Is martech in the trough of disillusionment? I hope so

Martech in the Trough of Disillusionment?

You’re familiar with Gartner’s iconic hype cycle, right? Pretty much every technology follows the same pattern of unrealistic hype in its early stages, followed by a crash of disappointment when those lofty aspirations fail to materialize. But then it steadily climbs up the “slope of enlightenment,” where reality and reasonable expectations eventually converge. I’ve heard […]

The free MarTech Expo+ Pass: 40+ presentations and 70+ martech vendors

MarTech East 2019 Expo Hall

You’ve already read about the incredible line-up we have for paid all-access attendees at the upcoming MarTech conference, September 16-18 in Boston. (If you haven’t, check it out — you won’t believe all the top industry experts and leading brand practitioners who will be sharing their wisdom and experience in our keynotes and educational editorial […]

This perfectly captures the Herculean challenge of modern marketing

Marketing Achievement vs. Expectations

On the surface, this cartoon last week from Tom Fishburne, the talented Marketoonist, seems to be poking fun at the different “chief” titles that marketers and marketing-ish executives use. Ha ha, us mad marketing people and our zany titles du jour. But my reaction was: this is exactly why marketing is so challenging today. No, […]

Join me and Jen Cannon of MarTech Today for a live (and lively) “Ask Me Anything” on Thursday, August 15

Martech Q&A

The MarTech conference is coming up next month — check out our big (and, whoa, I mean BIG) MarTech preview if you haven’t seen it yet. Nota bene (er, nota beta?): discount “beta” rates for tickets expire next week. As part of the run up to the main event, Jennifer Cannon, senior editor at Marketing […]

Want to thrive with martech and marketing operations? Check out these 75 amazing MarTech sessions

MarTech: Stacks, Facts & Acts

Martech is marketing — at least an essential part of it. And MarTech is the place to master it. Next month in Boston, we’ll be hosting the latest and greatest MarTech conference, September 16-18 at the Hynes Convention Center. Come soak up three days worth of educational sessions covering key topics and practices across marketing […]

Is your martech leadership failing on SEO? Probably

10 Pillars of SEO: F2R Framework

Sorry, but odds are you’re failing at SEO and probably don’t even realize it. That was the cold splash of water in the face that I got talking with Jessica Bowman, owner of enterprise SEO consultancy SEO Inhouse, author of The Executive SEO Playbook, and an editor-at-large for Search Engine Land. Jessica is pretty much […]

McDonald’s drops CMO role and creates a new SVP marketing technology role (under the CIO)

McDonalds SVP Marketing Technology

Normally, I don’t write about career moves on this blog. But an article that appeared in Ad Age this week about the upcoming departure of famed McDonald’s CMO Silvia Lagnado — and the company’s decision to not name a new CMO — caught my attention. Another CMO role disappearing is newsworthy — that’s been emerging […]

Want to innovate like Amazon? Here’s their formula

Amazon's Innovation Formula

You can’t escape Amazon in the digital economy. Now a trillion-dollar company, they have disrupted diverse sectors from retail to software development with a deftness and drive that’s admirable and alarming. They actually seem to be speeding up their rate of innovation as they scale, defying the Law of Large Companies that causes giants to […]

Martech is marketing, kind of like fixing things is home ownership

Martech Is Marketing Analogy

Last week, I staked the claim that “martech is marketing.” Whatever you think of martech and its relationship to marketing at large — or what you believe its relationship should be — it’s hard to deny that it’s not a part of marketing’s domain. Love it or hate it, marketing technology is entangled in the […]

Martech is marketing: a wide spectrum of possibilities

Martech Is Marketing: A Spectrum

“Martech is marketing.” The MarTech conference recently updated its tagline to that phrase, evolving beyond our original motto, “Marketing. Technology. Management.” It’s not that the conference itself changed. But since we launched the event five years ago, the context in which it operates — the profession of marketing — sure has. Over that time, the […]

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