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Summer Just Got More Social: Live Nation’s New Concert Calendar Facebook® App Is Here!

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, Vice President of Social Media

Live Nation Concert Calendar

Summer’s just around the corner, and we can’t imagine a better complement for the summer concert season than a brand spankin’ new concert discovery app. Live Nation is thrilled to unveil a treasure trove of live music goods in true social networking style. After private beta testing with some of our most social fans, we discovered  that fans enjoy seeing what shows their friends are hitting, competing for points against each other and cashing in on rewards. And now, we have an app for that!

Our brand new Concert Calendar Facebook® app features official concert listings (but of course), social recommendations and fun gaming features including music-related badges, a point system a leaderboard to keep track and the best part, real-world rewards like Concert Cash® will be up for grabs. Concert Cash can be used towards thousands of Live Nation items, from concert tickets to band T-shirts to signed merchandise. All to help fans better enjoy the sweet connectivity and nostalgia of live shows that just can’t be beat!

The public beta version of Concert Calendar is ready for the digital enjoyment and feedback of all music fans. Here is TechCrunch’s review of our app.  We want to know what you think, so leave your feedback here. Your feedback is crucial as it helps us continue to deliver dynamic social features and ways to keep you in the know when it comes to engaging in your ultimate concert planning experience. Now, let’s bring on the summer heat!  Thanks for being a fan!

Helping fans find what they need, even faster

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, Director of Product - Ecommerce

Predictive search illustrated on TM.com

We have worked hard in the last couple of years to launch a number of ground-breaking innovations to help you discover events and make ticket purchasing as social and seamless as possible. Our ticketing app for Facebook®, mobile app, Facebook tagging in our interactive seat maps and acquisition of Setlist.fm are some of the features on our highlight reel. While we were working on those, we didn’t forget about our mainstay, Ticketmaster.com.

A lot of the fans who land on our home page proceed immediately to search box at the top of the page and type in an artist team or venue name. We have recently added two features that will help you search much more efficiently – predictive search and supporting act display.

Predictive search allows fans to find what they are searching for more quickly and easily by suggesting popular artists and venues as fans types their search terms. Fans can then choose a suggestion without having to type the entire term. This will help with potential misspellings and incomplete search terms. When you select one of the suggestions a more targeted set of search results are returned, this helps you get to the event page faster.

The order of suggestions is based on a combination of lexical proximity and recent page views & tickets sales conducted on Ticketmaster.com. This ensures that the most relevant artists and venues are suggested prominently, while our very long tail of smaller artists and venues are still accessible – something that has always been challenging, given the hundreds of thousands of live-events offered on our site, and the wide variations in the way fans enter for artists (“Florence + the Machine” vs. “Florence & the Machine” vs. “Florence and the Machine”).

Supporting act displayWith supporting act display you can now find the opening band and see the full list of performers at larger festivals on Ticketmaster.com. Additionally, fans can learn more about the artist, read user-reviews of previous shows, and see their other upcoming concert dates by clicking any of the artists’ names to view their individual page.

We are gathering feedback on fans’ reaction to these and we continue to work on further enhancements within the live-event search & discovery paths. Let us know what you think and thank you for being a fan!

Ghost Lion Coming to a House of Blues Near You

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In House Artist Project

The Tropical post-punk band, Ghost Lion, led by vocalist Blake Hanley, won Live Nation’s inaugural In House Artist Project. Live Nation created the employee competion, under the moniker In House Artist Project, to help support and develop emerging artists who also happen to be Live Nation Employees.

Over a six month period, 119 bands from around the world competed. Six winners were selected and an epic battle-of-the-bands culminated at the House of Blues on Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Vintage Tone, Magnuson, S.K. Robot, Ghost Lion, Mount Fabric and Carbellion rocked it out on the stage, with Ghost Lion emerging as the winner.

In addition to management consultation and a marketing fund, Ghost Lion earned a slot in an upcoming national House of Blues club tour.

Congratulations!

Ticketmaster’s Ticketing App on Facebook®

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, Senior Director, Product

Recommendations from Ticketmaster's ticketing app on Facebook

We’ve been leading the way in building cool social products to help people get the most out of live events. So we’re excited about our latest social product, Ticketmaster’s Ticketing App on Facebook. We’re still blushing, as Tech Crunch deemed our app as most impressive of the night during a Facebook event earlier this year. Even our friends at Facebook are talking about us.
The app is another option for you to learn about upcoming shows and purchase tickets on Facebook, where you are already spending time (it’s OK, we spend a lot of time on Facebook too).

