How to Think About SEO

Don’t you hate how it takes forever to get results when it comes to SEO? Everyone says it takes 6 months to a year and even in some cases many years to see results. Well, I have some bad news and some good news for you. Let’s start with the bad news… SEO is a

What the US data protection law will mean for ad tech and marketers

We’re at a pivotal time in the marketing industry. It has been nearly a year since GDPR arrived in the EU, but the repercussions are still being digested in Europe and beyond. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, a data protection ripple effect has been felt far and wide. It is now more

What does online lead generation look like in 2019?

If you ignore the noise and trends that arise each year (and the predictions, so many predictions), the simple truth is that most marketing activities are fundamentally focused on gaining and keeping additional customers. For many businesses, particularly in B2B, this means increasing the quantity and quality of your leads. At HubSpot (my employer), this

Personalizing customer experiences at scale

Personalization has become integral to the customer journey and is now a key driver of brand loyalty across all channels. Consumers are much more likely to buy from brands – both in-store and online – when offers are personalized. And it’s not just your brand communications that need to be more relevant:  consumers are also

Report: Apple buys voice tech platform PullString

A screenshot from Pullstring’s Converse software. Siri could be getting a boost, following Friday’s report that Apple has acquired voice tech startup PullString. The report by online news publication Axios did not specify deal terms, although it did indicate the price was about $30 million, plus about $10 million in potential earnouts by PullString executives.

Check out the MarTech preview!

Twice a year, I face a dilemma. Presented with hundreds of nominated speakers and topics for an upcoming MarTech® conference, I have to choose only a few dozen to fit into a two-day, three-track event. It’s a dilemma for a couple of reasons. First, the vast majority of pitches we get from martech practitioners and

New report: Most companies have ‘orphaned’ SaaS apps in their stacks

The average company with 200 to 500 employees uses about 123 Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications these days. That’s part of the portrait of companies’ typical SaaS stacks, as depicted in the latest report on the topic from the New York City-based startup, Blissfully. While marketers’ software tools these days are almost entirely cloud-based, so are other

Google won’t block ad blockers after all

Last month Google was set to move forward with a change that would have disabled most blocking and content filtering capabilities of Chrome extensions by deprecating the webRequest API. The stated rationale was improved privacy, security and page load times. Now Google has reversed itself, after developer objections and a study that seemed to contradict one of

What the big UA players will be doing (more of) in 2019

As the number of apps available to mobile users continues to grow in 2019, we are going to see even more fierce competition among mobile app developers/publishers to acquire (and retain!) those users. Below are six of the most important shifts in strategies and tactics that we predict will surface or expand further this year.