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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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Pricing

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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Even a “Free” Ticket Isn’t Free

The price of a ticket is much more than just the amount of money they give you to be allowed in the venue.I don’t just mean parking or the babysitter or the other legitimate hard costs that might come with a trip to see an event, though those are very real too.Recently, we talked about realizing that we are, as an industry, on the wrong side of the Convenience Gap compared to other forms of live entertainment, and I...

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Variable Versus Dynamic Pricing

Do you have one of those friends who can’t resist correcting people on the proper use of “who” versus “whom”?  Perhaps you don’t because you are that person. Regardless, you’re all welcome here.Personally, I let the who/whom thing go because I’ve never misunderstood anything said to me because of it.Other frequently mistaken words though aren’t as harmless. They have the potential to get you all mixed up, crazy, and worse still, losing out on money from ticket sales.So we’re...

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How Much Does it Cost to “Make” a Ticket?

Let’s start answering that question by asking a different one.How much does it cost to make a sandwich?Let’s say that you buy bread, condiments, meat and cheese for about $2 and each time you turn on your sandwich press, it costs you $.50. Ignoring labor costs for a moment, it costs you $2.50 to make a sandwich. If you sell it for $6, you’ll probably end up with a profit after you pay for everything else a business needs...

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