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MarTech Speakers in the 5 Forces of Marketing Operations

Want to speak at MarTech in San Jose, April 3-5? We invite you to suggest a compelling presentation idea at the intersection of marketing, technology, and management that you'd be passionate about sharing with your peers. Sessions at MarTech are generally 45-minute, in-depth presentations with slides by a solo or duo. (A limited number of panels may be considered, but we're not huge fans of that format as the best way to inspire and teach our audience. However, there's always room for an Continue Reading...

3 thoughts on Adobe acquiring Marketo for $4.75 billion and what it means for martech

Adobe Acquires Marketo for Martech Consolidation

The deal was announced yesterday afternoon: Adobe is acquiring Marketo for $4.75 billion. (As fate would have it, it was just a few hours before I was speaking at a MOCCA marketing operations event in New York on the topic of martech industry trends — to be followed by a Q&A with Sarah Kennedy Ellis, […]

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22 blockchain-based adtech/martech companies you should know

Blockchain Adtech & Martech Companies

The following is a guest article by Donny Dvorin, general manager of Never Stop Marketing Research, a leading analysis and consulting group focused on blockchain martech providers. Jeremy Epstein, the CEO of Never Stop Marketing, will be keynoting the MarTech conference this October 1-3 in Boston. It was clear to anyone who attended one of […]

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Martech companies talk customer-centricity, but can they be customer-centric?

The HubSpot Customer Code

A ton of marketing technology is sold today as the solution to delivering better customer experiences. Of course, martech doesn’t automagically create great customer experiences any more than a food processor automagically makes you a great chef. It depends on how you wield it. And, frankly, the most important elements of customer experience have nothing […]

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The CMO Council asked 8 good, hard questions about marketing technology management

CMO Council Martech Interview

The following interview was originally published by the CMO Council in the August 2018 edition of their Marketing Magnified e-journal. They asked me eight great questions about martech for marketing executives. These are my suggestions in reply. 1. How would you characterize the state of marketing technology discovery, qualification, implementation and use in global enterprises […]

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Martech Olympics: Even just the UK Marketing Technology Landscape has 417 companies

UK Marketing Technology Landscape

In the beginning, there was the first marketing technology landscape. And then it grew. And grew. And grew. And grew. And grew. And, yes, this year it grew again. To be honest, there were a number of things about this slightly obsessive exercise of mine that surprised me over the years. For instance: I was […]

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The 4 Forces of Marketing Operations & Technology

4 Forces of Marketing Operations and Technology

As I’ve been preparing for the upcoming MarTech conference in Boston, I have been thinking about the fundamental forces that marketing technology and operation professionals wrangle in their work. I believe there are two overarching challenges in marketing operations today: Our environment is continuously changing, often quite rapidly. We have to gracefully balance opposing concepts […]

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1 in 40 of the Inc. 5000 are martech companies

Martech Companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000

This article was co-written with Anand Thaker, my collaborator on the marketing technology landscape. Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S., the Inc. 5000, was just released for 2018. Out of those 5,000, 2.64% of them are martech companies that appeared on this year’s marketing technology landscape, e.g., the […]

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The next level of marketing maturity on stage at MarTech this October

MarTech East 2018 Agenda

I’m going to declare that, as of August 2018, martech has crossed a threshold in maturity. And by martech, I mean the grand view of martech, the convergence of marketing, technology, and management practices across industries — and the hybrid marketing leaders who are driving the strategy and operations of that convergence. Sure, the marketing […]

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Bots and automation don’t automagically create a great customer experience

Chatbot Hell

The alliterated alternate title for this post could be: Tickets, Tools, and Taylor Swift — One Father’s Afternoon in Automated Customer Experience Purgatory. Subtitle: a small case study of anti-patterns for customer experience bots and automation. My daughter turned 10 this year. As a present, my wife and I agreed to take her to her […]

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