Day five at Drinktec: recyclable kegs and zero-alcohol beerPosted By: Darren Woodon: September 15, 2017In: Beverage, Blog, Business, Events, Industries, Manufacturing, OpinionPrintEmail An interesting story here at Drinktec came from Lightweight Containers, who spoke about the company’s range of KeyKeg packaging. This range of containers was a story which sparked interest from the FoodBev team four years ago, so we caught up with them to find out how the company’s story had progressed. We found that Lightweight Containers had brought to market the first circular KeyKeg, consisting of approximately 10% used KeyKegs. The company stated that they intended to keep increasing this amount by collecting as many used KeyKegs as possible to reuse for producing new containers.Clearly, recycling – both of plastic bottles in retail and larger containers like kegs for the on-trade – is a massive issue.Moving on over to the Alfa Laval stand, the company showed us its de-alcoholisation module, producing non-alcoholic beer below 0.5% ABV. This new machine produced beer in one process with minimum use of utilities; the machine is a streamlined combination of heat exchangers. The module first degassed the beer, returning condensable volatiles back to the beer stream, and removed alcohol using culinary steam flowing upwards in a special stripping column. The alcohol then exits as a vapour, which is condensed and collected.Furthermore, Glanbia Nutritionals showcased its ingredient capabilities with a water-based, fruit-flavoured protein drink. The protein water, with added vitamins, including B12 and B3, contained 12g of protein per 500ml bottle. In addition to this, the protein water is sugar- and fat-free and is offered in three enjoyable flavours: berry, pomegranate and orange. With no artificial flavours, less than 0.5g of carbohydrates and only 50kcal, it’s an easy way for consumers to top up their protein levels pre-or post-workout, or even as part of a balanced diet.Unfortunately this is FoodBev’s last day at Drinktec, but this year’s edition really has proved what a valuable asset the show is to both the brewing sector and the wider beverage industry. We’ll see you in 2021!Share with your network: Tags: beverageDrinktec 2017 BY DARREN WOODAT DRINKTEC, GERMANY
London-based juice brand launches premium still mixersPosted By: Tesni Robertson: July 04, 2018In: Beverage, Flavours, Industries, Juices, New products, Soft drinksPrintEmailThe Soho Juice Co is launching this month with two original still mixers that claim to provide an innovative and high-quality quick-serve mixer that can be paired with any spirit or cocktail.The mixers are available in cucumber; mint; lemon and lime; and blood orange, raspberry and ginger flavours, and are the result of an experiment by Steve Moran, Johnny Barnes and John Mullin.After a night out in Soho, the friends realised a gap in the market for non-fizzy mixers.Moran said: “They have been really well received by the trade, as bar owners and operators understand the benefits the range can bring to a busy bar – it means staff can create appealing drinks quickly and work up impressive cocktails in just a few minutes.“There are spirit drinkers who do not enjoy the botanical or bitter quinine taste of tonic water, nor the sugariness of traditional fizzy drink mixers. Our range gives customers the option of a refreshing, still drink to enjoy with their spirits, and with a few small presentation details bartenders can create a really slick-looking spirit mixer drink or cocktail.”The mixers can be combined with everything from spiced rum to spritz-style long drinks. In addition, they can be enjoyed on their own or in virgin cocktails.Packaged in brightly coloured 200ml bottles, the cucumber blend had 36kcal while the blood orange flavour has 40kcal.Share with your network: Tags: juicesLondonmixersSoho Juice Co
Kraft Heinz benefits from sales growth in Asia and Latin AmericaPosted By: News Deskon: August 03, 2018In: Business, Financial, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailKraft Heinz has seen its net sales increase by 0.7% in its second-quarter figures, thanks to a growth in emerging markets.The company – which owns brands such as Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House and Philadelphia – recorded revenues of $6.69 billion for the three months to 30 June. Net income attributable to common shareholders fell by 34.8% to $756 million.In the US, which accounts for two-thirds of the company’s business, net sales shrank by 1.9% to $4.51 billion. Sales in Canada were also down, in part due to a promotional activity last year which was not repeated.However, in its Europe, Middle East and Africa unit and rest of the world division, revenues rose by 8.7% and 13.5% respectively, driven by growth in condiments and sauces.Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees said: “Our results through the first half were stronger than the expectations we put forward as recently as three months ago, and we have been even more encouraged by our recent performance in the marketplace.”“We believe we are now in a position to drive sustainable top-line growth from a strong pipeline of new product, marketing and whitespace initiatives that are backed by investments in capabilities for brand and category advantage.“And while cost inflation on many fronts has been holding back our bottom line, we expect our profitability to improve by year-end, with further momentum into 2019.”During the quarter, Kraft Heinz announced the five brands chosen to join its Springboard incubator programme.The Chicago-headquartered firm also updated its sustainability goals as it aims to make 100% of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The company will work toward increasing the usage of recycled content in its packaging and decreasing the overall volume of packaging used.Share with your network: Tags: Kraft Heinz
Arla Foods and Foremost Farms may form strategic partnershipPosted By: Contributoron: October 02, 2018In: Dairy, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmailArla Foods and US-based dairy cooperative Foremost Farms USA are in advanced discussions about forming a strategic partnership, the companies said in a statement. The vision of a potential partnership is to increase the value of whey through innovation, by combining Foremost Farms’ whey with Arla Foods’ ingredient know-how and sales channels.A memorandum of understanding has been signed by the companies to formalise the possibility of the future partnership.Henrik Andersen, group vice president of Arla Foods Ingredients, said: “As farmer-owned cooperatives, Arla Foods and Foremost Farms USA share many of the same values and both parties see a high degree of compatibility on visions and ambitions within whey.“We are confident that Foremost Farms can be the right partner for us in our efforts to secure access to high-quality whey in the US market.”Foremost Farms CEO Michael Doyle said: “We are excited about working with Arla Foods to create an international strategic partnership. By working with Arla, we can leverage their global food supply connections and innovation expertise with Foremost Farms’ diverse plant network and access to high-quality member milk.“These factors combined will enable both companies to meet business objectives and provide whey solutions of the highest quality to the world.”Arla Foods recently announced it will invest €36.3 million to build a new innovation centre in Nørre Vium, Denmark, which will focus on the development of milk and whey-based ingredients.Construction of the new site will begin in 2019 and it is expected the 9,000 square-metre facility will become operational in 2021.Share with your network: Tags: Arla FodsDenmarkForemost Farms USAUSwhey
Edrington sells Cutty Sark Scotch whisky brand to La MartiniquaisePosted By: Contributoron: November 29, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailEdrington has sold its Cutty Sark Scotch whisky brand to French spirits company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, the owner of Glen Moray.Cutty Sark was launched in 1923 and Edrington has had an association with the brand since the 1930s.As part of the deal, Edrington will continue to provide blending and bottling and other services during a transition period. The companies said the transfer is expected to be completed within a month.Ian Curle, chief executive of Edrington, said: “Cutty Sark is a great Scotch whisky and has been a worldwide whisky icon for the last 90 years. We are pleased to be transferring the brand to La Martiniquaise and know that it will thrive under their ownership. We wish them all the very best for the future with this great brand.”Jean-Pierre Cayard, president of La Martiniquaise-Bardinet, said: “We are proud to take ownership of this powerful brand. Cutty Sark perfectly complements our portfolio of international brands including Label 5, Sir Edward’s & Glen Moray Scotch Whisky, Poliakov Vodka, Porto Cruz and Negrita & Saint James Rum.“This acquisition is a major step forward to accelerate our international expansion. It will further strengthen our position in Europe and boost our presence in key markets such as the US and Japan.”Earlier this year, Scotland-headquartered Edrington expanded into the US whiskey market for the first time through a new strategic partnership with Wyoming Whiskey.The company also opened a £140 million distillery and visitor centre in Speyside, Scotland, for its whisky brand The Macallan.Share with your network: Tags: Cutty SarkEdringtonLa MartiniquaiseUKwhisky
