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 […]

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MarTech West 2020 Agenda

With a headline like that, who can doubt that I’ve got marketing in my DNA? Seriously though, as you can see from the at-a-glance editorial agenda above — which doesn’t even include the couple dozen additional vendor-led sessions we’ll also have in our Solutions Tracks and on our MarTech Theater stage — this next MarTech […]

Dr. Martech and Mr. Hype: A Transformational Webinar

Dr. Martech and Mr. Hype

I spend a lot of time debating dichotomies with myself: The classic: is martech consolidating or expanding? Should you centralize or decentralize marketing, automate or humanize it? Should you practice agile or waterfall approaches to martech product adoption? Should you buy more martech tools or better use the ones you have? The martech triumvirate: suite […]

Don’t miss the MarTech Conference in San Jose, April 15-17

MarTech West 2020 Preliminary Agenda

It might be the dead of winter right now, but spring is only a couple of months away — as is the next MarTech Conference, April 15-17 at the San Jose Convention Center. As you can see from even the partial snapshot of sessions above, it’s going to be an amazing event. The agenda is […]

Thank you, Clay Christensen, for everything you taught me about disruptive innovation and more

Clayton Christensen

As you probably have heard by now, Clayton Christensen — renown author, professor, and consultant on the topic of disruptive innovation — passed away late last week. I didn’t know him personally, but I had the privilege of meeting him on several occasions. And the ideas he shared in his writing and presentations have had […]

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