|Traded as||NYSE: HUBS|
Brian Halligan, CEO & cofounder
|Products||HubSpot, marketing consulting services|
|Revenue||$115.9 million (2014)|
Number of employees
HubSpot is a company that develops and markets a software product for inbound marketing also called HubSpot. The software has features for social media marketing, email marketing, content management, web analytics and search engine optimization among others.
HubSpot was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006. Originally funded by Shah and a faculty member at MIT, it raised more than $100 million in funding from Larry Bohn, General Catalyst Partners, David Skok, Matrix Partners, Rob Theis, Scale Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, SalesForce and Fidelity. The company advocates for the inbound marketing concept in its own marketing through viral videos, Twitter, webinars and an annual inbound marketing report.
HubSpot was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006. Shah invested $500,000, which was followed by angel investments from Edward B. Roberts, the chair of the Entrepreneurship Center at MIT. The company introduced the HubSpot software in beta in 2006 and officially launched it in December 2007. An additional $5 million in funding was raised in 2007, which was followed by $12 million in May 2008, and $16 million in late 2009. The company grew from $255,000 in revenues the first year the software was released to $15.6 million in 2010.
The company's first office was a small bay on the 14th floor of the Cambridge Innovation Center. By 2008, the company occupied over half of the 5th floor of the CIC. In the summer of 2010, HubSpot moved its offices into the Lechmere neighborhood of Cambridge MA. In 2011 it raised $32 million in venture funding and acquired marketing automation vendor Performable. Later that year HubSpot announced its acquisition of oneforty. Oneforty began as an app store for Twitter, but shifted into an online resource for social media marketing. The company also introduced new software for personalizing websites to each visitor. According to Forbes, HubSpot started out targeting companies of 1–10 employees, but "moved steadily upmarket to serve larger businesses of up to 1000 employees."
HubSpot raised $32 million in additional venture funding in February 2012 from Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Salesforce and others. In March 2012, HubSpot acquired Google Chrome notification center company, Chime, by Fahd Ananta, Thariq Shihipar and Guru Mahendran. At the 2012 annual Inbound Marketing Conference, HubSpot announced a software product for sales staff called Signals. By December 2013 Signals had 26,000 users and HubSpot set it up as a separate startup within the company.
HubSpot filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 25, 2014 for listing on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol HUBS.
HubSpot evangelizes the inbound marketing concept through its own marketing. According to CRMSearch, "the company promotes a message of 'publish your way in' and practices what it preaches as a prolific creator of content, including blog posts, social media posts, white papers, webinars and more."
The company manages an 8,000-member LinkedIn group called Pro-Marketers. The HubSpot Internet Marketing blog was ranked as the 21st most influential marketing blog in AdAge’s 2013 Power 150. The company also produces viral videos, such as a You Oughta Know parody and a video series on "Foursquare cops" that parodied Foursquare's then-recent features to prevent fake check-ins. It hosts HubSpot TV, a live broadcast with commentary on current events. HubSpot does not have a PR agency on retainer.
According to Harvard Business Review, HubSpot's most effective inbound marketing has been its free online tools, such as Marketing Grader (formerly Website Grader), which grades a website's performance and gives it a score based on how it compares to other websites that have been ranked. WhoRetweetedMe.com, which was introduced in Beta in August 2011, shows the number, timing and audience of tweets containing any URL provided by the user.
There was some debate in 2009 on if HubSpot was over-commmercializing tweetups after it used Twitter to secure celebrity guests on HubSpot TV. In 2009, as an April Fool's joke, the company created a personality grader tool. The next year, as a marketing stunt, HubSpot claimed it received a cease and desist letter from "Kronos Media". It created a "Captain Inbound" character to defend HubSpot from an "evil" interruption marketing firm. There were polarizing responses whereby some customers thought the legal troubles were genuine and felt misled and others enjoyed the ruse. On August 23, 2011, HubSpot's "social media scientist," Dan Zarella, was awarded a Guinness World Record for the largest online marketing seminar after "The Science of Social Media" obtained 10,899 attendees. That same year HubSpot announced its acquisition of OneForty through a series of Tweets, obtaining 400 retweets or mentions within the first two hours.
HubSpot publishes "The State of Inbound Marketing Report" annually. The 2012 report found that 89 percent of businesses are maintaining or increasing their inbound marketing budgets. In 2011 it found that 65 percent of companies had a corporate blog, up from 28 percent the prior year. Additionally, 44 percent of marketers said Facebook was critically important to their marketing strategy, up from 24 percent in 2009. The 2010 report found that 77 percent of Internet users read blogs. It also publishes a State of the Twittersphere report. The Twittersphere report has found that links in a tweet are more likely to be clicked on if the tweet is short and the link is posted early in the message and that Twitter profiles with a picture attract six times as many followers on average. Additionally, HubSpot's research found that New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and London were the top tweeting cities in the world. In 2008 the company estimated Twitter had 4 to 5 million users, 30 percent of which were “brand new or unengaged.”
