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Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing (ABM)

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The rise of account-based marketing is demanding new ways of thinking about marketing metrics. While leads and opportunities are important and even necessary, they are not sufficient to measure account-based marketing (ABM).

Marketers need to embrace these Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing:
• Coverage: do you have sufficient data, contacts, and account plans for each target account?
• Awareness: are the target accounts aware of your company and its solutions?
• Engagement: are the right people at the account spending time with your company, and is that engagement going up over time?
• Program Impact: are marketing programs reaching the target account, and are they having a long-term effect?
• Influence: how are the ABM activities improving sales outcomes such as deal velocity, win rates, average contract values, retention, and net promoter scores?

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Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing (ABM)

  1. 1. The Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing Account-Based Marketing Analytics Jon Miller, CEO and founder of Engagio
  2. 2. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing Introduction The rise of account-based marketing is demanding new ways of thinking about marketing metrics. While leads and opportunities are important and even necessary, they are not sufficient to measure account-based marketing (ABM). Marketers need to embrace these Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing: Coverage: do you have sufficient data, contacts, and account plans for each target account? Awareness: are the target accounts aware of your company and its solutions? Engagement: are the right people at the account spending time with your company, and is that engagement going up over time? Program Impact: are marketing programs reaching the target accounts, and are they having a long-term effect? Influence: how are the ABM activities improving sales outcomes such as deal velocity, win rates, average contract values, retention, and net promoter scores? Account-Based Marketing Defined Account-based marketing is a strategic approach that coordinates personalized marketing and sales efforts to open doors and deepen engagement at specific accounts. It is a different approach to marketing. Traditional demand generation is like fishing with a net: you put your campaign out there, and you start catching ‘fish’. It doesn’t matter which specific fish you catch, as long as you catch enough fish in total. But when going after target accounts, you can’t wait around for them to come into your net – you need to go after the “big fish” with spears and harpoons. That’s where ABM comes in. 2 of 12
  3. 3. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing Account-based marketing is a fundamentally different approach, and it requires fundamentally different metrics. Account-based marketing calls for account-basedmetrics When you celebrate closing a deal, you write the company name on the whiteboard, not the name of the person whosigned the contract. A sales person never talks about how many leads they’ve closed – they talk about how many accounts they’ve won. That’s why it’s not sufficient to measure your B2B marketing by counting people. ABM is about quality, not quantity If you are a sales rep with only 20 accounts, you are thinking about those 20 accounts all day long. You already know many of the people in those accounts, and ideally you have contact data for those you don’t. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for marketing to deliver value by generating new leads. Instead, marketing needs to create influence with the people who matter. That’s a new and different mindset for how marketing claims victory. Marketing can’t wait for closedrevenue to measure success The longer the sales cycle, the more we need metrics to understand what’s going on as it progresses. This is especially a challenge in ABM, since the larger the deal, the longer the sales cycle. That’s where engagement comes in. By tracking how the right people at an account engage with your brand over time, marketers have a quantifiable way of showing development through a potentially long process. In ABM, marketing supports and influences pipeline creation The larger and more complex the deal, the less we can measure marketing in terms of marketing sourced pipeline. Instead, account- based marketers need to show their impact on revenue by demonstrating how well they influence deals and improve key business outcomes such as win rates, deal velocity, and average contract value (ACV). It’s called “business to business” not “business to lead” “You can’t wait a year to see results [in ABM]” – Megan Heuer of SiriusDecisions Part 1: Why Account-Based Marketing Needs Different Metrics 3 of 12
