35 responses

  1. Pat Palingo
    August 19, 2013

    Interesting thoughts here Marcus. I’m looking forward to the event and the new product intros. I think it’s great that you’re bringing your family! Hopefully I run into you this week.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      Hey Pat!! Our friend Steve has already been giving me a hard time on Twitter today :-)

      Hope y’all will be able to make it to my Thursday session.

      Much thanks,

      Marcus

  2. Ruth Zive
    August 19, 2013

    Hey stranger. Fascinated by this blog post and very eager to see how Hubspot positions itself. You’re bang on with Salesforce – I think it will ultimately be a question of who is most nimble to grab that ‘all-in-one’ moniker. Unfortunately I won’t be there – but would really love to meet you IRL Marcus. Swing by Toronto some time!

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      Hey Ruth!!! Yes, you are right my friend, we certainly do need to catch up at some point, which is why I hope I’ll get a speaking opportunity in Toronto soon…I love that city!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by,

      Marcus

  3. jared
    August 19, 2013

    Marcus- The BlinkJar team is “Inbounding” already. We are at the training session today. We are so looking forward to your presentation at Inbound. My two cents, I don’t think Hubspot will “bite the hand that feeds them”. With Salesforce being a major investor, it may not be the best approach. However, having said that, I believe it totally makes sense for Hubspot to add a CRM. It would essentially close the loop for Hubspot and allow them to be the ALL IN ONE SOLUTION.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      Jared, what’s up buddy?! I actually met two folks from your team this evening and am excited to catch up sometime this week. See you tomorrow, hope you enjoy the session!!

      Marcus

  4. Don Stanley
    August 19, 2013

    Sooooo awesome that your family gets to see you present this week. I have to admit, it’s what I’m most excited about in this post. What a magical and powerful experience this will be for Sheridan Clan (and for you too)! My 10 year-old got to be in the audience for one of my keynotes in Orlando and it was an experience I’ll cherish forever.

    Appreciate your honesty about HubSpot too … there is no perfect solution and honest critiques keep us all on our toes. Can’t wait to hear about all that transpires at the conference this year. Looking forward to talking when you get back and hear about all the businesses and lives you touch.

    Crush it bro … Rhino nation is with you in spirit.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      You’re the best Rhino, you really are. Our thoughts are aligned perfectly on this one. :-)

      #familyrocks

      Marcus

  5. Anthony Fors
    August 19, 2013

    Not to sound too “fanboy”-ish, but I’m most excited to hear you live and to be a part of Inbound. Just the energy on Twitter is using up all my battery power. This will be my first marketing conference and my first non-cleaning business related conference. I would imagine I’ll be learning a lot.

    Thanks for everything!

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      Anthony, I’m so truly excited for you my friend. I remember the first time I went to a non pool-guy conference. What a treat that was!!

      And I expect a full report of your thoughts once all is said and done bud! ;-)

      Marcus

  6. Gary Stockton
    August 19, 2013

    Good insights, and look forward to that second point and your impressions of any product enhancements being filled in tomorrow. Good luck with your presentation Marcus, not that you’ll need it. You’re a born sales lion.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 19, 2013

      You’re very kind Gary, I appreciate the words and will certainly be adding an entire section, or post, on the new tools.

      Best!

      Marcus

  7. Iain
    August 20, 2013

    I really like the idea of the bold talks. If they are meant to go up against TED, they must be free for people to view and all that jazz.

    I’m really curious as to what they are going to do with it, and how they develop it.

  8. Erin
    August 20, 2013

    Very intrigued by #3 and couldn’t agree more. There’s tremendous opportunity to close the loop here. Clearly, with some of the recent industry acquisitions, Salesforce (and others) seem to be entering the inbound/marketing automation territory.

    Thanks for putting this out there.

  9. Kathleen Booth
    August 20, 2013

    Hey Marcus! Too funny – I am sitting in Club Inbound (the overflow room for the keynote) watching Mike Volpe show a slide on the growth of Dreamforce (the Salesforce conference) and compare it to the growth of HubSpot. All this at the SAME time that I am reading your blog speculating on whether HubSpot will taken on Salesforce here at Inbound. I guess the answer is officially “yes”!

    As always, love your blog. I hope we get a chance to say hi and shake hands in person here at inbound!

    Best,

    Kathleen Booth

  10. Owen Blevins
    August 20, 2013

    “We want Seth!” That had to be you this morning Marcus…:)
    Great post. Have always loved your candid and honest insight.
    Looking forward to your talk this week.
    BTW, you must book a trip at Bar Harbor with Divers Ed. He is off the hookand the kids will love it…
    He dives to the bottom of the harbor with a video camera and you watch it on a big screen on the boat. He brings lobsters, crabs, star fish, etc. Up for the kids to touch, very informative.

