Proof that Account-based Marketing Works

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on Jan 23, 2017 8:55:00 AM

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Account-based Marketing Case Study

Companies that spend less on their marketing programs and generate better and bigger deals using a super-targeted approach to marketing are using an approach that you might have heard about—account-based marketing.

Here’s a specific example for you. One healthcare IT solutions company with a complex solution and a finite market learned first-hand just how account-based marketing works.

They recently completed a campaign that cost $49,000. This account-based marketing effort was laser focused on ideal prospects (right size and right criteria); and the right role (targets with the right titles). The company only reached out to organizations that could be high-value clients.

That means they didn’t waste effort on a scattershot approach. Their time and money was applied to generating leads that paid off, and included extensive nurturing across multiple buying cycles.

Guess how much a traditional, less focused approach that involved reaching out to everyone in the market would have cost? More than 3X as much, costing around $170,000.

If you’re still struggling with the same old issues marketing and sales has struggled with for years consider the following comparisons between traditional marketing and account-based marketing (as defined by Jon Miller of Engagio).

-Vanity Metrics vs. Target Account influence. Lots of phone calls and emails aren’t better. What really counts is meaningful, personalized engagement with the folks in a position to buy.

-More Leads. vs. Better Leads. It’s the age old quantity/quality issue. Sales really does need fewer leads—as long as they’re highly qualified. Otherwise all the leads are wasted.

-Satisfied Customers vs. Raving Fans. ABM is not about one-off deals, but forging the strong relationships that last past the close.

-Small Deals vs. Big Deals. It’s the enterprise deals that count. Smaller accounts can be a distraction both before and after the sale.

-Silos vs. Alignment. When sales and marketing work together to drive revenue (and that takes process for sure) everybody benefits—the prospect/client, the team members, and the organization as a whole.

I invite you to read our new Account-based Marketing case study where we go over the content above and much more.

If you have any questions or comments on account-based marketing, please ask it in the comments section below.


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