Not Your Father’s Ticketing Service… Unless He’s a Founding Father

The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s mansion and burial ground in Nashville, Tennessee, recently partnered with Ticketfly (on sale now: holiday evening tours of the residence).

Andrew “Old Hickory” Jackson may have been the most rough and rugged President of the United States. His success in the Revolutionary War and many duels stand as proof (including a fatal ending for a Mr. Charles Dickinson), but Jackson was not only known for his strength.

Jackson was pragmatic once in office. He was the only U.S. President in history to pay off the national debt (don’t get too excited; we were only debt-free for one year, according to NPR). If he had lived in a time with the Internet and social media, and was an event promoter instead of a mere President, we’re pretty sure Jackson would have chosen Ticketfly’s automated marketing platform.

For more information on personal, group, and school tours of Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville, please visit the Hermitage website.

Photo credit: TNVacation.com

 

If You’re Going to San Francisco… It’s Probably to a Ticketfly Show

Ticketfly is now the number one ticketing provider in San Francisco, powering ticketing and marketing for more live music venues than any of our competitorsAnd we’re just getting started; the San Francisco Business Times recently named Ticketfly the fastest-growing technology company in the Bay Area. If you want to find tickets to SF shows or learn more about Ticketfly, click here.

Some prominent new clients in SF include Public Works, Mezzanine, and The Chapel, a new venue in San Francisco’s Mission District which opened with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass after shows featuring Elvis Costello and Steve Earle. Other new venues and promoters include Parish Entertainment Group (San Francisco’s Brick & Mortar Music Hall and The New Parish and Rock Steady in Oakland), Voice Media Group (including SF Weekly), The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Abstract Entertainment and SBL Entertainment in Sacramento, and Trannyshack San Francisco.

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At the Races: Preakness Picks Ticketfly to Win

I’ll Have Another wins the 2012 Preakness Stakes with style. (Photo: AP)

With tickets on sale today, Ticketfly is now the official ticketing partner for the Preakness Stakes, a thoroughbred horse race held every May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

First contested in 1873, the annual running of the Preakness is a classic American institution. The Preakness is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. One of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, the Preakness has hosted up to 121,309 people.

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Just in Time For Halloween Season, It’s a Parade of Flesh

Remember your middle school math teacher? Can you imagine partying with him? Well in Dallas, Texas there’s one math teacher that has his pulse on the music scene. John Iskander, founder of Parade of Flesh, is onto something. Named ‘Best Concert Promoter of 2011′ by the Dallas Observer, this is just the sort of outfit that Ticketfly likes to partner with.

Parade of Flesh started in 2003 as a site where John posted live music videos long before the days of YouTube. By 2007, he was booking a mix of punk, metal, indie rock bands. One of his missions is to make Dallas a required stop for national tours. This may not be too difficult as John is known to have a more creative and interesting approach to booking shows with his focus on quality over quantity. Doug Davis of the Dallas Observer said this about John and Parade:

He places a bet against long odds by booking bands into local clubs at a ticket price that makes it affordable for just about anybody.
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Spaceland Presents Partners with Ticketfly

Spaceland Presents, one of the premier independent club promotion and event companies, and sister company to Los Angeles music venues The Echo and Echoplex, today announced a partnership with Ticketfly. Ticketfly will be powering ticketing, a new website, email and social media marketing for Spaceland and The Echo/ Echoplex, giving fans in LA a lot more ways to share and find out about events!
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Radio Radio Takes A Victory Lap Around Indianapolis!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Just in time for the Indy 500, Ticketfly is happy to announce a new partnership with Radio Radio. Located in Indy’s Fountain Square neighborhood filled with shopping, restaurants, cafes and theaters, the venue was a welcomed addition to this up-and-coming area in 2001 when their doors opened.

Radio Radio was voted “The Best Live Music Venue” in Indianapolis! Known for its stellar sound system, the club features great national acts and give local acts the chance to play on a regular basis. Give credit to co-owner David ‘Tufty’ Clough who has a musical background. He played bass in Zero Boys, a punk rock band that recorded “Vicious Circle” in 1982, the most celebrated punk rock album in Indiana’s history!

Another highlight is that Radio Radio is one of Indy’s non-smoking venues. Wait, what? Indiana must be one of the last states in the Union to allow smoking indoors. (We had to check, there are 10 states with no statewide smoking ban). Overall, the venue is an excellent performance space and their patrons seem to agree. I mean how many venues do you know that inspire haikus like this one from a recent Yelp review?

