A New Year, a New Blog

a-new-year-a-new-blogWith the start of a new year always come changes big and small, and for us it’s time for a pretty big change. Long-time followers of EventD8 will know that we’re the event planning resource branch of Worldwide Ticketcraft. EventD8 has been a valuable source of information and ideas for event planners, but it’s time for something new. With great excitement for what’s to come, we’re announcing the end of the EventD8 blog, and the beginning of a new event planning blog on the Worldwide Ticketcraft website.

Fear not! If you love the ideas, news, articles, and other content you currently get on the EventD8 website, it’s easy to switch over to our new blog. If you want to continue receiving our news without interruption, all you have to do is subscribe to the new blog, here. You can also subscribe to the news feed here.

It’s always a little bittersweet saying goodbye to a venture you’ve poured your efforts into for many years, but when you’re moving on to bigger and better things, it’s for the best. All of us here at EventD8 are looking forward to spreading our wings at the new Worldwide Ticketcraft blog, and providing even more helpful articles and event planning ideas for you in the years to come!

EventD8 has fulfilled its purpose, and the business has grown beyond it. Consolidating our branding under the Worldwide Ticketcraft banner will offer all sorts of new opportunities. It will also allow us to bring you a more cohesive and easy-to-navigate online experience. Once we’ve switched over to the new blog, you’ll get a smoother, more polished reading experience. So, don’t forget to opt in to receive our event planning news at our new blog.

From all of us here at EventD8, thank you for reading, and have a happy and successful 2017!

 

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Up Your Admissions Game with The Ticket Wallet

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Today we’d like to share a secret from working in the events business for so long: the single best way to create a positive first impression for your event is to deliver admissions items like tickets in the perfect package. A ticket, pass, or badge is the very first way your guests engage with an event, so it should reflect the experience you want attendees to have. As an organizer, you need to be thinking about how to package your tickets to create that positive association with your event, and extend your branding to the materials guests see first. Our favorite solution at Worldwide Ticketcraft is the fully customizable Ticket Wallet.

When they are beautiful, functional, and packaged in a way that is organized and attractive, tickets become more than the simple pieces of cardstock or plastic they start out as. Admissions products act like ambassadors for your event, being the first tangible piece of an experience that you want them to remember. The best tickets can also become souvenirs, to be held onto as a link to the good memories guests will associate with your event. Using a product like the Ticket Wallet allows you to extend your event branding, provide information to guests, and get them excited for the occasion while also staying organized for it. We’ve listed some of the major benefits of ticket wallets below:

  • Storage and organization. Whether hanging onto multiple tickets for the entire family when attending a performance or sporting event, or trying to keep many tickets for a multi-day conference or convention together, the ticket wallet provides the perfect storage option. Easier to carry and locate than a stack of tickets, this deceptively simple product helps keep lost tickets to a minimum and keeps your event running smoothly.
  • Easier mailing. With customizable dimensions, a ticket wallet can be made to fit the size of envelope you send tickets in by mail. The durable cardstock helps prevent tickets being folded, crumpled, or otherwise damaged in the mail.
  • Consistent event branding. If admissions products are the first thing your guests see about your event, you want them to be wowed! An attractively designed ticket wallet with your logo, promotional photos, and color scheme gets people excited to attend.
  • Providing key information. Especially good for longer events or events with multiple components, a ticket wallet can be printed with key contact info, a basic schedule, a map, or any other vital pieces of information your attendees may need. Because they’ll likely have the wallet on hand throughout the event, it’s a perfect place for commonly referenced information to be printed.
  • Looking professional. You may have noticed that your tickets were enclosed in a similar wallet product for the last big stage production you saw, or the last conference you attended. All the major events companies are catching on to how useful and attractive a product like this is. With a minimal financial investment relative to other aspects of event organization, a ticket wallet adds a lot of perceived value to attendees, and makes any event look more professional.

