9 big takeaways from last week’s #MarTech conference

Tony Ralph from Netflix at MarTech

Wow. Last week’s MarTech Conference was an awe-inspiring two and a half days for me. I am immensely grateful to the 29 speakers, 67 exhibitors and sponsors, and over 1,100 attendees who joined together in San Francisco to share their experiences and ideas on the state of marketing technology. It is springtime in martech, and […]

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Microsoft announces acquisition of chiefmartec.com

Microsoft Acquires chiefmartec.com on April 1, 2015

UPDATE: Okay, okay, the jig is up. Way too many people have been genuinely congratulating me on this “acquisition.” Apparently, I am terrible at this whole April Fool’s thing — or too good at it? — as it’s not supposed to be that believable. Anyway, I’ll leave this up for posterity’s sake, but just to […]

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Springtime in #MarTech — $25.2 billion blossoming

Investment in Marketing Technology as of March 2015

The following is an approximation of my opening presentation at the MarTech Conference this morning in San Francisco. Over 1,000 people are there, participating in the largest independent conference exclusively focused on marketing technology and marketing technologists. I am so happy that spring is here. It was a pretty crazy winter in Boston this year. […]

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Computer scientist becomes CMO of $50 billion company

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin, the CMO of EMC, was a computer scientist by training. On nights and weekends, he was a musician in a band. That correlation between software engineering and musical talent is actually not uncommon — and illustrates why technologists are often artists of a digital medium, writing code to express ideas and affect an […]

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Who’s coming to MarTech? A very impressive community

Who's Coming to MarTech?

The second MarTech Conference is just a little more than two weeks away, March 31 – April 1 in San Francisco, and I’m starting to feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. There’s an amazing set of speakers who are coming to share their experiences and expertise. There’s also a fascinating cross-section of marketing technology […]

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The Marketing Technology Landscape (2015) now in Excel

The Marketing Technology Landscape Excel Spreadsheet

One of the most common questions I get asked about my marketing technology landscape graphic — other than the rhetorical exclamation, “Are you kidding me?” — is: Do you have an Excel spreadsheet of all these companies that you can share with me? My answers have been, no, I’m not kidding. And no, sorry, I […]

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The striking parallels between marketing automation and software engineering

New Relic Insights for Marketing Automation

Marketing automation may be all the rage with the best of today’s tech-savvy marketers, but fundamentally it’s just another software engineering problem abstracted to a pretty user interface (albeit with a fraction the functionality of the most basic scripting languages). Those of us who spend any time building program flows in a marketing automation platform […]

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Should you judge a marketing cloud by its website?

Website Usability vs. Information Depth

I’d recommend that the next acquisition that some marketing cloud companies should make is a web design firm. Seriously, whatever the multiple — and I say this as a friend — it would be worth it. Acqui-hire, code red. I was struck by this last week when I was methodically checking each of their websites, […]

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Speaking truth to marketers and marketing technology companies

Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) According to David Raab

Yes, that’s a sparkling, rainbow-colored unicorn kitten with butterfly wings. This came up in the following Q&A I had with marketing technology analyst extraordinaire David Raab. If you don’t yet know David, you may be scratching your head, wondering just what kind of Q&A I was running here. But if you do know him, you […]

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For every marketing tech firm consolidated, 1.5 are born

Trading Places: Scott Brinker and Terry Kawaja

My doppelgänger (or am I his?) agrees: marketing technology isn’t consolidating yet. Digiday recently published a terrific podcast interview with Terry Kawaja, the CEO of LUMA Partners — an investment bank that specializes in adtech and martech companies. Of course, Terry and LUMA are probably most famously known for their amazing LUMAscapes that map out […]

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