Your Complete Guide to Kickstarting Account-Based Marketing

DAVID B. THOMAS |

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We get it. You go to meetings and tell everyone you’re following the latest marketing trends. You’re all over ABM. You were ABM before ABM was cool. Heck, you’ve worn out your third I heart ABM t-shirt. Inside, you’re quaking in fear of being discovered. We’ve all done it. How is it possible to keep up with all the trends? Perfectly reasonable to hold off until you get to the tipping point.

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GENERATING LEAD THROUGH ACCOUNT BASED MARKETING

Article | February 12, 2020

Account based marketing (ABM) focus on generating high-volume of leads through different lead generation program. In ABM you focus on generating the right leads and then after that reach out to them on deeper and more attractive ways. Here are Account Based marketing best practices to generate more lead and grow your business progressively.

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

Article | February 12, 2020

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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The Missing Link in Your ABM Strategy Part 2

Article | February 12, 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.

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No High-Level Fluff: 7 Steps to Build the Best Target Account Model

Article | February 12, 2020

Selecting target accounts can be stressful. You worked hard to build trust across your Sales team, and now comes a project that could ruin that hard-won trust if you don’t execute it perfectly. Guess what? It is not (and never will be) perfect. This activity can’t be done in a Marketing silo. Marketing needs Sales, and Sales needs Marketing to accurately select target accounts. And don’t forget about your Customer Success team! So repeat after me: Selecting target accounts is a cross-functional project. Now, I know what you’re thinking “Sounds great, but building the model is hard and everything I read on the internet is just high level. And I need to know how to actually do it!”

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Primacy

Marketing doesn’t stand still. New opportunities are a constant, and old ones keep evolving. Against this dynamic backdrop, Primacy helps clients bring “What’s Next” thinking to the business at hand. We’re inpsired by technology. Obsessed with data. And led in everything we do by creative ideas. With vertical-specific expertise, Primacy helps clients in healthcare, financial services, higher education, manufacturing and consumer spaces enjoy the “What’s Next” advantage. Our services include strategy, concept, design, user experience, marketing, technology, branding, mobile, and media planning. With award-winning, meaningful impact that leads to measurable results, it's no wonder that our client retention benchmarks well over industry standard.

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