Account-based marketing brings in a higher ROI compared to other marketing activities. It targets key accounts, but not always at the right time. The buyer experience gets compromised if the strategy does not align with the account’s buyer journey.
Demandbase CMO John Miller paints an interesting picture of what ABM is.
“The analogy that I've always used to describe ABM was fishing with spears, which was an effective analogy. But at the same time, it doesn't feel very good to get poked by a spear.”
- Demandbase CMO John Miller
If ABM pokes accounts without respecting them or creating an emotional connection with them, customer success cannot be guaranteed. This is where ABX comes in. It’s a GTM strategy that puts the value of customer experience above the value of key accounts.
ABM ››› ABX: Why Are B2B Marketers Adopting ABX?
B2B marketers clearly understand how effective the ABX strategy is compared to good old ABM.
Here are the reasons why:
Buyer groups are the stars of the show.
AI insights provide accurate information on which accounts exhibit buyer intent and what they are looking for. These accounts are engaged through hyper-personalized campaigns only when they are in the buying phase.
Marketing, sales, and customer success teams ensure every touchpoint consistently delivers value to the customer.
ABX execution involves being agile enough to adapt to the ever-changing behavior and needs of the customer.
Every customer is nurtured to deepen loyalty for a long-term business relationship.
Why Does ABX Matter?
Upgrading your plain old ABM strategy to an ABX strategy simply means applying customer experience best practices to your marketing processes. Consequently, your campaigns are trustworthy, impactful, empathetic, and relevant to every stage of your customer’s journey. Targeted messaging that appeals to every member of the customer’s buying team influences the buying decision of the account. The strategy brings sales, marketing, SDR, and customer-facing teams together so they work towards creating a wholesome customer experience consistently across all the touchpoints.
In a world where there is a continuous influx of information and a scarcity of attention, any kind of interruptive marketing may be ineffective and off-putting. Companies should focus on ABX to build trust with key accounts and create engagement that isn’t forced through perfectly orchestrated interactions across a project or management lifecycle.