EHS Insight, a StarTex Software brand, is a Houston-based environmental, health and safety (EHS) software company. EHS Insight is on a mission to make the world a better place, more than a hundred thousand users across the globe rely on EHS Insight to lower the environmental impact of their business operations. Prior to using HubSpot Ads, measuring and optimizing digital ads was a complex and lengthy process. As an early adopter of the new add-on by HubSpot, they quickly were up and running with the ability to measure multi-channel ad performance. Given this new capability to improve underperforming ad campaigns, the team at EHS Insight has seen dramatic results.
increase in ad conversions
increase in new contacts
increase in site visits
EHS Insight is the world’s most flexible, powerful, easy to use environmental, health and safety software. Since 2009, the team at EHS Insight have been on a mission to make the world a better place. Today, more than a hundred thousand users in more than 45 countries rely on EHS Insight software, services and support to transform the way they work and to lower the environmental impact of their operations.
EHS Insight has a two person marketing team, CEO and President Gary McDonald and Marketing Strategy Analyst, Mohamad Bozo. At the beginning of 2015, Gary and Mo started using HubSpot’s all-in-one marketing automation platform. They launched an inbound marketing strategy aimed at growing brand awareness online in order to drive leads and sales for their growing business. Inbound marketing was working for them but they faced two challenges to meet their ambitious growth goals;
Rank higher in organic search results for targeted keywords
Generate more leads from high performing content
They found it hard to rank fast enough for the organic search terms they were targeting and started using Google search ads (AdWords) alongside their SEO and content strategy to make sure they won clicks on important keywords. While they continued strengthening their organic search results, in time, found the pairing of ads and organic an excellent combination.
CEO and President
To elevate their online growth, the team at EHS Insight started using search and social advertising. They combined Google search ads with SEO to win more real estate on the search engine results page for targeted keywords. In addition, they started using social ads to promote their best performing content. For example, they used LinkedIn Sponsored Updates to promote specific blog posts that featured a high performing CTA to get a software demo.
The addition of ads to their inbound strategy helped EHS Insight get more out of their marketing efforts. However, they still struggled to understand exact ad campaign results and were spending a lot of time manually analyzing performance in order to better optimize their ad campaigns.
“We frequently fine-tune our keyword strategy, increase our bids—to improve our impression share—and perform A/B testing. This allows us to test which ad copy delivers the greatest marketing return.” - Mohamad Bozo, Marketing Strategist, EHS Insight
To effectively leverage ads it’s important to understand what is working and what’s not, so you can turn off or tweak ads that might be costing your company money. They quickly realized they needed a better way to optimize and manage ad campaigns to achieve their lofty goals.
- Gary McDonald
Their team heard about HubSpot’s new Ads Add-On and realized there was now an easy way to bring their ads under one dashboard within HubSpot. They connected their ads account and were thrilled by the ability to merge all their digital ads data with HubSpot data. This combined view of everything allowed them to see which ads generated MQLs and the overall ROI of all ads. This allowed them to get rid of their spreadsheet system and save time by putting the most important information (conversions) at their fingertips - automatically.
“Inbound and Paid campaigns absolutely must be in harmony to maximize the value for us. HubSpot Ads makes it much easier to keep an eye on both and to correlate the results of campaigns across channels. We can make better decisions in less time.” - Gary McDonald, CEO, EHS Insight
They now launch new LinkedIn campaigns through the Ads Add-On and use the tool as their primary way of measuring success for both AdWords and LinkedIn. With the Ads Add-On, their team has the information they need to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t, which has allowed them to take their ads campaigns to the next level and drive more conversions.
- Mohamad Bozo
Marketing Strategy Analyst
The team at EHS Insight is not only more efficient using HubSpot but more effective when it comes to inbound marketing and paid online advertising. They're able to track and measure the success for every digital marketing and paid asset, allowing them to make changes in real-time as needed. As a result of this powerhouse combination of ads and inbound, within four months of signing up for HubSpot's Ads Add-on their ads results have improved dramatically.
225% in Visits
90% in Conversions
211% in Contacts
70% in MQLs
By combining ads to amplify their inbound marketing they are able to grow awareness and leads faster than ever. With the Ads Add-On at the center of this connection they save time and are able to drive more conversions at a better cost-per-conversion.
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