The Challenges of Modern Marketers

By Matt Tharp

The challenges of modern marketers

Remember when marketers used one or two key applications? Neither do I, but in the event that you have been hiding somewhere, 2017 is the year Gartner predicts CMO spending will finally pass CIO spending on technology. This is a huge milestone, but before you get tempted to run out and start a marketing technology company to cash in or pivot your sales focus to the CMO, you might want to take a long, intense look at the marketing technology space to better understand what the day in the life of a current marketer has become.

5000+ Vendors

Thousands of tech companies have created products to help CMO’s spend those booming budgets, with some incredibly cool solutions that can help marketers track, manage and crunch data, automate marketing processes and customer engagement, and streamline marketing across communication channels. In fact, over 5000 companies are competing for CMO wallets.

These are just a few among dozens of marketing tech categories. It’s an exciting time to be a marketer or sales-person using technology, but unfortunately not everyone fully understands this modern revenue technology environment and what marketing (and sales) teams have to deal with when choosing to deploy new technology.


Marketing departments use a “stack” of technologies to power every step of the customer or marketer journey. In fact, according to Kleiner Perkins, the average number of cloud applications in the marketing department is 91. While this may sound more like a massive Jenga tower than a “stack”, this is the new.


What is confusing to both marketing departments and the sales team of most of the vendors in the massive graphic above is the amount of overlap with many of these technologies. Mailchimp, Sendgrid, ExactTarget, and bpm’online all have email delivery features, but none are really competitors. The life of a marketer evaluating new technology is difficult, so the following are 3 guides that should help anyone seeking to engage a marketing department talk about software.

Play well with others

Technology stacks are the new normal, and every marketing technology needs to play well with others. Just because a company has somewhat competitive features doesn’t mean they are actually competing and even if they are, be ready to walk away from deals if you don’t integrate. With an average of 91 technologies in the enterprise marketers stack, overlap is inevitable. It doesn’t require 91 products in a stack to find overlap. Mention, a tech company that allows you to monitor your brand online has roughly 30 products in their stack (according to Stacklist) and yet they list 3 different products that send email as a primary function – Mailjet, Hubspot, and While email might be the most obvious, it doesn’t compare to analytics. Mention’s stack includes 12 products with analytics, and at least 5 for whom analytics is a major feature.

Marketers aren’t all-seeing, all-knowing

Having looked at plenty of software usage analytics over the last 15 years, I can tell you that most products Go to the full article.

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