Of course, being fully customizable, you design it yourself and can include anything your clever event planner’s mind can come up with! The Ticket Wallet is such a flexible and multipurpose admissions product that you can use it to fill whatever needs your next event has. Your attendees will be impressed, and your event will stand out as being better organized and more recognizably branded.

When you’re ready to up the game of your admissions products, check out our ticket wallet page and request a quote here.

Stand Out From the Crowd with “The Cricket”: Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential Product

Stand Out From the Crowd with The Cricket Meet Our New, Clear Ticket and Credential ProductIf you regularly organize events, you probably get bored with looking at the same kinds of tickets all the time. Even if you try to order custom tickets or use a new design, it doesn’t always make it into the kind of keepsake that gets guests thinking about their memories of your event and how much they enjoyed themselves. If you’re looking for a truly unique ticketing product that will take your event to the next level in professionalism and great design, Worldwide Ticketcraft has just the thing available! It’s called The Cricket, which is essentially an oversized ticket printed on a clear plastic. With a single glance, these new clear tickets grab attention like no other admissions product.

Most tickets are fairly impersonal, and produced at the lowest cost available, with simple text for the event details, and a plain background. Paper or cardstock tickets and credential badges are also not the most durable, often requiring laminating or plastic sleeves if they will be used over multiple days. The Cricket is different; these durable plastic creations have a multitude of features which make them stand apart from a traditional ticket, including:

  • Full color printing on clear plastic. These tickets are vibrant like no other admissions product, with high quality, colorful inks that really “pop”!
  • Personalized for each patron. Each ticket or credentials badge is individually printed, so the customization options are endless.
  • White ink for opacity and variable information. For contrast against the clear background, and effective visual communication, white ink can be used in addition to black and colors.  
  • 20 and 30 mil thickness options. Choose your durability depending on your needs.
  • Any shape or size. However you want to design your ticket or other admissions and events product, you have complete flexibility with The Cricket. Let your imagination run wild!
  • Slot punch for attaching lanyards. Make badges simple to design with this optional feature.

Worldwide Ticketcraft has developed and tested the clear ticket to meet the highest quality standards. Your guests will be impressed by these gorgeous tickets and events products—designed for multiple uses, The Cricket can meet the needs of any venue for admission, ID verification, or special access. Each printed item can be personalized for individual patrons to include a barcode, consecutive number, name, date, or whatever other information you require. Thanks to this unlimited customizability, The Cricket goes beyond just ticketing. Here are a few other options for this revolutionary admissions product:

  • Backstage Pass
  • Membership Pass
  • Commemorative Ticket
  • Sideline Pass
  • Suite Holder Badge
  • Parking Hang Tag
  • Opening Day or Night Admission
  • Oversize specialty ticket
  • Whatever else you can dream up!

Not only does this give you the freedom to design just about anything for your upcoming event, it also makes for a great souvenir for guests to hold onto. Unlike a paper ticket stub, your attendees will want to keep their beautiful clear ticket or badge. When they look at it, they’ll appreciate the effort put into designing a beautiful and functional ticket. The memories of your event will remain strong in their minds, and that’s one of the best ways to attract repeat patrons to your events in future! When you’re ready to make the leap to the next big advance in admissions products, learn more about The Cricket and request a quote here.

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.

Happy Independence Day from EventD8!

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Independence Day, America’s beloved and festive birthday, is upon us! Nearly all big towns and cities celebrate Independence Day with music and, of course, fireworks. Nothing brings Americans together in spirit on the 4th like a dazzling fireworks extravaganza and patriotic music. We’ve scouted out some of the best large celebrations across the country.

Nashville, a city that loves America, goes bigger each year. This year the city will ring in the anniversary of our nation’s independence with 30,000 fireworks shells. If that wasn’t enough, the city will make the event extra special by choreographing the show to the Grammy-award-winning Nashville Symphony’s original medley of songs. The show will go on for 27 minutes, which is the town’s longest display in history. NOLA residents and visitors can catch fireworks, delicious eats, and huge musical names like Prince, Nile Rodgers, and Mary J. Blige at the three-day long Essence Festival over 4th of July Weekend.

