ABM Display Ad Secret: For Better Results, Try the “Marigold Effect”

Many seasoned gardeners know the power of companion planting. When implementing this type of planting, the companion plant often chosen is the yellow or orange Marigold flower.

With companion planting, marigolds have been proven to help the growth and performance of basil, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, eggplant, gourds, kale, potatoes, squash, and tomatoes. Marigolds also a great companion plants to melons because they deter beetles. In fact, some scented varieties of marigolds not only deter beetles, but beet leaf hoppers, cabbageworms, Mexican bean beetles, and nematodes (microscopic worms that attach the roots of plants) as well. Some varieties even repel rabbits.

According to the University of Rhode Island Green Share program, the secret is in the strong scent of the marigold. Many insects and pests find food based on smell and the marigolds can mask the scent of various crops. So, if the adult cabbage moth has a tough time finding the crops by smell there will be fewer cabbageworms around the cabbage and other plants.

It has been said that the roots of French Marigolds release a chemical so strong that this marigold is an effective pesticide for several years after the plants have died in your garden or flower bed. The University of Florida Extension recommends planting a robust crop of marigolds one season before planting fruits or vegetables to effectively control nematodes.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension Service notes that marigolds also suppress some disease-causing agents.

Many rose gardeners also swear that marigolds help deter weeds and strengthen rose plants. The powerful outcome from certain types of marigolds—repelling insects and pests, suppressing diseases, and minimizing weeds—strengthens companion plants. The combination of marigolds with companion plants creates greater performance for all collective plants versus just growing roses, vegetables, or marigolds on their own.

That is the “Marigold Effect.”

While the Marigold Effect is often seen in the gardening community, I believe that it can be applied to the Account-Based Marketing (ABM) world with great results as well. One of the best ways that I see to create the Marigold Effect in ABM is with display advertising and retargeting. Continue reading

ABM Program Success: Four Tips from a Bass Fishing Tournament Winner

Bass fishing looks easy…that is, until you step off the dock into your boat and realize you have eight hours to catch as many largemouth bass as you can. The same holds true for Account-Based Marketing (ABM). It makes sense and looks easy until you have to dip your toe in the water and build out a pilot program.

The other weekend I was flipping the channels on the TV and came across an interview with a guy who had just won a bass fishing tournament. His insights seem to be just as relevant for successful Account-Based Marketing as they did for successful bass fishing. I’d like to share four of those insights with you and see what you think. Continue reading

Beyond the Hype: A Peek Behind the ABM Curtain Part 4

An interview with Russell Glass, Former VP, Products at LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

Kwanzoo: Looking at your background, it looks like you started in Sales, moved into Marketing, wrapped yourself around Products and Data–and found time to be an entrepreneur along the way. What impact do you think your early jobs had on the way you think about B2B sales and marketing?

Glass: I saw very early in my sales career the importance of capturing and pulling together conversations as well as the value propositions and benefits that my customers cared about—which helped in setting follow-up meetings and reminders, etc. Then as a marketer, I learned the value of organizing that aggregated data. Leveraging that organized data made me a smarter marketer. I see it today with Account Based Marketing (ABM). Understanding all the customers that a group of salespeople are engaged with, understanding how those customers are moving through the lead funnel and leveraging that data to influence your targeting and campaign strategy—ensures alignment and assures that marketing is not wasting dollars on companies that just aren’t in the conversation yet.

So, if you are focused on the bottom of the funnel, you want to focus on the people that the salespeople are talking to. If you are focused on the top of the funnel, you want to focus on the people that salespeople would want to talk to. All my early jobs and experiences came together to help steer how I think about B2B sales and marketing—and how I founded Bizo.

Kwanzoo: Yes, thanks for bringing that up. You founded Bizo. What is the impact that you think that Bizo has had on the B2B marketing and sales tech landscape? Continue reading

A Peek Behind the ABM Curtain (third in series)

An interview with Anudit Vikram, SVP, Advanced Marketing Solutions, Dun & Bradstreet

Kwanzoo: Thank you for your time Anudit. Let’s start off with an easy question. What is your role at Dun & Bradstreet?

Vikram: Sure, my role is to drive the product technology and data sciences behind our digital efforts. Within our Sales and Marketing line of business we have been building out our digital products over the last few years and that is what I drive. My primary focus is digitizing our data assets and building products for digital marketing, online advertising, or to use in the adtech ecosystem.

Kwanzoo: The data provider and data management vendor space is getting more crowded every day. How do you view and segment the different players out there?

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