6 Benefits of Account-Based Marketing for B2B Companies

KATIE SUKALICH | February 4, 2020

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In B2B marketing, it’s been tough to avoid conversations about account-based marketing (ABM) recently. ABM is the direction our industry is going. And that’s no big surprise, since this approach helps teams focus, collaborate, and deliver positive results. If you haven’t started using ABM at your organization yet, check out these key benefits to see why so many companies are already adopting this type of marketing. They’ll give you a better sense of why you should consider ABM, and they can help others on your team see the value of this approach and get on board, too.

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