How to Create an Effective AI Marketing Strategy?

Apurva Pathak | December 6, 2021 | 22 views

AI Marketing Strategy

Introduction

The application of AI marketing technology is picking up pace because of its many advantages. According to a 2020 Deloitte survey, 74% of AI adopters agree that AI will be a part of all their enterprise applications by 2023.

What does an AI-based marketing strategy look like, and how do you make the most of it? This article gets into the nitty-gritty of AI marketing technology and how to implement it in ABM so you can maximize your business performance and outputs.

AI’s Role in Marketing

Thanks to its accuracy, B2C businesses use AI marketing technology to target their customers with product or service recommendations. The following are some use cases of AI-based B2C marketing:

Personalization

AI helps businesses with their 1-to-1 marketing strategies by personalizing their content to cater to every segment.

Event Communication

Emails informing customers of upcoming sales, special access, or exciting offers are sent out via AI technology. Weekend offer emailers, special discount codes, and new product updates are a result of event communication automation so that customers can be informed before time about upcoming events.

Real-time Content

Trending topics, investments, event promotions, webinars, customer feedback, product availability, bestselling combo, weather reports, and new blog post updates are provided in real-time to maintain an active connection with customers.

Businesses do this by using the ‘open time content’ AI technology. Manually executing 1-to-1 marketing strategies is nearly impossible, impractical, and does not see much success. AI helps streamline these strategies and executes them effortlessly.

What Goes into Creating an Effective ABM Strategy?

For an ABM strategy to work, businesses need to follow these steps:

Preparing for the ABM Strategy

Organizational readiness is crucial for implementing ABM. Make sure you have a budget and an achievable timeline to execute the strategy, team members who can anchor it, and an understanding of ABM metrics so you can make the most of it.

Synergy Between Marketing and Sales Teams

Your sales and marketing teams should be in sync and not at loggerheads due to account-level communication issues. Discussing the benefits of ABM with both the teams beforehand and coming to a strategic agreement to implement ABM can help them align their goals while executing the ABM strategy.

Identifying Target Segments

Your ABM strategy can do wonders for your business only if you have a precise segmentation of data. Use dimensions like business size, annual revenue, current spending, projected spending, targeted products, geography, open opportunities, closed opportunities, etc., to identify your target segments.

Zeroing-in on a Priority

Having a clear priority helps you streamline your ABM strategy. It should either be acquisition (acquiring new accounts), retention (retaining existing accounts), or expansion (expanding the scope of accounts). Without a clear priority, any ABM strategy may not yield expected results because the efforts won’t be concentrated towards a single goal.

Leveraging AI in ABM Strategy

In an interview with Media 7, Daniel Englebretson, founder of Khronos, spoke about AI’s impact on the future of ABM.

“From my perspective, B2B marketers have faced countless challenges that have formed the basis of new technology – problem brings a solution. I expect AI will solve identity resolution, resolve data challenges, and enhance targeting. I expect AI will address 1:1 content at scale, unlocking the rapid deployment of 1:1 brand experiences.”

Introducing AI into your ABM strategy can help you in the following way:

Content Personalization

Once you know your customer’s pain points and interests, you can focus on providing them personalized solutions, products, or services they desire. Of course, personalizing content is complex, but AI makes it easier by offering the technological capacity to deliver what your customer wants.

Efficient Resource Management

Without customer profiling, an ABM strategy cannot achieve the expected output. AI can assist with data crawling the internet to find out important customer information. Also, it segments data acquired from CRM, which gives you more information about a customer than any other generic data. This data is helpful for lead qualification and creating heavily personalized content for a customer.

Since AI does all the heavy lifting, you can allocate your resources to building and nurturing a relationship with the customer.

Automation

AI-based marketing in ABM generates automated insights for lead generation. It also highlights campaign performance related to specific, high-value accounts and suggests steps to engage a prospect.

Digital marketing and automation are a dynamic duo where AI brings about intelligent marketing automation. Efficient email campaigns are run when executed by automation. Email marketing companies like MailChimp target customers based on insights to achieve more conversions. When AI and big data use CRM data, large chunks of user information can be collected from different platforms. This information can help with formulating a successful ABM strategy.

ABM Optimization and Predictive Insights

To analyze intent, AI processes data in real-time and gives predictive insights to help with ABM optimization. As a result, it is easier to merge data from different sources with AI-enabled tools, achieve predictive analysis, manage recommendations in real-time, and understand competitor strategies through social media. AI can also interpret images correctly.

Enhancing Communications

Use AI for building a strong relationship with your customer. Personalizing communication by using customer data can be easily achieved with AI.

What Is the Future of AI-enabled ABM Strategy?

ABM, with an AI marketing strategy, has a bright future ahead of it. Demandbase recently conducted a survey in which they found that 80% of marketers had plans to integrate AI into their ABM marketing strategy. Another survey conducted by MarketingProfs concluded that businesses that used AI in their ABM strategies had 59% higher closing rates as compared to others. They saw a 58% increase in their revenue and a 52% increase in their conversions.

