3 Demand Generation Trends to Watch in 2019

| December 28, 2018

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Adobe announced that consumer demand for personalized content reached an all-time high in 2018, a theme that underscored some of the most prominent trends of the year. In this new world where 42% of buyers become “annoyed” by non-personalized content, adoption of account-based targeting strategies and innovative marketing technology solutions is growing rapidly in marketing organizations. And as the quest to improve the customer experience has made buyer data more precious than ever, marketers have had to tighten their approach to collecting it thanks to GDPR. 2018 was the year Forbes declared Account-Based marketing (ABM) no longer a buzzword, but a fully baked marketing strategy. At ANNUITAS we would argue that most practitioners treat it more like a tactic than a strategy, but nearly a quarter of survey participants in Engagio’s 2018 ABM Outlook survey reported having ABM programs that were well underway or advanced, and about half reported having just started. To be successful, these companies will need to “do” ABM right but there’s a lot of evidence the approach can pay off. Avoiding common Account-Based Marketing mistakes like excluding existing customers, neglecting inbound efforts and content strategy, and leaving it all to sales will significantly increase their likelihood of success.

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