Everybody has a plan — until they get digitally disrupted

Digital Disruption Advantages

The rock singer Jim Morrison once said about life, “Nobody gets out of here alive.” As the world continues its digital metamorphosis, we could riff on that: “Nobody gets out of here undisrupted.” Digital will disrupt your business. Odds are, it will happen sooner, faster, and to a far greater degree than you dare to […]

MarTech Europe preview: here’s what to expect in 6 weeks

MarTech Europe 2016 — Speakers

We’re only six weeks away from MarTech Europe in London, November 1-2, and I’m thrilled with the program — an incredible roster of speakers bringing deep insights and experience across the intersecting fields of marketing, technology, and management. I’m excited to give you a preview of what the conference will deliver, but first… If you […]

High-performing marketers emphasize people over data, technology, strategy

People 11X More Important Than Technology in Marketing

“Medicine, law, business, engineering — these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life,” declares Robin Williams’ character, John Keating, in the movie Dead Poet’s Society. “But poetry, beauty, romance, love — these are what we stay alive for.” With the latest data from a study on effective personalization by the CEB, I’d riff on […]

MarTech Europe is just 2 months away, don’t miss out

MarTech Europe 2016 Agenda

We’re now less than two months away from MarTech Europe, which will take place in London on 1-2 November, and my anticipation is building. The high-velocity exchange of ideas and experiences at MarTech always teaches me so much about the rapidly evolving practice of marketing technology in B2B and B2C organizations. Above is an overview […]

Marketing technology as a strategic asset and executive unicorns

Marketing Technology as a Strategic Asset Contributors

Over the past several months, I collaborated with Lenati, a marketing strategy consultancy, on a series of interviews with senior marketing executives. Our goal was to learn how these leaders, from a variety of different industries and organizational sizes, addressed these four key questions on strategic marketing technology management: How do they decide which marketing […]

The Great Marketing Migration

Adtech and Martech Moving In-House

While there are numerous reasons why agency businesses are struggling today, the underlying gravitational pull they’re fighting is this: marketing is migrating in-house. That’s not to say that companies don’t still need or want help from external service providers. Or that there aren’t new and exciting opportunities in the services space. They do, and there […]

MarTech Europe agenda posted — alpha rate expires next week

MarTech Europe: Marketing. Technology. Management.

As summer enters its home stretch, it’s time to look forward to the fall — and the next MarTech Europe conference in London, November 1-2. And time to take advantage of the lowest ticket prices of our “alpha rate” — a 23% discount — which expires August 13. The pace of marketing technology innovation continues […]

Martech and marketing technologists go mainstream — 3 key stats

Marketing Technologists on the Marketing Team

The good folks at DataXu, in collaboration with market research firm MORAR and Withpr, have produced a fantastic quantative research study on the current state of marketing technology management: Modernizing the Mix: Transforming Marketing Through Technology and Analytics. You absolutely have to download this report — it’s a gold mine of insight into the current […]

Where unicorns come from — feeder roles for marketing technologists

Previous Roles of Marketing Technologists

The following is a guest post by Erica Seidel, founder of The Connective Good, a recruitment firm focused on marketing leaders with deep analytical and technical skills. Erica also serves on the advisory board of the MarTech conference series. Marketing technologists have burst onto the scene in recent years. These professionals can pinpoint the right […]

The radical NoMQL movement in content marketing

NoSQL / No MQL

Let me start by saying that if you get the joke in the above tweet — even if you don’t find it a particularly good joke — you have marketing technologist street cred. This story starts with a post I read by Dave Gerhardt, the head of marketing at Drift, which I had seen circulating […]