How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets

How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets Part I a

In the world of event planning, there is always something new to discover. As organizers, we grow and learn with every conference, concert, or festival that we run. Whether this is your first rodeo, or you’re a seasoned event planner, we’ve created a two-part series of points that every marketing team should remember.

Part I – Setting Up A Successful Event Marketing Campaign

  1. Branding
    Establish an identifiable look, tone, and message for your brand. Your event is special and is much more than just physical attendance; it’s all about creating an experience for your guests. Your branding needs to convey that experience and value to your potential customers. Establish the associations that you would like your audience to instantly connect with your brand. Whenever people see certain imagery, colors, hashtags, slogans, and verbiage, good branding will evoke the feelings that you want them to associate with your event. Get your branding straight right from the beginning.
  1. Visuals
    If your event features well-known artists, experts, or guests, leverage their notoriety as much as possible by using their photographs and likeness on your advertising. Create branded visual images, art, and infographics that can be used for your website, social media, your newsletter, print media, etc. Maps, transportation guides, testimonials, and schedules can all be made into attractive, branded visuals.
  1. Video
    Video is a powerful tool that gives you the chance to convey the excitement of a live event. You can use video in a number of ways:
  • Create a highlight reel from past events.
  • Share video clips of artists, performers, or speakers in action.
  • Interviews with artists, performers, or speakers.
  • Visual content to promote your unique location.
  • Video testimonial from participants.

Keep in mind who your target audience is and be consistent with your branding when creating the videos. The video should convey your message, and the value and benefits of attending the event. Post the video(s) on both YouTube and Vimeo and share them on social media, in your newsletters, and on your website.

  1. Testimonials
    Use testimonials from past participants as well as from presenters and performers. These provide trustworthy and credible sources of information for your consumers.
  1. Competitive Pricing
    In addition to offering early bird pricing, have different pricing tiers so that there is an option to fit into everyone’s budget. Create both affordable and more elite options; VIP tickets with special incentives could appeal to a higher ticket bracket while less expensive, general admission tickets are appealing to the more general public. You might also offer student and senior discounts.

You can also create different types of passes for people who are not able to attend your entire event. Passes might include full passes for an entire weekend, or a la carte tickets for individual sessions, or single day passes.

Discount group tickets can also be great idea. One of the best ways to do so is to contact the sponsors for your event and offer group passes for their companies.

  1. Create Urgency
    Create a sense of urgency so that people buy tickets now, not later. People’s calendars fill up and you need to claim your place in their calendars immediately. Creating early bird tickets, promotional codes, and other early incentives helps to get the ticket-sale ball rolling early.
  1. Loyalty Rewards
    If your event is annual, consider rewarding last year’s attendees by offering them an incentive. This could come in the form of a discount, an upgrade, or first access. People who have attended before could be your biggest supporters and it’s worth investing in their continued participation by sweetening their participation with promotional codes and perks.
  1. Get Traditional
    Don’t forget about traditional promotional channels like print advertising, or even radio and television. In this digital and social media age, it’s easy to neglect the value of paper promotions. However, posts, flyers, sending invitations by snail mail, creating event postcards, and rack cards are still a very valuable part of your marketing campaign. Depending on the size and scope of your event, you might also like to take out advertising space in targeted newspapers or magazines, or place airtime on radio or television.
  1. Include Your Event Sponsors in the Marketing Process
    Tag your sponsors and give them proper shout outs whenever possible, and get them on board to help create excitement about the event. Stay communicative with them so that they feel invested in the event not only from the perspective of continued sponsorship in future years, but also so that they feel invested in the marketing success of the event.

Get in touch with industry organizations to help promote your event. Consider offering free tickets to strategic guests and ask them to blog or get social about the event.

All of these set-up steps are vital to event marketing. However, there is a glaringly obvious section missing from today’s blog post and that is cyber marketing. Social media and online promotions are such a vital part of event marketing that we’re devoting an entire second blog post to the topic. Check back next week for Part II of our How to Market your Event and Sell More Tickets – Cyber Marketing.

