Martech 2030: Five Trends in Marketing Technology for the Decade of the Augmented Marketer

Martech 2030: Five Trends

Four months ago, I started a collaboration with Jason Baldwin, the global head of product management at WPP, to write a paper on the major trends in marketing technology that we believe will shape the decade ahead for agencies and brands. It wasn’t about guessing our own “hype cycle” of individual technologies. There are plenty […]

Bending Martec’s Law: 2020 has taught us we’re more agile than we thought

Bending Martec's Law

Holy cats, 2020 has been a crazy year. And it’s not over yet. (cringe) But for all the terrible things this year has besieged us with, it’s also revealed something encouraging. We — as individuals, but perhaps more remarkable as organizations — are capable of adapting to change on a much faster time scale than […]

The larger your martech stack, the better your marketing performance? Maybe

Gartner Digital IQ vs. Martech Stack Size

I recently talked with Benjamin Bloom, senior director analyst for marketing technology and emerging trends at Gartner, around a report he recently published on Marketing Technology Drivers of Genius Brand Performance. (There’s a summary of the report in a blog post Ben wrote, Few “Genius” Brands Successfully Integrate Best-of-Breed Solutions Into a Cohesive Martech Roadmap.) […]

Announcing The Martech Show: Pilot episode on August 21 at 11am ET — join the live studio audience

martech-show-ep1

Pop quiz, hot shot. You find yourself with a ton of important martech topics to cover, an amazing roster of talented leaders eager to address those topics with their peers, and no venue to gather them together with the broader martech community. What do you do? (An aside: I thought the sequel to the movie […]

In The First Golden Age of Martech, the US marketing ecosystem grew 50% faster than GDP

US Marketing Ecosystem Growth from 2010-2019

I’ve called the past decade of the 2010’s The First Golden Age of Martech. It was an explosion of both a new industry (martech) and a new profession (marketing technologists). I’ve spilled a gigabyte of digital ink on why this next decade will be The Second Golden Age of Martech (including a recent update on […]

Why does the massive landscape of marketing services firms not bother people the way martech does?

Marketing Ecosystems in the UK, Germany, and France

The large size of the marketing technology landscape stirs many emotions in the marketing community. Excitement. Frustration. Awe. Anger. Yes, anger. Just last week, I was hotly accused by someone on LinkedIn of stoking FUD — fear, uncertainty, and doubt — simply by publishing it. Those vehement reactions always surprise me. It’s just a count […]

Martech is meaningless without our humanity

Black Lives Matter

I’ve had a hard time writing about martech these past couple of weeks. So I’m just going to write what I want to say, what I need to say. The terrible injustice of the killing of George Floyd was appalling and ugly. The fact that he was one of many victims of such violence and […]

Job responsibilities of 4 marketing technologist roles: marketers, operations, analytics, and makers

Marketing Operations Top Job Responsibilities: People, Process, Technology

At today’s virtual Discover MarTech event, I’ll be digging into the latest data from our 2020 Martech Career Survey run in collaboration with the team at MarTech Today. We’ll have an official report out later, but we wanted to get some of these key findings to you right away. In this year’s study, I added […]

Digital transformation helps those who help themselves: self-service processes and tools

Digital Transformation: Self-Service Processes and Tools

TEKsystems, who provides a lot of digital transformation services to Fortune 500 companies, recently released their 2020 State of Digital Transformation report. Since I’ve been cutting back on my all-night disco dancing at the clubs lately, I had some extra time to read through it last night. They revealed — or confirmed — some key […]

Canceling the MarTech Conference scheduled for next month and sharing our updated plans ahead

Martech in the Basement

Hey, I hope you’re doing okay. A crazy and surreal time we’re in. The photo above is my new “office” in the basement of my house. Yeah, I’ve got a green screen set up. I’d like to claim it’s to support seamless virtual backgrounds in the continuous stream of video meetings that now occupy my […]