • Full adoption of HubSpot as the new CRM and sales platform

  • Automate and improve the sales process by implementing HubSpot Sales Tools: templates, documents, meetings, sequences and snippets

  • Automate lead routing and assignment by regions and countries

  • Implement abandoned cart workflows and specific sales notifications to improve conversion rates and reduce the number of lost contacts

  • Automate replies after orders are placed on WooCommerce

  • Implement attribution reporting for the entire sales funnel and pipeline in order to better understand the source of valuable leads, closed deals and lost deals

  • Sales teams to be aware at all times of new WooCommerce orders, with full ability to report on new orders, orders' statuses, and successful order completions

  • Product category alignment and grouping to allow for a clear overview of products in the system, how many were sold, time-frame of sales, and the associated sales person (previously inaccessible data)


The solution


Sales automation tools

We used Sales Hub Pro to set up new sales processes and encouraged the Sales team to make use of Sequences. We created a new e-commerce sales pipeline using HubSpot and integrated it with IBS's e-commerce product library. Almost 100 different automated deal workflows were created, for different product categories and subcategories, due to the large product offering of the client. 

Training

As part of our sales enablement project, we set up training workshops by region with each team on the Sales Hub. The Inbound FinTech team conducted this training across four different time zones in five cities, and covered the full set of sales tools offered by the HubSpot sales platform.

The IBS Intelligence Sales Team expressed the impact of specific tools on their processes:

“HubSpot’s sales automation tools help us understand our prospect’s needs and behaviour closely, helping us to maintain regular conversations with them. Features like email tracking, snippets, quotes and documents are great for sharing information and providing us with valuable statistics, such as time spent on each part of the interaction. And we learn about what is most engaging or concerning for prospects. Sending quotes is informative and enable us to share a video to explain the proposal, rather than just sharing figures as plain text.”

The sales enablement implementation in the IBS Intelligence sales processSales enablement implementation_Infographic-2-1

Automation and pre-qualification in the sales process

By replacing all existing forms with HubSpot forms, we used workflows to assign new contacts by region and notify the right salespeople on key activities of existing contacts and new conversions.

During our sales enablement training, we implemented automation and pre-qualifications via lists, properties and workflows to auto-assign leads and set reminders to follow up leads when required.

Buyer personas

The new pipeline and sales process was built on the foundation of new buyer personas defined by key members of the sales team in workshops hosted by IFT.

HubSpot buyer personas FinTechWe cleaned up the database and assigned thousands of contacts to personas, updated forms and created lists and automation workflows to ensure all existing and future contacts are assigned properly. We implemented lead scoring through the HubSpot scoring tool and used the scores to dictate the lifecycle criteria.  

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Reporting and platform integration

We created country- and product-specific reports based on key metrics. This was done by creating lists with filters for phone numbers, IP addresses and shipping details, then a workflow to populate a property used for reports and nurturing. 

We integrated WooCommerce into HubSpot to get the data we needed and used lists, properties and workflows to capture the data. We created clear reporting dashboards and datasets to make it easier for the senior management team to get a comprehensive and full business overview.

 

The results

All the goals of the project were achieved. The prospecting process has been significantly simplified and improved. We've shortened the time period for closing deals.

With HubSpot’s lead scoring and lifecycle stage triggers, the Sales team can quickly identify and approach sales-ready prospects. We have managed to also influence the number of deals created (which went up by 20%) and the number of upsells to existing clients through the bespoke sequences that were built.

After our HubSpot sales tools training was complete, we put together a workbook for the client, which included details on how each tool can improve processes and how to use them.

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What the client said about HubSpot and the impact of Inbound FinTech’s sales enablement work

Watch IBS Intelligence’s Marketing Manager, Priyanka Wani talk more about the project, the impact Inbound FinTech has made and how HubSpot’s automation features have improved business performance:

IBS Video Testimonial - Final Version with Captions

 

Summary

Sales enablement improved the way the client is prospecting and helped them keep track of renewal dates. The project has enabled the business to see all employees’ work in one place, offering more clarity and accountability. The Sales team members are now approaching prospects more efficiently and closing deals in a shorter time.

We helped create a cultural shift in our client’s Sales team through our sales enablement techniques. The team embraced HubSpot’s sales automation tools once we’d demonstrated their benefits and proved the impact on process efficiency, with individuals spending less time on admin and more time on selling and delighting.

Maria Milea

Partner & Managing Director at Inbound Fintech