What’s the current state of marketing technology and operations careers?

Take the Martech Career Survey

Actually, I’m asking you. What is the current state of marketing technology and operations careers? This is my one-time-a-year pleading on my knees request to the martech community to participate in our survey of professionals in the field. In exchange for 5 minutes of your time, you’ll help all of us better understand the work […]

The many splendid varieties of marketing technologists in 2020: martech roles and archetypes

Marketing Technologist Roles

At the beginning of the 2010’s, I wrote a post about the rise of the marketing technologist. It was the early days of a new, hybrid professional emerging: rare “unicorns” who combined IT skills with marketing domain expertise and a genuine passion for harnessing the blossoming marketing technology landscape. Fast-forward to the start of 2020’s. […]

A marketing stack organized according to The Periodic Table of Martech

Nexthink's Marketing Stack and The Periodic Table of Martech

Happy New Year! To kick off 2020, I’m excited to share one of the first entries into The Stackies 2020: Marketing Stack Awards from Nexthink, an enterprise platform that help IT departments deliver great digital employee experiences. Jon Blumenfeld, Nexthink’s director of digital marketing, created their entry around the concept of a “Periodic Table of […]

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 […]

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