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Secondary ticketing giant TicketsNow has launched a new corporate blog that promises to be an open forum and resource for brokers, consumers and others as the company looks to boost its new retail ticket venture and bolster its image in the industry.
Just when Blog.TicketsNow.com went live is unknown, a TicketsNow spokesperson did not return a message seeking comment, but as of today none of the posts on it had garnered any comments.
In a move designed to capitalize on its reputation and offer its members another vehicle for selling tickets, the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) is preparing to launch a new website called Ticket MarketPlace where consumers can buy tickets directly from NATB members.
The new site, which will be located at NATB.com, is scheduled to go live on August 1, and will allow consumers to search for tickets by the event, venue or date. See the screen shot below.
"TIX Corporation and Mannheim Steamroller Announce Two Year Touring Deal"
Las Vegas, NV (Tix Corporation) July 22, 2008 - Tix Productions, Inc. (TPI), a subsidiary of TIX Corporation (Nasdaq:TIXC), and Mannheim Steamroller today announced a two year touring producing partnership. Mannheim Steamroller is one of the largest selling Christmas artists of all time and is a holiday tradition for many families. The group has recorded seven Christmas albums, which have sold more than 35 million copies. The agreement will cover the 2008 and 2009 U.S. tours. Additionally, the agreement provides TPI with the exclusive ticket distribution and merchandising rights for the tour. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis, the creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will continue as the director and co-producer of the live show.
Tix Corporation produces and promotes live entertainment throughout the United States and Canada via its newly-formed subsidiary Tix Productions, Inc. TPI is led by longtime business partners and 24-year industry veterans, Co-CEOs Lee Marshall and Joe Marsh.
Live Nation has reorganized its California operations with the promotion of Rick Mueller to the newly created position of president of California and Nick Masters to chairman of Southern California.
In his new position, Mueller, formerly president of Live Nation's San Francisco office will relocate to Los Angeles and oversee the joint operations of Los Angeles and San Francisco, which includes more than 2,000 shows, as well as fifteen owned and operated venues. Mueller will also oversee Live Nation's entire booking and marketing team in California. In his new position as chairman of Southern California, Masters will take a more active role in the talent booking.
Under no circumstances should Ticketmaster be in the secondary ticket industry, and the country needs a national standardized ticketing code, according to two Arizona State University economic professors who spoke before a group of ticket brokers and other executives of the ticketing industry this weekend in Las Vegas.
Dr. Stephen Happel and Professor Marianne Jennings, considered two of the foremost experts on the ticketing industry, told the audience during the final day of the National Association of Ticket Brokers annual convention that Ticketmaster's presence in the industry through its acquisition of TicketsNow, poses a threat to the market.
TicketNews has released its exclusive events rankings for the week of July 13, and the New York Yankees make a strong showing, taking the number one spot in the Top Combined Events and Top Sports Events rankings.
With a 5.58 power score, the Yankees knocked Wicked out of first place, a position the musical previously held for four consecutive weeks. The Eagles soar in at number three, behind Wicked, with a 3.21 power score. The Jonas Brothers fall from their previous number two position to number five, behind the Boston Red Sox.
In the Top Concert events rankings, The Eagles wield a hefty 7.21 power score and move up from number four to number one. Coldplay stays at number three and Madonna slips from number two to number five. Kenny Chesney tickets continue to sell well and consistently; he's ranked at number four and has a 3.01 power score.
iLike, the leading social music discovery service, announced Monday at the INTIX conference new features to their online service. A new ad platform allows concert promoters, venue owners and other booking agents a chance to target their fan base; a new full song playback allows music fans to listen to their new songs in their entirety; and a feature for developers to add music to their websites.
"Since inception, iLike has always enabled other people to benefit from our reach,” iLike CEO Ali Partovi said in the press release. “Historically, iLike has focused on serving fans, artists and labels. Today, we’re pleased to expand the iLike community by empowering two new groups: concert promoters and third-party [application/website] developers."
In recent years the secondary ticket market has exploded, in part because of increased legitimacy through big, mainstream deals—such as Madonna's with Live Nation and MLB's deal with StubHub—and in part because of the huge business opportunities companies have only recently tapped into.
According to statistics from Forrester Research and Ticketmaster, which were discussed during a May meeting with Ticketmaster, TicketsNow and brokers, only 14 percent of people participate as buyers on the secondary market. Opportunity to reach this demographic is ripe.
Live Nation says it is feeling the pain its concert fans are experiencing at the gas pump, so for one day only on July 18, more than 40 shows at its Los Angeles and San Diego venues will be offering $10 tickets. This discount will apply to select shows, from 10 a.m. to midnight, while ticket supplies last. These deals are for lawn seats only.
Live Nation advised Ticketnews that this is not a national promotion, but determined by the local market. Discounts of this nature have also been given in Tampa, FL.
A day after brokers were told that the lines between their market, the secondary ticket market, and the primary market were going or gone, along came a dose of reality on day two of the National Association of Ticket Brokers (NATB) industry conference on Saturday.
During a panel discussion about secondary ticket exchanges, top executives from major secondary ticket companies StubHub, TicketsNow, viagogo, RazorGator, Ticket Technology and Ticket Community, the sentiments of the previous day where all but forgotten as battle lines appeared to be drawn among those companies and several brokers in the audience.