Rise of the Marketing Technologist

Last week, I gave my talk at Search Insider Summit on the Rise of the Marketing Technologist. Based on the positive feedback I received from brands, agencies, and technology vendors alike, it apparently resonated deeply.

So, first, I’d like to share the slide presentation with you:

However, since slides can’t capture the full dynamics of the presentation, I thought I would follow with an essay version of my talk as well.

Rise of the Marketing Technologist

My premise is simple: marketing must control its technological destiny.

In the past few years, marketing has been flooded with a deluge of marketing technologies. The logos below provide merely a sample of the breadth of these offerings:

marketing technology logos

And more innovations are pouring in every day. Five forces in our industry have combined to create a perfect storm for marketing technology:

  • the migration of money from old media to new media
  • cloud computing and the migration from IT to SaaS
  • the measurable nature of digital to demonstrate ROI
  • a greenfield of opportunity for new entrants
  • the high-velocity economics of software innovation

Taken together, this reveals a huge market — growing larger every year — with relatively low barriers to entry. It has only begun to be tapped. The result, predictably, will be an explosion of marketing technology products and services over the next 5 years.

It can seem a little overwhelming.

But wait, there’s more…

Marketing technology isn’t just software you buy — it’s also software you create. Web applications, widgets, Facebook apps, iPhone apps, Android apps, interactive ads, the semantic web, and even the connected features of your products are now part of marketing’s realm.

Digital marketing has grown far beyond the web site. As marketers, we now manage a vast, extended web that includes landing pages, microsites, social media outposts, mobile apps, dynamic ads and more. I view this as a kind of solar system model, with many platform planets orbiting your central marketing strategy.

And new planets seem to enter our gravitational field every year. This year, the iPad and tablet computing are emerging as the latest satellites in orbit.

3 Spheres of Marketing Technology

All these technologies — the ones we buy, the ones we build upon — can be categorized into three overlapping spheres:

3 spheres of marketing technology

Internal technology is what we use to manage and analyze marketing operations, such as analytics, SEO auditing, competitive intelligence, and social media monitoring. External technology includes the platforms we use to reach our audience and deliver content — web sites, ads, landing pages, email campaigns, and apps of all kinds.

And, in many markets, there’s a blossoming new domain of product technology — features that are built into your very products and services, which directly feed into your marketing ecosystem. Social sharing features. Location features with GPS. RFID and participation in The Internet of Things. Purely digital products with inherent viral capabilities.

We’re talking about a lot of different technologies.

Yet in the big picture of marketing, the real challenge isn’t the individual components — it’s how these different pieces fit together in your unique enterprise. When you connect the dots, do you get a prince or a frog?

Technology Decisions in Marketing

A number of people have remarked that marketing seems to be getting harder. More fun, but harder.

One of the reasons it’s getting harder is because of the growing number of technology decisions marketers must struggle with. It wasn’t too many years ago that there were only a handful of choices — which CRM to use, which content management system (CMS) to adopt, which web analytics provider to choose.

exponential growth of technology decisions in marketing

But recently, the number of marketing technology decisions has skyrocketed. Marketers have more application and platform decisions to make than ever — bid management, campaign management, conversion optimization, attribution management, marketing automation, social media monitoring, behavioral targeting etc.

Every time a new platform or application arrives on the field, the decision space actually grows exponentially. Because again, it’s not just decisions about individual components — but decisions about their interactions with each other.

These decisions have significant consequences.

the impact of technology decisions in marketing

They determine what marketing capabilities your firm will have. They shape the experiences that prospects and customers will have with you. They impact your organizational efficiency and competition position. And they open (or close) the door to synergies with your other technology choices.

In other words, technology decisions and marketing strategy are intertwined. You can’t address one without impacting the other.

But who makes these decisions?

  • Marketers
  • IT department
  • Web shops
  • Technology vendors
  • Ad hoc

And on what basis do they make those decisions?

