HubSpot unveils HubSpot AI platform and new Sales Hub – IT Brief New Zealand

HubSpot has unveiled HubSpot AI, a new set of platform-wide AI-powered products and features designed to help customer-facing teams unlock productivity, harness data for improved performance, and create deeper connections with customers.
The way we buy and sell is changing. From an unpredictable economy to the AI revolution, the pressure is on businesses to adapt.
As the customer platform for scaling businesses, HubSpot provides the tools needed to connect with customers and grow, no matter the challenge. In 2023 alone, HubSpot has shipped over 200 updates for customer-facing teams across marketing, sales, and service. At this year’s INBOUND, HubSpot’s annual conference and product showcase held in Boston U.S., the company is launching some of the most exciting and impactful products to date.
"We are experiencing a transformative shift with generative AI. Customer expectations are changing, and businesses now have the opportunity to leverage AI to drive customer connection at scale," says Yamini Rangan, CEO of HubSpot.
“HubSpot has been thinking deeply about these changes and iterating quickly to help our customers thrive in the age of intelligence. We introduced many powerful new features and capabilities at INBOUND 2023, and I'm excited by our progress in becoming the #1 customer platform for scaling companies."
 Introducing HubSpot AI: Platform-wide AI-powered capabilities that help SMBs grow better
At INBOUND 2023, HubSpot unveiled HubSpot AI, a new set of platform-wide AI-powered products and features to help customer-facing teams unlock productivity, harness data for improved performance, and create deeper connections with customers.
HubSpot AI is a robust portfolio of new and existing products and features available globally, including:
AI Assistants: Generative AI tools to supercharge marketing, sales, and service teams. AI Assistants will work across the entire HubSpot platform to help teams draft content, create images, generate blog ideas, build websites, and develop reports — instantly.
AI Agents: A set of AI-enhanced tools that help SMBs automate, respond to, and elevate their customer service across live chat and email. The first AI Agents will launch in early 2024.
AI Insights: Predictive AI features that unlock better analysis and recommendations, like AI-powered forecasting.
ChatSpot: Currently in public beta, ChatSpot combines the power of ChatGPT with dozens of unique data sources, like a HubSpot customer’s Smart CRM, to give growing business access to powerful generative AI capabilities. Since launching in March 2023, ChatSpot has seen 80,000 total users with 20,000 prompts created.
“It’s our job at HubSpot to help growing businesses take advantage of new technology without any of the burden,” says Andy Pitre, EVP of Product at HubSpot. 
“With HubSpot AI, we’re taking the guesswork out of generative AI and giving all customer-facing teams across sales, marketing, and service the complete toolkit to help them accomplish even more.”
New Sales Hub features and expanded relationship with LinkedIn give sales teams an edge
In the past, selling was all about doing more: adding more reps, more activity, more technology. Today, budgets are shrinking, deals take longer to close, and prospects are harder to reach. The default "more is more" playbook no longer works, and reps are feeling the pressure. In fact, 71% of global sales leaders say their teams have to do more with less.* 
Being asked to do more with less means productivity has taken a hit. Instead of focusing on connection — which 88% of sales leaders say is the most important part of their jobs — teams are bogged down by administrative tasks. That’s a problem considering companies who focus on connection actually grow 5x more than average.** Sales teams that aren’t focused on customer connection are leaving growth on the table. 
Sales teams need a better way to connect, grow, and win — now and into the future. That’s why we’ve reimagined HubSpot’s Sales Hub with new capabilities, including: 
Prospecting workspace
A dedicated workspace for sales reps that consolidates prospecting activities into a unified experience, helping them organise their day, stay focused, and identify urgent tasks. By streamlining activities, the prospecting workspace (currently in public beta) will help reps increase efficiency and focus on customer connection. 
Advanced lead management and reporting
Now prospecting reps can better organise, track, and prioritise leads—enabling richer data and unmatched visibility for both sales and marketing teams. With improved clarity, sales leaders and their marketing counterparts can unlock new insights into lead pipeline efficiency and prospecting effectiveness. Lead reports, including lead source reports and contact rate reports (currently in public beta), give marketers insight into the impact of their leads and give sales leaders visibility into how their reps are engaging with high-value leads. Prospecting activities reports give sales leaders a holistic view of rep outreach effectiveness, including conversion rates and activity metrics. 
Intelligent deal management and forecasting
New AI-powered features enable sales teams to better prioritise efforts and predict outcomes. AI Forecasting (currently in private beta) uses HubSpot’s predictive AI and historical sales to project future sales. Early testing showed that AI Forecasting helped some teams improve accuracy up to 95%. Deal insights help reps prioritise their deals with ease by providing contextual insights into the health of their pipeline and sales process. Deal tags programmatically categorise deals through coloured labels and quick presets, enabling reps to focus on the right deals. 
Seamless scheduling and handoffs
With Sales Hub, no matter where an opportunity originates, the prospect will experience a smooth handoff to the right rep. Reps can book meetings on behalf of others, enabling streamlined handoffs between sales development and sales. Lead form routing (currently in public beta) ensures website leads are qualified and routed to the right reps, quickly and automatically. 
Expansion of HubSpot’s relationship with LinkedIn across marketing & sales
Enabling sellers to be smarter and more efficient in how they prospect, build relationships, and close deals by syncing HubSpot’s Smart CRM with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, with a private beta starting later this month. HubSpot Sales Hub and LinkedIn are bringing two critical data sources for sales teams closer together.
“With buyer behaviour evolving so rapidly, the old playbook of adding headcount, creating more activities, and implementing point solutions to drive sales no longer delivers,” said Dan Bognar, VP & Managing Director, JAPAC at HubSpot. 
“Sales Hub has been completely reimagined to enhance sales team productivity and foster stronger connections with both prospects and customers. From lead prospecting and reporting to deal management and forecasting, Sales Hub is the solution that sales teams need to drive growth today and in the future.”
In addition to the launch of HubSpot AI and new Sales Hub features at INBOUND 2023, HubSpot also shared the following releases:
New Smart CRM customisations: Customers can now model, configure, and extend data with greater flexibility using HubSpot's Smart CRM, easily adapting HubSpot to better match their unique needs and processes.
Mobile messaging: HubSpot’s SMS feature offers marketers an easy, instant, and personalised way to communicate with customers, allowing them to build stronger relationships and improve campaign effectiveness — all from a single platform. Mobile messaging is available to customers with U.S.-based SMS numbers for messaging into the U.S. and Canada, and globally with HubSpot’s WhatsApp integration.


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