Is marketing technology entering a post-platform era?

Integration Ecosystem for Marketing Technology and More

One of the points I raised when we released the 2017 marketing technology landscape was that "the platformization of marketing technology" was now fully underway. Heterogeneous marketing stacks have become the norm. Even if many of the integrations between different marketing technologies in a stack are still relatively "shallow" — i.e., passing around fairly lightweight data, such as contact record fields, activity events, and common campaign identifiers — there is nonetheless a basic level Continue Reading...

Struggling through the 5 stages of martech? Let’s learn together

The 5 Stages of Martech

Okay, I admit it. I’ve just been waiting for an excuse to post this “5 Stages of Martech” chart. These stages were originally slides in the opening keynote at MarTech San Francisco back in May, when we unveiled the 2017 marketing technology landscape. I figured a little comic relief was in order as we contemplated […]

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Is winter coming for martech? Or just for martech VCs?

Martech Funding Models

For the past 7 years that I’ve been tracking the growth of the marketing technology landscape, I’ve been hearing prophecies of its consolidation. I’ve been quick to acknowledge that’s a possibility, probably an inevitable one. In fact, if you look at the distribution of revenue across martech companies today, you can argue it’s already happened. […]

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Check out the amazing speakers who will be at MarTech Boston

MarTech Boston 2017 Featured Speakers

The agenda for MarTech Boston, October 2-4, has just been posted, and I am once again awed and humbled by the incredible cast of speakers who have agreed to participate. If you want to understand the real truth of how to lead at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management, this will be a two-day […]

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If a marketing tactic works, but people hate it, should you use it?

Ads People Hate

It’s a scenario straight out of Kiefer Sutherland’s TV series 24. There’s a ticking time bomb somewhere in the city. The only way to stop it is to torture a captured suspect into revealing its location. Yes, torture is wrong. But is it worth it to save the lives of hundreds of innocent people? What […]

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Pop quiz: What do Amazon Alexa and Whole Foods have in common?

Vertical Competition in Martech with Amazon & Whole Foods

The easy answer, of course, is that they’ll both be controlled by Jeff Bezos and the rapidly evolving Amazon empire. That alone is a pretty remarkable for hybridizing the digital and the physical on such a massive scale. But in my worldview, Amazon’s $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods — insert requisite “Whole Paycheck” joke, […]

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The average enterprise uses 91 marketing cloud services

Average Number of Marketing Cloud Services Used by an Enterprise

This past weekend, I caught up on Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends report for 2017. As always, it was jam-packed with incredible data and insights, and this year it ballooned to 353 pages worth of them. There’s a ton of topics in the report that are important to marketing — voice-based platforms, convergence of advertising […]

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What anchors your martech mall? A marketing metaphor

The Martech Mall Metaphor

The following is a guest post by Tony Byrne, founder of Real Story Group, a research and advisory firm that evaluates digital workplace and marketing technology vendors. The past several years have seen growing attention to martech “stacks,” the ever-expanding set of tools involved in enterprise customer engagement and marketing. As just one indicator, the […]

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Data industrialization on our way to marketing in a blockchain world

Data Industrialization & Blockchain Marketing

The following is a follow-up guest post by Jeremy Epstein, CEO of Never Stop Marketing, to his previous articles on blockchain marketing, blockchain brand promises, blockchain brand “logos,” and blockchains as brand equity. Jeremy currently works with several of the leading companies in the blockchain and decentralization space. DON’T MISS A CHANCE TO HEAR JEREMY SPEAK. […]

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A proposed model for organizing the chaos of marketing technology

6C's Model of Organizing Marketing Technology

The marketing technology landscape is big, broad, and deep. (Feel free to mentally insert other, more colorful, adjectives.) So many different kinds of solutions fall under that umbrella, and they don’t always fit into nice, neat categories. This contributes to the confusion that many marketers feel around martech. It’s generally not clear what the taxonomy […]

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