To determine if account-based marketing (ABM) makes sense for your company, please take 15–20 minutes to answer the following questions. Your responses don’t need to be perfect, but please be as thorough as possible. Once we’ve had a chance to review your responses, we’ll schedule a follow-up conversation to clarify any gaps and discuss appropriate next steps, if applicable.
1. What business goal(s) do you hope to achieve with ABM? Think in terms of revenue growth, market share increases or other quantifiable outcomes. Be as specific as possible in your description.
2. Picture an ideal account for the initiative in question and describe what they look like. Think of any parameter that would help in identifying a perfect prospect or customer for your offering (e.g., size, location, industry segment, revenue potential, subject to a specific market trend, etc.).
4. ABM only works when Marketing and Sales have a clear line of sight into sales activities with targeted accounts. Describe the extent to which Marketing and Sales have visibility to sales activities (e.g., access to systems and reports where opportunities, quotes, forecasts, sales history, etc. can be found).
5. ABM is a joint exercise, so an established meeting cadence provides a great head start. How frequently do Marketing and Sales leadership meet and collaborate?
6. What marketing technology platforms and measurement tools do you have in place? Think CRM, marketing automation, dashboards and other marketing systems you’re using. Include platform provider names as well as types. Also, if you know of specific modules that are either active or inactive (e.g., some marketing automation systems have ABM module add-ons), let us know.
7. Anything else you think is important?