How marketing operations and martech professionals use “no code” tools

Uses for No Code Tools in Martech and Marketing Operations

I've been on the trail of "no code" martech these past couple of weeks, covering event-triggered marketing automation as a no code programming paradigm and mapping a partial taxonomy of over 75 no code tools. I also ran an impromptu survey of no code usage with readers, the results of which I'm sharing here. Given that my audience is mostly marketing operations and martech pros — and the savvy CMOs who love them — the data is skewed through that lens. Out of 97 respondents, 40% identified as Continue Reading...

3 overlapping patterns of “no code” martech and the rise of marketing makers

3 Patterns of "No Code" Martech Tools

I’ve been fascinated with the rise of citizen developers in marketing empowered by a rapidly expanding landscape of “no code” tools for several years now. Momentum is growing, and while there’s some philosophical debate to be had around what is or isn’t a “no code” tool — versus any app that lets you create things […]

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Trigger-based marketing = event-driven programming with “no code” martech in every stack

Triggered Email vs. Batch Email Performance

Last week, I shared some interesting stats on trigger-based marketing from a benchmark report by Blueshift. A couple of eye-popping, high-level findings: Email triggers are 497% more effective than batch emails Mobile push triggers are 1,490% more effective than batch push notifications Directionally, this isn’t surprising, although the magnitude of the difference is remarkable. Marketing […]

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What the coastline paradox reveals about infinite software specialization (in martech and other fields)

An Evening on the Coast of Maine: A Martech Antidote

After three and a half months of working out of my basement, I was in desperate need of a change of scenery. Preferably somewhere with a lot of outdoor space for hiking and frisbee throwing (a lost art!). No crowds. Lots of nature. Fresh air. The answer? Renting a small cottage on the sparsely populated […]

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In The First Golden Age of Martech, the US marketing ecosystem grew 50% faster than GDP

US Marketing Ecosystem Growth from 2010-2019

I’ve called the past decade of the 2010’s The First Golden Age of Martech. It was an explosion of both a new industry (martech) and a new profession (marketing technologists). I’ve spilled a gigabyte of digital ink on why this next decade will be The Second Golden Age of Martech (including a recent update on […]

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Why does the massive landscape of marketing services firms not bother people the way martech does?

Marketing Ecosystems in the UK, Germany, and France

The large size of the marketing technology landscape stirs many emotions in the marketing community. Excitement. Frustration. Awe. Anger. Yes, anger. Just last week, I was hotly accused by someone on LinkedIn of stoking FUD — fear, uncertainty, and doubt — simply by publishing it. Those vehement reactions always surprise me. It’s just a count […]

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7 really bad martech “dad jokes” for Father’s Day

Martech Dad Jokes

The best part of being a dad? Well, okay, maybe not the best, but somewhere in the top five. A legitimate excuse for telling “dad jokes.” So to celebrate Father’s Day here at chiefmartec.com, I proudly offer up seven impromptu and — oof — truly terrible martech dad jokes…   What’s the best place on earth […]

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Martech is meaningless without our humanity

Black Lives Matter

I’ve had a hard time writing about martech these past couple of weeks. So I’m just going to write what I want to say, what I need to say. The terrible injustice of the killing of George Floyd was appalling and ugly. The fact that he was one of many victims of such violence and […]

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Proof of platform: SaaS companies have a median of 15 integrations each — app platforms have 500+

SaaS Integrations: Apps and Platforms

As Forrest Gump might say, “Platform is as platform does.” Pandium, a fascinating kind of app-marketplace-as-a-service company, released a State of Product Integrations at the SaaS 1000 report this week. They examined integrations, public APIs, and “app centers” offered by the 1,000 fastest growing SaaS companies from 2019. Their analysis provides empirical evidence for two […]

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How platform dynamics explain The Second Golden Age of Martech

Second Golden Age of Martech: App Platform Spectrum

About a year and a half ago, I wrote about 3 Trends Driving the Second Golden Age of Martech: Ecosystems, Experts, and (Citizen) Engineers. These are the big themes that I believe will shape the next decade of marketing technology: Ecosystems — instead of marketing cloud suites vs. best-of-breed point solutions, we will have the […]

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