August 21, 2014
Ticketleap is making the ticketing process a little more human. For anyone, it’s easy to go online and buy a ticket, but what if you could use a platform that was a tool for event creators, helped shape communities, and let users take selfies?
These are just a few of the things that Ticketleap offers. Ticketleap CEO Tim Raybould says one of the company’s core values revolves around creating a memorable experience for users.
“What we are actually selling and what we are actually enabling is for people to be able to go to an event with a friend, have fun, and enjoy the experience,” says Raybould. “What we think events are really great for is the ability to build connections with people. The best way to get to know someone is through sharing a unique experience with them.”
According to its site, Ticketleap offers a number of features. Here are some of the things they offer:
- Event pages: “Your event page should be much more than just a credit card form. It is the expression of your event online,” reads an excerpt.
- Social sharing: Social channels will help users spread the word: “People are what matter most at your event. Camaraderie with others is why people show up.”
- Event-day management: On the day of the event, event creators can “accept credit card sales at the door, scan barcodes, or welcome them in with Selfie Ticket.”
How Ticketleap works
Ticketleap, based in Philadelphia, offer easy-to-use features, but there is one major factor that sets them apart from their competitors – even big companies like Eventbrite.
According to their site, they have recreated the ticket; instead of welcoming people the traditional way, the team has incorporated the selfie. Users can (1) download the app, (2) take a selfie, (3) download the selfie ticket, and then (4) show it to event organizers at the door.
“Shuffling them in and inspecting their barcode just doesn't feel right,” reads an excerpt on their site. “Your event is a collection of faces, not credit card numbers. For events like yours, we built something more friendly.”
Ticketleap in the event market
Events aren’t just making a comeback, Raybould says they are here to stay.
“I think they are taking off like they never have before,” says Raybould. “There are so many more people now making something than ever before . . . and because of that, people need to spread the word about what they are doing.”
In terms of the future, Ticketleap has a few exciting plans. The company created Events U for college campuses and is also hosting their own events once a month.
More about Raybould and Ticketleap
Raybould was the CFO of Ticketeap prior to becoming the CEO.
“It just became all-consuming, what I thought about all the time,” says Raybould of being CEO. “As CFO I felt I was a stakeholder, but as CEO I feel ownership and responsibility.”
While he’s excited to lead a team and make the ticketing process more innovative, there are still some challenges.
“It’s hard sometimes to lead a team of people who are at the same time trying to create something new,” says Raybould. “It’s difficult, but very rewarding.”
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