Digital marketing is now reappropriating the sales budget

Digital Marketing Sources of Funding

It probably comes as no surprise that digital marketing budgets are rising. But the velocity of growth is actually quite breathtaking. In research conducted by Gartner among their clientele, digital marketing budgets rose 20% in 2013. And they’re expected to rise again by double digits in 2014. For large companies, those are large budgets being […]

Boom! Marketo ignites the real marketing platform wars

Marketo Goes Platform

My fellow marketing technology enthusiasts, mark this week in your journals. Here at their Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco, Marketo just triggered a major inflection point in our industry. First, let me set the stage for the significance of what they’ve done. For a number of large companies assembling marketing “suites,” the narrative they’ve […]

Everything you wanted to know about agile marketing (but were afraid to ask)

Agile Marketing

Today I’m presenting a new talk on agile marketing that walks through a Scrum-inspired agile methodology and tackles several of the common myths and misconceptions people have about agile management. If you’ve been hearing about agile marketing but are a little fuzzy about the actual process — or if you have concerns that agile is […]

Announcing MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference

MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference

Today, I am thrilled to announce the launch of MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference — a conference designed expressly for you, leaders at the intersection of marketing, strategy, and technology. The inaugural MarTech event will take place this August 19-20 in Boston at the beautiful Seaport Hotel and Convention Center. And I really hope you’ll […]

Want to understand the org chart of modern marketing?

An Old School Org Chart from 1917

I sure do. We know that marketing is changing dramatically — a perfect storm of social networks, omniscient search engines, big data, an explosion of marketing software, and the ascendency of digitally-powered customer experiences. The technology and the customer-centric phenomena in this transformation are fascinating — and are well-covered by a bevy of analysts, bloggers, […]

General Colin Powell: programmer and agile manager?

Colin Powell at SAS Global Forum 2014

I was delighted to spend a couple of days at the SAS Global Forum in D.C. this week, where I presented the story of agile marketing to their data-driven — really, truly data-driven — audience. (The Cliff-Notes version: Agile management methods mixed with good analytics are a potent combination. The technology is ready. The challenges […]

10 things I hate about narrow CIO vs. CMO arguments

CIO vs. CMO Twitter Debate

Last night, Vala Afshar and Michael Krigsman announced on Twitter that I would be their guest on CxO Talk show this Friday. A harmless enough promotional tweet, I thought. But crikey, it instigated a bit of a Twitter brawl over the topic of CMOs, CIOs, and tech budgets. Here’s a sample of how it started: […]

Secrets of a Silicon Valley marketing technologist

Jason Seeba

Okay, perhaps that headline sounds a tad too much like a salacious exposé, which this is not. This is, however, an enlightening Q&A with Jason Seeba, lead marketing technologist at BloomReach, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley company that creates big data marketing applications used by major Internet retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Williams-Sonoma, and Wine.com. […]

A NEW BRAND OF MARKETING: The 7 Meta-Trends of Modern Marketing as a Technology-Powered Discipline

A New Brand of Marketing

“The modern CMO and marketer can no longer be just a brand ambassador, they must also have a deep understanding of marketing technology. Scott Brinker helps the reader to understand how technology can be used for both successful marketing strategy and execution.” – Jonathan Becher, CMO, SAP I’ve written a very short book, A NEW […]

Marketing’s intersection of complexity and accountability

Complexity and Accountability

While I don’t usually cover start-up launches on this blog — a space well-covered by TechCrunch and many others who are great at it — today’s Q&A with Jennifer Zeszut, CEO of Beckon, does correspond with the launch of their company yesterday out of “stealth mode.” Jennifer and I connected around a piece I wrote […]