Computer scientist becomes CMO of $50 billion company

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin, the CMO of EMC, was a computer scientist by training. On nights and weekends, he was a musician in a band. That correlation between software engineering and musical talent is actually not uncommon — and illustrates why technologists are often artists of a digital medium, writing code to express ideas and affect an […]

Who’s coming to MarTech? A very impressive community

Who's Coming to MarTech?

The second MarTech Conference is just a little more than two weeks away, March 31 – April 1 in San Francisco, and I’m starting to feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. There’s an amazing set of speakers who are coming to share their experiences and expertise. There’s also a fascinating cross-section of marketing technology […]

The Marketing Technology Landscape (2015) now in Excel

The Marketing Technology Landscape Excel Spreadsheet

One of the most common questions I get asked about my marketing technology landscape graphic — other than the rhetorical exclamation, “Are you kidding me?” — is: Do you have an Excel spreadsheet of all these companies that you can share with me? My answers have been, no, I’m not kidding. And no, sorry, I […]

The striking parallels between marketing automation and software engineering

New Relic Insights for Marketing Automation

Marketing automation may be all the rage with the best of today’s tech-savvy marketers, but fundamentally it’s just another software engineering problem abstracted to a pretty user interface (albeit with a fraction the functionality of the most basic scripting languages). Those of us who spend any time building program flows in a marketing automation platform […]

Should you judge a marketing cloud by its website?

Website Usability vs. Information Depth

I’d recommend that the next acquisition that some marketing cloud companies should make is a web design firm. Seriously, whatever the multiple — and I say this as a friend — it would be worth it. Acqui-hire, code red. I was struck by this last week when I was methodically checking each of their websites, […]

Speaking truth to marketers and marketing technology companies

Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) According to David Raab

Yes, that’s a sparkling, rainbow-colored unicorn kitten with butterfly wings. This came up in the following Q&A I had with marketing technology analyst extraordinaire David Raab. If you don’t yet know David, you may be scratching your head, wondering just what kind of Q&A I was running here. But if you do know him, you […]

For every marketing tech firm consolidated, 1.5 are born

Trading Places: Scott Brinker and Terry Kawaja

My doppelgänger (or am I his?) agrees: marketing technology isn’t consolidating yet. Digiday recently published a terrific podcast interview with Terry Kawaja, the CEO of LUMA Partners — an investment bank that specializes in adtech and martech companies. Of course, Terry and LUMA are probably most famously known for their amazing LUMAscapes that map out […]

VC predicts marketing tech will grow 10X in 10 years

Marketing Technology Will Grow 10X in 10 Years

Ashu Garg is a general parter at the venture capital firm Foundation Capital, focusing on start-ups in the marketing technology sector. He is currently on the boards of TubeMogul, Localytics, and AdRise, and was formerly on the board of Aggregate Knowledge before it was acquired by Neustar. Before going VC in 2008, Ashu was the […]

A magical junction of design, technology, and leadership

Redesigning Leadership

Possibly the most exciting phenomenon in the professional world today is the intermingling of disciplines. Certainly the intersection between marketing and technical roles — IT, software development, “industrial” operations — is one of those important junctions. But there are many more. Even marketing and technology are no longer merely a two-way crossroads. Increasingly design is […]

Marketing as UX incarnate, with agile and lean principles

Lean UX

Marketing has shifted from the business of communications to the business of experiences. It’s the experiences that we give our prospects and customers, from their very first touchpoint with us onward, that “communicates” our brand. And in a digital world, almost all of those experiences are mediated by software. Once you accept those premises, then […]