As B2B marketers, we’re rapidly waking up to the power of Account Based Marketing (ABM) alongside our Inbound Marketing efforts. Our collective ABM kindling developed in response – in part – to the waning effectiveness of Inbound marketing. The cause of which is content shock, a term coined by Marketing Strategist Mark Shaefer, suggesting there is simply too much content chasing thought leader status in every industry.
GDPR is the new EU-wide regulation rolling out on 25th May 2018 but so much of the content available online is vague and difficult to understand. You can only collect and use personal information if you have done so according to one of several different options. Some are not available to companies, one, consent is black and white and requires explicit consent whilst another, legitimate interests means deciding yourself whether you have a suitable reason to be able to collect or use personal information.
We have spent the last decade building out inbound marketing programs and are huge advocates of this marketing strategy. We have also spent longer building account based marketing campaigns.
What excites us is the potential to expand those account based marketing campaigns across larger and larger numbers of accounts, whilst still maintaining the stronger connection that happens when an account based marketing campaign targets a single account.
Riaz Kanani, co-founder here at Radiate B2B, was featured on the Internet Marketing Podcast discussing account based marketing.
He spoke about:
- what account based marketing is and why it such a hot topic?
- scaling account based marketing and using inbound as an accelerator;
- aligning sales and marketing;
- he ended with his top tip for the audience.
Click here to see the podcast and find out what he recommended..
Recently my friends at La Fosse Associates (a specialist recruitment firm) invited me to their offices to talk a little about marketing automation and how understanding and use of data is driving the future of B2B marketing. They were kind enough to record and publish the interview – which you can view below.
Late last year, I wrote an article on Econsultancy looking at whether Inbound Marketing and Account Based Marketing were diverging marketing strategies. For most companies they are actually best of friends and we believe that it is even possible to repurpose the work you have done implementing Inbound Marketing to accelerate your Account Based Marketing programmes.
We have written a whitepaper detailing our experiences doing just that.
Organising for growth is an evergreen topic in business discussions. Scarcely a day goes by without some reference to how best to make growth possible, or to increase the pace of expansion with businesses we speak to.
2017 saw the rise of the chatbots but January has only just begun and with Facebook shuttering its M chatbot project, we are seeing the first mutterings of their fall. Are they really doomed to fail?
In the B2B world, aligning sales and marketing has been a challenge going back decades. If you believe the stereotype, it’s because marketing is the colouring-in department and sales are know-it-alls who don’t listen. Regardless, the underlying problem is that too many companies build marketing and sales in silos, while the top performing companies have them working closely together.
The rise of B2B marketing automation has required the two groups to work closely together with mixed success. The increasing adoption has also meant the ability to stand out from your competition by using MA techniques is diminishing. However, the increasing efficiencies being brought to account-based marketing (ABM) strategies is allowing B2B marketers to cut through the noise and stand out.
Continue reading here on B2B Marketing Magazine.