HubSpot Data helps identify clients more likely to buy

HubSpot Data helps identify clients more likely to buy

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The difference between lead generation as a strategy for driving sales and Account Based Marketing (ABM) comes down to one thing. Spend more time initially identifying who is more likely to buy. Then your focus becomes the ‘accounts’, instead of the broader market.

In the time before digital, this was much harder to do. Data on customers was sparse and unreliable. So, you had to get innovative and creative to stand out and catch the attention of the companies being targeted. From the leads that were generated, qualifying them and determining if they were worth going ahead it required more diligence.

ABM tools can be used to drive awareness of your product or service targeted at companies who have a proven need for your product

However, look at it this way. If you have a clear idea of the companies who benefit the most from your product or service, based on past sales data, you identify a pattern. You know which customers are drawn towards you and the ones who find your product essential. Spending time on them gets the best possible results, instead of the broader market.

Keeping these characteristics in mind, identifying companies in the pool and then addressing them specifically gets you on to the radar and helps build relationships faster than chasing down every potential client.

Clearing a few myths about ABM

Even small and medium sized companies can adopt an ABM approach. Size is not a constraint. When done well, it can be affordable in terms of client acquisition. It does not have to be powered by humans but can also be done with account data and machine learning. Account Based Marketing is perceived as addressing smaller client numbers – but that’s also not true because a sizeable number can be reached through automation.

And here’s one of the big ones – that ABM applies only to known clients but unknown ones who are well-qualified can be reached as well. That’s the advantage of using HubSpot data

The key to implementing ABM is identifying prospects at target companies, creating messaging relevant to them and understanding intent

The starting point, as mentioned earlier is to look for other companies that have the same characteristics as the ones who have already signed on. But the one thing that is certainly true is that marketing and sales need to align internally, for ABM to work. They cannot be working on different sets of customers but pool their strengths. That’s when ABM begins to show its power.

When a company begins to see interest from prospects who visit the website, or even in terms of individuals searching for specific requirements, it is possible to target the buying committee at the company with a series of well-directed ads.

The messages are relevant to the role they are playing. A CFO can receive a value-based message about the product, an influencer can be targeted with the right references they can use internally and so on.

By reaching out to a larger group and tailoring the messages, the chances of getting attention from one of them with the right messaging increases the chance of conversion, whether it is a demo, or a phone outreach.

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This is where apps like RollWorks can be used to advance the ABM approach within companies. They can help companies access buying committees with different automated emails and messages.

The important thing is that this has to be thought through initially. A company has to segment its messaging right at the beginning and not just have a universal message for the target customer.

They need to be broken down further and each team or each member of a buying committee should receive a message that makes sense to their function.

By targeting similar companies in the same geographic area, depending on how the company wants to approach the market, the success a company in the same business has had while using the product gets attention. Not just because it competes but solves a problem that similar companies face.

Another thing that can be done to target companies who may be unknown is to understand intent better. The play of setting up programs based on intent from companies you already know helps to identify companies that may previously not have been in your consideration set.

Clear cut messaging for different intent topics is key

Once you have identified intent, it must be split among audiences the same way as you would target individual accounts. That’s where the creative challenge lies.

The other challenge is to look inwards and see where existing customers see value and how they perceive the product or service you provide. This is the reverse of how companies normally go prospecting. They play up their product benefit or features and expect to receive attention.

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ABM builds on what has already been successful for you. It shows where there is a fit that companies are looking for and this can be leveraged. Once there is a clear understanding of why customers buy, the messaging and creative can be tailored for business teams within.

In turn, that feeds into greater awareness of the offering with the selected audience and brings them into the company’s ambit with far greater precision than simply going outbound with category promises and features.

ABM works better for B2B companies where the offering is clear cut and promises are defined. In these cases, being able to amplify the message within a specific target set gets the most traction.

Talk to us at Blueoshan to implement any kind of ABM integration or onboarding with HubSpot. Our experienced consultants will be happy to implement your ABM strategy along with the integration with apps on the HubSpot platform.

Blueoshan is a HubSpot Diamond -Tier Solutions Partner. Delivering worldwide from India.

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About The Author

Venu Gopal Nair
Venu Gopal Nair

Advertising and Branding Specialist, CEO - Ideascape Communications, A professional journey through the tumultuous years of advertising and communication, starting in 1984. Started out in the age of print, saw the changes with the entry of satellite TV and the momentous transition to digital. Advertising and branding today is vastly different from its practices in the 20th century and the last two decades have seen dramatic changes with smartphone domination. As a Creative Director turned CEO, making the transition personally and professionally has been a tremendous experience.

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