Beyond the buzz: Going in-depth on Account-Based Marketing

MARK EMMONS | June 9, 2016

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What exactly is Account-Based Marketing? It’s an increasingly common question as ABM has become the trendy phrase to describe a growing movement within the B2B commerce space. People want to better understand the substance behind the buzz with ABM. That’s why three industry thought leaders joined to host a webinar explaining how ABM strategies are a perfect fit for today’s complicated sales lifecycle, and how it will grow your company’s bottom line...

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