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Summer of Stacks: Opening the 2021 MarTech Stackie Awards

Summer approaches! (Well, at least in the Northern hemisphere.) Fresh air, sunshine, and frolicking outdoors have never felt so viscerally appealing, after a seemingly infinite year indoors. I hope you get time to walk in the woods, roll in the grass, or dip your feet in the ocean. But there’s still work to be done! Marketing and martech continue to advance, adapting to the “new normal” of innovative digital customer experiences and digital business operations. …

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Summer of (MarTech) Stacks

Is your entire martech stack becoming one big virtual “platform”?

The Great App Explosion can’t be stopped. But it can be harnessed. A couple of years ago, I proposed a model of 4 layers of app integrations with SaaS platforms. Advocating for better integration, for marketing apps in particular, I pointed out that not all integrations are equal. They vary significantly in how deeply they’re integrated. The 4 layers of integration that I described: Data — sharing data between apps, which is the most common …

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Martech Stack Virtual Platform Layers Landscape

Wait, more martech tools create more manual tasks?!

The good team at Airtable, whom I featured in my MarTech keynote, Marketing Superpowers: How AI & No Code Transform Every Marketer into a Maker, recently published the Airtable Marketing Trends Report based on a survey of 300 marketing leaders. This was their overview summary: Despite investment in tooling and processes, marketers aren’t operationally equipped to build customer experiences at scale—and they’re punching in hours of manual work to make up the difference. So the …

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More martech tools create more manual tasks?

There are as many European-based martech products today (3,647) as there were globally in 2016

I remember the mad rush to finish the 2016 marketing technology landscape five years ago, just in time to present it for my opening keynote at that spring’s MarTech conference in San Francisco. In the previous years — 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 — the landscape had grown exponentially, from 150 solutions to just under 2,000. Many pundits (*cough* here’s an old article with a few *cough*) thought that the field would consolidate dramatically. I …

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2021 European Martech Landscape Supergraphic

212 event-related martech companies. Make that 268. Wait, no, 316…

I still remember fondly my young and innocent days a decade ago when I created the first marketing technology landscape. It categorized ~150 martech solutions — which at the time seemed epic in scale. “This must consolidate!” Ah, such innocence to the future of cloud dynamics. Last year, the martech landscape was up to 8,000 solutions. 5,233% growth within 10 years’ time. And martech is just a tiny slice of The Great App Explosion happening …

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Event-Related Martech: How It Started, How's It Going

A blossoming martech platform: IDC sizes the HubSpot ecosystem at $6.4 billion this year, $12.5 billion in 2024

Our business model fundamentally is about creating more surplus outside us. We will only be long-term successful if people are making more money around us. That quote from Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, from a few years ago, resonates deeply with me. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Microsoft is now a $1.7 trillion platform company. People can argue a thousand different definitions for what makes a “platform” great. It needs to be a …

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HubSpot's Platform Ecosystem Market Size

The Martech Show Episode #12: Martech Wars on the Web

On its surface, the martech landscape graphic I’ve produced for the past decade has limited insights to offer. If you observe that (a) “there are a @&#$% of martech solutions” and (b) “the overall martech field is growing, not shrinking” you’ve pretty much got the main takeaways. See platform dynamics driving martech app expansion and consolidation explained in one (relatively) simple model for my current best answer as to “why?!?” that is the case. But …

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The Martech Show Episode #12: Martech Wars on the Web

Are stacks expanding? Yes. Are they best-of-breed? Yes.

It’s been my opinion, expressed in numerous editorials — hey, that’s what op-ed means! — that business technology stacks (and martech within them) are expanding and that they are increasingly “best-of-breed,” incorporating more apps and services built by many different companies. (It’s also my opinion that those best-of-breed apps increasingly orbit foundational platforms. But that’s an op-ed for a different day.) But as they say, opinions are like, um… well, let’s just say everybody has …

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The Number of Apps in Business Stacks (including Martech) Are Consistently Increasing

Salestech is the new martech, and it’s supercharging both professions

Salestech is hot. Nancy Nardin of Smart Selling Tools has been tracking sales technologies the way I’ve been tracking the martech landscape. Her latest map of salestech reveals hundreds and hundreds of vendors in the space, organized into a couple of dozen categories. And as with my martech landscape, it’s not even complete. I personally know dozens of great salestech companies that aren’t included. (Nancy: I empathize with all the emails you surely must receive …

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Salestech Investments for 2021

51 martech stacks shared in the 2020 Stackie Awards, beautifully illustrated examples of modern marketing toolsets

This is the 6th year that we have run The Stackies as an awards contest that invites marketers to send in a single slide illustrating their marketing stack — the collection of martech tools they use and the way they conceptualize them together as a whole. Although we award trophies for a few winning entries for the ideas they shared, any stack that works for the team who uses it is a winner where it …

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MarTech Stackies 2020: 51 marketing stacks

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