2011-01-24T12:43:46.292-05:00FlipATicket.com today announced that it is leading the charge of brokers who have united and said, “Enough is enough!”. Over the course of the last several years, brokers have witnessed drastic changes the ticket industry has undergone; so drastic, in fact, that it is difficult to fully grasp.If you were told five years ago that EI would be purchased by Ticketmaster, or that StubHub would be purchased by eBay, or that TN would morph into a gargantuan network of thousands of brokers, or that Ticket Technology would be bought by StubHub/eBay, or that LiveNation would buy every venue under the sun and ditch Ticketmaster for their own ticketing service, only to merge with Ticketmaster a few months later, would you have believed any of it? Who could have imagined that all of those things would take place in five short years?Perhaps a better question would be: How have these changes helped your business? Let’s see... Fewer places to list your tickets. Little to no access to other brokers to work trades.Fee after fee after fee after fee piled up on top of you.Policy changes, sometimes daily.And what is the result of these changes that we have all witnessed? You, the broker, are left holding the short end of the stick, working harder to earn less. Your choice of places to buy, sell, and trade tickets has been boiled down to making a decision between the lesser of all that is evil. That’s how you grow a business, right? No, we didn’t think so either.A number of months back, the folks behind BlueBucs.com sat down and started working on ideas of how to counteract the absurdity that has transpired in our industry, and to help brokers regain control over their business and costs. They poured over so many ideas and options that it is impossible to enumerate, but their brainstorming team always came back to two primary “must do” points: Control costs for brokers and consumers. Keep it simple and effective, a la Google.Brokers need to be able to effectively communicate with one another, and consumers need to be able to do a simple search, find the tickets they want, and make a purchase. Neither the broker nor the consumer should be gouged with a litany of fees. Folks are tired of the nickel-and-dime games!Imagine, if you will..No more throwing away thousands (or tens of thousands) of dollars in fees each year.No more ridiculous “rules” and policy changes each week that are impossible for anyone (including those imposing them) to keep up with.No more bowing to your “master”, the ticket exchange. They should work for you, not the other way around!The solution is FlipATicket.com, a brand new, back-to-basics site for brokers to buy and sell tickets, and retail outlet for consumer sales.Will FlipATicket be the next StubHub, or EI, or TN? Absolutely not. And we don’t want to be! Those guys define “ticket exchange”, and “ticket exchange” is the problem that FlipATicket is designed to solve! Rather, the goal is to build a platform designed by, run by, and geared for ticket brokers. A platform that offers you an affordable and effective alternative for listing, buying, and selling tickets. A platform with a simple fee structure so that you don’t need to hire an IRS agent to help you figure out how much revenue you just lost.FlipATicket.com will attract customers who are just as tired as you are of dealing with a “ticket exchange”. Customers that will appreciate never having to call the horrendous customer service line of a “ticket exchange”, because they can now contact you, the seller, directly. The bottom line is, FlipATicket.com will provide you with more opportunities for sales to customers who are *yours*, and both you and your customer will be paying less fees!We are currently operati[...]
Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company and an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), announced today that the FTC has granted early termination of the HSR waiting period with respect to Ticketmaster's previously announced acquisition of Paciolan, a ticketing software provider based in Irvine, CA. The announcement clears the way for Ticketmaster to complete its acquisition of Paciolan, which the parties anticipate taking place shortly after the New Year. Paciolan provides ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions for nearly 200 clients in North America, including a range of college athletics programs, performing arts organizations, arenas, professional sports teams and museums.
The acquisition will bring together a new array of people, technologies and approaches to ticketing service, enabling Ticketmaster to serve clients at an even better level in the highly dynamic live entertainment business. Additionally, Ticketmaster will augment Paciolan's existing product and service offerings with proprietary features such as TicketFast(R: 45.34, -0.27, -0.59%) online ticket delivery, Ticket Auctions, TicketExchange and VIP packages. The transaction will help ensure that fans receive safe and convenient access to tickets, and that clients receive the best products and services possible.
"This transaction is about giving fans access to what they want and providing clients full access to the spectrum of solutions and services that both companies offer," said Sean Moriarty, President and CEO, Ticketmaster. "We could not be more excited about moving forward with Paciolan and getting to work with Dave Butler and his great team in Irvine."
Following completion of the transaction, Paciolan will continue to operate from its Irvine, CA location, and Paciolan CEO David Butler and his current management team are expected to remain in senior leadership positions in the combined company. Source>>>