Enter your marketing stack in the 2019 Stackies Awards

Stackies 2018 Mural

Fame and glory await you! Or at least recognition from your peers, appreciation from the global marketing operations community, and good karma from a terrific charity that we'll support on your behalf. Yes, The Stackies 2019: Marketing Tech Stack Awards are now open for entries through March 15, 2019, and we’d love to have you participate. The Stackies are — in my, er, humble opinion — the coolest awards program in marketing. Why? Because this isn’t a vanity award, but an educational Continue Reading...

The Twelve Days of MarTech

The 12 Days of MarTech

Looking back over 2018, it’s been a heck of a year in the martech industry. Thank you for joining, sharing, and contributing — I’m looking gratefully at you, MarTech speakers (in the spring and fall), Stackies entrants, and martech salary survey participants — to this community. I found myself humming this tune in the car […]

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Martech is a mainstream marketing profession, latest Gartner data confirms

Martech Full-time Employees (FTEs)

As 2018 comes to a close, we can affirm that this was the year that the martech profession crossed into the mainstream. Marketing technologists are no longer unicorns. I was struck by this anecdotally with the speakers and attendees at the MarTech conference in October. But now I’ve also got some great quantitative data to […]

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Martech jumps to 29% of the CMO’s budget in Gartner’s 2018-2019 survey

Martech Budgets 2018-2019

When Gartner’s annual CMO Spend Survey for 2017-2018 came out last year, many people seized on the fact that the money CMOs allocated for marketing technology had dropped to 22% of their budget, on average, down from 27% the year before. Some took it as an unmistakable sign of an impending martech apocalypse (“martech-alypse?”). I […]

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We analyzed 5,000+ martech companies by network strength: here’s what we found

Content Marketing Martech Companies by Network Strength

The following is a guest post by Anand Thaker, CEO of IntelliPhi and my collaborator on the marketing technology landscape for the past two years. Scott and I are always on the lookout for inspirational ways for the community to leverage the massive martech landscape to share new insights, recommendations, and commentary. I’m a strong […]

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The funny and frustrating truth: organizations change more slowly than technology

Digital Transformation & Martec's Law

I’m a huge fan of Tom Fishburne, a.k.a. Marketoonist. Every week, I look forward to his latest cartoon, pulling back the curtain on some absurdity of modern marketing that we all recognize but rarely call out. Tom artfully reveals the de-syncs between the dream and reality, in a way that’s funny and insightful. You laugh, […]

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Now every marketer is an app developer — even if they don’t know it

Excel to Apps in Martech

One of the ideas I’ve been focused on this year is the rise of “citizen technologists” in marketing — citizen developers, citizen data scientists, citizen integrators, etc. It’s about giving non-technical marketers the tools and empowerment to build apps, analyze data sets, and route data between different cloud services on their own, without having to […]

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The New Rules of Marketing Technology & Operations

The New Rules of Marketing Technology & Operations

My opening keynote at the most recent MarTech conference was titled, “The New, New Rules of Marketing (Operations).” It was an iteration on ideas of the 4 forces of marketing operations & technology that I first wrote about a couple of months ago. In agile fashion, I’ve continued to revise this model and its presentation […]

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Come speak at MarTech in San Jose and share your experience and insights

MarTech Speakers in the 5 Forces of Marketing Operations

Want to speak at MarTech in San Jose, April 3-5? We invite you to suggest a compelling presentation idea at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management that you’d be passionate about sharing with your peers. Sessions at MarTech are generally 45-minute, in-depth presentations with slides by a solo or duo. (A limited number of […]

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3 thoughts on Adobe acquiring Marketo for $4.75 billion and what it means for martech

Adobe Acquires Marketo for Martech Consolidation

The deal was announced yesterday afternoon: Adobe is acquiring Marketo for $4.75 billion. (As fate would have it, it was just a few hours before I was speaking at a MOCCA marketing operations event in New York on the topic of martech industry trends — to be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Kennedy Ellis, […]

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