The Build Versus Buy Dilemma: 7 Considerations To Deciding What’s Best For Your Business

The question whether to build or buy software is a long on-going debate between experts with various opinions on the internet. The option to build your own in-house software or buy market ready customized solution still keeps a lot of decision makers confused. With the SaaS market booming to its full glory where the market size is projected to reach USD 307.3 billion by 2026, it is making it easier for brands to subscribe to services without a need to

What Is MarTech? Marketing Technology: Past, Present, and Future

You may get a chuckle out of me writing an article on MarTech after publishing over 6,000 articles on marketing technology for over 16 years (beyond this blog’s age… I was on blogger previous). I do believe it’s worth publishing and helping business professionals better realize what MarTech was, is, and the future of what it will be. First, of course, is that MarTech is a portmanteau of marketing and technology. I missed a great

Software Review, Advice, Comparison, And Discovery Sites (65 Resources)

Quite a few people wonder how I’m able to find such a wide array of sales and marketing technology platforms and tools out there that they hadn’t heard of yet, or that may even be beta. Aside from alerts I have set up, there are some great resources out there for finding tools. I was recently sharing my list with Matthew Gonzales and he shared a few of his favorites and it got me started on

The Three Keys to Solving Marketing’s Massive Technology Problem

All too often, technology becomes the personification of success. I’ve been guilty of it, too. Tech is easy to buy and therefore, feels like an instant upgrade! The first decade of the 2000s was all about inbound, so we raced toward marketing automation with open arms, in a dust of purchase orders and definitive guides – we were off and running with our newfound platform. We slapped on the blinders on when it came to

Why Martech is a Strategic Imperative for Business Growth

Marketing technology has been on the rise over the last decade, let alone years. If you haven’t embraced Martech yet, and work in marketing (or sales, for that matter), then you better get on-board before you get left behind! New marketing technology has given businesses opportunities to build impactful and measurable marketing campaigns, analyse marketing data in real-time, and automate their marketing to drive conversions, productivity and ROI up, while lowering costs, time and inefficiencies.

You’re Probably Spending More Time Managing Data Than Marketing

Yesterday, I shared how we batch loaded an entire year of social updates. While quite a bit of work went into the research, our team spent quite a few hours just massaging the data and making it a file that could be uploaded. Even after we passed all validation checks, we had to then manually go through and select or add media to display in each social update. It took several hours to tweak it

The Agency Characteristics and Behaviors that CMOs Want

Owning an agency has been both rewarding and challenging. At the root of all we achieve for our clients, we still love helping move customers through the marketing maturity model. It enables us to work with both startups and enterprise clients alike, strategically growing their awareness and revenue online. What I didn’t realize was how much change we, as an agency, would need to do to stay ahead of the curves and remain competitive in our

What Technologies are C-Level Marketers Investing In?

Black Ink performed a C-level 2016 Marketing Study, surveying marketers from the top 2000 largest companies in the United States by annualized revenue with a collective marketing budget of $5 billion dollars in labor and costs. Key Learnings from Black Ink’s Study Marketers’ priorities are to further advance brand relevancy and customer-centricity that will require dramatic improvement for Marketing Technology infrastructure and omni-channel capabilities. Access to advanced analytics to make smarter decisions” is the single