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Episode 165: Drag and Drop email editor gotcha and workaround, plus Google Analytics Intelligence

Welcome to Episode 165 of HubShots!

Welcome to HubShots - APAC's number 1 HubSpot focussed podcast - where we discuss HubSpot tips & tricks, new features, and strategies for growing your marketing results.

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This episode we revisit the new drag and drop email editor and discover that it doesn’t support CTAs, but there is a workaround. Plus Google’s Analytics Intelligence. And a really simple way to qualify leads to determine if they are sales ready.

Listen to the episode here: https://soundcloud.com/hubshots/165-drag-and-drop-email-editor-gotcha-and-workaround-plus-google-analytics-intelligence/

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Recorded: Tuesday 09 July 2019 | Published: Friday 19 July 2019

Shot 1: Inbound Thought of the Week

Always be helping.


Here is something we encourage everyone to do > Inbound Sales Training

Shot 2: HubSpot Marketing Feature of the Week

A bit more on the new HubSpot email drag and drop editor (following our initial thoughts back in episode 161)

Some good things:

  • Very simple to use and move sections around
  • Simple styling
  • Adding new sections is easy (much nicer than when using the traditional editor eg using repeaters)

Some puzzling things:

Can’t natively add CTAs
  • Can’t add any html scripts for that matter eg can’t add CTA embed code to try to get around the missing CTA functionality
  • Can’t control some basic styling eg line height of paragraphs, better styling of links etc

Some solutions:

UPDATE 24 July 2019: This is no longer required – the CTA option is now available in the Button control – however, we’ve left it here as a quick overview of how to create custom modules:

  • To get around the CTA issue, you can create a global email Custom module that will show a CTA (see the code below) and then drag that onto the email. Big thank you to Mun Shuen from Hubspot Support who got this working for me.
  • Here’s the code to add:


  1. Create a local custom module that is used in emails:
    Design Manager   HubSpot 1
  2. Add a CTA field:
    Design Manager   HubSpot
  3. Add the code in the main module code window:
    Design Manager   HubSpot 2
  4. Drag the custom module into your email editor:
    hubspot custom module
  5. Select the CTA to use

Note: the CTA might not render properly in the email editor. However it should render fine when the email is read in the email client.

More updates from June:


Shot 3: HubSpot Sales Feature of the Week

Be Direct - don’t disguise your intentions

How to determine if leads are sales ready.

Ask on forms: Are you ready to speak to us?


  • Would you like us to call you?
  • Would you like to speak to sales?

Shot 4: Marketing Gotcha of the Week

See above: You can’t put CTA natively into emails using the drag and drop editor.

Shot 5: Marketing Tip of the Week

Google Analytics Intelligence

Insights in Google Analytics - just ask questions at the top of the page:

Analytics 1

Use the Analytics Intelligence list on the right hand column to see other suggested insights:

Analytics 2

Shot 6: Insight of the Week

Marketing should do one thing: Build more trust.

That’s a paraphrase of Seth Godin’s approach to marketing.

Ask yourself: Does this ad, article, email, campaign, strategy help people and build more trust in us?

Shot 7: Retirement of the Week

Some social reports are leaving us - two Twitter reports (Timelines and Sent Messages)

Shot 8: Resource of the Week

Understanding all the different Google sections in the search results:


  • Answer boxes
  • How to boxes
  • Knowledge boxes and panels
  • People also ask (PAA)
  • Refine by
  • etc

Shot 9: Quote of the Week

“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy the rest of your life.”

Abraham Maslow

Shot 10: Bonus Links of the Week

Please leave us a simple star rating as this helps us improve and reach more marketers.

HubShots Episode 165: Drag and Drop email editor gotcha and workaround, plus Google Analytics Intelligence