  • Marketing vision
  • Technical depth
  • Right incentives
  • Business alignment
  • Accountability

Marketers have the vision, incentives, accountability, and alignment — but often lack the technical depth. The IT department has plenty of technical depth, but different incentives. Web shops, agencies, and technology vendors may have a good mix of marketing vision and technical depth, but their business alignment has a different vector than yours.

But no one party brings all of these factors together.

Now, since each of these players has some of the pieces, it might be suggested that the solution is to bring everyone together for a big meeting and let the answer emerge from consensus. Not to sound too skeptical, but I call that the U.S. Congress Model of Decision Making.

Contention doesn’t necessarily lead to invention. It usually leads to deadlock or the lowest common denominator.

Digital Marketing: Like IT or Product Development?

Speaking of contention, any discussion of marketing must address the frequently broken relationship between marketing and IT.

I’ve written before on why marketing and IT are diametrically opposed — the tension between marketing and IT is actually quite natural given the way most organizations are structured. IT and marketing simply have different incentives and priorities.

IT is primarily concerned with stability, security, economy, standardization, and functional specs. Marketing is more concerned with speed, agility, innovation, market impact, differentiation, and customer experience. It’s not that IT doesn’t appreciate marketing’s priorities — or vice versa. It’s just that their incentives cause them to value their own respective priorities more.

But the relationship between marketing and IT isn’t the only way to manage technology.

For example, Apple has a terrific IT department. But IT didn’t create the technology of the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad. To be sure, they provided logistical support to how those products were delivered. But the creation of the technologies themselves came from the product development team.

Product development and IT engineers — even though they’re both technologists — are quite different in what they do and how they do it.

I believe that digital marketing is more like product development than IT because it is:

  • More front-office than back-office
  • Experienced directly by customers
  • An engine for new revenue
  • Integral to the brand
  • Visible in competitive positioning
  • A creative endeavor

And that parallel suggests a way forward for the future of technology-powered marketing.

Marketing Must Lead Marketing Technology

Marketing must take ownership of the technology in its domain.

As marketers, you’re already responsible for the outcomes based on such technology. The accountability so widely promoted in digital marketing has you in the hot seat for results. It’s only sensible that you should have full control over the means and mechanisms to deliver those results.

You must be the driver of marketing technology, not merely a concerned passenger. But if you don’t have technical depth, who can help you navigate?

I propose a new role in the marketing department: a marketing CTO or chief marketing technologist. The mission of the marketing CTO is to provide that technology navigation.

organization chart with a marketing CTO

The marketing CTO would report to the CMO, not the CIO — although he/she would certainly collaborate with the IT department (and, increasingly, with the product development group). This person would be a technologist, with a strong background in software and technology management. But their focus, passion, and allegiance would be to the marketing mission.

The marketing CTO would be perched at the intersection of those three spheres of marketing technology, providing the technical leadership to orchestrate and optimize them.

I’m not the only one who thinks this role is crucial to marketing’s future.

Earlier this year, Avi Dan — who’s been an executive at Young & Rubicam, Saatchi & Saatchi, and other leading agencies — wrote an editorial in Advertising Age titled Why Brands Should Embrace Technological Change. In it, he advocates:


CMOs must… recognize that technology is no less a marketing tool than, say, market research, and appoint a marketing-technology czar to champion it… to act as a cross-functional facilitator and identify technology that can enhance marketing activity and brand building.

A group of researchers at the MIT Sloan School of Management came to a similar conclusion in an article that was reported in The Wall Street Journal as The Secrets of Marketing in a Web 2.0 World:


Who should direct… Web 2.0 marketing? [An executive with skills] beyond those of a typical MBA holder or tech expert. We coined the term marketing technopologist for a person who brings together strengths in marketing, technology and social interaction.

The Role of the Marketing CTO

To be clear: I’m not proposing another layer of management in marketing. I believe it’s a flat organization world. And I’m certainly not advocating for a new C-level position — the CMO is the right person to be the unequivocal leader of all marketing.

Instead, I am suggesting that technology become one of the vertical pillars of the marketing function — with the marketing CTO as its head.

