Article | March 19, 2020
In part one of this series, we defined account-based marketing (ABM), discussed why it mattered, and highlighted the need for a unified data strategy to create a single-source of truth. But many marketers still grapple with the question: is ABM a strategy or a technology? While ABM technology can certainly help marketers leverage data and speed to drive maximum efficiency, delivering personalized experiences off the back of a holistic data-based understanding is just part of the equation.
ABM technology, on its own, can’t meet the need for a personalized and connected experience that our customers have come to expect.
Article | March 1, 2021
You’re overcomplicating it. You don’t need the studio lighting, you don’t need a $2000+ camera, you don’t need a full production crew. Actually, it can actually be more effective for your content to not use any of this. Keep reading to learn how.
By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed the rise of user-generated content (UGC). UGC is photos and videos created for your brand by customers, viewers, or followers. There’s so much beauty in this and throughout 2020, with everyone stuck inside their house, lots of companies had no choice but to make do with what they could. Sometimes this meant FaceTime photoshoots or videos that customers shot on regular iPhones. I am a huge fan of user-generated content and most consumers are, too.
Let’s unpack the beauty of why this is such a beautiful and effective form of content on both the customer side as well as the business’ side.
Article | July 13, 2021
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!
Article | March 27, 2020
In today’s world of rapid-fire product release where – it’s been said – if your product is good someone will copy it, what sets one company apart from the next when everything else is equal? When product and price are virtually the same, how do you differentiate your product from the next company’s? The answer is simple and yet sometimes so elusive: customer experience. So, how can marketers and salespeople work together to improve the customer experience? Implementing account-based marketing (ABM), and tightly aligning marketing and sales, is the number one value marketers can bring to the customer experience today. ABM is the strategy of defining the target list of accounts that you want to approach, and creating the channels, messaging and content to communicate with them in a way that feels personalized. Rather than marketing and sales speaking to a persona, you go deeper and speak at the brand level and the individual level.
According to a Forrester study on the state of ABM, “When it comes to business value, 37 percent of those responding say they can demonstrate tighter coordination between marketing and sales.”