3 Quick Ways To Automate Sales Processes Using HubSpot Workflows!

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“Anything that can be automated should be because it’s going to make your life a lot easier. – Allison Lindstorm”

Sales Process Automation

Oh boy! I wish there were 48 hours instead of 24 hours in a day. It all seems so chaotic. These growing pains….. Uff.

Life was not this difficult when just two of us were handling the sales. But as we grew our sales team, with each new member there were more over heads. Like reminding sales reps to do follow ups, touch base with old but dormant clients or ask for feedback on project completion. Notifying finance team to raise invoices….. and many others.

Imagine dealing with 10s of sales reps and 100s of projects, all of this happening over to and fro emails. Obviously, a highly in-efficient way of managing sales processes. Then I began to look for ways to automate various sales processes to save time and gain sanity. HubSpot Workflows came to my rescue. With HubSpot Workflows me and my team managed to become much more efficient. That saved us a lot of time and actually became a game changer for our sales numbers. The time I saved helped me strategise and take our sales to the next level.

– The Director, Niche Services Company.

 

Sales Process Automation

Read on to find out some ways to automate sales processes and save you time for better things! For the starter let’s learn a bit about HubSpot Workflows.

HubSpot Workflow:

Simply put, a workflow is the sequence of processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.

In a HubSpot workflow these processes could be:

  • Tasks like Call, Email, or a To-do
  • Updating certain information in the CRM  like lead status or deal stage.
  • Sending notifications to the team.

It’s also in your control to decide which process should take place and when should it take place.

Not just that, you can also choose which user activity shall trigger which workflow. Example: You can create a HubSpot workflow to share webinar recording. Once you create a workflow, any time a user fills a form to request webinar recording, it would automatically get shared with the user. (#sideNote: HubSpot workflow is a great tool for marketing automation too.)

Here is a sample sketch of a HubSpot workflow to give you a rough idea.

 

HubSpot Workflow | Sales Process Automation

Sales Processes Automation | 3 Ways

Here are 3 sales processes that you can automate using HubSpot Workflows:

  1. Invoice Raising Notification.
  2. Followup Reminders with Email Template.
  3. Feedback Reminders for Account Mining.

Invoice Raising Notification.

Aim: Automatic notification to finance team to raise invoice on project completion.

In every company, a project might go through several different stages. And there can be several projects at different stages.

Let’s consider, that a project might have 7 different stages as follows.

  1. Project Initiation.
  2. Interim 1.
  3. Interim 2.
  4. Final Report Sent.
  5. Project Closed.
  6. Invoice Sent.
  7. Payment Received.

And there is a pipeline that keeps a track of all the projects and their stages.

Based on the progress of the project, the sales rep can drag and drop the projects from one state to another in the projects pipeline.

Project Pipeline | Sales Automation

Once, the sales rep moves the project to “Project Closed” state, you would want to send a notification to finance team to raise the invoice.

Instead of doing this manually, a notification email can be auto-generated using HubSpot workflow and sent to POC in finance team.

Wondering how? Let’s take a look at the implementation logic!

Implementation Logic:

Step 1: Create an email that contains project-id (value gets automatically picked) to notify finance team to raise invoice.

Here is a quick example.

 

Dear Fiona,

Recently, a project with (ProjectID) got marked as complete and the sales person from outside is (Sales Rep Name).

Please share the invoice with respective person marked for this project and move the project stage to “invoice sent”.

Feel free to ask if you need more information.

Best,

Nitesh

 

The respective project id and sales rep names shall automatically get added in the email.

Step 2: Create a workflow that gets triggered on a change in projects pipeline as shown below. Add the email you created in step 1.

 

HubSpot Workflow | Sales Automation

Shall you need help in implementing this workflow, we are always there to help.

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Followup Reminders with Email Templates

To stay on top-of-mind of the prospects/clients it’s often needed to send follow up emails. However the content of email and timing varies based on the stage of prospect, also called Lead Status.

Every company might have different follow up rules. However, as a sales lead/manager you would want a system that can automatically remind and guide sales reps for followups.

Let’s say your lead status and time to follow up looks like this:

  1. 15 days – Hot.
  2. 30 days – Warm.
  3. 45 days – Normal.
  4. 90 days – Cold.
  5. 180 days – Ice.

In each case the type of follow up shall be different. And the sales reps shall need to know the science and art of the follow up.

To implement this sales process automation, we custom created a field in HubSpot CRM called “When Do I Follow Up”.

Whenever a sales rep updates this field called “When do I follow up” the workflow gets triggered.

Implementation Logic:

Step 1: Create an email to guide and remind the sales rep on how to follow up with the warm lead.

Sample Email:

Dear {Account.Owner} (Sales Rep handling the account),

You are not new to never ending sales followup cycle. The problem is more we do sales centric followup with the prospect, the less he feels interested to talk.

An example of sales centric follow ups are:

————————————

Hey Bob,

Can we do a project for you?

Regards

XXXX

————————————–

There is no rule that you should not do one lines sales followups. You can do where the relationship is rock solid and the person will recognise your follow up and understand why you are doing so.

Here is the greatest and yet simplest trick you should use. Find out content examples and use URLs to bring prospects to our website, so that we impress him/her.

Sincerely,

Nitesh

Step 2: Create the workflow using the logic presented below. Shall you need help in implementing this workflow, we are always there to help.

Followup reminder for a warm lead to a sales rep

 

Feedback Reminders for Account Mining

As a sales leader, we are sure you understand the nuances of account mining: i.e. getting more work opportunities from the same clients.

One of the ways to do so is to request a  feedback session from the client on the completion of the project.

Wondering How?

The feedback session will open doors to fresh and creative ways for account mining (seeking more work opportunities from the client).

Implementation Logic:

Step 1: Create the email to explain the importance of feedback session and guide the sales rep through sales calls recording on how to seek for more work opportunities.

Step 2: Create the HubSpot workflow using the logic shared below.

HubSpot Workflow to Request Feedback Session

 

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