Resources that used to be begged, borrowed, or bought would instead become a native part of the marketing organization. If you don’t ascribe anything mystical to technology, and simply treat it as a talent and skill set of the new marketing — part of the natural shift from old media to new media — then this is a completely logical move.

I do think it’s better to think of this capability holistically as marketing technology, rather than breaking it down into separate specialties. Like the other facets of marketing, I believe the shift from strict silos such as search or social to a more integrated approach is important. There will always be some specialization, but the real potential is in broadly connecting the dots.

Now, this new technology branch of marketing doesn’t have to implement everything. It will develop some software — particularly the glue between disparate components — but it will also work with IT, the product team, outside agencies, technology vendors, and contractors.

The difference from before is that marketing will now have “positive control” over the full technical dimension of these other participants — not just at a high conceptual level, but at a technology implementation level too.

Instead of marketers having to take what those other technologists say at face value — which leads to challenges when incentives and end-to-end business objectives are not perfectly aligned — the marketing CTO can provide checks and balances. Timeframes, technical specifications, architecture choices, and final deliverables can all be reviewed by an expert who is perfectly aligned with marketing’s agenda.

The marketing CTO is the person who combines marketing vision and technical depth to direct the entire landscape of a company’s marketing technology portfolio.

Ultimately, the goal of the marketing CTO is to enable the CMO to wield technology as a strategic marketing capability. This can be analogous to the relationship between a less-technical CIO and his or her CTO, or between a product CTO and the CEO. If the chemistry is right, this is a powerhouse combination.

Building a Technology Culture in Marketing

But while a marketing CTO can be a great change agent, catalyst, and leader for this new branch of marketing, integrating technology more deeply into the marketing function isn’t a one-person show. The future of marketing is having technologists seamlessly embedded throughout the marketing department — collaborating in synchronized harmony across many teams.

I’m not saying that everyone in marketing needs to be a technologist — just like not everyone in marketing has to be a “creative.”

But even though not all marketers have a background as a graphic designer or art director, such creative capabilities are deeply interwoven into the culture of marketing. We appreciate them and collaborate with them. A CMO doesn’t need to have been a Chief Creative Officer, but he or she must know how to manage and lead such resources.

That is how marketing must embrace technology — as a new fundamental building block of its DNA. Technology must become infused into marketing’s culture.

Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Any marketer who has relied on cut-and-paste scripts for web analytics or conversion optimization knows how that feels first hand.

The danger with adopting such a black box approach to marketing technology — I don’t know how it works, it just works, sort of, I think — is that it obscures risks and opportunities, breeds superstition, and makes it difficult to reveal and leverage interdependencies.

By incorporating technologists throughout marketing, across many teams — and by embracing their talents and skills as part of the essence of new marketing — marketing can go from being in the audience of the magic show to being the magician on stage, performing feats with dextrous precision that cause your customers to “ooh” and “ahh.”

Marketing Agility and the Future

Speed and agility are increasingly at the heart of marketing’s competitiveness.

A key benefit to empowering marketing with its own technical talent will be an acceleration of the clockspeed in implementing technology-based programs. Part of this speed-up will be purely organizational — having engineers directly on your team, sitting right next to you, perfectly aligned with your mission is bound to be faster than the slow and arduous process of constantly crossing organizational boundaries and vying for the attention of people who are not 100% focused on your goals.

Managing technology resources under marketing’s umbrella will — to talk tech — minimize switching costs and reduce communication latencies.

However, there is a deeper level at which technologists can contribute to marketing’s agility: introducing agile methodologies into marketing operations and management. Just as agile software development made the process of creating software more nimble than the rigid and time-consuming “waterfall” approaches that preceded it, agile marketing can accelerate the operational tempo of marketing.

an agile software development process

After all, since more and more marketing is implemented through technology, it makes sense that iterative and flexible processes derived from agile software methodologies — such as the scrum approach illustrated above — will thrive in the modern marketing ecosystem.

