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Episode 33: Outsourcing Tips, HubSpot Paid Social Channel, App of the Week

Welcome to HubShots Episode 33

Recorded: Monday 09 May 2016


Feedback from Ian's Google Partner event:

- Businesses are realising that sales and marketing really do need to co-exist and be on the same page.
- Everyone loved the Google Cardboard and experiencing some virtual reality.

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Shot 1: Inbound Thought of the Week

The value of Thank You pages, and the importance of thinking through the goal of thank you pages:

- Have another offer (while they are waiting)
- Give them confidence their request has been recorded, include a timeframe for when they will receive an email or reply

Shot 2: HubSpot feature/tip of the Week

New Paid Social channel in the Sources report:

HubSpot Paid Social Report Source

If utm_medium="paid" and utm_source = the name of a social network OR utm_medium="paid" and referring domain is a social media site OR utm_source OR utm_medium ="paidsocial"

They don’t support utm_medium=”cpc” or “ppc” which is a little strange - Craig is raising that with HubSpot.

Eg here’s a typical parameter string we use with Facebook advertising:


this will now have to change to:


Here’s an example of how it looks in Facebook Power Editor when editing an ad:

Facebook URL parameters

Shot 3: Challenge of the Week

Finding people to help with specific tasks - outsourcing can be daunting!

Tips for Outsourcing

It’s not just overseas, there’s also lots of local freelancing options available.

Finding freelancers:





http://www.virtualstafffinder.com/ - Chris Ducker - VirtualStaffFinder - included contract stuff, did the testing of applicants

Key skills they can help with

- Research

- Graphic design

- Data migration

- Content population

- Writing blog posts, articles and ebooks

- Social media management

- Outreach research

Tips for managing freelancers

- Be very specific about their tasks, define the processes and results required

- Check in regularly (communication is very important)

- Make sure they know they can contact you easily eg Skype, Slack, IM

- Give them a test task as a first project, so you can gauge strengths and weaknesses, don’t expect perfection at first

- Give regular feedback and bonuses

- Have a daily report they can complete so you can track progress...I use a Google Form

- If they work for you fulltime, know their birthday, special holidays etc.

- Visit them!

Shot 4: Opinion of the Week

Be careful of setting up shop on rented land eg putting all your effort into Facebook.

Ian share’s insights from a conversation with a legal marketing person.

Also be careful to use medium.com as a channel, not your full site blog host

Shot 5: General Tip of the Week

Check your site speed. Use Google https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ or http://website.grader.com/

If you want help optimising your site and hosting talk to us.

Shot 6: State of Inbound Item of the Week

Take 15 minutes to do the State of Inbound Report: http://www.stateofinbound.com/

Direct link to the survey: https://soi2016.questionpro.com/

Shot 7: App of the Week

Scannable - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/evernote-scannable/id883338188?mt=8
No need for a big clunky scanner these days - instead just use your phone.

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Episode 33 of HubShots