One of the three methods of customer acquisition is account-based marketing, also known as ABM. This measure is not aimed at the masses, but at smaller potential customer groups. Thus, with this method, it can happen that each potential customer is approached individually and personally. Here, the IP addresses of the other companies are used, so the companies can be addressed individually. For this purpose, dynamic websites are usually used, which automatically adapt to the customer and the characteristics.
But what exactly is the benefit of account-based marketing?
Often the goal in marketing is to generate leads. For this purpose, campaigns are directed at a more or less broad mass – in the hope that a part of those addressed can identify with the offer. But no matter how carefully such a marketing campaign is planned: it is always associated with wastage.
Account-based marketing turns the process around. First, a company is selected that is to be acquired as a customer. In ABM, this is called a key account. Then marketing and sales work closely together to convince the key account with personalised content. The focus is on decision-makers and people involved in purchasing.
ABM treats individual accounts or company contacts as independent markets. It does not rely on generating potential leads with blanket campaigns. Rather, it tries to reach specific buyer profiles (key accounts, companies) with specially tailored content. Highly targeted marketing measures focus on their buying centres (groups of decision-makers) and buyer personas (people involved in a procurement process).
The method is based on the principles of inbound marketing. However, in an area where individual buyer personas are not yet in the typical first phase of the customer journey:
In theory, inbound marketing and account-based marketing differ in that
– Inbound Marketing focuses primarily on creating relevant content to engage lots of prospects and customers and generate leads
– ABM focuses its content on individual prospects or existing customers.
ABM and inbound complement each other. When emails, websites and calls to actions are personalised for each target, both methods help in tandem. This way, you provide your desired accounts with the value they want, especially when you are trying to support brand discovery.