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Which Concert or Show Has the Best Revenue Per Seat This Week? (Week of Sept. 22)

Here are the top concerts and touring shows on Billboard Boxscore that we’ve ranked by Revenue Per Seat — as opposed to Gross. To determine RPS, we divided the grosses by venue capacities. Highlighting RPS demonstrates a different and more interesting story about which shows can bring in value per seat versus simply being big, because calculating average ticket price does not account for empty seats.Revenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal,...

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#TBT: “The Transforming Fire of Machines … ”

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: “The Transforming Fire of Machines … .”Is not a tagline from the upcoming Terminator Salvation movie [circa 2009], although it might work for that, too.Instead, it’s one of the “New Rules for the New Economy,” which, although not so new anymore, are still highly relevant because they were ahead of their time, back in the benighted year of 1998.In full, it’s this: No one can escape the transforming fire of machines.Before you...

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News

TEDxBroadway: Are You Ready for Your Talk?

Each year, I have the great pleasure of working with all the TEDxBroadway speakers on their talks. It’s really incredible to think about what the kernel of an idea was when we started and what it becomes when it's revealed on stage. I’m not taking the credit, mind you, the talk is all the speaker. But, sometime in our conversations they say something as an aside and, turns out, it really is the core of the talk. It’s usually...

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The Top Broadway Shows, As Sorted By Revenue Per Seat — Week Ending Sept. 17

Here are the top Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat – the one and only metric marketers should use to determine the success of their efforts. Why? Average Ticket Price doesn’t tell the whole story when empty seats are NOT factored into the equation.To determine RPS, we divided the grosses by venue capacities. Highlighting RPS demonstrates a different and more interesting story about which shows can bring in value per seat versus simply being big, because...

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Social Media

Are Your Videos Making You Lose Fans?

You've surely read experts say "video is the future" when it comes to social media marketing. And while that's very likely true, not all video is created equal.A bad video could do far more harm than help for your marketing efforts, but the important question is: What makes a video "bad"?To answer that question, TopRankBlog.com outlined five factors that can result in mediocre or downright terrible videos. You can read the full list here and see the most important...

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Marketing

Guaranteed Attention-Getter: An Opera of Orgasms

You're a Swedish opera house premiering your rendition of Puccini’s Turandot, and you'd like to attract younger audiences. What do you do?One sure way to get new patrons is to release an ad that's been labeled “The Opera of Orgasms.”The Swedish opera house Folkoperan hired an ad agency to produce a video of people, um, having orgasms.Adweek reports: "In the film, people in various — not necessarily glamorous — sexual situations express their climax to the tune of the...

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#TBT: You Know What Customers Love? Rules

Happy #TBT! Here’s an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim: You Know What Customers Love? Rules.I understand the reasons that the secondary market gives some venue operators the heebie-jeebies. Any kind of disorder or chaos created by sellers acting badly in the secondary market rolls downhill onto them when the customers who bought tickets from the secondary market actually arrive at the venue.Most obviously, fraudulently sold tickets are a real bummer. Imagine that a ticket broker sells a phony ticket, gets the...

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Marketing

The Answers to All Your Image Size Questions

It doesn't seem like there would be a right answer to the question: What size should an image be? But it turns out there are some very helpful guidelines you can follow so your content is as visually appealing and effective as possible. MarketingProfs shared this infographic by WeAreTop10, which pulled these image-posting rules from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.Read More:You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up 3 Ways You're Wrong About Live Entertainment,...

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Pricing

The Top Broadway Shows, As Sorted By Revenue Per Seat — Week Ending Sept. 10

Here are the top Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat – the one and only metric marketers should use to determine the success of their efforts. Why? Average Ticket Price doesn’t tell the whole story when empty seats are NOT factored into the equation.To determine RPS, we divided the grosses by venue capacities. Highlighting RPS demonstrates a different and more interesting story about which shows can bring in value per seat versus simply being big, because...

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Marketing

Want Your Event to Be Unforgettable? Do This

Do you want your audience to talk about your event long after it's over? To tell their friends and family how amazing it was? And most important, to return to your events again and again?Of course, who doesn't?! But the path to creating an event that obtains "unforgettable" status isn't always clear. It's not necessarily about shock value, over-the-top performances or a big budget (thankfully), but often has to do with this advice from The Story of Telling: "Great branding:1....

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