Martech Leaders: 14 Visionaries to Read & Follow

Bright Minds of Martech: 14 Visionaries to Read & Follow

Marketers have always needed a diverse skill set to be effective. We need to be creative but analytical, persuasive but helpful. We must be equally at home writing a blog, running a PPC campaign, and presenting results to the C-suite.

With so many skills already in our utility belts, there’s no need for marketers to fear the coming advances in marketing technology. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, programmatic advertising, voice search: All of these tools will only make marketers more effective.

There are dozens of brilliant marketers who are blazing a trail to the future of martech. Even better, they’re sharing what they have learned to help their peers make it to the next level.

The following martech experts are regularly putting out useful, informative content about the future and present of marketing technology. We’ve picked recommended reading from each, and highlighted some of their most quotable content. Read on to get informed and get inspired.

14 Marketing Technology Thought Leaders to Follow

Michael Brenner

Michael Brenner

CEO at Marketing Insider Group

Michael is at the forefront of developing the future of content marketing, including using marketing technology to personalize content at scale. His book The Content Formula is an extraordinarily useful guide for creating better content to get better results.

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Recommended Reading: Enhance Personalization with Artificial Intelligence

AI will tell us what to create, but our best storytellers are our existing employees from across the business. Every company needs a strategy to activate these employees as both creators and as the most effective distribution channel to share that content.

Michael Brenner
CEO at Marketing Insider Group

Michael Brenner

Scott Brinker

VP Platform Ecosystem at HubSpot, Editor at chiefmartec.com

No list of martech thought leaders would be complete without Scott Brinker. His website is a trusted resource for the entire industry. His annual State of Martech infographics are a go-to resource for marketers, tech folks, and anyone making a year-end trends report. Scott is also working with HubSpot to help create the future of marketing technology.

Recommended Reading: The New Rules of Marketing Technology & Operations

We want to ‘find the human in highly efficient automation.’ This means looking for anomalies, exceptions, and feedback signals that can alert us when an automated process is diverging from the needs of the constituency it is was presumptively implemented to serve.

Scott Brinker
VP Platform Ecosystem at HubSpot, Editor at chiefmartec.com

Michael Brenner

Robert Burns

Digital Marketing Strategist at Gnooko Digital Marketing

Robert is a B2B digital marketing specialist who has worked in business development for more than 30 years. He shares his expertise on LinkedIn, and curates a Twitter feed chock-full of well-curated articles on digital marketing, search marketing, and more.

Recommended Reading: Taking a Business Approach to Digital Marketing Strategy and Planning

56% of marketers believe their company’s use of martech isn’t keeping up with the evolution of the industry

Noah Fenn

Noah Fenn

Senior Partnerships Lead, Mar-Tech Platforms at Google

In addition to his work with promising tech start-up Google, Noah served for 8 years on the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the IAB Mobile Video Task Force and Digital Media Certification Board. He’s also a thought-provoking author seeking to maintain humanity in marketing as technology continues to evolve.

Recommended Reading: Despite All the Data, Empathy Is Still the Greatest Tool in a Marketer’s Toolbox

After all the CPMs are calculated and the analytics interpreted, empathy is still the greatest tool in a marketer’s toolbox.

Noah Fenn
Senior Partnerships Lead, Mar-Tech Platforms at Google

Randy Hamilton

Randy Hamilton

Managing Partner at Clutchgrowth

As part of the founding team at Match.com in the 1990s, Randy was involved in some of the earliest days of digital marketing. Since then he has branched out into venture capital, account-based marketing, growth hacking, and more. He shares his expertise with a weekly curated digital marketing and growth hacking newsletter.

Recommended Reading: Digital Marketing & Growth Hacking

Kevin Hillstrom

Kevin Hillstrom

President at MineThatData

The future of marketing is data driven. Kevin is helping CEOs make the best use of their data to connect with customers and drive revenue. He shares in-depth, practical advice on the MineThatData blog, an industry-leading publication with over 10,000 monthly subscribers.

Recommended Reading: Renting Sales

The smartest companies tend to have low ad-to-sales ratios. In other words, the smartest companies do not need to rent attention, they generate their own attention.

Kevin Hillstrom
President at MineThatData

Sam Hurley

Sam Hurley

Managing Director at OPTIM-EYEZ

Sam is a gifted search, social media, and influencer marketer who is dedicated to using his skills to help people. His ability to connect with people and lead with kindness enabled him to go from zero to an internationally-recognized marketing influencer in less than two years.

Recommended Reading: 3 (Data-Backed) Digital Marketing Trends You Must Prepare For in 2019

It’s going to pay your business dividends to 1) Visually show up in search engines, and 2) Provide an owned visual search component wherever relevant, especially at a time where the product is somewhat fresh and market penetration is low.

