Welcome to Ben-Cotton.com. This is my personal website and blog.
I'm a Senior Marketing Manager at HubSpot based out of Dublin, Ireland. Working at the intersection of marketing and sales I use content, data and technology to enable our rapidly growing sales team to crush its goals. It's challenging, rewarding and lots of fun.
I’m an experienced data-driven marketer that helps software as a service (SaaS) businesses increase website traffic, generate leads and drive sales. I have a proven track record of leading successful marketing programs that create predictable recurring revenue. I bring a hunger to succeed, an entrepreneurial spirit, love of developing teams and desire to get stuff done. Everyday.
Throughout my career I've been privileged to work with a number of industry leading and well-loved brands including HubSpot, Indeed, Edelman, Microsoft and PUMA. From these experiences I have developed a passion for using inbound marketing and selling to help organisations grow.
I regularly write and speak on the topics of sales and marketing alignment, inbound marketing and sales enablement, and have recently spoken at events in Amsterdam, Dublin, Helsinki, London and Oslo. You can find out more about my areas of expertise on this website.
If you'd like to know more or discuss how we can work together, please get in touch.
I'm always keen to connect with and learn from smart people.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Sales enablement is a rapidly emerging, but immature function. Many companies are investing in the creation of sales enablement teams, but as they’re so new, there’s a distinct lack of thought leadership, standardised measurement and best practices available. Subsequently, people often (and understandably) struggle to fully grasp the function.
I’m fascinated by the software as a service (SaaS) business model and how it’s enabling a new breed of company to build innovative products, create categories, rewrite go-to-market playbooks, and change the world. While building and launching a product is one thing, continually iterating on it and providing services that people want to use year after year is quite another.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking at Inbound Marketing-Dagen which took place in Oslo, Norway. The event was organised by HubSpot partner agency, MarkedsPartner and I gave a talk on how to plan sales and marketing. It’s always fascinating to visit another country and gain insight into its marketing industry, practitioners and clients.
I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. I’m privileged to lead sales enablement for HubSpot out of EMEA. Helping our sales teams in Dublin, Ireland to hit quota is challenging, rewarding and lots of fun. We have a world class sales organisation and it’s my role to partner with them to ensure they succeed.
Recently, I’ve been evaluating what’s most important to me, namely family, friends, health and work, and how I can do better at each. But I’ve not just been thinking, I’ve been doing too. I’ve consciously been trying to form new habits that bring greater consistency, routine and organisation to my life - words that don’t always sit well with a marketing job at a fast growing technology company.
I’m privileged to lead sales enablement for HubSpot out of EMEA and as part of my role I get to set the direction, goals and KPIs of the team. Helping our rapidly expanding sales team in Dublin, Ireland to succeed is challenging, rewarding and lots of fun. But selecting the right metrics to gauge the impact of sales enablement is tough.
The inherent predictability of the software as a service (SaaS) business model makes it attractive to business leaders, customers and investors alike. Predictable costs and revenue can and should lead to predictable growth. But to ensure this happens, and to be clear, it’s easier said than done, you must execute flawlessly.
I commute for 90 minutes each day, which adds up to seven and a half hours each week, and a staggering 360 hours a year. This is time that I could be doing something (anything) productive. Before I start, this is certainly not a complaint about my commute. I love where I live in Sandycove and enjoy my journey along the south Dublin coastline, especially on a warm, sunny or clear day.
On the flight to Seattle for the festive period I read A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young. The author, one of the original ad men of the 50s and 60s and contemporary of David Ogilvy, shares the processes he employed to create ideas throughout his glittering career.