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Target Account Selection

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Account Based Marketing is a zero waste approach when you're targeting the right accounts. President and Cofounder of EverStirng, J.J. Kardwell explains account selection, the critical first step to implementing an ABM strategy, and how to use predictive marketing to optimize this step.

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Target Account Selection

  1. 1. ©2015 EverString Target Account Selection J.J. Kardwell President & Co-founder, EverString
  2. 2. ©2015 EverString Agenda  Target account selection as the critical first step of account-based marketing (ABM)  Using predictive marketing to optimize target account selection  Tiered approach to targeting accounts  Creating sales and marketing alignment through target accounts 2
  3. 3. ©2015 EverString The seven steps of ABM 1. Identify Target Accounts 2. Identify Decisions Makers 3. Clean Account and Lead/Contact Data 4. Create Personalized Content 5. Select Channels or Combination of Channels 6. Program Execution 7. Review results and optimize 3 Who? What? How?
  4. 4. ©2015 EverString The seven steps of ABM 1. Identify Target Accounts 2. Identify Decisions Makers 3. Clean Account and Lead/Contact Data 4. Create Personalized Content 5. Select Channels or Combination of Channels 6. Program Execution 7. Review results and optimize 4 Who? What? How?
  5. 5. ©2015 EverString The role of target account selection in ABM  Target account selection is the foundational step of ABM.  Without target account selection you can not do anything with ABM.  To optimize effectiveness, you need to first understand your total addressable market, and then identify the ideal target accounts to pursue.  Target account selection has historically been a laborious task, but technology has made it much easier and more accurate. 5
  6. 6. ©2015 EverString The “old way” of target account selection  Manually select accounts  Sales reps pick companies they’ve sold to and those they are pursuing  Selection based on basic firmographics (e.g., revenue, geography, employee count and industry)  Prioritized based on gut feel and subjective judgment  Blind spots in new geographies and segments 6
  7. 7. ©2015 EverString Predictive account selection – the new way 7 A A A A A B ABM starts with Audience Selection The process of using data to identify your target accounts Use data to compile an objective list of target accounts B B CD C CC D C C C CC D C CC DD C C DC D C C D C D C CC C D DC DC D C A A
  8. 8. ©2015 EverString How to build predictive target account lists Key questions:  Which companies can use this approach?  What makes for a good target account?  What data does predictive use?  What signals matter? 8 EverString collects & curates terabytes of information internet commercial sources crawl pixels ip traffic Data Science Machine Learning Natural Language Processing Artificial Intelligence 20KInsightsperAccount EverString Account Insights 11M Accounts
  9. 9. ©2015 EverString INTENT FIT ENGAGEMENT Out of Funnel browsing behavior, crawling Upper Funnel Pixels and cookies Mid Funnel Marketing Automation Lower Funnel CRM Accounts should be prioritized on three dimensions 9 Fit Determines how much an account or lead looks like your best customers (e.g., firmographics and tech stack) Engagement Quantifies the degree of interaction that an account or lead has had with you (e.g., website visits, webinars, downloads) Intent Engagement that is not with you (e.g., browsing activity, content consumption & behavior patterns by prospects)
  10. 10. ©2015 EverString Output is an objective target account list  Your model is applied against full account database  Provides you with a point-of-view on every account in your addressable market  Result is objective target account list 10 Marketing Automation CRM Decision Platform Your Data, Your Model Audience Selection Scores Net New Prospects 20KInsightsperAccount EverString Account Insights 11M Accounts Integration Target Account List
  11. 11. ©2015 EverString Ideal account profiles are different for each business 11
  12. 12. ©2015 EverString Target account tiering  Tier accounts by account persona to promote alignment with sales  Involve sales team in tiering process. This is what they expect, and you will seed the discussion with an objective list of accounts.  ABM plays can be expensive, so tiering is critical to optimize dollar spend and resource allocation 12 Tiers Accounts ACV Revenue Potential ABM Budget Tier 1 10 $500,000 $1,500,000 $150,000 Tier 2 100 $100,000 $3,000,000 $300,000 Tier 3 1,000 $50,000 $5,000,000 $500,000
  13. 13. ©2015 EverString Identifying your buying center Once you have a reliable target account list, you can use old fashioned buyer personas and insights into the “sphere of influence” 13 InfluencersBuyer  Buyer personas remain mostly intact. You may need to refine language to speak of the buyer in the context of an account  Determining the “influencers” to your economic buyer enables deeper penetration into the account  With ABM, your SDRs can be directed to help map the entire sphere of influence
  14. 14. ©2015 EverString ABM plays can then be run against two layers 14 Buyer Play Influencer Play Physical Mailer Email Nurturing Invite to Micro Event SDR Call w/ ALL Targeted Display Postcard Email Nurturing SDR Call w/ ENGAGED InfluencersBuyer
  15. 15. ©2015 EverString 15 Account Based Selling Creates deeper sales and marketing alignment Marketing&
  16. 16. ©2015 EverString Predictive in the ABM process 1. Identify Target Accounts 2. Identify Decisions Makers 3. Clean Account and Lead/Contact Data 4. Create Personalized Content 5. Select Channels or Combination of Channels 6. Program Execution 7. Review results and optimize 16 Getting this right...
  17. 17. ©2015 EverString Predictive in the ABM process 1. Identify Target Accounts 2. Identify Decisions Makers 3. Clean Account and Lead/Contact Data 4. Create Personalized Content 5. Select Channels or Combination of Channels 6. Program Execution 7. Review results and optimize 17 Getting this right... …enables this to be effective
  18. 18. ©2015 EverString Final Thoughts  Picking the right accounts is critically important for ABM, as ABM will not work unless it is focused on the correct targets  Predictive marketing software enables you to rapidly build an objective target account list, and to prioritize every prospect in your market  Optimizing target account selection creates alignment between marketing and sales 18
  19. 19. ©2015 EverString 19 J.J. Kardwell President & Co-founder EverString www.everstring.com jj.kardwell@everstring.com @jjkardwell

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