How to Get Started with Revenue Operations in HubSpot?

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To get started with Revenue Operations in HubSpot you need to execute 7 steps in this exact order:

  1. Understand the Bowtie Data Model
  2. Define sales pipeline stages
  3. Define meeting types 
  4. Set up Customer Lifecycle stages
  5. Set up Lead statuses
  6. Leads handoff between teams
  7. Ensure process adoption

With those steps, you'll build a technical fundament for Revenue Operations in your company. 

Before you start reading, open the RevOps Framework Template. This is a workbook with crucial definitions and a place for mapping elements of your process.

If you are not familiar with Revenue Operations basic concepts, check RevOps fundamentals first

Table of Contents 

Bowtie Data Model

This model it’s fundamental for the RevOps framework in HubSpot. Standardizing data in your HubSpot with a Bowtie gives all your teams a 360 customer view.

So they can
track lead conversion rates throughout the full funnel. 

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As a result, you can measure and improve your pipeline effectiveness with a new set of metrics:

  • Conversion metrics (CR) between each customer lifecycle stage - e.g what is the % of MQLs converting to SQLs

  • Time metrics (AT1, AT2, etc) - eg. how many weeks does it take for MQL to become an SQL

  • Volume metrics (VM1, VM2, etc) - showing a number of contacts/accounts in the specific stage.

Caution: Understanding Bowtie Data Model is mandatory, as every part of the RevOps Framework is based on it. You can learn more about this model here.

Sales pipeline stages

In this step, you map your current sales process to put it in HubSpot.

You split pipelines into three categories:

  • New Business Pipeline (acquisition)

  • CS/AM Pipeline (customer success + account management)

  • Existing Business Pipeline (business extension + cross-sell/up-sell)

Sales stages in Pipeline

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Every pipeline has its own unique elements you need to define based on your sales process:

  • Pipeline Stage - categorize and track the progress of your ongoing deals.
  • Deal Probability - what is the chance that the customer will advance to the next stage
  • Stage Entry Criteria - what conditions must be met for a customer to be in a current stage
  • Stage Exit Criteria - what conditions must be met for a customer to advance to the next stage
  • Required Fields to Move to the Next Stage - what fields sales rep need to fill in the current stage to advance the customer to the next one
  • Forecast Category - the category within the sales cycle to which an opportunity is assigned based on its opportunity stage

Meeting types

Now, it’s time to define the types of meetings that you hold with your customers.

Meeting types in Pipeline

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As a result, teams have clarity on where the customer is in the buying process and what needs to be done to deliver the best value.

Customer Lifecycle stages 

The pipeline stages show you the progress of ongoing deals.

The Customer Lifecycle stages in turn help you categorize customers based on where they are in your marketing & sales processes.

If you don't set them up properly, your customer data will be all over the place.

Lead Statuses

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This is what the MQL Lifecycle Stage in its simplistic version looks like in HubSpot:

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Caution: Customer Lifecycle Stages have to work automatically based on defined triggers and inclusion lists. They shouldn’t be ever touched manually by any of the team members.

When creating automation remember to go to the Contacts -> Lifecycle Stage and uncheck Sync lifecycle stages:

Syn lifecycle stages

Lead statuses 

While Lifecycle Stages show you where the customers are in your process, they don't tell you what to do with them. This is where Lead Statuses come in. 

This property is a base for sales-level agreements. They define what actions SDRs and Account Executives need to take next after a lead is assigned/handed off to them.

Lead Statuses part 1

Lead statuses 2

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The framework below shows how Customer Lifecycle stages work hand in hand with Lead Statuses and automated triggers, giving your team 360 customer view.

Lifecycle stages lead statuses

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Leads handoffs

The way you manage the handoff between marketing, sales, and customer success is by using the Customer Lifecycle Stages and Lead Status properties together.

Lead Statuses hand-off

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Process Adoption

Treat each of the presented processes as a distinct feature. You have to ensure 100% adoption by your teams before moving forward with any one of them. 

Yes, it’s hard as it requires continuous maintenance. To streamline the process we suggest using Matt Bolian’s CREDIT Framework. It means adding behaviors that:

  • Celebrates actions
  • Reminds about actions
  • Enforces actions
  • Defines actions
  • Inspects actions
  • Trains actions

Remember, RevOps brings ROI only if your teams adopt every process 100%.

Caution: use the RevOps Framework Template in Excel only to map and define processes. After implementing them in HubSpot, every action should be done inside your CRM.

about the author
Arek Piatek - I help B2B companies drive revenue with Demand Generation Programs. RevOps Evangelist and marketer who thinks outside the funnel. Creating marketing programs aligned with how people want to buy, not in a way companies want to sell to them.