20 Aug

Day 2 of MarTech Conference

Here are my tweet notes from Day 2 of Marketing Technology conference (MarTech) at Boston


19 Aug

What I learnt on Day 1 of MarTech Conference

Martech Conference at Boston turned out to be one of the best conference I have ever attended. Here is the recap of what I learnt at MarTech Conference in day 1. I think twitter is a very nice global notebook to take notes. This way you are not selfish to keep the good notes from MarTech to only yourself.


13 Aug

UFO or NASA drones?

I am curious about UFOs but I never write such articles but what we saw tonight makes me curious to share it with all of you. These may be a personal flying drone, drone or may be a UFO.

Today 8/13/2014 between 9:10-9:20 PM PST we saw 2 flying objects on the west side of San Ramon. These were identical to stars but bigger and they were moving quite fast, can these be UFO. Both of these objects were identical and totally distinct from aeroplanes in the sky. They were not as fast as you see them in video as part of it was due to me holding the camera and trying to find object. My camera was not stable. This was not a video camera but a DSLR camera. I look forward to hear your expert opinion about if these were a UFO. The pictures have tail due to unstability. These objects  (possibly UFO :) were circular in shape with no tails.

Related Post: Just read an article on Yahoo which talks about many people having similar sightings on the same day. A coincidence or the same thing traveled to there?

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/oval-shaped-ufo-spotted-hovering-over-houston-sky-053502120.html

11 Aug

Why I am attending Marketing Technology Conference

Marketing Technology Conference  is the first ever event for the practice of Marketing Technologies. I go to many conferences but I never write about them and especially before the conference. Few of my friends have recently inquired me on why I am attending the Marketing Technology Conference and what are the benefits I see by attending Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference).

Marketing Technology Conference

Marketing Technology Conference

The first Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) is very special for me as it is about my passion and it is a conference that I was praying for few years now. So this is my attempt to share with you why I am attending Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) and why you may also like to attend it next time (they are already sold out). After the conference I plan to post another article on what I learnt at Marketing Technology Conference.

Rising Role of Marketing Technologist

Almost 3-4 years ago I came to know the term that describes the role that people like me play in the business world today. This was the time when I was introduced to the role of Chief Marketing Technologist. Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) is the first ever conference that will bring all of us in this practice under one roof for a day.

Here are some of great reads on this role that have helped me understand the role better and also educate others on this role and its importance.

Here are some of the profiles of Chief Marketing Technologists who are already impacting the success of some big companies (collected from from LinkedIn Search and Scott Brinker’s blog)

Few of the above Marketign Technologists are also speakers at Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference)

Scott Brinker “The Pioneer of Marketing Technology”

I was introduced to Scott Brinker’s blog by my previous manager. It has been almost 3-4 years that I have never missed any update from Scott Brinker. I have always tried to attend as many events where I can go and learn from him. He is the person who put this concept together and really guided the entire industry why there is a need of such role and why it is no more a choice. Scott Brinker may have spent hundreds of hours in putting together the vision, thought leadership and detailed plan on how to make this happen. There is not one other than Scott Brinker who is the ultimate expert in this field. Scott is the chair and the key speaker at Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference).

Why I  am attending Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) 

I have discovered that great people are willing to share their ideas and you can learn only if others are ahead of you. There are many professionals in this space who are definitely ahead of me in this field or atleast they know what I may not know.

Here are the top few reasons why I am attending the Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference)  at Boston.

  • This Marketing Technology Conference is Chaired by Scott Brinker. So obviously this is the best chance to learn from the pioneer in this field.By now you may have already noticed that I am firm follower of Scott Brinker.
  • Connect with peers: Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference)  is the only and the first event in the industry where I can connect with all my peers. A great chance to network, connect, learn, share with them.
  • A great place for personal development in this space.

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” – Will Rogers

  • Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) is vendor-agnostic hence no hidden agendas & no sales pitches. The reason I got to conferences is to learn and not to buy. It is good to connect with vendors but the main reason I go there is to learn.
  • Broad Agenda : The agenda very well covers the following main questions that most probably each one of us face today:
    • How do we support new marketing strategies with the right technology strategies?
    • How can technology transform our marketing operations and customer experiences?
    • What management practices do we need to govern this new breed of marketing?
    • How do we develop talent and culture to leverage marketing technology investments?
  • Better understanding the complex world of Marketing Technology: As you may already know that the world of marketing technology is getting complex day by day with new products and more consolidations by big companies. If you are unaware, here is the best illustration of the complexity:Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic (2014)

