What do martech and the Portuguese navy have in common?

Martec's Law in Jane's Defense Weekly

About a month ago, I received an odd comment on my blog, “Martec’s Law was quoted by the Portuguese navy with respect to asymmetrical warfare. It is definitely a law now.” Huh? That mandated an immediate Google search. Sure enough, Martec’s Law had just appeared in Jane’s Defense Weekly — what AdAge is to marketers, […]

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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 […]

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A martech milestone: IT leaders embrace the upside of “shadow IT”

Benefits of Shadow IT

There are notable inflection points in the history of martech where you simply have to pause and say, “Wow, the world sure has changed.” Crossing more than 1,000 solutions on the marketing technology landscape in 2014 was one. Digital ad spend surpassing traditional ad spend earlier this year was another. And now here’s a big […]

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The 10-years war between marketing and IT is over

Marketing and IT Make Peace

I was reading Gartner’s latest CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020 — spoiler alert: average marketing budgets have fallen to 10.5% of company revenue and the percentage of the marketing budget dedicated to martech slipped from 29% to 26% — when something truly remarkable popped out at me. On page 20, Gartner included the chart at the […]

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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 […]

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Your martech community needs you: opportunities to speak at MarTech

Speak at MarTech

This is my bi-annual call for leaders, practitioners, and pioneers across the marketing technology and operations community to send in proposals to present at the MarTech conference. Our next event will be in San Jose, April 15-17, and we’re accepting speaker nominations through November 8. The best way to truly master something is to teach […]

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The (near) future of marketing is decentralized

Decentralized Marketing Organizations

In Gartner’s most recent Marketing Organizational Survey for 2019 — how marketing leaders structure their teams today and how they expect them to change over the next several years — a remarkable finding popped out to me: 20% of respondents reported that they run some form of decentralized marketing organization today. By the end of […]

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Platforming Marketing: 8 P’s of Self-Service Martech

The 8 P's of Self-Service Martech

The theme of my keynote talk at the MarTech conference earlier this month was “platforming marketing.” (Watch a reenacted video of the keynote here.) I’ve spent much of my career thinking about two broad topics: marketing and platforms. Yet it took me a while to recognize that the patterns I see in software platforms are […]

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Agile Is Marketing, Matt LeMay’s excellent MarTech keynote

Agile Is Marketing Keynote at MarTech

One of our keynote speakers at last week’s MarTech conference in Boston was Matt LeMay, author of the excellent book Agile for Everybody and partner at Sudden Compass. After my opening keynote (reenacted here), Matt presented a fantastic, 20-minute talk: Agile Is Marketing. And because Matt arranged for a videographer to capture his presentation — […]

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Video recreation of my MarTech opening keynote: Platform Marketing

MarTech Keynote: Platforming Marketing

We had a fantastic MarTech event this week. Huge thanks to everyone who contributed and participated in it. My keynote was “Platforming Marketing” — how the next stage of martech maturity is about applying platform principles in marketing to empower your entire organization to leverage martech capabilities in their work. While we did not record […]

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