Improve Your Marketing & Sales Alignment With Account-Based Marketing

| March 20, 2020

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Marketing & sales alignment is among the key factors that play a major role in determining the success of any business. Many B2B companies are starting to embrace Account-Based marketing or ABM for their overall marketing endeavors. ABM perfectly underpins the conventional, short-term marketing objective of harboring leads with strategies aimed at driving revenue growth in the long-term.
In this blog post, we’ll be talking about ABM and how businesses can improve their marketing and sales alignment around it. But before we jump right to it, let’s try and understand why B2B companies must have their marketing and sales team aligned.

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Elevation Marketing

“More Business Wins.” It’s a mindset and way of doing business that makes us exceptionally different from other B2B marketing agencies. Results are fine. But in our humble opinion, they only tell you what happened. We’re in the business of achievement. Accomplishing strategies. Meeting objectives. Performance that creates progress. These are the things that excite us. Elevation Marketing has excelled at advancing the business interests of B2B organizations for over 15 years. We partner with forward-thinking companies who want more. More leads. More sales. More revenue. We believe brands that make themselves indispensible by bringing valuable products and services to other B2B organizations will always earn a larger share of transactions in the marketplace as they should.

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Factors to Consider to Implement ABM Get your Sales & Marketing teams to work together To create an effective ABM campaign, marketing and sales teams must converge and act following a shared strategy. Furthermore, to expect excellent results, teams involved in the campaign should use the same data from diverse sources. Thus, it creates a data-inspired ideal customer profile (ICP). To Identify Accounts For defining target accounts, consider these factors: Revenue potential: Your target audience should fall into your product or service's price line. Best fit accounts: Find accounts and individual buyers who are aligned with your marketing personas. Importance of Strategy: Aim for accounts that match your company's business strategy. Identify if they are your ideal customer or not. Product requirements: Start with the low-hanging fruit, which means identifying accounts that can make precise use of the solution you're offering. To Establish KPIs To know whether you are rocking with your ABM campaigns, it's crucial to decide your KPIs. You can consider the following to confirm it: How many companies match your customer personas? Account and role-specific conversion KPIs such as booked meetings created deals, and purchases completed. The accounts that visit your website or engage with the content types. Thus, you'll have to track KPIs at every stage of your ABM funnel to determine the success of your campaign. Prepare Multi-Channel Content Relevant and engaging content is the root of every marketing campaign. Still, marketers should personalize ABM content so that they can timely reach each target. So, it's essential to keep the process of messaging focused on the account's pain points, budget restraints, and additional demands. It is because your campaigns are hyper-targeted, where you'll need to spread them across multiple content channels to offer numerous opportunities. Doing so will help to gain engagement, and then you can calculate budgets for clicks and channels. In addition, blend touchpoints such as paid ads, blogs, personalized email, text messaging, and multi-touch SDR strategies will help create effective ABM campaigns. Here are effective steps to execute an effective ABM campaign. 5 Steps to Create Effective ABM Campaigns Build your Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) As Account-based marketing is more like spearfishing, you need to be conscientious about who you target. It is because this type of marketing revolves entirely around who you reach out to. So, it is imperative that you pick companies that would benefit the most from your product or services and be your top-tier customers if they get converted to purchase your service. Hence, the first and most foundational thing for an effective ABM campaign is knowing who you need to target. Many companies enjoy massive audiences. Therefore, they can increase revenue if they successfully reach them. However, with B2B SaaS companies in marketing, when they try to please everyone, they usually end up pleasing no one. It is because they produce standard messaging that doesn't speak to any group of people. So here, it becomes vital to build your IPC before creating an ABM campaign strategy. Invest in the Right Account-Based Marketing Tools To create successful account-based marketing (ABM) campaign, you need to have the right tools to help your team effortlessly execute your ABM strategy and monitor its progress simultaneously. Here are some of the best tools that you can use effectively: ZoomInfo Using a platform like ZoomInfo helps you quickly search companies based on their industry, number of employees, and current services. Then, you can easily set ABM campaigns based on information collected through ZoomInfo and proceed further to target. SalesIntel SalesIntel is a sales intelligence platform. It provides your sales team with verified numbers of the target account. Using this platform, your team can evade gatekeepers and increase the chances of securing a targeting process. Everstring Everstring's platform enables your ABM team to develop a predictive behavior model where target accounts can be identified and be more likely to convert into sales. Create Relevant Content Now, you have your ICP and personas penned