Two themes for martech stack leaders: collaboration and integration

Omnichannel Martech Stack

The following is a guest post by Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group and popular speaker and workshop leader at the MarTech conference series. The above graphic is Real Story Group’s Omnichannel Stack Reference Model. Earlier this autumn, Real Story Group convened two-dozen martech/CX stack owners from among our larger subscribers for two days […]

Your martech stack is probably 2X as big as you think it is

Size of Tech Stacks (Estimated vs. Actual)

The editorial staff here at chiefmartec.com (looking in the mirror) are rather obsessed with martech stacks. What’s in them? How much is controlled by IT or marketing operations? How do marketers think of them? How many apps in them support self-service users? How big are they? Blissfully recently published their SaaS Trends: IT & Compliance […]

Why Lyft decided to build their own internal martech platform

Lyft's Marketing Automation Platform

A few months ago, I read a fascinating article published by the Lyft Engineering team on Medium, Building Lyft’s Marketing Automation Platform. While we know there are a lot of homegrown martech systems in the wild, it’s rare for them to be described publicly. I’ve referred to them as “dark martech” because of that lack […]

Martech is now a $121.5 billion market worldwide

Martech Budgets (US and UK)

Martech: 2020 and Beyond, a new report collaboratively produced by BDO, WARC, and the University of Bristol, estimates that the worldwide spend on marketing technology is $121.5 billion. Their report focuses on martech spending in North America and the UK, where they’ve sized the market as growing from $34.3 billion in 2017 up to $65.9 […]

Of dinosaurs and meteors: 2 different (and contentious) models of technology adoption

Agile vs. Waterfall Technology Adoption

Boy, did I kick a hornet’s nest. A couple of weeks ago, I shared an article from MIT Sloan Management Review, Implement First, Ask Questions Later (or Not at All) by Stephen J. Andriole. A quick summary: As a result of easy-to-acquire SaaS tools and pressure to harness the relatively unknown possibilities of emerging technologies […]

If the martech landscape is driving you to drink, maybe this will help

craft-beer-landscape

Thousands and thousands of entrepreneurial vendors. A few giants that have consolidated portfolios of dozens of their own “best-of-breed” options, so a buyer could theoretically get everything they need from one source. A dizzying array of choices for buyers. Yet choices that many become quite passionate about. They enjoy discovering new ones that are special […]

Not all integrations are created equal: 4 layers of app integrations with SaaS platforms

4 Layers of Integration with SaaS Platforms

Disclosure: This is one of those rare articles on this blog that’s entangled with my work as VP Platform Ecosystem at HubSpot. While it’s not specific to HubSpot — this is an issue and a framework that I believe are broadly applicable across all SaaS platforms — I want to be transparent that I do […]

Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2019): Martech 5000 (actually 7,040)

2019 Marketing Technology Landscape ("Martech 5000")

As Bill Murray would have said in Groundhog Day, “Well, it’s martech landscape day… again.” It has become an annual tradition at our spring MarTech conference to release an updated version of maybe the most infamous slide in marketing: the marketing technology landscape. We’re keeping that custom alive this year again. What a crazy graphic! […]

48 marketing stacks beautifully illustrated for the 2019 MarTech Stackies: Marketing Stack Awards

2019 MarTech Stackies: Marketing Stack Awards

For the 5th year, we’ve run The Stackies Awards, where marketers send in a single slide that illustrates their “stack” — the collection of marketing technology tools they use and how they conceptualize them together. We received 48 entries this year, and some truly incredible ones. Airstack graciously sponsored the awards this time. And, as […]

The New Omnichannel Stack Reference Model from Real Story Group

Real Story Group Omnichannel Stack Reference Model

The following is a guest post by Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group, an independent analyst firm that evaluates technology vendors and delivers hard-hitting research and advice. RSG only works on the “buy” side to advise enterprise tech decision-makers, and never works for vendors. Tony will be running a workshop and a series of […]

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