First, let’s start with an update on Google searches:
|Google Search||February 2008||February 2011||February 2012|
|chief marketing technologist||320||320,000||265,000||? 17%|
|director of marketing technology||7,520||847,000||1,670,000||? 97%|
|marketing technology||625,000||2,670,000||? 327%|
|marketing technologist||109,000||203,000||? 86%|
|marketing technology manager||340,000||748,000||? 131%|
|VP marketing technology||194,000||684,000||? 253%|
|vice president marketing technology||232,000||694,000||? 199%|
|creative technologist||103,000||247,000||? 140%|
|geek marketer||9,830||22,300||? 127%|
Although Google’s numerous algorithm changes make these year-over-year comparisons a little fuzzy, the overall trend seems clear. Marketing technology matches have grown 327% over the past year. And with the explosion of marketing technology, it follows that organizations are increasing establishing positions to manage it: matches for managers and VPs of marketing technology have more than doubled.
Interestingly, the term “marketing technologist” has only grown 86% — and the “chief marketing technologist” namesake of this blog actually decreased 17%. But a rose by any other name…
The label doesn’t matter. The role does.
In the past year: Forrester repeatedly advocated for an office of marketing technology and launched their first CIO-CMO summit to focus on this intersection. Gartner predicted that CMOs may have larger IT budgets than CIOs.
And the job boards reflect this. For instance, do a search for “marketing technology” on SimplyHired.com:
Marketing Technologist Content from Around the Web
In addition to the Forrester and Gartner research mentioned above, many others continued to spread the word about marketing technologists rising. Here are just a few:
…and I’m just scratching the surface (apologies to those posts I left out).
A Brief Chief Marketing Technologist Retrospective
A big thank you to everyone who read, shared, and inspired the ideas on this blog over the past year. Looking back, some of my favorite posts included:
We even had a couple of video presentations to boot, thanks to Adobe and Search Insider Summit:
I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months will bring us on this “marketing technologist” — or whichever name you prefer — journey together.
P.S. Any additional Google searches we should count this year to see how far they’ll grow by next February?