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Martech At The Crossroads: Agility or Simplicity?

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I’ll be giving a speech next week on the evolution of marketing technology, which doesn't follow the path you might think. Similarly, marketers up that time worked with the same data – audience counts and customer lists – they had since Ben Franklin and before. Those evolved slowly – personalized printing and modern campaign managers appeared in the 1980’s. But every action has a reaction.

How Quickly Is the MarTech Industry Growing?

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Everyone in marketing knows there’s a lot of new marketing technology, but how quickly is martech really growing? Many people cite changes in Scott Brinker ’s iconic marketing technology landscape, which has roughly doubled in size every year since Brinker first published it in 2011. Fortunately, other data is available. This shows growth of around 12% per year from 2000 through 2012.

Rating the Crowd-Sourced Marketing Software Review Sites

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What began as a whimsical “ landscape of landscapes ” led me to realize crowd-sourced review sites are the most common type of vendor directory, accounting for 15 of the 23 sources listed in my original graphic. The first question was which sites draw a big enough crowd to be useful. used Alexa traffic rankings, which are far from perfect but good enough for this sort of project.

Mariana Uses Artificial Intelligence to Build Personas and Find Target Audiences

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Can computers understand an individual human’s personality (and then, presumably, use that understanding to better target marketing messages)? It turns out that’s no longer even a question: if you haven’t yet played with CrystalKnows , be prepared for some weirdly accurate insights into yourself and those you know well, based on public Internet information. This is where Mariana comes in.

150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

#Personalized Mona Lisa #Marketing #Humor #Fail

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Dear Internet, I was disappointed but not wholly surprised that you didn’t find Wednesday's post with Personalized Mona Lisa as self-evidently hilarious as I did. This isn’t the first time my sense of humor failed to match with yours. So here goes. Let’s start at the beginning. So a geologist was shown the rock formations, a hairdresser saw Mona's curls, an ophthalmologist saw her eye, and so on.

Landscape of MarTech Vendor Directories

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I'm making a presentation on marketing technology selection at B2BLeadsCon in New York next week, and had thought to start with the usual Oh-My-God-There-Are-So-Many-Vendors slide to get everybody's attention. This would ordinarily be Scott Brinker's popular Chief MarTech Landscape but I've recently seen so many variations on the theme that I put together a composite slide instead. Enjoy!

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Why Time Is the Real Barrier to Marketing Technology Adoption and What To Do About It

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I was out of the office all week, splitting my time between two conferences: Sailthru LIFT and Marketing Profs B2B Forum. Both were well attended, well produced, and well worth while. My personal highlights were: - Sailthru introducing its next round of predictive modeling and personalization features and working to help users adopt them. tried to get them so excited with use cases – a.k.a.

Guide to ABM Vendors: What's in a Complete ABM Stack?

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Yesterday’s post announced our new Guide to ABM Vendors , which helps marketers make sense of the confusing variety of ABM-related systems. The post describes our framework of four ABM process steps, six system functions that support those steps, and six sub-functions that are hardest to find. All the functions are indeed required, but the sub-functions are optional. Customized Messages and Execution can be found in non-ABM systems such as Web site personalization or marketing automation.* Instead, let’s start with an overview of how the vendors as a group matched up against the sub-functions.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Marketers Are Struggling to Keep Up Customer Expectations: Here's Proof

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How pitiful is this: My wife left me alone all last weekend and the most mischief I could get into was looking for research about cross-channel customer views. The only defense I can make is I did promise a client a paper on the topic, which I finished Sunday night. But then I decided it was way too wonky and wrote a new, data-free version that people might actually read.

suitecx Offers Industrial-Strength Customer Journey Maps and More

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Customer journey mapping is now the buzziest of buzz words. Every self-respecting marketing automation system offers something called a “customer journey map,” even if it’s exactly the same as last year’s campaign designer or does nothing more than connect functionless icons on a virtual whiteboard. Sophisticated journey mapping has been around for more than a decade*.

Campaign Management Is Dead. Here's What Next-Generation Marketing Automation Looks Like.

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Scientists tell us that the attention span of the average human is now shorter than the attention span of a goldfish.(1) In such a world, the chances of anyone reading this 2,000 word blog post are pretty much nil. But if you want to understand my thinking in more detail, please read on. The first modern campaign manager, Third Wave Network’s MIND, was released in 1991. Maybe you're unimpressed.

