Account-Based Marketing GUIDE FOR MODERN MARKETERS

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If you’re reading this guide, you’re probably a B2B marketer. If so, you probably spend a lot of your time coming up with new ways to reach the right prospect, at the right time, with the right message. Which means you’re one of a million B2B marketers trying to do exactly the same thing. Welcome to the club! To make it worse, nearly everyone who sells solutions to B2B marketers like us will promise they can help you reach the right prospect at the right time with the right message. Not too long ago, you could buy lists from ads in the back of inflight magazines that made the same promise. Now those promises come from marketing technology vendors, as well as bloggers and authors and consultants putting their own spin on marketing strategies, both proven and unproven. Account-based marketing (ABM) is the latest strategy those folks are trying to sell you. But with ABM, there’s one key difference: ABM isn’t a new, unproven idea; it’s a new way of combining proven fundamentals to help B2B marketers (you guessed it) reach the right prospect, at the right time, with the right message. Only this time, it really works.

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Demand Spring

Demand Spring helps marketers deliver pipeline and revenue through integrated B2B Revenue Marketing advisory and implementation services. We are a boutique firm with over 20 full-time employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. We serve high-growth technology organizations right up to Fortune 1000 brands such as BNY Mellon, Dun & Bradstreet, Canon, Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, Staples, and Waters Corporation.

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Aligning Account-Based Marketing and Account-Based Selling for a Better Customer Experience

Article | March 27, 2020

In today’s world of rapid-fire product release where – it’s been said – if your product is good someone will copy it, what sets one company apart from the next when everything else is equal? When product and price are virtually the same, how do you differentiate your product from the next company’s? The answer is simple and yet sometimes so elusive: customer experience. So, how can marketers and salespeople work together to improve the customer experience? Implementing account-based marketing (ABM), and tightly aligning marketing and sales, is the number one value marketers can bring to the customer experience today. ABM is the strategy of defining the target list of accounts that you want to approach, and creating the channels, messaging and content to communicate with them in a way that feels personalized. Rather than marketing and sales speaking to a persona, you go deeper and speak at the brand level and the individual level. According to a Forrester study on the state of ABM, “When it comes to business value, 37 percent of those responding say they can demonstrate tighter coordination between marketing and sales.”

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ABM IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ALIGNMENT OF SALES AND MARKETING TEAMS

Article | March 27, 2020

Account-Based Marketing has been one of the most preferred B2B strategies for marketers. More than 90% of marketers believe that ABM is essential for the alignment of sales and marketing teams. ABM is all about fostering a better relationship with your target accounts. And especially in this digital transformation era, it’s evident that people aren’t buying products but experiences. As per a recent PwC survey, “73% of consumers cite customer experience as an important factor in their purchasing decisions”. This shift in consumer behavior is what B2B companies/marketers should take note of. Also, ITSMA reports that of the companies that adopted ABM in the past two years, 55% are seeing a significantly higher ROI than with traditional marketing.

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How To Optimize ABM With Influencer Marketing

Article | March 27, 2020

According to a new study from ITSMA / ABM Leadership Alliance, 73% of B2B marketers plan to increase ABM budgets in 2020 and 71% saw greater ROI within their ABM efforts compared to their traditional marketing initiatives. There is momentum behind ABM in the B2B marketing world and yet there is still opportunity optimize for effectiveness. Research from Demand Gen Report tells us that 95% of marketers prefer credible content from industry influencers (a 30% YoY increase) and most ABM playbooks include no mention of influencer integration at all. Are B2B brands’ ABM programs leaving performance gains on the table by not considering the impact that influence plays on their target accounts? How can ambitious marketers optimize the performance of their account-based-marketing (ABM) programs? To answer that question, we invite you to join TopRank® Marketing chief executive and co-founder Lee Odden as he explores how influencer marketing can drives optimization of ABM performance, as he presents at the B2B Marketing Exchange 2020 conference on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. Mountain Time in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The Missing Link in Your ABM Strategy Part 2

Article | March 27, 2020

In part one of this series, we defined account-based marketing (ABM), discussed why it mattered, and highlighted the need for a unified data strategy to create a single-source of truth. But many marketers still grapple with the question: is ABM a strategy or a technology? While ABM technology can certainly help marketers leverage data and speed to drive maximum efficiency, delivering personalized experiences off the back of a holistic data-based understanding is just part of the equation. ABM technology, on its own, can’t meet the need for a personalized and connected experience that our customers have come to expect.

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Demand Spring

Demand Spring helps marketers deliver pipeline and revenue through integrated B2B Revenue Marketing advisory and implementation services. We are a boutique firm with over 20 full-time employees throughout the U.S. and Canada. We serve high-growth technology organizations right up to Fortune 1000 brands such as BNY Mellon, Dun & Bradstreet, Canon, Fidelity Investments, Putnam Investments, Staples, and Waters Corporation.

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