Account Based Marketing was what marketing departments were doing before technological development brought inbound marketing into the spotlight. But what’s next?
In short, the main idea behind Account Based Marketing (ABM) was, and still is, to reach well targeted groups of people with well targeted messages. This is not only the most effective way to use marketing resources but in a world full of noise it’s just the right thing to do.
As the technology evolved, ABM began to lose ground to inbound marketing. Of course it makes more sense to talk to the people that search for your products and services in the first place. Very soon, it turned out that account based marketing was seen as the old way of doing things and inbound was the new, better way.
So in the inbound world, can ABM still be relevant? Sure it can. And when the best parts of inbound are combined, it is more effective than ever. In it’s best, account based marketing is a shared function of marketing and sales. ABM covers the whole buying process, all the way from the first contact to, and even beyond, the closing sales meeting.
Sales and marketing misalignment costs businesses annually €1 trillion
In a complicated world it is important to keep things simple. The most important thing is to have a clear vision of who your customers are and how you can reach them.
Next, you have to make sure that your sales process is solid. Never forget that account based marketing, inbound marketing and sales enablement exists to serve your sales process. ABM and inbound are used to generate high quality leads and sales enablement helps your customers to buy.
After your sales process is sorted out and lined up, you need to make sure that you are collecting the right data from different phases to support and optimize the whole process. For example, the data from your marketing automation can help you to develop your customer-facing meetings for the better. And vice versa.
Showell is the perfect sales enablement tool. Think it as the final link in a well-designed account based marketing process. In Showell you have all the necessary sales and marketing collateral for targeting your audiences and to influence all decision makers. With Showell you don’t just repeat the same general messages that people can find on your webpage.
Showell makes it easy and lightning fast to find and share the right content for any conversation. And content that is presented and shared can be selected specifically to match needs of each particular customer. In fact, sharing is crucial – shared content can make all the difference when your customer is trying to convince other decision makers – the ones that you don’t get to meet – in his or her organization. Research shows that sales rep has to influence in average up-to six people involved in the decision making process.
On top of this, Showell captures valuable data from meetings. After a while you will learn which sales materials are needed and which are not. In addition, you will start to see the differences between industries and business models. In time, the data from your customer-facing meetings will help you to create better account-based ads, newsletters and messages. And better account-based marketing overall.
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