Good morning, Marketers, ever feel like there are just too many martech apps? 

This year we saw Scott Brinker’s Marketing Technology Landscape grow to 8,000 solutions — an astounding 5,233% increase since the first super graphic less than a decade ago that included fewer than 200 logos. 

“Everyone is surprised by how fast it has grown,” said Brinker about his Marketing Technology Landscape super graphic, “One of the questions I’m constantly asked is why?” Well, according to Brinker, it ultimately boils down to a massive consolidation in platforms and a massive expansion and diversification of apps.

Brinker notes that one of the key ways platforms compete with each other is by enabling more apps than their competitors: “The more intense the competition is between platforms, driving their own consolidation, the more apps they help create.” In other words, the industry simply can’t help itself — as long as major platforms continue to compete, the app economy will grow.

In other news, the return to live, in-person events has still yet to be seen in most places. A few weeks ago, we asked how you felt about the prospect of attending an in-person conference through the end of 2020. The response? There’s 4 out of 10 chance that participants would attend a live event without a proven COVID-19 vaccine in place. 

So we’re asking the question again: How do you feel about attending conferences later this year knowing that the worst is (hopefully) behind us? We’d love to know! Take the quick survey here

There’s more for you below, including a look at how COVID-19 related messaging has seen an uptick across ad units.  

Taylor Peterson,
Deputy Editor


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Risks of “Going dark”

Among three key advertising categories in the U.S., the number of ad units fell from 15.3 million between Jan. 27 and Mar. 8 to 13.3 million between Mar. 9 and Apr. 19, according to Nielsen

  • Travel ad units were down 60%.
  • Retail ads were off by 21%. 
  • Telecom ad units fell by 17%. 

On the flip side, the number of ads running actually increased in the beer and wine and pharmaceutical categories in the period following COVID. Automotive and financial services saw their share of ads increase during that time. 

Consider this, said Nielsen. “Brands that go totally dark for the rest of 2020 could be facing revenue declines of up to 11% in 2021.”


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SaaS Marketers: Tap Into the Value of Tech Partner Programs  – CMS Wire

Comcast splits ownership of targeted ad platform with Charter, ViacomCBS as TV pressures grow – Marketing Dive

Can TikTok’s new CEO convince big brands to spend on the platform? – VentureBeat

Twitter now lets you schedule tweets from its web app – The Verge

Mobile data surges 75% amid jump in video streaming – Mobile Marketer

Vox Media CRO Ryan Pauley On Using Scale To Weather A Crisis – AdExchanger

Here’s why CPGs Should be Paying Attention to Facebook Shops – Multichannel Merchant

How to upgrade your at-home video conference setup: Lighting edition – TechCrunch