Agile marketing? That would never work here

Agile Marketing at Conversion Summit

I’m writing this in Frankfurt, where I was honored to be one of the keynote speakers at André Morys’ Conversion Summit, a yearly gathering of several hundred conversion optimization professionals in Germany. My topic was agile marketing, one of my favorite. After 7 years of working in the conversion optimization space, I’m convinced that adopting […]

Everything you wanted to know about agile marketing (but were afraid to ask)

Agile Marketing

Today I’m presenting a new talk on agile marketing that walks through a Scrum-inspired agile methodology and tackles several of the common myths and misconceptions people have about agile management. If you’ve been hearing about agile marketing but are a little fuzzy about the actual process — or if you have concerns that agile is […]

One CMO’s advice for getting started with agile marketing

Jascha Kaykas-Wolff

Sometimes an idea is just ready to happen and is simultaneously discovered by multiple people at once. A famous example is when Newton and Leibniz independently invented calculus. Another is agile marketing. Some years ago, after agile software development had gained significant momentum, several different marketing leaders independently realized, “Hey, this agile approach might work […]

2 important agile marketing insights from HubSpot’s CMO

Mike Volpe presenting on Agile Marketing

Kudos to Frank Days, John Cass, and now Amy Callahan, who have kicked started the Boston Agile Marketing Meet-Up back into gear over the past couple of months. In September, David Quinn of EMC gave a terrific presentation of their experience with agile marketing, the video of which is available on YouTube. (You can also […]

Debunking 3 myths of agile marketing

Agile Marketing Cycle

Agile marketing continues to grow in popularity. Why? The old “waterfall” approach to marketing planning and execution simply can’t keep pace with the speed at which prospects (and competitors) can move in the superconductive digital world. In a Forrester report earlier this year, from which the graph below was excerpted, analyst Laura Ramos wrote, “The […]

How ReadyTalk successfully adopted agile marketing

ReadyTalk's Agile Marketing Scrum-ban Board

As the clockspeed of marketing continues to accelerate, more and more marketers are exploring agile marketing — the application of agile management techniques in the marketing department — as a way to adapt to this new environment. But agile marketing is not yet a textbook methodology. While agile processes have been well developed in software […]

How EMC successfully adopted agile marketing


Agile marketing has been gaining a lot of steam over the past year, but we’re still in the “early adopter” stage of this movement. (If you have no idea what agile marketing is, I recently posted a video introduction to agile marketing as well as an essay version.) Most teams that have adopted agile marketing […]

Introduction to agile marketing (video presentation)

Agile Marketing Video

Last month, I presented a talk on Agile Marketing: Managing Marketing in a World of Constant Change at the Marketo User Summit in San Francisco. They professionally recorded the session, and with their permission, I’m pleased to be able to share the video and synchronized slide deck with you:

Agile marketing for a world of constant change

That is a dead marketing plan.

[UPDATE: I’ve also posted a video recording of this agile marketing presentation that I gave at the Marketo User Summit in April 2013.] Today I’m giving a presentation at the Marketing Operations Executive Summit on agile marketing. Given the tremendous disruption in marketing and business today, I truly believe that embracing an agile approach to […]

“Brand debt” and a gap in the agile marketing manifesto

Brand Debt in Agile Marketing

Agile marketing is often celebrated for speed — empowering marketing teams to get more ideas out into the market faster. But while that is often a valuable side benefit, it’s not one of the key principles behind agile marketing. In fact, putting too much emphasis on speed can be detrimental to marketing’s larger mission. The […]