In America’s birthplace, Philadelphia, crowds will celebrate together starting at noon at the Party on the Parkway on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and enjoy food and entertainment including the “Largest Free Concert in America” beginning at 7pm with performances by The Roots, Jennifer Hudson, and more. The night closes with an exuberant fireworks finale over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Check out the details and find out where to snag the best fireworks viewing spot here.

Portland, Oregon’s Independence celebration will take place amidst the soulful, all-American sounds of the Waterfront Blues Festival, a four-day event at the Tom McCall Waterfront. The event benefits the Oregon Food Bank and is of course complete with a display of glittering fireworks over the Wilamette River. Mountain lovers can enjoy fireworks, camping, and over 60 musical acts at the three-day South Park Music and Camping Festival.

These are just a few of the many outstanding, patriotic celebrations happening all across the country. What are your party plans for the 4th?

Worldwide Ticket Craft supplies tickets, bands, passes, and more to cover the admission and security needs of concerts, fairs, and festivals—large and small! Learn more at WorldwideTicketCraft and have a safe and happy 4th of July!

EventD8 Helps Music Artists Give Fans the VIP Experience

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If you’re a musician or in the industry, you know how important a quality fan experience is to your success and enjoyment as a performer. At EventD8, we are committed to providing you, the artist, with quality, affordable admission products while offering your fans the ultimate concert experience.

We offer a variety of themed, personalized tickets that set us apart from the competition. The front of our 2×5.5″ theme tickets feature seven lines of text on the main ticket, two gold foil security badges, a ticket number, and a brightly colored, standout image that will show your fans you took the time to create a unique souvenir in exchange for their admission.

Because you as the artist can choose a unique ticket theme, add different colors for different nights or different levels of purchase, and can play with seven lines of personalized text on tickets, each set of tickets can be custom giving fans a VIP experience they won’t forget. Let’s say, for example, your show is selling tickets for general admission, backstage, and VIP/ all access levels – artists can purchase a set of themed tickets in one color to sell for general admission and another, smaller set with the custom wording “All Access” written across the front for backstage or VIP access. In addition, themed VIP badges come with lanyards making them perfect for top-level audience members. Fans who purchase floor seats or backstage access can be offered a brightly colored wristband to help them stand out from the crowd – making it quick and easy for venue staff to identify them immediately.

These are just a few of the ways that EventD8’s dynamic tickets, badges, and other admission products can be combined and customized to give your fans the ultimate concert experience. With prices as low as $25 for theme concert tickets, $40 for VIP badges, and $5 for wristbands, why not offer guests a combination of tickets, bands, and badges? Visit our website, to view our unique admission products for your next concert or show.

YOUR TURN: Are there other options that you as an artist look for in giving fans the VIP experience?

 

EventD8 Has Florida’s Nightclub Security Scene Covered

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Summer is here and the nightlife in Southern Florida has heated up! With so many clubs on the nightlife scene, large venues may admit thousands of guests per night—which means thousands of IDs for door security to check and thousands of people for staff on the floor to keep track of on the dance floor and at the bar. Organized admissions policies and clear door security practices are essential for the smooth, orderly, and enjoyable operation of nightclubs. At particularly large nightclubs, like Club La Vela in Panama City Beach, FL (Florida’s largest nightclub, whose tagline is “Party With Thousands”), consistent ticketing and security credentials are of utmost importance. Ensuring that every admitted guest has paid the cover, is of legal age, and displays a drink wristband (if over 21) protects club owners and boosts business by:

  1. Protecting the club legally by ensuring that everyone being served or drinking alcohol displays the proper wristband denoting that they are over 21. Floor security can easily spot underage drinkers who aren’t sporting a brightly colored wristband.
  2. Reduces the need for additional security on roof decks and patios because only paying guests displaying wristbands can re-enter. This also means less hassle for guests who want to step outside for some fresh air because they don’t have to worry about carrying around a ticket stub or having to wait in line to re-enter.
  3. Gives guests a sense of confidence and allows them to relax and enjoy the club knowing that there are orderly security measures in place to protect them.

