Splendid’s recent survey to B2B tech marketing leaders in Australia (report coming out soon) showed that over 50% believe the use of marketing assets by sellers in their organisation is selective and inconsistent at best. It’s safe to say that if your sales team is in sync with your marketing efforts and are effectively using the content you’ve painstakingly sourced or created, you’re the exception.
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The last few months have been chaos for event planners and marketers all over the globe. For many, it’s been a thoroughly frustrating time and a never-ending spiral of cancellations and postponements.
Gartner is now advising companies to prepare contingency plans for cancelled events, including online delivery for hosts and for exhibitors to shift event budgets to digital channels. Microsoft has just announced that all its conferences will be 100% virtual until the middle of next year. And, in fact, the majority (65%) of the B2B marketing industry plans to reallocate some or most of their live event budgets to online events, such as webinars.
Yet if there’s one silver lining to be found in this scenario, it’s the growing realisation that virtual events can offer an incredibly easy, cost-effective and powerful way to bring people together. And in many instances, virtual events can actually be a more powerful and succinct way to engage people, particularly in the tech B2B space. Here are five reasons why:
- Lower costs and less overheads
- Larger attendee numbers
- Stronger post-event engagement
- Higher value speakers
- Greater geographic reach
This week, everyone here at Splendid was very excited to welcome our newest (and youngest) team member, Miffy! Though she’ll be stationed in a gum tree in Ballarat Wildlife Park on a permanent basis, Miffy’s responsibilities will include (remotely) boosting our morale, hanging out 24/7, and eating copious amounts of Eucalyptus leaves.