Explores the development of account-based marketing (ABM) as a business practice, the pitfalls to avoid, and a step-by-step process for those wishing to set up an ABM programme and run it strategically.
Account-based marketing (ABM), also known as key account marketing, is a strategic approach to business marketing in which an organization considers and communicates with individual prospect or customer accounts as markets of one. It is typically employed in enterprise level sales organizations, basically treating large companies as markets in themselves, joining forces across sales, marketing, R&D, etc. ABM focuses explicitly on individual client accounts and their needs. More importantly, it is a collaborative approach that engages sales, marketing, delivery, and key executives towards achieving the client's business goals.
A Practitioner's Guide to Account-Based Marketing includes case studies from practicing professionals working in account-based marketing, including pioneering companies such as BT, Cisco, Cognizant, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard and more. It explores the development of account-based marketing as a business practice, including the lessons learned by the pioneers of the approach, and the pitfalls that those implementing it should avoid. It gives a step-by-step process for those wishing to set up an account-based marketing program, and use it tactically to accelerate growth in strategic accounts. An emphasis on practicality, an accessible and pragmatic tool for those who want a holistic guidebook to dip in and out of as they develop careers in ABM.
Bev Burgess is an accomplished marketer and businesswoman. Her background includes senior roles at British Gas, Epson and Fujitsu. As managing director of The Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) in Europe, Bev headed the company's learning and advisory activities in the region, and personally supported companies including Accenture, BT, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Orange and Xerox. Today, as Senior Vice President, Bev leads ITSMA's Global Account Based Marketing Council, and delivers consulting and training on designing, developing and implementing ABM programmes. Bev is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and has served as an international trustee.
Dave Munn has been the President and CEO of ITSMA since 2000, having led ITSMA's global expansion to become the leading B2B marketing association for technology, professional services, and telecom companies. Prior to joining ITSMA in 1995, Dave held field marketing and sales positions with Oracle and Apple and started his career in 1984 as a market research analyst at The Ledgeway Group, now part of Gartner Group.
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