Great Event Ticket Sales Start with Great Planning

Last week we discussed the initial phase of planning your fundraiser, but before you can start selling tickets to your big primary school fete, you’ll need to create the magical world of the fete on paper, sketching out all the important details.

Step 3: Advance Planning

Some big things to think about:

  • Location: Knowing which activities you wish to include and how many tickets you expect to sell allows you to determine how much space you need. If your fete won’t fit on the school grounds, you’ll have to find a bigger space!
  • Insurance: Be prepared for any eventuality. You may need to purchase additional insurance to the school’s coverage for this event.
  • Electricity: Play it safe. Hire a qualified professional.
  • Rides: There are plenty of companies to choose from. Do your research and book well in advance. Remember, other schools are planning their own fetes.
  • Entertainment: An emcee will help keep the program moving. Showcase your kids’ talents, local groups, emerging bands, and anyone else who can hold the students’ interest. They may like to see a demonstration by firefighters, martial artists, or acrobats.
  • Publicity: Let the world know! Print posters and flyers, send out print invitations, and send press releases to local papers, radio stations, and televisions stations. Post frequent reminders on your website, email newsletter, and social networks.
  • Tickets: You can print your event tickets in advance and sell them in the days leading up the fete as well as at the gate. You can print raffle tickets as well, and even food and drink tickets, to keep accounting simple.
  • Security: Find trustworthy people to man the gates, count the money, and keep the fete safe and fun.
  • Games: What sort of booths will you include? Games of chance and skill for all ages help increase your take. You can hire a company or create them yourself.
  • Food: Whether you hire outside vendors or cook it yourself, a fete requires lots of food, which helps you earn more money. Think fried and sweet!
  • First Aid: Accidents happen. Be prepared.

Step 4: Attract a Sponsor

Find a local business willing to underwrite your fete in exchange for some free publicity. Do any parents own restaurants or shops willing to donate food or prizes? Are there businesses near the school? Perhaps a local politician would be willing to help you. You can add their names and logos to all your printed publicity.

You can also increase the power of donations with a raffle. Use money to purchase prizes, or use interesting donations as prizes. Print raffle tickets and sell them in advance, and up to the day of the fete.

Don’t forget to thank everyone who helps out. Having children hand write thank you notes is a lovely idea.

Next week: Momentum

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Your School, Your School Fundraiser

by admin on April 1, 2011

Event Tickets for School Fundraisers

School fundraising events can be among the most joyful and the most chaotic of events. Organisers walk a fine line: keeping the kids entertained is paramount, but unless the adults are motivated to contribute, you will be hosting a very expensive children’s party, rather than an operation that brings in much needed cash.

First, of course, you must decide what event will draw a crowd.

  • Carnivals
  • Spaghetti dinners
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Walk-a-thon (or jump-a-thon, or any other a-thon that excites the students
  • Cake walk
  • Book fair

And so on. There are hundreds of ways to gather together. Your job is to figure out what event will sell tickets. Then print those tickets and start selling them! Get more mileage by printing matching publicity kits, with invitations and posters, plus drink tickets, coupons, and other great products. You can even earn more money by printing raffle tickets and adding a prize draw to your event. Or, try a silent auction.

Be sure to have plenty of food and drink on hand. This is an easy way to earn more money in addition to the price of admission. Can you please both the kids and the grown-ups? Pizza and sodas are always a good idea, but, depending on the crowd you expect, perhaps you want to offer more food, and more sophisticated food? You can drum up extra interest by printing the menu on the event tickets so folks know what to look forward to.

While the kids are playing, make sure the adults understand why their money is needed. Create three-sided poster displays featuring the arts, or sports, or other aspects of your school you wish to highlight. Film your own videos, and play them around the venue. Have teachers or older students on hand to talk about the great programs you offer.

You may wish to create a fill-in graph that shows how much money you wish to earn. You can update the graph whenever you get another ten percent of your desired amount. If your school needs money, don’t be afraid to put your hand out when you sell those event tickets. Be honest about what you have, what you need, and where that money will go, and wait for the money to find you!

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I’ve Got Rhythm

by admin on March 27, 2011

Music and Musical Event Tickets

Nothing uplifts the spirits quite like a song that perfect complements your mood, and if one song has the power to uplift the listener, how much more powerful is an entire concert?

Communicate the power of your music by printing your own event tickets online. There are plenty of ticket templates to choose from, so you can always find the design that best suits your genre. Classical, jazz, rock, hip hop…whatever sounds sooth your savage beast, there’s a general admission event ticket just right for you.

