The Future of MarTech and Being Data-Driven
In the security realm, no one person or product can fight cybercrime alone. And for marketers, no one product or tool out of a MarTech stack can singlehandedly deliver the experience and support that customers require in today’s digital world. That’s why even for a company such as McAfee, which helps users fight off some of the internet's worst bad actors, there will always be a touch of human interaction in its marketing efforts.“As much as we can use digital, we can be data-driven, we can use A.I. in some places, but there’s still a reality that there's a human factor and the human factor is that customers are fluid. They don't stand still, people move all the time. Our competitors move all the time. There's still for us a human aspect. So that's where we're trying to put focus is how do you operationalize that human piece, so it's not just about having access to data, buying access to data, and having a really good digital story. You need a human story still. We still need human beings engaging with human beings.”That’s Lynne Doherty, EVP of Global Sales and Marketing at McAfee and on this episode of Marketing Trends, Lynne dives into what the future MarTech stack will look like, how McAfee is developing strategies to create a single source of truth when it comes to its data strategy and the challenges of navigating a rebrand while simultaneously being an advocate for your customers and meeting business goals. Enjoy!Main TakeawaysChanging Landscape: The hiring process for marketers is not only opening up new opportunities to hire talent from all corners of the globe, but it’s also forcing marketers to rethink how they host events. Centralized and local events are now a thing of the past. If you don’t have centralized customer locations where you do on-premise marketing and on-premises demand gen, your talent inevitably gets spread out, which means the hiring habits of companies and their customers are changing.Meshing Data with a Human Element: While it’s important for your marketing department to make tough decisions based on what your data is telling you, your entire marketing strategy can’t just be predicated from data. Make sure you are continuing to deploy a hybrid approach to your marketing efforts by utilizing technology and data while mixing in a human connection with your customers.Platform Instead of Products: The MarTech stack is not only a marketer’s candy shop, but it can also be one of the biggest obstacles and challenges when it comes to understanding how their marketing stack best works for them. In the future, the MarTech stack will begin to shrink and instead of marketers relying on multiple tools from various vendors, they will start to rely on platforms that house multiple tools and still create a single source of truth for their data.---It's time to reconnect at Connections 2021! Hear from Marketing, Commerce, and Digital Visionaries who’ve created bold experiences with Customer 360 and learn how to be a successful marketer from anywhere. Sign up now for FREE at bit.ly/SalesforceMarketingTrends---Marketing Trends podcast is brought to you by Salesforce. Discover marketing built on the world’s number one CRM: Salesforce. Put your customer at the center of every interaction. Automate engagement with each customer. And build your marketing strategy around the entire customer journey. Salesforce. We bring marketing and engagement together. Learn more at salesforce.com/marketing. To learn more or subscribe to our weekly newsletter, visit MarketingTrends.com.