i2r unveils new foil tray with increased stress resistancePosted By: Contributoron: February 05, 2019In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, PackagingPrintEmailUK-based i2r Packaging Solutions will launch a new aluminium smooth-wall tray, featuring a new style of embossing which is said to “dramatically increase stress resistance”.Called i2r Ultra, the patent-protected design was created through a collaboration with Wolverhampton University and has undergone independent scientific testing and validation.A specialist rib and base configuration provides an increase in structural strength and delivers a reduction in weight.Meanwhile, the inclusion of an ‘alu’ recyclable logo and a ‘rinse and recycle’ message aims to promote aluminium recycling among consumers. Jon West, i2r commercial director, said: “With i2r Ultra, we have achieved a weight saving on an infinitely recyclable product and increased the strength over other competitor products.”He added: “This design shows that we are working hard to address environmental concerns, whilst at the same time offering further innovation and commercial choice by increasing strength and offering the product at a reduced price point against comparable containers. We are really excited about this new range and the benefits it has to offer.”The company is initially launching i2r Ultra with eight foil containers as an addition to its existing smooth wall range, with further investment in new tooling to expand the line longer term.Share with your network: Tags: i2r Packaging SolutionsUK
Montagu launches ‘UK’s largest independent vending company’Posted By: Martin Whiteon: May 23, 2019In: Business, Food, Industries, Refreshment, Snacks, VendingPrintEmailUK-based vending-solutions company Montagu Group Limited has combined five of its subsidiaries to form a new brand called The Vending People, claiming that the new brand will be the “UK’s largest independent vending company.”The Vending People brand is comprised of Montagu’s LTT Vending, West Country Vending, South Wales Vending, Cambridge Vending and Snacktime Vending units, and was officially formed on 15 May 2019.Comprising over 200 operators and 50 engineers supporting 9,000 vending machines, the new brand will continue to supply solutions such as vending machines, coffee machines and water dispensers to workplaces and office, bringing national scale to help support large multi-site organisations as well as smaller companies.The Vending People will offer a full service to businesses, including machine sales and installation, technical support, and restocking services.Paul Arnold, general manager at The Vending People said: “Our new brand is a significant step in bringing together our collective experience and expertise; demonstrating our clear vision to become the UK’s most recommended vending company.“We don’t do one size fits all. Every customer is treated as an individual with a solution tailored to their needs, whether that’s a vending machine for a high footfall area or a tabletop coffee machine to produce high-quality bean to cup coffee.“Our in house retail analyst’s work to ensure our machines are filled with the bestselling products to help support employee satisfaction and even drive revenue where appropriate.”Montagu Group, the Northern-Ireland affiliate of major snacks brand Tayto, first entered the vending market in April 2017 with the purchase of Freedom Refreshments, the owner of LTT vending.Share with your network: Tags: Montagu GroupThe Vending PeopleUKvending
Steel industry “We will defend the Union’s interests, in full compliance with international trade law,” he added. Brussels has already announced that it would target Levi’s jeans, Harley-Davidson motorbikes and bourbon whiskey.The UK, which has hopes of agreeing a trade liberalisation deal with the US after Brexit, expressed alarm at Ross’s announcement. Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, said Britain would not rule out countermeasures or taking Washington to the WTO, which arbitrates on global trade disputes. Speaking to Sky News he attacked the tariffs as “patently absurd” and urged the US to think again. “It would be a great pity if we ended up in a tit-for-tat trade dispute with our closest allies.”A spokesman for Number 10 said the government was “deeply disappointed” the US had decided to apply the tariffs and that Theresa May would raise the issue with Trump at next week’s meeting of the G7 industrial nations in Canada.“The UK and other European Union countries are close allies of the US and should be permanently and fully exempted from the American measures on steel and aluminium.”The French president, Emmanuel Macron, called the US tariffs illegal and a mistake, while the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, issued an immediate like-for-like response – announcing tariffs of up to 25% on US imports worth up to 16.6bn Canadian dollars (£9.6bn), which was the total value of Canadian steel exports to the US last year. The tariffs will cover steel and aluminium as well as orange juice, whiskey and other food products. With the White House having used national security legislation to introduce the tariffs, Trudeau called the measures an “affront” to Canadians who had fought alongside their American comrades in arms. “That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the US is inconceivable.” “We have tried everything to make dialogue and mutual understanding prevail. If President Trump decides to treat Europe as an enemy, we will have no choice but to defend European industry, European jobs, European interests.”Ross blamed insufficient progress in talks with Mexico and Canada over changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) for the US’s decision to slap tariffs on its two neighbours.Mexico’s under-secretary of foreign trade, Juan Carlos Baker, tweeted: “Mexico categorically rejects any unilateral, protectionist measures that distort trade in North America.”China, too, warned that it would respond with tit-for-tat action of its own. Trade war? What you need to know about US steel tariffs Trump administration Trump trade tariffs: Europe threatens US bikes, bourbon and bluejeans Thu 31 May 2018 14.56 EDT Europe Larry Elliott and Richard Partington in London, and Edward Helmore in New York Share on LinkedIn Read more Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate – sent direct to you Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk The CBI warned the EU against overreacting to Washington’s move. Ben Digby, international director at the employers’ organisation, said: “The president’s measures are deeply concerning for firms in the UK, for close trading partners and across supply chains.”Trump announced his tariffs in March as a way of protecting US firms from cheap imports but Digby said the problem was caused by global overproduction of the metals and needed to be tackled jointly by Brussels and Washington.