The perfect image is the perfect way to help generate excitement about your upcoming show. Music-themed event tickets help you sell seats, and most of them can be ordered along with matching event kits, so you can hang poster or flyers, send out invitations, and even distribute VIP passes with the same design, giving your operation a professional, cohesive look.

Special club events can make good use of music-themed event tickets as well. Print out passes in advance and start selling admission to exclusive shows, popular DJs, or crowded nights. You know you’ve made a success when you sell to capacity days before the event even happens!

It’s all about the music! So, find a musical event ticket to illustrate your love of lyric and melody and start selling your show.

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Watch This Space!

by admin on March 8, 2011

Who hosts the most fabulous events?

Is it you and your organisation? If not, it could be!

Starting soon, Ticket River and the Event Ticket Printing blog will be searching for stories just like yours from event planners all across the continent. We want to know what works, what doesn’t work, and how others can enjoy your success (or avoid your failures). Every week, we’ll work to feature one amazing party, festival, gathering, gala, fair, celebration, concert, performance: essentially, if you’re selling event tickets, we’d love to hear your story.

Interested in participating? Just drop us a note, courtesy of this blog, and tell us why your recent or upcoming event should stand as the model for the rest of the country. Whether it’s an unqualified triumph or an abject fiasco, let us know what you’ve learned, and what others can learn from your experience, and we might devote an entire post to you! We’ll also be contacting other Ticket River customers so you can learn even more about how to host an exceptional event.

Selected events will be profiled on this blog, along with links back to your own sites and any pictures you’d like to share. We’ll be interviewing customers to learn what they know and sharing that knowledge so our readers can plan for the future and fulfill their dreams by holding the top events, and featured organisations will receive some extra incentives to make their next event even better!

What’s good for you is good for us. Smooth events that run the way they’re planned keep everyone happy. Let’s share our knowledge and experience!

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Turn up the Heat

by admin on March 1, 2011

If the weather is cooling, why not plan your next event to start heating things up?

Selling Event Tickets is a cinch when you’ve planned an event that your supporters genuinely want to attend. It’s time to begin your preparations. First, of course, is the venue. Perhaps its time for a long stone hall with a fire roaring in a fireplace at one end. And what about the menu? Hot, savory soups, and juicy roasted meat tempt the palate at this time of year. Add the entertainment: a hot band to keep your guests moving.

Once you know what you mean to do, and when and where you mean to do it, you can begin generating excitement for the gathering with some advance publicity. Posters, Fliers, and Invitations all allow you to share the details with your mailing list or community. Choosing the perfect design helps sell the event, and adding your own images, such as logos or head shots, to your event collateral, helps to make it yours.

Choose a complete Event Kit and you can print Event Tickets, Raffle Tickets, and Drink Tickets that match your publicity materials. Such a lovely sense of completion ties your event together.

With the right details and the right advertisement, you can start selling Event Tickets. Create the event that people want to attend and you’ll have no difficulty selling those seats.

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A Year of Fabulous Events

by admin on February 1, 2011

Ticket Printing around the Calendar

Are you worried about attendance at your regular gatherings? Flagging interest in a meeting or party that occurs 4 or 6 or 12 times a year may reflect a dreadful sameness. If your guests feel that these events all run together, getting them to come out over and over again can get difficult.

The solution? Create the distinction of distinct events by assigning each one a specific theme and then printing Event Tickets, Invitations, and other products to announce the theme.

Some themes are easy, almost too easy. Your Christmas holiday party, is a no-brainer, and you’ll find many designs and ticket templates to sell it. But what if you gather together every month? You can choose a seasonal theme, working with holiday and meteorological conditions. Or, you can get more creative. Why not throw out the seasonal themes completely and think of the year in different terms?

Colour, for example. With so many beautiful Event Kits to choose from, you can print publicity products in a different colour every month. Coordinate by decorating your venue in that month’s colour, and then asking your guests to wear that colour. Imagine how lovely your pictures will be when everyone comes in blue, or green, or white! Members will look forward to expressing themselves, and seeing how others interpret the theme.

Other options, for which you’ll find plenty of matching Event Kits, could be sports, nature, or cities. Browse the design gallery at a large online ticket printing company and you’ll find plenty of ideas.

Planning the year out in advance allows you to create a year’s worth of thematic intent!

