How to scale ‘true’ ABM: lessons from the leaders

July 13, 2021 | 22 views

ABM is Agent3’s heartland.  It’s what we do best.  And if you’re a regular reader of our website, you’ll be in no doubt about how strongly we feel about our commitment to ‘true’ ABM, ie, an approach that treats key accounts as markets of one. 

Why? Because it works: according to ITSMA, almost 85% of marketers measuring ROI say that ABM outperforms other marketing investments and research by Alterra Group backs this statistic, revealing ABM had higher ROI than other marketing activities. 

So when marketers come to us asking for pilot ABM programs on, say, 8-10 accounts it’s little wonder that the results we achieve soon means they’re asking us to ramp up that ABM activity to 50-100 accounts as interest in ABM within their organization is suddenly piqued. 

And therein lies the challenge for many.

To scale a ‘true’ ABM program effectively without compromising on the key fundamentals it encompasses involves the alignment of many moveable parts: technology and resourcing are fundamental considerations, but then there’s also the decision about which accounts to include and why, and establishing clear objectives for the program. 

It’s not straightforward, but if this is a challenge you’re grappling with currently, be reassured by the multiple survey results available online that you’re certainly not alone.

And it’s for this reason we chose to discuss the topic at last week’s B2B Marketing Ignite USA event with a panel of esteemed marketers: Carrie Feord – Global Head of ABM Industry Clusters, Servicenow, Giovanni Di Natale, senior manager, enterprise and ABM Marketing, Pure Storage and Vera Tatro, strategic account-based marketing, AMER, Splunk.  It was great to sit down with these ABM leaders to explore some of these challenges and provide some perspective on how best to successfully navigate them.

In the session, we covered:

1)    How people define ABM at scale and where the line is drawn in terms of defining the difference between 1:few/1:many ‘ABM’ and good account-centric demand generation from Product, Solutions and Industry Marketing teams.  We also discussed whether certain compromises need to be made as you pursue scale.

2)    How to enable teams in the field to scale with ABM: the panel shared successes they have had as well as highlighting ‘banana skins’ teams need to avoid in terms of developing ABM resources/playbooks/templates/toolkits which can then be activated by a growing team of ABMers and Field Marketers.  We also discussed ways to embed a ‘build once, use again’ mindset while still being true to the ideals of ABM.

3)    Clarification of roles within ABM organisations across marketing when it comes to scaling and succeeding within ABM – the panel discussed what skillsets and roles they see as being important as organizations shift from being small-scale ABM pilots to broader programs.

As you can probably imagine, it was a lively session and audience feedback would suggest we hit upon some very real challenges, so it was great to hear first-hand from the panel about their own experiences, successes and learnings.

If you missed it, I highly recommend carving 30 minutes out of your day to watch, and if you have any feedback or comments, we’d love to hear!


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Article | July 1, 2022

The shift in buyer behavior has increased the opportunities for digital ABM. Organizations implementing ABM are seeing significant success. But what does the situation in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) market look like? ABM is still not well understood in EMEA. Two out of every three ABM programs are not showing optimal performance (Heinz ABM Research). However, things might not be as bleak as they seem. Talking about the 2021 State of ABM in Europe report by Terminus, Albany Vincent, Senior Research Manager at Vanson Bourse said, “While we were not shocked to see the US to be moderately ahead of Europe in their ABM maturity, we were surprised to see how much more eager European companies were to adopt these practices and their American counterparts. It appears to be a very exciting time to be a marketer- especially in Europe." Europe has stringent data laws, so the account-based approach could be the only way for sustainable growth for organizations based in EMEA. Do You Know Enough About ABM Execution? Taking into account the ever-evolving account-based approach, here are five things you should know about ABM and how to implement it for optimal performance: A Curated Account List Is the Secret Ingredient Your target account list should be the result of a conversation between your sales and marketing teams using as much high-quality data as possible. Start off by implementing the program on a small number of accounts and analyze your ROI. Then, periodically revaluate your team performance, tools, skills, and messaging to clear the path for ABM success. Your Sales and Marketing Teams Should Share Their Pizzas Sales and marketing synchronization is the most basic requirement of ABM. The marketing team can enable sales with target accounts’ interests and behavior data. The sales team, on the other hand, can give the marketing team insights into key members of the target account buying group. According to research by ZoomInfo, when the sales and marketing teams are aligned, organizations have a 36% higher customer retention rate and a 67% improved chance of converting leads. Depending Only on MQLs Will Not Get You Far The TechTarget 2021 Media Consumption Survey highlighted that most buying teams have an average of five people, but can also be more than ten. Understanding the intent of the individuals from the buyer group and offering them value through every sales and marketing interaction is crucial to the success of your ABM strategy. Depending on only MQLs can limit the potential of your ABM. Only Strategic Content Brings in the Results You Want Your target accounts are flooded with content every day. To stand out in the crowd and appeal to the individuals in the buying group, you need to align your content with their customer personas. The content should address their pain points and needs. It should be crafted based on an account’s maturity, challenges, and technical abilities. ABM Isn’t Your Regular Marketing Strategy ABM is a strategic approach where the marketing and sales teams share their insights through the account interactions of everyone in an account. Then they collectively reach out to the whole buying team rather than targeting just a few individuals. ABM takes a detailed look at the target account and aligns your business with your prospects’ needs and pain points, and this easily surpasses a regular marketing strategy. Circling Back ABM in EMEA is still evolving. Therefore, organizations need to make special efforts to implement ABM effectively, keeping the target accounts in focus and understanding the attributes of ABM in detail to get the most out of it.

