4 topologies of integrated marketing technology stacks

4 Marketing Technology Stack Topologies

"Bill Gates got it immediately. It took Andy Grove 10 years to figure it out, and 20 years for Steve Jobs." That quote in The New York Times by David B. Yoffie, Harvard strategy professor and co-author of a new book, Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs, immediately caught my eye. (Hat tip to M.G. Siegler.) What was "it" that these three titans of technology ultimately all figured out? Platforms and ecosystems. As the article explains, "In Continue Reading...

Similarities and differences of marketing technologists

6 Archetypes of Marketing Technologists

At the inaugural MarTech Conference last year, Sheldon Monteiro, the global CTO of SapientNitro, led a research study of the attendees — as well as readers of this blog — to profile the charateristics of marketing technologists as an emerging profession. The results were fascinating, revealing incredible depth and diversity of the backgrounds and skill […]

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The 3 pillars of marketing technology at General Mills

Chris Campbell

One of the best things about the MarTech Conference for me is the amazing group of marketing technologists that I get to meet face-to-face. It’s fascinating to hear their stories of how their careers developed and the kinds of work that they’re doing for their companies at the intersection of marketing and technology. Chris Campbell, […]

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Share your marketing stack and direct $1,876 for charity

The Stackies: Marketing Technology Stack Awards

I’m excited to announce The Stackies: Marketing Technology Stack Awards. The short version: share a high-level diagram of your own “marketing stack” — the collection of marketing software tools you use, large and small — by May 31, and if yours wins, I’ll donate up to $1,000 to the charity of your choice. All stacks […]

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29 marketing tech “unicorns” worth $1 billion+ each

Marketing Technology Unicorns as of April 2015

When it comes to valuations, the marketing technology landscape seems to follow, more or less, a power law distribution. A few companies are worth a tremendous amount of money, the so-called “fat head” of such a distribution. And then there’s a “long tail” of ever smaller niche companies that trail behind them as far as […]

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Marketers are fiercely passionate about their marketing stacks

Three Marketing Technology Stacks

“It’s okay to love your marketing stack. Just don’t love your marketing stack.” That’s what was running in the back of head last week, as I was moderating a “Show Us Your Marketing Stack” panel at the B2B Marketing Innovation Summit run by Demandbase in San Francisco. Three top marketing executives — Susan Ganeshan, CMO […]

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8 tips for marketing tech companies on pitching CMOs

Pitching marketing technology to the CMO

The following is a guest post written by Ashu Garg, general partner at Foundation Capital, with special advice from Julie Bernstein, COO for Stitch Fix and former CMO at Sephora. Ashu is the author of MarTech and the Decade of the CMO. I get pitched all the time — and I’ve heard it all. From […]

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Call-for-speakers for MarTech Europe — share your brain

MarTech Europe

The marketing technology industry — now affectionately called “martech” — is truly a global phenomenon. We’re seeing tremendous marketing innovation across every region of the world. And while some of the dynamics of this new brand of marketing are universal, many of the most creative and interesting ideas emerge from the adaptation of these new […]

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I’m sorry, but marketing software is still a world in flux

Point Solutions vs. Suites in Social Relationship Platforms

I’m sorry. I know a lot of people wish that the marketing technology merry-go-round would slow down and consolidate. And I fully appreciate why that’s desirable. Unfortunately, the evidence I keep encountering says we’re not there yet. Here are a few points on the curve that I’ve recently come across that suggest that marketing software […]

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A 2-sided silver bullet for marketing and sales alignment?

Digital Dialogue and the Sales Pipeline

Disclaimer: I wear two hats, professionally speaking. With one hat, I write this blog and chair the MarTech conference series — both of which I try to run with a vendor-agnostic editorial viewpoint. However, with my other hat, I am also the co-founder and CTO of a marketing software company, ion interactive. While I rarely […]

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