13 influential marketing technology leaders

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30-second summary: Following a survey and some editorial research, we have highlighted 13 people we think are either respected industry guardians, or are making some noteworthy contributions to the marketing technology space. Scott Brinker, Tamara McCleary, Ann Lewnes, Des Cahill, Stephanie Buscemi, Tony Ralph and David Encizo, amongst those named in the list. Katrina Lake, Werner Vogels, Max Wessel, Jay Richman, Melanie Deziel and Erin Rowles also honored in the list. With February widely regarded as awards season in the realm of pop culture, we thought we’d get on the act as well and recognize some of the leading personalities in the marketing technology sector. We asked you, our valued readers, to send us your picks and combined that with hours of relentless editorial research, to narrow down our list to 13 deserving people. So without further ado here are our list of 13 (in no particular order) who we think are either respected industry guardians, or are making some noteworthy contributions to the marketing technology space: Scott Brinker (HubSpot) Let’s tackle the most obvious pick right off the bat. Scott Brinker remains the undisputed godfather of the martech world. Nearly every person in our survey had him as one of their top five leaders in marketing technology sector. Scott is the editor of the popular Chief Marketing Technologist blog, where he covers topics at the intersection of marketing and technology, and is the program chair of the MarTech conference series. He is of course the brains behind the annual Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic , the widely accepted road map of the global martech vendors. Most recently, for over two years now, Scott has been serving as VP of Platform Ecosystems at HubSpot, the developer and marketer of software products for inbound marketing and sales. Tamara McCleary (Thulium) Tamara McCleary is the CEO of Thulium, a marketing and digital consulting agency specializing in social media brand amplification, influencer marketing, and thought leadership. As an internationally recognized expert in new technologies, branding, storytelling, and social influence, Tamara is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading female technology influencer and was named the Most Influential Woman in martech by B2B Marketing. Tamara is also a unique adviser and consultant to a variety of leading global technology companies such as Verizon, IBM, Mercer, SAP, Dell EMC, Huawei, Ericsson, and Amazon Web Services. Her reputation for creating powerful digital brand recognition is unparalleled. …

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Top 10 marketing-related AI thought leaders to follow

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30-second summary: AI can help marketers deliver better overall customer experiences across all digital channels. The key to success is in using it logically, ethically and in key areas where it can assist, save time and resource and help scale campaigns and performance. To gain a better understanding of the benefits to marketing it is best to build your knowledge from a wide range of perspectives to identify the best use cases. We look at 10 influencers worth following to get a good handle on how AI can and should effect the marketing sector. Adoption of Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing worldwide, with a recent IDC report identifying the ability to deliver a better customer experience, greater employee efficiency and accelerated innovation as the leading drivers for adoption. AI now powers marketing processes across the customer journey, from insights, search optimization and content marketing to personalization conversion optimization, predictive analytics, …

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What the Stackie Awards can teach us about the perfect martech stack

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30-second summary: The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. There were 48 entries in the 2019 Stackies, with five winners. We reviewed all entries to glean some insights from how all entrants (not just the winneres) visualize their martech stack. There is no perfect martech stack. Each stack is custom fit to match a company’s industry sector, marketing approach, and unique needs. The Stackies don’t require entrants to stick with specific categories, but most included variations of the following: planning/strategy, Creative, Engagement/Marketing, Customer, and Measurement/Analytics. The Stackie Awards are presented each year at the annual MarTech Conference, a vendor-agnostic conference series put on by Chiefmartec.com, Third Door Media, and MarTech Today. The Stackies challenge entrants to visualize the tools in their martech stack, illustrating how each marketing category is connected. This helps …

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Cardlytics combines ad tech with fintech to create a unique walled garden for advertisers

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30-second summary: Atlanta-based Cardlytics is an ad platform that operates within banks’ native digital channels. Cardlytics brings the worlds of ad tech and fintech together within a fraud-free and brand-safe environment, offering a high degree of trust. Cardlytics boasts an audience within the US of more than 125M monthly active users. Larger than Snap, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Cardlytics platform enables banks to send offers to their end customers and enrich the banking experience by getting cash back. Advertisers can show ads to potential customers to motivate online and in-store purchases, and they’re also able to give their customers cash back. Cardlytics sees 1 in 2 of all credit and debit card swipes in the US, which enables them to understand how a bank user engaged with an offer through the platform and then went on to make a purchase. Cardlytics has helped customers get back nearly half a billion …

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Key insights: ClickZ benchmark survey, state of industry M&As, and more

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30-second summary: Board members, C-level, and Director+ level executives from retail and ecommerce, technology, media and publishing, and other businesses participated in our ClickZ and Search Engine Watch: Benchmark survey 2020 29.3% marketing leaders thought their current marketing technology stack is average in terms of achieving their marketing goals 46.3% said their marketing budgets are staying the same, while 28.4% said their marketing budgets are increasing Marketing leaders are planning to increase their marketing technology spends The top six technology marketers want to evaluate and invest in were – Search and social advertising, ecommerce marketing tools, experience building and management Lots more to discover in a quick snapshot We picked the brains of Director+ level executives to bring you juicy data insights on martech spending budgets, the technology they are keen on buying with a further detailed drill-down of each segment. More observations from the industry’s biggest acquisitions in the …