  4. 4. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing In ABM, marketing supports and influences pipeline creation The larger and more complex the deal, the less we can measure marketing in terms of marketing sourced pipeline. Instead, account- based marketers need to show their impact on revenue by demonstrating how well they influence deals and improve key business outcomes such as win rates, deal velocity, and average contract value (ACV). “If you believe ABM success is measured only on lead volume… think again. ABM is about influence.” – Megan Heuer, SiriusDecisions Marketing Bow-tie: Measure both new customer acquisition as well as existing customer success and expansion as part of account-basedmarketing. Measure customer expansion, not just new logos Deepening relationships at existing customers is a big part of account- based marketing, so we need metrics for both sides of the “bow-tie”. Cross-sell and upsell pipeline and revenue are certainly part of this equation, but account- based marketing metrics should also include advocacy, referrals, customer satisfaction, and net promoter scores. 4 of 12
  5. 5. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing axis and Department on the other, and then plot out how many contacts you have for each cell (or,how many you have permission to email). You can do thisfor a single account, or a list of target accounts. This is a great way to see where you have gaps and focus your list building efforts. Imagine being able to share that your team built opt-in permission with 42% of the key names at your target accounts, when the company had only 8% coverage to begin with. That’s powerful. “Don’t count the people that you reach; reach the people that count.” –David Ogilvy, aka “the father of advertising” We suggest five categories of additional account-based marketing metrics: data coverage, awareness, account engagement, program impact, and influence on business outcomes. 1 Coverage How effectively is your team building contacts and permission with the people who matter at your target accounts? How complete is your account data? Coverage is a measure of data quality and completeness; it tells you whether or not your database has the right people in it. A nice way to visualize coverage is to use a People Map two-dimensional matrix. For example, put Level on one Use a People Map to identify whitespace in your coverage for an account . Are the bucket thresholds different for each account? Can I set them? Part 2: The Big 5 Metrics for Account-Based Marketing 5 of 12
  6. 6. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing 2 Awareness Are the target accounts aware of your company and its solutions? One fast and cost effective way to track awareness is by measuring web traffic from target accounts. This is accomplished by using reverse IP lookup to figure out the domain names associated with the IP addresses of your website visitors, and then matching the domain names to your accounts. If web traffic from target accounts is going up, then it’s a good sign that your ABM efforts are increasing awareness – especially if you can show that it’s going up faster than at the non-targeted accounts. Increasing web traffic from target accounts is a great way to show rising awareness at the accounts that matter. 6 of 12
  7. 7. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing Heatmap Remember the People Map from the Coverage section? Use the same visualization to track which parts of the organization are engaging with you, e.g. a Heatmap for the account. You can also do this for a group of accounts to see broader trends. 3 Engagement Are the right people at the account spending time with your company, and is that engagement going up over time? At Engagio, we use the number of minutes that someone spends with your brand as a reasonable way to track engagement. Begin by tracking all the meaningful activities for each of the people who work at your target Accounts. These should cover when they respond to your marketing programs, but also when they interact socially, use your product, and talk with the sales team. You may need to do “Lead to Account” (L2A) Matching to associate all the people who are in Salesforce as Leads to the right account. Finally, assign a number of minutes to each of the activities. Now you are ready to analyze your engagement! Use the Heatmap to see which parts of the organization engage with you, and where you may have blind spots. 7 of 12
  8. 8. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing potential buying activity than individual lead scores. That’s why we use a new metric, Marketing Qualified Account (MQA) instead of the person- based metric, Marketing Qualified Lead (MQL). 3 Engagement (continued) Aggregate engagement trend Combine the minutes for all the contacts at an account to come up with a measure of aggregate account-level engagement over time. Imagine being able to go to the head of sales to show that target accounts spent 4,289 minutes engaging with marketing activities this quarter, up 122% from only 1,932 last quarter. This is certainly a sign that things in the middle of the funnel are progressing in the right direction! Marketing qualified accounts (MQAs) Finally, identify the most engaged accounts and alert sales about any accounts where engagement is spiking up or down versus their recent trend. At Engagio, we think that account-level engagement is a better indicator of Oneof thesinglebest ways todemonstratemarketing’simpact in account-basedmarketing, especially in themiddle of the funnel, is toshowincreased engagementfrom one or more target accounts. Definition – Marketing Qualified Account (MQA): An account (or discrete buying center within an account) that has reached enough aggregate engagement in a given time period to merit a sales outreach. 8 of 12