One of the coolest features in this new product is that the store will recommend upcoming shows to you based on what you listen to through online music services – like Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio and others. We’re tapping into the Open Graph to make your experiences all about you. So log in, install the app, grab your friends and go see something live!

We’re going to keep innovating and building cool social experiences to help you get the most out of live events and make them even more amazing.

Check Out Tonight’s Set List

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, President - Digital Ventures

Setlist.fm

Setlist.fm®, the growing community-managed database of more than 400K set lists for 24K artist in more than 70K venues, is coming to Live Nation. This one-of-a-kind archive spans decades of live music history, from the 1950s to last night’s concerts from around the world. We LOVE the community at Setlist.fm and are thrilled to nurture and support it going forward.

Stay tuned as we extend the fun of a concert to before, during and after the show by integrating Setlist.fm across mobile, apps and online. In the meantime, you can get ready for a concert by looking up the band’s most recent set lists or relive a favorite concert at www.setlist.fm

Grab Your iPhone

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, VP Product Mobile

Ticketmaster app for iPhone

We’ve just launched our Ticketmaster app for iPhone®! You can download the free app from the: App Store.

This app will let you browse events and purchase tickets in real time from wherever you are. If you have your iPhone location services turned on, you can choose to have the app suggest upcoming local shows. It scans your library of music and makes recommendations based on relevant shows in your area. You can further personalize by using more than 40 filters.

We’ll be making a bunch of enhancements to it over the coming year, but we wanted to get the first version into your hands as soon as possible, because we know how much you love live events! There’s much more to come, so let us know what you think so far, we want your feedback so we can build the best experience for you.

Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways!

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We helped make the holidays a little brighter for Ellen’s TV audience today with Ticketmaster gift cards. In case you missed it, here it is.
To share in the holiday cheer, you can check out our holiday daily deals offered in the Ticketmaster Merchandise Store. New deals are revealed each day at 12:00 noon Eastern at http://store.ticketmaster.com, on Ticketmaster’s Facebook page and through Twitter by following @Ticketmaster and will only be available to redeem from the Ticketmaster Merchandise Store for 24 hours (Friday deals will be extended through the weekend). Fans also have the opportunity to enter drawings for a chance to win Ticketmaster Store gift certificates on Ticketmaster’s Facebook page. Three lucky sweepstakes entrants will win one of three $100 gift certificates in the final drawing on December 24th.

The Ticketmaster Merchandise Store is the perfect place for those hard to from the hard to shop for people still on your list from tour posters to collector’s edition vinyls, box sets and MP3s, the Ticketmaster Merchandise Store also offers the more unexpected finds like Tim McGraw Christmas tree ornaments, a Katy Perry Peppermint Swirl purse, a Dave Matthews Band backpack or a commemorative 70th birthday Muhammad Ali robe and photo book. Shoppers can browse the inventory by artist or genre, search by keyword, check out the items that have made the best seller list or view our curated gift suggestions.
Happy Shopping & Happy Holidays!

Ticketmaster Joins Music Industry in Supporting Lifebeat for World AIDS Day

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On December 1st, World AIDS Day, Ticketmaster will donate $.10 for every ticket purchased through Ticketmaster to Lifebeat. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster call centers, and/or at participating retail outlets including Walmart locations, Simon Malls and Taubman Centers. Lifebeat was founded in 1992 and leverages music and the music industry to educate young people on HIV/AIDS prevention and provide the healing power of music to people living with HIV/AIDS.

Last year, Ticketmaster donated more than $22,000, which enabled Lifebeat to provide safer sex education to over 30,000 concert goers throughout the US and put on over 200 live concerts in 2011 for people living with HIV/AIDS in the New York City and Washington, D.C. areas.

Thanks and Giving® for St. Jude on Ticketmaster: Buy Tickets and Help the Kids of St. Jude

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For the third consecutive year, fans purchasing event tickets on Ticketmaster can chose to add a $1 or $5 donation to their order, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. One hundred percent of all donations will directly support the lifesaving work of St. Jude for children with cancer and other deadly diseases.

The St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is an annual holiday fundraising campaign in which shoppers, celebrities and corporations unite to save children’s lives and support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Fans can select to donate on Ticketmaster.com from November 16th through the end of the year.

Through this program, Ticketmaster has helped raise more than $600,000 for St. Jude, which helps to provide care and treatments for some of the world’s sickest children.

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