The Next Generation Of B2B Marketing Automation

| November 5, 2018

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Modern-day sales and marketing efforts are about working as a cohesive unit and aligning both operations. Furthermore, the focus is to have a holistic account-based approach, where the entire messaging is centered around target accounts. Accounts are companies that sales and marketing teams envision to be potential buyers. With account-based marketing, also known as ABM, organizations are more keen to channel their marketing budget on accounts that can yield better revenue for them.

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Since 1991, Filter has been completely focused on the digital marketing & design landscape. Our commitment to that focus has allowed us to build deep subject matter expertise, offer services that meet the ever-changing needs of the world's biggest and most progressive brands, and react quickly and nimbly when things change, which they always do.

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