 

 

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The Event Organizers Checklist: 16 Steps to Make Your Next Event a Success

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Planning is the most important part of running any event. This is a quick checklist to refer to when you’re planning and organizing your next festival, workshop, sports rally, club meeting, or any type of event big or small. While every event obviously varies in scope and size, this checklist can be scaled based on your needs. A two-hour book club party is going to be scaled much differently than a four-day jazz festival. However, the core planning principles remain the same. Refer to these 16 steps to make your next event a success!

  1. Set the Date
    As early in advance as possible, set your dates.
  1. Book the Venue
    The next most important step is to book and confirm the venue.
  1. Send Out a Save the Date AnnouncementYour full promotions might not begin for a while, and you might not have any other details set yet, but as soon as you have your date confirmed and your venue booked, update your public.
  1. Layout the Event Timeline
    Depending on the lead up time to the event, determine what benchmarks should take place when. Consider all factors, like the launch of your promotional campaign and the date that ticket sales will open, based on what other events and holidays are taking place, when setting out your timeline.
  1. Build Your Team
    You may already have a core team in pace, but consider what staffing needs you’ll need based on your event scope and budget.
  1. Create a Schedule of Team Meetings Leading Up to the Event
    Depending on the size and scope of the event, meetings might take place in person or by conference call and should ramp up from monthly or bi-weekly to weekly in the time leading up to the event.
  1. Get Serious About Your Budget
    Every event is scalable. If your event is in its infancy, be conservative.
  1. Give Your Event Shape
    Determine event specific details. This will depend on the type of event that you’re holding. This is where you give your event unique personality. Let it shine! (As long as it stays in budget.)
  1. Operations & Logistics
    Now it’s all about balancing logistics with the flow of your event. What should take place when? What parts of the event will be the best attended slotted in where? Consider all aspects of the event flow before you lock in to your final schedule.
  • Organize Registration and Tickets
    What type of ticket or wristband will be most appropriate for your event? Use the wide variety of Worldwide Ticketcraft ticket options to pick the right type of tickets to suit your needs. Also, will the tickets or wristbands be enough for re-entrance, or will you need a hand stamp of some kind?
  • Determine Technical Needs
  • Determine Equipment and Supply Needs
  • Determine Administrative Needs
  • Consider All Possible On-Site Needs
  1. Return to the Budget
    Review your budget again to make sure that costs are still lining up with projections or revise the budget as needed.
  1. Launch Full Advertising Campaign and Begin Ticket Sales/Registration
    According to the timeline you originally set out.
  1. Check Up on your Event’s Health
    Check ticket sales in the weeks leading up to the event and re-scale your event if necessary. Also check-in with your team members regularly. How are they feeling? How is morale?
  1. Critical Path
    Walk the Critical Path of your event with your Team Leaders to make sure that all aspects of event flow have been considered. Create a flow chart, or a spreadsheet and break it all out.
  1. The Event Itself! Aka. Event Proper
    Follow the plan that you set out in your Critical Path and enjoy what you’ve created!
  1. Social Buzz
    Follow up with photos and conversation on social media. Better yet, have someone live Tweet and manage social media during the event. Share your success and highlights with attendees and potential future attendees.
  1. Event Post-Mortem
    After the event, conduct a post-mortem meeting as soon as possible to discuss the successful or needs-improvement aspects of the event. Create detailed notes while the event is fresh in your mind.

Once the wrap up has taken place, relax and look back at what you’ve accomplished. Feel proud of a job well done!

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions of items you would add to your own checklist, please let me know!

Back to School: Looking Forward to Fall Events

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It’s hard to believe that September is just around the corner, and for some parts of the United States school has already begun. While the back to school season is bitter sweet for many, there is so much to look forward to. There are the academics, of course, but outside of the classroom there are so many extracurricular events that take place throughout the fall. Looking forward, it’s hard not to get excited!

