New edition of the best-selling customer data platform guide gives expanded insights from industry leaders

The Agile Brand Guide to Customer Data Platforms by Greg Kihlström

As the marketing world moves increasingly towards the need for greater first-party data solutions to power personalization and mitigate effects from third-party cookie deprecation, Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) are increasingly important. This, balanced with an increased need for data privacy and transparency over how customer data is used, make CDPs a critical part of a brand’s marketing technology infrastructure.

In this second edition of this best-selling installment in the series, Customer Data Platforms are explored and demystified, with over 50 additional pages of new content and insights, plus a guide to some of the leading platforms in the space. The Agile Brand Guide: Customer Data Platforms 2024 Edition by Greg Kihlström is now available in print as an ebook.

The book explores marketers’ need for a customer journey orchestration, as well as the roles a CJO platform should play, the different types on the market, as well as how to evaluate and implement a platform once you have selected it. It features a foreword by Heidi Bullock, CMO at CDP provider Tealium. Additionally, thought leaders from some of the most prominent CDP platform providers lend their thoughts and expertise, including contributions from Lytics, ActionIQ, and Amperity.

Drawing on Kihlström’s experience working as an advisor to some of the world’s leading brands, and his ongoing conversations with leaders in the marketing technology industry as part of his award-winning podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström, this guide to customer journey orchestration provides insights, ideas, and guidance for marketers of all experience levels as they work to successfully implement Customer Data Platforms in their organizations.

The Agile Brand Guide: Customer Data Platforms 2024 Edition is available now in print and as an ebook from Amazon and directly from The Agile Brand website at:  

About Agile Brand Guides

The international best-selling book series providing marketing leaders and aspiring leaders an overview of key marketing concepts, platforms, and trends in three hours or less.

The current marketing technology landscape has thousands of platforms, with a continually growing set of feature sets, functionality, and potential. It is becoming increasingly difficult to determine how to approach marketing technology growth in the best and most relevant way.

Agile Brand Guides are created to help marketers evaluate, buy, and implement critical pieces of marketing technology infrastructure most effectively, and to understand the principles and concepts that support a successful digital strategy.

Previous Agile Brand Guides explore Generative AI, Customer Journey Orchestration (CJO), and the fundamentals of Agile Marketing.

About Greg Kihlström
Greg Kihlström is a best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur who advises and consults top companies on marketing technology, marketing operations, customer experience, and digital transformation initiatives. He has worked with some of the world’s top brands, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, FedEx, HP, Marriott, Nationwide, Victoria’s Secret, and Toyota. 

He is a multiple-time Co-Founder and C-level leader, leading his digital experience agency to be acquired by the largest independent marketing agency in the DC region in 2017, successfully exited an HR technology platform provider he co-founded in 2020, and led a SaaS startup to be acquired by a leading edge computing company in 2021. He currently advises and sits on the Board of a marketing technology startup.

In addition to his experience as an entrepreneur and leader, he earned his MBA, is currently a doctoral candidate for a DBA in Business Intelligence, and teaches several courses and workshops as a member of the School of Marketing Faculty at the Association of National Advertisers. He has served on the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Marketing Mentorship Advisory Board, the University of Richmond’s CX Advisory Board, and was the founding Chair of the American Advertising Federation’s National Innovation Committee.  Greg is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified, is an Agile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC), and holds a certification in Business Agility (ICP-BAF). 

Greg has had multiple best-selling books, including his 10-part Agile Brand Guides series on marketing technology platforms and practices. His most recent book, the best-selling House of the Customer (2023) discusses the 1:1 personalized customer experience of the future, and how brands can organize the people, processes, and platforms that enable it. His award-winning podcast, The Agile Brand with Greg Kihlström, now in its 6th year with over 450 episodes and 2 million downloads, discusses brand strategy, marketing, and customer experience with some of the world’s leading experts and leaders.

Greg is a contributing writer to Fast Company, Forbes, MarTech, CustomerThink, and CMSWire, and has been featured in publications such as Advertising Age and The Washington Post. Greg has been named #1 on its list of the Top Global Marketing Thought Leaders by Thinkers 360, was named one of ICMI’s Top 25 CX Thought Leaders two years in a row, and a DC Inno 50 on Fire as a DC trendsetter in Marketing. He’s also participated as a speaker at global industry events and has guest lectured at prominent universities and colleges.

The Agile Brand Guide to Customer Data Platforms 2024 Edition