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This lack of insight can affect the performance of the entire demand management process, such as sales, revenue development, and customer organization. Buying behaviors are constantly shifting. It is crucial to use a fresh approach that enables the teams to connect directly with the target accounts’ decision-makers, offering them just what they need through effective campaigns and driving revenue is crucial. In the buying group framework, marketing and sales align their goals and operations, share important insights on buyer personas, orchestrate messaging for campaigns, and collate data from platforms such as CRM and sales engagement tools to successfully find common ground for approaching a buying group. They are no longer stuck on one side of the MQL wall but are involved in every stage of the conversion process. As a result, they guide specific buying group members to make a buying decision and generate revenue. 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The ABM to ABX Transformation Drives Account Engagement

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Article | April 29, 2022

In an interview with Media 7, Assaf Eisenstein, Co-Founder & President of Lusha, talked about the importance of buyer intent data for offering great customer service. “The most important things B2B brands can do to establish themselves are to know their customers and match their strengths to the buyers they can best serve.” B2B buyer intent data providers help companies resonate with their target audience in a sea of competitors. They can create timely campaigns to convert a prospect into a customer. According to Statista, about 70% of technology vendors rely on buyer intent data vendors for better prospecting. This puts B2B buyer intent data providers in the spotlight more than ever to come up with innovative solutions that can streamline marketing strategies and get more leads to the sales department. Buyer Intent Data: What It Delivers Businesses are sourcing intent data from B2B buyer intent data providers to maintain a competitive edge and grow. 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CEM is no longer a tool to execute processes, but a key factor in driving strategic business decisions. Data and technologies are the basic elements, but data security in its most comprehensive form is the fundamental protection. Choiceform's "data security control center" provides security protection for different data levels and covers the whole data life cycle from generation to deletion. Firstly, infrastructures with comprehensive defense capabilities are built to cover the security baseline in the machine room as well as across the network, system and application data, so as to improve the capacity to deal with advanced security threats. Secondly, a resource management infrastructure is built to prevent unauthorized data access and maintain data confidentiality, integrity and availability through data encryption, key management and data shielding, among other techniques. Thirdly, normalized security operation infrastructures are built for compulsory implementation of secure development lifecycles (SDLs), effectively removing security vulnerabilities, as well as for dealing with every kind of security issues in a comprehensive, networked, systematic way through continuous implementation of vulnerability scans, penetration tests, code audits, security scheme design and implementation, security training and establishment of emergency response teams. Choiceform is committed to implementing data security standards in compliance with the strictest regulatory guidance. Integrating its advanced abilities in providing customer insights with technologies to empower industry development Choiceform's business has from day one been CEM, with its prowess in technology integration and in providing customer insights setting it apart from the competition. Founded in 2015, Choiceform currently has teams in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Wuhan, serving customers in the automobile, real estate and property, finance, fast moving consumer goods (FCMG), computers, communications, consumer electronics and gaming sectors, among others. Core R&D teams account for 65% of the firm's headcount. Choiceform has also assembled an insight team led by senior industry experts, all with more than 20 years' experience, to drive the global data insights practice. Choiceform Founder and Chief Executive Officer Wester Xi said, "This year is the seventh year since our inception. Choiceform has it in its roadmap to build a world-class product with Chinese characteristics and to continue driving the development and growth of the Chinese CEM market." Choiceform Founder and Chief Executive Officer Wester Xi said, "This year is the seventh year since our inception. Choiceform has it in its roadmap to build a world-class product with Chinese characteristics and to continue driving the development and growth of the Chinese CEM market." About Choiceform Choiceform is China's leading Total Experience Management platform. It is the new growth engine for customer-centric enterprises. The company is dedicated to integrating multi-source data, discovering and predicting the real needs and preferences of every customer through cloud technologies, while delivering solutions that drive science-based decision-making across organizations.

