Good morning: Welcome back small-scale meetings?

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Good morning, Marketers, and are one-on-one meetings back?

I wrote yesterday about the palpable trepidation surrounding Salesforce’s brave attempt to hold a one-day conference at New York’s Javits Center this week (at time of writing, it’s still scheduled). But dealing with one-on-one or two-on-one meetings seems a lot simpler.

Of course, it does mean a degree of trust about vaccination; I haven’t — yet — been in a meeting where proof is demanded. Courtesy leads to everyone mumbling, “Of course, I’m vaccinated,” and “Me too.”

Those small scale meetings are starting to happen. For the first article below, I sat down over coffee in Manhattan with InMobi’s Marketing Cloud CEO. I recently had an in-person meeting scheduled with the founder of a major CDP (he had to cancel). This week I’m meeting with a noted CMO at her Manhattan office.

No, we’re not back to normal. But glimmers of normalcy are welcome.

Kim Davis

Editorial Director


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About The Author

Kim Davis is the Editorial Director of MarTech. Born in London, but a New Yorker for over two decades, Kim started covering enterprise software ten years ago. His experience encompasses SaaS for the enterprise, digital- ad data-driven urban planning, and applications of SaaS, digital technology, and data in the marketing space. He first wrote about marketing technology as editor of Haymarket’s The Hub, a dedicated marketing tech website, which subsequently became a channel on the established direct marketing brand DMN. Kim joined DMN proper in 2016, as a senior editor, becoming Executive Editor, then Editor-in-Chief a position he held until January 2020. Prior to working in tech journalism, Kim was Associate Editor at a New York Times hyper-local news site, The Local: East Village, and has previously worked as an editor of an academic publication, and as a music journalist. He has written hundreds of New York restaurant reviews for a personal blog, and has been an occasional guest contributor to Eater.

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