The future of marketing belongs to hybrids, but don’t call them unicorns

Chimera: Marketing, Sales, IT

I’ve grown to dislike the label “unicorn” in martech. In the early years of the marketing technology revolution, marketing technologists — hybrid professionals who applied technical skills in a marketing context — were sometimes called unicorns. Partly because they brought seemingly magical capabilities to marketing. But mostly because finding the perfect blend of marketing and […]

Democratizing martech: distributing power from IT to marketing technologists to everyone

Democratization of Technology: Martech Example

I am fascinated by “citizen technology.” That’s a terrible name for it, because it implies digital government technology, which is not what I’m talking about. (Although that too is a fascinating topic for discussion on another day.) Rather, the labels of citizen analyst, citizen data scientist, citizen developer, citizen integrator, etc., refer to people who […]

The myth of martech consolidation is dead. Now what?

MarTech West 2018 Keynote Stage

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted the MarTech West conference in San Jose. My personal thanks to all of the amazing speakers who brought such passion and insight to their martech-in-the-real-world presentations — you were awesome. Rather than offer my “hot takes” of the event a few days later, I decided to take a little […]

Calling marketing technology and operations leaders: come speak at MarTech East, October 1-3

MarTech East 2018

Want to speak at MarTech East in Boston, October 1-3? We invite you to propose a compelling presentation idea at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management that you’d be passionate about delivering. Sessions at MarTech East will be a mix of 45-minute in-depth presentations and panels and 20-minute TED-style talks with slides. We’re looking […]

10 days until MarTech, 10 things I’m looking forward to

MarTech West in 10 Days

Marketing technology and operations is the heartbeat of modern marketing. And there’s no event better than MarTech to plug you into the ground truth of how that discipline is evolving. Our next MarTech is now just 10 days away, April 23-25 in San Jose. I’m incredibly excited by everything that’s come together for this conference […]

Martech-Enabled Marketing Operations: Invisible Roads and Bridges

Marketing Operations Org and Flow

The following is a guest post by Luque Wang, a senior marketing manager of global strategy and operations at GE Digital. What is Marketing Operations? Ten years ago, marketing operations was still a very new role in org structures. The number of people with marketing operations as their job title were few and far between. […]

3 marketing technology myths we’ll debunk at the vendor-agnostic MarTech conference

That's Not How Martech Works!

As the world’s largest, vendor-agnostic marketing technology conference, MarTech gives you real-world insights into the good, the bad, and even the ugly of procuring, implementing, and operating marketing technology solutions. Our 2-day program delivers candid, in-depth, and unbiased content that you won’t get anywhere else. MarTech is designed specifically for marketing operations executives who are […]

Stackers gonna stack: a great marketing stack slide from Alert Logic

alert_logic_martech_stack

Here’s another fun entry into The Stackies 2018: Marketing Tech Stack Awards that I thought I’d share from Alert Logic, a leading provider of information security solutions. There are four reasons why I wanted to call this one out: A great marketing stack illustration doesn’t necessarily need to invent a whole new way of organizing […]

How Juniper Networks spans pre-sales to post-sales marketing in their martech stack

Juniper Networks Marketing Stack

I can’t resist sharing another entry to The Stackies 2018: Marketing Tech Stack Awards, this one from global networking technology leader Juniper Networks. This clean and elegant design organizes their marketing and sales technologies according to the six clusters of the Martech 5000 marketing technology landscape — Relationships & Social, Content & Experience, Data, Management, […]

Brand packaging needs a marketing tech stack too, who knew?

Digital Maturity Model for Brand Packaging Processes

The following is a guest post by Danielle Sauvé, marketing director for the product identification platform for Danaher and editor of SimplifyMyPackaging.com. We talk about digitizing everything, but if you’re a marketer at a consumer goods company, you know there is a divide between digital marketing channels and product packaging. As evidence of this divide, […]