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 […]

Asking the right questions about marketing technology at MarTech

MarTech Conference Agenda for San Francisco 2015

If there’s one overarching theme to the upcoming MarTech Conference in San Francisco, March 31 – April 1, it’s crossing boundaries: Discipline boundaries between marketing, engineering, design, and user experience Departmental boundaries between marketing, IT, sales, and other functions Operational boundaries between front-office and back-office “silos” Hierarchical boundaries between CMOs, VPs of digital marketing, heads […]

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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 […]

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 […]

The Frame and the Field: the art of making marketing technology decisions

The Frame and the Field

I want to share an idea with you that’s been in my head for a while. It may sound fairly obvious — and perhaps it is, to most of you. It is how I’ve seen people make choices with marketing technology that materially alters the outcome. But I suspect that they’re not always consciously aware […]

Call for speakers for MarTech 2015 — share your brain!

MarTech 2015 in San Francisco

The marketing technology world is on fire! And I mean that in a good way. Billions of dollars in investment. Billions of dollars in revenue. Big IPOs. Big partnerships. A new generation of marketing leaders. Hundreds of software programs entwined in marketing’s “new normal” of daily operations. And those are just a handful of stories […]

A STEAM engine to create marketing technologists for the future

STEAM

Almost everyone you meet in technology is an advocate of more STEM education — science, technology, engineering, and math. We appreciate that (a) technology careers are relatively stable and pay well; (b) the demand for technologists exceeds their supply, which is a real challenge when you’re looking to hire more technology talent; and (c) our […]

How 9 brands think of their marketing technology stacks

The State of Marketing Technology Stacks from 9 B2C Brands

Last month, the CEB assembled a two-day meeting of “chief marketing technologists” from nine Fortune 500 consumer brands to have a confidential exchange among peers. I was the only outsider who was permitted to participate, as I facilitated the segment of their discussion around marketing technology stacks — in particular, exploring issues around single-vendor suites, […]

8 discoveries from our marketing technologist survey

Marketing Technologist and CMTO Skill Sets

What is the profile of a marketing technologist? The prominence of marketing technologists and the chief marketing technologist (or CMTO) role has greatly expanded over the past six years. Just in the past year, the topic has been featured in an article in the July-August 2014 edition of the Harvard Business Review, and the first […]

7 videos from the inaugural MarTech of August 2014

Inaugural MarTech Audience

Want to get a glimpse of what the inaugural MarTech conference was like? We recorded 7 of the sessions on video, and after a little editing, we’ve released them on YouTube to share (if you’re reading this in email, click here to watch on the website): Opening remarks on martech, oxymorons, and bad-ass unicorns My […]