B2B marketers who need to do more than simply create brand awareness through outbound marketing have adopted Account Based Marketing (ABM) in order to focus on key accounts. Successful ABM campaigns can produce highly qualified, valuable prospects.
2. Fuel Your Account Based Marketing
Success with Predictive Analytics
B2B marketers who need to do more than simply
create brand awareness through outbound marketing
have adopted Account Based Marketing (ABM) in
order to focus on key accounts. Successful ABM
campaigns can produce highly qualified, valuable
According to ITSMA’s Account Based Marketing
Survey, ABM produces the highest ROI of any B2B
marketing tactic. B2B companies have enthusiastically
embraced this strategy. ITSMA’s 2016 Services
Marketing Budget Allocations and Trends reported
that more than 50% of marketing organizations have
adopted ABM and that spending in this area is
expected to increase sharply.
“Account-Based Marketing is the strategic approach
marketers use to support a defined universe of
accounts, including strategic accounts and named
accounts. It also includes support for the post-sale
customer lifecycle, using marketing’s toolkit to
contribute to the overall customer experience.”
But, like any new initiative, diligence is a constant
“To make account-based marketing work…it’s
essential for all stakeholders to be involved in the
process,” said Brian Grubbs in a blog post for
Seismic. “Sales teams need to communicate which
accounts to target and why, content creators need to
determine proper messaging and positioning for every
target individual, and lead generation specialists need
to ensure they are focusing their campaigns in a
How We Got Here:
Technology’s Impact On B2B
With access to countless resources and
tools, today’s B2B buyer is much better
equipped to make purchasing decisions.
According to a study by McKinsey, the
average B2B buyer will utilize six different
channels while researching solutions. And
nearly 65% will end up frustrated due to
Further complicating the buying process is
the fact that the average number of decision
makers involved in significant technology
purchases has grown from five to seven, an
IDC study found. And each of these
individuals will have their own approach to
the discovery and research process.
Hoping to meet decision makers on their
path to purchase, many marketers are
focusing on the “buyer journey.”
Unfortunately, this so-called journey is not
so easy to trace. The linear funnel model, or
“point A to point B” journey, has been
discredited recently due to the increase in
control exerted by B2B buyers over the
In a recent study by Forrester, 78% of
respondents agreed that their prospects’
buying journeys have become more
complex and nonlinear. Rather, once
buyers have become aware of a particular
need, they tend to “bounce around” in
search of answers.
The next step after downloading a white
paper, for instance, will not always be to
ask for a demo, as you might expect. Or a
buyer who reads a case study could be
pushed back into the awareness phase
after discovering that the solution they
thought they were looking for will create yet
3. Identify Best Accounts and
Personas to Target
To successfully target the right accounts, more is required than having access to data. In fact,
lack of data is no longer the problem it once was for many marketers.
What’s keeping marketers awake at night, as can be seen from the chart below, is how to
manage data from a wide variety of sources while ensuring the quality of that data.
“What challenges do you face that inhibit your organization from creating
actionable insights about customers and prospects?”
Ensuring data quality from a
variety of sources
Managing data from a variety
Providing real-time insights to
Managing the velocity of data
Standardizing metrics across
prospects or customers to the
organizations they represent
Base: 150 B2B marketing analytics decision-makers and influencers.
Source: A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of EverString, October 2015
4. Implement Lead Scoring as Part of
One way marketers can make the most of the data they have is to assign a score to each
lead. Lead scoring technology has been widely adopted by marketing organizations to
prioritize individual leads.
Lead scoring is vital for companies looking to better qualify leads and thereby increase
conversion rates. New research by Aberdeen reveals that using a system of lead scoring
produces lead qualification rates 192% higher than average.
An Eloqua study found that business service marketers who use lead scoring have 30%
higher closure rates, with closed deals bringing in an average of 17% more revenue per deal.