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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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NICE Wins the Digital Innovation Award for Customer Experience Excellence

NICE, Ventana Research | July 06, 2022

NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) today announced NICE CXone has won for Customer Experience excellence in the 15th Annual Ventana Research Digital Innovation Awards. The Digital Innovation Awards highlight technology providers that exemplify innovation and strive to create solutions that improve people, processes, information, and technology. CXone is designed to create seamless digital customer experiences, addressing the full CXi landscape. With the unique capability to understand customer intent and optimal experiences with Enlighten XO, and inject knowledge across the customer journey, CXone allows organizations to build smart assistants with a data-driven approach and not based on guesswork. As part of the judging process and methodology, Ventana Research examined case studies and submissions to evaluate nominated organizations’ leadership and outcomes using technology, the best practices it utilized, and the associated business impact and value. All types of organizations were invited to participate, and submissions spanned industries and organizations of all sizes across the world. Paul Jarman, CEO, NICE CXone, stated, “Providing frictionless digital experiences is at the core of our innovation and we are honored to be recognized by Ventana Research. With our unique data and AI capabilities, our digital portfolio takes the guesswork out of the bot building process and is the only way to create the smart self-service experience that consumers demand. “NICE is tackling the limitations of building chatbots head-on, by applying AI at scale to engineer better recognition and accuracy,” said Keith Dawson, Vice President and Research Director for CX at Ventana Research. “NICE is tackling the limitations of building chatbots head-on, by applying AI at scale to engineer better recognition and accuracy,” said Keith Dawson, Vice President and Research Director for CX at Ventana Research. “CXone is an example of innovation made real, in the service of smoother and more successful customer experiences.” About NICE With NICE (Nasdaq: NICE), it’s never been easier for organizations of all sizes around the globe to create extraordinary customer experiences while meeting key business metrics. Featuring the world’s #1 cloud native customer experience platform, CXone, NICE is a worldwide leader in AI-powered self-service and agent-assisted CX software for the contact center – and beyond. Over 25,000 organizations in more than 150 countries, including over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies, partner with NICE to transform - and elevate - every customer interaction. www.nice.com About Ventana Research Ventana Research is the most authoritative and respected market research and advisory services firm. We provide insight and expert guidance on mainstream and disruptive technologies through a unique set of research-based offerings including benchmark research and technology evaluation assessments, education workshops and our research and advisory services, Ventana On-Demand. Our unparalleled understanding of the role of technology in optimizing business processes and performance and our best practices guidance are rooted in our rigorous research-based benchmarking of people, processes, information and technology across business and IT functions in every industry. This benchmark research plus our market coverage and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of technology providers means we can deliver education and expertise to our clients to increase the value they derive from technology investments while reducing time, cost and risk. Ventana Research provides the most comprehensive analyst and research coverage in the industry; business and IT professionals worldwide are members of our community and benefit from Ventana Research’s insights, as do highly regarded media and association partners around the globe. Our views and analyses are distributed daily through blogs and social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. To learn how Ventana Research advances the maturity of organizations’ use of information and technology through benchmark research, education and advisory services, visit www.ventanaresearch.com

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Choiceform drives the growth of company by upgrading CEM concept to the Total Experience Management platform TX

