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Ticket Summit Las Vegas lands several impressive first-time speakers

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Building on its prior success in attracting top-flight participants to the event, Ticket Summit Las Vegas has signed up several first-time speakers and panelists for the July 15-17 conference and trade show, including renowned ticket industry expert Dr. Marianne Jennings, an economics professor at Arizona State University (ASU).

The July event, being held for the fourth consecutive year at the popular Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, will mark Jennings' first appearance at the convention, and she is scheduled to be one of the keynote speakers who will address ticketing and the economy. Jennings and fellow ASU economics professor, Dr. Stephen Happel, have written extensively about the ticketing industry and are considered the two most knowledgeable academics studying the primary and secondary ticket markets.

TicketNetwork launches Ticket Summit and ticket software affiliate programs

By Alfred Branch Jr.

TicketNetwork recently launched new Web affiliate marketing programs for ticket brokers and others who are looking to make extra money promoting TicketNetwork brands.

The new programs are powered by affiliate marketing giant Commission Junction (CJ), and they join TicketNetwork's already successful ticketing affiliate program.

CelebrityAccess signs on as an exhibitor at Ticket Summit

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Entertainment industry resource and news Web site CelebrityAccess has signed on to be an exhibitor at the fourth annual Ticket Summit Las Vegas, scheduled for July 15-17 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. The three-day event, which is hosted by TicketNews's parent company TicketNetwork, is the leading trade show and conference dedicated to the secondary ticket industry.

CelebrityAccess is participating in its third Ticket Summit, and according to Senior Account Supervisor Shawn Garrity, the event has helped the company reach a new group of clients.

Leaders from StubHub and Vegas.com to speak at Ticket Summit

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Chris Tsakalakis, President of StubHub, and Howard Lefkowitz, President and CEO of Vegas.com, are among the speakers lined up for the fourth annual Ticket Summit Las Vegas, July 15-17, at Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

Joining the two industry heavyweights will be Graham Burns, chairman of the Association of Secondary Ticket Agents (ASTA), a UK-based trade association for secondary ticket brokers. Both Burns and Tsakalakis have spoken at Ticket Summit in the past.

Ticket Summit TV debuts new video from NYC conference

By Alfred Branch Jr.

In the second of two Ticket Summit TV videos shot during Ticket Summit NYC in January, viewers will see a new group of participants speaking about the ticket industry. See the video below.

Correspondent Siiri Povenz of TicketNetwork, the host of the three-day event, spoke with the conference Executive Director Molly Martinez, PhD, of TicketNetwork; Maureen Anderson, interim President of the International Ticketing Association; New York State Assemblyman Joseph Morelle; and Google Adwords Evangelist Frederick Vallaeys.

Ticket Summit launches Ticket Summit TV videos

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Last month's Ticket Summit NYC, the successful debut of the New York City conference and trade show, may be over, but you can now relive parts of it with "Ticket Summit TV," a series of videos that showcases the event and some of its participants.

Correspondents Kim Crandall and Siiri Povenz of TicketNetwork, the event's host and the parent company of TicketNews, take viewers through interviews with several participants and show what happened at the event.

Inaugural Ticket Summit NYC deemed a success and a valuable experience

By Alfred Branch Jr.

For the nearly 400 ticket professionals last week who attended the first annual Ticket Summit NYC at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, 2009 will be a year of change as they look to keep their businesses thriving during the current recession.

While some expressed a little nervousness about what the immediate future holds for the industry, attendees appeared to be pleased by the conference itself, stressing that the turnout was strong and the discussion panels were very helpful.

Ticket Summit NYC: New ticket-selling legislation could be on the way in 2009

By Alfred Branch Jr.

Ticket brokers and other ticketing professionals this year should expect state and local governments to try to make changes to the laws governing ticket selling and taxes, as politicians look for ways to balance budgets in these tough economic times, according to a panel of experts at Ticket Summit NYC this week.

During a panel discussion session called "Suit Up! Legislative Education & Advocacy Issues," speakers urged ticket executives to become involved in government because if they don't, laws that could hurt their business could be written without their input.

Ticket Summit 2009: Box offices and brokers open lines of communication

By Allison Reitz

The ticket resale process can sometimes be confusing for customers who aren't aware that they're buying their ducats from a broker rather than a primary seller, especially when they arrive at the box office. But in the Ticket Summit 2009 NYC panel "Box Office Blues: Venue Issues in the Evolving Market," venue representatives and brokers discussed solutions for improving the customer experience even after a ticket sale has been completed.

Moderator Dave Brooks, an editor and writer for trade publication Venues Today, opened the panel discussion to the audience, allowing the two sides to actively trade thoughts and questions on the subject.

Changes in industry and economy have ticket executives cautious about 2009

By Alfred Branch Jr.

With the economy in turmoil, the ticket industry will need to band together and look at ways to continue to forge relationships and new partnerships to survive, a group of high-powered ticket professionals told a packed audience Wednesday at Ticket Summit NYC.

During the keynote discussion panel, "Who's on First? The New Paradigm in the Ticket Marketplace," executives from major ticket companies made it clear that the broker community, long the second-class citizen of the live entertainment world, had not only arrived but now has a rightful seat at the table. And with the public generally accepting the secondary ticket market, artists, sports teams, venues and primary ticketers should look to partner with brokers to combat the effects of the weak economy.

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