article | June 30, 2017
The ABM Benchmark Everyone’s Been Asking About
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While the deal size needs to be at least 2x, the total lifetime value is often significantly higher. This is primarily because these top accounts are more likely to need more products than a customer that perhaps may stumble across one offering but not really be a perfect fit. High lifetime value accounts are also more likely to find value in a multi-year contract, which by definition is going to extend the lifetime value.
ABM approaches place the focus of sales and marketing on total lifetime value versus a single deal. If you’re deploying a land and expand strategy, you might develop an account over a long time period. Three years from today the account is generating a lot of revenue for you but the original transaction might have been modest at best. The key here is stay focused on lifetime value, apply ABM in situations where multi-year contracts are valuable and where multiple products can be bought.
Account-based marketing can help companies who have reached the limit on the traditional demand gen and lead management efforts. Now that you have a rule of thumb to work from, review best practices for prioritization.
Prioritization of Accounts
The next step in putting the ABM plan into action is prioritizing accounts. This requires you to develop a good understanding of revenue potential per account, including white space analysis within the existing account base.
Prioritizing accounts is typically identified by a combination of factors. These factors may include revenue potential and propensity to buy. The propensity to buy (PtB) formulas will include the predictors such as company size, industry and special factors that represent demand drivers for your products. An example of a special factor could include FBI cyber crime data for security software.
The end result is to prioritize accounts from top to bottom, best to worst, based on a set of criteria that delivers the highest lifetime value (LTV).
For the prioritized accounts, contact records for each buyer and those who influence the decision must be developed. This involves database management and contact management to go wide and deep within account-based marketing accounts. The emerging best practice is to obtain the deeper contact records by offering content, training and events that are customized to the account and pull in contacts who opt-in for more.
Validating that ABM is Right for Your Company
The hype of account based marketing is strong enough to convince companies to dive into ABM before validating the fit. This final article segment focuses on helping you validate account based marketing as a fit for your company.
If you live and die by the big deal, growing revenues faster than your industry and your competitors requires a shift to account based marketing. Demand generation and lead management does not work for companies with business models dependent on a small number of accounts but who spend a lot. Waiting for dream accounts to come to you will result in you missing your revenue targets.
For those considering whether or not account-based marketing is for them, you should ask yourself these questions:
If you answered yes to one or more of these, then account based marketing (ABM) is likely a fit for you. Companies with more of a transaction sale defined as less than two months or so, are not a good fit. ABM is usually best applied when you’re in a long, complex sales cycle.
Account-based marketing should be targeted to serve named accounts. These may also be referred to as Key Accounts or Strategic Accounts.
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