Gather - Best Event Management Solution
Company: Gather, Atlanta, GA
Company Description: Gather is re-imagining the way private events are planned, managed and executed, empowering thousands of restaurants and venues across the U.S. to successfully grow their events business. The cloud-based platform helps teams streamline event sales and manage workflow, from initial inquiry through day-of execution, simplifying event planning for mid-market venues and their customers.
Nomination Category: New Product & Service Categories - Software
Nomination Sub Category: Best Product or Service of the Year - Software - Event Management Solution
Nomination Title: Gather
Tell the story about this nominated product or service (up to 650 words). Describe its function, features, benefits, and performance to date:
Since launching in 2013, Gather has been through many exciting changes — but their goal of transforming the private events industry has remained the same. Launched by Nicholas Miller, Alex Lassiter and Tom Merrihew, the Atlanta-based private event management software platform has empowered thousands of restaurants and venues across the U.S. (and beyond) to successfully grow their events business, one venue at a time. The cloud-based platform helps teams streamline event sales and manage workflow, from initial inquiry through day-of execution, simplifying event planning for mid-market venues and their customers. They believe planning life's special events should be a seamless, fun experience — for everyone involved.
Today, Gather’s team consists of more than 50 people (they’re still actively hiring in several departments), and has maintained 200% growth year over year since the company launched. Gather reached $1M in Annual Recurring Revenue with less than $500K invested, before going on to raise a $2.5M Series-A funding led by Sand Hill Road firm Storm Ventures. And with a recently launched mobile app, customers can now instantly access the most up-to-date event-related information from any device, no matter where they are.
There are myriad features that make Gather’s product stand out from the competition. Gather’s shared calendar and integrated features allow team members to instantly access the venue’s calendar so users can monitor and access past, present and future events in real-time. From proposals to invoices, Gather automatically generates, updates and stores all event-related forms and documents in one place for easy access. Gather’s Daily Digest emails are sent every morning, providing entire teams with an outlook on the day’s and week’s upcoming events and details.
When it comes to communications, Gather’s messaging platform streamlines communication with customizable templates and a complete history of all correspondence. The automated booking inquiry widget, which can be embedded into any company’s website, allows users to get immediate lead alerts day or night. Plus, Gather’s digital proposals allow for a quick lead turnaround, and features like e-signatures allow clients to confirm a booking in a matter of minutes.
Less time spent on admin and paper-work related tasks means companies have more time to manage events and grow their business. With Gather, they can get instant insight into bookings and leads performance over time. These features, paired with an easy-to-navigate platform and personalized documents with a clean, consistent design, are simple-yet-effective ways Gather’s clients can impress customers and prospects. And by being level one PCI DSS compliant, customers can rest easy knowing their credit card and payment information is safe and secure.
Gather is blazing the trail for the private events industry. They’re growing exponentially and working every day to improve their product and, thus, improve the lives and businesses of their clients. They’ve amassed thousands of clients — many of whom are some of the top chefs and restaurateurs in the country — through offering a service that provides freedom to those managing and planning events.
In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief features and benefits of the nominated product or service (up to 150 words).
-It streamlines communication between you and your team.
-It allows you to stay organized by keeping all event-related info, documents, contracts and details in one digital, cloud-based platform.
-It offers mobile-friendly updates to keep you up-to-date on event progress, no matter where you are.
-It allows potential clients to inquire about event booking 24/7 through a lead widget on your website.
It lets you instantly send proposals and contracts.
-It tracks your events program's performance and growth, including past, present and future bookings.
-It lets you archive leads that you can then follow up with and potentially rebook.
-It allows you to instantly update proposals, invoices, and BEOs.
-It lets you accept online payments while protecting sensitive consumer information through a PCI DSS Compliant payments system.
-Synced email notifications, calendars, and messaging allow you to access the platform and work from any device anywhere you are.