Scott Brinker

Are we “digital” yet? An algorithmic answer to a philosophical question

“We’re entering a post-digital-transformation era, where companies are no longer planning to become ‘digital.’ They are digital.” I didn’t think that was a particularly controversial statement, which I wrote back in April while working on this year’s martech landscape. It’s hard to inventory all of the ways in which technology is now embedded in marketing and not conclude that we’re past the “we should probably go digital someday” stage of things. But with a study …

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Is marketing digitally transformed yet?

Think the martech landscape is big? Here’s the size of the software industry overall

Over the 11 years that I’ve been publishing the martech landscape, as it mushroomed from ~150 solutions to ~10,000, I’ve seen many people react to it as an anomaly. “What is it about marketing that spawns so many software apps? Surely no other profession has to deal with such sprawl!” To which software review site G2 responds in this article, “Hold my beer.” While there are certainly dynamics specific to marketing that feed the frenzy …

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Martech and Other Software Landscapes

Marketers keep replacing major martech apps, integration #1 factor for replacements

My friends at MarTech.org recently released their latest Martech Replacement Survey 2022, where marketers shared which apps they’ve replaced over the past 18 months, what their primary motivation was in doing so, and what were their most important factors in choosing the replacement solution. Marketing automation (24%), CRM (23%), SEO (23%), email marketing (22%), and work/project management (19%) apps were the most frequently replaced. As I highlighted in blue in the chart above, the #1 …

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Integration is #1 Factor in Replacing Martech Apps

What are we automating in marketing and martech in 2022, and who is automating it?

Apologies for the lull in posting. I took a long, much-needed family vacation — almost entirely digital-free. I’m now back in the saddle, recharged and reenergized about all that’s happening in martech. With a huge backlog of cool things to share with you. Here’s the first… Enterprise automation company Workato (disclosure: I’m an advisor to them) recently released their 2022 Work Automation Index. It’s not a survey, but rather the aggregated data from 900 of …

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Who Builds Automation? IT or Business?

The latest data on martech and marketing ops careers, and an ode to spreadsheets

Half of martech and marketing ops professionals received a promotion in the past year. More accurately, half of the 426 respondents to our 2022 Martech Career Survey, run in collaboration with the team at MarTech.org, reported receiving a promotion within the past 12 months. But still, that’s impressive, and speaks to the incredible growth and demand for talent in this field. Overall, salaries grew 23% since the last time we surveyed them in 2019. These …

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2022 Martech Career & Salary Survey

Have we entered a post-agile marketing age?

Catching up on my backlog of data and topics from before #MartechDay earlier this month — which featured the 2022 marketing technology landscape and the 2022 Stackies — the top of my list is the latest State of Agile Marketing report from AgileSherpas. As always, this is a terrific, comprehensive report on how and why agile methodologies are being used in marketing. You can see from the chart above that agile has found its way …

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Agile Marketing Activities

32 illustrated martech stacks entered in The Stackies 2022: Marketing Tech Stack Awards

Yesterday — #MartechDay, yay! — we released the global 2022 marketing technology landscape, after taking a year off in 2021. It grew a remarkable 24% to 9,932 solutions. To make it readable, we actually made it fully interactive at martechmap.com, where you can search, filter, zoom, and more. It’s pretty wild. But despite its mind-boggling scale, the martech landscape has always been a sidebar to the real story of how technology is changing marketing. The …

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The Stackies 2022: Marketing Tech Stack Awards

Marketing Technology Landscape 2022: search 9,932 solutions on martechmap.com

It’s #MartechDay! I’m delighted to finally share with you the 2022 marketing technology landscape, a joint production between myself and Frans Riemersma of MartechTribe (and a whole bunch of wonderful contributors). Here are the key things you want to know: The number of solutions is now 9,932 — up 24% from 2020 Here is a slide version of the image you can use in decks and content Here is a high-res PDF you can use …

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2022 Marketing Technology Landscape (MartechMap)

Martech is consolidating, but what will the 2022 landscape reveal?

You might already be leaping to a conclusion. “It seems like every other week, I read about a major acquisition. Surely the 2020 martech landscape with its 8,000 solutions was Peak Martech! The only question is by how much has the 2022 landscape shrunk.” Perhaps. Indeed, the martech industry sees a tremendous amount of M&A activity. LUMA Partners, one of the leading investment banks in martech — and the creators of the original adtech landscape …

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Martech Acquisitions 2019-2021

10+ ways to visualize your martech stack

This is the 8th year we’re running The Stackies. It’s an awards program that invites marketers to share a single slide illustrating their martech stack — the different apps and platforms they use and how they conceptualize them working together. I’d encourage you to participate (deadline for entries April 29). It’s a fantastic way to contribute to our community’s understanding of how martech fits into the function and flow of modern marketing. However, even if …

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There must be 50 ways to stack your martech.

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