Sam Hurley
Managing Director at OPTIM-EYEZ

Forrester predicts that by 2020, businesses using data-driven insights will take $1.3 trillion from those that are not.

Douglas Karr

Douglas Karr

CEO, DK New Media

Why is Douglas Karr’s beard so big? It’s full of marketing knowledge. Douglas has nearly two decades of experience with marketing and technology, and generously shares what he has learned in podcast, newsletter, and video formats. His unique combination of thought leadership and humility make his content compelling as well as informative.

Recommended Reading: The Martech Interviews Podcast

The most profitable brands don’t compete on price. They are focused on speed, value, and availability to customers.

Douglas Karr
CEO, DK New Media

Steven Krohn

Steven Krohn

Founder at Krohn Media

Steven is an advisor in digital marketing, blockchain, and cryptocurrency, helping companies through the ICO (initial coin offering) process. He combines digital, influencer, and social media campaigns to produce amazing results for his clients. Steve’s book, The Tempting World of Cryptocurrency, is available on Amazon.

Recommended Reading: Blockchain Trends to Look for in 2019

Blockchain began as a decentralized ledger system to record financial transactions. It would not be surprising to witness the most useful implementation in fields as diverse as A.I. and IoT.

Steven Krohn
Founder at Krohn Media

The blockchain martech landscape grew by over 400% in 2018.

Ginny Marvin

Ginny Marvin

Editor-In-Chief, Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, MarTech Today

If you’re a marketer looking to keep up-to-date on the latest news and trends, you likely already have Ginny Marvin’s blogs in your bookmarks. Search Engine Land, Marketing Land, and MarTech Today all feature thoughts from leaders in the industry, updated at least once a day. Simply put, Ginny curates an indispensable industry resource.

Recommended Reading: What Amazon Advertising’s big 2018 advancements will mean for 2019

Tom Pick

Tom Pick

Independent B2B Digital Marketing Consultant at Webbiquity

Tom is an industry-leading marketing consultant with more than a decade of experience in the field. His Webbiquity blog is a valuable industry resource, featuring Tom’s thoughts along with other marketing thought leaders.

Recommended Reading: Six Big Productivity Hacks to Get More Content Marketing Done

Emotionally, people want to feel special. And practically, for business buyers, they want relevant content. Combining message personalization with targeted content saves buyers time and helps marketers cut through the clutter.

Tom Pick
Independent B2B Digital Marketing Consultant at Webbiquity

John Santaferraro

John Santaferraro

Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

John is an expert in big data and analytics, two crucial areas of focus for marketers in 2019. His independent consultancy handled marketing communications for a Fortune 5 company, managing a $3 billion product line. John shares his knowledge as a keynote presenter and author on the EMA blog.

Recommended Reading: Tableau Sets the Tone for Business Intelligence in 2019

Most organizations face two major barriers in their journey to become driven by insight. One, they lack the data analyst resources necessary to serve the entire business community. Two, they have not successfully embedded analytics in their business processes.

John Santaferraro
Research Director at Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)

Travis Wright

Travis Wright

CMO/Chief Marketing Technologist at CCP Digital

Travis is a blockchain and martech advisor. His Bad Crypto Podcast helps marketers and tech folks alike make sense of cryptocurrency and other emerging technologies. His articles about martech, content marketing, leadership, and more have appeared on sites like Inc. and CMO.com.

Recommended Reading: CMOs: ‘Nurture’ Marketing Tech, then ‘Demand’ and Measure Results

Success metrics need a makeover, and it’s up to CMOs to make that happen. You can’t just buy the technology and hope for (or expect) the best. The value of technology requires the right approach, starting with demand-generation strategies.

Travis Wright
CMO/Chief Marketing Technologist at CCP Digital

Adelyn Zhou

Adelyn Zhou

Growth Advisor at SignalFire

Adelyn is a leading industry expert in both blockchain and applied artificial intelligence for marketing automation. She led growth efforts at Amazon, Nextdoor, and Eventbrite. Adelyn is also a sought-after public speaker, appearing at CES, Inbound, SXSW, and DLD, and co-author of Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook for Business Leaders.

Recommended Reading: Key Qualities to Look for in AI and Machine Learning Experts

According to Accenture, AI will create $14 trillion in additional revenue by 2035.

The martech landscape is evolving faster than ever before.

These 14 thought leaders can help keep you up-to-date on the latest developments.
To learn more about how martech will change in the coming year, see our guide to martech trends in 2019.

Tom Treanor
Tom Treanor
Tom Treanor heads up marketing at Arm Treasure Data. He focuses on marketing, martech, CDPs and digital marketing. Follow him on Twitter @RtMixMktg.
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