Real Magnet Offers Complex Campaigns Withouth the Flow Charts

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I recently saw a useful distinction between AI – artificial intelligence, which is machines replacing people – and IA – intelligent assistance, which is machines helping people. Real Magnet , an email service provider turned marketing automation vendor with over 1,000 clients, doesn’t position itself as either. The remaining work to implement the marketers’ choices is done by the system.

How Many Ads Per Day Do You See? Fewer Than It Seems (I Think)

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My cliché detector starts chirping as soon as anyone says today’s marketers face more competition than ever before. Sepia-toned glasses notwithstanding, marketers have had competitors at least since the railroads (or maybe canals) made it practical for customers to shop outside the local village – and for even longer if you lived in a city. Well, I certainly thought so when I wrote the paper.

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Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Between November 5 and November 17, we surveyed 601 marketers with an 18-question online survey. A few weeks later, Adweek sent the questionnaire to 144 additional marketers. As the survey was answered by nearly our entire population target, the calculated margin of error was approximately 1 percent. Here's what we learned.

Customer Data Platforms Revisited: The Future of Marketing Data

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It’s nearly two years since I introduced the concept of a Customer Data Platform , defined as a marketer-controlled system that builds a multi-source customer database and exposes it to external execution systems. Systems were included only if their data (or derived data such as model scores) was available to other systems for campaigns and messaging. But things aren’t quite so simple.

Marketing Technology of the Future: Beyond the Customer Data Platform

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The last three minutes of my MarTech Conference presentation are driving me crazy. The preceding portions cover the current state of Customer Data Platforms. have no trouble talking about that. But it somehow got into my head that the last section should look at how CDPs will fit into the long-term future of marketing technology. But to cover it succinctly I must first think it through in detail.

Just Released: ABM Vendor Guide Gives Detailed Comparison of 40 ABM Vendors

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It’s nearly a month since my last blog post, which I think is the longest gap in the ten years I've been blogging. Some of pause was due to vacation, but mostly it was because I’ve been working feverishly to finish the Raab Guide to Account Based Marketing Vendors , which I’ve released today and you can purchase here. This was a huge project with the almost insanely ambitious goal of making sense of the ABM vendor landscape. What made it challenging wasn’t just gathering detailed information on 40 vendors but the variety of the vendors serving ABM needs. The fundamental challenge was two-fold.

FlipMyFunnel Conference on Account-Based Marketing Comes to Austin on June 7

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I’ll be joining an all-star cast of Account Based Marketing experts when the FlipMyFunnel Festival visits Austin on June 7. You can register here – it’s free. My own talk, not surprisingly, will be about the technology behind ABM – or, more precisely, how to build an ABM marketing technology stack. Or at least that’s my take – I suspect some of the other speakers will take a more radical view.

Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Pointillist Journey Orchestration Discovers Customer Paths for Itself (Marketing Automation is Doomed, I Tell You)

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This post will resume the tour I started in March of journey orchestration engines – our new friend JOE. But first I’ll interrupt myself to announce that I have officially decided to predict that JOEs will replace campaign management and marketing automation as the core system for marketing departments. Now that I’ve shared this exciting bit of news with you, let’s get back to the topic at hand.

SalesPredict Offers Highly Automated, Highly Flexible Predictive Modeling

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote that “predictive everywhere” is one of major trends in data-driven marketing. meant both that predictive models guide decisions at every stage in many marketing programs, and that models are used throughout the organization by marketing, sales, and service. might have added a third meaning: that systems to do predictive modeling are everywhere as well.

Are 70% of Marketing Automation Users Unhappy? Well, Not Exactly

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A recent piece in TechCrunch quoted me as saying that “almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software.” The author included a link to the source of that quote, but unfortunately it was broken (it has since been fixed). This lead to enough questions about the data that it now seems worth a blog post on the topic. Only 23.7%

Intent Data Basics: Where It Comes From, What It's Good For, What To Test

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Intent data is a marketer’s dream come true: rather than advertising to mass audiences in the hope of getting a handful of active buyers to identify themselves, just buy a list of those buyers and talk to them directly. It lops a whole layer off the top of the funnel and finally lets you discard the wasted half of your advertising. But intent data is a complicated topic. What is intent data?

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Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Strikedeck Adds Automation to Customer Success Management

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I first started paying attention to “customer success management” systems when I realized they were assembling data from multiple sources to build a consolidated customer view – something that could potentially serve other departments throughout the organization. This made them a fifth subtype of Customer Data Platforms (CDPs), along with systems based on marketing, lead scoring, sales advisory, and tag management. In practice, this classification is more potential than real because few if any customer success systems actually expose their data to other systems in true CDP fashion.

