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Thank you to a kaleidoscopic marketing tech community

It’s the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. tomorrow, and I want to take the occasion to say a heartfelt “thank you” to — first and foremost — you, dear reader. Over the past year, chiefmartec.com has grown to more than 75,000 regular readers. I am deeply honored that you’ve taken the time to read this blog and share it with your friends and colleagues. More than ever, it feels like a real community has …

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Marketing Technology Thanksgiving 2015

3 apologies from an imperfect marketing tech blogger

Apologies come in threes? Today they do. First, I apologize for the example of a 3-vendor multi-platform stack article from earlier this week. I’ve heard from multiple readers that it came across to them as an uncharacteristically promotional post, not what they’ve come to expect from my blog. As I tried to disclaim in the introduction to the post, I thought it was interesting that Battery was positioning three of the companies from their portfolio …

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Microsoft announces acquisition of chiefmartec.com

UPDATE: Okay, okay, the jig is up. Way too many people have been genuinely congratulating me on this “acquisition.” Apparently, I am terrible at this whole April Fool’s thing — or too good at it? — as it’s not supposed to be that believable. Anyway, I’ll leave this up for posterity’s sake, but just to be completely blunt: everything below was completely made up. I love the good folks at Microsoft, but we’re not married. …

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Microsoft Acquires chiefmartec.com on April 1, 2015

Come join us in San Francisco for MarTech 2015

I’m feeling giddy again. We’re in the middle of programming the agenda for the next MarTech conference, which will take place in San Francisco on March 31 – April 1, 2015, and I’m already floored by the first wave of speakers who have confirmed their participation — and amazed by the incredible suggestions coming in from our open call-for-presenters. A huge thank you to all who have submitted ideas. You’re making our job of selecting …

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MarTech 2014

5 lies Westin told me at Content Marketing World

I’m here at Content Marketing World in Cleveland tonight. Actually, that’s not true. I’m more than an hour outside of Cleveland at some rundown, roadside motel, having been bussed here by the hotel I was supposed to be staying at tonight, the Westin Cleveland Downtown. You know, as a hotel, your core brand promise is pretty simple. Someone books a room. You give them a room. Sure, there are other finer points of expectations, but …

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Westin Lies About Deposit

3 compelling reasons to register for MarTech right now

We’re only a month away from the inaugural MarTech Conference here in Boston, and here are three terrific reasons to register for MarTech today. #3. The “beta” rate expires next week — register now to save $150. First, the reason why you should register for MarTech today, instead of, say, in a couple of weeks: the discounted “beta” rate expires on July 11. That’s your last chance to save $150. After that, we’re in “release” …

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MarTech August 2014 Agenda

Google, don’t break my heart with shoddy marketing

Marketing has had, historically, a bad rap for being — how do I say this diplomatically? — creative with the truth. Not necessarily lying outright, although that’s certainly happened. But often deliberately choosing words — as well as choosing what to omit — so as to lead people to slightly or wholly inaccurate conclusions that favor the marketer. One of the things I love about where marketing is headed today is that leading marketers are …

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Don't Think with Google

10 reasons why marketing nerds are so darn lovable

Lattice Engines was kind enough to include me in a recent list of their favorite marketing nerds. I’m certainly honored by the esteemed company they put me in, with true tech-savvy marketing wizards such as Ann Handley, Mike Volpe, Christopher Penn, David Raab, Joe Chernov, and many others whom I admire. But I have to admit, I find the label flattering unto itself. When I was growing up, “nerd” wasn’t usually a complimentary label. But …

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Marketing Nerd Pride

Marketing takes over IT, sales takes over marketing

The start of this new quarter has proven to be a tipping point. We’ve now heard of several leading enterprises that are undertaking a major restructuring of marketing, IT, and sales to better align themselves with the market forces of the 21st century. Under this new organizational structure — code-named “Greener Grass” at one Fortune 500 firm — the following changes are being implemented immediately: Marketing will now officially take over IT. This shift was inevitable …

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Reengineering Greener Grass

5 years worth of marketing technology geekery

This month marks the 5th anniversary of the launch of this blog. The momentum that has grown around these topics of marketing technology management, marketing technologists, marketing software, marketing data, agile marketing, etc., has been incredibly exciting. Thank you for reading, sharing, and contributing. On the occasion of this 5th anniversary, I decided to invest in fixing up the place a little. First, a fresh coat of paint. I commissioned a logo to give the …

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5 Years of Chief Marketing Technologist

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