December 13, 2021

Apollo for the HubSpot and Salesforce User

Written by Karli Stone

Having an efficient workflow means finding data tools that are compatible with your current technology stack. In fact, high-performing sales teams are 2.1x more likely than sales underperformers to have a fully integrated sales system.

Expert Hubspot and Salesforce users prioritize applications that play nicely with their CRM.

In this post, we’ll show you how to fully integrate Hubspot and Salesforce with Apollo and show you some ways you can make the most out of an integrated CRM.

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Integrating Apollo with Salesforce and HubSpot

To integrate Salesforce or Hubspot with an Apollo profile, first head to Settings > Integrations > Salesforce/HubSpot. Click Connect next to the CRM of your choice. This will direct you to your Salesforce/Hubspot log-in, where you’ll enter in your account credentials and general information.

Apollo CRM integrations

Syncing up your sales cloud is as simple as that.

All Hubspot and Salesforce users can rest assured that their CRM data remains accurate and up to date, without the need for hours of manual customer data entry and analytics.

For a more in-depth explanation of an Apollo-CRM sync, read our blog post here.

Also! Be sure to check out some of our Integration FAQs document on our Apollo support page for more insight on CRM integration.

HubSpot Configuration

There are some differences in how Apollo communicates with HubSpot compared to Salesforce. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of the specifics…

When you connect your HubSpot account to Apollo, your HubSpot Settings will look like this:

Apollo HubSpot settings

For here, you’ll want to adjust your integration push-pull settings. This is where you will tell Apollo which contacts, email addresses, tasks, notes, phone numbers, and calls you want sent into and sent out from the app. 

You’ll want to enable a contact push, so that your CRM and Apollo can directly sync contact information with each other. Here, you can also enable email pushing, where you can specify the emails you want sent to HubSpot/Salesforce from Apollo and your linked mailbox!

Beyond the Basics tab (which holds the overview of your HubSpot settings), there is the Mappings tab

If you navigate here (Settings > Integrations > Hubspot > Mappings), you can choose how fields within Apollo are mapped to HubSpot and vice versa!

Choose which HubSpot field each Apollo status maps to, and map out each value for those statuses.

For ease of use, there are default fields that we use for syncs between Apollo and Hubspot:

  • Contact push Apollo > Hubspot: company, owner, first name, last name, email, title, phone, and address
  • Account push Apollo > HubSpot: owner, name, address, phone, domain from account, and founded year
  • Contact pull HubSpot > Apollo: company, owner, first name, last name, email, title, phone, and address
  • Account pull HubSpot > Apollo: owner, name address, phone, and website/domain

To change these and create your own custom fields, you can visit Settings > Contacts/Accounts > Custom Fields. You can either choose to edit an existing custom field to add a HubSpot mapping, or create a new custom field and map to a HubSpot field.

Lastly, the Errors tab is where you will access any sync errors that may occur between the two platforms. 

If any errors are marked “unknown”, “exception”, or “internal”, contact support@apollo.io and we’ll investigate the issue for you!

Salesforce Configuration

A Salesforce- Apollo integration has its own specific processes as well.

After connecting your Salesforce account, visit Settings > Integrations > Salesforce and click to view the Contacts tab.

This is where you can adjust the contact and account push and pull settings to a specific users liking.

Use the first switch and optional checkbox to turn on Creating Salesforce Contacts/Account whenever new contacts/accounts are created in Apollo (optionally only when they hit particular stages that you can specify if you click the checkbox).

Be sure to specify how you want Apollo to appear as a Salesforce Lead/Contact Source so that you or any particular individual on your team can easily verify Salesforce records created by Apollo.

These settings determine which records will be pushed to Salesforce “from now on”, so the button at the bottom of this section will do a one-time push of all your existing Apollo Contacts/Accounts to Salesforce if you want to align your existing records. 

We highly recommend you complete the rest of the mappings on this page BEFORE using this option.

Similar to a HubSpot sync, Salesforce settings also include an Error tab where you can view a running list of all errors that Apollo encounters when pushing information from Apollo to Salesforce.

This is the best place to start if you have any issues with a sync function.

This is just a small overview of what you can customize with a Salesforce sync. Read more about configuring Salesforce here!

CRM Stage Sync

Linking your CRM to Apollo opens up a whole world of improved user management and reliable sales and marketing automation!

Aside from personalizing your Hubspot and/or Salesforce integration settings, you can sync account and contact stages to help you efficiently manage your accounts based on their statuses! This keeps all your records automatically updated between both tools while they move through your team’s engagement processes.

For example, this feature could help prevent a sales person from requesting and emailing prospects that are already current clients or active opportunities. Also, having the stages properly mapped and synced with your CRM, allows you to create rule automation to improve your team’s process and practices!

Reference these articles below for a full explanation into account and contact stage syncs between Apollo and your CRM:

  • Salesforce Account Stage Sync
  • HubSpot Account Status Sync
  • HubSpot Contact Status Sync

Whew! Now, that was a lot of information!

Integrating your CRM with Apollo can feel like a lot of tedious, front-loaded work. But whether you are a HubSpot or a Salesforce user, once you have all the right settings and processes in place, the functionality and performance of your sales tools are sure to skyrocket! Not to mention that an integrated sales process enhances the customer experience and improves your organizations productivity from end to end.

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Karli Stone is copy writer and content creator living in Los Angeles, CA and a proud University of Washington grad. When she’s not wordsmith-ing, you can find her biking along Santa Monica Beach, following the Seattle Seahawks, or catching a flick at her local cinema.