Now is the time to consider how you’d like to shape your year. What sports teams or social clubs would you like to try out for or get involved with? With each activity comes a different set of schedules and commitment. Extracurricular activities can get busy, but being a part of a team or group is an enriching social experience that you’ll always look back on and remember fondly.

If you’re a sports enthusiast, taking note of your favorite team’s fall schedule is definitely something to look forward to. Whether its football, soccer, or the cheerleading squad, participating in any of these teams as a member or as a sports spectator will definitely mean marking your calendar with fun! While some events might be free, there may be events that require obtaining tickets in advance. Plan ahead to purchase tickets so you don’t miss out on exciting events.

What other clubs and committees are available at your school? Do a bit of research and make sure that you know what the options are. From chess to debating, drama to dance, student council to singing, there’s something available for any student’s taste. Each club will have their own fall schedule for meetings and special events. Check your school’s club listings to find something that will be a good fit for you, and if you’re really lucky your school might even offer a Club Day where the groups showcase their offerings.

Homecoming is an annual autumn tradition and many people, towns, high schools, and colleges will likely be coming together sometime in late September or early October to welcome back alumni and former residents. What does your school have planned for homecoming this year? Will there be a banquet? A homecoming dance? Will your school have a football game, or another sporting event? Homecoming is such a great way to feel connected to your school and to your community. Check the date for your homecoming events and make sure to circle it on your calendar.

It might seem early to think about it now, but Halloween is just around the corner and, as the fastest growing holiday, it can also be the most creative and playful. If you’re a spook-enthusiast you might start thinking about your Halloween costume now. Take note of any special Halloween events and dances that will be taking place at your school so you can participate. You might even like to get involved with your school’s event organizing committee. From the decorations to planning theme music to arranging the tickets and promotions, volunteering is a great way to socialize and be connected at school.

Behind the scenes of any of the autumn events taking place at your school, there is always a hard-working organizing committee. Consider volunteering with your school’s committee of hard working visionaries. Many hands make light work, and it can be a very rewarding experience to join in the planning efforts with other school-spirited volunteers. Organizers of any of these school team events should start thinking now about how the events will play out. Now is the time to get the right tickets to make sure that your event goes smoothly. Check out the vast array of tickets at Worldwide Ticketcraft to choose the tickets that will be right for you.

We hope that you have a smooth transition back to school and that this fall is eventful and productive for everyone.

Ways to prepare for the Jewish High Holidays

Jewish High Holidays

The High Holidays are coming! Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration and Yom Kippur is, of course, the Day of Atonement. These are the High Holy Days, or the Days of Awe, that mark the dawning of fall each year. It’s a time to visit the synagogue and focus on repentance. Attending Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services and preparing to celebrate these holidays with your family is a great chance to experience connection to the community and to taste the spirituality of the season. Because so many Jews attend High Holiday services, most large synagogues require worshippers to purchase tickets for them. Some congregations have decided not to charge for tickets, because they want to be more accessible, but they still require reservations of some kind, and a few congregations treat the High Holidays like every other Jewish service and invite people to drop in. When preparing for your High Holiday services and events, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to make sure that your Holy Days run as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah means literally “the head of the year.” As we approach the first of the Hebrew month of Tishri, we begin a month full of holidays. You may be thinking of preparations like baking challahs, slicing apples, or selecting your preferred jar of honey. The Rosh Hashanah New Year celebration is also a time for organizing and making sure that events go smoothly. Worldwide Ticketcraft has High Holiday Rosh Hashanah Event Tickets to ensure that your observance is organized and runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you’re in need of tickets for admission, either seated or general admission, or wristbands of children for babysitting services, we have the products you need to have a smooth and happy new year. You may also need parking passes or tickets. Worldwide Ticketcraft can take care of all your High Holiday needs so that you can focus on other aspects of the celebration.

