Five simple steps to create your first martech stack and take control of your marketing technology investments.
Work with your team to inventory existing systems and tools used. You should add SaaS tools, enterprise solutions, self-hosted platforms; any free or paid systems should be inventoried.
As you go through the process, make sure to identify and save the system owners and the first date of use, as well as the costs of each technology your company pays for.
Collaborate with your team and technology owners to periodically audit and update your marketing technology stack.
Next, you will want to analyze your stack and identify connections between technologies: how each connects to one another, or data flows, which processes they support.
All these details should be added to your stack to ensure that all stakeholders and departments (IT/Sales/marketing) are aligned and address any governance and security concerns.
Schedule time to share and review the martech blueprint with key stakeholders in your organization periodically throughout the year.
Start building a knowledgebase of the processes and workflows, user guides, how-tos, reference documents, etc. for all your martech right away. It's easier to document your stack as you collect information about it.
If need be, use custom fields to add important information about technologies in your stack: business and technical owners, departments responsible for the payment, security, or data privacy details, etc.
You should also consider saving a log of conversations, emails, Zoom/phone calls, product demos you and your team have with vendors to keep everyone on the same page and create transparency.
It is critical to know how much each of the technologies cost and when subscription or contract renewals are taking place.
Work with your team and technology stakeholders to capture the terms and agreements of contracts and subscriptions to visualize upcoming renewals and payments.
You should set up reminders in your email calendar or leverage automated alert notifications via email and Slack using a platform like MartechGuru to help you and your team never miss any renewals.
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