Will New Admissions Technology Make Paper Tickets a Thing of the Past?

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With all of the new technology available to event organizers and venues for ticketing and admissions—mobile check-in systems, QR code scanning on smart phones—will paper tickets become a thing of the past?

Companies like Peatix are developing technology that eliminates the need for both tearing paper tickets and QR code scanning. Their new platform, ColorSync, is a mobile check-in system for events that does not require manually scanning each individual ticket. The pros for venues and event organizers are that with group ticket scanning comes less liability and a smaller door staff roster. Fans may even benefit, too, from the effortless check-in system. The big downside of ColorSync is that its capabilities vary with light and different devices make operation difficult. Because using it is an “acquired skill” and more work needs to be done before ColorSync is a reliable platform, paper tickets aren’t out yet!

One of the main pros of using paper tickets is, of course, that it’s a tried-and-true system wherein a physical object, the ticket, is required for show admittance. There’s less room for sales and tracking errors because physical ticket stubs can serve as a safety net or backup if a computer system housing ticket numbers and attendee information that crashes. While systems like ColorSync have the potential to be utilized as a time saver, where fans check in by pulling up an app on their mobile devices to show doormen, human nature allows for delays when a guest comes unprepared: for example if someone forgets to load the app onto the device they’re carrying, isn’t ready with the open ticket when they arrive at the door, or any number of other delays or issues that already exist when fans check in with paper tickets. As with any technology, we can also assume that mobile check-in systems have the potential to be hacked, replicated, or otherwise compromised by those wishing to attend a show without paying or go backstage without permission. Concert tickets also serve a sentimental purpose, especially for fans who have made attending festivals and concerts into a lifestyle and take pride in the paper mementos they’ve amassed.

What do you think? Would the elimination of paper tickets make for a more enjoyable event experience or are you, similar to a true book-lover who forgoes e-readers, happy with the way things have been going all along with paper tickets?

 

 

3 Great Tips When Organizing Your Next Raffle

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Selling raffle tickets or giving away door prizes are great ways to draw guests to your event—whether it’s a fundraiser, auction, or social event. (Word to the wise: if you will be giving away prizes in exchange for raffle ticket purchases, make sure to check on your state’s legal guidelines regarding the matter!) Here are three tips to keep in mind when planning your next raffle.

#1 Decide on Prizes
After you’ve done the dirty work by checking on the laws surrounding raffles and auctions in your state, check a fun item off of your raffle to-do list by determining how many prizes to give away and what they’ll be. It’s typical to offer a great third prize like a restaurant gift card to several winners, a bigger prize like a weekend getaway for two to the second place winner, and a high-ticket item like a car for the grand prize. Whatever your budget, this model can be scaled up or down as needed. Consider your audience when choosing the prizes; if you’re running a primary school charity auction, some families with little ones and newborns may not be able to enjoy a weekend away for two because they can’t get away if they’re in charge of little ones, but might enjoy an afternoon at the spa instead.

#2 Keep the Odds in the Ticket-Holder’s Favor
This one is important if you really want to sell a lot of tickets! If you’re expecting a crowd of 1000 people, for example, you’ll want to make at least 15-20 prizes available to make sure the odds of winning aren’t so daunting that no one will play! Remember that not all prizes will equal the grand prize; ten $50 gift cards can make up part of that 15-20.

#3 Create a Pricing Model that Matches Your Audience
Just as you’ll consider your audience when choosing prizes, your raffle ticket pricing should also reflect where your audience is coming from. If the event is higher-end—something like a philharmonic fundraiser—you can safely assume that guests will plan on spending a little cash and can price tickets accordingly. Your raffle prices should also, of course, cover the expense far above and beyond the prizes you have to purchase (tip: try to get prizes donated!). If you’ll be selling raffle tickets at the door at a carnival or outdoor festival, keep the pricing scale lower- to mid-range to cater to a mixed audience.