Similarly, since the trackable and malleable nature of digital marketing lends itself so well to controlled experiments, A/B testing, and multivariate testing, marketing can re-interpret and leverage the concepts of test-driven development from software engineering to systematically feed continuous improvement.

Even ideas from open-source software may be successfully adapted in a marketing context.

The overarching vision is that the cross-pollination of marketing and technology cultures will lead to innovative hybrid models of marketing technology management that are indigenous to this new era of marketing.

And the value of developing such innate technical savvy will only increase as scale and scope of marketing technology grows.

One of the most fascinating fields of research today is at the intersection of computer science and marketing. This is the emerging field of computational marketing — somewhat analogous to the revolution of computer science and finance that birthed the industry of computational finance.

Computational marketing can leverage the tsunami of big data with real-time experimentation, optimization, and personalization — intertwined with human marketing expertise and judgment — to transform this industry over the next 10 years.

Thanks to the economies of cloud computing, these computational marketing capabilities will not be limited to a handful of the Fortune 500. Marketers of any size will be able to utilize them — if they know how.

Embracing Marketing Technologists Today

If I’ve persuaded you of the potential of this future, your first question may be: where do we find these mythical creatures called marketing technologists?

Of course, few people have those titles today.

But the talent, skill set, and experience that we’re looking for does exist out there. A whole generation of web developers and web entrepreneurs have developed these commingled capabilities — out of necessity and desire. They often have a formal engineering background followed by business or marketing graduate studies or in-the-trenches experience.

Many of them have already infiltrated marketing, perhaps through an interactive agency, a web development project, or search engine optimization.

For many, I believe the opportunity to rise to the challenge and harness their intellect and imagination to unify and turbocharge a company’s marketing technology landscape will be a compelling and inspiring mission — one that will kick-start a virtuous cycle of attracting more talent to these roles.

Within the next several years, marketing technologists and marketing CTOs could be some of the hottest jobs in our industry. And that’s good for everyone.

It’s even good for outside agencies and technology vendors. They shouldn’t fear this future where marketers have more direct technology leadership. Although agencies and vendors have been trying to fill this void externally, it’s ultimately hard to do from the outside — and it’s not really what they do best.

Agencies should focus on the creative services, outside perspective, consultative expertise, and best practices that they can bring to their clients. Vendors should focus on making their products the very best they can be. Neither should be trying to substitute for solid marketing technology leadership at their clients.

On the contrary, I believe that strong marketing technology leadership at companies will actually help agencies and vendors, since it will enable those marketing departments to make technology associated decisions faster and easier — based on solid judgment, not superstition.

Better yet, such technologically-savvy marketers will be better able to apply the contributions from agencies and vendors — and ultimately will have a better chance of success. Again, that’s good for everyone.

Are you ready to take control of your technological destiny?

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  1. Scott, great post. CMO who doesn’t realize this is going to get left behind. My particular division is structured similar to what you suggested here, but our focus is really data and analytic. My group serve both product management and marketing (my team). Our sole focus is to provide marketing data by working internal and externally (separate analytic team sits within marketing work on campaign ROI). Think of us as technology/product management group for marketing department, we define all the requirements, innovate and work with engineering/IT to execute and deliver. Sort of like a Oreo cookie, we are the cream in the middle with marketing and engineering on each side. It’s extremely difficult to hire technologists who understand digital marketing.

  2. Excellent! This is indeed a Marketing Manifesto that should be read by all who claim to be Marketers.
    Today’s Marketing organizations need to transform themselves in order to survive. Transformation means adopting the technologies that allow Marketers to better gather, store, analyze, share, and act upon data. Data that drives revenue.
    It’s not just about that though. It’s about achieving “information superiority” over competitors, and getting the right information to the right people both internally and externally at the right times.
    Congratulations Scott, you made it to The Marketing Consigliere blogroll!

