What do marketing orgs look like in the martech age? Let’s find out

Marketing Organizations in a Martech World

I know, you get asked to participate in a ton of surveys. You’re super busy, and most of the time, the results of these studies are of dubious value to your actual work. So it’s easy to pass on taking them. But if you like the content of my blog, and have ever found it […]

Is marketing technology entering a post-platform era?

Integration Ecosystem for Marketing Technology and More

One of the points I raised when we released the 2017 marketing technology landscape was that “the platformization of marketing technology” was now fully underway. Heterogeneous marketing stacks have become the norm. Even if many of the integrations between different marketing technologies in a stack are still relatively “shallow” — i.e., passing around fairly lightweight […]

Struggling through the 5 stages of martech? Let’s learn together

The 5 Stages of Martech

Okay, I admit it. I’ve just been waiting for an excuse to post this “5 Stages of Martech” chart. These stages were originally slides in the opening keynote at MarTech San Francisco back in May, when we unveiled the 2017 marketing technology landscape. I figured a little comic relief was in order as we contemplated […]

Check out the amazing speakers who will be at MarTech Boston

MarTech Boston 2017 Featured Speakers

The agenda for MarTech Boston, October 2-4, has just been posted, and I am once again awed and humbled by the incredible cast of speakers who have agreed to participate. If you want to understand the real truth of how to lead at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management, this will be a two-day […]

If a marketing tactic works, but people hate it, should you use it?

Ads People Hate

It’s a scenario straight out of Kiefer Sutherland’s TV series 24. There’s a ticking time bomb somewhere in the city. The only way to stop it is to torture a captured suspect into revealing its location. Yes, torture is wrong. But is it worth it to save the lives of hundreds of innocent people? What […]

Pop quiz: What do Amazon Alexa and Whole Foods have in common?

Vertical Competition in Martech with Amazon & Whole Foods

The easy answer, of course, is that they’ll both be controlled by Jeff Bezos and the rapidly evolving Amazon empire. That alone is a pretty remarkable for hybridizing the digital and the physical on such a massive scale. But in my worldview, Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods — insert requisite “Whole Paycheck” joke, […]

Data industrialization on our way to marketing in a blockchain world

Data Industrialization & Blockchain Marketing

The following is a follow-up guest post by Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, to his previous articles on blockchain marketing, blockchain brand promises, blockchain brand “logos,” and blockchains as brand equity. Jeremy currently works with several of the leading companies in the blockchain and decentralization space. DON’T MISS A CHANCE TO HEAR JEREMY SPEAK. […]

A proposed model for organizing the chaos of marketing technology

6C's Model of Organizing Marketing Technology

The marketing technology landscape is big, broad, and deep. (Feel free to mentally insert other, more colorful, adjectives.) So many different kinds of solutions fall under that umbrella, and they don’t always fit into nice, neat categories. This contributes to the confusion that many marketers feel around martech. It’s generally not clear what the taxonomy […]

600+ marketers report on the blend of art and science in marketing

Marketers as Scientists

At the MarTech conference last week, Mayur Gupta, global VP of marketing & growth at Spotify, and I revealed the results from a study we had conducted with the research team at Third Door Media on the intersection of art and science in marketing. We had 637 participants in the study — one of the […]

57 marketing stacks and 21 essays from the 2017 Stackies & Hackies

57 marketing stack in the 2017 Stackies

Here at the MarTech conference in San Francisco, we just celebrated the 2017 Stackies & Hackies Awards. Marketers contributed an incredible 57 marketing stack illustrations and 21 “marketing hack” essays to the community. This is our third year of running the Stackies — you can check out the marketing stacks from the 2015 and 2016 […]