Choiceform | July 07, 2022

Choicefom, China's leading CEM management platform provider introduced a brand-new CEM concept to its Total Experience Management platform TX that helps to improve customer experience and clients' business performance. According to forecasts from IDC, QY Research and Touch PointChina's customer experience management (CEM) market is on track to grow to US$1.8 billion in 2022, accounting for 15 per cent of the global market. China is now stepping into a fast track of enterprise growth with the focus on enhancing the customer experience. With the new concept, Choiceform helps to create business growth for its clients through its absolute advantages in three steps. 1.Launching its strategic concept of the Total Experience Management In China, many industries are about to enter the stage of slow growth and saturation. For companies, the demand for consumer insights and for experience data is growing rapidly, opening the way to significant development potential for CEM. It may soon become something no company can do without. Consequently, it becomes very important to accurately define CEM. The TX Total Experience concept proposed by Choiceform is a customer-oriented strategic management system that includes brand experience (BX), product experience (PX) and service experience (SX), supplemented by employee experience (EX). The perfect combination of the four metrics demonstrates a complete holistic consumer insights which drives enhanced experience management. Not to be overlooked is that employees will also directly affect how a customer feels about the company and the brand. CX and EX will form a positive cycle of complementary and sustainable development. Choiceform TX was born from the concept that CEM must be comprehensive. 2. Improving customer satisfaction with scalable one-to-one interactions across the customer's whole life cycle The customer journey is an important vehicle to creating the best customer experience. Choiceform emphasizes the use of Moment of Truth to define the experience strategies, and to merge the scattered operational data with quality experience data scientifically. Across the full life cycle, in addition to solving the problem of data silos and achieving data convergence, it is more important to uncover the painpoints and unmet needs so as to transform and reshape the experience. When optimizing the interactions with customers, Choiceform TX will automatically initiate sustainable and scalable one-to-one interaction campaigns. The automatic advance warning + multi point trigger mechanism creates a one-stop professional and standardized closed-loop management system, to ensure a sustained interaction across the whole life cycle in real time. Based on the development plan for modular applications, Choiceform will expand from a SaaS platform provider to PaaS platform provider starting this year, making it easier for companies to connect with different SaaS applications. 3. TX is not just a tool, but the brain of enterprises developing the date-driven scientific strategic growth decision Discovery and predictions are the core of insights, while effective decisions based on the conclusions is the ultimate goal. In the future, companies that can minimize the process from data collection to decision making will be better positioned to seize market opportunities. The Choiceform TX platform truly makes data work, discovers and identifies the most valuable information for companies, and empowers them to find the best marketing paths through intelligent and digital technological innovation, transforming every decision into one that is science-based and informed. The value of Choiceform does not only lie in helping companies collect data, but about helping them improve customer satisfaction, retention, and ROI conversion rates. This is the unmistakable difference between CEM and other big data solutions. CEM is no longer a tool to execute processes, but a key factor in driving strategic business decisions. Data and technologies are the basic elements, but data security in its most comprehensive form is the fundamental protection. Choiceform's "data security control center" provides security protection for different data levels and covers the whole data life cycle from generation to deletion. Firstly, infrastructures with comprehensive defense capabilities are built to cover the security baseline in the machine room as well as across the network, system and application data, so as to improve the capacity to deal with advanced security threats. Secondly, a resource management infrastructure is built to prevent unauthorized data access and maintain data confidentiality, integrity and availability through data encryption, key management and data shielding, among other techniques. Thirdly, normalized security operation infrastructures are built for compulsory implementation of secure development lifecycles (SDLs), effectively removing security vulnerabilities, as well as for dealing with every kind of security issues in a comprehensive, networked, systematic way through continuous implementation of vulnerability scans, penetration tests, code audits, security scheme design and implementation, security training and establishment of emergency response teams. Choiceform is committed to implementing data security standards in compliance with the strictest regulatory guidance. Integrating its advanced abilities in providing customer insights with technologies to empower industry development Choiceform's business has from day one been CEM, with its prowess in technology integration and in providing customer insights setting it apart from the competition. Founded in 2015, Choiceform currently has teams in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Wuhan, serving customers in the automobile, real estate and property, finance, fast moving consumer goods (FCMG), computers, communications, consumer electronics and gaming sectors, among others. Core R&D teams account for 65% of the firm's headcount. Choiceform has also assembled an insight team led by senior industry experts, all with more than 20 years' experience, to drive the global data insights practice. Choiceform Founder and Chief Executive Officer Wester Xi said, "This year is the seventh year since our inception. Choiceform has it in its roadmap to build a world-class product with Chinese characteristics and to continue driving the development and growth of the Chinese CEM market." Choiceform Founder and Chief Executive Officer Wester Xi said, "This year is the seventh year since our inception. Choiceform has it in its roadmap to build a world-class product with Chinese characteristics and to continue driving the development and growth of the Chinese CEM market." About Choiceform Choiceform is China's leading Total Experience Management platform. It is the new growth engine for customer-centric enterprises. The company is dedicated to integrating multi-source data, discovering and predicting the real needs and preferences of every customer through cloud technologies, while delivering solutions that drive science-based decision-making across organizations.

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