  3. Outstanding post. It puts in words what I have been living in the last couple of years, and then some. Right now, I am formally CTO in lack of a better title. My main roles are “Head of Marketing” and “Product Manager”, and I sometimes have the problem of describing why this makes sense. Now I can just point to your blog post ;-)
    And maybe I should just adopt a new title.
    BTW, I am hiring technical staff for my marketing team (apply here: http://www.magnolia-cms.com/jobs).

  4. Thanks for the wonderful feedback!
    Meng and Boris, it’s great to hear that you are tackling this role, albeit with different titles and/or boundaries. Yours are excellent stories to hear, as I suspect a number of marketing groups are moving in this direction — it makes sense given the state of marketing. As these roles gain more visibility, momentum will only build.
    Joe, it’s an honor to be on The Marketing Consigliere blogroll — thank you!

  5. Great post. It really sums up the state of things today. The plethora of choices in marketing technology and methods is only going to become more complex.

  6. Scott,
    great post. But you describe a profession that is long established: PRODUCT MANAGEMENT! In this discipline, you have “outbound” and “inbound” guys.
    “Inbound PMs” sit together with the engineers and leverage the technology. They know the customer and the market inside out, and they are the ones that can help form a product the customer wants.
    “Outbound PMs” are the folks that are interfacing with MarCom and formulate the message that goes to the targeted audience.
    There are a number of certifications for PMs out there, by different organisations (AIPMM, Pragmatic Marketing, Blackblot etc.).

  7. Well said!
    I made the transition from IT to the “techie” in marketing a number of years ago and couldn’t agree more.
    Although it’s sometimes difficult to explain the position / the importance of being involved in new initiatives from the start (as opposed to coming in “once technology is needed”) it’s a very rewarding profession and I’ve never looked back.

  8. Finally a great outlook on the growing field! I appreciate the ideas expressed here.

  9. I just wrote the following comment on sphinn:
    “It doesn’t bring anything new to the table. Yes, it presents itself as though it is, but technology has been a part of marketing since marketing begun. The technology has changed over the years. From stone, to paper and pen, to paper and press. From radio, to tv and now the Internet. The need to understand these medias have been as important throughout the history.
    Why separate technology from the creative process? If you don’t have a CTO that can converge the communicative will of the organization into technology, then you need to fire the CTO rather than hire a person to cover for him/her. So, do CTOs need to understand marketing – yes!! But should you create a new role within the technology infrastructure… probably no.”

  10. Thanks for the kind words Ron, Brian, Nishland.
    “Knowyourfiles” — I’ve known a lot of product managers, who do a fantastic job at the strategy and communication around their roles — but actual engineering skills usually aren’t in their skill set. (Particularly for non-technical products.) But again, I would expect product managers and corporate marketing leaders alike to retain the mantle of authority for what they do — the budding technology team(s) within marketing are simply there to help.
    You make a good counterpoint, Jesper. I think there is a question as to whether the universe of technology in which marketing is now operating is analogous to other shifts in media. In my humble opinion, I think it’s more than that — at least once you get below the very high philosophical level.
    I think we agree on your second point though: I believe that technology should be more tightly integrated with the creative process. That’s why I think marketing should have technologists under its umbrella, rather than separated by the organizational distance — and often a big cultural difference — in the IT department.
    With agencies, particularly interactive agencies, that’s probably less of a concern, as they’ve synthesized creative and technology together for a while — in many ways, I think they’re an inspiration for what in-house marketing departments can achieve. (Although many of the “internal” technologies discussed in the slide presentation go beyond what outside agencies are usually able to address.)

  11. Good post, very aligned with one I was going to give but had to back out of SIS at the last minute. What you suggest raises a number of thorny change management issues in the organization. As all good, fresh ideas do it raises more questions than it answers…
    How do we enable position specs to be written so that more and more people with generalist and broad skill sets are coveted?
    How do we awaken recruiters and hiring managers to realize business focused ideas and execution matter more than job titles?
    How do we create organizations that reward and embrace new and highly misunderstood skill sets like search at the top of the process rather than working to maintain the status quo?
    That is just a few that come to mind immediately! There is plenty more of course…

  12. Excellent post. We have been evangelizing & selling marketing automation in the cloud here in Belgium for the past decade. Most marketers we talk to do get the idea, but aligning other functions in the process (sales, channel management, IT) can sometimes result in sales and implementation cycles that span years instead of months… Having techies in the marketing organisation with access to the decision makers could surely help.