    Marketing Technology Landscape

    Marketing Technology Landscape

  • With more in depth understanding of the marketing technology space I will be more equipped to better design my marketing technology stack.
  • Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference) is a great place to share your own challenges with other and help other with the challenges they are facing in this field. A great quote on collaboration

“Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn. The spirit of collaboration is penetrating every institution and all of our lives. So learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy.” -Don Tapscott

  • Marketing Technology Conference has a very good line of speakers. Most of them come from different perspectives and can help put together the right & complete picture. Here are some of the speakers on the agenda (Pasted from PR2020 )

1. Scott Brinker (@chiefmartec), Conference Chair & author, chiefmartec.com

2. Mayur Gupta (@inspiremartech), Global Head of Marketing Technology & Operations, Kimberly-Clark

3. Laura McLellan (@lauramclellan), VP Marketing Strategies, Gartner Research

4. David Raab (@draab), Principal, Raab & Associates

5. Paul Roetzer (@paulroetzer), CEO, PR 20/20, author of The Marketing Agency Blueprint and The Marketing Performance Blueprint

6. Jascha Kaykas-Wolff (@kaykas), CMO, BitTorrent

7. Erica Seidel (@erica_seidel), CEO, The Connective Good

8. Jane Hiscock (@janehiscock), Founder & CEO, Farland Group

9. Wes Hunt, Chief Data Officer, Nationwide Insurance

10. Lisa Ritchie, SVP Customer Knowledge and Insights, Scotiabank

11. Travis Wright, CEO, MediaThinkLabs

12. Erik W. Holt (@erikholt), Partner Strategy Leader – Technology/ISV, IBM ExperienceOne

13. Lou Pelosi, Sr. Director LaunchPoint, Marketo

14. Suresh Vittal (@sureshvittal), VP Product Marketing and Strategy, Adobe Marketing Cloud

15. Erik Brynjolfsson (@erikbryn), Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

16. Sheldon Monteiro (@sheldon_tm), CTO, SapientNitro

17. Sheryl Pattek (@sherylpattek), VP & Principal Analyst, CMO and Marketing Leadership Practice at Forrester Research

18. Jason Heller (@JasonHeller), CEO, Agiliti

19. Sean Ellis (@SeanEllis), Founder & CEO, Qualaroo and GrowthHackers.com

20. Christopher Penn (@cspenn), VP of Marketing Technology, SHIFT Communications

21. Shawn Goodin (@shawngoodin), Director of Marketing Technology, The Clorox Company

22. Michael Krigsman (@mkrigsman), Co-Host of “CxO Talk”

23. Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar), Chief Marketing Officer Extreme Networks

24. Robert Tas (@TasRobert), Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Pegasystems

25. Steve Mann (@stevemann), Chief Marketing Officer, Research Solutions, LexisNexis

26. Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh), Co-Founder and CTO, HubSpot

 Check out Twitter list by PR2020MarTech Speakers

  • Case studies make great collateral for sales. In the role of Marketing Technologist we play a sales role on a daily basis when we have to influence our colleagues, managers and senior leadership. Case studies are a great asset for winning those pitches.

I look forward to Connect with you

See you at the Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference), I look forward to connect with you and learn from you. Please feel free to reach out to me via

My Background

Today I live on the cross roads of marketing & technology. Marketing Technology is a new practice that is become more and more prevalent today in every company. I would like to share my background so that you can  better understand my perspective on attending Marketing Technology Conference (MarTech Conference)

I started my career as a software engineer. Java, Struts, SQL, Hibernate, Spring, etc. were the technologies that I spent my first 7 years of my professional life. Got a great opportunity and moved into a sales and relationship management, it was fun. It was a period of great learning. Really understood what happens in the business world on a daily basis and the challenges of customer relationship management. Since last 5 years my professional journey took me into Marketing teams. I got into Marketing because of my passion to bridge the gap between tech and business.

Today my key focus is on Digital Marketing Strategy and Marketing Technologies but that is not what I have always done. I understand technology, have a passion for sales and I love marketing. On a daily basis I have to connect these dots and that needs a great amount of understanding of all these fields.

