Having grown from a small web design company into an innovative thought-leading marketing agency in under three years, Tomorrow People sits at the cutting edge of creative communications. With HubSpot at the centre of their agency’s growth strategy, they have achieved:
increase in annual revenue over three years
company employee growth
Tomorrow People are a young and growing marketing agency based in the UK. They are the leading player in the sphere of current marketing practice and thinking; creating strategies that build brands, generate sales-ready leads and increase revenue for their clients.
After conducting product trials of several marketing automation platforms including, Marketo and Pardot, Alistair Norman, Director of Marketing at Tomorrow People, felt the decision to work with HubSpot as their key partner was a no-brainer.
“HubSpot is clearly the tool of choice for inbound marketing,” says Alistair.
After researching inbound marketing and realising that the key to success was to create valuable content for themselves and their clients, Alistair approached HubSpot’s International Managing Director, Jeetu Mahtani, to learn more about their Partner program and how it might help supercharge his agency.
After their meeting, Alistair was convinced that building their strategy around the implementation of HubSpot for their clients was going to be a critical part of their long-term growth plans.
From their Birmingham offices, Tomorrow People have grown from 3 to 32 employees, and increased their annual revenue from £150,000 to £2.5 million in less than three years.
Prior to working with HubSpot, the company had no retainer customers. “We were just covering the bills, working on a project to project basis. HubSpot was the key differentiator.”
Tomorrow People were founded on the belief that marketing is about measurement and storytelling. It is this philosophy that sits at the heart of everything they do, and why inbound marketing made perfect sense for their agency. With HubSpot, Tomorrow People are able to measure every aspect of their client’s campaigns to prove value and believe that engagement of an audience – not a hard sell – is the most effective way of converting them from lead to customer.
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Alistair explains how in a previous role at a previous company, he had been on the wrong side of marketing spend. “The company was spending half a million on telemarketing, which did not end up being the most sensible use of marketing dollars.”
On top of inefficient spending, they maintained a small digital marketing budget and lacked control of their own website. It made it very difficult to track and measure their online efforts and understand if they were generating the leads they needed.
“Committing to the inbound process and getting full control of our website with HubSpot is the best way to generate leads.” – Alistair Norman, Director of Marketing, Tomorrow People
It took a full thirty days from that first phone call with HubSpot to be fully up and running using the software. Alistair positioned HubSpot as a core performance tool early on and got the entire team on board quickly. Now, depending on the size of the company and any website specialization, the process for Tomorrow People to on-board a client to HubSpot can range between one to three months.
The on-boarding process involves bringing in all key stakeholders of the client company, which, as Alistair points out, is easy when you can show them how they’ll be beating their competitors as a result of HubSpot and their services.
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A crowning achievement for Tomorrow People is the rapid success of their client company, Linux IT. Within their first year using HubSpot software, they doubled their sales leads and reported a 200% ROI in 2013. In addition, during that time, they referred HubSpot to five of their own customers, due to the platform’s ease-of-use and powerful integration of marketing tools.
As a result of their success with HubSpot, the entire organization went through a “thinking shift” on the way they conduct business. Previously, Linux IT had been relying on traditional marketing techniques, including publishing a magazine, which was time consuming and ultimately not generating leads.
Norman explains that at Tomorrow People, marketing used to be a “one to many” relationship, where “I’m the marketing manager, and I’m going to promote my product or service to the wider market.” Now with HubSpot, that strategy has changed to a more rewarding “many to many” relationship. Now, everyone in the organization has become “a person with knowledge”, sharing their content and expertise online which in turn attracts more people to their website.
“Changing our way of thinking, changed the culture of our company, and that has been the best decision I’ve made to date.” – Alistair Norman, Marketing Director
Thanks to HubSpot, Tomorrow People has experienced tremendous growth and success, which they have also passed on to their clients.
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