Working at the intersection of commerce and technology, A.J. Zottola focuses his practice on the exploitation of intellectual property, intangible, and technology assets in business and strategic relationships. A.J. is co-chair of the Intellectual Property Transactions Practice Group and has in-depth knowledge that facilitates the drafting and negotiation of a wide variety of corporate and IP agreements. A.J. also counsels Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, associations, and mid-size, start-up, and private businesses on IP and trade secret protection, management, and exploitation. He consults on a wide range of privacy, e-commerce, data, technology, and related government contract and commercial issues.

Martech (marketing technology) refers to any technology or tool that helps optimize or identify marketing efforts. Marketers rely on these tools to automate or streamline processes, collect and analyze data, and help engage with customers. The full suite of these interconnected tools is known as the martech stack.

Last year, the number of martech suppliers grew to 8,000 (and counting). To help clients make smart choices, Venable attorney A.J. Zottola has examined the rise of martech and offered guidance on procuring tools and negotiating contracts with vendors.

Martech should align with goals

When considering the use of martech technology, focus on the marketing objective. Martech tools fall into several categories, depending on the particular objectives they are used for:

  • Management tools
  • Commerce and sales tools
  • Content and experience tools
  • Advertising and promotional tools
  • Data tools
  • Social and relationship tools

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