Online Marketing 101: Matching Tone, Style, and Content

CHANS WEBER | June 29, 2018

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Every digital marketer should strive to create campaigns with consistent and unique styles to set their company apart from the competition. What’s more, generating content with a unified style in mind is one of the best ways to establish to establish a strong brand identity in the digital world. And given the fact that many companies chiefly interact with their customers through digital media, developing a well-defined marketing “voice,” is a must for just about every business.

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Article | March 25, 2020 | Sponsored

Sales and marketing have transformed. Marketers have had to adapt, modify their activities and lean into more collaborative interactions with sales teams in a way they haven’t done before. As events and direct channels are on the minor list of concerns, sales teams have become a principal marketing channel to reach accounts. A quick look at Google trends shows you how Account-Based Marketing (ABM) has revolutionized the world of B2B marketing. It happened by going from non-existent to extremely popular in the last several years and hiked during the pandemic. With today’s buyer journey becoming progressively digital, B2B organizations are interested in ABM to deliver exceedingly personalized and focussed marketing campaigns. The secret behind the burgeoning popularity of Account-Based Marketing (ABM) is how confident and versed marketers feel now while using it. While ABM persists as the hot MarTech topic since 2019, its influence grew during the pandemic. 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The Account-based marketing stats reflect that 70% of marketers who started their account-based initiatives in the past six months have dedicated leaders who are entirely dedicated to the market, having particular and focused accounts instead of a sea of buyers. 60% of Users Reported an Increase in Revenue When ABM picked its pace in at least a year, 60% of its users reported a revenue surge of at least 10% & 19%, termed an impact of 30% or greater. In companies with a stout ROI from ABM, 75% measure pipeline generated and revenue, 67.5% measure meetings and target account pipeline are set, and 63% measure marketing qualified leads are gained. As a result of this, approximately 70% of B2B marketers will pilot or launch full-sized account-based software and programs to target and engross groups of buyers in selected accounts. 62% of Marketers are Being Optimistic They can easily measure the positive impact of account-based marketing tactics since adopting ABM. 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Yet, ABM programs have shown results with significant improvements in pipeline growth. “If economic obscurity continues, these programs should persist as a core element of the Marketing strategy.” – Todd Berkowitz, Practice Vice President, Gartner While COVID-19 is changing B2B organizations’ ability to stimulate sustained growth, it’s hoped that an account-based approach will significantly benefit your organization in the following ways: Focus on your limited resources (budget, time, and personnel) on those companies to do business. Target the accounts you already know. This will enable you to spend less money on demand-gen campaigns to generate new names. Make the most of your team’s efficiency by scoring sales and marketing campaigns that work together to create the best buyer experience. Frequently Asked Questions How are account-based marketing stats measured? Marketers use close rates when required to measure ABM efforts. Typically, the stats are gainedby measuring the reachability of target accounts or specific contacts at those accounts. This gives you a percentage or a conversion rate by account, which further estimates how successful ABM efforts have been to date. What are good ABM metrics? The good ABM metrics are: Marketing-qualified accounts Real engagement of account Velocity of Pipeline Average selling price Customer engagement rate Why should we measure account-based marketing stats? It is because ABM delivers ROI. For example, when there is a greater emphasis on defining Ideal Customer Profile (ICP), a properly structured approach to selecting account and value is aligned with what a prospect’s business needs. 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