“Never heard of them?
They play here. Add PBR.
Hipster nirvana.”

Upcoming shows: Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Memoryhouse, Great Lake Swimmers, and Ben Sollee.

Stay tuned to what’s going on through social media channels: Radio Radio on Facebook and Radio Radio on Twitter.

Client Success Stories: Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA

Venue Background
Johnny Brenda’s is a bar, restaurant and a 250-capacity general admission music venue located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Featuring a world-class sound system and a balcony, JB’s offers a unique experience to fans. Bands that have come through Johnny Brenda’s in recent years include Sufjan Stevens, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Vampire Weekend, James Blake, tUnE yArDs, and Bon Iver.

Challenge
Johnny Brenda’s is a lively venue and a busy restaurant and bar, serving draft beer from local brewers and an eclectic menu using fresh ingredients from nearby farmers. With so many elements of the venue’s operations requiring effort and attention, it was a challenge for their limited staff to devote adequate time to managing the website, event listings, advertisements and social media while booking artists and running the day-to-day.

Solution
The Johnny Brenda’s management team turned to Ticketfly as their ticketing partner after an exhaustive search for a platform that could streamline ticketing, website, social marketing and analytics. Staff members were spending hours manually creating events on JohnnyBrendas.com, drafting and publishing promotional emails, and managing box office sales. Venue management understood the potential to increase sales and fire up their marketing promotions after adopting social ticketing.

Results
Johnny Brenda’s switched to Ticketfly in October, one of the venue’s busiest months, leaving little room for error while making the transition to Ticketfly. Ticketfly appointed a dedicated client support rep who assisted venue management in integrating Ticketfly into Johnny Brenda’s website, email newsletters, and box office sales. Within the first year of implementing Ticketfly, Johnny Brenda’s saw a 65% lift in ticket sales sold online, by phone, and in the box office. Not only did this affect ticket sales, but it provided more opportunities to earn revenue selling food, drinks and merchandise to event-goers. Johnny Brenda’s was able to continue building a database of fans who had purchased tickets, learn more about their purchasing behavior, and develop a deeper relationship with their customer base.

Venue management saved hundreds of hours with Ticketfly’s single point of data entry to publish on the web, via email and social media, enabling them to focus on different tactics to build loyalty and trust with consumers online. A single email newsletter that previously took management more than four hours to draft and distribute took only 30 minutes on Ticketfly. Ticketfly’s analytics tools provided deeper insight into sales conversions, broken down by specific channel, enabling the team to make better decisions around budget allocations. Shortly after JB’s switching to Ticketfly, their General Manager liked the product so much, she came to work for Ticketfly in San Francisco. If shipping yourself across country to work for your ticketing partner isn’t a good sign, we don’t know what is.

To download the full Johnny Brenda’s story and get more information about working with Ticketfly, go here!

A New Peach in the ATL: Welcome Terminal West to Ticketfly!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

Promoters Robert Shaw and Alan Sher have put on some of the coolest shows in the growing west midtown neighborhood of Atlanta for the past three years. They felt the need to open a venue that would be known as “The home of friendly staff and unforgettable nights of music.”

So what did they do? They visited the best live music spaces across the country to get a clear grasp of what makes them special and memorable for the ‘fan!’

Nestled in King Plow, a renovated campus of warehouses, is a bold newcomer that The Fly is happy to be affiliated with. Terminal West is the latest addition to the buzzing live music scene in the ATL – and it is one to be reckoned with! A renovated 100 year old iron and steel foundry that originally manufactured plows, Terminal West is an upscale venue where the attention to detail put into design paid off. There are brick walls accented with raw wood ceilings, high end lighting and sound system, and an outdoor roof deck that overlooks the historic train tracks of West Atlanta.

But what makes Robert and Alan so rad is they have a pulse on social media and have been on the forefront of engaging their fans through such channels. They even made a video on ‘The Making of Terminal West!’ Check it out:

We’re just stoked to be able to use the phrase coined by Gucci Mane and V-Nasty’s mixtape – BAYTL (the Bay + ATL, for all of you slow peeps).

Some upcoming shows at Terminal West include: DubConscious with Heyoka and Cherry Royale, Washed Out, Mansions on the Moon and Zoogma and The Mad Violinist.

