Marketing and the Internet of Things, closer than you think

Internet of Things Ecosystem by EVRYTHNG

For many years, we kept being promised that “the year of mobile” was upon us. When it failed to materialize, it was easy to become jaded and write off much of the discussion of that coming wave of innovation as hype. But somewhat suddenly, we now look around, with everyone reaching for their phones every […]

A great example of a 3-vendor multi-platform stack

MSG 3-Vendor Marketing Tech Stack

The following is a guest article by Roger Lee, a general partner at Battery Ventures. As regular readers know, I rarely publish guest posts, particularly those that emphasize individual vendors. When you read this one, you may think I have thrown that policy out the window, as Battery has invested in two out of three […]

21 marketing technology stacks shared in The Stackies

The Stackies: June 2015 — 21 Marketing Technology Stacks

I’m pleased to announce the results of our first-ever “Stackies” awards. As a quick recap, we invited marketers to send in a single-slide diagram of their marketing technology stack, the different marketing software products that they use in their work, organized in a way that makes the most sense to them. The four “best” stacks […]

A candid fireside chat with 4 heavyweights in martech money

Follow the Martech Money at MarTech Conference

The closing session at our last MarTech Conference in San Francisco was an all-star fireside chat, “Follow the Martech Money: VCs, IPOs, and M&A”, with three leading venture capitalists and one of the most influential investment bankers in the marketing tech space: Neeraj Agrawal of Battery Ventures Ashu Garg of Foundation Capital Ajay Agarwal of […]

4 topologies of integrated marketing technology stacks

4 Marketing Technology Stack Topologies

“Bill Gates got it immediately. It took Andy Grove 10 years to figure it out, and 20 years for Steve Jobs.” That quote in The New York Times by David B. Yoffie, Harvard strategy professor and co-author of a new book, Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs, immediately […]

Share your marketing stack and direct $1,876 for charity

The Stackies: Marketing Technology Stack Awards

I’m excited to announce The Stackies: Marketing Technology Stack Awards. The short version: share a high-level diagram of your own “marketing stack” — the collection of marketing software tools you use, large and small — by May 31, and if yours wins, I’ll donate up to $1,000 to the charity of your choice. All stacks […]

29 marketing tech “unicorns” worth $1 billion+ each

Marketing Technology Unicorns as of April 2015

When it comes to valuations, the marketing technology landscape seems to follow, more or less, a power law distribution. A few companies are worth a tremendous amount of money, the so-called “fat head” of such a distribution. And then there’s a “long tail” of ever smaller niche companies that trail behind them as far as […]

Marketers are fiercely passionate about their marketing stacks

Three Marketing Technology Stacks

“It’s okay to love your marketing stack. Just don’t love your marketing stack.” That’s what was running in the back of head last week, as I was moderating a “Show Us Your Marketing Stack” panel at the B2B Marketing Innovation Summit run by Demandbase in San Francisco. Three top marketing executives — Susan Ganeshan, CMO […]

8 tips for marketing tech companies on pitching CMOs

Pitching marketing technology to the CMO

The following is a guest post written by Ashu Garg, general partner at Foundation Capital, with special advice from Julie Bernstein, COO for Stitch Fix and former CMO at Sephora. Ashu is the author of MarTech and the Decade of the CMO. I get pitched all the time — and I’ve heard it all. From […]

I’m sorry, but marketing software is still a world in flux

Point Solutions vs. Suites in Social Relationship Platforms

I’m sorry. I know a lot of people wish that the marketing technology merry-go-round would slow down and consolidate. And I fully appreciate why that’s desirable. Unfortunately, the evidence I keep encountering says we’re not there yet. Here are a few points on the curve that I’ve recently come across that suggest that marketing software […]