  13. Outstanding Scott!

  14. Joe Zuccaro summarizes it right: This is the start of a great “Marketing Manifesto” for the new world of digital marketing.

  15. Scott, an excellent slideshare presentation and great post. Very thought provoking!
    In the context of a large organisation, I like the idea of having a Marketing CTO (CMT) in each region/country because the marketing teams from the country would then have one ‘point person’ to reach out to for guidance.
    i.e. the CMT would be the local marketing team’s contact person for the plethora of locally relevant marketing technology products and services (Internal technology, External technology and Product technology)
    My perspective on how this could work:
    – The CMT could work with the local marketing teams to understand local marketing requirements and then work with the global and local tech teams, marketing teams and agencies to find the best locally relevant technology solutions (& work with global counterparts to negotiate preferred rates etc).
    – The CMT could effectively ‘consult’ to the marketing teams and present them with the marketing technologies that would best meet their objectives.
    – Where multiple marketing teams within a country are using the same technologies / tools, the CMT could facilitate best practice sharing and, where possible, collaboration to create efficiencies.
    Does this sound right? It will be interesting to see how this area develops. Thanks!

  16. Hi, Ro — thanks for sharing your perspective!
    You raise excellent questions about the different ways to scale technology leadership in marketing across large organizations (such as IBM). I suspect that the answer is “it depends” on the overall structure and culture of the organization — how are the different facets of marketing already distributed across business units and geos?
    The ideas you suggest sound like a great place to start the discussion.
    This opens up the broader issue of governance: how to systematically structure the decision rights of marketing technology among many stakeholders — for instance, product/unit vs. corporate marketing, geo-specific vs. global operations, IT vs. marketing, etc.
    Again, I don’t think there’s a single best answer — there are trade-offs in each direction — and the governance models you adopt impact your strategic capabilities. Different organizations will choose different models as a way to distinguish themselves.
    However, if I had to pick one model as a starting point, it would be a “federal” approach that distributes considerable authority to the “states.” I think local/unit control over technologies at the top of the funnel (e.g., search advertising and landing pages) makes more sense; while technologies deeper in the funnel (e.g., CRM) make more sense under centralized control.
    There’s a terrific book by Peter Weill and Jeanne Ross called “IT Governance” that provides a good overview of these different models. Although it’s very IT-centric, I think it’s a good starting point for similar discussions around marketing-centric technology too.

  17. In the post there aren’t any particular technologies for competitor and predictive analysis (‘web content management’ is too generic), the CRM platform is useful for ‘upsell – cross sell analysis’ and ‘churn analysis’, but every company must develop a deep knowledge of competitors and must predict the market transformation, with day-by-day analysis and Open Source Intelligence methods. About back office systems, they are crucial because they must assure the processing and the quality of market/customer/competitors data.

  18. Hi, Claudio.
    Thanks for pointing out that the field of competitive and market intelligence was probably underrepresented in my presentation and post. I briefly mentioned competitive intelligence as an internal technology in the 3 spheres diagram, but truthfully, that was just picked as one example out of a large number of possible ones.
    That actually is my larger point: the scope of marketing technology is huge. Larger than one generally thinks of day-to-day. But even when you sit down and try to come up with a comprehensive list, there always seems to be one more subfield — and certainly always one more company — that comes up.
    And given how fast this industry is growing, in all directions simultaneously, that’s just going to get more challenging in the years ahead.
    But that’s what makes marketing technology such a fun space to be working in!