Detect Early Intent with Account
Lead scoring works well in the traditional “funnel” model because every contact is considered
a “lead” located somewhere along a linear progression from “suspect” to BANT qualified
“prospect.” But to successfully execute account based marketing campaigns, another layer of
predictive analytics is needed.
To fuel the multiple touchpoints that characterize today’s B2B buying process, marketers need
to embrace the continual scoring of contact data - even the data that does not show any
This early detection technique improves upon the “shot-in-the-dark” marketing that now occurs
when a vendor is forced to churn through a list of contacts built by running a data extraction
against an in-house database (using a set of basic demographic parameters)-or worse, by
obtaining raw contacts from a data merchant.
5. Use Predictive Analytics to Identify
the Buying Stage of Target Accounts
While traditional scoring models are rules-based, using only behavioral and profile indicators
to predict conversion, predictive data scoring goes further by incorporating account-level
information, such as previous conversions, to produce a detailed and highly accurate picture
of each lead’s propensity to purchase.
“Data scoring” can happen continuously and is independent of traditional “lead scoring.” It
uses predictive modeling techniques that analyze data, recognize patterns and arrive at a
score based on well-defined attributes (such a data cleanliness, participation in a community
and past behavior in B2B purchasing activities).
Performing data scoring continuously is a reasonable supporting process to achieve what we
like to call Precision Account Based Marketing (PABM). This process can contribute in
advance of any dynamic lead scoring, which helps optimize a campaign once it starts.
Diligence in Marketing Means
Predictive analytics are key to the effective use of ABM. By assessing the demographical
profile, online behavior, etc., of multiple contacts from the same company, marketers can
produce an “account score” that identifies “best-fit” accounts.
Dynamic, data-driven account scoring is essential in order to:
prioritize accounts that already live in your CRM system, and
better align sales and marketing in the process.
An account score should include all factors that could indicate propensity to buy, according to
Jeff Sands, ABM Practice Co-Lead, ITSMA. Sands also recommends targeting “companies
that are in a dynamic, growing market. It’s far more likely to turn into business than an account
in a shrinking market.”
Measuring results for ABM is relatively straightforward; in the end, you can simply calculate
the percentage of targeted accounts with which you have closed a sale. But to gauge your
progress toward that goal, here are some basic metrics for each stage:
6. Why Predictive Account Scoring is
Essential to ABM Success
We’ve all read the now legendary statistic from the Corporate Executive Board at Harvard
Business Review (HBR), which says that buyers are already 57% along in their journey before
contacting a sales rep. And each person in the decision making process will view the
purchase from their own angle. Targeted information is clearly needed to help these buyers
see why your offering is in their company’s best interest.
Predictive analytics can reveal intent from an enormous set of data points generated by online
activity across multiple channels. So now you can identify key pain points of the target
company as a whole while also noting the unique concerns of decision makers in their various
roles within the company.
Predictive account scoring provides a multi-faceted view of target accounts so that you can
better tailor your content and communications to the needs and pain points of, not only each
account, but also the decision makers and influencers that data scoring has helped you to
identify within that account.
Number of page
Length of time
spent on each
“Predictive Marketers are 2.9x more likely to report revenue growth at rates higher
than the industry average.”
“Modeling and predicting specific outcomes helps Predictive Marketers execute
account-based marketing (ABM) strategies, enabling them to drive more buyer
engagement and, ultimately, increase revenue opportunities from target
How Predictive Marketing Analytics Boosts B2B Business - Forrester Consulting
7. Predictive Account Scoring Is More
Than Just Lead Scoring
Make no mistake; lead scoring is well established as a critical component of B2B demand
generation. Company size, industry vertical, and the prospect’s title and department are
always important considerations for lead scoring. And, according to Aberdeen Research,
companies that get lead scoring right have a 192% higher average lead qualification rate.
But the most precise methods of lead scoring incorporate buying signals such as past
behavior, type of content accessed, and amount of time to demonstrate intent, into the overall
lead score, based on conversion data.
