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Set up account-based marketing in HubSpot

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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If your business uses an account-based marketing (ABM) strategy or is suited for ABM, HubSpot offers out of the box features that helps you execute the strategy.

Learn more about account-based marketing and how to adopt this strategy using the HubSpot ABM tools.

Activate your ABM tools

Only Super admins and users with Account access permissions can activate the ABM features in your account. Once activated, ABM tools cannot be deactivated.

To activate your ABM features:

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to Contacts > Target Accounts.
  • Click Get started.

You'll be brought to set up your target accounts index page. Once activated, all features below will be enabled in your HubSpot account.

Update your ABM information

ABM properties created

Data in the following default properties will be used in the ABM dashboard and its reportsABM lists, your target accounts home, and your Account overview. Learn more about managing your properties.

Contact properties

Buying role: identifies the role that a contact plays during the sales process. Contacts can have more than one role, and they can share the same role with another contact. Example property options are Decision MakerBudget Holder, and Blocker. You can edit this property to add new buying roles, but the default values cannot be deleted. 

Company properties 

Target account: identifies the companies that you are marketing and selling to as part of your account-based strategy. This is a single checkbox property. Update a company record's Target account property value to True, so it is identified as a target account in your HubSpot account. 

Ideal customer profile tier: represents how close a company matches your ideal customer profile in three tiers. Companies that are Tier 1 should be a great fit for your products/services, where Tier 3 might be acceptable, but low priority. You can edit this property to match your business strategy.

Learn how to assign values manually to these properties, or create a workflow to automate the process. You can also create custom score properties for companies and build it for your business processes.

Update your ABM properties using workflows

The default workflow template Update company properties based on defined criteria is designed as an example for ABM. This template demonstrates how you can assign a tier value based on a company's Annual revenue value.

You can select this template when creating a company workflow:

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to Automations > Workflows.
  • In the upper right, click Create workflow.
  • In the left panel, click the Templates tab.
  • Click the Type dropdown menu and select Companies.
  • Select the Update company properties based on defined criteria template as a possible demonstration for an ABM workflow.

Customize it to fit the profile of your ideal customer (e.g., updating the annual revenue amounts, selecting other properties such as industry and country).


Target specific accounts

View recommended accounts to target

Once your ABM tools are activated, you have access to your target accounts home. HubSpot recommends companies as good possible accounts for you to target. Learn how to access these recommendations.

Create contact and company lists

Once your ABM tools are activated, your HubSpot account creates contact lists based on ABM contact and company properties. You can view these lists in the Account Based Advertising list folder.

These lists will help to segment your contacts and can be used when creating ads audiences, sending marketing emails, and customizing smart content on your site:

  • All contacts labelled as an Influencer
  • All contacts labelled as a Champion
  • All contacts labelled as an Budget Holder
  • All contacts labelled as an Decision Maker
  • All contacts with a Buying Role
  • All contacts associated with target accounts

You can also create company lists for further targeting.

Create ads for your target accounts

If you've connected your LinkedIn Ads account to HubSpot, you can create a company list audience to automatically sync companies from your target accounts or a specific company profile tier to the matched audience in LinkedIn.

When creating a contact list audience, you can also select the default ABM contact lists as stated above.

Work with your target accounts

View your target accounts in the target accounts home

Your target accounts home helps you with keeping track of the accounts you want to work on. Both your sales and marketing team members can review target account activity and identify new accounts to target. Learn how to access and use your target accounts home.

Understand a target account through its account overview

If you have Sales Hub Professional or Enterprise seat, you can view the Account overview for a company record:

The overview displays:

Use the Slack integration

The Slack and HubSpot integration allows you to push data to and call data from HubSpot, including the following actions:

  • Create a deal or company-based Slack channels through a HubSpot workflow;
  • Enter the /hs-report-company Slack command to receive metrics on a target account; and
  • Share notes in HubSpot to Slack immediately.

Analyze your target accounts through reports

HubSpot has a library of dashboards and reports based on the ABM properties. You can analyze your existing ABM efforts, refine your ABM strategy going forwards using this data, and find answers to sales and marketing questions.

To create and save the ABM reports dashboard:

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to Reporting & Data > Dashboards.
  • In the upper right, click Create dashboard. You'll be brought to the dashboard library.
  • In the left panel, click Target accounts to view all ABM dashboards.
  • Click the dashboard that suits your business strategy.
  • Continue setting up your dashboard.

To view and access individual ABM reports:

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to Reporting & Data > Reports.
  • In the upper right, click Report library.
  • In the left panel, select the Target accounts checkbox to view all ABM reports.
  • When you've decided on the report you want, save the report.
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