The explosion of code — and “no code” — in marketing and martech, presented at TEDx Boca Raton

Scott Brinker's Martech Talk at TEDx Boca Raton

I love TED Talks. They have such a great format for packing a really interesting phenomenon, observation, or story into ~15 minutes of focused narrative. Giving one myself — even an independent TEDx Talk — has long been something I’ve aspired to. And so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do so at […]

Martech collaboration between marketing and IT, and the real impediments to martech success

Martech Management Between Marketing and IT

Last month, I declared that the 10-years war between marketing and IT was over. This was in response to Gartner’s CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020 that showed a remarkable reversal in the relationship: IT went from being one of the “top inhibitors” to marketing’s vision and strategy to being a “top supporter.” Actually, IT vaulted into […]

What do martech and the Portuguese navy have in common?

Martec's Law in Jane's Defense Weekly

About a month ago, I received an odd comment on my blog, “Martec’s Law was quoted by the Portuguese navy with respect to asymmetrical warfare. It is definitely a law now.” Huh? That mandated an immediate Google search. Sure enough, Martec’s Law had just appeared in Jane’s Defense Weekly — what AdAge is to marketers, […]

A martech milestone: IT leaders embrace the upside of “shadow IT”

Benefits of Shadow IT

There are notable inflection points in the history of martech where you simply have to pause and say, “Wow, the world sure has changed.” Crossing more than 1,000 solutions on the marketing technology landscape in 2014 was one. Digital ad spend surpassing traditional ad spend earlier this year was another. And now here’s a big […]

The 10-years war between marketing and IT is over

Marketing and IT Make Peace

I was reading Gartner’s latest CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020 — spoiler alert: average marketing budgets have fallen to 10.5% of company revenue and the percentage of the marketing budget dedicated to martech slipped from 29% to 26% — when something truly remarkable popped out at me. On page 20, Gartner included the chart at the […]

The (near) future of marketing is decentralized

Decentralized Marketing Organizations

In Gartner’s most recent Marketing Organizational Survey for 2019 — how marketing leaders structure their teams today and how they expect them to change over the next several years — a remarkable finding popped out to me: 20% of respondents reported that they run some form of decentralized marketing organization today. By the end of […]

Platforming Marketing: 8 P’s of Self-Service Martech

The 8 P's of Self-Service Martech

The theme of my keynote talk at the MarTech conference earlier this month was “platforming marketing.” (Watch a reenacted video of the keynote here.) I’ve spent much of my career thinking about two broad topics: marketing and platforms. Yet it took me a while to recognize that the patterns I see in software platforms are […]

Video recreation of my MarTech opening keynote: Platform Marketing

MarTech Keynote: Platforming Marketing

We had a fantastic MarTech event this week. Huge thanks to everyone who contributed and participated in it. My keynote was “Platforming Marketing” — how the next stage of martech maturity is about applying platform principles in marketing to empower your entire organization to leverage martech capabilities in their work. While we did not record […]

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 […]

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, […]

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