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ICYMI: ABM Orchestration at #COSeries

During this year’s DGR Campaign Optimization Series, Triblio’s Chief Customer Officer, Andrew Mahr, let B2B marketers in on a few secrets about optimizing orchestrations in your ABM campaigns. His session, 3 ABM Orchestration Fails and How to Avoid Them, covered tips on identifying red flags in your ABM Orchestrations and best practices for successful campaign orchestration. In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the session and ungated access to a library of proven ABM Orchestration plays

Fail #1: A Bridge to Nowhere

ABM orchestration fail 1 - bridge to nowhere

Reaching buyers earlier in the B2B buying process is one of the key benefits of ABM Orchestration. Where marketers fail is in initiating a journey the buyer can’t finish or “A Bridge to Nowhere.” Unfortunately, most buyers won’t take the journey you’ve intended them to take. After targeting accounts showing intent and launching top-of-funnel tactics, you expect them to hit a landing page and convert, right? Not quite, and here’s why. 

Industry metrics reveal:

  • 42% of B2B display ads are shown on mobile  
  • 50% of engagement lift from display ads comes from clicks 
  • 2%  is the average conversion rate of a B2B website 

If half of the buyers who see your ads click and consume content directly, the other half may wait a few days before engaging with your brand through a web search or another channel. With this journey, they likely won’t reach your optimized landing page with the CTA intended to convert them. Instead, it’s essential to optimize your orchestration for organic journeys. You can use multistage, multichannel tactics to account for multiple journeys and nurture the buyer on their channels, at their pace

Fail #2: Marketing Qualified Scavenger Hunts

ABM Orchestration Fail #2: Marketing Qualified Scavenger Hunts

In orchestrated ABM campaigns, marketing can impact pipeline by identifying in-market prospects before competitors and triggering BDR action with the context and support they need to break into accounts (i.e., 1:1 landing pages, high-fit contacts, marketing air cover). In this play, you launch a program with BDRs to identify decision stage accounts with intent data and run air cover tactics to warm up the buying team–the end goal being a list of qualified MQAs with information on the best ways to prospect.

This play fails when marketing identifies MQAs and only notifies BDRs when to reach out, leaving out important contextual insights like who to target and what to say when they make contact. Next thing you know, you’ve sent BDRs on a scavenger hunt to manually:

  • Search multiple databases to find the right people and their contact info
  • Decide the appropriate campaign to add them into
  • Research the best marketing assets to promote to the buying team
  • Build account lists with high-fit contacts

Marketing can fix this by building out an MQA workflow that delivers true MQAs to BDRs, cutting down on manual work and increasing efficiency. With Triblio’s Orchestration Canvas, you can automate timing triggers for account outreach, list builds with buying team contacts and personalized assets to help BDRs book meetings quickly and painlessly.

Fail #3: Ghosting Prospects 

ABM Orchestration Fail #3: Ghosting Prospects 

Currently, there’s a chance that a prospect is receiving an automated marketing email that makes selling harder for an AE. The rule often implemented by sales is, “Don’t email my pipeline!” As a result, marketing helps close deals by blacklisting open opportunities from email lists instead of providing their true value in ABM campaigns–scaling sales efforts to the whole buying team. The intention can’t simply be don’t “ghost” the buying team, as this leaves sales isolated. Sales can’t consistently reach 10-20 decision-makers in each of their accounts, so they lose deals in pipeline.

To fix this orchestration fail, you should start a dialogue with sales to address how marketing can provide value in a low-risk, high-reward way. After agreeing on the most effective tactics to reach decision-makers, you can deploy a strategic air cover for sales orchestration to increase engagement within pipeline accounts. 

Access the entire session and orchestration resources on our event page.  

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