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The central tenet of ABM is that you choose your customers. It’s the flip side of inbound marketing where clients find and select you, drawn to your business by insightful, relevant content. While inbound marketing casts a wide net, catching everything that swims by, ABM is like spearfishing — you only aim at the fish you want.
The value of content marketing extends beyond just a top-of-funnel activity. When leveraged correctly, content insights can provide critical intent and account data that can be used throughout the funnel to move buyers towards a sale. B2B companies such as SAP, IHS Markit and Blackbaud are investing their marketing dollars towards interactive content and content syndication networks to extend content reach, garner greater insights and refine their go-to-market strategies. The results are higher engagement, improved lead generation and better data on prospective buyers.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the B2B marketing world, as marketers took their strategies to the next level to engage buyers in a more authentic, human way. The landscape is ever-evolving and new technologies and channels have made it easier for marketers and sellers to build relationships with their audiences.
If you are responsible for lead generation activities, website content, white papers, blogs, links, articles, tweets, E-books, videos and more, chances are you’re a true believer that content is king. The ability to push your content out to publishers and third-party sites, while you retain full copyright, helps you reach potential prospects who may never have been introduced to your products or services otherwise. In essence, you’ll have the distinct advantage of reaching a much broader audience in a much shorter period of time.
Most marketers don’t automatically think of data and analytics when it comes to ABM. However, industry experts agree that ABM is a data and analytics challenge because you have to leverage data and analytics to understand who you’re going to target, what you’re going to say to them and how you’re going to drive action throughout the company based on the accounts that matter most to you.