  19. Thanks for an excellent article.
    I am in total agreement that there is a very real, but largely unseen, need for people who understand IT and marketing.
    I’ve been an IT techie for 17 years and recently made the leap to the Search Engine Marketing world.
    My background in data analysis and IT Systems management give me a perspective that the marketing department doesn’t have. I’ve employed the philosophy of Agile methodologies to provide actionable information to the business (by getting the right information to the right person at the right time… as one of the previous comments stated) quicker than requesting IT to provide them.
    I’ve also written programs to generate massive ad campaigns, and once I manage to get huge volumes of Adwords data into a database I’ll really be able to add value.
    My thoughts are that traditional Marketing departments that are dipping their toes into the digital waters won’t know what’s hit them once the Software Houses finally engage in this field and pull in marketing knowledge and talent.
    It’s an exciting industry for sure!
    Andy

  20. This is quite true. It makes more sense for smaller companies and start ups, but if there is a CMO and CTO in strong collaboration, then this can be accomplished between them as well, then the CTO may be accountable to technology that makes more over arching sense, and the CMO to traffic etc. In any case, I can cite many examples of where it is important for the CMO to leverage technology especially for SEO!! Such as in decisions whether or not to invest in CDN hardware or whether or not to use .net platform and its impact to SEO and so on. GREAT POST!
    WARREN LEE – http://www.seo-cubed.com

  21. Thanks, Warren.
    I agree — there’s more than one way to configure a team to achieve this outcome. A great collaboration between a CTO and CMO could be quite successful. But we’re on the same page with the overarching goal: CMOs must leverage technology as a new dimension of the marketing mission.

  22. Great post. The importance of utilizing technology for marketing professionals is only going to increase over time. Unfortunately not every organization has the resources to afford a marketing CTO. One possible place to look for help is to a companies vendors. A lot of the best brands have been spearheading efforts to leverage their marketing expertise for the benefits of their channel partners. Just another way of addressing some of the same challenges that you discussed.

  23. Still a great post, a year later. Thanks for putting together the presentation.
    I agree with other comments that the role is similar to Product Management of a suite of technology products. The ‘tidal wave’ aspect of technology integrating with marketing is truly upon us. Mobile, social, ideation, predictive markets, video everywhere, big data, it’s all exploding and layered with a startup innovation cycle on steroids. What an exciting time to be in the mar-tech world.

  24. Yeah, I think many here will feel that in our daily learning we are all becoming, with all due modesty, a bit marketing techologists (the “Chief” is not definitely appropriate to me, I think). But the conclusion is what we all already perceive: an acceleration of speed in our life…well, at least, the digital life

  25. Excellent post.
    As a Marketing and Communications agency it’s sometimes difficult to explain why we have such a big technology department and why it brings such important value to our offer but we are basically the in-sourced Marketing Technologists.

  26. This should be etched in stone! Wonderfully put!
    This is a very exciting movement and you touched on exactly what we do!
    Look forward to reading more!

  27. Thanks for the information on marketing. The art of marketing is a lot trickier than some people give it credit for. As a student of rhetoric, I see the fundamentals of rhetoric within your lesson.

  28. Well written article thank you Scot. It really brings out my ideologies. Hope you dont mind if share some of your articles on my bog.I really want to be a marketing technoogist

  29. This post holds true to today, if not further substantiated by a couple years of progress. If you like change, look forward to the next few years to come!

  30. Great post!
    All marketing professionals should have technology background and a certain level of know-how in term of execution and integration with company current technology- Feasibility of technology integration is key to harvest full potential of the blossoming technology landscape. Therefore marketers and technology vendors should consider a checklist of project scope with CTO/Head of development (or Marketing technologist) before signing any commercial agreement to ensure any investments in technology is deliverable and offer ROI in short, mid and long term.
    not sure if it is more difficult to get marketing professionals to understand technology or Development team members to understand marketing?

  31. Excelent Post here, Just what I was searching for. I’m studying two bachelor degrees right know: Marketing and International Business & Computer Sciences Engineering. So I was looking how to combine them and the CMT looks just what I love: Marketing and Computer Science.

    I’ll research more to be prepared when I graduate and take a Master in this, if it exist by now!

    I just wanted to thank you for this post, really you made my Year! You don’t know how!

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