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Which Accounts Should I Monitor For New Prospects?

You're interested in tracking your customer accounts and/or target prospect accounts for missing contacts, especially when there are new decision-makers join so you can optimize your customer success (CS) and sales strategy for these accounts.

Specifically, on the CS side you want to prevent churn risk and identify up-sell and cross-sell opportunities, while on the Sales side, you want to engage buyers at the very beginning of their buying journey — when they still have budget and when they’re not speaking with the competition.

But you’re also unsure how many accounts to monitor, which account types, and how best to prioritize.

Here are someways to segment your accounts to make sure you cover all opportunities:

1. Enterprise/ABM Accounts

The best way to sell into Enterprise is via a previous champion who can help you navigate all the key stakeholders and rally the troops.

Since there are so many key contacts within an Enterprise account, it’s important to know who’s joining and leaving so you can engage at the right time to protect the account if it’s an existing customer, or accelerate the deal if it’s a prospect account.

Monitoring your ABM target accounts for new prospects helps aligning your sales and marketing efforts, and maximizing your return on investments.

2. Competitors' Customer Accounts

Great to know if that pesky detractor who liked your competitor has left and somebody new has taken over. Maybe they’re a previous champion, maybe not. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to get a foot in the door with a company that has a known need for a solution similar to yours, and you (of course) can help them better than your competition.

3. Customer Accounts

Know when there are new decision makers joining your customer accounts to prevent churn risks.

As an incumbent solution that had been selected by someone else, your product will be re-evaluated and/or re-negotiated. So it is even more crucial for CSM/Account Managers to reach out to the new decision-makers timely to understand their priorities and updating them on the impacts (ROI) your product has provided to their team and company.

4. Closed Lost and Churned Accounts

Remember that dream account where you lost the deal or that key customer that didn’t renew but should have? Voila! A new hire means your second chance!