Totem is a hybrid occasions platform that enables customers to host occasions of any dimension – from a roundtable of ten to a multi-track occasion for 10,000 folks.
Chris Bo Shields has reimagined the occasion area within the wake of Covid-19 which has seen Totem launch its personal hybrid occasions platform in 2020. He speaks about his journey to Enterprise Issues …
What drawback does your organization clear up?
Totem helps purchasers to create their very own white-labelled bespoke branded occasions panorama in order that they aren’t sharing the identical expertise with their rivals. Totem connects in-person and digital company collectively by a shared expertise, utilizing video and chat. Forrester not too long ago printed a report that predicted that as we transfer again to one thing approaching actual life, the hybrid mannequin will take over, mixing each bodily and digital parts.
What kind of companies do you’re employed with?
We are able to work with any organisation that maintain occasions – the whole lot from business occasions to inside comms and coaching.
What’s your USP?
We’re not only a tech firm that builds platforms for the sake of it. We’re passionate concerning the occasions business. One of the best present for us is seeing occasions folks use the platform in a method that helps them to remodel their companies. A lot of this journey into hybrid occasions is uncharted territory, and the way forward for occasions continues to be troublesome to foretell. That’s why Totem permits the last word flexibility for company to be in-person or digital, or to maneuver seamlessly between the 2.
What are your organization values? Have you ever ever had them challenged and if that’s the case how have you ever handled it?
Our firm values concentrate on the significance of creativity, exclusiveness and environmental impression, and we now have made positive that these resonate by our merchandise. As an illustration, we embody the choice for carbon offsetting in our hybrid app for bodily occasions. We encourage our exhibitors to not carry printed supplies, in an effort to acquire carbon offset factors inside the app.
How do you make sure that you recruit a workforce that displays your organization values?
We do discover that recruitment processes assist us to hone our firm values. we’re requested about our insurance policies on the whole lot from feminine management to the surroundings, which retains us on our toes. We get pleasure from this, because it’s the distinction between greenwashing and really measuring the impression of a course of.
Are you cheerful to supply a hybrid working mannequin of residence/workplace post-covid?
We had been by no means unsure that nice work will be achieved both in-person or remotely. Nevertheless, it’s more durable to keep up coaching, on-boarding and mentoring, to not point out firm tradition. We discover the very best method is to work with our workforce to seek out the right steadiness for people and the corporate as a complete.
Do you may have any suggestions for managing suppliers and prospects successfully?
Transparency and honesty lie on the coronary heart of any good relationship, and that’s the identical no matter whether or not it’s with a provider or a buyer. Letting suppliers know the challenges we face is vital to them delivering on their guarantees – and that is additionally the case with our purchasers.
Any finance or cash-flow suggestions for brand new companies beginning out?
Act like Virgin and spend like Easyjet.
Should you might ask one factor of the federal government to alter for companies what would it not be?
They should present us with a clearer thought of how we are able to work in Europe. Our enterprise used to depend on sending expert folks overseas to handle occasions. That is a lot tougher now, as there isn’t a authorities data accessible on how this may be accomplished within the present panorama.
What’s your perspective in the direction of your rivals?
We’re compassionate in the direction of the occasions world as a complete, which has suffered massively. We’ve been impressed by folks within the business coming collectively to resolve issues, somewhat than competing with one another.
Any ideas on the way forward for your organization and your goals?
As our firm continues to develop with providers that allow true hybrid, our dream is to retain our firm tradition, and to recollect why we had been profitable within the first place.