The 5 Steps to Selling Tickets in Advance

Generating interest in an event starts long before the big day and with the number of social media users predicted to reach 2.95 billion by 2020, businesses can’t afford to overlook these channels when it comes to ticket sales. From the power of unique codes to the potential of reaching untapped audiences, social platforms can be hugely profitable for businesses who are looking to drum up interest online.

In today’s post, the marketing experts at ‘The Events Structure’ are helping you prepare for your next event by looking at 5 ways you can boost ticket sales ahead of time – ensuring this is your most lucrative course of action yet.

1. Start a hashtag

Social selling is a trend that is gaining momentum in the online world, which is great news for event planners. As well as giving you an opportunity to expand your social following, selling online also allows you to stay connected with attendees from past events – and creating a customised hashtag is a great way to generate interest from both parties.

Whether it’s the name of the event or you’re starting a hashtag that you’re hoping will become your company motto, it’s worth spending some time settling on a short and snappy phrase that followers will remember and be happy to use in their own social posts. This way, you can give your event maximum exposure and in turn, see your ticket sales soar.

2. Create a competition

Nothing will get your social media followers excited quite like a competition – and whether you’re looking to get ticket sales off to a flying start, or give those final tickets a last-minute boost ahead of the event, this is a great way to get your followers in on the action.

The key here is to give your followers something they want – and whether this is a free ticket or an exclusive discount, make sure there’s something in it for you too. Encouraging followers to like, share, follow and promote your brand on social media is a great way to put your business in front of new audiences – so it’s a win-win.

When it comes to making the all-important competition winner announcement, guarantee attendance by entrants by making it at the event itself. It doesn’t matter if you’re gathering your keen audience around a branded exhibition trailer or simply taking to the stage at an indoor venue, adding the competition to your event’s itinerary will get entrants excited and generate a buzz both on and offline.

3. Offer social media-only codes

Each social media platform has its own unique set of quirks, and what works on Instagram won’t necessarily work on Facebook. It’s worth spending some time figuring out the channels your target audience are most active on and offering codes to these users. Not only is this a great way to boost those final sales, but it will offer genuine insight into the channels most suitable for promoting events to your target audience – meaning you can use this information to inform on future events.

4. Encourage sharing

Much like the power of word of mouth, there are huge benefits to having your followers share their interest in an event. Whether it is an image of their ticket confirmation or a simple tweet expressing their excitement about an event, the more people who are posting about your upcoming event, the more engagement you’re likely to see.

If you have access to a venue ahead of an event, tweet out sneak peeks of the setup to get your followers excited and pose questions that will be sure to generate engagement online. From asking who’s coming to an event to encouraging followers to tag friends they’ll be bringing, the more people your posts can reach, the greater chance you’ll have of increasing those tickets sales ahead of the big day.

5. Promote people

Whether it’s a famous speaker or headline act, use your social media presence to engage with these people and promote them online. Your followers will be far more interested in attending an event if they are a huge fan of someone who’s speaking or performing – and chances are, you’ll be the first to tell them about it!

With people in the public eye generally having a larger social media following than those who aren’t, there’s a lot to be gained from tagging these people in your posts – and hopefully getting them involved in the social media hype.

Boosting ticket sales through your social media channels is a great way to build your online community and bring genuine value to your followers. By following these 5 top tips, you’ll soon see your social media presence expand and ticket sales soar!

Author bio:
Justin Isles is the Director of The Events Structure, the UK’s only single-source provider of state-of-the-art exhibition trailers, promotional vehicles and other event marketing solutions.

Influence purchase decisions through social media

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Opinion lies divided as to whether Social Media influences the buying decision or not. But why are so many big companies, such as Nestlé, represented in these networks? Certainly not for fun, they just recognized the advantages of the internet.
The importance of newspapers, television or other classic media is slowly but surely diminishing. With the help of a computer, tablet or mobile phone, you can inform yourself about any topic at any time today.
For many, Social Networks are a big part of their everyday life, large platforms like Facebook or Twitter attract several millions of users per month. Facebook leads with 1.7 billion people.

Importance of social media before purchase

Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular Last year about 77% ordered at least once over the internet in Germany. But before purchasing most of the people get information or advise. Many people attach importance to opinions from the Internet, and these also come from the social networks.
Even more, according to a 2015 DigitasLBi Connected Commerce study, the influence of social media on consumers’ online and offline purchases
Facebook influenced 52% of consumers’ online and offline purchases, Pinterest 46%, Instagram 43%, and Twitter 36%.

Advertising in social networks

And what exactly are the advantages?

The outreach speaks for itself while at the same time the advertiser has many more options that are missing in other advertising space – such as:

  • High coverage, due to a large number of active social media users
  • Very good segmentation of the target group with various targeting possibilities
  • Automatic recording of user interaction with social ads (clicks, views, etc.) thanks to various tracking technologies
  • Precise analysis and performance measurement of social media advertising
  • A promising option of online advertising, with full cost control – even for small budgets

According to the latest CMO survey, marketers expect to expand their social media advertising budget by 89% by 2023.

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