“There are no winners in a trade war, which will damage prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic. These tariffs could lead to a protectionist domino effect, damaging firms, employees and consumers in the US, UK and many other trading partners. Now is not the time for any disproportionate escalation, and we urge the EU to consider this when initiating its response.”But neither side showed any immediate sign of being willing to defuse the tension. Cecilia Malmström, the European trade commissioner, said the Brussels response would be proportionate and in accordance with WTO rules. Ross shrugged off the threat of EU retaliation, saying it would have little impact on the US economy. Manfred Weber, the leader of the European People’s party, the largest group in the European parliament and a key ally of German chancellor Angela Merkel, warned that treating the EU as the “enemy” would damage US consumers. “Europe does not want a trade conflict. We believe in a fair trade regime from which everybody benefits,” he said. Share on Twitter Canada Support The Guardian Read more … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, went further calling her country’s $16.6bn retaliatory tariffs “the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the postwar era. This is a very strong response. It is a proportionate response, it is perfectly reciprocal … this is a very strong Canadian action in response to a very bad US decision.” Mexico also denounced the move, saying it “deeply regrets and disapproves” the US decision.The economics minstry said it would adopt equivalent measures on a variety of products, including flat steel, lamps, pork legs and shoulders, sausages and food preparations, apples, grapes, cranberries, various cheeses, and other products, “up to an amount comparable to damage caused by the United States’ action”.It added: “This measure will be in force for as long as the US government maintains the imposed tariffs.” Hopes remain that the fallout could be contained. Analysts at the research firm Oxford Economics said the economic hit for Europe would be well below 0.1% of GDP, as steel and aluminium only make up a small part of the bloc’s overall exports around the world. However, they warned a tit-for-tat escalation leading to tariffs on other goods, such as cars, would have dire consequences for global trade. Last week, the Trump administration launched a national security probe into car imports on national security grounds that could lead to tariffs on cars from Europe, Japan and South Korea, should trade tensions spiral further out of control.For the struggling UK steel industry, the news of US tariffs prompted fresh alarm. The director of UK Steel, Gareth Stace, said: “President Trump had already loaded the gun and today, we now know that the US administration has unfortunately fired it and potentially started a damaging trade war. “Since President Trump stated his plans to impose blanket tariffs on steel imports almost three months ago, the UK steel sector had hoped for the best but still feared the worst. With the expiration of the EU exemption now confirmed to take effect tomorrow [Friday, 1 June], unfortunately our pessimism was justified and we will now see damage not only to the UK steel sector but also the US economy.”Representatives for the US metal industry also expressed disappointment. “Make no mistake: restricting the raw material supply in the U.S. and imposing tariffs on imports from our closest trading partners places American manufacturers directly in harm’s way,” said Paul Nathanson of The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users. Share via Email Read more Share on Facebook Share via Email European Union Trade policy Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Facebook The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers. This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old The Port Talbot steel works in Wales are the biggest in Britain.Photograph: Dimitris Legakis/The Guardian Trump administration goes ahead with threatened tariffs on steel and aluminium as allies pledge to hit backTrump imposes tariffs – business live The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised immediate retaliation after the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said EU companies would face a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminium from midnight on Thursday.Europe, along with Canada and Mexico, had been granted a temporary reprieve from the tariffs after they were unveiled by Donald Trump two months ago.However, Ross sent shudders through global financial markets when he said insufficient progress had been made in talks with three of the US’s traditional allies to reduce America’s trade deficit and that the waiver was being lifted.Wall Street slumped as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down more than 250 points as investors sold off shares in manufacturers and corporations with global reach. Shares across Europe also declined.The move from Washington – which comes at a time when Trump is also threatening protectionist action against China – triggered an immediate and angry response from Canada, Brussels and from individual European capitals.Juncker called the US move “unjustified” and said the EU had no choice but to hit back with tariffs on US goods and a case at the World Trade Organisation in Geneva. Donald Trump Topics US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin news First published on Thu 31 May 2018 10.02 EDT Shares1,6851685 World leaders hit back at Trump over ‘totally unacceptable’ tariffs – as it happened Steel industry Share on Pinterest Read more Share on Messenger Reuse this content
Doug Jones speaks with reporters in the US Capitol subway on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Edelman/Getty Images One of four senators who is already facing a $1.4m ad campaign from those who want to see Kavanaugh confirmed, Jones expressed his disappointment in the phenomenon. “I think it’s a damn shame that people spend millions of dollars in political campaign for supreme court justice. We need to get back to what the framers thought.”One new wrinkle emerged as Democrats added criticism of Kavanaugh’s views of executive authority to long-planned critiques that a Trump nominee would seek to invalidate the Affordable Care Act and overturn Roe v Wade. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer charged that Trump “chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the Mueller investigation” while Cory Booker of New Jersey warned darkly that Trump “chose the one person that has written that he should have immunity from any investigation and from any kind of prosecution it might result in”.The controversy stems from a 2009 law review article that Kavanaugh wrote where he argued that Congress should consider a law exempting a sitting president from prosecutions. He thought that impeachment was an adequate check, “if a president does something dastardly”. Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Share on Pinterest Republicans Share on WhatsApp Democrats Last modified on Tue 4 Sep 2018 10.24 EDT Pinterest Tue 10 Jul 2018 17.40 EDT Shares2121 Share on Messenger This critique was brushed aside by Republicans. Jeff Flake of Arizona said of the article: “Frankly that was back when Obama was president, so if someone was trying to draw a line about him being easy on Trump that’s not there.” No confirmation hearings have yet been scheduled for Kavanaugh but the judicial nominee is scheduled to meet with Orrin Hatch of Utah, a seven-term senator and former chair of the Senate judiciary committee, on Wednesday. Share on Twitter Read more Share on Facebook Trump picked Brett Kavanaugh as ‘barrier’ to Russia inquiry – Schumer Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Murkowski told reporters that “there’s a lot to look at with Judge Kavanaugh” but said she needed a “more through review” to give “more of a reaction”.Both senators voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the DC circuit court of appeals in 2006.Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping Kavanaugh can earn bipartisan support and are seeking to woo Democrats up for re-election in states that Trump won easily in 2016, such as Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.Red state Democrats also kept an open mind on Tuesday. Progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown of Ohio said: “I will make a decision after meeting with him.” He said he was specifically concerned about how Kavanaugh might rule in cases concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. “There are millions of Ohioans who would potentially lose their insurance if these five men on the court take away their consumer protections of people with preexisting conditions,” said Brown.Doug Jones of Alabama told the Guardian: “Now we have a nominee, it’s a first step” but no further opinion on the nomination as of yet. “I am going to do my due diligence, exercise an independent review and independent judgment so don’t have a feeling one way or another,” said the Alabama Democrat. US politics People walk outside of the supreme court in Washington on Tuesday.Photograph: Jose Luis Magana/AP The day after Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court, partisan battle lines in the Senate remained unmoved in the coming confirmation fight. Partisan battle lines remain firm after Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination ‘Five-alarm fire’: activists say supreme court pick threatens abortion rights news US supreme court Democrats are committed to blocking Kavanaugh’s supreme court nomination while Republicans tout his qualifications US Senate Support The Guardian Topics Twitter Share via Email Ben Jacobs and Lauren Gambino in Washington Twitter Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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US supreme court Facebook Share on Facebook Brett Kavanaugh Democrats remained firmly committed to blocking Kavanaugh’s nomination while Republicans touted his qualifications. With the absence of Arizona senator John McCain due to ill health, the Senate currently is set up with 50 Republicans and 49 Democrats.Democrats are specifically targeting two pro-choice Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. But the two Republicans dodged questions from reporters on Tuesday and gave little sign that they were opposed to the pick.Collins praised Kavanaugh. “It’ll be very difficult for anyone to argue that he’s not qualified for the job. He’s clearly qualified for the job,” said the Maine Republican. She added that she still wanted “the opportunity to sit down with him one on one and get a better sense of his judicial philosophy”. Read more Share on Twitter Facebook Law (US) Senator Susan Collins on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Photograph: Al Drago/Getty Images