Software and services
HubSpot provides a software product for inbound marketing also called HubSpot. It includes tools for social media marketing, email marketing, content management, analytics, landing pages and search engine optimization, among others. The HubSpot suite of online tools has three primary applications: Content management tools for creating or managing blogs, templates, forms and landing pages; Exposure optimization applications that help the content be found, such as through search engine optimization; and Lead tracking and intelligence tools, which track and manage e-mail marketing, customer interactions, qualified prospects, reports and analysis. As of 2012, about 8,000 companies use HubSpot. 85 percent of customers are based in the US.
HubSpot has integration features for salesforce.com, SugarCRM, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and others. Nimble users can have HubSpot automatically add visitor data to their Nimble account, and user's of PR Newswire's iReach can access iReach from the HubSpot dashboard. There are also third-party services, templates and extensions that can be downloaded through the HubSpot App Marketplace. HubSpot offers consulting services and hosts the HubSpot Academy, an online resource for learning inbound marketing tactics. It also hosts user group conferences and offers inbound marketing and HubSpot certification programs.
HubSpot has a corporate culture similar to many technology companies on the West Coast of the US. It has repeatedly been named as a Best Place to Work by the Boston Business Journal. The company began an unlimited vacation day policy in 2010 and started an employee training program, called the HubSpot Fellows Program, the same year. HubSpot's "startup within a startup" program was started in 2008 after a salesperson's evening and weekend project on a partner program became their full-time job. By 2011 the partner program was responsible for 20 percent of HubSpot’s revenue.
HubSpot offered a $2,500 bounty for referring a successful candidate, which was increased to $10,000 in 2011, while the company was looking for HTML5 developers. Senior recruits coming from large corporations are offered a “jailbreak” bonus of $1,000 for each year they spent at a big company.
HubSpot is the third largest marketing automation vendor by market share. In a competitive review conducted by analyst firm Gleensight, specialist vendors ranked higher than HubSpot in individual categories such as SEO, or email marketing, but HubSpot had the highest rank for "overall value". A review in CRM Search said HubSpot "is not the best product in every category ... yet may still be the single best marketing solution in bringing all the tools together." Many of HubSpot's individual applications have competitors, but HubSpot strives to provide an all-in-one approach.
A review in CRM Search identified HubSpot's "Strengths" as the sophistication of its Call to Action (CTA) tool and its online ecosystem, the HubSpot Marketplace. According to the review "Ease of use is a design hallmark for this application" and its pricing is reasonable. Under "Weaknesses" the review said "it has more breadth than depth." It said the lack of customization and design tools can be limiting. According to the reviewer, it lacks some advanced tools such as Business Process Management (BPM) tools to manage workflow.
- Kirchoff, Lindsey (February 22, 2013), HubSpot Continues Rapid Trajectory with 82% Revenue Growth, HubSpot, retrieved December 27, 2013
- Stone, Avery (August 8, 2011). "HubSpot wants to be Salesforce.com for small business". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "From the Blackboard to the Boardroom". Entrepreneur. March 11, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Keohane, Ellen (December 4, 2007). "HubSpot enters search field with user-friendly system". Direct Marketing News. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Kirsner, Scott (October 19, 2009). "Brian Halligan's To-Do List: Run Company, Write Book, Raise $16 Million". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- Ha, Anthony (May 16, 2008). "Marketing software company HubSpot raises $12M". VentureBeat. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Alspach, Kyle (December 15, 2011). "HubSpot: We plan to be like HP, a huge company that lasts 100 years. But in Cambridge". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Psaty, Kyle (March 30, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: A Tour of HubSpot’s New Office in Lechmere". BostonInno. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Schaeffer, Chuck. "HubSpot Marketing Software Review—An Independent Marketing Software Analysis". CRMSearch. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Rao, Leena (June 16, 2011). "HubSpot Acquires Marketing Software Startup Performable". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Rao, Leena (August 18, 2011). "HubSpot Buys Social Media Management Platform And App Directory Oneforty". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- O’Dell, Jolie (August 18, 2011). "Twitter app store Oneforty acquired by HubSpot". VentureBeat. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Alspach, Kyle (December 14, 2011). "HubSpot: What we're working on now will change the Internet". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Colao, J.J. (March 15, 2012). "HubSpot Looks to Pounce as Traditional Marketing Gets "Obliterated"". Forbes. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Gage, Deborah (March 8, 2011). "Google Ventures, Sequoia, Salesforce Give HubSpot $32M". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- Ha, Anthony (March 28, 2013). "HubSpot Acquires Notification Aggregator Chime And Calendar App PrepWork". Techcrunch. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
- Alspach, Kyle (December 23, 2013). "A startup within HubSpot: Signals gets its own team". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- FORM S-1 REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933: HubSpot, Inc.
- Steenburgh, Thomas; Jilly Avery and Naseem Dahod (January 24, 2011), HubSpot: Inbound Marketing and Web 2.0, retrieved December 30, 2013
- Todd Andrlik; Charlie Moran. "AdAge Power 150: A Daily Ranking of Marketing Blogs". Advertising Age (Crain Communications). Retrieved May 19, 2009.