We sell several products tailored to meet the multi-leveled security and admission needs of nightclubs offering dancing, drinks, live music, and special events. First, our brightly colored Tyvek wristbands are quick, tamper-proof and let floor security know that guests have been properly checked at the door. Bands come in seven colors with prices as low as $.02/band. Bands can be used in a variety of ways. Club owners may simply want each guest to wear one band to signify admittance though adding an additional drink band saves bar staff time when they’re assured that a customer’s ID has already been checked once. VIP guests will stand out and can flaunt their status with a laminated VIP pass, and security crew badges offer properly displayed and clear credentials to internal and external security staff, providing for ease of operations as well as allowing guests to relax and enjoy the club.

Many of Florida’s larger nightclubs also host weekly, monthly, and one-time DJ’s or acts. EventD8’s wide selection of themed music tickets allow for quick admittance of paying guests as well as a souvenir; guests keep their bragging rights with a custom ticket stub from the best EDM show of the summer. Tickets and wristbands allow for multi-layered security and ensure club owners that no one is crashing the show—a plus for entertainers, as well.

Whether your nightclub hosts special events, VIP guests, world-class entertainers, or nightly DJ’s and dancing, EventD8 has your security covered.

To get you excited for the South Florida Nightclub scene – we have gathered the 10 hottest night clubs for you!

10 Hot South Florida Nightclubs:

1. Club La Vela, Panama City Beach
Florida’s largest nightclub, boasting a crowd numbering in the thousands each night and offering a special deal, act, or theme almost every night of the week.

2. Push Ultra, Downtown St. Petersburg
Widely regarding as the best club in the Tampa area, perhaps due to the chic atmosphere, celebrity clientele, and world-class DJ’s you can enjoy there.

3. The Wave at Shephard’s, Clearwater Beach
A state of the art, multi-layered club at Shephard’s Beach Resort, The Wave bills as an area hot spot with full bottle service, VIP lounges, and special events.

4. Club Prana, Ybor City
Prana’s been around for over a decade and offers a sky bar and an impressive five levels of dance music including hip-hop, latin, and, reggae. Club Prana is a go-to stop for most clubbers in Ybor.

5. Art Bar, Fort Lauderdale
This funky, eclectic space draws lovers of Art Deco and Top 40 hits but also offers exceptional VIP service to guests—who party notoriously hard.

6. The Chase, Fort Lauderdale
A beautiful, sophisticated venue encompassing over 10,000 square feet where the legendary Christopher’s used to be, The Chase is not just a night club but also a great choice VIP events, with its catwalk and red velvet bed, and venue for dancers, DJ’s, and the artistry of a high-end Executive Chef.

7. The Manor, Wilton Manors
This chic, sophisticated club and ultra lounge hosts DJ’s and fashionable theme nights, serving as South Florida’s premiere gay destination

8. Nikki Beach, Miami Beach
Nikki Beach boasts a true cabana atmosphere, welcoming South Beach models, jet-setting celebrities, and lovers of global fare—not to mention the excellent DJ’s!

9. Club Space, Miami
A former warehouse, Club Space attracts Miami’s top DJ’s and a whole lot of serious partiers with its 30,000 square foot dance floor, open air patio, light shows, super loud sound system, and hipster clientele.

10. Mynt Lounge, South Beach
A Miami nightlife staple, Mynt infuses the hip-hop and house music filled air with sweet and sensual scents using an aromatherapy system. The club offers a 40 foot open bar as well as a glassed-in Ultra Lounge.