Fresh intent data can prove invaluable as a gauge of the latest direction in the thoughts and
feelings of the coveted B2B account. Unfortunately, many companies do not know how to
build a predictable and reliable formula for incorporating behavioral and demographic data to
form lead scores, according to DemandGen Report.
And as this chart from eMarketer.com shows, unqualified, inaccurate data has been a major
problem for B2B marketers.
According to Aberdeen Research, companies that get lead scoring right
have a 192% higher average lead qualification rate than those that do not.
Performance Metrics Average Performance
Best-in-class All others
Lead qualification rate
Lead conversion rate
An Aberdeen survey measured the change in key metrics after implementing lead
scoring. Best-in-class companies are those that reported, on average, the highest
increases in revenue growth, lead conversion rates and decrease in cost per lead.
Source: Aberdeen Group, Lead Scoring and Prioritization.
8. Resolving these issues requires a new generation of sophisticated lead and account scoring
technology with powerful analytic capabilities and the ability to deliver data-driven insights-a
system that can, essentially, predict the future by analyzing the past and then prescribe the
most effective actions to achieve success.
Challenges of Using Intent Data to Connect with Users at Critical Points of
Discovery According to Senior-Level Marketers in Western Europe* and the
US, Feb 2015
% of respondents
4 3 2 1 – not a
Limited headcount 21% 31% 22% 21% 4% 1%
Attribution model is too
complex to use
20% 28% 26% 16% 7% 3%
Inaccurate data 18% 38% 25% 13% 7% 0%
Inability to find scalable
solutions for prospecting
18% 31% 22% 16% 11% 2%
Limited ability to integrate
first- and third - party data
16% 33% 23% 18% 6% 3%
Inability to gain insights
15% 33% 28% 15% 8% 1%
Inability to integrate
intent data into targeting
14% 40% 23% 14% 7% 2%
Lack of technology used
to acquire and retain
12% 34% 30% 18% 6% 2%
Note: On a scale of 1-5 where 1 - not a challenge and 5 - a critical challenge. Numbers may not
add up to 100% due to rounding.
*France, Germany and UK
Source: Forrester Consulting, "Intent Data Can Sharpen Your Competitive Edge" commissioned by Magnetic,
June 10, 2015.
9. Predictive Analytics and Account
Based Marketing: An Ideal Pair
Research from SiriusDecisions found that increasing numbers of B2B marketers are adopting
predictive lead scoring. Using firmographic, demographic, and behavioral data from CRM and
marketing automation to reveal account-level characteristics and buying signals, predictive
lead scoring gives B2B marketers more detailed insights into which leads are the most likely
However, based on the online research activity taking place outside your website, predictive
account scoring enables marketers to identify potential ideal fit accounts before those
accounts have already narrowed down their choices.
Predictive account scoring leverages intent proclivities to identify in advance your most likely
champions within potential target companies.
Optimized lead scoring also enables scalable data manipulation activities to fuel a steady
influx of new B2B marketing campaigns. This means not having to go into “panic mode”
whenever a new campaign requirement generates the need for access to fresh data.
Predictive Account Scoring is Only
The results of predictive account scoring are optimized by the distribution of tailored content
and customized account based nurturing. This is important because, according to Harvard
Business Review, “Individual customer stakeholders who perceived supplier content to be
tailored to their specific needs were 40% more willing to buy from that supplier than
stakeholders who didn’t.”
Predictive analytics and enhanced lead targeting make it easier to identify decision
makers within companies that are more likely to have a need for and interest in your
Sales and marketing teams can present prospects with the right content at the right time
to effectively guide buyers through the now non-linear and largely unpredictable buying
Insights gained through precision account based marketing practices enable consistency
of message at every potential touchpoint, channel, and level of intent in the nurturing
Predictive account scoring can help you to identify, in advance, the individuals most likely to
be your advocates within a company, and to reach out with content relevant to each person’s
concerns. The ability to do this effectively is at the core of Precision Account Based Marketing.
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