Share on Facebook Share via Email Pete Buttigieg: potential 2020 candidate announces $7m haul in first quarter Read more Share on Messenger South Bend, Indiana mayor, who is vying to be the first openly gay US president, was the first candidate to release his figures Topics Mon 1 Apr 2019 09.23 EDT Share on LinkedIn Erin Durkin in New York Share via Email Last modified on Mon 1 Apr 2019 09.43 EDT US elections 2020 Share on Twitter “This is just a preliminary analysis, but our team’s initial report shows we raised over $7 million dollars in Q1 of this year. We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn,” Buttigieg said on Twitter early Monday morning. Official reports on fundraising for the first three months of the year, a period that went through Sunday, are due on 15 April. Buttigieg was the first candidate to release his figures publicly.Buttigieg is competing in a crowded Democratic primary field that includes several senators and current or former governors, and potentially a former vice-president.Though the three-month haul of cash is impressive for a minor candidate in the race, it still leaves Buttigieg lagging behind the frontrunners. When former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke entered the race he raised $6.1m in a single day. Senator Bernie Sanders raised $5.9m on his first day and California senator Kamala Harris raised $1.5m the day she launched her campaign.But Buttigieg has broken out of relative obscurity. He has already qualified for the Democratic primary debates by raising donations from more than 65,000 individual contributors.His exploratory committee also recently announced it was hiring nearly 20 more staffers, which would almost double the size of his team.The fundraising haul is likely to further buttress his attempt to be seen as a viable contender.“At this stage they take your measure by looking at your fundraising,” he said in a tweet Sunday asking for donations. “Please help us make sure it’s a good day.” US politics Democrats Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Shares6565 Share on Twitter This article is more than 3 months old Support The Guardian This article is more than 3 months old Pete Buttigieg Since you’re here… Pete Buttigieg for president? Long-shot stands out in crowded field Potential Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has raised $7m in the first quarter of the year, he said Monday morning.The South Bend, Indiana mayor, little known nationally before he launched his presidential exploratory committee, has drawn a recent flurry of media attention with his bid to be the nation’s first openly gay and, at age 37, youngest president. Share on Facebook Pete Buttigieg speaks to a crowd about his presidential bid in Greenville, South Carolina on 23 March.Photograph: Richard Shiro/AP Share on Pinterest Pete Buttigieg Reuse this content
Twitter Updatedat 1.40pm EDT Evening summary House vote gives lawmakers a path to enforce subpoenas – as it happened,Trump’s eldest son to testify in closed session WednesdayJon Stewart rebukes Congress for failing 9/11 victimsSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 12 Jun 201917:38 Tue 11 Jun 2019 20.13 EDT Twitter 12 Jun 201919:21 Share on Twitter Joe Biden Shares196196 US politics live Manu Raju (@mkraju)She added: “If now isn’t the time … what is the bar, what is the line that we’re waiting to be crossed for an impeachment inquiry, and so far it doesn’t seem like there is one.And so without a clear boundary, it seems as though we’re kind of sitting on our hands,” she said.June 11, 2019 Robert Mueller will testify “way before” the end of summer, so says House judiciary committee chair Jerry Nadler. “If we have to subpoena him, we will.”Representative Steve King couldn’t hitch a ride on Air Force One today.A jury deadlocked on a verdict on charges against a border activist who humanitarian aid groups say was just providing two migrants with water, food and lodging. Share on WhatsApp Oldest 12 Jun 201916:09House Democrats vote to enforce subpoenas against Barr, McGahn Twitter 1 of 2 In case you missed it, Swift kicked off Pride Month by asking the Tennessee Republican senator Lamar Alexander to support the Equality Act, legislation that recently passed in the House that would extend civil rights protections to LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.Read all about it below: Taylor Swift letter urges Republican senator to back LGBTQ rights Twitter 12 Jun 201919:21Robert Mueller will testify before House judiciary “way before” end of summer 12 Jun 201917:07 White House to review Mueller documents before Democrats: ReportHouse judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler on Monday touted a deal with the Justice Department under which his panel could review some of the underlying evidence from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.But not so fast…The Daily Beast reported on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s White House will work with the Justice Department to determine exactly what material House Democrats are able to see.Citing two senior administrations officials, the report also alluded to the prospect of the White House claiming executive privilege to limit access to Nadler’s committee.The White House has aggressively fought efforts by congressional Democrats to obtain key documents and witnesses related to the Mueller investigation and the president’s finances. Nadler’s panel has meanwhile engaged in tense negotiations with the DOJ to see the full unredacted version of Mueller’s report an underlying evidence. The deal reached on Monday would enable lawmakers to review at least a subset of those documents and showed the first signs of progress in weeks. It remains to be seen how the White House’s role in the process might affect the agreement. 12 Jun 2019 20:12 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Unlike many news organisations, we chose an approach that means all our reporting is free and available for everyone. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. For as little as $1 you can support us – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Make a contribution – The Guardian 12 Jun 201918:54 Share via Email Twitter Donald Trump Topics Facebook Updated 12 Jun 2019,The House rules committee chairman, Jim McGovern, prepares for the House to vote to authorize contempt cases against William Barr and Don McGahn.Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP 12 Jun 201920:12 Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem)POTUS holds up what appears to be a blank piece of paper claiming it contains the Mexican deal. Refuses to answer when I ask him to show us. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/m8sgJer9UqJune 11, 2019 Facebook Facebook King, who represents the state’s 4th District in Western Iowa, asked the White House to join the President’s entourage, but administration officials rejected the request, two officials familiar with the matter told CNN.Republican senators Joni Ernst of Iowa and Deb Fischer of Nebraska joined Trump aboard Air Force One. Ernst had not been planning to travel with the President, citing her voting schedule, but ended up flying to Iowa with Trump. Trump and Kushner broke law in meetings with foreign officials, group alleges in lawsuitDonald Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, appear to have violated the law by failing to document their meetings with Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and others, according to a lawsuit filed by a prominent government watchdog.The lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), National Security Archive (the Archive) and Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), outlines several occasions in which the absence of note takers meant no official record was created of conversations between the president, members of his administration and foreign leaders.The failure to keep records, they contend, is in violation with the Presidential Records Act and the Federal Records Act.Five such instances concerned meetings between Trump and Putin, while another involved a recent meeting between Kushner and top Saudi officials. The latter excluded officials from the State Department, prompting criticism from the agency.