The year’s biggest event for B2B services marketers is the ITSMA annual conference, which last year’s featured dozens of speakers, workshops, and smaller events and one-to-one consultations. Presenting were experts and pratitioners from ITSMA, Cisco, CSC, EMC, Dell, IBM, Avaya, Thomson Reuters, McKinsey, Harvard, KPMG, Deloitte, and Oracle.
The breadth of topics covered by speakers demonstrates that marketing’s responsibilities keep expanding. The number of new tools and technologies is also growing fast, which heightens the importance for marketers of planning well, measuring results, and staying connected to internal and external stakeholders. And for all the focus on marketing technology, data analytics, and digital engagement, the biggest takeaway from the conference may be that old-fashioned person-to-person interaction—with customers, internal stakeholders, and marketing peers—is essential for both professional improvement and personal well-being.