MarketingTech 2020 review: Covid-19, CMO strategy, and compassion

How tough was 2020 for marketers amid a global pandemic? In many ways, it depended on your industry. But navigating Covid-19 was a struggle for all.

It was okay to not be okay at times, with the knowledge that 2021 will - all being well - improve, and the knowledge of the marketing best practices which emerged over 2020. As Scott Brinker put it to this publication in December: "This is stressful, but you're not alone. Everyone's in the same boat, so that makes it a little bit...

John Mellor, CSO, Domo: The lesson learned from Adobe CEO Narayen which shaped my thinking on strategy

John Mellor, chief strategy officer at cloud business intelligence (BI) platform provider Domo, learned a valuable piece of advice on strategy from his former CEO at Adobe, Shantanu Narayen. The tip has stayed with him ever since.

"We were doing a strategy presentation one year and I had these beautiful slides I was so proud of," Mellor tells MarketingTech. "It was a good half hour, 45 minute conversation, everybody was engaged, and we got to the end and [Narayen] said 'okay, so...

Assessing the 2021 landscape: Commerce aligned with social set to rocket as brands truly digitise

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that massive disruptions can happen overnight across industries, with customer communication responsibilities from marketing to care often falling to the social media marketing team. The trends we at Socialbakers have seen take shape this year -- from increased usage of social messaging to recruiting niche influencers to help expand social reach -- are likely to grow in the coming year as more and more customer interactions happen...

Scott Brinker: “Times are stressful, but this is the state of modern marketing now – let’s just embrace it”

The Marketing Technology Landscape, the ultimate who's who of the martech space from social to data and everything in between, is otherwise known as the Martech 5000. Yet that moniker, while memorable, soon became a touch mistaken as ever more companies joined the party. For the 2020 edition, published in April, there are now 8,000 vendors listed.

There was, however, plenty of interest between the lines. Data vendors saw a 25.5% growth since 2019, while management platforms saw a...

A modern approach to brand building: Empathy, storytelling and alignment

As 44% of CMOs take on the challenge of mid-year budget cuts in 2020 – a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic – a modern approach to brand building is needed. At its core, this approach is about tapping into the wealth of information already owned by your brand, more efficiently and to greater impact.

The amplification of empathetic experiences

Covid-19 accelerates digital customer behaviours and amplifies the importance of empathetic experiences. Current behaviours...

In a year of Covid chaos, consistency and compatibility are the key watchwords for marketers

Session If you're reading this and not having a great day for whatever reason, then one surefire way to feel better is to look at 2020 prediction articles issued at the start of this year. MarketingTech's is a good example. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the field of marketing predictions was so much gotten wrong by so many.

Okay, it is unfair to expect marketing executives to predict a global pandemic. In one way, of course, their forecasts were right around...

Infosys report explores CMO-CIO collaboration as key to post-Covid digital success

Almost half of top-tier companies believe a collaborative relationship between the chief marketing officer (CMO) and chief information officer (CIO) could boost profitability by at least 5%, according to a new report.

The study, from Indian IT services and consulting provider Infosys, conducted surveys with more than 750 CXOs from companies with more than $500 million in revenue, as well as 220 business leaders. The focus of the report was CMO-CIO collaboration and the concept of...

Perspectives: Digital Transformation Through the Lens of Strategic Marketing extract: Exploring CMO/CIO synergies

Editor's note: This is an exclusive extract from Lynn Scheurell's new eBook, Perspectives: Digital Transformation Through the Lens of Strategic Marketing. This extract, from chapter five, 'Woke Leadership', explores CMO and CIO alignment, as well as questions which need to be asked to drive digital transformation.

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CMOs are masters of alignment in terms of making connections between people, issues, and solutions, empowering both clarity and action, persuading...

CMO Council explores the remit of earned media – and strained relations between marketing and comms

The Covid-19 pandemic may have forced a change in some respects, but a new report from the CMO Council makes it clear: marketing and comms are still too adversarial, and more media cohesion is needed.

In its report 'Bridging the Gap for Comms and Marketing', the council, alongside Cision, surveyed more than 150 brand leaders, as well as conducting interviews with executives from Schneider Electric, IBM, Nokia, and more.

Ultimately, marketing and comms don't really...

SaaS pricing and the cloud: Making it an innovation enabler for SMBs

The greatest promise of the cloud has always been freedom. Internet of Things (IoT) startups all over the world benefit from the flexibility that large cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) give their customers. In fact, it is hard to imagine how a young cellular IoT connectivity company could succeed without the ability to deploy and scale a global infrastructure in no time and at an affordable cost.

The conclusion we’ve drawn at EMnify is simple: our customer’s...