Of dinosaurs and meteors: 2 different (and contentious) models of technology adoption

Agile vs. Waterfall Technology Adoption

Boy, did I kick a hornet's nest. A couple of weeks ago, I shared an article from MIT Sloan Management Review, Implement First, Ask Questions Later (or Not at All) by Stephen J. Andriole. A quick summary: As a result of easy-to-acquire SaaS tools and pressure to harness the relatively unknown possibilities of emerging technologies before competitors do, companies are increasingly bypassing the heavyweight "requirements gathering" processes of classic enterprise IT and, instead, more quickly Continue Reading...

4 amazing keynotes you won’t want to miss at MarTech in Boston this fall

MarTech East 2019 Keynotes

We’re almost ready to publish the full agenda for the next MarTech conference in Boston this fall, September 16-18. But in advance of that, I’ve just got to share with you the four amazing people who will be keynoting the event with me — I’m giddy with excitement: Cesar Brea, Partner, Bain & Company You […]

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If the martech landscape is driving you to drink, maybe this will help

craft-beer-landscape

Thousands and thousands of entrepreneurial vendors. A few giants that have consolidated portfolios of dozens of their own “best-of-breed” options, so a buyer could theoretically get everything they need from one source. A dizzying array of choices for buyers. Yet choices that many become quite passionate about. They enjoy discovering new ones that are special […]

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Martech stack utilization is a misguided metric (when it’s disconnected from value)

Martech Stack Utilization: Features, Skills, Value

Back in the early days of martech, there was an apocryphal statistic that most marketers only used about 15% of the capabilities of their marketing automation systems. (I heard this stat thrown about for years, but googling suggests that SiriusDecisions published it officially in 2013.) Marketers would buy these sophisticated tools, but then just keep […]

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#ShakespeareSunday #MarTech Edition

Hamlet, CMO of Denmark

In my never-ending quest to bring martech nerdiness to new heights — or depths — I played around with a few of these “adaptations” of Shakespeare on LinkedIn and Twitter a couple of weeks ago. Not exactly in iambic pentameter, I’m afraid. Enough people seemed amused that I decided to post them here. My apologies […]

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An intimate evening discussion about five marketing disruptions (video)

Martech Disruptions to Marketing at Triangle Marketing Club

Christopher Douglas runs the Triangle Marketing Club, an energetic community of marketers (and students planning to become marketers) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s one of those dynamic “connectors,” always bringing people together and enthusiastically plumbing helpful intersections between them. Last year, he invited me to speak to their group about the 5 disruptions to marketing […]

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Not all integrations are created equal: 4 layers of app integrations with SaaS platforms

4 Layers of Integration with SaaS Platforms

Disclosure: This is one of those rare articles on this blog that’s entangled with my work as VP Platform Ecosystem at HubSpot. While it’s not specific to HubSpot — this is an issue and a framework that I believe are broadly applicable across all SaaS platforms — I want to be transparent that I do […]

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5 MarTech takeaways: teams, product management, decentralization, marketing leadership, IT governance

MarTech West 2019 Keynote Sketch Notes

Every MarTech conference is always a whirlwind of insights and ideas. It usually takes me a couple of weeks after the event to synthesize what my key takeaways were from the event. Here are five that have resonated deeply with me — with huge thanks to Katie Kelly for giving me permission to share her […]

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Missed the MarTech keynote? Here’s a recreation for you

MarTech West 2019 Opening Keynote (recreation)

Weren’t able to make the MarTech conference in San Jose that we held earlier this month? I thought you might enjoy hearing a version of our opening keynote, which I recreated in Loom, covering: The winners of The 2019 Stackies: Marketing Tech Stack Awards 3 trends of the Second Golden Age of Martech The release […]

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Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2019): Martech 5000 (actually 7,040)

2019 Marketing Technology Landscape ("Martech 5000")

As Bill Murray would have said in Groundhog Day, “Well, it’s martech landscape day… again.” It has become an annual tradition at our spring MarTech conference to release an updated version of maybe the most infamous slide in marketing: the marketing technology landscape. We’re keeping that custom alive this year again. What a crazy graphic! […]

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