The system dynamics of 2,000+ marketing technology vendors

System Dynamics of the Marketing Technology Landscape

How is it even possible to have 2,000 marketing technology vendors? Surely, this space must consolidate. It’s not even conceivable that it would continue to grow, right? A bubble ready to burst? Well, maybe. Consolidation is the easy answer. And, hey, it may be the right one. Certainly there are powerful consolidation forces in this […]

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MarTech: Putting the Human in Marketing Technology

It’s truly an incredible time to be working in marketing — and, even more so, marketing technology. As I mentioned in my post on the latest marketing technology landscape earlier this week, the innovation happening across this industry is staggering. Yet it is still merely a reflection of the broader transformation that’s happening in marketing […]

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015)

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015)

There’s a lot of marketing technology in the world, my friend. The 2015 edition of my marketing technology landscape supergraphic has been released, now with 1,876 vendors represented across 43 categories. To actually read it, you need a hi-res version (be prepared to zoom and scroll, and then zoom and scroll some more): Marketing Technology […]

Marketing automation as a bellwether of overall martech landscape

Marketing Automation Category (Draft)

It’s the closing of the year. A time for gathering together with family and friends. A time for consuming far too much food and drink. A time for celebration and reflection. And for me, it’s the time when I lounge by a fire pit and lay out the next edition of the marketing technology landscape. […]

Using Scrumban (Scrum + Kanban) for agile marketing

Scrumban Poster

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Mark Verone, the Director of Marketing & Product Operations at Gogo, the public company that provides in-flight Internet service on many major airlines and private business aircraft. I was giving a presentation on marketing trends inspired by technology and technology culture, and I included a section […]

First look at the MarTech 2015 San Francisco agenda…

MarTech 2015 Speaker Logos

We’re about 95% complete with the agenda for the next MarTech, taking place in San Francisco this spring, March 31 – April 1. But I’m so excited about how this is shaping up, that I can’t wait any longer to give you a first look at the program. First, I want to express my heartfelt […]

Merkle’s CMTO on new kinds of marketing, tech, agencies

Matt Mobley

Merkle and I were both born in 1971. Crikey, a lot has changed since then. In 1971, Apollo 14 landed on the moon, the third Apollo mission to do so. An incredible feat of engineering — and also, if you read David Meerman Scott’s Marketing the Moon, a massive accomplishment in marketing too. But now […]

A whirlygig tour of content marketing software

Content Marketing Landscape

This is a guest post written by Dong Liu of VentureScanner. I was impressed with their research on the many categories of marketing technology, and invited them to give us a helicopter tour of one particularly popular subcategory, content marketing. A recent study by ContentPlus shows that 70% of consumers prefer getting to know a […]

What will happen with marketing technology in 2015?

Predicting the Future of Marketing Technology in 2015

Welcome to prediction season, again! It doesn’t take a crystal ball to know you’re going to be inundated over the next 30 days with people prophesying your future — at least your future in marketing for the year ahead. Personally, I subscribe to Yogi Berra’s worldview, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” […]

If a 173-year-old public company can digitally transform, what’s your excuse?

Rishi Dave

“Digital transformation” is a phrase that we hear a lot of these days. But it’s not something that you can simply buy with a stack of marketing software. It requires a deeper change to the strategy, structure, and culture of an organization — something that’s easier said than done. Which is why it’s always inspiring […]