The system dynamics of 2,000+ marketing technology vendors

System Dynamics of the Marketing Technology Landscape

How is it even possible to have 2,000 marketing technology vendors? Surely, this space must consolidate. It’s not even conceivable that it would continue to grow, right? A bubble ready to burst? Well, maybe. Consolidation is the easy answer. And, hey, it may be the right one. Certainly there are powerful consolidation forces in this […]

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015)

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2015)

There’s a lot of marketing technology in the world, my friend. The 2015 edition of my marketing technology landscape supergraphic has been released, now with 1,876 vendors represented across 43 categories. To actually read it, you need a hi-res version (be prepared to zoom and scroll, and then zoom and scroll some more): Marketing Technology […]

Marketing automation as a bellwether of overall martech landscape

Marketing Automation Category (Draft)

It’s the closing of the year. A time for gathering together with family and friends. A time for consuming far too much food and drink. A time for celebration and reflection. And for me, it’s the time when I lounge by a fire pit and lay out the next edition of the marketing technology landscape. […]

A whirlygig tour of content marketing software

Content Marketing Landscape

This is a guest post written by Dong Liu of VentureScanner. I was impressed with their research on the many categories of marketing technology, and invited them to give us a helicopter tour of one particularly popular subcategory, content marketing. A recent study by ContentPlus shows that 70% of consumers prefer getting to know a […]

What will happen with marketing technology in 2015?

Predicting the Future of Marketing Technology in 2015

Welcome to prediction season, again! It doesn’t take a crystal ball to know you’re going to be inundated over the next 30 days with people prophesying your future — at least your future in marketing for the year ahead. Personally, I subscribe to Yogi Berra’s worldview, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” […]

A beauty contest for marketing clouds, but buyers resist monogamy

Buyer Pains for Marketing Clouds

Apologies for that metaphor — admittedly wrong on so many levels. But bear with me. Last week, Forrester announced their “wave” report for enterprise-class marketing clouds. Officially, it was a report on enterprise marketing software suites (EMSS). But since at least half of the vendors evaluated refer to their offering as a “marketing cloud,” it […]

$20 billion global market for marketing software today

IDC Forecast Worldwide Marketing Software 2014-2018

How big is the market for marketing software today? Gerry Murray at IDC has an answer to that question, which he announced in a blog post last week: $20.2 billion here in 2014. He expects that the market will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.4% for the next five years, resulting in […]

It’s not just MarTech: FinTech, LegalTech, HRTech, etc.

FinTech

It’s been said that the explosion of software vendors in marketing is an anomaly. Certainly if you compare that with enterprise software markets as we knew them ten years ago, that’s true. People look at my landscape of nearly 1,000 marketing technology vendors — which is only a representative sample — and shake their heads […]

4 marketing automation vendors, 1 stage, 0 casualties

The Future of Marketing Automation Panel

Yesterday, I moderated a panel on “the present and future of marketing automation” at MarketingProf’s B2B Forum with Atri Chatterjee, CMO of Act-On; Jon Miller, co-founder and VP marketing of Marketo; John Stetic, group VP products of Oracle Marketing Cloud; and You Mon Tsang, CEO of OutMarket (formerly the Vocus Marketing Cloud). Dashing the hopes […]

Over $21.8 billion of funding for marketing technology

Marketing Technology Funding September 2014

Hold on to your butts: there’s been over $21.8 billion of venture capital and private equity invested marketing technology companies. And that doesn’t include money raised from public offerings, M&A deals, or untracked investments from angels, friends and family — or the hundreds of companies who weren’t included on my landscape (as I always disclaim, […]