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    By Bill Viau in July, 2021 | 6 minute read

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    7 Reasons HubSpot Partner Agencies Are Different From Other Agencies

    In the sea of generic marketing agencies, HubSpot partners stand out with at least seven advantages for your business. Turn to HubSpot partner agencies for efficient HubSpot onboarding, insider access to HubSpot’s best resources, and the expertise to earn maximum ROI from your HubSpot investment.


    Your investment in HubSpot is substantial. Anyone putting such resources into their software will want confidence that they can get the best possible bang for their buck. That’s why there’s no partner like a HubSpot partner. Let’s take a look at the seven reasons HubSpot partner agencies stand head and shoulders above the pack.

    1. Faster, Cheaper HubSpot Onboarding

    There are three kinds of fees that you would normally pay to work with an agency and also use HubSpot: the fees for your inbound marketing agency, the HubSpot software, and the onboarding process with HubSpot. Each fee is independent of the rest. The HubSpot onboarding fees can look pretty pricey—at $3,000 for Marketing Pro and $6,000 for Marketing Enterprise—but they’re often seen as a cost of doing business when you’re gaining access to a supercar-level marketing, sales, and service platform.  But they don’t have to be.

    You save a ton of money by onboarding with a HubSpot partner, because certified partner agencies can waive the normal onboarding fee and assist you with the onboarding process themselves. Better yet, a partner agency will actually manually handle all manner of tasks that traditional HubSpot onboarding (through HubSpot support) will not. The regular HubSpot onboarding fee buys you recurring meetings with a HubSpot rep, but it’s much more DIY-oriented. You’ll get guidance and helpful educational resources from the HubSpot team and need to manage the actual onboarding tasks internally.

    HubSpot partner agencies will actively take work off your plate by connecting subdomains, migrating content from old platforms, setting up chatbots, importing external email lists, hooking up your social media accounts, customizing/optimizing all of your HubSpot portal attributes and settings for your industry needs or brand identity, and more. This accelerates onboarding while saving you a large chunk of change in the long run vs. other marketing agencies.

    2. Integration Expertise

    Perhaps you’re making the jump from Pardot to HubSpot. Or maybe you have a robust Salesforce build-out and need help linking up databases and the parts of your pipeline in the HubSpot back end. You might have your eye on a business intelligence tool like Databox and wonder how—or if—you can interface it with HubSpot (spoiler alert: you can, and it’s great).

    All of these things are squarely in the wheelhouse of HubSpot partner agencies, and specifically, a class of agencies called “integration partners.” Not all HubSpot agencies specialize in handling complex integrations, but you’ll be able to see upfront if the agencies you’re comparing fit the bill by using filters in the HubSpot Solutions Directory.

    When you work with a HubSpot integration partner agency, melding all of your critical software together into a cohesive, consistent workflow is a breeze. HubSpot partner agencies can generally get everything squared away for you within a few short weeks with virtually no interruption in functionality as you hit the ground running. 

    3. Max ROI From HubSpot

    HubSpot is an incredibly powerful, versatile, and specialized software. It’s built to be easy to use, but only as special and powerful as the hands that care for it. Think of it like a high-end sports car. You wouldn’t want to take a Porsche to Rusty’s Garage for a tune-up like your trusty family sedan.  HubSpot is no different. A generic marketing agency may be able to help you operate HubSpot’s core functions, but it will need the sure hands of a brand expert to really shine.

    HubSpot gives you access to a large suite of specialized functions, souped-up automations, and high-performance analytics. When you’re spending $10,000 or more each year for these bells and whistles, it’s worth the investment to work with a team that is confident in how to use them to their best and most personalized effect. 

    HubSpot partner agencies can set up intricate lead scoring algorithms that will help you identify the best opportunities for your individual business. You’ll have access to dynamic custom reports on HubSpot’s advanced analytics that shine a light on the KPIs that matter most for inbound marketing, sales, and revenue growth. Partners are experienced, certified, and up to date with all of the latest and greatest HubSpot best practices—and they’ll help to train up your team to the same high standards.