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Ticketfly Expands in the Hawkeye State!

by Eboni Jones, Ticketfly Marketing Intern

What is Des Moines known for? Well according to Joni Mitchell, “The Dry Cleaners From Des Moines” is what stood out. But things are changing in The DSM! Our old friend and client, Sam Summers of First Fleet and his two partners, Josh Ivey and Rafe Mater, opened Wooly’s earlier this month.

Wooly’s
is located in the historic East Village neighborhood and takes center stage as a mid-sized venue for live music; its capacity is up to 700. The building supposedly housed a Woolworth store for a period of time – hence the name.The owners, who all have experience in booking live music acts, will bring in a wide variety of genres but will focus especially on indie rock singers and songwriters who are are touring nationally.

Wooly’s celebrated its grand opening on March 15th, just in time for St. Patty’s Day! This invite only party featured Iowa roots rockers Brother Trucker and Des Moines rock group North of Grand, plus free New Belgium Beer. Yep, these guys are gonna fit in just fine with The ‘Fly crew. We also like to party!

Not only did they take music lovers into consideration when revamping the old 504 Club, Wooly’s has an elevated green room with a two-way mirror so artists can see out into the crowd. It even comes with a washer a dryer cause what’s worse than a sweaty, stinky rock star?

The bar is open every Friday and Saturday from 7 pm, plus any weeknight when there is a show. Wooly’s has three flat-screen TVs and more than 20 beers on tap. There are booths that line the wall and several tables around the venue. They even have portable pool tables. See, these guys didn’t miss a beat.

“Summers clearly knows the concert business, and from the looks of it, seems to have the bar thing down pretty well, too. The excellent lineup of acts should get people in the door, and the amenities and fine beer selection should keep fans coming back.” Joe Lawler, Metromix Des Moines

Some of the upcoming shows at Wooly’s: Leon Russell, Dev & Wynter Gordon, Grouplove, The English Beat and Christina Perri. This is very impressive for a venue that’s not even a month old.

Be sure to check Wooly’s site frequently; they’re adding shows left and right!

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Village Voice Media and Ticketfly Partner to Promote Events Nationally

Everyone knows the Village Voice name. It’s been synonymous with events and culture since it started as a free weekly paper in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1955, and it is now the country’s oldest “alt-weekly.” Over time that free paper has grown into a successful media and publishing empire, now owning many of the largest alt-weeklies in the U.S., including SF Weekly, LA Weekly and Houston Press. But that’s not all! Village Voice Media also curates and produces a wide range of cultural events in some of the largest metro areas in the U.S., including concerts and a range of festivals, including food, art and beer fests. Who doesn’t love beer and art?!

Now attending those events just got a little easier.

VVM announced today that it is partnering with Ticketfly to be its exclusive ticketing provider nationwide. Whether it’s a music showcase in New York City, a dining event in Los Angeles, or a beer festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Ticketfly will streamline the process by allowing users to buy tickets from wherever they are—from their phone, from their desktop, from their mobile device, even entirely through Facebook.

“We’re extremely excited about our partnership with Ticketfly,” said VVM president and chief operating officer Scott Tobias. “Our mission is to give our readers and customers a 360-degree experience. Readers can already get great reviews, concert updates, restaurant reviews and critics’ picks; now they can complete those experiences with a ticket purchase on our websites and through our mobile platforms.”

“We’re pleased to partner with the Village Voice to power their social ticketing needs,” said Dan Teree, founder, president and COO of Ticketfly. “Our social and mobile ticketing platform enables Village Voice to promote events and sell tickets in new and powerful ways. And, our Facebook ticketing application will make it easier for fans to buy tickets and share their excitement for events.”

VVM will continue to roll out new local events in coming months, as well as continuing its support for its many existing initiatives: the popular Artopia series, which celebrates the best fashion, design, performing arts and visual media in its communities; music showcases in Denver, Houston and St. Louis; the 4 Knots Music Festival in New York City; and curated food events like Choice Eats in New York and Iron Fork in St Louis, Miami, Dallas and Minneapolis.

Village Voice Media is the nation’s leading alternative media company, providing cutting-edge coverage of news, food, music, arts and events with daily websites, weekly print newspapers, and a variety of mobile apps in thirteen major American markets.

Be sure to check out some of these events and be on the look out for many more Village Voice productions on Ticketfly, in a city near you. Welcome to the family, VVM!