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Jazz it up!

by admin on January 20, 2011

Are you a starving artist or a struggling musician? If you’ve devoted your life to creative pursuit, it can often be difficult to shift gears and turn your attention to the making of money, but, no matter how much your music sustains you, you still need money to live. Independent artists who are in any part responsible for enticing fans to attend their concert can take a few simple steps to start selling more event tickets.

Consider this: if you have fans, they’re already interested in buying concert tickets. Your fans like you and want to hear you play. So, are you doing enough to give them what they need? The best motivation for true supporters to attend your shows is advance knowledge.

You don’t need an expensive advertisement campaign. Rather you need to focus your efforts. Those fans who wish to purchase event tickets to hear you play: where are they?

  • Record stores
  • Dance clubs
  • Concert Venues

Think about where they’re likely to be found, and invest a little money in some eye-catching Posters or Flyers. You’ll get the maximum return in tickets sold for the minimum investment. For a few dollars, you can reach hundreds of people.

More that likely, your fans are also on Facebook and Twitter. Are you? If you haven’t created a Facebook fan page and begun reaching out to your existing fan base while creating new listeners, go do that right now!

If you do have a fan page, make sure to communicate regularly, at least once a week, although once a day is better. Don’t overdo it, but do make sure to offer a few posts reminding people of upcoming concerts, letting them know when and where they can buy tickets, along with all the details about the upcoming concert. Some bands report that these Facebook posts are the number one motivator in selling concert tickets!

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Printing Tickets: 2011 in Event Kits

by admin on January 11, 2011

You’re planning something big this year. Whether it’s the largest fundraiser your organisation has ever seen, a spectacular theatrical production, a big party, or a small concert, if you want to advertise, monetise and organise your event, professional print products can make all the difference in the world.

Spreading the word with posters and flyer hung about town is a good start. If you have an extensive mailing list, customised invitations sent to likely participants really helps sell event tickets. However you wish to spread the word, you can print these products online, choosing the perfect design to complement your theme or your values.

Drink tickets and raffle tickets can be printed to match your event publicity, plus, they’re a simple way to turn any affair into a money-maker. With just a few donated prizes, you can earn lots of extra money by selling raffle tickets. Selling drink tickets is a good way to make a few extra dollars, as well. You can even sell them in advance.

Of course, you’ll need event tickets, and printing these to match your event collateral is simple when you choose a ticket printing company that offers free designs and ticket templates. Just enter your even information into the blank fields and the printer will do the rest, even shipping those tickets right to your door. So start planning now for the upcoming year. Get all your printing done fast, professionally, and affordably.

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Every Day It’s Getting Closer

by admin on December 18, 2010

Christmas is coming!

As a child, you anticipated the parties and presents. As an adult, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the details. Particularly if you’re selling tickets to a Christmas party, New Year’s celebration, or other seasonal event, you’re so busy talking to caterers, musicians, and professional Santas that actually selling those tickets takes a back seat to planning.

Yet, you must sell those Event Tickets if you hope to have a party. Here are some simply steps you can take to help generate more interest in your event and sell more tickets.

  • Print and mail Invitations (it’s not too late!).
  • Create an event page on Facebook. Ask guests to RSVP online.
  • Print and hang Flyers and Posters where potential guests may congregate/
  • Create a logo for the event, have it printed on Stickers, and distribute them everywhere.
  • Leak some of the exciting details to generate extra buzz for word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Using chalk, leave intriguing messages on sidewalks and walls.
  • Create a short video advertising your event. Post it online and share the link.

Creating a page with a unique URL dedicated just to your event helps you help your guests. It’s easy for you to share that link, and, as long as you include all the important details on your page, people will be able to learn everything they need to know about your party in one place.

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The Hottest Ticket This Christmas

by admin on November 29, 2010

Did you remember to plan ahead?

If your Christmas celebration is to serve as a fundraiser for your favourite charitable organisation, don’t forget to print your own event tickets online. It’s a brilliant way to save you time and money. Your personalised event tickets will be printed quickly and shipped right to your door, so you can start selling seats sooner. Custom printed free ticket templates in full colour or black and white help you send a proper message: we’re ready for a party!

What sort of service will the best ticket manufacturer offer? Besides free designs and fast delivery, you can expect standard security features such as individual numbering to help keep your event safe and secure. In addition, matching event kits allow you to promote the festivities with invitations, posters, and more. You can even add a prize draw to the gala with matching raffle tickets, which you can sell in advance to earn even money for your charity.

Party planning can be complicated, but event ticket printing is easy!

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