“It is clear that President Trump and White House officials have gone to great lengths to hold high-level meetings with foreign governments and carry out foreign policy objectives while blatantly ignoring recordkeeping laws and preventing national security officials and the American people from understanding what they are doing,” said Noah Bookbinder, the executive director at CREW, said. US elections 2020 Twitter Older Show Facebook Facebook Show Facebook Share on Messenger Manu Raju (@mkraju)Talked to @AOC this afternoon on impeachment. Asked if she were satisfied with Pelosi’s opposition to beginning the impeachment process, she said: “Personally, I am not.” https://t.co/sKhBikpC71June 11, 2019 12 Jun 201915:59Trump and Kushner broke law in meetings with foreign officials, group alleges in lawsuit Firing blanks?Donald Trump just pulled a piece of paper from his jacket’s inside pocket while briefing the White House pool reporters, saying it’s his deal with Mexico. “That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have. I’m going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time,” he said. He then added: “This is one page of a very long and very good agreement from Mexico and the United States. Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing.”But one pool reporter questions whether what’s really on the paper is…..nada. Ok folks, that’s it from me, Sabrina Siddiqui … I’m handing over to my trusted colleague Vivian Ho, who will take you through the remainder of the day from the West Coast.But first, a recap of the day’s events:The House of Representatives voted along party lines to hold attorney general William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in civil contempt; Democrats approved the resolution after Barr and McGahn defied congressional subpoenas seeking testimony and documents pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Joe Biden and Donald Trump provided a recap of a potential 2020 general election contest with dueling events in Iowa on Tuesday; Biden warned the president was an ‘existential threat’ to America, while Trump attacked the former vice president by questioning his mental fitness for office.A government watchdog group contends that Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, may have violated the law by failing to keep records of their meetings with foreign leaders; the group filed a lawsuit citing meetings between Trump and Kim Jong-un, and between Kushner and Saudi diplomats, in which no note takers were present and thus no public record was created.Donald Trump Jr will testify before the Senate intelligence committee behind closed doors on Wednesday; the appearance by the president’s eldest son comes after the Republican-led panel issued a subpoena summoning Trump Jr to Capitol Hill following the release of the Mueller report.Stay tuned for more! Facebook Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had strong words on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opposition of the impeachment process: North Dakota’s congressional delegation is urging the Trump administration to address the state’s year-old request for $38m to cover the cost of policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the Associated Press is reporting.Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer and Representative Kelly Armstrong sent a letter Thursday calling for attorney general William Barr and acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan to settle the state’s claim, filed last year by North Dakota’s attorney general against the Army Corps of Engineers. The state is accusing the agency of letting protesters illegally camp on federal land in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017, and not maintaining law and order when thousands gathered to protest the $3.8bn pipeline.“This administration has reset the precedent on permitting this type of project,” the Bismarck Tribune reports the delegation wrote in the letter. “But we urge you to also reset the federal government’s precedent in these matters to maintain law and order on federal land and recognize the overwhelming responsibility the state and local authorities in North Dakota employed to maintain public safety.” Here’s a hell of a bump for Senator Cory Booker: the sometimes politically active pop icon Taylor Swift gave the 2020 hopeful a shoutout on Instagram, on which she has 118m followers, for signing her Equality Act petition: Share via Email Read more The Republican-led Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Trump Jr last month, shocking the president and his allies. Trump Jr, who was coordinated the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower after being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians, testified before the panel in 2017. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report nonetheless revealed inconsistencies in what the president’s eldest son told members of Congress about both conversations with his father regarding the Trump Tower meeting, and negotiations over a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow during the 2016 election. According to CNN, Trump Jr struck a deal with the Senate intelligence committee to privately testify on both of those topics, as well as others, for two-to-four hours on Wednesday. 12 Jun 201914:26Donald Trump Jr to testify before Senate intelligence committee 12 Jun 201918:04 Twitter Representative Steve King, the Iowa Republican stripped of all committee assignments following a litany of racist remarks and behavior, was banned from flying aboard Air Force One as President Trump traveled to Iowa today, CNN is reporting: The absence of records in these circumstances causes real, incalculable harm to our national security and poses a direct threat to transparency for the American public. We’re asking the court to compel White House officials to make and maintain these important records that let the public know what the government is up to and provide a safeguard to our history.” September 11 2001 House Republicans stripped King of his committee assignments following an interview with the New York Times in which King rhetorically said “white nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”These comments came after King endorsed a white nationalist candidate for Toronto mayor and tweeted support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders , and after he compared immigrants to dirt and used rhetoric common to the alt-right in an interview with a magazine affiliated with the far-right Austrian Freedom party. Donald Trump 12 Jun 201917:00Joe Biden mentions Trump 44 times in Iowa speech Live feed 12 Jun 201918:30 12 Jun 201917:15 Twitter 12 Jun 201917:00 Facebook Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford)“the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will enter into force within 45 days.” @realDonaldTrump #Mexico agreement. Second photo flipped @washingtonpost @postpolitics pic.twitter.com/lWuJU9bpYKJune 11, 2019 Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook Twitter Newest Facebook 12 Jun 201915:44House panel holds antitrust hearing to examine big tech’s impact on news media Facebook 12 Jun 201915:59 Vivian Ho in San Francisco (now) and Sabrina Siddiqui in Washington (earlier) 12 Jun 201914:26 TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri)Chairman Nadler tells #TheBeat he thinks Mueller will testify “way before” the end of summer pic.twitter.com/hgmhnuP6EkJune 11, 2019 Twitter Twitter 12 Jun 201913:37 Jurors said Monday that they couldn’t reach a consensus but a federal judge told them to keep deliberating. The judge set a July 2 status hearing after the jury said it was deadlocked.The case played out as humanitarian groups say they are coming under increasing scrutiny while President Donald Trump’s administration looks for new ways to clamp down on illegal immigration.Warren is one of nine members of the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths who have been charged with crimes related to their work. But he is the only one to face felony charges.In West Texas, a county attorney was detained earlier this year after stopping her car on a dark highway to pick up three young migrants who flagged her down. Teresa Todd was held briefly, and federal agents searched her cellphone.Border activists say they worry about what they see as the gradual criminalization of humanitarian action.Warren has said his case could set a dangerous precedent by expanding the