  9. 9. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing • Coverage: The percent of target accounts that have a success in a given program. It is a measure of how broadly the program reaches your target accounts. • Focus: The percent of all program successes that come from your target accounts. It is a measure of how efficiently the program reaches just your targets (or inversely, how much “waste” the program has in terms of reaching non-targets). 4 Program Impact Are marketing programs reaching target accounts? Use these additional program metrics to see which programs do the best job of reaching your specific named accounts: • Successes: A success is defined for each program channel. For a webinar, success is attending the event; for a content program, it is downloading the content; and so on. In general, programs withgood coverage and/or good focus will do a better job of achieving your account-basedmarketing goals. Example Calculation Say you ran a webinar with 500 total attendees, and of those, 50 attendees work at companies that are designated as target accounts. Now, since individual attendees may work at the same company, let’s say that those 50 attendees come from a total of 25 different accounts. Finally, let’s say that you have 100 total target accounts. In this case, your metrics are: • Successes: 50 (individual attendees from target accounts) • Coverage: 25% (25 accounts with a success, out of 100 total) • Focus: 10% (50 attendees from target accounts, out of 500 total) COVERAGE %targetaccounts with asuccess FOCUS %ofsuccessesfromtargetaccounts 9 of 12
  10. 10. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing • “Accounts that attended that dinner had 16% more movement to the next opportunity stage over the next three months.” • “Accounts with more than three engaged contacts have 11% more closed won opportunities.” • “Accounts with the top 10% of engagement are 117% more likely to be Net Promoters than average.” Even if correlations don’t always imply causation, these insights are still a very strong way for marketing to show why increasing engagement and running account-based marketing programs will matter to sales executives and the C-suite. 5 Influence How are the ABM activities improving sales outcomes such as deal velocity, win rates, average contract values, retention, and net promoter scores? Every marketer ultimately wants to know how much revenue is driven by each program. But long sales cycles with many touches can make a true attribution model difficult – and, in some cases, meaningless. That’s why in ABM we instead need to look for correlations between the activities and key sales outcomes. To do this, mine your data to find influence insights such as: • “Accounts in the top 25% of engagement have 18% faster sales cycles than those in the bottom 25%.” • “Accounts that attended this webinar ended up with 5% higher contract values than those that didn’t.” 10 of 12
  11. 11. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing One of the key sources of misalignment between marketing and sales is the disconnect between the way marketing measures success and the way sales measures it. One of the benefits of account-based marketing is how it brings the two teams closer, aligning focus on a specific list of named accounts. By evolving your metrics in the matter discussed in this ebook, marketing and sales can begin to speak the same language and come even closer together as a result. For some, the movement away from tried and true metrics may feel unnerving, but if you are going to embrace account-based marketing, the change and its implications are unavoidable. Fortunately you are not alone. Engagio is working hard to make all the metrics covered here easy and beautiful. We’d love to have you be part of the journey. Marketing needs to understand the aggregate level of engagement across the account, and know when that engagement goes up or down. – Jon Miller, CEO, Engagio Conclusion From To People Accounts Leads Opportunities Personas Specific Buyers Quantity Quality 11 of 12
  12. 12. Account-BasedMarketing Analytics Copyright ©2015, Engagio Inc.The Big 5 Metrics of Account-Based Marketing Engagio is creating marketing software purpose-built to support companies with complex, enterprise sales. This means it is: • Account-centric: Understand relationships and measure effectiveness at the account-level. • Outbound-oriented: Orchestrate integrated account plans that reach out to engage the right contacts at the right accounts. • Focused on “land & expand”: Manage initiatives to land new customers, penetrate accounts, and deepen existing relationships. Engagio is designed to integrate with and complement an existing marketing automation solution. Our initial customers are Marketo and Salesforce users with complex, enterprise sales. Want to check it out yourself? Contact us at sales@engagio.com to set up your personal demo! About Engagio 12 of 12

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