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Concert Ticket Retailers to Promote Secure Purchasing Experience

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Purchasing concert tickets can be a costly, frustrating and dangerous
process due to rampant fraud, hidden fees, scalping and sky-high
secondary market resale prices. To examine this issue in depth, Aventus,
an open-source blockchain ticketing platform, commissioned a consumer
survey and found many aspects of the online ticket purchasing process
are discouraging potential concert attendees from going to more events.

Nearly 27% of American adults are Concert Attendees, according to
AudienceSCAN. This year, 52% plan to purchase concert tickets, 36.9%
plan to attend a music festival and 25.3% would like to see a
Broadway-style musical. In the last six months, 55.1% have used a mobile
device to purchase a product, and 45.3% have taken action after
receiving a mobile/text ad within the last year.

Many
concert-goers fear they will be scammed when purchasing tickets. Aventus
found that nearly two-thirds of respondents are worried about buying
counterfeit tickets or getting scammed when they purchase tickets, and
not without reason: 12% of respondents have purchased a concert ticket
that turned out to be a scam. The study found that men were nearly 2.5
times more likely to be scammed than women. Of respondents who fell
victim to a scam, 54% said it affected their perception of the artist
negatively, despite the fact that artists rarely have any control over
ticket prices and have zero control over concert attendees getting
scammed. 

According to the survey results, the majority of concert
attendees do not feel safe purchasing concert tickets online, to the
extent that it discourages them from attending concerts. In fact, nearly
three-fourths (72%) of respondents said they would attend more events
if purchasing tickets online felt more secure. Secondary ticketing
sites, such as Viagogo, StubHub, or Craigslist, concern consumers in
particular: an overwhelming 80% of respondents said they would be more
likely to purchase a concert ticket if they could avoid using secondary
marketplaces. Overall, two-thirds are worried about getting scammed when
purchasing concert tickets online.

Clearly, consumers would
welcome major changes to the way concert tickets are sold online.
However, these changes would not only help the consumer. Artists,
venues, ticketing marketplaces and consumers alike would all benefit
from major changes to the online event ticketing industry. Venues would
be more likely to fill their seats. Artists would play to fuller crowds
and would not lose fans who have been scammed. Ticketing marketplaces
could see an increase in tickets sold, increased repeat business and
improved consumer confidence.

Ticket-buying computer bots play a
major role in the event ticketing landscape. These bots can instantly
purchase mass quantities of tickets the moment they become available,
causing would-be event goers to miss out on shows they were planning to
attend. For example, PEW Research states that just one broker purchased
around 40% of all “Hamilton” tickets over a 20-month period: about
30,000 tickets.

This phenomenon, in large part, causes consumers
to scramble to purchase concert tickets as soon as they are released. In
fact, 77% of respondents felt the need to purchase tickets immediately
upon their release. Furthermore, 57% of respondents have waited online,
ready to buy tickets as soon as they become available. Of those that
have waited online, 69% were still unable to purchase their tickets
before the event sold out. After missing out on the original tickets,
wannabe-attendees are left to purchase tickets on a secondary
marketplace, where they will be more likely to face high mark-ups and
potential scams. Or, they will turn to scalpers: nearly 20% of
millennial respondents have purchased tickets from a scalper.

“We
possess the tools and technology to change the event ticketing industry
for the better,” added Alan Vey, Co-founder of Aventus, “Now we must
work together to implement it, for the benefit of ticketing agencies,
venues, artists and consumers alike.”

Ticket retailers can
promote their products and the safety of their online/mobile ordering a
number of ways. According to AudienceSCAN, 50.7% of Concert Attendees
have taken action within the past year after receiving an email ad.
They’re also 15% more likely than other adults to take action after
seeing an ad on a daily deals website, such as Groupon or LivingSocial.
Nearly 66% took action last year after seeing a commercial on TV and
60.5% reacted to direct mail ads/coupons.

AudienceSCAN data is available for your applications and dashboards
through the SalesFuel API. Media companies and agencies can access
AudienceSCAN data through the AudienceSCAN Reports in AdMall.

Rachel Cagle

Rachel Cagle

Rachel is a Research Analyst, specializing in audience intelligence, at SalesFuel. She also helps to maintain the major accounts and co-op intelligence databases. As the holder of a Bachelors degree in English from The Ohio State University, Rachel helps the rest of the SalesFuel team with their writing needs.

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