Technology Marketing/Sales Think Tanks

SMA is instrumental in engaging marketing and sales executives in thoughtful and provocative discussions about the state of technology marketing and best practices. We invite you to find out what your colleagues are saying.

SMA sponsors and chairs the Marketing and Sales Executive think tank and roundtable events of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC). Here are summaries of some of the recent events:

What’s the right marketing mix for 2018?

December 13, 2017

Pendulum swinging towards more digital, but tracking ROI still a major challenge At our most recent SMA/ITAC Technology Marketing and Sales Think Tank, tech marketers covered a host of issues and topics, including shrinking budgets, the need to improve and track ROI, and finding the […] Read More >

To find more ROI with fewer marketing resources: That is the question

October 23, 2017

Traditional Marketing and Digital Marketing ... making room for both Our most recent SMA/ITAC Think Tank had technology marketers considering the best ways to operate effectively under constrained or nonexistent budgets. The discussion focused on how to do more with less, and how to maximize […] Read More >

Will AI Make Tech Sales Reps Obsolete – or Empower Them?

May 29, 2017

Robots can play a valuable role The latest SMA/ITAC Think Tank explored the topic of Artificial Intelligence and the impact it’s going to have on our marketing and sales jobs, and on the sales process. Overall, participants believe that AI will help to streamline the […] Read More >

Is Digital Marketing Disrupting Your ROI?

February 22, 2017

Finding the ROI is a challenge, but it's possible The SMA/ITAC Think Tank in February explored the topic of digital marketing and ROI. The discussion covered a broad range of topics, including the risk of overwhelming prospects with digital messages, the continuing importance of face-to-face, and […] Read More >

Marketing Automation: Losing the Personal Touch?

December 9, 2016

Building meaningful customer relationships in a digital world The SMA/ITAC Think Tank in December put the spotlight on marketing automation systems and digital marketing. Participants shared their experiences and insights, on everything from the value of the data that digital marketing provides, to the challenges of […] Read More >

Finding New Customers: What’s the Right Marketing Mix?

October 25, 2016

Searching for that special strategy that will maximize ROI and generate new customers The ITAC Think Tank in October explored a subject that's close to the heart of many tech marketers: how to achieve ROI and find new customers while making the most of your marketing budget. Participants shared their […] Read More >

Searching for Marketing ROI

June 16, 2016

And the continuing quest for real leads Our most recent ITAC Think Tank addressed issues facing all technology marketers: how to find increased return on marketing investment with the right mix of digital and traditional marketing tools. Our key conclusions from this event include:  Challenges continue to […] Read More >

The Great Race for New Customers: Navigating Rough Terrain

April 19, 2016

Integration and brevity are key On April 14, 2016, our ITAC/SMA Marketing & Sales Think Tank addressed issues that are front and centre today with technology marketers:  how to balance challenges that you regularly face with the need to find and acquire new customers. We found […] Read More >

Doing More with Less: Making Marketing Dollars Count

February 16, 2016

The Delicate Balance of Digital vs. Traditional Marketing, and Marketing vs. Sales Our most recent ITAC Think Tank addressed issues facing all technology marketers:  balancing new digital marketing techniques with sales lead generation, and balancing the needs of Sales with the mandate of Marketing. Our […] Read More >

Digital Marketing: The Next Holy Grail of Marketing?

December 16, 2015

With digital marketing, the fundamental concepts of marketing still apply. You must know who your target market is, you must know how to reach them, and your message must resonate with the challenges and issues they’re facing in their business.  And if […] Read More >