Ways Salesforce's AI Einstein Aided U.S. Bank in Growing Revenue

The U.S. bank used Salesforce’s sales cloud AI, Einstein, to boost their revenue. Their lead conversion rate increased 2.35 times after implementing Einstein. They were able to create a model to predict lead conversion. They did this by using Einstein to search through customized historical lead data.

“We work to build high-quality, personalized relationships between our customers and their financial advisors or commercial bankers. There is nothing that replaces that person-to-person interaction. What AI allows us to do is augment that relationship. We can provide our teams with better data and smarter insights, which helps them establish stronger relationships.”

– Srini Nallasivan, Chief Analytics Officer, U.S. Bank

Summing It Up

AI-based marketing can enhance your ABM strategy only if qualitative data is available. Therefore, businesses will need to have clear marketing goals and turn data into an asset.

FAQs

What are the challenges in the AI-based ABM strategy?

Managing, protecting, and enriching data obtained from CRM and other customer support systems can be challenging.

How can AI help in strengthening your ABM strategy?

AI helps with personalizing content, automation, ABM optimization, and providing predictive insights for lead conversion.

What does a strong AI-based ABM strategy do for your business?

A strong AI-based ABM strategy helps with account profiling, analytics, reporting and hyper-individualized content, which leads to increased lead conversion.

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Merkle Named a Leader Among Customer Data Strategy and Activation Providers

Merkle | July 07, 2022

Merkle, dentsu's leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, announced that it ranked as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Customer Data Strategy and Activation Services, Q2 2022 report by leading independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. The agency is recognized for its focus on connecting marketing to customer experience, e-commerce, and technology. The Forrester Wave™: Customer Data Strategy and Activation Services Wave, Q2 2022, used 27 criteria to evaluate eight providers. The report reveals how each measure up and helps marketers select the appropriate partner to meet their needs. According to the report, "Merkle serves as the glue that connects departments, data, and dentsu agencies." The report also noted "with a long legacy in direct marketing, Merkle is highly capable of database builds and management. And it receives high marks for its technology capabilities," and went on to say that, "Merkle has a deep analytics bench and takes an analytical approach to much of its work." Merkle received the highest possible scores in many criteria, including first-party PII management, data sourcing, zero-party data, regulatory compliance, marketing technology, cross-channel marketing execution, and advanced customer analytics. "We are honored to be recognized by Forrester as a Leader in customer data strategy and activation services. This ranking is a validation of our vision and our ability to execute on that vision," said Pete Stein, President, Merkle Americas. "We are honored to be recognized by Forrester as a Leader in customer data strategy and activation services. This ranking is a validation of our vision and our ability to execute on that vision," said Pete Stein, President, Merkle Americas. "Merkle partners with brands to deliver on customer expectation – systemically applying data and tools to integrate customer experiences and optimize value, now and ongoing." The company's newest ranking complements dentsu's evaluation as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Global Digital Experience Services, Q2 2022. That report noted that dentsu's "identity product, marketing execution platform, and ShopNXT retail enablement tools are strong core assets that dentsu uses to augment clients' XA." Dentsu received the highest possible scores in the customer experience strategy and insights services, digital marketing strategy/implementation services, immersive (AR/VR) experience services, proprietary software assets, and privacy resources criteria. About Merkle Merkle, a dentsu company, is a leading data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The company's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive hyper-personalized marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in consulting, creative, media, analytics, data, identity, CX/commerce, technology, and loyalty & promotions drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With more than 14,000 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

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ZoomInfo Partners with Sales Confidence to Empower Revenue Professionals Through Sales Solutions and Data Privacy Compliance

