Use workflow to trigger a sequence

hayesnelson

I'd like to be able to use a hubspot workflow to enroll (and trigger) a contact into a sequence in the CRM.

 

I'd like to execute a sequence we've built in our HubSpot CRM when a contact property changes. eg; when contact property is set to 'X' trigger sequence 'Y'

HubSpot updates
Status updated to: Delivered
2 weeks ago

Hi Community!

 

The ability to enroll a contact into a sequence or set criteria to unenroll contacts, is now live to all Service Enterprise and Sales Enterprise customers! You will see the 'Enroll in Sequence' action listed under actions in Workflows.

 

We are still working on several related projects that I recommend folks follow, especially if you are interested more ways to set up automation between Sequenes and Workflows.

  1. Trigger a sequence to enroll or unenroll automatically (Sales & Service Professional)
    1. Currently 'In development', this will provide the ability to automatically trigger a sequence, or set criteria for unenrollment on an indvidual sequence.
  2. Use sequences properties and activity as Contact filters in List and Workflows
    1. Allow more sophisticated filtering criteria in Lists and Workflows, based entirely on Sequences data and engagements
       

Status updated to: In Beta
May 26, 2021

Hi Community,

 

I'd like to share some updates on the current beta for Enterprise customers and the upcoming features for Professional customers! A the bottom I've included a view of the designs we are currently planning and working towards for the Professional tier automation in Sequences. 

 

Sales/Service Enterprise feature: Enroll in sequence and unenroll from sequence workflow actions:

  • We now have over 180 active beta participants using the feature!
  • We are making some slights tweaks to the working and the UI, including a link to a Knowledge Base aticle that explains details on types of trigger criteria to avoid
  • We are implementing internal monitoring to be made aware of concerning usage that as potential for abuse. This will include any types of Workflows that will trigger more than 100 contacts to be enrolled in a sequence from the same criteria. We will work to make this more clear in the product, but while this feature does provide full flexibility in Workflows, we strongly discourage the use of this feature to enroll lists on contacts, or to create trigger criteria that would result in high volumes of proactive outreach

 

Sales/ Service Professional feature: Embedded automation within Sequences settings

  • This functionality will allow for automation via Workflows directly within the settings of any Sequence
  • The triggers here are more limited, but we feel cover a vast majority of the use-cases that we are excited to support!
  • We have made good progress from our research and internal alignment, and have broken ground on initial development
  • We've finished development to include a new "Automation" tab to Sequences
  • There are still several kinks and use-cases we need to work out in the designs before we have full confidence in all the details for how this will ultimately function, but we are feeling gooing about the general direction! 
  • Here is a video showcasing for this functionality may look like. This video is only showing designs, these are not yet features in betahttps://share.vidyard.com/watch/MJGiky5UM9V3chQSm9krXf?

Status updated to: In Beta
May 7, 2021

Hi folks! I'm happy to let you all know that we've made a number of developments and we're now moving this idea to 'In beta'. We will begin accepting Enterprise customers into the beta next week. The Professional featurs (described below) are still in development, and I will update here once those features are also in beta.

 

We are developing automated enrollment and unenrollment of Sequences in 2 different places: automation settings added within Sequences, and Sequences actions added to Workflows.

 

In beta for Sales Hub Enterprise and Service Hub Enterprise are 2 new actons in Workflows.  An 'Enroll in sequence' action and an `Unenroll from sequence` action.

 

  • `Enroll in Sequence` - enrolls a contact in a sequence of choice based on workflow criteria. The selected user/sender must have a paid Enterprise Sales or Service Hub seat. 
  • 'Unenroll from Sequence` - unenrolls a contact from any Sequence they are actively enrolled in. If the contact is not enrolled in a Sequence, nothing will happen, the step will be skipped. This feature will also be available at the Sales and Service Enterprise tier.

Here's what this looks like: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/1geADNWkw9UQTSD3CgNGZs?

 

 

 

Still in development is an entirely new automation experience within Sequences that will allow for Workflow actions to be created within the settings of a Sequence. These settings will allow for automated enrollment of sequences, unenrollment of sequences, and soon more trigger actions and logic based on actions in Sequences. 

Here is a video showing some of the concepts that we are currently planning and developing. The images in these videos are concepts, and the final designs and functionality are subject to change!

 

Clip here: https://share.vidyard.com/watch/UnoELtNwDYkbVjBkSJvFqE?

 

Apr 20, 2021

Hey folks!

There's been some chatter on this thread so I wanted to hop in and provide an update. This feature is still "In Planning". Our Product team is currently developing a solution and testing it for potential side effects and unintended consequences. Once we're sure there will be no drawbacks we can move to the beta phase.

 

Any and all updates will be relayed on this thread, so stay tuned! I appreciate your patience and feedback as we work to deliver this solution. 