Yom Kippur
The ten-day countdown from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur means a preparation for the Day of Atonement. As we prepare for a day of collective confession, fasting and prayer, it’s a good time to remember that Yom Kippur is a serious holiday but not a sad one. Fasting on Yom Kippur can function to help with the process of repentance, or provide a counter-irritant that distracts from how badly we feel about the sins we’re trying to overcome, setting a clean slate and a positive tone for the new year. With so much else to focus on for Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to worry about is the tickets for the High Holiday services at your synagogue.

However, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers a wide range of ticketing items to ensure that your Holy Days are well taken care of and distraction free.

Rosh Hashanah
Happy new year!
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 13, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fast of Gedaliah – Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Yom Kippur
Begins sunset of Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted.

Sukkot
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ends nightfall of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Reminder: No work permitted on September 28 – 29. Work is permitted on September 30 – October 2 and October 4 with certain restrictions.
Hoshanah Rabbah – October 4, 2015

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Begins sunset of Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Reminder: No work is permitted

Chanukah
Begins sunset of Sunday, December 6, 2015
Ends nightfall of Monday, December 14, 2015
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat

Fast of Tevet 10
Begins sunrise of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Work permitted
What happened on 10 Tevet? . . . Why do we need the Holy Temple? . . . The positive aspects of a “siege mentality” . . . The Rebbe on the Holocaust . . .

Tu B’Shevat
Monday, January 25, 2016
Work permitted
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.

Purim
Begins sunset of Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 24, 2016
Reminder: Work should be avoided. Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Ta’anit Esther – March 23, 2016
Shushan Purim – March 25, 2016
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

Passover
Begins sunset of Friday, April 22, 2016
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 30, 2016
Reminder: No work permitted on April 23 – 24 and April 29 – 30. Work is permitted only on April 25 – 28 with certain restrictions.

Second Passover
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Work permitted

Lag B’Omer
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Work permitted
Sefirat HaOmer – April 23 – June 11, 2016
The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?

Shavuot
Begins sunset of Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ends nightfall of Monday, June 13, 2016
Reminder: No work is permitted
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

The Three Weeks
Saturday, July 23, 2016 through Sunday, August 14, 2016
Reminder: Work permitted, except Shabbat
Fast of the 17th of Tammuz – July 24, 2016
Fast of Tish’a B’Av – August 13 – 14, 2016
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).

*All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars.

If your synagogue is holding events and needs tickets, posters, or other event printing, Worldwide Ticketcraft is proud to offer a variety of options that will suit your holiday events.

The Best Football Tickets for your School Team

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It doesn’t matter if it’s college or high school football; the football season is quite possibly the greatest time of the year. When the championship game finishes in January, fans all across the United States of America begin the count down to the new football season in the fall.

There’s that feeling of excitement when you see your team entering onto the field and happiness just washes over you. The noise, the cheering, the excitement, the team colors, the togetherness, and the pride. It’s all there, on the football field. School spirit is at an all time high when the football season is on, and let’s not forget the tailgating parties!

When else do students, families, friends, and Americans in general gather with such energy and passion? Football is more than just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Emotions run high all season long. It can be a real emotional rollercoaster, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Being a football fan is thrilling! The commitment of being a football fan can be even as great as that of the players themselves. We invest so much of ourselves into the game. It’s so much more than just attending. It’s about the love of your team and the feeling of community and pride that makes school football so special.

When it comes to football, you want the complete package. From the details of your team’s colors right down to the school cheers, every detail plays a part in the dedication and spirit of the game. That’s why having the right football tickets are such an important part of the school football season. At Worldwide Ticketcraft, we have a wide selection of football tickets so that you can choose the exact type of ticket that’s right for your school and team:

With hundreds of fans ready to hit the game, you need the best football tickets available, and having secure tickets is an important feature that football fans across the United States take very seriously. Our tickets offer security features with a layer of translucent foil that makes our tickets completely secure and impossible to counterfeit. Your football fans will appreciate the professionalism of your tickets when you go with Worldwide Ticketcraft secure tickets.

