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Top 10 HubSpot Platform Updates from April and How to Use Them

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Top 10 HubSpot Platform Updates from April and How to Use Them

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HubSpot continues to evolve, making life easier for marketers, salespeople, and service teams. Here are 10 of the standout new features released in April, each accompanied by a brief overview of its benefits and practical applications.

1. Import Offline Event Data to HubSpot Marketing Events

Import Offline Event Data


What's New: This update allows marketers to upload data from offline events directly into HubSpot, ensuring all event interactions are captured in one platform..

Use Case: A company hosts a trade show where they collect leads. By importing this data into HubSpot, the marketing team can track which attendees converted into leads and nurture them through targeted follow-up campaigns.


2. Add ‘External Website Pages’ to Your Campaigns

Add External Website Pages to a Campaign


What's New: Users can now include pages from external websites in their HubSpot campaigns, allowing for a holistic view of all campaign assets, regardless of where they reside.

Use Case: When running a multi-platform campaign, a marketer can add external landing pages to the campaign dashboard to track performance metrics alongside HubSpot-hosted pages, ensuring comprehensive analytics and reporting.


3. New Suggested Activity: Re-Engaged Contacts

Suggest Sales Re-engaged Contacts


What's New: HubSpot now suggests activities based on contacts that have recently re-engaged, helping teams prioritize follow-ups.

Use Case: A sales rep receives a notification about a previously cold lead opening a marketing email. The rep can then prioritize this contact for a follow-up call to capitalize on the renewed interest.


4. User Working Hours for Inbox and Help Desk

User Working Hours For Inbox and Help Desk


What's New: This feature allows teams to set working hours per user, which helps in managing expectations and response times for customer inquiries.

Use Case: A customer support team across different time zones can specify their availability, ensuring queries are routed to available agents, thus improving response times and customer satisfaction.


5. Proactive Alerts for New Duplicate Records

Proactive Alerts for Duplicate Records

What's New: HubSpot now provides proactive alerts when new duplicate records are created, enabling cleaner data management.

Use Case: Upon entering a new contact that duplicates existing information, the system alerts the user, who can then merge records or correct discrepancies, maintaining a clean database.


6. Setting to Automatically Turn Off a Workflow

Automatically Turn Off A Workflow

What's New: Workflows can now be set to automatically turn off after meeting certain criteria, helping to manage campaigns and internal processes without manual oversight.

Use Case: After a limited-time offer ends, the corresponding workflow can automatically deactivate, preventing any outdated communications from being sent.


7. Payment Schedules On Quotes

Payment Schedules On Quotes


What's New: Users can now create and send quotes with clearly defined payment schedules, streamlining the sales process and improving transparency with customers.


Use Case: A salesperson can outline a payment plan directly on a quote, allowing potential customers to understand their payment obligations upfront, which can expedite decision-making.



8. Pre-Enrollment Invoices

Pre-enrollment Invoices



What's New: This feature allows for the generation of invoices before a customer formally enrolls in a service, facilitating a smoother onboarding process.

Use Case: An education platform can send invoices for course fees prior to enrollment, ensuring fees are collected before the course begins, streamlining revenue collection.

 

9. Import Preview Validation Now Checks the First 1000 Rows of Your Import

Import Preview Validations Check's 1,000 Rows



What's New: Enhancements to the import preview feature now allow for a more thorough check of data before it is fully imported into HubSpot, reducing errors.

Use Case: Before importing a large dataset, a user can identify and correct errors in the first 1000 rows, ensuring the data's accuracy and integrity before it affects the entire system.

 

10. User Level Configuration of Properties on Both Standard & Custom Objects

User Level Configuration of Properties



What's New: This update provides individual users the ability to configure properties on standard and custom objects, enhancing personalization and efficiency.

Use Case: A sales manager can customize property fields on a deal record to match their workflow, helping them track the most relevant information quickly and efficiently.

Each of these updates enhances HubSpot’s robust capabilities, making it an even more essential tool for businesses aiming to streamline operations and enhance their marketing, sales, and service efforts. By utilizing these features, teams can improve efficiency, data accuracy, and overall customer experience.

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