ZoomInfo | July 06, 2022

ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI), a global leader in modern go-to-market software, data, and intelligence, today announced a strategic partnership with Sales Confidence, enabling revenue professionals in the U.K. and worldwide to benefit from ZoomInfo’s top sales solutions and data privacy compliance leadership. As a Sales Confidence Titanium Sponsor, ZoomInfo will make its inaugural appearance at SaaSGrowth2022, Europe’s top business-to-business sales, revenue, and marketing leadership conference, on Wednesday, July 6. The conference aims to expand networks and reimagine the world of sales with more than 1,500 revenue leaders from across Europe expected to attend. Three ZoomInfo leaders – Ryan Oosterveld, Head of New Business in EMEA; Nadeem Khan, Head of R&G in EMEA; and Ali Syed, Head of Enterprise Growth in EMEA – will share their thought leadership as featured speakers at the conference. They will discuss approaches to build scalable, successful sales processes, techniques to succeed when building a winning sales culture, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in sales. “We are thrilled to partner with Sales Confidence and share our vision to elevate sales professionals and equip them to increase revenue,” said Ray Mariano, Senior Vice President of International Revenue at ZoomInfo. “We continue to make investments in Europe, as we expand that market with the best data, tools, insights, and technology in an integrated platform to help drive an efficient go-to-market motion.” “I'm excited to have Zoominfo support the Sales Confidence community,” said Sales Confidence Founder and CEO James Ski. “I'm excited to have Zoominfo support the Sales Confidence community,” said Sales Confidence Founder and CEO James Ski. “As the world leader in modern go-to-market software, data, and intelligence they are perfectly equipped to advise, inspire, and support our global community of revenue leaders to drive growth.” In addition, Sales Confidence’s extensive global network of sales and marketing leaders and professionals will enable ZoomInfo to expand its product and data offerings to align with the demands of its present and future European customers. This partnership also opens the door for ZoomInfo to leverage its privacy and compliance leadership by educating sales and marketing teams on evolving privacy regulations around the world, such as GDPR in Europe. ZoomInfo has emphasized its commitment to expansion in Europe this year. In addition to opening its first office in London and building the staff to more than three dozen, ZoomInfo has increased its investment in data quality, added millions of professional profiles to its platform, and hired its first Chief Compliance Officer, Simon McDougall, who formerly served as Deputy Commissioner for the Information Commissioner’s Office. About ZoomInfo ZoomInfo (NASDAQ: ZI) is a leader in modern go-to-market software, data, and intelligence for more than 25,000 companies worldwide. ZoomInfo’s revenue operating system, RevOS, empowers business-to-business sales, marketing, operations, and recruiting professionals to hit their number by pairing best-in-class technology with unrivaled data coverage, accuracy, and depth of company and contact information. With integrations embedded into workflows and technology stacks, including the leading CRM, Sales Engagement, Marketing Automation, and Talent Management applications, ZoomInfo drives more predictable, accelerated, and sustainable growth for its customers. ZoomInfo emphasizes GDPR and CCPA compliance. In addition to creating the industry’s first proactive notice program, the company is a registered data broker with the states of California and Vermont. Read about ZoomInfo’s commitment to compliance, privacy, and security. For more information about ZoomInfo’s leading go-to-market software, data, and intelligence, and how they help sales, marketing, operations, and recruiting professionals, please visit www.zoominfo.com.

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Bombora Listed in AdExchanger’s 2022 Top 50 Programmatic Power Players

Bombora | July 04, 2022

Bombora, a leading B2B intent data provider, is one of the 2022 Top 50 Programmatic Power Players, according to AdExchanger, the award-winning media and events company covering programmatic advertising and the data-driven marketing technology ecosystem. The 2022 Programmatic Power Players list recognizes the industry's leading agencies, solution providers, and strategic partners. The editors of AdExchanger evaluated each entry based on the depth and breadth of its offerings, documented case studies, and client references. “Bombora’s Intent data has been adopted across the digital advertising ecosystem by marketers who are focused on data quality and measurable outcomes, Being named as one of the 50 best companies in this ecosystem is not only recognition for us, but for our agency, publisher and platform partners as well." Erik Matlick, co-founder and CEO of Bombora Company Surge® data from Bombora informs marketing and sales leaders about which companies are researching the products or services that they and their competitors sell. With this understanding, sales and marketing teams can be more relevant and consistent, improving overall performance.

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Merkle Named a Leader Among Customer Data Strategy and Activation Providers

Merkle | July 07, 2022

Merkle, dentsu's leading technology-enabled, data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company, announced that it ranked as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Customer Data Strategy and Activation Services, Q2 2022 report by leading independent research firm Forrester Research, Inc. The agency is recognized for its focus on connecting marketing to customer experience, e-commerce, and technology. The Forrester Wave™: Customer Data Strategy and Activation Services Wave, Q2 2022, used 27 criteria to evaluate eight providers. The report reveals how each measure up and helps marketers select the appropriate partner to meet their needs. According to the report, "Merkle serves as the glue that connects departments, data, and dentsu agencies." The report also noted "with a long legacy in direct marketing, Merkle is highly capable of database builds and management. And it receives high marks for its technology capabilities," and went on to say that, "Merkle has a deep analytics bench and takes an analytical approach to much of its work." Merkle received the highest possible scores in many criteria, including first-party PII management, data sourcing, zero-party data, regulatory compliance, marketing technology, cross-channel marketing execution, and advanced customer analytics. "We are honored to be recognized by Forrester as a Leader in customer data strategy and activation services. This ranking is a validation of our vision and our ability to execute on that vision," said Pete Stein, President, Merkle Americas. "We are honored to be recognized by Forrester as a Leader in customer data strategy and activation services. This ranking is a validation of our vision and our ability to execute on that vision," said Pete Stein, President, Merkle Americas. "Merkle partners with brands to deliver on customer expectation – systemically applying data and tools to integrate customer experiences and optimize value, now and ongoing." The company's newest ranking complements dentsu's evaluation as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Global Digital Experience Services, Q2 2022. That report noted that dentsu's "identity product, marketing execution platform, and ShopNXT retail enablement tools are strong core assets that dentsu uses to augment clients' XA." Dentsu received the highest possible scores in the customer experience strategy and insights services, digital marketing strategy/implementation services, immersive (AR/VR) experience services, proprietary software assets, and privacy resources criteria. About Merkle Merkle, a dentsu company, is a leading data-driven customer experience management (CXM) company that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The company's heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive hyper-personalized marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in consulting, creative, media, analytics, data, identity, CX/commerce, technology, and loyalty & promotions drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With more than 14,000 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 50+ additional offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.

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