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Should Your Pricing Leave Money on the Table?

If your ticket prices are getting the very last dime of value from the marketplace, I believe you’ve gone too far.In the world of pure reason, in which economists and undoubtedly some of my business school economics professors live or at least vacation, the statement that I just made is irrational. There’s no reason not to charge what the market will bear, they’ll say.And you know what? They’re right! Mostly.I’ve talked about how people actually sometimes like to pay...

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Pricing Fundamentalism

Pricing Fundamentalism is the belief that the first price an organization puts on its tickets is holy among all things; that lowering it “devalues” the work and raising it is “greedy.”And that if only your Pumpkin Patch is sincere enough, your first guess at the proper price for every section of every show of your event will be the one that works best to get people in the door, drive revenue and make your patrons happy.This may not have...

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This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right: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 how this compares to last week, click here.

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Several Non-Opinions About Ticket Pricing

For this series, we've reached into the vault to share a few pieces that are still relevant today.• Tickets to live entertainment and arts, like everything, respond to market forces. Whether you or I like it, love it or hate it, nobody gets to defy gravity. The physics of supply and demand are not a switch that gets turned on or off. Except at the point of a gun.• The nature of the market is extremely complex. It’s at...

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This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right: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 how this compares to last week, click here.

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Ticket Buyers Don’t Care About Your Costs

That sounds a little harsh, but it’s essentially true. When it comes time to evaluate what they are willing to pay to see your show, ticket buyers do not care what you are spending to create that show.Cost is your problem. Price is theirs.This is a confusing subject for people, and my goal here is to help more live entertainment and arts marketers face reality as it is on the subject of price and costs. When someone produces an...

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This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted by Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right: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 how this compares to last week, click here.

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The Perils of a “Break-Even” Price

If you’re not careful about the way you evaluate the price at which you need to sell tickets in order to break even, you could be setting yourself up for some big losses.Here’s how a "break-even" price gets established a lot of the time: somebody, somewhere takes the total cost of delivering a show and divides it by the number of tickets they believe, based on experience, intuition data or whatever, they will likely sell.For example, the total costs...

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This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted by Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right: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.

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Sometimes People Prefer to Pay More

Terence McFarland, his team, and volunteers did a great job with LA Stage Day on Saturday.I had a group of eight or 10 very enthusiastic listeners for my discussion of pricing. It was late in the day and there was math involved, so given that, the energy was great. I talked about Revenue Per Seat and the potential dangers in managing by Average Ticket Price. We also had time to open the discussion up to any and all questions...

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