 

Best,

Joe

Ideas Forum Manager

Status updated to: In Planning
Oct 7, 2020

Hi Community,

 

Thank you all for your patience as we reviewed and discussed the ability to "Use workflows to trigger a sequence". We're now planning to develop a solution to solve this need of automated enrollment. We will continue to monitor this board and provide an update once we are in development. 

 

Best,

Glen

Status updated to: Being Reviewed
Apr 15, 2020

Sep 26, 2019

Hi Community!

 

Thanks everyone who has contributed to this thread with comments and upvotes. We've been internally investigating ways to turn this idea into a reality. There are a number of great use-cases for how this could increase your teams efficiency, as well as numeruos potentially unwanted scenarios that we plan to avoid. This has made implementing a seemlingly simple feature to be surprisingly complicated!

 

If anyone would like to help, it would be great to discuss some of your use-cases, reasons, and ideas for how you would use this feature. I'd also like to share some questions and a few scenarios to get further thoughts and reactions to how we might implement this.  I plan to start setting up some calls in the next several weeks.

 

If you're interested, please send me a direct message!

 

- Glen

242 Replies
etautiva
HubSpot Employee

Automate enrollment in sequences, so that everyone who filled out a form could be enrolled. 

hayesnelson
Participant

Can I use a hubspot workflow to enroll (and trigger) a contact into a sequence in the CRM?

 

I'd like to execute a sequence we've built in our HubSpot CRM when a contact property changes. eg; when contact property is set to 'X' trigger sequence 'Y'

 

I'm not seeing a way to do this when building out a workflow in the marketing side. Thoughts?

edjusten
HubSpot Employee

Hi @hayesnelson  At this time it is not possible to trigger a sequence within a workflow. 

However, this is a great suggestion. Can you head over to the ideas forum and add this as a post?

 

Ed

hayesnelson
Participant

I could rebuild the sequence as a workflow...is there a way to kill a workflow based off a reply? @edjusten

edjusten
HubSpot Employee

@hayesnelson   You can disenroll someone from a workflow if they meet a specific goal, but answering an email can not be used as a goal criteria in a workflow. Workflow goal criteria are explained here.

 

Ed

hayesnelson
Participant

@edjusten is a sale email defined as one sent via a rep or from the CRM side and a marketing email defined as an email that would be sent from the marketing side (as in ones sent from a workflow)?

Resason I ask is a goal can be set to un-enroll if 'recent sales email replied date is known'

amp
Participant

It makes no sense that HubSpot does not allow you to automatically launch a sequence in a workflow.  This should not be a manual step each time you get a new lead.

edjusten
HubSpot Employee

@hayesnelson  A sales emails is defined as a 1:1 email sent from the CRM or from a connected Gmail/Outlook inbox. A marketing emial is a 1:many blast send using the HubSpot marketing email app. Looks like you can dupe the sequnce in the workflow!

 

Ed 

hayesnelson
Participant

If that sequence establishes a regular cadence of internal and external communication and tasks for my team, why not?

Sos-PDG
Member

Yes!!! Very surprised that this feature isn't avaliable. 

BenWiddowson
Member

We sell a digital product with a 30-day evaluation. We've had 10,000 downloads to date and need a way to nurture the customers who are evaluating and follow up when their eval expires.

Please implement a way for us to auto-enrol and trigger a sequence based on a form signup

Maka
Participant

This would be great to have indeed. I spend too much time kicking the sequences off instead of having it automated...

JonathanShoff
Member

In this current age of automation, this should already be a feature of HubSpot.

 

Having this feature would provide a lot of value for current HubSpot customers, and not cost HubSpot very much to implement.

 

I realize that HubSpot does not want its customers spamming people, but limits could be placed on it to prevent that from happening. There are already limits to how many contacts you can enroll in a sequence per day.

momchl
Member

 Agree! Definitelly will be useful to have this!

Andres_Presentr
Member

Yep! I've made a sequence for if I leave a voicemail - It would be AMAZING if after I click "Left a voicemail" on the call tracker, it automatically enrolls my prospects into my left a voicemail sequence!

keriestewart
Contributor

this would be a great tool to have available, and i was suprised starting to use hubspot that it wasnt available. 

i can enrol a group into a workflow, but this doesnt suit for us or our clients, enorolling a daily group of new leads into a sequence works much better and is required automation for simple time saving

thanks

 

Carlnz
Participant

This automation is literally why I signed up to HubSpot.

I need webforms > HS sequencing. How is this not a thing?
Can this be done through Zapier? 

kloedesrosiers
Participant

Yes! Much needed.

austinpostler
Participant

Very good idea! It would be helpful for us to build automation around sequences.  

Alley-Samantha
Participant

 This is a great idea.