- Gomer, Gregory (October 31, 2011). "HubSpot Reminds Us That Flash Mobs are Still Kind of Cool [Halloween Video]". BostonInno. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Ehrlich, Brenna (April 13, 2010). "Foursquare Cops" Web Show Catches Check-in Cheaters in the Act [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Miller, Liz (April 29, 2010). "Foursquare Cops Fight Against Social Media Abuse". GigaOm. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Psaty, Kyle (April 27, 2010). "HubSpot’s New Alerts Grader Cures Social Media Email Overload". BostInno. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- Gomer, Gregory (December 6, 2011). "HubSpot Marketing Grader Launches: We Put 30 Boston Startups Head to Head #Deathmatch". Bostinno. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Gomer, Gregory (August 10, 2011). "HubSpot Powers Useful Tool to Track ReTweets, Suffers Unfortunate Name: WhoretweetedMe". BostonInno. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Dugan, Lauren (August 16, 2011). "Find Out Which Influencers Retweeted You". MediaBistro. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Roush, Wade (April 20, 2009). "HubSpot, Hybernaut bury the hatchet for now". Retrieved May 4, 2009.
- Arrington, Michael (April 1, 2009). "April Fools: YouTube Flails, Amazon Cloud Computing In A Blimp, 3D Chrome Browsing, Google Masters A.I.". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Dziadul, Kristin (June 10, 2010). "HubSpot Gambles with Trust to Explore New Marketing Strategy". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
- Landry, Lauren (August 25, 2011). "Lead Gen Machine HubSpot Breaks Guinness World Record by Hosting World’s Largest Webinar". BostInno. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Partrick, Kimberly (August 23, 2011). "HUBSPOT SET NEW LARGEST ONLINE MARKETING SEMINAR RECORD". Guinness World Records.
- Basich, Zoran (August 18, 2011). "Annals Of PR: HubSpot Buys Oneforty, Says ‘Tweet This’". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Walter, Ekaterina (February 27, 2012). "Brands ramp up social media efforts in response to inbound marketing advantages". TheNextWeb. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Barone, Lisa (May 11, 2011). "Not Blogging? You’re in the Minority". Small Business Trends. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "Facebook Success Beyond the 'Like'". eMarketer. May 19, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Berg, Paula (July 11, 2011). "Six Reasons Every Brand Should Blog". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Elliott, Christopher (January 16, 2009). "Changing travel, one tweet at a time". MSNBC. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Osborne, Charlie (February 1, 2012). "How to get people to click on your Tweets (infographic)". ZDNet. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Tahmincioglu, Eve (November 28, 2011). "Want to stand out in a job search? Upload a photo". MSNBC. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Wauters, Robin (April 6, 2010). "Want More Followers On Twitter? Make Sure You Have A Profile Picture". TechCrunch. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- McMillan, Graeme (June 14, 2011). "New York Is the World Capital of Twitter? Don’t Believe What You Read". TIME. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Kirkpatrick, Marshal (December 22, 2008). "Report Says Twitter Would Take 36 Years to Catch Facebook – If Facebook Stopped Growing Today". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- McCarthy, Kevin (May 26, 2011). "The Tech Behind HubSpot". BostInno. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Dahl, Darren (October 17, 2012). "Small players seek an alternative to the expense of pay-per-click". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
- Greenberg, Paul (January 24, 2012). "CRM Watchlist 2012 Winners – The Marketing Mavens". ZDNet. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Kelly, Meghan (February 14, 2012). "New Nimble helps brands control their social presence". VentureBeat. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Drolet, Danielle (October 26, 2011). "PR Newswire, HubSpot partner on iReach enhancements". PRWeek. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Marketplace, HubSpot, retrieved December 27, 2013
- Blackwell, Gerry (January 16, 2008). "HubSpot: The Evolution of Marketing". Small Business Computing. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- HubSpot Academy, May 18, 2009, retrieved December 26, 2013
- Regan, Keith (June 10, 2011). "Hubspot's West Coast attitude gets talent". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- "8 companies with the best vacation perks". CNN Money. June 6, 2011. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Markowitz, Eric (September 2011). "My Story: Brian Halligan of HubSpot". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Nickisch, Curt (November 2011). "Will Work for Perks". Boston Magazine. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Nickisch, Curt (September 5, 2011). "For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity". NPR. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Ortner, Michael (December 8, 2011). "Most Popular Marketing Automation Software Solutions". Capterra. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Raab, David (December 2011). "Gleansight: Marketing Automation". Gleanster.
- Roush, Wade (August 24, 2007). "Online Marketing for Dummies—and for People with Better Things to Do". Xconomy. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
- Halligan, Brian; David Meerman Scott (2010). Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-90052-9.
- Halligan, Brian; David Meerman Scott & Dharmesh Shah (2010). Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media and Blogs. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-49931-3.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to HubSpot.|