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The Top Factors That Determine If Your Venue Will Succeed or Fail

Celebrity chef Robert Irvine knows a thing or two about successful -- and unsuccessful -- restaurants. He's "spent the past five years attempting to save 140 failing restaurants across America for the Food Network show Restaurant: Impossible," reports Business Insider.In this post, he shares his top factors that result in a restaurant thriving or flopping. You can read them all here, and check out a few below that we think could apply to venues as well: "Customer serviceTerrible food spells doom...

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A Guide to Better Understanding Your Audience

The survey results are in -- and now, for the first time ever, Chorus America gives us a look at "what moves and motivates the people who attend choral music concerts." And hopefully, these major findings will "help choruses create even more meaningful and engaging experiences for their communities," writes the Chorus America staff.We think these results can help all of us in live entertainment. Take a look below at a few of the findings, and then read the...

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Game of Thrones Gets Even Bigger With a Live Concert Tour

First, Game of Thrones popped up as an interactive art installation in New York City. It seems that the hit fantasy series is getting in on more live event action. A Game of Thrones immersive musical concert tour has been announced that's hitting the road across North America early next year.The tour features an orchestra and choir, visual footage from the HBO show as well as some created just for the live event and a "headlining performance from the...

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Good News: Goldstar Is Now a Preferred Partner on the Tessitura Network

As regular readers of this blog know, Goldstar helps more than seven million members discover local live entertainment and more than 4,000 venues reach new audiences and sell more tickets. Now, we're taking things a step further by integrating the Tessitura Software with Goldstar's ticketing system. “The number one reason people don’t attend an event is awareness,” says Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy. “Too often people simply don’t know what’s happening right where they live. We’re the first place members come to...

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Opera a la Cart Shows Another Way the Arts Can Go Mobile

First it was food carts, which allowed chefs to start an eatery more easily and allowed diners to try a variety of dishes without going to upscale restaurants.Now in Portland, a city filled with food trucks and food carts, comes "Opera a la Cart." As OregonLive.com reports, it's just what it sounds like: A mobile cart with a stage, a handful of props and a cast of opera singers ready to perform songs to order. The songs are mostly well-known...

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Audiences Behaving Badly? Depends on Whom You Ask

Talking, eating loudly and answering mobile phones: These are all behaviors that can be considered inappropriate for a theater audience. While some people prefer to speak out against audiences behaving badly, others -- like Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who appeared in Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York’s theatre -- suggest that criticizing young fans could kill theater.The Guardian's Amelia Hill reports that Harington recently said: “I am afraid that, if the theatre is going to die...

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What Your Venue Can Learn From the Pokemon Go Craze

It's official: The Pokémon Go game has taken over the country. Skift.com reported that 26 million people played the game on July 14th alone and that the app has more daily active users than Twitter. Of course, the excitement levels are unlikely to last forever, but in the meantime businesses across the country are getting in on the fun by participating in the game and offering deals for players. Goldstar also joined in the craze by putting together a list of Pokémon-friendly...

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Apple’s New Camera Tech: A Blessing or a Curse for Live Entertainment?

Have you heard about Apple's latest patent? While it hasn't been officially released, Variety writes that it would "reportedly allow venues to use an infrared beam to disable a mobile phone’s camera, preventing users from taking videos and photos." There are quite a few entertainers that support this idea, from Adele to Jack White and even Benedict Cumberbatch (who broke character during Hamlet to tell the audience to stop recording him). Some performers have already used a different version of this idea, like...

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Goldstar Sets the Stage for Romance With #LetsGoOut Program

It's no secret that Goldstar has tons of date-worthy live events happening every day. But we wanted to take things a step further. Instead of simply selling event-worthy events, we're setting people up on blind dates to go to those events. The program is called #LetsGoOut and features short videos with our blind date couples on Goldstar's social media channels. You can see the first video over on our Facebook page. In it, we sent Michael and Jackie to see...

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Jim Talks Biz Growth Tips on Entrepreneur’s Radio Show

Travis Lane Jenkins, host of The Entrepreneur's Radio Show, recently interviewed Jim about biz growth tips.The Entrepreneur's Radio Show features conversations with high-level entrepreneurs that that grow your business. Listen to Jim's two-part interview (and find out what Jim's favorite books, tools and quote is).Got a comment or question? Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.Subscribe to the Selling Out mailing list.

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