Dark martech: the great mass of homegrown marketing technology

Dark Martech: Homegrown Marketing Technology

The following is a guest post by Seth Ulinski, senior analyst at TBR, talking about the phenomenon of “dark martech” — all the marketing technology that companies build themselves internally. This is one of the first studies I’ve seen that has attempted to quantify it. There is no shortage of marketing technology (martech) solutions available […]

Ripples from software, to marketing, to manufacturing

Ripples of Revolution

We can learn a lot by watching how a revolution moves from one profession to the next. When it comes to rapid prototyping and adaptive development, as a result of digital technologies, the software industry naturally led the way. The very technology they invented helped change the way they work. So, while the early days […]

More insight, less rhetoric in politics and marketing

If you haven’t already seen Jess Bachman‘s brilliant “1-page book,” Death & Taxes, you’ve got to check this out (click to enlarge): It’s a superb example of what Edward R. Tufte calls a “supergraphic.” (For more on the art and science behind such supergraphics, grab a copy of Tufte’s latest book, Beautiful Evidence.) Seth Godin, […]

20 years of massive development in marketing (a metaphor)

Thank you for all the positive feedback on Rise of the Marketing Technologist. It’s been inspiring to hear so many stories of people who are already working as de facto marketing technologists — one of whom called my proposal for a marketing CTO their “dream job.” This bolsters my belief that the talent and skill […]

The future of marketing in a technology world

Next week, I’ll be presenting at Search Insider Summit with an 18-minute, TED-style talk called Rise of the Marketing Technologist. This time around, the event organizers — led by programming chair Gord Hotchkiss — asked speakers to put aside the usual topics and instead share our visions of where the future of marketing is headed. […]

Marketing, technology, and storytelling

With social media marketing, everyone is a writer. Whether you’re writing tweets, blog posts, or landing pages, you’re telling a story. So good storytelling skills are well worth cultivating. Even for those of us in marketing technology, who work behind the scenes, we need to understand that the solutions we build are often vehicles for […]

Web 3.0 conference focuses on advertising and marketing

I think 2010 is going to be a good year for the semantic web — now better known as the linked data movement — especially as marketers become increasingly aware of its potential in their mission for online branding and relationship building. It certainly seems that January will be off to a good start. Media […]

Google bets HUGE on advertising everywhere

These past few weeks, I’ve repeatedly remarked that social media marketing — while a glorious and wonderful phenomenon in its own right — is unlikely to be the death of online advertising. This has not been a popular position. In fact, I was feeling a little lonely out on that limb. But today, I had […]

Study reveals issues with search ads — trust and usefulness

A few weeks ago, I launched an informal survey to ask people what they thought of PPC search advertising, hoping to peel back a bit more of the curtain of their sentiments and beliefs. As promised, I’m happy to share the results with you. Well, maybe “happy” isn’t the right word. As you’ll see, the […]

Survey: what do you think of search advertising?

I have two favors to ask of you. (Is that a bad way to start a blog post?) I’m doing a small research project on what people think of search advertising — both marketers and non-marketers — as part of a graduate seminar at Harvard on intelligent interactive systems. There are some intriguing hypotheses I […]