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Taking “Immersive” Theater to a Whole New Level

A typical theater experience: You buy your tickets, arrive at the theater, maybe grab a drink or a snack, settle into your comfortable seat, silence your phone and enjoy the show.The experience of "trespass theater": You buy your tickets and wait for the secret meetup location to be revealed. You arrive in a dark alley or abandoned warehouse, surrender your cellphone and board what looks to be a condemned boat. As you float down the river you watch the...

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Pricing

This Week’s Top Broadway Shows, As Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, with grosses, and ranked by Gross, to the right. RPS tells a different and more interesting story about which shows can bring in value per seat versus simply being big.Revenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal, where Gross Sales reflects the effectiveness of the show as a money-making entity. Both are important to understand. To see previous rankings, click here. Got a comment or question?...

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News

AMC Offers Unlimited Ticket, Should You Do the Same?

Christopher Nolan's complicated films often necessitate a second (or third) viewing to fully "get" them. To help viewers out, AMC is offering an unlimited ticket to Interstellar, Variety reports.The price ranges from $19.99 to $34.99 depending on location and is available through the theater's loyalty reward program.It's an interesting idea. Many viewers will likely watch a film they enjoy and want to further understand more than once, so why not make it easy for them to do so at your...

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Marketing

How to Apply Storytelling to Your Marketing [Infographic]

In live entertainment we're in the business of telling stories, but that sensibility doesn't always stretch to our marketing goals. But the folks at CopyBlogger say it should. Check out their infographic below for tips to add story elements to your marketing:Like this infographic? Get content marketing training from Copyblogger Media that will give you an unfair business advantage.

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#TBT

#TBT: The REAL Problem With Facebook

Happy #ThrowBackThursday! To celebrate, we're sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim. He wrote it when the Facebook IPO initially happened, but it still rings true today:The Real Problem With Facebook It isn’t the IPO, which really was fine (potential shenanigans with the numbers aside). Anytime someone gives you billions of dollars and you suddenly find that you’re officially worth even more billions of dollars than that, you’re having a good day. No, that’s not it. I’ve been saying (and even writing) this for...

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Marketing

3 Ways to Score Press for Your Show

Recently on Entrepreneur, writer Murray Newlands shared tips to help startups gain press. However, we think there's a lot that live entertainment organizations (and frankly, everyone) could learn from this advice. Here's a breakdown:Step 1: Find journalists that fit your "niche." For example, if you're a local theater company the local newspaper is an obvious choice, but you could also reach out to theater bloggers, college newspapers' entertainment sections and publications and websites that cover interesting events in your...

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Pricing

This Week’s Top Broadway Shows, As Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, with grosses, and ranked by Gross, to the right. RPS tells a different and more interesting story about which shows can bring in value per seat versus simply being big.Revenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal, where Gross Sales reflects the effectiveness of the show as a money-making entity. Both are important to understand. To see previous rankings, click here.Got a comment or question?...

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News

Time to Change Your Facebook Strategy

Facebook has recently made a change to its policies and how it runs its site to stop "Like-Gating."What's "Like-Gating"? Basically, it's when you run a promotion on your Facebook page (a giveaway or special content) that someone can only see or participate in if they've "liked" your page.The goal is to lessen the number of people liking pages they aren't really interested in (and possibly to up advertising on Facebook). For more information and to see if you need to...

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Pricing

Current Top Concerts and Shows, As Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

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, where Gross...

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#TBT

#TBT: How Not to Discount in a Panic

Happy #TBT. To celebrate, we’re sharing an oldie-but-goodie post from Jim, part two in our four-part series on how not to discount: Don’t discount at the last minute only. This one’s pretty simple. The second bad way to discount is to wait until the last minute, and then do it in a panic. Why is this a bad idea? First, you’ve narrowed your options considerably. When venues come to us the day or two before a show and say they’d like to...

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