Usermind Makes Journey Orchestration Simple

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Maybe you’ve been waiting with increasing impatience for me to finish reviewing the set of Journey Orchestration Engines (JOEs) I first mentioned in March. More likely, it slipped your mind entirely. But I do worry about such things so I’m especially pleased for finish out the set by telling you about Usermind. Usermind Journey I'm not saying that Usermind calls itself a JOE.

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Why Designing Your Marketing Technology Stack is a Waste of Time

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My post last week about machine intelligence sparked a Twitter comment from @Jetlore, “The term 'machine learning' is like the term 'mobile' 7-10 years ago. It's simply something that all good software will do.” On reflection, this is absolutely correct – it is why there are already so many different uses of machine learning across the marketing landscape. The most obvious of those is electricity.

Tealium Grows from Tag Manager to Customer Data Platform

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It took me an embarrassingly long time to recognize why Tealium ’s AudienceStream is just a bit odd. The oddity itself I saw immediately: while most marketing systems focus on sending messages to customers, AudienceStream is organized around overwriting data and sending it to other systems. To some degree, the difference is just a matter of presentation. So Tealium does support customer messaging.

2016 Email Marketing Metrics Benchmark Study

To build a world-class marketing program, it's crucial to compare yourself to the best performers - but competitor data can be scarce.

VEST Report: Competition in B2B Marketing Automation Isn't About Features

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Yesterday I released the mid-year edition of the VEST Report on B2B marketing automation vendors, thereby meeting my self-imposed deadline of July 31. Look here for more information or to make a purchase. Updating the report gives a nice overview of recent industry developments. Here are some observations: - market positions are pretty stable. products are pretty stable, too.

Does Future Marketing Technology Require Perfect Data?

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I mentioned in my last post that I’ve started to think in terms of three realities: today (the next two years), tomorrow (two to five years out), and later (after five years). Both the “madtech” vision of broad access to third-party data and the “robotech” vision of delegating decisions to machines assume that effectively complete data will be available about each customer.

Marketing Automation 2014 Industry Overview: What the Surveys Tell Us

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The Interwebs have delivered an unusually rich trove of data about the marketing automation industry in the past few weeks. Other than Raab Associates’ own VEST report , we’ve seen surveys of active buyers from Software Advice , usage figures based on direct observation from Mintigo and Venture Beat (using Datanyze) , and another broad-based survey from Pepper Global and Holger Shulze.

Mautic Offers Free, Open Source Marketing Automation

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The only real question about free, open source marketing automation from Mautic is what took so long. The core features of B2B marketing automation have been well understood for nearly ten years and prices have been dropping steadily for about the same time. Small businesses constantly cite cost as a major roadblock to adoption. So the opportunity seems obvious. What about the product itself?

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

MDC DOT Provides Marketing Automation for Direct Salespeople

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I briefly mentioned MDC Dot in an earlier blog post about giving sales people access to marketing automation capabilities. This may not have done them justice since they are more specialized than that general description implied. What MDC Dot really does is serve organizations that wrangle a herd of independent sales people, like financial advisors or direct sales representatives.

Future Marketing: Will Machines Take Over Half the Consumer Economy?

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‘Tis the season for predictions. I’m not going to plague you with any new ones right now, but did want to expand a bit on the long-term vision I’ve been talking about in speeches and described briefly last July as “robotech”. The key word in that sentence is “trust”. One question worth asking is, how much of the economy is likely to be affected by this change? told you this was crude.

Everstring Takes Another $65 Million and (More Important) Launches Predictive Ad Targeting Solution

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Everstring announced a $65 million funding round and new ad targeting product on Tuesday. (It also released a new survey on predictive marketing which is probably interesting, but I just can't face after last weekend’s data binge.) The new funding is certainly impressive, although the record for a B2B predictive marketing vendor is apparently InsideSales’ $100 million Series C in April 2014.

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Marketo Conference: Is Predictive Modeling The Future of Marketing Automation?

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Marketo held its annual Marketing Nation Summit this week, hosting 4,000+ clients and partners. The event seemed relatively subdued for Marketo – I didn’t spot one costumed character – but the over-all atmosphere was positive. The company made two major product announcements, expanding the reach of Marketo campaigns into mobile apps and display ad retargeting. Those struck me as strategically valuable, helping to secure Marketo’s place at the center of its users’ customer management infrastructure. Marketo has attracted a respectable array of partners who extend its capabilities.

B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.