5 stages of maturity in marketing technology categories

5 Stage of Maturity in Marketing Technology

This is the first of several articles leading up to my predictions for marketing technology in 2016. Because martech is a relatively complex space, I thought it would be helpful — at least for my own thinking — to break out a couple of foundational ideas, which we can then build upon. Let’s start with […]

Marketing data technology: making sense of the puzzle

Marketing Data Technology Map

The following is a guest post by the CEO of Sweetspot Intelligence, Sergio Maldonado. I had the pleasure of meeting Sergio at MarTech Europe last month where he shared a sketch of the above “marketing data technology” landscape with me. I found it very interesting and invited him to share his perspective with readers here. […]

Twitter jumps into interactive micro-content with new poll mechanism

Twitter Poll: A New Mechanism

As an enthusiastic proponent of interactive content — and, admittedly, I am biased — I was fascinated to see Twitter release an interactive content feature into its service last month. You can now add a 2-answer poll to any tweet of yours, and for the next 24 hours, people can place their votes. Okay, given […]

Marketing isn’t alone — HR software landscape with 547 products

HR Software Landscape

My friends, the above is an infographic of 547 human resource (HR) software products across 17 categories. It was created by the smart folks at Capterra, and you can click here to view a larger version on their site. So why am I posting it here? Two reasons. First, the overlap between marketing and HR […]

Only 9% of marketers have a complete, fully utilized martech stack

Marketing Technology Utilization

Only 9% of marketers have all the marketing technology they need and fully utilize it. That remarkable statistic stood out to me from a new report on marketing technology strategy published by Ascend2 that reveals some interesting insights on the utilization and effectiveness of marketing technology today. Kudos to the 9% who seem to have […]

Who are the top 10 martech companies? It may surprise you

The Top 10 Marketing Technology Companies in 2014 by Revenue

Let’s play a little game. The chart above shows the top 10 marketing analytics and automation companies, ranked by their 2014 revenue in this category. Well, actually, the revenue numbers are there, but I have cleverly hidden the company names. Can you guess who the companies are? For bonus points, can you name them in […]

In marketing tech at Netflix, APIs are the new black

Tony Ralph at MarTech 2015

Tony Ralph, the director of ad technology at Netflix, delivered one of the best talks at MarTech in San Francisco earlier this year. It’s truly a “graduate level” discussion about how Netflix’s adtech/martech team developed a build-and-buy strategy for their own technology stack for bringing programmatic advertising in-house. While not every marketing team has access […]

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 […]