Events are excellent for building your brand and connecting with your customers. But for all the time, effort and money you put into planning and executing an event, wouldn’t it be nice if the buzz started well before and continued well beyond the actual event time?
This is something Ben Hindman discovered when he ran events for Thrillist — he had to reinvent the wheel every time he planned an event. He knew there was room in the marketplace for a better events tool, so he and co-founder Brett Boskoff designed and developed the tool that Hindman needed.
“As we started using Splash more and more, it just became clear that the world needed this,” says Hindman.
The result is Splash, a tool that lets brands and individuals alike build online communities around events. Hindman does away with one-and-done events, aiming to extend the lifespan of the event via compelling design and useful (read: not spammy) social integrations.
In the past year, the company has gone from servicing 15 event planners to 60,000 planners. Since its March 2012 launch, Splash has powered more than 70,000 events and captured 2.5 million RSVPs. The site is redefining how people think of your typical event, too — Splash is powering New York City’s Talking Transition, a socially enabled activation that’s sourcing feedback from New Yorkers for elected Mayor Bill De Blasio.
With a lean team of 10, the company recently experienced its first month in the black, raking in revenues from ticketing fees (2% + $1 per ticket), premium upgrades, and enterprise sales to clients including MLB, Spotify, Facebook, Google and Vespa. (The company also had $240,000 of seed funding in May 2012.)