Connect with Me

MyBlog, LinkedIn or Twitter

 

Some other great posts on this subject:

10 Reasons to Attend the Inaugural MarTech Conference (Aug. 19-20)

8 Reasons Why You Should Register Now for MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference

 

03 Aug

Why Strategies fail in Corporate World

No doubt  strategic thinking has a great importance for the overall growth of the organization. As very well said “Men without vision shall perish” which holds so true about every organization too. Having a strategic thinking that maps to the vision is an absolute necessity. I don’t think if a company or group can ever succeed if it lacks either the vision or a strategy.
I have read and observed that many times companies and divisions that have all the required strategy but still fail. They have an executive team which churns our great strategies  but still they fail. In my personal experience  the disconnect between thinking and execution is the key reason. What was thought was not relayed well and executed in accordance to the strategy at all.
Many times I have seen the executives having a thought process that thinking is their game. Once they are done just throw the strategy map to the lower management. Let the lower management have a plan to execute on the strategy.
Now comes the turn of the lower management and they start executing. Many projects are brought to life and many changed based on their limited understanding. Priorities are assigned to all the projects again based on their interpretation of the  strategy  map.  Not just the wrong interpretation of strategy but also other factors like their own technology priorities, sale priorities, client priorities, priorities of the respective group etc.

Nothing wrong with this except that there comes a disconnect! Strategy makers do not understand how the projects in execution fulfill the strategy and match to the vision of the company while the execution teams keeps on spending huge amount of effort on projects that are not aligned strategically to the vision of the company. A huge amount of resources are wasted on strategy and execution in this manner.

I know nobody is trying to do it with an intent to go on a wrong path but still it happens every time very year. Just in USA,  companies spend billions of dollars on training the top level management about the best strategies etc. But every year less than 20% strategies are successfully put to implementation.
How to fix this issue? Any thoughts?Any comments?
03 Aug

Risk vs Issue

Risk vs Issue is something that confuses us more than anything else in Project Management. I have myself always been confused about the difference between Risk and Issue. I always understood it as Issue is an event and Risk is the Consequence. I believe that most of us in the profession also think the same way. So I am not wrong…until I read the definition in PMBOK.

 

 

03 Aug

Different people develop at different rates

If you are a leader of any kind you need to be best motivator. Keep a thumb rule in you mind, different people develop at different rates. The best motivators always lookout for the hidden capacities that are best to come. As a leader more than getting laurels the biggest role is to find the best in others and develop it.
If ever you selfish yourself asks you not to do this have a look at history and remember that the best in the world where low or poor performers sometime in their life. Einstein could speak when he was four years old and read when he was seven. Walt Disney was fired by the newspaper editor as he had “No good ideas”. Issac Newton did bad in school and

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14 Jul

Chief Marketing Technology Officer

Chief Marketing Technology Officer

If you want to read about the role of chief marketing technology officer (CMTO) here are some of the best resources in order of my preference:

30 Jun

Digital Tipping Point from McKinsey – Digitization

Digitization

The digitization efforts across organizations around the globe are picking up momentum. A report from McKinsey came out today sharing how the efforts around digital are gaining steam. It shows that we are making a good progress around digital as an industry trend around digitization. Here are few of the key takeaways about digitization from the report:

  • Executives say their CEOs are more involved in digital efforts than ever before and that their enterprises are now investing enough to meet their overall digital goals.
  • The future spending on digital will increase, and that a large portion of future company growth will be driven by digital efforts. But organizational challenges and a dearth of talent are common, significant hurdles that prevent companies from scaling up their digital efforts or seeing clear returns on their investments. So are limited accountability and a poor understanding of potential value.
  • Expectations for growth are highest at companies that pursue digital to create new business.
  • Executives expect the largest share of their digital growth in the coming years will be from digital customer engagement, followed closely by the digital innovation of products, operating models, or business models.

    Digital customer engagement is paramount in both strategy and spending.

    Digital customer engagement is paramount in both strategy and spending.

  • Larger companies (those with annual revenues of $1 billion or more) in particular are struggling with unsuitable organizational structures and inflexible business processes.
  • Many executives also agree that digital talent remains a trouble area for their organizations. Only one-third of respondents say at least one in ten of their employees spends any time working on digital projects.

You can read the complete report on McKinsey

Header image credits to http://dsl.uncc.edu/dsl/services/digitization

27 Jun

How is Corporate using Social Media

  • 94% of Corporates use social media in some capacity.
  • 75% saw an increase in website traffic.
  • 58% use it for Lead Generation
  • Favorite social sites are Facebook (92%), Twitter (82%), LinkedIn (73%) and blogs (61%).
  • 58% of Fortune 500 companies had Facebook pages in 2011, 62% had Twitter accounts.

All the details and infographic are available at  MBA Programs

Social Media is Going Corporate
Courtesy of: MBAPrograms.org