My 7 attempts to caption this MarTech cartoon, but I bet you can do better

MarTech West 2019 Marketoonist Caption Contest

Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Tom Fishburne, the brilliant fellow behind all those great Marketoonist cartoons. I’m delighted that he’ll be our closing keynote speaker at MarTech in April, presenting Look! Squirrel! Beyond the Shiny New Thing to Sustained Organizational Change. Tom will enlighten us as he makes us laugh at […]

4 remarkable facts from the latest hard data about the growth of (mar)tech stacks

SaaS Stack Profile of 201-500 Employee Companies 2019

People often complain that my marketing technology landscape has too many apps. If only those crazy martech entrepreneurs would stop making more, all would be right in the jungle. Let’s set aside for a moment the supply-side economics that have fostered this app-a-palooza, e.g., cheap infrastructure in the cloud, a plethora of great open source […]

A preview of MarTech: over 50 in-depth sessions at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management

MarTech West 2019 Agenda

Twice a year, I face a dilemma. Presented with hundreds of nominated speakers and topics for an upcoming MarTech conference, I have to choose only a few dozen to fit into a two-day, three-track event. It’s a dilemma for a couple of reasons. First, the vast majority of pitches we get from martech practitioners and […]

Martech and mindfulness

Martech and Mindfulness

At first, martech and mindfulness would seem to be on opposite ends of the great mandala of life. Let’s face it, the two words don’t often come up in the same sentence. Or really even the same conversation. Mindfulness is a path toward peace. Martech is a path toward pandemonium. At least that’s the way […]

3 trends driving the Second Golden Age of Martech: ecosystems, experts, and (citizen) engineers

Martech: AND Beats OR

tl;dr There are three trends that are changing the nature of martech. They will catalyze the end of the “first golden age of martech” and lay the foundation for a second golden age that will be much larger, but likely look quite different. Ecosystems — instead of marketing cloud suites vs. best-of-breed point solutions, we […]

Help us anonymously benchmark marketing operations and technology salaries

2019 Martech Salary Survey Call for Participation

If you have been following my work for a while, you know that I’m a big believer in sharing as much research as possible with the martech community at no cost. For instance, you can download the whole database of marketing technology vendors for free. Or download all of the marketing stacks from the Stackies […]

Highly accurate predictions about MarTech in 2019 (well, at least the conference)

MarTech West 2019 Agenda

Ready for a great New Year? While I may be a curmudgeon skeptic when it comes to most marketing industry predictions, I’m quite certain of three things for the year ahead: Marketing technology & operations management will be integral to marketing in 2019. Martech tools, talents, tactics, and the overall marketing world will continue to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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