definition of the crimes of transporting and harboring migrants to include people merely trying to help border-crossers in desperate need of water or other necessities.Warren and other volunteers with the No More Deaths group also were targeted earlier this year in separate federal misdemeanor cases after leaving water, canned food and other provisions for migrants hiking through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona.In Warren’s felony case, the defense team headed by Greg Kuykendall argued that Warren could not, in good conscience, turn away two migrants who had recently crossed the desert to enter the U.S.Thousands of migrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s, when heightened enforcement pushed migrant traffic into Arizona’s scorching deserts. Facebook Twitter Joe Biden mentions Trump 44 times in Iowa speechIn case there was any doubt Joe Biden is focusing his 2020 campaign on Donald Trump, the former vice president name-checked the president 44 times during his speech in Iowa on Tuesday.Campaigning in Ottumwa, Iowa, Biden declared Trump was “literally an existential threat to America” while condemning his record on foreign policy, race relations and trade.Biden also condemned Trump’s conduct during his recent travel to Normandy, where he attacked his political rivals on a trip intended to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.“Did he do anything to signal that he’s prepared to walk away from the thugs he’s embraced on the world stage — from Putin to Kim Jong Un? No. He did none of that,” Biden said. “Instead, he gets up in the middle of the night to attack Bette Midler. He attacks the mayor of London. He attacks the American Speaker of the House. It was a stunning display of childishness for the whole world to see.”Trump, who held his own speech in Iowa the same day, responded by questioning Biden’s mental fitness as he departed the White House.“I have to tell you, he’s a different guy,” Trump said of the former vice president. “He looks different then he used to, he acts different than he used to, he is even slower than he used to be.” “So I don’t know. But when he mentions my name that many times, I guess I should be complimented.” Trump also claimed Biden was the Democratic candidate he most wanted to run against. Biden currently leads Trump in several swing state and national polls. Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb)NEW: Donald Trump Jr is coming back to Senate Intel for his closed-door interview tomorrow, per a source familiar with the matter, w/ @PamelaBrownCNN @mkrajuJune 11, 2019 12 Jun 201914:09 Newer Key events Facebook US Congress Updatedat 7.28pm EDT Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford)For those curious here is the original frame. @realDonaldTrump spoke for approximately 20 minutes pulling out the letter several different times. If you want to further analyze I suggest you watch the full clip. pic.twitter.com/iFHg2lDfm2June 11, 2019 First published on Tue 11 Jun 2019 09.13 EDT Twitter Robert Mueller will testify before House judiciary “way before” end of summerHouse judiciary committee chair Jerry Nadler tells MSNBC’s Ari Melber that former special counsel Robert Mueller will testify before the committee “way before” the end of summer. Mueller previously expressed reluctance at any sort of Capitol Hill appearance, making it known in his only public statement that everything he had to say was in the report. It is unknown whether this testimony before the committee “way before” the end of summer will be behind closed doors or public.“We’re carrying on conversations with him, and he will come in, and if we have to subpoena him, we will,” Nadler said. Facebook Facebook Facebook Twitter 12 Jun 201914:09White House to review Mueller documents before Democrats: Report House Democrats vote to enforce subpoenas against Barr, McGahnOn a party-line vote of 229-191, House Democrats passed a resolution that would enable lawmakers to go to court to enforce their subpoenas against Barr and McGahn.The vote had long been planned amid unprecedented efforts by Donald Trump’s administration to stonewall Democrats’ witness and document requests pertaining to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.Democrats on the House judiciary committee voted last month to hold Barr in contempt of Congress after he refused to comply with a subpoena for the full unredacted Mueller report. McGahn separately heeded to instructions from the White House to refuse a subpoena calling upon him to testify before Congress. Despite a deal between Nadler and the Justice Department on Monday, paving the way for his panel to access some of Mueller’s underlying evidence, House Democrats said they were proceeding with Tuesday’s full floor vote to keep the option to enforce their subpoenas in court if necessary.The measure also includes language to enable committee chairmen to enforce their subpoenas in court without a full vote on the House floor.Stay tuned for more…Updatedat 6.28pm EDT Republicans Updatedat 8.13pm EDT 12 Jun 201915:44 Hey all, Vivian Ho taking over for Sabrina Siddiqui. Let’s see where the day takes us, shall we? House panel holds antitrust hearing to examine big tech’s impact on news mediaA hearing is officially underway in the House judiciary committee to examine anti-competitive behavior among digital platforms, such as Google and Facebook, and its impact on news media.The hearing, which is part of a new antitrust investigation, comes amid growing scrutiny over the dominance of Big Tech and bipartisan push for new regulations.Lawmakers were set to hear from News Media Alliance, a trade organization representing 2,000 news outlets, among other media executives. Matthew Schruers, vice president of the tech trade group Computer and Communications Industry Association, will speak on behalf of the technology industry.David Cicilline, the chairman of the House judiciary antitrust subcommittee, opened the hearing with a focus on the enhanced market power of online platforms and subsequent threat to news publishers who have seen a dramatic fall in advertising revenues.“Concentration in the digital advertising market has pushed local journalism to the verge of extinction,” Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, said in his opening remarks. “The combination of predatory acquisitions, a growing innovation kill zone, and high network effects and switching costs appear to have undermined entrepreneurship and start-up rates.”“And the sheer dominance of some platforms has resulted in worse products and significantly less choice, leaving people without a competitive alternative to services that harvest their data, manipulate their behavior, and monetize their attention.”A day before the hearing, the News Media Alliance released a study showing that Google earned an estimated $4.7b in 2018 from news publishers’ content.News publishers’ revenue from advertising has meanwhile rapidly declined and forced widespread layoffs in newsrooms across the US. According to the Pew Research Center, newsroom employment dropped 23% between 2008 and 2017.“This journalism crisis is also a democracy crisis. As sources of trustworthy news disappear, American civic life suffers,” Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House judiciary committee, said at the hearing.“Today as the Internet becomes the dominant platform for accessing news, and as this platform grows more and more concentrated in the hands of just two major companies, news media once again faces serious threats, and congressional action may once again be required.” US politics live US politics 12 Jun 201916:09 Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn 12 Jun 201919:06 12 Jun 201920:09 Share on Pinterest Twitter Donald Trump Jr to testify before Senate intelligence committeeSpeaking of investigations, Donald Trump Jr is headed back to Capitol Hill… Lissandra Villa (@LissandraVilla).@CoryBooker gets a shoutout from Taylor Swift on insta. pic.twitter.com/mzUXhrz9KUJune 11, 2019 A jury deadlocked Tuesday on charges against a border activist who humanitarian aid groups say was just providing two migrants with water, food and lodging, the Associated Press is reporting.Scott Daniel Warren, a 36-year-old college geography instructor, was charged with conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants, and faced up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors argued that the men were not in distress and that Warren conspired to transport and harbor them at a property used for providing aid to migrants in an Arizona town near the US-Mexico border. Facebook President Trump pulled out a piece of paper earlier, claiming it was his deal with Mexico. Many speculated then that the paper was blank, but on enterprising Washington Post photojournalist managed to zoom in and enhance.
