Boom! Marketo ignites the real marketing platform wars

Marketo Goes Platform

My fellow marketing technology enthusiasts, mark this week in your journals. Here at their Marketing Nation Summit in San Francisco, Marketo just triggered a major inflection point in our industry. First, let me set the stage for the significance of what they’ve done. For a number of large companies assembling marketing “suites,” the narrative they’ve […]

What if 1,000+ marketing technology vendors were the new normal?

50 Year Trajectory of Hardware and Software

Overcrowded. That was probably the most common remark to my latest marketing technology landscape. Well, aside from more colorful exclamations that decorum prevents me from repeating. And the truth is that this graphic, even with nearly 1,000 companies represented, was far from complete. There are hundreds of great companies that weren’t included: AppNexus, AdColony, Addroid, […]

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2014)

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2014) Thumbnail

The short version: the above graphic is the latest incarnation of my marketing technology landscape supergraphic (click for a high-resolution 2600×1950 version, 4.7MB). It represents a whopping 947 different companies that provide software for marketers, organized into 43 categories across 6 major classes. A high-resolution PDF version is also available (14.3MB). Please feel free to […]

The marketing automation super-collider of 2014

Marketing Automation Vendors

I started working on a new version of a marketing landscape that will be released early next month. The last one I did was back in 2012, and a lot has happened since then. One thing in particular that has surprised me in my research is how much the marketing automation category has expanded. While […]

The emerging third-party era of marketing automation

Marketing Automation Third-Party Software

Will marketing technology consolidate into a handful of behemoth super-platforms? Or will it continue to diversify with more innovative new software? My theory on marketing technology consolidation vs. diversification has been both. I believe that a set of “backbone” platforms will serve as the foundation of marketing’s technology infrastructure, but they will promote open APIs […]

Memo to Microsoft: Marketing. Marketing. Marketing.

The Empire Strikes Back in Marketing?

Dear Steve Ballmer — I have three words for you. Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. No, not Microsoft’s own marketing — although that’s a related topic. The “marketing” that Microsoft must urgently pay attention to is marketing as a software-driven business function. It is the hottest growing market in enterprise and SMB software alike. And its future […]

In defense of marketing technology point solutions

Less Integration vs. More Specialized Capabilities

There is a myth that implementing a marketing technology point solution is a bad idea. Like giving your significant other a bathroom scale as a birthday present is a bad idea. First aid kit sold separately. But it is a myth. (The bathroom scale is still a bad idea though.) I’ll explain what a point […]

Gartner’s mind-blowing digital marketing transit map

Digital Marketing Transit Map

In the competition for the best visualization of the kaleidescopic marketing technology space — other entries include my marketing technology landscape from last year and the marketing technology LUMAscape from last month — I’d say Gartner has just jumped into the lead with their new digital marketing transit map. Their high-level map is visualized around […]

Salesforce and ExactTarget: a good combo, but not the end game of marketing technology

Marketing Technopoly

It was a big week for marketing technology. Salesforce agreed to acquire ExactTarget (which had acquired marketing automation vendor Pardot less than a year ago) for a whopping $2.5 billion. Given that ExactTarget was at ~$356 million revenue yearly run-rate as of last quarter, that’s roughly a 7X multiple on revenue. Congratulations to all the […]

The very cool marketing technology LUMAscape

Marketing Technology Lumascape

Terry Kawaja and the brilliant folks at LUMA Partners — a modern investment bank specializing in the intersection of media and technology — have just released their Marketing Technology LUMAscape, shown above. A few years ago, Terry put together a similar landscape for the more specialized ad tech space, which became the reference document for […]