What to Know About HubSpot Sequences

10/26/2023 5 min read Written by Megan Combs

Targeting a bunch of people with email nurtures is great and all, but what if you’re trying to reach just one person with the right message at the right time? 

This is where HubSpot sequences come into play. They allow you to craft a message that perfectly resonates with a prospect when they’re most open to being reached. Depending on your goal, you can create sequences with as few or as many steps as you want (see our do’s and don’ts section), and you can even add a dash of automation to make life easier for your sales team.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what HubSpot sequences are, the difference between workflows and sequences, and more. 

Understanding HubSpot Sequences and Their Purpose

HubSpot sequences allow you to send a series of targeted, scheduled emails in order to nurture contacts over time. Sequences will also help you automatically create reminder tasks to follow up with your contacts.

Best of all? Sequences are designed to save a salesperson time. You can customize the level of automation you want to use, personalize it, and have it run in the background while you prospect other leads. 

Sequences vs. Workflows: What's the Difference?

You might be thinking HubSpot workflows do the same thing as sequences, right? The main difference between sequences and workflows is the type of email automation you’re trying to achieve. 

Here are some of the main differences between sequences and workflows.



Send emails from your connected inbox as sales emails

Use marketing emails saved for automation and are sent through HubSpot

Use sales email templates

Use marketing emails created in the drag-and-drop editor or a marketing email template

Have only manual enrollment

Have automatic and manual enrollment

Automatically unenrolls contacts after they reply or book a meeting

Do not automatically unenroll from workflows without achieving a goal

Track contact replies

Do not track contact replies

Not automatically labeled as a marketing contact

Contacts must be labeled as a marketing contact to receive marketing emails

Lastly, sequences are only available for Sales Hub Professional or Enterprise users, whereas workflows are available through a Marketing Hub Professional or Enterprise subscription. 

Setting Up Your First HubSpot Sequence 

Before you get started, make sure you connect a personal email address to HubSpot. A team email address connected to your conversations inbox will not work.

When you’re ready, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Automation > Sequences.
  2. Click Create Sequence.
  3. In the left panel, select Start from scratch or select a pre-made sequence template.
  4. Click Create Sequence.
  5. In the sequence editor, click the pencil icon to edit and enter a name for your sequence.

From here, you can add steps to your sequence such as email automation and the creation of various tasks (call task, general task, manual email task, etc.).

Learn more about creating sequences or you can always check out a video example of the sequences tool here

Advanced Features of HubSpot Sequences 

HubSpot comes with preloaded sequences with varying automation types, but if you’re looking to take your sequences one step further, try these techniques.

Personalization in Sequences 

Adding personalization tokens to sequences can make your outreach shine. Adding contact name, company name, and other tokens relevant to the audience will help mimic 1:1 communication. 

For example, if you meet someone at a conference and you tell them you will follow up, add a token for their name and where you met them. You can even tailor your sequences for specific products or services. 

Using Sequences for Sales Enablement

The biggest benefit of a HubSpot sequence is that your contacts do not have to be labeled as marketing contacts to receive your emails. You can manually enter a contact into a sequence and nurture them to see how they respond. Be sure to examine your open rates and clicks to see how sequence emails perform. If some emails aren’t up to par, consider tweaking them.

Dos and Don’ts for Using HubSpot Sequences 

Don’t mistake the ease of HubSpot sequences with never making human contact. Sequences still allow you to keep that human touch, so make sure you follow up when you say you will! 

Here are some other dos and don’ts of HubSpot sequences.


  • Do monitor their effectiveness with sequence reporting and adjust accordingly
  • Do use personalization tokens
  • Do complete the manual tasks on time — don’t leave ‘em hanging!
  • Do identify next steps after sequence completion for a contact that does not reply to any steps in the sequence
  • Do identify next steps for a contact that does break the sequence and engages
  • Do consider adding videos of yourself in your sequences talking directly to your prospect
  • Do include meeting links


  • Don’t make sequences too long — we recommend a max of 10 steps per sequence with a mix of auto and manual tasks
  • Don’t separately email a contact already enrolled in a sequence
  • Don’t enroll contacts in any competing sequences or workflows to avoid redundancy
  • If you add videos, don’t personalize the videos with a contact name 

How to Monitor and Adjust Your Sequences

To see how your sequences perform, navigate to Automation > Sequences. The Manage tab will show you how each sequence is performing, and you can compare them using the Reply Rate and Meeting Rate columns. If one is performing better than the other, consider what you did differently and make adjustments to the underperforming sequence.

Learn more about sequence reporting here.

Boost Sales Team Efforts with Sequences

A salesperson can only handle so much at once, but with HubSpot sequences, they can set communication in motion and never miss reaching a hot lead again. Ready to learn more about how sequences can help your team? Reach out to our team for more guidance and pro tips.

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By: Megan Combs

With a background in magazine journalism, Megan channels her love of the English language and grammar into her writing and editing. Before joining Lynton, Megan was a top content marketer at a digital marketing agency, where she helped clients translate their brand promises into strategic digital and social media messages.

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