down; it's time to communicate. But how do you make sure that you are effectively communicating with each account? And how to properly showcase the value that your solution provides to drive for their companies? The secret lies in applying information gathered in each stage in the customer journey: Awareness, Consideration, and Conversion. For an effective account-based marketing campaign, create content for each of these stages—general product & company information for Awareness, technical details for Consideration, and urgency for Conversion. Every piece of content in each step should be designed to appropriately educate prospects on their buying journey and push them to the next phase. Here are some content types for the most successful ABM campaigns: Emails to each persona (includes initial outreach, follow-ups, responses, and more) Landing pages that provide information and facilitate actions Thought leadership blog and articles for the Awareness stage Product-specific pages for consideration Testimonials for the Conversion stage Organizing your content in such a framework enables you to find and fill content gaps while creating a comprehensive plan to address each persona in the customer journey. Include Messaging Channels You can use many avenues to engross prospects in an ABM campaign. Any medium that you use to communicate directly can be effectively utilized. So, it's essential to focus on the most popular ABM channels like LinkedIn, Email, and telecommunication. Each method has its benefits and effectiveness to get your message to the right people in the right way. Here, you will understand how to go with it these channels: LinkedIn LinkedIn is the most utilized channel for ABM campaigns because of its messaging capability and enrichment abilities. It consents you to send messages for free. Additionally, you promptly gain all of their professional information when you connect with a contact, including roles and email ids. However, the best part of LinkedIn outreach is you are considered as a person, not a bot, when you reach out to contacts. In addition, you have a profile and a resume, which humanizes you. Due to these factors, LinkedIn is one of the most accurate and up-to-date B2B outreach platforms available, as everyone constantly updates their LinkedIn profile with professional milestone information. Having being beneficial, keep in mind that there are some limitations with LinkedIn—you can send approximately a hundred connections per week. This being said, you can use this channel for the most important contacts on your list. Email Email's largest advantage is that it doesn't have a character limit on initial outreach messages. Thus, you can write as much as you want. However, some trade-offs go along with that freedom. As email being cheap, automatable, easy to use, and can reach thousands of contacts at a time, it's utilized by almost every B2B marketer. But, at the same time, this results in the clogged inbox situation, creating spam filters due to high levels of outreach competition. In addition, this makes consumers suspicious of emails received from unrecognized senders. But the good news is that you can purchase email tools to help manage your email outreach campaigns. These can automate email message sending to ensure that you're constantly optimizing your outreach to prospects. Emails are a must-have for an effective email outreach campaign, which will exponentially surge your reach, make you smarter with analytics, and create an effective ABM campaign. Telecommunication Phone outreach is the most effective channel to outreach. It also gives you a chance to really get to know your prospective customer and their fears and dreams so that you can: Figure out if your product would be a good fit for the customer. Know how to quickly and effectively communicate the value of your product to that customer. Retarget Once you set up accounts with the proper channels that you plan to push people to with your ABM outreach, you can create simple retargeting ads that guide them further through the customer journey. These ads will result in Calls to Action that offer case studies or white paper resources on your solution or industry to give your prospects market insights and real-world examples of how your solution can benefit companies. On top of it, when getting your logo and message in front of prospects again, retargeting ads perform splendidly compared to traditional methods. For example, a recent MarketLand article explained that retargeting ads often have Click-Through-Rates of "0.30%-0.95%, which is 3-10x costlier than the industry average." Resultantly, you must pay close attention to who your audience is that you're serving these ads to, as well as where and how often you're delivering them. It may seem overwhelming at first, but it'll get easier over time. A properly executed account-based campaign will provide the results you want. Doing this will allow you to reap the enormous rewards that retargeting can bestow upon your ABM campaign. Frequently Asked Questions What is an ABM marketing campaign? Account-based marketing (ABM) strategy concentrates resources on a set of target accounts within a market. The campaigns designed are to engage each account, basing the marketing message on the specific attributes and needs of the account. How do I make an ABM campaign? Follow these steps to make an effective ABM campaign: Create a team that is dedicated to ABM only Clear your goals and then make a strategy Find your technology Identify the right accounts Pick the right channels Execute your campaigns Measure everything Choose messaging platform Spread relevant content (messages) Why is ABM important? ABM supports structure marketing efforts and resources on your key accounts to drive the most revenue. Doing ABM will maximize the efficiency of your B2B marketing resources. 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