Sure, you might get angry at your team when they throw a bad pass, miss a kick, and especially if they don’t make a touchdown. A real football fan, however, will always be there for their team. You really develop a relationship with the players and they become like your family. You feel proud of them, no matter their losses vs. wins. You’ll love them forever, and cherish the memories of football seasons past. That’s the love of football.

The 7 Best Fall Festivals & Events in America

The 7 Best Fall Festivals & Halloween Events in America

There’s nothing quite like that bittersweet transition between summer and autumn. While we’re sorry to see the lazy days of summer fall behind us, there’s a uniquely nostalgic feeling that comes with the onset of fall and the incredible autumnal celebrations that come with the changing of the season.

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Whether you celebrate fall at a small local event, you’re planning a fall festival of your own, or you travel to one of the major falls festivals in the United States, there is no shortage of fall festivity to choose from. Depending on where you live in the country, you might already be familiar with some of these fantastic fall events:

1. FESTIVAL OF THE DEAD

Salem, Massachusetts

The hometown of the famous witch-trial legacy hosts the Festival of the Dead. 500,000 visitors descend on Salem each October for the event that also includes The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. Festivities culminate in the heralded Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball at Hawthorne Hotel. Hundreds of ghost seekers gather to “summon the spirits” of Halloween. The macabre activities make Salem’s Festival of the Dead a one-of-a-kind experience.

2. NEBRASKA CITY APPLEJACK FESTIVAL

Nebraska City, Nebraska

If apples are your thing, the Nebraska City AppleJack Festival celebrates the city’s apple harvest. Visit local orchards to pick your own apples, enjoy an abundance of apple treats, and hit up the AppleJam Carnival. Don’t forget the pie-baking contest!

3. SLEEPY HOLLOW HALLOWEEN

Sleepy Hollow, New York

This is the famed ground of Washington Irving’s timeless legend of the Headless Horseman. The Sleepy Hollow Halloween festival is a month-long event. The New York town is taken over by haunted hayrides, street fairs, parades, and live music. You can take a guided lantern tour through the dark, haunted Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It’s also Washington Irving’s final resting place and there’s even a crypt for vampire Barnabas Collins. If spooky is your thing, you’ll love this festival!

4. SUN VALLEY HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sun Valley, Idaho

This event is also known as “Foodie Heaven,” and for good reason. The Sun Valley Harvest Festival is all about the best of Sun Valley food and wine featuring celebrity chefs, regional farmers, tastings, and food related activities. There is also a Restaurant Walk to showcase local restaurants, regional fare, and of course wine.

5. THE LOUISVILLE ZOO HALLOWEEN PARTY

Louisville, Kentucky

Did you know that the event deemed the “World’s Largest Halloween Party” takes place at Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo? The zoo is transformed for the annual Halloween party and unlike some other Halloween events, this one is family friendly and more charming than frightening. Kids can trick-or-treat alongside the zoo animals, there are famous film characters present for photographs, and the Headless Horseman makes an annual appearance every year.

6. CRANBERRY HARVEST CELEBRATION 

Wareham, Massachusetts

Fall isn’t just about apple and pumpkins, it’s about cranberries too! Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts cranberry growers gather each year for the Cranberry Harvest Celebration in Wareham. In addition to the festivities, visitors can buy fresh cranberries and freeze them to use while making their Thanksgiving feast.

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7. WEST HOLLYWOOD CARNAVAL

Los Angeles, California

If a street party is more your style, head to Santa Monica Boulevard for the West Hollywood Carnaval, the world’s largest Halloween street party. 500,000 people fill the streets in creative costumes and the popular “Queen of the Carnaval” includes the annual reigning of a celebrity queen. There are six stages with 50+ music acts not to mention the events at each of the trendy bars and clubs that line the street.