We offer admission tickets with detachable stubs made especially for raffles as well as Chinese raffle tickets. Our eight themed, customizable raffle tickets give customers the option to customize up to ten lines of text on the main ticket to provide guests with all the information they need about the event including an announcement that there’s a chance for them to win a door prize. The 1.5” raffle stub—the portion attendees will hand in for the raffle—is pre-printed with three lines instructing guests to fill out their name, phone number, and email address. These designs are perfect for events that centered around an auction or prizes, though with customizable themes they are a great choice for auctions and fundraisers, as well!

Chinese raffle tickets, also known as Penny Social tickets, come in solid colors and are sold in packs of 500 sheets with 20 tickets per sheet. Event hosts can choose from eight solid colors and tickets are sequentially numbered. Prices for Chinese raffle tickets are as low as $28 for 500 tickets and ship within one to two business days, or same day if tickets are ordered by noon EST.

Check out the dynamic products at Worldwide Ticketcraft before planning your next raffle!

How to Use Wristbands and Chinese Raffle Tickets at Your Next Event

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Wristbands are a great alternative to tickets if you’re hosting an event that doesn’t require a full ticket for admission.

A few examples of events where you may not need guests to carry around a ticket stub include shows or acoustic music in smaller, intimate venues, outdoor carnivals and festivals where guests may be coming and going throughout the evening, or for events with separated admittance areas like beer gardens or VIP lounges. These wristbands are perfect for one-day events and can also be used in conjunction with tickets for events, as noted, with backstage admittance or separate entry.

Our Tyvek wristbands are our most popular and least expensive wristband option. Choose from a rainbow of seven bright colors or purchase a variety pack. Wristbands are ¾” wide with a non-removable, tamper-resistant adhesive to fit even the littlest wrist. Bands are waterproof, lightweight, and durable. Customizable wristbands are sequentially numbered to help with sales and admission tracking and include one line of customizable text.

We also sell Chinese raffle tickets, also known as a Penny Social ticket. The solid color tickets are sold in packs of 500 sheets with 20 tickets per sheet. These tickets are also great for events where guests will enter and exit once (no coming and going during the show), carnivals and markets, and community social events. Event hosts can choose from eight solid colors and tickets are sequentially numbered. Prices for Chinese raffle tickets are as low as $28 for 500 tickets and ship within one to two business days, or same day if tickets are ordered by noon EST.

Check out our website to order wristbands or Chinese raffle tickets for your next event. If they’re not, we have plenty of other options to cover your admission needs including colorful, themed tickets and customizable raffle tickets.

YOUR TURN: What do you look for when choosing admission and raffle options for your events?

Give Fans a Unique Experience with EventD8 Tickets

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With so many bands to see and festivals, rodeos and nightclubs to attend this summer, why not go the extra mile to show your fans you care by offering customized tickets to your next event using one of EventD8’s hot ticket themes? With themes spanning many genres of music, artists and venues can pick tickets that fit their event’s vibe. EventD8’s 2×5.5” themed tickets feature a colorful image (like this EDM ticket) on a background of one of six different colors. Our multiple themes and color schemes are also great for events taking place over more than one day or with more than one artist or stage.

In addition to these options, artists and venues can customize up to seven lines of text on the main ticket and three lines on the ticket stub, and can choose ticket starting numbers for ease of tracking sales. If you need to fill all seven lines of text with show info, consider including a web or social media address or writing a personalized message to your fans like, “Thanks for the support!” to really go all out in showing your appreciation for them. All of our tickets feature a gold foil check mark and lock image on ticket fronts to increase security at the door as well as “VALID GENUINE” in clear varnish (resin dissolved in a liquid for applying on materials to form a hard, clear, shiny surface when dry) across the back.

Speak to your fans in a unique way with personalized graphics and text when ordering for your next show, event, or tour. Your fans are the heart of your business—EventD8 helps you give them an experience as special as your music is to them.

The Best Music Festivals Coming to Your Town this Summer 2014

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Music Festivals have become one of the most popular ways for audiences to consume music over the past decade. The big, popular festivals—Lollapalooza, Coachella, Warped Tour, and SXSW aren’t the only shows featuring outstanding artists both new and established. While many spring festivals have already wrapped up in the hotter, southern states, a host of others are right around the corner. Read on for our top picks of the summer festival circuit.

