At least that’s how we chose to take it when we heard from dozens of our agency partners last week that HubSpot asked them to fill out a survey specifically about SharpSpring’s product and agency program so that HubSpot could improve its own.  As you can imagine, we felt honored when we read this email:

It’s gotta be love, right? HubSpot loves us!

Guess what? The feeling is mutual.  We love HubSpot too!

The simple fact of the matter is that we would not be in business if not for companies like HubSpot, Marketo and Eloqua. These companies were the pioneers of the marketing automation space, and collectively they spend hundreds of millions of dollars educating marketers about the benefits of marketing automation. To this day, HubSpot runs circles around us (and everyone else) when it comes to content creation.

We owe at least part of our success to HubSpot, and we are genuinely grateful.  That’s why it’s so unbelievably humbling that HubSpot thinks so much of us too.

Even more than HubSpot’s attention, we are humbled and grateful that over 500 agencies have joined SharpSpring since we launched just 18 short months ago – many switching from these great companies that we compete with.

So, in the spirit of openness, here are the top 10 reasons we think we’ve been so successful so quickly:

  1. SharpSpring doesn’t compete with marketing agencies. Instead, we built our entire company around them.
  2. Marketing agencies are our customers, and we believe a marketing agency’s customers are theirs – not ours. We don’t insert ourselves into the agency-client relationship.
  3. We don’t believe agencies can thrive if half of their clients’ money goes to a marketing automation provider.
  4. SharpSpring agencies typically pay less than 1/10th  the cost of a typical HubSpot license (or Marketo, Act-On, Pardot, etc.) for full marketing automation with zero sacrifices. That’s right –  1/10th the cost.
  5. Month-to-Month.  SharpSpring doesn’t trap agencies in long-term annual contracts – if an agency is not happy, they can leave.
  6. We provide agencies with a rebrandable, white-labeled platform that reinforces the agency’s brand (not our own) with their clients.
  7. SharpSpring agencies get a single sign-on platform with client management features designed to make things easy and hassle free.
  8. We work our asses off to support our agency partners.  That support is unlimited and 100% free.
  9. We work hard to be innovative. We launched our integrated, free CRM more than a year ahead of HubSpot.
  10. We run an open company and listen to our partners carefully.  All of our agency partners have my cell phone number and know they can call me with a good idea or just to let me know we screwed up.  We try to incorporate the former, and fix the latter.

We are grateful for the success we’ve achieved so far and flattered to even be on the radar of a company as great as HubSpot.  We look forward to continuing the stiff, but friendly, competition….

Rick Carlson

SharpSpring Founder & President

PS : If you aren’t currently a SharpSpring partner and want to see for yourself why we’ve caught the attention of HubSpot and over 500 agency partners, I strongly encourage you to join us for a live, one-on-one demo.

Rick Carlson
Rick is founder and CEO of SharpSpring. He started with the goal of bringing marketing analytics and automation tools to small and medium businesses on an affordable and easy-to-use SaaS platform. Rick has more than 15 years of executive management experience in the technology sector, holding president, CEO, general manager, and board positions at several successful Internet security companies. When Rick is not working on SharpSpring, he is busy with his second, and far more complex start-up – his two sons. Sometimes, Rick still gets to play beach volleyball, and occasionally, his wife politely laughs at his jokes.
Lindsey Sherman
Previously, Lindsey played an integral role in the digital marketing teams at reputable marketing agencies. In her current role, she is responsible for marketing SharpSpring to an online audience. Overseeing and implementing PPC, display and social media advertising, she is adept at identifying unique selling points and industry specific challenges (as well as solutions) for a variety of markets.