AcquisitionAIconversocialIdo Bornstein-HaCohenMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleSalesforce Joins New Continuous Delivery Foundation As Premier MemberNext ArticleGetResponse Expands Turnkey Marketing Platform with Powerful Webinar, eCommerce, Online Payments, and Social Ad Integration Capabilities Conversocial, the leading digital customer care platform, announced that Ido Bornstein-HaCohen was promoted to CEO to further the company’s promise to completely revolutionize the 60-year-old customer service industry. Founder and former CEO Joshua March will remain on the company’s board.Bornstein-HaCohen joined Conversocial as COO in 2017 to oversee all commercial operations. Before coming on board, he achieved significant success growing and scaling companies with more than 15 years of experience in executive leadership positions at LivePerson, a leading Salesforce Consultancy and SAP. In early 2019, he was appointed Conversocial’s president, expanding his responsibilities to include product and engineering oversight.“When Ido and I first met, a number of years before he joined Conversocial, we connected over our shared vision for how social media and mobile messaging were going to disrupt customer engagement, Ido was one of the first senior executives in the industry who shared this vision,” said March. “I’m excited to see Conversocial mature into our next stage of growth and scale under his leadership, with our vision now coming to fruition and messaging rapidly becoming the default channel for customer service.”Marketing Technology News: Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesUnder Bornstein-HaCohen’s guidance, Conversocial saw substantial market growth. He was instrumental in the 2019 acquisition of AI-powered bot platform, Assist, which enabled customers to seamlessly combine automated self-service with human agents – all underpinning his focus on fixing the broken customer care system, despite the $13 billion company’s spend annually on focused software.“Today’s customer is digitally savvy and expects customer care on their terms, in the moment and effortless,” said Bornstein-HaCohen. “But brands are still forcing customers to archaic channels, making them navigate through seemingly endless automated call menus or wait at their laptops for a live chat agent to respond. The industry is ready to be changed for the better and Conversocial is in the perfect position to facilitate that.”Marketing Technology News: Creator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce CreativityThe $1.6 trillion customer care industry is reaching a tipping point, where messaging will take center stage as the primary channel for customers to reach out to businesses. With Bornstein-HaCohen at the helm, Conversocial accelerates on that vision with a continued company-wide focus enabling brands to provide an effortless experience to their customers through conversational CX.“Combining automation and humans on one single platform, and by tapping into the power of messaging channels, we truly can help brands break the CX cost equation,” continued Bornstein-HaCohen. “Our ongoing mission is to enable brands to deliver customer care that results in both happier customers and greater brand efficiency. This truly excites me as it impacts each and every one of us, our friends and family on a daily basis. I couldn’t be prouder to be leading Conversocial and our partners on this journey.”Marketing Technology News: Evolution Digital and Vast Broadband Announce Agreement for Full App-Based TV Offering with eMERGE User Experience Conversocial Promotes Ido Bornstein-HaCohen to Chief Executive Officer PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 2:08 pmJuly 2, 2019
About BenAbout SplashAbout Ben Ben Hindman is Co-Founder and CEO of Splash, the fastest-growing end-to-end Event Marketing technology used by over half of the Fortune 500. An event planner turned tech entrepreneur, events are in Ben’s DNA. Prior to starting Splash, Ben was the Director of Events at Thrillist, where he produced large-scale events from concerts to mystery fly-aways.He is also a Co-Founder of the Summit Series, the renowned invite-only destination event for the greatest minds in tech. Splash is a technology company that powers advanced in-person marketing programs for the world’s leading brands. More than half of the Fortune 500 use Splash to streamline Event Marketing execution and optimize performance.From simplifying event asset creation to capturing attendee insights and measuring event impact, Splash enables marketers to reach and connect with target audiences in-person, efficiently scale event programs, and connect event-driven engagement to business results. About Splash MarTech Interview with Ben Hindman, CEO at Splash Sudipto Ghosh6 days agoJuly 16, 2019 The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. MarTech Interview Series “Your audience pays attention to the smallest details, and those details are shaping their experience and their perception of your brand.” Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start at Splash?I believe the best way to do business is in person. Prior to Splash, I was leading events at Thrillist, as well as helping to launch the Summit Series, and I saw the same thing over and over again: the biggest software businesses in the world were successful – not by growing their Sales team or innovating with product – but by building relationships with their customers through events. It lit a fire in me to start Splash and build a product that helps businesses host their own meaningful events.What is Splash and how does it fit into a modern Marketing Technology stack?The best businesses throw great parties. Every business hosts events. The question is: how integrated are those programs with the rest of their Marketing mix? Splash is Event Marketing software that sits right in the center of your Salesforce, Marketo, applicant tracking system, whatever system you need to connect to. It fits right into your stack.We handle all touchpoints of Event Marketing, like the event page, the RSVP forms, attendee lists and communications, and on-site check-in. Businesses love using Splash because it makes repeatable, scalable events programs easy. Teams who host repeatable events – say, a Field Marketing team hosting many regional Sales dinners, or a Recruiting team holding candidate events, or a Retail business hosting in-store events – can carefully design all aspects of the Event Marketing once, and then easily replicate it. So, a Marketing team has control over the design, the data, and the process, but they’re also empowering lots of people within the organization to host events that are on-brand, compliant, and measurable.Which businesses are fastest to the adoption of Event Management platforms? How does it impact Branding and Marketing operations?Really what we see over and over again is that there are specific groups within businesses who see the value of adopting Event Management platforms. The thing these groups have in common is that they’re innovators – they’re always looking for solutions and they’re willing to do things differently to get better results. It could be a Field Marketing group, or a Recruiting group, or a Community team. But they take it a step further by integrating their event tech, developing a process around how they do it, and driving and measuring event ROI. This starts a ripple effect — other teams in the business will start to notice how this team is exceeding expectations with events and will begin to adopt that process and those tools.What is the relation between Events Page and Brand Loyalty?In events, everything matters. Your audience pays attention to the smallest details, and those details are shaping their experience and their perception of your brand. One key goal of an event is to build trust. And when you pay attention to every detail – when Brand Integrity shines through in every part of the experience – people are more likely to trust your brand.But remember: an event doesn’t start at the actual event. Every communication, every promotion, every event page, every ad, every email, every touchpoint leading up to the event is still part of the entire event experience. Which is why it’s crucial to maintain Brand Consistency and Design across all your touchpoints in order to build trust with your customers (and get them to take an action).Which brands have managed to successfully transform their Brand Loyalty campaigns using events?Victoria’s Secret PINK is a great example. Last summer, they did a Back-to-School campaign that was centered around driving engagement with their most loyal customers, their Pink Nation Members. They created special offers for Pink Nation members and hosted nationwide events as a way to drive people in-store. You could only attend this exclusive event if you were a Pink Nation member, which created a sense of urgency for new customers to sign up for the membership program, as well as make sure their most valuable customers felt extra special.How can businesses maximize their ROI from leveraging your platform? In two key ways. First, Splash makes it easy to measure ROI on any one specific event, because it integrates natively with Marketo and Salesforce. This allows leads from events to come into the system quickly and shared automatically with other teams and departments (Sales!) for more effective follow-ups. Secondly, Splash gives you ROI visibility across all your event programs, so you can see which events are creating opportunities that close, and at what price. You can then optimize ROI not just for a single event, but across all your business’s events programs.Tell us about your technology integrations with other Marketing Technology platforms such as Contacts, Social Media, Automation, Contracts, Email, and Customer Service.We integrate with leading technologies like Salesforce, Marketo, Eloqua, Greenhouse, Stripe, Hubspot, Zapier, and Slack. Our Slack integration is pretty cool because it can let a Sales team know in real-time when a prospect checks in or RSVPs to an event.