Gorge, Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival is this weekend, May 23-25, and will feature some huge names like MIA and Outkast as well as newer popular artists like Foster the People and Kid Cudi. EDM fans can catch the Electric Daisy Festival this weekend in NYC or Mysteryland in Bethel, NY. Southerners still have a chance to catch some amazing acts at the Bayou Country Superfest May 23-25, as well, in Baton Rouge. If you attended New York’s Governors Ball last year on Randall’s Island, you’re sure to meet with sunnier skies if you attend this year—the 2013 festival weathered a tropical storm. Manchester, TN’s Bonaroo features a lineup this year that rivals even last year’s Paul McCartney, Bjork, and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with classic greats from a younger generation: The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Lauryn Hill among many others. Dover, DE’s beautiful woodlands will host Edward Sharpe, Weezer, and Pretty Lights this year’s Firefly Music Festival in June. The start-up festival has a campground available and a lineup of great food, as well.

Essence Fest in NOLA on Fourth of July weekend features none other than Prince—a must-not-miss! The summer wraps up nicely in Chicago with Lollapalooza in August, and Riot Fest, a nearly two week long, indie-punk festival in September. If you can’t make the trek to Chicago for one last summer show, aim farther south and spend a weekend in the Dreamville campground at TomorrowWorld in Chattahoochee, GA, September 26-28. The festival debuted last year and incorporates international acts.

At EventD8, we couldn’t be happier with the increasing popularity of music festivals. We are here to support artists—both well-known and emerging—in supplying tickets, passes, wristbands, and more for festivals and concerts. Check out our newly redesigned website to see our latest designs, offers, and our new look!

Must-See Summer Festival Dates:

Is your favorite festival missing from our list? Give us the details! Check in with us at the end of summer for 2014’s fabulous fall festival lineup.

What to Look for When Ordering Tickets for Your Next Festival or Show

TicketsWhen planning your next concert or show, you can benefit from knowing what to look for in admission tickets and choosing the right tickets for your event. We offer bulk, customizable tickets, passes, and wristbands at affordable prices – giving you a lot of different options when it comes to planning your event. So, you may be wondering, what’s so special about our tickets?

First our prices beat the competition: we do not charge service fees, back ad charges, or additional security charges. There are no hidden costs, the cost simply covers the price of tickets plus tax and shipping, and customers receive free shipping after $50. Tickets are sequentially numbered (you choose your starting number) and stacked in order so you can easily track the number sold. Sound good so far? There’s more! All of our tickets include gold foil security shields, and you can choose from several full-color designs to express the feel and personality of the music that will be highlighted at the festival. When ordering tickets and choosing a design, you can select from six colors for multiple day shows which makes ordering for multiple day festivals or concerts a cinch. Ticket back features include the option to include Spanish and English disclaimers (or to waive a disclaimer) and best of all musicians can upload their own artwork to the back of the ticket! This makes it truly possible to offer fans a personalized keepsake with their admission purchase. Even if you choose to forgo adding artwork to the back of the ticket, our prices include the opportunity to place an ad on the back. Just remember when you submit your order you will receive a proof of the front and back of your ticket to approve, you must do so within 24 hours to ensure that your ticket is printed perfectly.

At EventD8, our mission is to help you sell more tickets and get more exposure. Our tickets are priced very competitively to help you stay within your budget, retain fans, and attract future audiences. We are true music-lovers and are here to help you make your dreams come true! Our designers work hard to provide a creative variety of concert ticket designs and our design library can expand just for you if you need it to. To learn more, ask a question, or purchase tickets, please visit our website. Get started and stay on budget with tickets your fans are sure to love.

