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tone bloke

Topspin should make Adva Mobile their mobile component -- they do the exact same thing, yet they enable fans to purchase not only tickets, but merchandise and content through their mobile phones...

Daniel "Danny Dee" Aguayo

So dope!

gregory k

How do bands get to sell their own tickets? Don't the venues have deals in place with ticketing companies? Or will they just let any artist sell the tickets to their shows?

Scott Feldman

Not to pee on anybody's corn flakes, but we're talking more about The Pixies,than the success of any particular direct-to-fan platform. These guys could likely play a "secret show" on a Tuesday morning, in the bathroom of a suburban YMCA, only tell 5 people directly, and still manage to sell a few thousand tickets.

Similarly, here's another example: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones sold 8,000 tickets, bundled with exclusive VIP merch to a newly acquired and/or re-engaged fan list and made about $40k in a half hour. But they did it with Nimbit .... and they did it last year! Hypebot covered that story here: http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2010/02/nimbit-shares-mighty-mighty-bosstones-case-study.html

The lesson in all of this is that (obviously...) working smart is key, and direct-to-fan platforms like Nimbit (and Topspin) can do great things for artist teams willing to work smart and hard. Here at Nimbit we've got thousands of artists doing just that. But in the case of The Pixies, it's worth mentioning that they've already sold a couple million records over a 20 year career including some stints on a couple big/major labels. As cool as this all sounds, their history is as much, if not more, responsible for this particular success.

Let's do the same thing, but instead of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones or the Pixies, let's try it with a newer, emerging band. One that hasn't already had 20 years of indie acclaim and hipster praise. When they breakthrough, then it'll be time for some chest-thumping and legit hyperbole.

Corey Crossfield

Dear Ticketmaster, here is what I like to call a virtual cue!

Hans Gubermann

What happened when someone forgot to bring their printed receipt? I can almost guarantee that happened.

If not, I'm more interested in how the hell they got everyone to remember THAT instead of scanning a barcode via smartphone.


Hans: most likely the same thing that happens when you don't have a ticket to a show since time immemorial.


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