When running your own fall festival or Halloween event, you’ll need tickets for a variety of uses. From Halloween themed tickets for entry to a local Haunted House, raffle or roll ticketswristbands for age verification and DIY Halloween posters, Worldwide Ticketcraft offers the full gamut of event products to meet your festival needs. No matter what type or size of event you’re planning, from small budget DIY plans to large-scale festivals, you’ll find the items you’ll need to ensure that your event goes smoothly.

Fall is a wonderful time to come together with friends and family and enjoy the harvest and the changing of the season. Whether it’s spooky Halloween, the changing of the colors, or the tasty fall foods, enjoy your autumn and make the most of your local fall events.

7 Meaningful Ways to Ring in the New Year

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2014 is on its way out—can you believe it? Like many people, as 2015 approaches you’re probably feeling ready to kiss 2014 goodbye. From resolution-setting to countdowns to midnight kisses, there are so many amazing and symbolic ways to ring in the new year. In addition to all the fun old standards, we’ve put together a list of 7 meaningful ways to welcome in the New Year.

  1. Make One Big Goal
    Instead of a writing out a laundry list of resolutions that is liable to be forgotten or abandoned by February, choose one major milestone, goal, or resolution that holds the most meaning for you—whether it’s getting your business off the ground, letting go of a big event from the past, or getting healthy—and commit to it. If you have more hopes and dreams for the new year you want to express, write them down, but don’t put the same weight of a resolution behind them. Focusing on a single goal allows you to take a big step you’ve always wanted to take in 2015 instead of a few tiny ones.
  1. Eat Collard Greens & Cornbread
    Some southerners traditionally cook up collard greens and cornbread to eat on New Year’s to invite financial abundance. Collard greens (or any greens) represent money, being green, and each bite is said to be worth $1000 in your pocket in the coming year. Corn bread is a soul food that represents pocket or spending money when eaten on New Year’s because its gold color represents gold or coin money.
  1. Photo Review
    Even if you only choose one photo from each month in 2014, taking a look at the past year in images is a great way to mentally “complete” the narrative of the last 12 months and find closure with 2014 so that you can start fresh in 2015. If you’re ambitious and so inclined, sketch out or find 12 images for each month of 2015 that represent changes or milestones you’d like to see happen.
  1. Running with Luggage
    Costa Ricans customarily ring in the new year by running across the street with luggage in their arms to invite new travels and adventures into their lives for the coming year. If you’re hoping to broaden your horizons in 2015, this is a great one to try!
  1. Meditate
    Still whirling from the 2014 holidays and unsure what you want 2015 to look like? Spend a few minutes around the stroke of midnight on Jan 1—or later in the morning as the sun rises—in silent contemplation. Even if you don’t get a clear image of what your goals should be in the coming year, you’ll give your subconscious mind time to review the past 12 months and plant some seedlings of ideas for how the next 12 might unfold bigger and better.
  1. Eat 12 Grapes for Each Month
    Spaniards ring in the new year by eating one grape for each of the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight while making a wish. The tradition dates back to 1865 and is said to bring good luck and fulfilled wishes.
  1. Clean
    While spring is typically the time of year that most people do a deep clean of their home (“spring cleaning”) because spring is symbolic of new life, the New Year’s represents the perfect time to do a major overhaul and cleanup. Deep cleaning your house and going through old clothes, belongings, the pantry, etc. is a great symbolic way to throw out the old and bring in the new. Besides, who doesn’t feel refreshed after a day or two of scrubbing and organizing? If you’re feeling really inspired, rearrange some furniture or refresh old curtains and furnishings, too.

Do you have a meaningful New Year’s Eve tradition that you celebrate? How do you wave good-bye to the old year and ring in the new one?

8 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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The holiday season is in full swing! If you haven’t adopted a cheerful temperament yet and are still mumbling “bah humbug” under your breath every time Feliz Navidad comes on the radio, never fear! These 8 ways to get into the holiday spirit will have you grinning and wishing passersby well in no time. Most of the activities on our list are great for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Enjoy!