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use?We’re a huge Salesforce shop, and we’ve spent time building up our Marketo muscle. We work with a bunch of interesting techs. One that’s popular with the team right now is a Sales Enablement tool called Gong that records Sales calls and collects data about them. It makes it easier for the whole company to understand what Sales are hearing in the field.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in Event Marketing technology for 2019-2020?“Direct-to-consumer brands will begin to see a unified online and offline event experience that connects promotion to on-site to post-event to the next event in a series for an integrated experience at their events. This will help companies align efforts more efficiently across the organization. This will also result in an improved experience for guests.”What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? Welco.meHow do you inspire your people to work with technology? Honestly, I hire people who I know are nerds. They work with technology naturally.One word that best describes how you work.In Italian, they would say I work with a big “anima”. It’s like a big soul, or full-spirited.What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?SlackWhat’s your smartest work-related shortcut or productivity hack?Listening to my wife!What are you currently reading?I don’t read much, honestly. I go podcasts to the face.What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Andrew Horn taught me to ask “How do I want to show up in this situation?” Whenever I have more than one answer to the first question, I turn it into an acronym so it’s easy to remember. So, if I want to feel Excited, Passionate, Interested, and Confident, I want to be EPIC. At any moment, I can remember this anchor and challenge myself to take the courageous action that is aligned with my intention. As I’ve learned to set these intentions, I can anchor my brain into positive thinking and make it easier to guide our thoughts and actions towards the reality I want to create.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I spend a lot of time thinking about designing the in-between states of experiences. It’s the smallest signal that builds trust.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Eric Stahl and Joe Teplow from Salesforce. What up?!Would you like us to recommend you as a Speaker to conferences relevant to your technology?YesThank you, Ben! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. Ben HindmanhubspotinterviewsJoe TeplowMarketoMarTech InterviewSales EnablementSplash Previous ArticleWebCEO, the Agency Oriented Marketing Platform, Launches a New Local SEO ModuleNext ArticleEpsilon Named a Leader for Loyalty Services; Only Provider Also Recognized as a Leader in Loyalty Technology by Independent Research Firm
AcquisitionAppcastMarketing TechnologyNewsStepStone groupTechnology Previous ArticleCBS Interactive Partners with Unity Technologies to Provide Advertisers With an Innovative Augmented Reality Ad SolutionNext ArticleCopacino+Fujikado Helps Brands Navigate LGBTQ+ Marketing Beyond Pride Month Axel Springer Continues Its Growth Strategy and Further Expands Job Classifieds’ Portfolio of Intelligent Recruiting and Matching TechnologiesThe StepStone group acquired 85 percent of the US-American company Appcast for about EUR 70 million. Appcast is the leading technology provider for programmatic job advertising in the US With the acquisition, Axel Springer continues its growth strategy and further expands the StepStone group’s portfolio of intelligent recruiting and matching tools. The scalable business model of Appcast offers immense growth potential and will benefit from StepStone’s technology know-how and execution excellence. The tech platform Appcast provides the solutions Exchange, Clickcast as well as Ad Manager to customers and specializes in displaying job ads online precisely where suitable candidates find them. The company’s technology helps firms to increase the number of suitable candidates per ad and boost recruiting efficiency. Appcast’s clients include well-known US brands as well as hundreds of other companies from all industries.Dr. Andreas Wiele, President Classifieds Media Axel Springer SE: “We have wanted to enter the US job classifieds market with the StepStone group for quite some time. Appcast is a very fast-growing company and the perfect investment for us. With the acquisition of a majority stake in the leading US company for programmatic job advertising, the StepStone group takes the next step towards becoming the leading international digital job classifieds provider. We are looking forward to Appcast and StepStone working together and welcome the team to Axel Springer.”Marketing Technology News: Chris Torres Writes First Ever Marketing Advice Book for the Tours and Activities IndustryChris Forman, CEO Appcast: “Axel Springer and StepStone share our conviction that technology can advance recruiting with job ads. We also share a common purpose to improving one of the most important personal and social issues for people around the globe: finding a rewarding job that allows them to support their families and communities. We are extremely happy and excited to take the next steps in our extraordinary growth story together with these strong partners and friends.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising LeadershipAppcast was founded by CEO Chris Forman in 2014. He will continue to lead the company after the takeover of the majority stake. Today, the company headquartered in Lebanon, N.H., already employs about 100 people spread over four locations.Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AI StepStone Acquires Majority of US Technology Provider Appcast Globe NewswireJuly 2, 2019, 5:51 pmJuly 2, 2019
Amit ShahBJPelection commissionJadavpur First Published: May 13, 2019, 10:32 AM IST New Delhi: Accusing the West Bengal government of not allowing its president Amit Shah’s rally in Jadavpur, the BJP said Monday the Election Commission has become a “mute spectator” to the Trinamool Congress’s alleged undemocratic means to target the saffron party.BJP media head and Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said his party will hold protests and also move the EC. Shah’s rally was scheduled for Monday in Jadhavpur, which goes to the polls on May 19 in the last phase, but the permission for it was denied at the last minute by the state administration, he said.Subsequently, the permission for Shah’s chopper to land was also withdrawn, Baluni said. “It is unfortunate that the EC has become a mute spectator to all this and also use of violence by the TMC in the state,” he said.He alleged the ruling party in Bengal was using undemocratic means to target the BJP.Nine seats will go to polls in the last phase of the general election.
Irked by this, Rangoli started targeting them for alienating Kangana and asked them the reason. While many tried to evade this, Rangoli Chandel’s latest target, Taapsee, reacted to Rangoli’s statement and said, “Short life, no time to waste on this. Have so many happier and better things happening in my life to look at right now.” This is not the first time Rangoli has got into a fight with a celebrity on social media.Rangoli targeted the Bollywood fraternity for not appreciating her sister and the work she does earlier when Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi released in January. Apart from this, she openly rants on Twitter about various A-listers and how they misbehaved with Kangana during her struggling days.Released on July 2, the trailer of Ekta Kapoor’s forthcoming project Judgementall Hai Kya is garnering a great response from the audience. The movie stars Rajkummar alongside Kangana and releases on July 26.Follow @News18Movies for more Apart from Taapsee, many Bollywood stars and well-wishers also took to Twitter to appreciate the work done by the stars, Kangana and Rajkummar Rao, in the movie and wished them well for its success. Things turned sour as Rangoli pointed out a few tweets of some of the stars (Varun Dhawan and Taapsee being some) where there was no mention and praise of her sister Kangana. Rangoli Chandel, who is known for her errant and outspoken behaviour on social media, has once again hit headlines by calling a Bollywood actress ‘Sasti Copy’ (cheap carbon-copy) of her sister Kangana Ranaut. Rangoli targeted the Game Over star Taapsee Pannu after she failed to acknowledge Kangana’s work in the recently released trailer of Bollywood film Judgementall Hai Kya.Appreciating Ekta Kapoor for her upcoming film Judgementall Hai Kya, Taapsee took to Twitter and wrote, “This is so cool!!!! Always had high expectations out of this one n this looks so worth it! #JudgementalHaiKya”(sic). This is so cool!!!! Always had high expectations out of this one n this looks so worth it ! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 #JudgementallHaiKya https://t.co/rpZcn7LHmC— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 3, 2019 Anurag KashyapBolllywood cat fightsbollywoodBollywood fights First Published: July 4, 2019, 2:25 PM IST