What is HubSpot CMS Hub Free?
Jun 16, 2022
When was the last time you had a nice HUG? A HubSpot User Group, that is – not the physical act of putting your arms around another person to show love or affection.
We recently hosted our very own HUG on how to power B2B demand generation with HubSpot CMS Hub. It was a great opportunity to engage with the HubSpot community and we were thrilled to see so many eager attendees.
If you didn't make it, don't worry. We’ve organised the key takeaways into this handy blog.
Read on to discover:
But first, what is a HUG?
HubSpot User Groups are tailored learning sessions to help you expand your marketing knowledge and skills, connect with other HubSpot users, and get the most out of the platform.
“HUGs are free, valuable, and educational virtual meet ups for HubSpot customers to learn about the HubSpot platform and methodologies like inbound marketing and the Flywheel, network, and grow better.”
HubSpot User Groups are hosted by either:
With over 150 groups in over 35 countries worldwide, you never have to look far for a nice, warm HUG.
Pipeline growth is the key measure of success in B2B inbound demand generation.
Your inbound marketing strategy – alongside content, SEO, social, and paid ads – are all effective channels for creating awareness and generating leads. But in most B2B scenarios, your website will be your primary source of opportunities.
This raises an important question: what features does your B2B website need to turn visitors into opportunities in your pipeline effectively and consistently?
Ultimately, there are two key areas to focus on:
The characteristics of a high-performing website are the same for almost every business. As far as the backend infrastructure that underpins your site is concerned, at least. This means you won't get any competitive advantage by building a custom hosting solution.
It’s more time and cost-effective to use a pre-built CMS that's:
Unlike platform performance which is broadly the same for every site, you should strive to create a unique and intuitive user experience that’s tailored to your customer’s needs. This is vital if you want to set yourself apart from your competitors and turn visitors into opportunities.
An effective user experience has:
CMS Hub is more than a basic CMS. It’s a powerful platform that combines a wide range of B2B-optimised features to help customers succeed in today’s competitive landscape.
HubSpot also employs a flexible, modular design and intuitive editing tools which makes it easy to update your website. These include:
“HubSpot CMS Hub is CMS + Infrastructure as a Service.”
– Phil Vallender
This is quite a broad question. There are several things you can do to maximise demand generation using the CMS hub. But for the best results, we recommend focusing your efforts on three key areas.
Hosting your website on the HubSpot CMS Hub saves you the time and money you would otherwise spend researching, procuring, configuring, and maintaining custom website infrastructure.
You can then redirect those resources towards optimising the user experience for demand generation. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
One of HubSpot’s unique features is the ability to personalise your content. If done correctly (and in the appropriate context), personalisation can boost your demand generation efforts and fuel your pipeline.
But how do you implement personalisation on your website for the best results?
Dropping someone’s first name on a page or subtly tweaking a headline will have little impact on demand generation. Instead, focus on delivering relevant content that adds value to each visit. A case study from the visitor’s industry, for instance.
This improves the user experience and helps you generate more qualified leads.
Some buyers don’t have the time or inclination to complete dozens of forms. And this has caused marketers to rethink their approach to user experience and how they gather visitor information.
One of the most effective alternatives is progressive profiling.
Progressive profiling allows you to gather relevant information about your visitors incrementally, rather than asking for all their details upfront. Instead of having a plethora of forms, focus on a select few and use these consistently across your website.
You can then queue questions within these forms to gather additional information on people that convert multiple times. This allows you to gather actionable, high-quality lead and contact data for your sales teams.
How do queued questions work?
In a nutshell, the visitor completes a basic form – to download an eBook, for example. The next time they complete the form (perhaps to access another piece of content) new questions are added automatically to gather additional information.
Chatbots and live chat have several advantages over traditional communication channels.
They allow visitors to learn more about your offering, find relevant content, and access support services. But equally, they provide a fast and cost-effective way to field queries and gather visitor data.
That said, chatbots and live chat aren’t a silver bullet. Not every interaction will lead to a sales conversation or generate interest in your offering. Bear this in mind before investing in either tool.
The HubSpot CMS Hub collects a wealth of data about your visitors and leads. And locked within that data is a plethora of insights that, if harnessed properly, help you create a positive user experience that generates demand and powers growth.
For example, the CMS Hub allows you to:
If you’ve decided HubSpot is the right choice for your business, the next question is “how do I get started with the HubSpot CMS?”
There are three main paths you can follow:
Choosing the right one for your business depends on your requirements. If you’re an emerging brand on a tight budget, a templated site might be the way to go. But if you want a unique design that supports your growth strategy, you can’t beat a custom build.
However you choose to implement CMS Hub, the powerful toolset and robust infrastructure make it the ideal choice for B2B demand generation.