Be Careful When Buying Tickets

by Brandon Boyd, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations

If someone came to the Erie Insurance Arena, purchased a small popcorn for $2.50, and then turned around and offered to sell it to you for $15, would you buy it?

No?

So why do that when it comes to tickets?

It seems obvious when we plug in other items, but when it comes to tickets, we find that every once in a while people purchase their ticket from a third-party vendor.

We only sell tickets at http://www.erieevents.com or in our box office. Any other website, AKA a third-party vendor, is serving as a middleman and taking money from you. They are purchasing tickets from us and reselling them to you at a higher price. Or, even more dangerously, they could be selling you a ticket they don’t actually have.

When you Google search “erie events tickets” or other similar search terms, these third-party vendors will pay to disguise themselves as the top link for the search. If you see “ad” by the listing, it’s likely not us. We are ONLY at http://www.erieevents.com

TICKETEXAMPLEwitheditsJust as an example, I pulled a ticket for Trans Siberian Orchestra (now on sale!) for the 8 p.m. showing on November 21. To keep it all equal, I even chose the same section. In this case, I chose section 208. The Erie Events price includes fees; the other sites do not.

  • http://www.erieevents.com price: $49.25
  • Bad Ticket Site 1: $73
  • Bad Ticket Site 2: $74
  • Bad Ticket Site 3: $81
  • Bad Ticket Site 4: $150

Yikes! Big difference, right?

If you’re overpaying for tickets you can get from us for cheaper, you’re getting played like the music at the concert you’re going to. If you’re extremely picky about your seats and we’ve sold the exact ones you’re looking for, perhaps it may be worth exploring your options. It’s likely we’ll be able to get you into seats you will like, however, and we recommend going through us for all your ticketing needs.

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See you soon at http://www.erieevents.com. Or give us a call at 814-452-4857. Or, if you’re nearby, just come to the box office!

 

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Event Planning Tips

By Martha Stickner, Sales Manager 

Many of you most likely know me as the wedding planner and event coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center; however, I started the New Year in a new position!  I am very excited to share that I have recently been promoted to Sales Manager.  With that said, my roles are still very similar and I am focusing on the social market.  The goal for me is booking and cooking, as they call it.  So from start to finish, I am the contact person, which makes the planning experience a little more personal.

What I am really here to talk about in my blog this month is sharing some event planning tips!  I was recently on a planning committee for a local nonprofit organization and helped put on a dinner banquet outside of my work place.  It’s kind of funny because what I was helping with is what I do on a daily basis.  This time I was on the other end of things, which helped me look at planning in a different prospective: the clients!  I put together a small list of advice to keep in consideration when working with a large committee!

  1. Major decisions should start off being made by one key person in charge (that has the time to be in charge, because I see this happen a lot because people are busy with life)!  The more people giving input, the harder it is to finalize things!  This helps when communicating with a venue/caterer and keeps all the opinions to a minimum.
  2. Sometimes less is more in a lot of areas! Consider how many ‘materials’ you’re gathering, whether it be in donations, centerpieces, auction items, etc.  The more you have, the more you have to keep track of — before and even after the event!
  3. Reiterate to your invited guests in a positive way that RSVP is necessary and by a certain date. Receiving late responses causes a lot of stress for the committee AND the venue!
  4. Prioritize and delegate! Make sure that duties are clear to volunteers and split up evenly!  You want to make sure that volunteers get to enjoy the event as well so they are not too overwhelmed with duties during the celebration.
  5. When fundraising, make things affordable for the attendees! Consider the ticket price, and how much you think people are willing to give on auction items. Sometimes you have to compromise in this area.  As a professional, I don’t recommend skimping on the food, but try not to rely on the ticket price too much for revenue.  Then, don’t forget when it’s a cash bar, guests are spending there was well!  The more they spend on beverages, the less they have for other areas!
  6. Lastly is know your audience!! Each event, group or fundraiser is unique, but the person putting on an event should really understand what the outcome and goal is.  The people attending make or break the vision, so make sure it makes sense for them.  That way they spend more, give positive feedback and ultimately, they come back the next year and bring their friends!