Rachel Blankstein



Rachel is a serial entrepreneur and is currently Founder & CEO of Comparz.com.Comparz.com is the "Yelp" of business services.Rachel also launched and grew the Data Services business at U.S. Cellular to a $100 Million business. Rachel’s was also previously Founder & CEO of econfidant.com, a dating and relationship advice site, which was sold to Innovive. Rachel also led Product Management at crowdsourcing site InnoCentive.com and had a consulting practice dedicated to online customer acquisition and strategic business growth. Rachel also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

According to recent market research, more than 15,000 websites are currently using HubSpot, an all-in-one marketing tool that aims to do for small and medium-sized businesses what full-fledged marketing consultants do for larger companies.

HubSpot strives to have every major marketing feature that small and medium-sized businesses need – Search Engine Optimization (SEO); lead generation, nurturing and tracking; blogging and social media management; and email marketing. Additionally, it has the analytics and reports to help companies figure out what’s working and what’s not.

Thousands of companies can’t be wrong. In fact, our user base confirms that HubSpot hits the mark. Not only does HubSpot do a good job of SEO for search engines, but it delves deeper to grade keywords on social media sites and press releases. HubSpot also provides comprehensive lead tracking and nurturing tools and incorporates timed emails to prospective leads to increase the chances of conversion.

This solution is geared to the SMB in two ways. First of all, although the price may seem high (from $250 to $1500 per month, depending on quantity of users and campaigns), it’s much cheaper than buying tools separately or hiring a consultant. All the tools come integrated – a huge added bonus. HubSpot’s value-add is really in the additional help (okay, sometimes hand-holding) that smaller companies sometimes need, especially when getting started. It ranges from the very simple (online training or webinars, for example) to the more complex (group training classes, 1:1 coaching, customized marketing plans).

HubSpot isn’t the only game in town – far from it. It’s got several worthy competitors that are well worth checking out. But so far, HubSpot is winning the game, one customer at a time.

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