SaaS adoption trends at the start of 2020 (yes, before all hell broke loose)

Average Number of SaaS Apps Per Company

Early in March, Blissfully released their 2020 SaaS Trends Report. As with previous data they’ve shared, the report is full of highly interesting findings based on actual SaaS usage — not just what people claim they’re using when asked (which is usually underreported by half). I was just getting ready to excitedly write a story […]

An epic landscape of 2,427 European martech solutions

European Martech Landscape 2020

TL;DR If you think the world of martech software has shrunk, take a tour of Europe. Everybody needs a hobby. Golf. Fishing. Home brewing. For some of us, it’s collecting logos of martech companies and carefully categorizing them into little boxes on slides, to the delight or dismay of marketers at conferences worldwide. I say […]

The average enterprise uses 1,295 cloud services

Number of Cloud Services Used by an Enterprise on Average in 2019

I’m used to getting a lot ribbing pushback on the scale of the marketing technology landscape. “7,000 martech vendors is way too much!” My gut-level, defensive reaction is to reply, “Hey, it’s not my fault. I’m just counting them.” Of course, one could argue with the work I do with HubSpot’s platform ecosystem, we are […]

The top 3 things marketers want martech vendors to improve

Martech Stack Improvements Wanted

The good folks at Ascend2, a marketing industry research firm, recently released a study on Martech Stack Optimization. It’s the kind of report that I open with the enthusiasm of that kid from the movie A Christmas Story opening the present of his dreams. (I’ll try not to shoot my eye out.) Lots of good […]

Check out Red Hat’s customer journey marketing stack

Red Hat Marketing Stack

As you know, we’re in the middle of awards season. Oscars. Grammys. Golden Globes. All fine trophies to be had. But my favorite kudos, of course, are The 2020 Stackies: Marketing Tech Stack Awards. Marketers send in a single 16×9 slide that illustrates the way they think of their marketing stack. We share them all […]

A cool (and personal) example of a “2nd Golden Age of Martech” company

Services and Software in the 2nd Golden Age of Martech

Back in September 2017, Toronto-based ScribbleLive acquired ion interactive, the interactive content SaaS company I had co-founded and served as president and CTO. Scribble had raised $50 million (Canadian dollars?) from a bunch of VCs and had executed a string of acquisitions — including the content talent marketplace Visual.ly — to build out an enterprise […]

We’re crowdsourcing the 2020 marketing technology landscape — and will make all the data available to everyone

Contribute to the Martech Landscape

It’s a new decade — and time for a new approach to the marketing technology landscape. Contribute a new or updated martech vendor here. Report an acquired or defunct martech vendor here. Download the 2019 Excel spreadsheet here. Those are the TL;DR links above. Here’s the story of what we’re doing and where it’s headed… […]

Is martech headed for its “dot-com moment” in 2020?

The Ages of Martech

Tom Wentworth, a pioneering engineer-turned-CMO in the marketing technology space whom I’ve long admired, recently commented on a LinkedIn thread, “Martech is about to face its ‘dot-com’ moment. How many pet stores did we really need in 2000?” I think he’s right — but possibly not in the way he (or you) might think. The […]

83% of marketers rip-and-replace a martech app each year — here’s why

Martech Apps Ripped-and-Replaced

I’ve said many times that change is at the heart of modern marketing operations. It is at the very center of the “4 forces” diagram of The New Rules of Marketing Technology & Operations because it’s the dominant variable of our profession. And what’s the most common and concrete change in martech? Why changing martech […]

Enter The Stackie Awards 2020: Share your marketing stack with the martech community

The Stackies 2020: Marketing Tech Stack Awards

UPDATE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed The Stackies Awards Ceremony until October 6, when we’ll do a virtual event. As a result, we are extending the deadline for entries through September 18, 2020. We will also double the number of awards given — from five to ten — to provide one set […]

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