How Hubs uses Autobound to increase BDR output, reduce new hire ramp time, and re-engage old leads.

7% of contacts emailed turned into sales opportunities
150+ opportunities created
60+ deals won
3x increase in sales productivity
Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB)
Industry: Manufacturing, Internet

Hubs is an online manufacturing platform that connects businesses with a global network of manufacturing partners, offering on-demand access to a diverse range of services including 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding, and sheet metal fabrication.

The problem

As Hubs scaled its operations, their business development representatives (BDRs) faced significant challenges in personalizing outreach emails, leading to low open and reply rates. The excessive time spent on LinkedIn for prospecting and manually crafting emails resulted in outputs that lacked the desired quality. Furthermore, the BDRs had difficulty recognizing the elements that constitute an effective email, thereby impacting their overall communication efficiency and conversion rates.

The solution

By leveraging Autobound’s sales intelligence platform, Hubs has seen an increase in reply rate, closed deal rate, revenue, and overall sales efficiency. Hubs has seen over 60 deals close from contacts they reached out to using Autobound. Hubs’ North American sales team has seen an over 3x increase in pipeline creation than their counterparts not using Autobound.

Stephen Murphy

“Autobound enables a new rep to come
onboard and do two things, really be more
efficient as a sales person earlier on and
also learn about our company and
customers at the same time.”

Sales Director

Prior to adopting Autobound, Hubs found themselves often sacrificing personalization for scale. New hires struggled to learn and execute the prospeting and outreach workflow. Most had difficulties understanding how to find prospect insights, then turn those insights into a compelling message. With Autobound, Hubs SDRs found themselves "co-piloted" through an advanced prospecting workflow, then queued up high-converting personalized messaging.

Hubs SDRs used to spend countless hours searching for relevant insights, like companies buidling or developing new products, before reaching out. Using Autobound, BDRs were given the superpower to instantly surface relevant insights up to 30x faster. Hubs can now “listen” for specific events when they occur at target accounts, like acquisitions, new product releases, funding rounds, and more.

Faster, and easier

Autobound enabled Hubs to prospect and write personalized emails 5x faster (Took 2.5 minutes instead of 12.5 minutes on average).

Using Autobound, Hubs was able to increase quality and quantity of their outreach. The result? 7% of the contacts they emailed turned into qualified sales opportunities.

Our Q&A with Stephen

What do you like best?

Autobound is the future of where sales and marketing are going.... They are constantly iterating their product based on customers' feedback, and they act quickly. With Autobound, we used only a few entry-level sales employees to take on the task that other sales regions had trouble keeping up with, even with more personnel. We are a data-driven company, and the data clearly showed that we performed better with fewer employees in the region that we use Autobound than with other regions that manually took on similar tasks. With Autobound, it was quick to pinpoint customers who we needed to communicate with, and create the messaging – saving tons of time – which was crucial to close new prospects. We now use Autobound in many more cases: reactivating old customers, keeping tabs on current ones, expanding with larger clients, and moving quickly with new leads. In all cases, our salesforce was freed to focus where they add the most value.

What benefits have you realized?

The benefits speak for themselves with the data we've seen. Internally, we've seen a significant increase in response rate from prospects, enabling us to have "real" conversations with prospects that turned into customers. We haven't needed nearly as many sales employees to handle this communication. Onboarding new sales employees also became much easier because we created tailored messaging that was aligned throughout the company. All financial metrics show an ROI in many ways using Autobound, and we will continue to expand the use cases.

What do you dislike?

It's difficult to say that I "dislike" any aspect of Autbound. There are areas where they could improve -- but that's true for any growing company changing the game in an industry (Rome wasn't built overnight!).

Jake B.

"Impressed me with its sales-specific messaging capabilities, user-friendly interface, time efficiency, and invaluable insights."

Madeline B.

"I'm already seeing increased response rates, and it seems like their product team is pumping out powerful new features every other day. 10/10 would recommend trying."

Coco H.

“It's crucial to find this balance to develop a successful outreach process. Autobound has allowed us to create personalized messaging at a mass scale.”

Tré W.

"This tool has significantly improved my response rate and made the process of crafting hyper-personalized emails a breeze."

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