  11. Lisa Gerber
    August 20, 2013

    Hi Marcus,
    Obviously you’ll kick ass this week. :)
    It’s interesting, and I look forward to an update to this – Marti Konstant and I were chatting about this last week – Salesforce, hubspot, infusionsoft, and wondering where it was all headed. I’ll keep my eyes open for the update!
    Have fun – wish I could be there. Also, my sister came to see me speak at the Vocus Demand Success conference in DC and it was just awesome. And especially awesome to have family to go out with that night. :)

  12. irene
    August 21, 2013

    Enjoyed finding your blog and agree with about Hubspot think its just a case of waiting to find out what transpires. Hope your family appreciated seeing you at work.

  13. Owen Blevins
    August 21, 2013

    Two more additional comments since yesterday. I thought HS might suprise us with a simple CRM. Salesforce needs way too much babysitting in the form of an admin. Too much overhead for a small company IMO. We looked at it and then decided to go with Sugar. It ain’t perfect either. I’ve kissed a lot of frogs with CRM. They are animals that need a LOT of attention and the biggest failure with them is implementation: buy in from your team, mapping out meaningful work flows, consistant and accurate input from everyone, (especially the boss) and admin monitoring of the system. Nothing spells out the demise of a CRM system more than people loosing faith in its reliability or if the system does not integrate with Outlook/email service on a consistant basis.
    My second comment is on how cool it is to have family with you at this event! My wife half jokingly asks if she can sneak in to some of my presentations with the kids at times, and truth be told, I’d love to have them see what I do!
    You are blessed to have such a beautiful family my friend And they too are as well for having such a cool dad/husband… Please tell your daughter that her video was awesome!
    Could you please share the url if it’s available? I’d love for my 12 yearold son Liam to see her artwork.
    As always, Rock on my friend…

  14. Julie Vetter
    August 21, 2013

    Hi Marcus,

    Great points. When I saw Brian Halligan speak in Paris this spring at a Salesforce event – a panel of 4 successful startups. Parker Harris was on the same panel and I also saw what you point out about Salesforce moving toward being an all-in-one-solution. Since then with the Oracle-Salesforce-Radian6-Eloqua-Exact Target-Pardot mashup it has continued to unfold.

    Looking forward to sharing your blog as soon as your New Product Launches part is filled in. Couldn’t be at Inbound but will definitely look forward to the recording of your session.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 24, 2013

      Julie, thanks so much for the kind words, I do appreciate it. I’ll be writing a review post of the HubSpot tools that were shown at the conference very soon.

      Continued success!

      Marcus

  15. Monica
    August 21, 2013

    Marcus, Great session on Tuesday with a powerful slide deck — I’m thankful for your generosity in sharing it with us so we use it in our own sales efforts. (Thanks for remembering what it is like to be getting started with Inbound) Look forward to your Thursday session.

    Oh, and it must not go unsaid, your daughter’s animation was killer. Kudos all around for the Sheridans!

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 24, 2013

      Thank you Monica!!!!!! :-)

  16. Peter
    August 21, 2013

    It’s going to be a crazy space soon, they’re jostling for the ‘all-in-one’ ultimate position. Infusionsoft are doing big things in this space too with a $53 Million Dollar injection … and they’ve got the CRM component.
    And yes you’re right Marcus, they all say that they’re the true all-in-one solution.
    Good luck on your talk.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 24, 2013

      Appreciate the kind words Peter…and yes, Isoft is a good example of another one “doing it right.”

  17. Wade Harman
    August 22, 2013

    Hey Marcus, it’s been a while since I’ve been here and wanted to stop in and see what you’ve been working on lately!

    My response to your question about HubSpot is this: I think it will do well because it has smart people behind the helm. However, I think the social media aspects of it will increase and become more important as time goes on because of the popularity of social media platforms and how easy it is to curate content from these places.

    These days, more and more people are spending their time there and if so, then that’s where all marketers need to be.

  18. Chris Field
    August 23, 2013

    Hey Marcus, I heard your bold talk yesterday and was amazed. I love the fact that you brought your family with you. I wish I came up and said hi after your talk. Maybe next time. Great job up there. Do you have a video of the presentation on Tuesday? Or something similar? Bummed that I missed it.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 24, 2013

      Hey Chris, I’m sorry we didn’t meet. Next time, let’s make it happen!!

      I’m sure HubSpot will be putting it up soon.

      Much thanks!

      Marcus

  19. Peter Dunn
    August 23, 2013

    I saw your Bold Talk at the Conference yesterday Marcus. I was one of the people you handed the microphone to. Terrific job and it was great meeting you briefly. I thought Inbound was pretty amazing.

    • Marcus Sheridan
      August 24, 2013

      Peter, so kind of you to say sir. I’m glad you got something out of the talk and I hope it’s not the last time we’ll “chat.” ;-)

      Best,

      Marcus

  20. Dharmesh Shah
    August 23, 2013

    My man, Marcus: Thanks for helping make the inbound movement what it is.

    Didn’t get to sit in on your session — but my wife did (she attended the entire conference). Felt the magic that is Marcus.

    We’re overdue another dinner next time you’re in Boston and things are not quite so crazy.

  21. Art Gatenby
    August 26, 2013

    You wowed them on Thursday. Sorry you did not have the full hour.

    Art

  22. Nadish
    September 7, 2013

    Thank you for this great article!! :)

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