Archive for 2012

Hot Summer Nights and Even Hotter Summer Deals

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Summer is the perfect time to dial up your social life and catch a show, go to a concert, grab a game or take the family to the circus. Today we just launched one of our biggest ticket promotions yet (actually we combined five promotions into one) …Summer Ticket Deals.

This three week seasonal promotion features hot events and offers from four fan-favorite promotions: 2 For 1 Tickets, Me+3 4-Packs, $40 Below Tickets (plus per order processing fee) and Tickets Under $25 (plus per order processing fee), and we are adding a new promotion, More Ticket Deals, featuring savings up to 50%. Fans can find all Summer Ticket Deal tickets at: www.ticketmaster.com/summerticketdeals.

The sale starts ...

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Are those real?

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Are you one of the lucky ones that have a dream ticket to the NBA Finals? Planning to see your favorite artist this summer?

We love live events at Ticketmaster and while all events are special, certain events are really special and having tickets can be life changing. We just want to help make sure it is the good kind of life changing.

High demand events like these have tremendous fan interest and sadly that also means tremendous scalper interest and some scalpers create fake tickets and sell them to unknowing fans. It is devastating to be turned away at the door because the tickets you purchased are counterfeit.

We put together some of our best tips to help you avoid being scammed.

Before we get started, it is important to point out that counterfeit tickets are like counterfeit money in that reproductions can be very, very good and it ...

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WHY WE ARE LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST BOTS (AND YOU SHOULD TOO)

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You already know the drill: Concert tickets for a popular artist go on sale and, before you’ve had a chance to check your schedule, the event is sold out — or at least all the decent seats are gone.

Ever wonder why that’s the case?

Some scalpers use sophisticated computer programs called BOTS to snag all of the good seats as soon as the tickets hit the market. This makes it increasingly difficult for you to get the seats you want at face value.

We hate BOTS. They hammer our system and website, they substantially increase our technology costs, they anger our customers and they keep us from building a direct relationship with fans. Most importantly, the impact BOTS have on you, our fans, isn’t fair. We want them gone. This is why we have worked tirelessly for years with legislators, law enforcement, technology, and others to try to stop ...

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Summer Just Got More Social: Live Nation’s
New Concert Calendar Facebook® App Is Here!

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Summer's just around the corner, and we can't imagine a better complement for the summer concert season than a brand spankin' new concert discovery app. Live Nation is thrilled to unveil a treasure trove of live music goods in true social networking style. After private beta testing with some of our most social fans, we discovered  that fans enjoy seeing what shows their friends are hitting, competing for points against each other and cashing in on rewards. And now, we have an app for that!

Our brand new Concert Calendar Facebook® app features official concert listings (but of course), social recommendations and fun gaming features including music-related badges, a point system a leaderboard to keep track and the best part, real-world rewards like Concert Cash® will be up for grabs. Concert Cash can be used towards thousands of Live Nation items, from concert tickets to band T-shirts to signed merchandise. ...

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Helping fans find what they need, even faster

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We have worked hard in the last couple of years to launch a number of ground-breaking innovations to help you discover events and make ticket purchasing as social and seamless as possible. Our ticketing app for Facebook®, mobile app, Facebook tagging in our interactive seat maps and acquisition of Setlist.fm are some of the features on our highlight reel. While we were working on those, we didn’t forget about our mainstay, Ticketmaster.com.

A lot of the fans who land on our home page proceed immediately to search box at the top of the page and type in an artist team or venue name. We have recently added two features that will help you search much more efficiently – predictive search and supporting act display.

Predictive search allows fans to find what they are searching for more quickly and easily by suggesting popular artists and venues as fans types their search ...

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Ghost Lion Coming to a House of Blues Near You

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The Tropical post-punk band, Ghost Lion, led by vocalist Blake Hanley, won Live Nation’s inaugural In House Artist Project. Live Nation created the employee competion, under the moniker In House Artist Project, to help support and develop emerging artists who also happen to be Live Nation Employees.

Over a six month period, 119 bands from around the world competed. Six winners were selected and an epic battle-of-the-bands culminated at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Vintage Tone, Magnuson, S.K. Robot, Ghost Lion, Mount Fabric and Carbellion rocked it out on the stage, with Ghost Lion emerging as the winner.

In addition to management consultation and a marketing fund, Ghost Lion earned a slot in an upcoming national House of Blues club tour.
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Ticketmaster’s Ticketing App on Facebook®

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We’ve been leading the way in building cool social products to help people get the most out of live events. So we’re excited about our latest social product, Ticketmaster’s Ticketing App on Facebook. We’re still blushing, as Tech Crunch deemed our app as most impressive of the night during a Facebook event earlier this year. Even our friends at Facebook are talking about us. The app is another option for you to learn about upcoming shows and purchase tickets on Facebook, where you are already spending time (it’s OK, we spend a lot of time on Facebook too).

One of the coolest features in this new product is that the store will recommend upcoming shows to you based on what you listen to through online music services – like Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio and others. We’re tapping into the Open Graph to make your experiences all about you. So log in, ...

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Check Out Tonight’s Set List

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Setlist.fm®, the growing community-managed database of more than 400K set lists for 24K artist in more than 70K venues, is coming to Live Nation. This one-of-a-kind archive spans decades of live music history, from the 1950s to last night’s concerts from around the world. We LOVE the community at Setlist.fm and are thrilled to nurture and support it going forward.

Stay tuned as we extend the fun of a concert to before, during and after the show by integrating Setlist.fm across mobile, apps and online. In the meantime, you can get ready for a concert by looking up the band’s most recent set lists or relive a favorite concert at www.setlist.fm ...

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Grab Your iPhone

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We’ve just launched our Ticketmaster app for iPhone®! You can download the free app from the: App Store. This app will let you browse events and purchase tickets in real time from wherever you are. If you have your iPhone location services turned on, you can choose to have the app suggest upcoming local shows. It scans your library of music and makes recommendations based on relevant shows in your area. You can further personalize by using more than 40 filters.

We’ll be making a bunch of enhancements to it over the coming year, but we wanted to get the first version into your hands as soon as possible, because we know how much you love live events! There’s much more to come, so let us know what you think so far, we want your feedback so we can build the best experience for ...

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