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Dan Ahmadi

Dan Ahmadi

VP Demand Generation and International Marketing, Branch

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Dan Ahmadi
Dan Ahmadi
Branch VP Demand Generation and International MarketingSeptember 8
1. Sales Leadership If you're in the B2B SaaS space, you'll know that marketing alone does not generate deals. We engage prospects and customers, bring them to the surface, and rely on AEs and sales development to mature that relationship, converting them to meetings and subsequently, deals. If your target account list is not aligned with Sales, the efforts get largely wasted. ABM works when Sales is ready and excited for each of those accounts to engage. Ultimately all accounts on the ABM list should either be assigned to an AE or on a target list, ensuring strong alignment between teams. 2. Sales Development Digging deeper on the above, it's imperative that Sales Development is also bought into the ABM strategy. It could have a major impact on their workflow, from lead assignments, qualification thresholds, and follow up SLAs. In my experience, I've found the best partner here to be the outbound SDR team, as they're incentivized to work the same accounts in the ABM list. Also, it's important to consistently surface the efforts being made to warm these accounts, as well as to analyze and prove that a warm account has a higher likelihood of converting than a cold one. If you do run the numbers and don't find that trend, it's likely that something is broken, or your thresholds for account activation are set too low. 3. Business Development / Partners Partners can make a huge difference when trying to break into major accounts. The BD team can be an excellent partner to provide inputs from partner organizations as to which accounts may be more susceptible to purchase new technology, as well as which ones have strong partners involved already.
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Dan Ahmadi
Dan Ahmadi
Branch VP Demand Generation and International MarketingSeptember 8
I'd love to, but we have yet to find an intent vendor that has data rich enough for our specific segment that would indicate readiness to buy. For other companies, I've seen this to be really effective, especially when 10s or 100s of people might start researching something the moment a problem is faced. In my current role, our ABM approach is primarily successful in an outbound manner, and there's not a strong enough inbound signal to leverage to guide our efforts. 
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Dan Ahmadi
Dan Ahmadi
Branch VP Demand Generation and International MarketingSeptember 8
I'd recommending focusing a lot more on engagement and less on lead generation or MQLs. In general, you should know the people you want to engage in each account, and you'll have them already populated in your CRM. This completely eliminates the need for any "lead source" tracking to prove effectiveness. Additionally, you'll want your team to keep engaging the important few until they're ready to take the next step with your company, so measuring actual engagement with marketing materials/programs is key. Several tools out there help with this such as Demandbase and 6Sense, but it can also be homegrown if you have the appetite for it. If I were to oversimplify a lot, assign points based on activities, roll them up to the account level, ensure they decay over time, and then set thresholds based on what matters most for your business. Maybe you need a lot of engagement within a few key contacts, maybe you need the whole village to get activated! If you're not sure, start somewhere, backtest, measure, and iterate. 
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Dan Ahmadi
Dan Ahmadi
Branch VP Demand Generation and International MarketingSeptember 8
An onboarding plan and a dedicated owner! I'm sure you've seen it before too-- you buy something new and shiny, and it takes a lot longer to implement and use than expected. Fast forward a few months or years and you realize nobody is using it anymore and it's shelfware, ready to be cancelled. I've found it to be super helpful to assign a singular owner to the martech solution, who is in charge of ensuring it's implemented effectively, people are onboarded onto it, and to report out on usage periodically. 
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VP Demand Generation and International Marketing at Branch
Formerly Outreach, MuleSoft
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Demand Generation AMA Contributor
Lives In San Francisco, CA
Knows About Account Based Marketing Strategy, Demand Generation KPI's, Customer Demand Gen, Marke...more