  1. Decorate
    Nothing quite gets the whole family into the spirit of the season like decorating for the holidays! If your family celebrates Christmas, picking out a tree together is a great activity. Make the trimming a whole-family event complete with Christmas music, hot cocoa, and cookies.
  1. Bake Cookies
    Who doesn’t like cookies around the holidays? Baking and decorating cookies is an activity that kids and adults alike can enjoy, and the best part is that cookies aren’t exclusive to any particular holiday—you can bake them all season long! Gingerbread houses are tons of fun, too.
  1. Attend a Religious Service
    Whatever your family’s background, attending a service together celebrating your winter holiday is the perfect way to connect right to the true spirit of the season.
  1. Family Story Time
    Whether you’re attending a winter folklore story afternoon at the local library or reading books together by the fire, now is the perfect time to pull out the Hannukah stories, Christmas and Kwaanza books, and winter folk tale stories.
  1. Neighborhood Lights Tour
    Nothing cheers the spirit like a sparkling holiday light display. If you live somewhere snowy, this activity will be extra magical! Many local newspapers list the best neighborhoods to view lights so you can get the full Clark Griswold experience.
  1. Get in the Giving Spirit
    Nearly every religious tradition’s winter holiday involved generosity of spirit and/or a tradition of exchanging gifts. As Scrooge learned in A Christmas Carol, generosity connects us to our hearts and brings joy year round if we choose to live in a giving way. Whether you choose to give time or money to charity, buy or make gifts for friends and family, or simply embody a manner of kindness, giving feels great.
  1. Host Friends
    Despite the hustle and bustle the season brings, none of the dozens of items on our to-do lists would matter without good friends and family in our life. Take time to host friends and family through a cookie exchange, latke cooking, game night, white elephant gift party, potluck dinner, or traditional holiday party.
  1. Write Holiday Cards
    Even if your list of who to purchase presents for is short, there’s no limit to how many people in your life you can send a card or write a short email or note to in order to express your appreciation of them and tidings of joy. If you’re sending out cards, many sites like Zazzle offer deep discounts on paper holiday cards during December, and sites like Jib Jab allow you to create hilarious e-cards to be passed around online.

Whatever your holiday tradition and whomever you celebrate with this season, we wish you the very best! Happy holidays from Worldwide Ticketcraft!

 

6 Fundraising Ideas That Are Perfect for Winter

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Winter’s arrival is no reason to stop being charitable! On the contrary, many people experience a greater need for charity during winter because temperatures drop, necessitating more and warmer layers, heating bills rise, and travel can become difficult for some. The possibilities for doing good during the winter months are endless, from clothing and food drives to raising money for organizations that help transport the elderly and disabled, to funding shelters. Here are 6 fundraising ideas we think are great!

  1. Winter Carnival
    A great option for schools and churches, an winter carnival offers all the fun of summer carnivals, only inside. Pick a charity and charge an entrance fee. Hosting a raffle at the event can help increase ticket sales, and in place of rides you can offer winter-themed activities like a visit to the North Pole, cookie walk (instead of the traditional cake walk), and even a parade of lights or light display for guests to enjoy if you have an outdoor space to use.
  2. Cookie Party + Food Drive
    Cookie parties are tons of fun. Guests mingle, enjoy drinks and snacks, bake together, and, best of all, bring home a mountain of cookies! If you want to take your annual cookie party to another level this winter, add in a request for guests to bring canned and dry goods and take up a food drive. Since your guests will already be out shopping for baking ingredients at the grocery store, it’ll be easy for them to pick up a bagful of canned goods to donate on the same trip. You’ll help a lot of people and allow your guests to do something they feel good about this season, too.
  3. Warm Up Event
    Host a hot chocolate and warm cookie filled event where guests bring coats, hats, mittens, and blankets to donate to the homeless and others in need. While many coat drives take place before November, those less fortunate need warm clothes and coats throughout he holidays and winter months.
  4. Ice Skating
    An ice skating fundraiser, where attendees pay for a ticket or food and vendor proceeds go towards your cause, is a great way to raise money for your charity while having tons of fun! Ice skating is an activity that people of nearly all ages can enjoy—or enjoy watching as giggling guests slip and glide their way around the rink.
  5. Winter Wonderland
    A winter wonderland fundraiser is perfect for schools and youth organizations. Create an indoor, “snow”-filled paradise with different stations for story reading and winter folklore, learning about winter wildlife, and the winter holidays of multiple cultures.
  6. Super Bowl Tailgate Party
    Throw your own fundraising Super Bowl tailgate party that’s fun for all ages! A few ideas for raising money include selling mock Super Bowl tickets to the event, setting up games for kids and adults that are pay-to-play, and raffling off a home-made Super Bowl trophy or football memorabilia.

