How to Build and Manage an Inbound Marketing Team #INBOUND2013

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Published on February 28, 2014

Author: HubSpot



INBOUND 2013 presentation by Mike Volpe.
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MIKE VOLPE @mvolpe Employee #5 at HubSpot. I also eat M&Ms one color at a time, saving orange for last of course.

AGENDA 1  2  3  Building the Team Managing the Team Q&A


Hiring an Inbound Marketing Team 1  Digital 2  Analytical 3  Reach 4  Content •  Smart •  GSD •  Domain Expert?

DIGITAL Look for people who speak “digital” without an accent. Digital natives or immigrants are both fine as long as they are citizens.

ANALYTICAL Everyone should be more analytical than the average person in their role elsewhere. Even a writer should want to measure their content using metrics and be interested in judging their success that way.

REACH Good inbound marketers leave evidence that they have a gravitational attraction. They have done something that “attracted” people to them or their work before.

CONTENT Find people who create content naturally. You do not want content creation to be a struggle.

Screening Candidates Scan the application / resume •  •  •  No AOL or Hotmail or paper resumes Track record of success and growth Domain expertise and inbound marketing experience / certifications Google their name •  •  •  Strong LinkedIn presence, check for mutual connections Decent sized digital footprint Decent quality digital footprint

Interviewing Inbound Marketers 1  Funnel Question 2  Lead Scoring Question 3  Website Homepage Question

The Funnel Question “Pretend you're the CMO for 25,000 Visitors this company, and you have 250 Leads to decide on what your marketing team should focus. What do you do?" 100 Sales Ready Leads 25 Opportunities 5 Customers

The Lead Scoring Question “I just emailed you an Excel file of 10,000 leads with data like company size and industry for each of them, and you can see the 200 leads that became customers. How can you use that data to make a lead score to help us prioritize leads in the future?”

The Website Homepage Question “The CEO likes version A, the COO likes version B, and the company is evenly divided. Which homepage do you launch?” Millions Love Our Company Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text [Video] Make More Money With Us [Picture 1] [Picture 2] •  Text text text Text text text Text text text Text text text text text •  Text text text Text text text Text text text •  Text text text Text text text Text text text Text


Mike’s Management Philosophy •  Goals: Clearly explain to people the outcomes and results we want and why we need them for the business •  Metrics: Let the metrics crack the whip for you •  Hiring: Hire the right people, get rid of the wrong people •  Mentoring: Mentor people by offering advice, context and perspective •  Management: Get out of the way, rarely tell anyone what to do, let them surprise you

HubSpot Marketing Team Organization Product Marketing Top of Funnel CMO Middle of Funnel Brand and Buzz

Focus on Outcomes: Manage by Metrics Top of Funnel Middle of Funnel Product Marketing Brand and Buzz Results / Metrics •  Website visitors •  New contacts generated Results / Metrics •  Revenue pipeline $ •  Sales goal % Results / Metrics •  Sales test scores •  % sales selling various features •  User testing Results / Metrics •  PR hits •  Event attendance and survey feedback Activity •  Blog articles •  Ebooks & webinars •  Social engagement •  Other content Activity •  Lead nurturing •  Lead scoring •  Sales coordination Activity •  Product content •  Sales and other product training Activity •  Events •  PR pitches •  Videos & graphics

Monthly Cadence Focused on Outcomes Goals for month set by CMO CMO / Mgmt Feedback Team reports on metrics / activity Team decides on activities Team executes on activities

Embrace agile marketing principles.

Marketing Team Goals

Frequent Motivation and Recognition Weekly “Golden Unicorn” Award Monthly “Champions Dinner” Award

Frequent Feedback

Track Progress to Goals in Real Time

Track Progress to Goals in Real Time

React to Alarms to Ensure Success % Progress to Leads Goal Actual Leads Leads Goal •  Create new offers 100% 80% •  Publish more 60% •  Promote more 40% 20% 0% •  Increase paid ads Business Days Left in Month

Review: Building an Inbound Marketing Team 1  Look for DARC candidates 2  Screen candidates for digital footprint 3  Interview questions: funnel, lead scoring, website design

Review: Managing an Inbound Marketing Team 1  Team structure: Funnel, Product Marketing, Brand & Buzz 2  Agile marketing principles 3  Monthly cadence of reporting & goal setting 4  Review monthly team reports for feedback 5  Frequent awards and feedback – weekly and monthly

Related Content for Further Reading How to Hire Great Marketing Interns: • How to Screen for Marketing Talent: • Interview Questions for Inbound Marketers: • How to Build a Modern Marketing Team Kit: • Netflix Culture Deck: • (5m views) HubSpot Culture Deck: • (851k views) My Marketing Metrics / Analytics Deck: •

MIKE THANK YOU #inbound13 VOLPE @mvolpe

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