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    4. Vetted For Excellence

    The HubSpot brand uses an extensive vetting system to define and approve HubSpot partner agencies. Each agency that wants to become a partner is assessed by metrics like monthly recurring revenue (MRR) from HubSpot subscriptions, the number of clients they manage simultaneously through the HubSpot platform, and more signs that they are highly successful with the HubSpot software and ideology. Through these evaluations, agencies can earn a prestigious partner tier (Gold, Platinum, Diamond, or Elite).

    A former Principal Partner Sales Manager at HubSpot, Jordan Benjamin, explains the high standard of excellence like this:

    “In order to become a HubSpot Certified Partner you will have to have your own instance of HubSpot and go through an extensive agency onboarding.  As you grow within the partnership, you need to complete additional certifications and maintain a standard of performance for your clients in order to be recognized.”

    The rigorous HubSpot vetting process should give you peace of mind that HubSpot partner agencies are proven professionals with demonstrated success in the HubSpot platform.

    5. Sophisticated Analytics

    HubSpot truly is a “hub.” This HubSpot ecosystem is designed to act as the center of your flywheel, collecting all performance data, tracking codes, customer info, deal progress, and more into a unified, centralized location that smoothly integrates every hub (marketing, sales, and service) in addition to your CRM database and all of your ancillary software. This makes it a goldmine of advanced analytics.  

    With everything flowing through the main artery of HubSpot, well-versed HubSpot partner agencies will know how to set up visual data dashboards that are both easy-to-digest and effective at giving you a high-level snapshot of the most relevant business intelligence. Keep an eye on traffic to your web pages, bounce rates, the conversion rate of each content asset, where the traffic is coming from (organic, direct, etc.), deal stage dropoff points, drip campaign open rates, and more.  

    HubSpot partner agencies can do more than just show you these things. They’re highly trained to interpret them so that you’ll know what it means for your business—and what to do next. 

    6. Direct Line to HubSpot HQ

    HubSpot HQ is a vast well of knowledge and solutions to anything your agency can’t take care of on its own. But you won’t have to go through the normal customer support channels, which can mean email chains, queue times, troubleshooting callbacks, and working on their busy support team’s schedule. 

    Unlike a traditional agency, HubSpot agencies enjoy a direct relationship with HubSpot that they can use to get you the advanced support you need. Only a HubSpot partner can guarantee reliable, timely contact with a designated contact at HubSpot for insider access to internal HubSpot resources and fast-track fixes. Every business faces unique challenges. HubSpot partner agencies can go above and beyond to connect you with a quick, direct resolution. 

    7. Early Access to New Tools

    There’s no better resource for pre-release insights than HubSpot partner agencies. This is because HubSpot partners often have access to cutting-edge, hot-off-the-presses HubSpot features before they’re available to the general public. Your business could enjoy extra time to learn (and master) new products or tools before your competition while ensuring you’re always optimizing HubSpot to the best of the platform’s most current capabilities. 

    Working with Hubspot partner agencies gives you confidence in release schedules, updates, never-before-seen functionalities, and other insider information at no additional cost to your business.

    Not Two HubSpot Partner Agencies Are Alike

    It goes without saying that every team is different. However, there’s more to a comparison between HubSpot partner agencies than the people you’ll be working with. There are actually different categories within the umbrella of HubSpot agencies to choose from. The only through line that connects them is an inbound approach and a focus on HubSpot.

    Some partners are truly “full-service,” with the ability to provide everything from marketing and sales functions to web design, social media advertising, customer service, and more. Others are more specialized or exclusive, perhaps focusing only on sales support, content marketing, or some set range of services. Take time to determine what you actually need from your partner before you start your search, so that the meeting and proposal process can be as relevant, purposeful, and productive as possible. 

    Once you know what you’re looking for, dive into the HubSpot Solutions Directory and discover the best-fit HubSpot partner agencies for you.

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