As you can see, winter can be tons of fun and winter activities offer a wealth of opportunity to put the “fun” in fundraising! Check out our raffle tickets, themed admission tickets, and more today!

Whatever Your Event, We Have it All

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Not only do we offer more flexibility and customizable features than any other ticketing outfitter on the web, we’ve also done a lot of legwork for you by creating admission packages with themes and products suited especially to your specific event. Whether you’re hosting a sporting event, musical concert, parade, or play, you’ll find an appropriately-matched ticketing product on our site. Read on to learn more about some of our best selling themed admission products.

Winter Events

Nutcracker
With winter just around the corner, dance troupes all across the country are gearing up for productions of The Nutcracker ballet. Our Nutcracker-themed posters, wristbands, and tickets have your performance admission needs covered. General admission tickets include personalized text on the body of the ticket and ticket stub as well as two foil security images on the front and a clear security varnish on the back. Reserved seating tickets come in one of six full-color image themes and seating information can be customized according to your venue. For shows with intermission, our wristbands are perfect. Choose from one of our Nutcracker themes or upload your own artwork and add custom text. Finally, 12×18”, DIY performance posters provide an eye-catching way to advertise your show.

Christmas
Christmas is a magical time of year, filled with cookie parties, fundraisers, theatrical events, winter concerts, and light parades. Whatever your event, we have an admission product to match. For larger events, or any event needing security, our Christmas-themed tickets with gold foil security badges and a clear security varnish have you covered. These tickets are sequentially numbered and customizable. General admission and reserved seating tickets are also available and allow several lines of customizable text, brightly colored Christmas background themes, and the option to upload your own artwork on reserved seating tickets. Tamper-proof, full-color wristbands are perfect for events with intermissions, alcohol, or security at the door and allow the option to choose from a Christmas theme or upload your own artwork and add text. Complete your event with DIY, full-color posters for marketing.

Sporting Events

Basketball
Purchase a complete package of admission products for your basketball tournament, game, or season or pick and choose from our line of basketball products. Options include 12×18”, full-color, DIY posters to advertise games, general admission tickets with or without security features, wristbands for re-entry that come in several basketball themes with the option to upload custom text, and DIY, laminated badges that allow you to upload your own artwork or choose from one of our full-color themes. Badges have an area to insert a personalized image or your sponsor’s logo.

Baseball
If baseball is your game (or another one of your games!), you’ll enjoy the same admission products as we offer for basketball (only in full-color baseball themes) with an extra option to include raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are full-color and include an image of a baseball player on the front. This large, 5.75×2.875” ticket with a 1.5” stub is easy to customize and add images to. It’s the perfect way to round out your tournament, playoff, or game’s admission needs and offering a raffle is a fun way to engage the crowd between games.

Concerts
We offer an array of concert tickets to suit any and all admission needs including general and reserved seating admission tickets, concert tickets with security features, DIY full-color posters, and DIY wristbands. All options allow the customer to upload artwork or choose from a variety of themes to suit their event’s needs, and include personalized text providing event details and additional information. Some design options allow for maps or advertising. View your options and get started.