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The cost of complexity: ClickZ’s advisory board discuss the latest trends in martech

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30-second summary: COVID-19 has caused a seismic shift in digital operations and consumer behavior, leading to an acceleration in digital transformation. commerce penetration grew from 16% to 27% over an eight-week period this year, for example, fundamentally changing the way retailers sell goods. As martech players emerge to address increased shifts to digital, companies are caught in the middle of an explosion of complexity, trying to figure out how best to leverage new technology with little time to plan. The digital skills gap has widened with the increased rate of digital transformations. Businesses are scrambling to find talent that has experience across ad tech, martech and data.. Sales and marketing alignment has become even more important as teams balance decreasting marketing budgets and increase in pressure to deliver more sales with less to keep the business alive. The cost of complexity is high when companies purchase technologies they don’t use, …

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Terminus co-founder explains why ABM is a B2B strategy, not a tool

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30-second summary: Terminus is an award-winning account-based marketing (ABM) platform aimed at helping B2B marketers reach target accounts more efficiently and effectively. The platform, self-described as “all-in-one account-based marketing software” combines first and third-party data to help B2B companies target in-market accounts, manage audiences, and orchestrate marketing campaigns. With ABM, the goal isn’t to obtain more leads, but to be smarter about targeting the right prospects and nurturing those prospects throughout the sales funnel. Terminus developed a TEAM framework that includes five elements—target, engage, activate and measure (TEAM) which looks at ABM as a B2B strategy, not a tool. In 2018, Terminus acquired a company called Brightfunnel, a tool that measures marketing’s impact throughout the sales funnel. Meaningful ABM metrics are focused on business outcomes—improved acquisition, speeding up pipeline velocity, and expansion of existing accounts. Founded in 2014, by Eric Spett, Eric Vass, and Sangram Vajre, Terminus is a key …

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Why digital transformation should be your new demand gen strategy

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30-second summary: Ensuring that your business has the right digital tools can facilitate growth by enabling marketing and sales teams to improve brand engagement, better analyze data, more easily create content, and improve CX. Demand generation is facilitated by the right tools which can help marketing teams scale activities such as content management, lead nurturing, social media optimization, ABM, and more. There is no such thing as an average martech stack. Customization of tools is key to figuring out what works for you to achieve business growth. Chiefmartec’s Stackie awards include nearly 50 illustrations of martech stacks from a vareity of businesses which demonstrate how varied martech stacks can be. Incorporating tools that enhance and facilitate customer experience is an important (even critical) ingredient to using digital transformation for demand gen. Using technology to enhance business processes is nothing new. The very first business computer — The Lyons Electronic Office …

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Key insights: Content and experience tops martech, how brands can smash holiday sales with email marketing, and more

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30-second summary: Ecommerce businesses are well aware that October 13 and October 14 should be a high priority for their digital marketing strategy. Our pulse survey insights show that ‘Content and experience’ piqued senior marketers’ interest in September. Email marketing, content marketing, and SEO are the top technologies that senior marketers are most keen on evaluating for purchase. More data juice on how email marketing has been exceeding performance in 2020, how marketers can use these insights to smash their holiday shopping sales targets, and more. We’ve already established the power of Prime Day in our previous key insights article . Ecommerce businesses are well aware that October 13 and October 14 should be a high priority for their digital marketing strategy. What do you need to know and how can we help you best equip your business as the greatest “window” of opportunity and Halloween creep in closer on …

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Health network shows that yes, personalization is a thing — and it works

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Indiana-based nonprofit healthcare system Community Health Network (CHN) is leveraging personalization to improve patient experience and communication. That’s saying something considering the strict limits it faces regarding patient privacy thanks to HIPAA regulations. “We pride ourselves on offering convenient access to healthcare services where and when patients need them — in hospitals, health pavilions and doctor’s offices, as well as workplaces, schools and homes,” said Debbie Kenemer, executive director of digital marketing at Community Health Network. “Our digital properties have to be equally focused on our patients and their needs.” Community Health Network is the largest Indiana network of primary care physicians, managing over 200 sites of care and affiliates throughout Central Indiana. The network’s continuum of care also integrates hundreds of physicians, specialty and acute care hospitals, surgery centers, home care services, behavioral health and employer health services. Serving personalized content to patients — and keep up with HIPAA …

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Real-time digital insights & automation: Powering digital marketer’s performance

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30-second summary: Too often, the budget is wasted because the marketer driving the ship isn’t keeping pace with modern consumer behavior. The coming year holds great promise for digital marketers. In this article, we’ll take a look at two areas of great opportunity—two places you can focus to tackle these challenges head-on: real-time insights and real-time automation. It’s about truly understanding your customer’s need at that moment—even if there isn’t a human on the other end of the interaction. Last year digital marketers wasted on average of 26% of their budgets on ineffective channels and strategies {Rakuten Marketing}. While there are many different reasons and ways in which marketing strategies underperform, I believe there is a common thread woven through many of the campaigns we see today. Too often, the budget is wasted because the marketer driving the ship isn’t keeping pace with modern consumer behavior. As consumers evolve, so …

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