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Splash doubles down on virtual and hybrid events

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Events management platform Splash has announced the launch of Splash Studio, a new product to support the design and execution of streaming events. The offering includes native live-streaming and on-demand capabilities and engagement tools such as Q&A, chat, and polling. As with Splash’s in-person management solution, Splash Studio integrates with CRM and marketing automation systems, and there are add-on-options which allow for customization.

Why we care. It’s hard to believe that Splash has been around for almost 10 years. It was the brainchild of Ben Hindman who came from a live events planning background. It’s proffer as it grew was not just a suite of event management tools but the capability to aggregate digital data from in-person events and push it into other systems like marketing automation for lead nurturing purposes and to show clearer event marketing ROI.

Along with the rest of the in-person event eco-system, Splash began a pivot to virtual in Spring of 2020. What this new release indicates is that Splash doesn’t expect to pivot fully back to live any time soon. Splash Studio almost looks like an offering from a virtual-first event and lead gen vendor like ON24. Where Splash and ON24 were once polarized on the benefits of in-person versus digital, we now see a convergence.

Read next: Events of the future will be hybrid and ‘always on’

“As much as we want in-person events to return permanently — and they will — virtual and hybrid events are here to stay,” said Eric Holmen, Splash CEO in a release. Respondents to MarTech’s Event Participation Index gave the likelihood they would attend an in-person business event in the first half of 2022 a 5 out of 10.

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Kim Davis is the Editorial Director of MarTech. Born in London, but a New Yorker for over two decades, Kim started covering enterprise software ten years ago. His experience encompasses SaaS for the enterprise, digital- ad data-driven urban planning, and applications of SaaS, digital technology, and data in the marketing space. He first wrote about marketing technology as editor of Haymarket’s The Hub, a dedicated marketing tech website, which subsequently became a channel on the established direct marketing brand DMN. Kim joined DMN proper in 2016, as a senior editor, becoming Executive Editor, then Editor-in-Chief a position he held until January 2020. Prior to working in tech journalism, Kim was Associate Editor at a New York Times hyper-local news site, The Local: East Village, and has previously worked as an editor of an academic publication, and as a music journalist. He has written hundreds of New York restaurant reviews for a personal blog, and has been an occasional guest contributor to Eater.



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5 Open Door Policy Examples

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5 Open Door Policy Examples


Whether they have an issue they want to be resolved or ideas they think would improve the company or better serve clients, employees just want to be heard.

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Good morning: The future of CTV

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2022 Predictions: CTV and cross-channel advertising


MarTech’s daily brief features daily insights, news, tips, and essential bits of wisdom for today’s digital marketer. If you would like to read this before the rest of the internet does, sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox daily.

Good morning, Marketers, and today we take a closer look at the CTV landscape.

CTV is very device-driven, so marketers were watching CES closely earlier this month to see what new kinds of screens will find their way into homes. This has broad implications for consumer behavior, and forces marketers to reconsider the channels where they engage customers.

More social media apps are migrating to the CTV ecosystem through new device features like Samsung’s Smart Hub. But marketers can’t be sure how their specific customers expect a trusted brand to appear on such a format. Is it social, or is it TV, or some combination of the two, or something entirely new?

An experimental mindset and attention to campaign performance metrics will guide marketers through these new touchpoints. No wonder there is such a high demand for data in the CTV space, which explains the many data collaborations and partnerships that have been formed over the last year.

All of this influence in CTV from other digital channels – the short-form video imported from social, for instance – means that CTV is expected to continue to grow. Just last summer, The Trade Desk’s Jeff Green predicted that it will represent at least one half of global advertising’s trillion dollar pie.

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Quote of the day. “The evolution of social is that it’s moving to TV, which makes a lot of sense right now because of social’s video content, which is becoming more important in the TV industry.” Katelyn Sorensen, CEO, Loomly


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Chris Wood draws on over 15 years of reporting experience as a B2B editor and journalist. At DMN, he served as associate editor, offering original analysis on the evolving marketing tech landscape. He has interviewed leaders in tech and policy, from Canva CEO Melanie Perkins, to former Cisco CEO John Chambers, and Vivek Kundra, appointed by Barack Obama as the country’s first federal CIO. He is especially interested in how new technologies, including voice and blockchain, are disrupting the marketing world as we know it. In 2019, he moderated a panel on “innovation theater” at Fintech Inn, in Vilnius. In addition to his marketing-focused reporting in industry trades like Robotics Trends, Modern Brewery Age and AdNation News, Wood has also written for KIRKUS, and contributes fiction, criticism and poetry to several leading book blogs. He studied English at Fairfield University, and was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He lives in New York.



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A Comprehensive Guide to Organizational Development

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A Comprehensive Guide to Organizational Development


Imagine it’s 2005, and a small drinkware business opens up in the center of town. Although they have a simple website to provide store information and field online inquiries, their collection of customized mugs, shot glasses, and more continuously grow in popularity due to loyal customers and word of mouth.

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