Give Your Audience a Keepsake as Unique as the Music You Play

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Like many music lovers, I have a collection of concert ticket stubs that covers over a decade of some of the best years of my life. These simple souvenirs hold some amazing memories for me—especially the ones with a unique design, color scheme, or image to jog my memory. These particular keepsakes—the personalized ones—made me feel special. Even though the bands I was going to hear are well-known musicians, the songs would never be played exactly like they were the night I was there. Just being there in the moment, make the event about much more than just the music, it was an experience.

Take our Jazz Fire theme tickets, for example. Jazz is music unlike any other: there’s improvisation, a cascading range of vocal instrumentals, and of course that warm, gold brass. Even popular songs take on a hot, fresh sound in a jazz lounge. The fire theme embodies the passion and intensity of live jazz. And who doesn’t love the intimacy and romance of a darkened jazz club? One tiny ticket stub ushers in a host of happy memories of nights spent in brassy nightclubs sipping wine with someone special.

Whether you’re an emerging, indie band playing at dives or a well-known pop artist filling huge stadiums, your fans are your fans because your music speaks to them in a unique way. If you are an artist who will be performing in a small, intimate venue, you can order as few as 100 customized tickets for $25. Large jazz festivals can order 3000 tickets for $150 and it’s easy to order 2 lots of tickets, one color for general admission tickets and another for VIP tickets. Show your fans you recognize how special they are by putting in a little extra effort into creating customized tickets for your next concert or tour.

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How Advertising on the Back of Music Festival Tickets Can Benefit Your Business

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Music festivals have become much more than cultural events where attendees share common interests and identities, they have become increasingly popular among many companies’ key marketing demographic of young adults. By advertising on the back of tickets for festivals like Coachella, sponsors can easily gain exposure to a million or more target clients at one event. With the cost of advertising on festival tickets averaging just pennies per ticket, the small investment in marketing is well worth it, especially considering that many concert-goers keep tickets stubs as sentimental keepsakes long after the event.

Even if your business isn’t large enough to sponsor tickets at a super event like Coachella, you can apply this idea to a smaller business as well. At EventD8, we offer blank, bulk music festival tickets that can be personalized with your unique message. With rates as low as $.05 per ticket, the cost to local businesses such a restaurants and stores bear very little cost in exchange for reaching hundreds or thousands of potential customers, especially when working in conjunction with us to personalize the tickets. Utilizing the back of the music festival ticket is one of the easiest ways to promote your business and to a great way to get your brand directly into the hands of your target market. Our tickets are 2″ x 5.5” and the otherwise unused space on the back of the tickets can serve as a mini-billboard for your business.

With summer approaching, tourism will soon be in full swing and your town’s calendar is sure to be brimming with music festivals. Start planning your ticket marketing campaign now, we can help you find the venue or target market you want to reach and reap the rewards!

Rock On with Custom Concert Tickets, Backstage Passes and Badges at Affordable Prices

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If you are a small local band or up and coming musician, you know how important summer is to your growth and success! Summer is always jammed packed with concert series, outdoor music festivals and other opportunities to showcase your talents in front of a large audience. While booking a gig at one of these coveted productions will be amazing for your career, it can be tough on your wallet. Especially since many new artists don’t have a huge budget to spend on concert tickets, backstage passes and badges for their staff, crew, security guards and media personnel. Both of these items are very important to the success of any musician or band – you don’t want individuals who don’t have a valid ticket to be able to enter the concert and those people who need backstage access, need to be quickly identifiable.

At EventD8, we offer a great selection of printed concert tickets and badges that can be customized to fit any music genre including rock, dance, country, blues and jazz. With 7 different designs there is sure to be something that will fit your brand perfectly.

Our concert tickets come with gold foil and varnish on the back to keep your music event secure and allow for you to completely customize each line of text, and pick your own colors too. Our badges come in packs of 10 complete with your choice of clip or lanyard – they make staff identification a snap. The best part, our printed concert tickets and badges are super affordable and will fit into the budget of any musician.

So, if you are one of the lucky bands or musicians who has booked an amazing local event this summer, now is the perfect time to order your concert tickets and badges! Don’t wait – EventD8!

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