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TicketFire Makes Last Minute Ticket Sharing, Selling, and Donations Easy
Have you ever been caught at the eleventh hour holding paper tickets for a concert, play, or sporting event that you can’t attend?
Think of all the paper tickets that you could have sold, given to friends, or donated to a charity if only you had a way to get them at the last minute from your wallet or purse into someone else’s hands.
Now TicketFire, an iPhone and Android app developed by a Columbus-based startup, solves this problem and several more.
TicketFire Turns Any Ticket into a Mobile Ticket
TicketFire is the first mobile application that helps people convert paper tickets to digital tickets at the last minute (or earlier for ticket holders who plan ahead). The app is based on patent-pending OCR technology.
“For consumers, the app is free,” said Dillon Myers, TicketFire COO. “They get up to 10 tickets digitized free every month. Once a person crosses that threshold, the charge is 99 cents per ticket.”
To use TicketFire, all a ticket holder has to do is take a smartphone picture of any ticket, making sure that all event information (including barcode) is clear and visible.
In about five minutes or less, TicketFire securely creates a digital ticket. The app can create an image on a mobile screen or a PDF that the ticketholder can email or print. With a finger swipe on the TicketFire home screen, the digital tickets will appear on the ticketholder’s smartphone.
TicketFire makes it easy to move tickets at the last minute
That digital ticket can be transferred to another person with a couple of clicks—whether that person a friend on the other side of the stadium parking lot, a buyer across the city or state, or a complete stranger in another part of the world. (FAQ)
- It’s as simple as selecting a digitized ticket, choosing “Transfer Ticket” from the TicketFire mobile menu, and selecting a recipient from contacts or entering the name and mobile number of the person to send the ticket to.
- Recipients of tickets receive a text message notifying them that they have been transferred a ticket. All they have to do is open the TicketFire app, accept the transfer and the ticket will be securely transferred to their smartphone, ready to use at the event right away or later on.
With 80,000+ downloads in 110-plus countries and 1,000 venues in less than a year, both individual ticket holders and ticket brokers have validated the functionality and benefits of TicketFire.
- When tickets can be securely transferred to another person, even late in the day of the event, those tickets don’t have to go to waste.
- TicketFire gives brokers a competitive advantage because it’s an easier and more efficient way to sell and deliver tickets. “Theatre is one of those areas where venues are still using only hard tickets. That makes it really difficult for brokers to sell tickets online or through exchanges,” Myers said. “Using TicketFire, they can liquidate in the last day or hour because they don’t have to ship tickets,” Myers said.
- Forgotten or lost paper tickets can become a thing of the past. Digitizing a season’s worth of tickets puts them fingertip-ready and constantly available in the TicketFire app or in a passbook or wallet application on the smartphone.
TicketFire announces Pic-to-Sell, which allows people to turn tickets into cash for themselves or for charity.
“TicketFire’s newest feature helps ticketholders turn unwanted tickets into value for themselves or for the charity of their choice,” Myers said.
The user simply setups up a seller’s account in TicketFire and photographs the unwanted ticket(s) and TicketFire takes it from there, either selling the ticket(s) at a set price or at a market price and either returning the cash or making a charitable donation as the ticket holder directs.
“By entering into the $5 billion dollar ticket resale market, TicketFire’s goal is not to take market share away from existing exchanges and resellers,” Myers said.
“Rather, TicketFire helps two groups who are in need: first, the majority of concert and sports venues where 35 to 50 percent of tickets go unsold, and second, event-goers or season ticket holders who could use a seamless and efficient way to sell unwanted tickets or donate them to charity,” he said.
Learn more about TicketFire and meet the founders in person at Rev1Ventures Demo Day on October 22. Register here.
VentureNEXT will follow Demo Day, from 5:30 PM to at 8:30 PM. Those who attended VentureNEXT last year already know what to expect—a really terrific evening of connection and recognition that’s all about startups and entrepreneurs. For those who weren’t with us last year, come and find out what all the buzz is about.
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