As a Startup, What Technology Should You Buy?
By Samantha Plateroti
Let's face it: technology is crucial for the success of your startup. You need to attract and engage customers, manage leads, store data securely and collaborate with employees... all while staying within budget.
There are plenty of tools at your fingertips, here are some things to consider when deciding which technologies to start with:
As a startup, you likely have limited resources
You need to be efficient with your time and money, as well as be able to scale and adapt quickly.
Some startups mistakenly build their own tech when they should focus on their core offering & value prop. This can lead to wasted time and money that could have been spent on more important things… like marketing campaigns.
You can save money and increase productivity with tech.
You need to choose the right tool problems that you’re facing. If you're looking at tools that cost thousands of dollars, but don't offer any solution, reconsider.
It's better to spend less on something that works!
So, how do you know what technology to buy?
The first step to buying technology is understanding what you need. Start by looking at your current processes and identify where technology could help.
For example, if your sales team uses spreadsheets to track leads and write emails, a tool like HubSpot can automate that process so they can focus on closing deals instead of managing their inboxes (and so much more).
HubSpot also has a free trial program that lets you try out its features before committing to buying anything--ask Dijy about how to get started with HubSpot for free!
A CRM helps you track all communications and nurture relationships with leads and clients, without using spreadsheets.
When you're a startup, the tools you use to manage your business have to work seamlessly together. A CRM replaces the spreadsheets and apps that you may be using to track client data and communications.
Your CRM could be doing everything from managing contacts in one place to tracking sales pipeline activity or email campaigns across multiple channels--and do it well!
Marketing automation for your lead generation strategy.
If you haven’t started an automated lead generation strategy, it's time to get started.
Marketing automation (find the top rated options on G2) helps automate your marketing and sales processes, allowing your team to generate more leads and close more deals. It also gives you a better understanding of who your customers are… and what they want!
This means that when they do contact your company with questions about their needs, those questions can be answered quickly and efficiently.
Marketing automation tools allow businesses in all industries (not just startups) to improve their ROI by tracking the campaigns/which tactics are working best for them. This allows them to focus on those strategies while eliminating ineffective ones from future campaigns.
Deciding between MailChimp and HubSpot? Check out the differences here.
Project management software or collaboration tools can help facilitate teamwork and communication.
Project Management Software helps your team manage projects, plus it's a great way to keep track of who's doing what and chat with each other.
Collaboration tools are another popular option for startups who want to stay connected with their teams but don't have much money to spend on new technology--they're often free or low-cost options that allow users to share files & projects easily with each other.
The Dijy team uses Basecamp and create To-Do lists to stay on top of our projects!
HubSpot is a great place to start because you can combine sales, marketing, and customer success, plus it has built in security.
HubSpot integrates with other tools you may already be using (they have an App Marketplace with thousands of integrations). HubSpot has a free or startup option - so you don't need to hire a team just yet! You can upgrade when you need to or even work with Dijy for support!
HubSpot is an excellent marketing automation platform because it helps automate your lead generation strategy, so that you can save time and money by not doing manual work. This includes tracking all email campaigns as well as managing social media accounts from one central location where data can easily be shared across teams
You should also consider using HubSpot CRM software if you want better control over communications with leads or clients.
Summing it up!
We hope this post has given you some insight into how to choose the right technology for your startup’s needs.
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