A preview of MarTech: over 50 in-depth sessions at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management

MarTech West 2019 Agenda

Twice a year, I face a dilemma. Presented with hundreds of nominated speakers and topics for an upcoming MarTech conference, I have to choose only a few dozen to fit into a two-day, three-track event. It’s a dilemma for a couple of reasons. First, the vast majority of pitches we get from martech practitioners and […]

Martech and mindfulness

Martech and Mindfulness

At first, martech and mindfulness would seem to be on opposite ends of the great mandala of life. Let’s face it, the two words don’t often come up in the same sentence. Or really even the same conversation. Mindfulness is a path toward peace. Martech is a path toward pandemonium. At least that’s the way […]

3 trends driving the Second Golden Age of Martech: ecosystems, experts, and (citizen) engineers

Martech: AND Beats OR

tl;dr There are three trends that are changing the nature of martech. They will catalyze the end of the “first golden age of martech” and lay the foundation for a second golden age that will be much larger, but likely look quite different. Ecosystems — instead of marketing cloud suites vs. best-of-breed point solutions, we […]

Help us anonymously benchmark marketing operations and technology salaries

2019 Martech Salary Survey Call for Participation

If you have been following my work for a while, you know that I’m a big believer in sharing as much research as possible with the martech community at no cost. For instance, you can download the whole database of marketing technology vendors for free. Or download all of the marketing stacks from the Stackies […]

Highly accurate predictions about MarTech in 2019 (well, at least the conference)

MarTech West 2019 Agenda

Ready for a great New Year? While I may be a curmudgeon skeptic when it comes to most marketing industry predictions, I’m quite certain of three things for the year ahead: Marketing technology & operations management will be integral to marketing in 2019. Martech tools, talents, tactics, and the overall marketing world will continue to […]

The Twelve Days of MarTech

The 12 Days of MarTech

Looking back over 2018, it’s been a heck of a year in the martech industry. Thank you for joining, sharing, and contributing — I’m looking gratefully at you, MarTech speakers (in the spring and fall), Stackies entrants, and martech salary survey participants — to this community. I found myself humming this tune in the car […]

Martech is a mainstream marketing profession, latest Gartner data confirms

Martech Full-time Employees (FTEs)

As 2018 comes to a close, we can affirm that this was the year that the martech profession crossed into the mainstream. Marketing technologists are no longer unicorns. I was struck by this anecdotally with the speakers and attendees at the MarTech conference in October. But now I’ve also got some great quantitative data to […]

Martech jumps to 29% of the CMO’s budget in Gartner’s 2018-2019 survey

Martech Budgets 2018-2019

When Gartner’s annual CMO Spend Survey for 2017-2018 came out last year, many people seized on the fact that the money CMOs allocated for marketing technology had dropped to 22% of their budget, on average, down from 27% the year before. Some took it as an unmistakable sign of an impending martech apocalypse (“martech-alypse?”). I […]

The funny and frustrating truth: organizations change more slowly than technology

Digital Transformation & Martec's Law

I’m a huge fan of Tom Fishburne, a.k.a. Marketoonist. Every week, I look forward to his latest cartoon, pulling back the curtain on some absurdity of modern marketing that we all recognize but rarely call out. Tom artfully reveals the de-syncs between the dream and reality, in a way that’s funny and insightful. You laugh, […]

Now every marketer is an app developer — even if they don’t know it

Excel to Apps in Martech

One of the ideas I’ve been focused on this year is the rise of “citizen technologists” in marketing — citizen developers, citizen data scientists, citizen integrators, etc. It’s about giving non-technical marketers the tools and empowerment to build apps, analyze data sets, and route data between different cloud services on their own, without having to […]

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