Small Business Marketers Feel Tech Dominates Creativity: Shaped By Survey

Shaped By’s survey of tech marketers also highlighted the role of tech: half the respondents said marketing is dominated by technology while about one-quarter said it was dominated by creativity.  (The rest said they’re about equal.)   Interestingly, small businesses put tech dominance much higher (61%) while enterprise marketers split evenly on tech vs creativity (37% each).  I’d guess that small businesses struggle more with tech because they have fewer resources, but maybe there’s something else going on.

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Marketing Ops is Here to Stay: Brandmaker Report

August 10, 2021

In case you still question whether marketing ops is Officially A Thing, this Brandmaker report finds 70% of senior marketers say their company has a dedicated marketing ops team and 73% say that team is responsible for both martech and tracking campaign performance.  The most-desired improvement was better integration of the tech stack, but, oddly, integration ranked fifth as an investment priority.  Download for lots more.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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