Our Hot Tickets Programme invites leading organisations to TheTicketingBusiness Forum who are looking to evaluate upgrades to their ticketing, CRM, membership or digital marketing platforms in the next 18 months and will be ‘shopping around’ on site.

In an effort to get to know our Hot Ticket recipients (we like to call them Hotties) a little better, we asked each of them a few questions in a quickfire interview.

It would be pretty boring to just ask about the upgrades they are evaluating at the Forum (although of course we asked this too), so we threw in a few curve ball questions too. Enjoy!

Next up is Thomas Torjusen, Head of Media & IT / CDO for Norsk Toppfotball, who will be joining the Forum on 17-18 April at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

What is your job role at Norsk Toppfotball?

Head of Media and IT and the CDO

What’s something people don’t know about your organisation?

We and our clubs represent a sharing philosophy. Everything – both positive and negative around club management is shared openly – except tactical information regarding the team before the matches.

What upgrades are Norsk Toppfotball evaluating at the Forum and why?

The best way of selling tickets as a user friendly and logical way which reduces dropouts due to not logical systems and journeys.

What’s your dream event to ticket?

The Winter Olympics

What was the last sporting event you went to?

The opening at the new venue for Vålerenga – Intility Arena.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? 

Tina Turner at Spectrum in Norway 2004

What’s the weirdest event you’ve ever attended?

Ghost hunting at a venue.

When you visit a venue, what do you notice first?

The activities in and around the venue and how the Stewards are welcoming you.

What’s the last ticket you bought?

Tickets to a Theatre – Les Miserables

What emerging technology are you most excited about?

Voice recognition and how this will influence our user journey, both when it comes to ticketing and general communication on websites and apps.

What are you most proud of?

Professionally – the launch of our joint media platform in December 16
Personally – Jumping above the 10 meters limit on kiteboarding

What three things always cheer you up?

Family, Kiteboarding and Florida

What would your autobiography be called?

The shifting digital consciousness

What’s your guilty pleasure song?

Club Tropicana, Wham

And the all important question… Dogs or cats?

Dogs 😊 Since I have a boxer

Meet Thomas, and all our other Hotties, at the Forum on 17-18 April in Manchester. Earlybird passes (including a free hotel night) are available here.

What are people saying?

The best networking place I've been to. I was able to get very high level leads and meet relevant partners. You did a great great job to gather such high level and exhaustive people!

Chloé Julien Founder & CEO, BandSquare, France

CIOs, CTO,s Chief Execs... all those people turn up at this event. it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with them

Rick Jurkiewicz Head of Ticketing, The Rugby Football League, UK

This is the focal point of the ticketing industry in Europe, where the decision-makers meet and exchange ideas

Niels Henrik Sodemann Managing Partner/CEO, Queue-it, Denmark

At the Forum we made concrete progress with regards to selecting a new ticketing provider. I would be happy to recommend the Forum to other venues in the future.

Martin O'Donoghue Business Development Manager, Cork Opera House, Ireland

If you’re curious about the future, if you want to see how things are developing, if you wanna get to know your peers... you need to be at the Forum.

James Charrington CEO, Dewynters, UK

For me the most important thing was to meet with all the different companies in ticketing and I’ve managed that, and I left with many business cards!

Grégory Six Major Projects and Development Manager, AS Monaco, Monaco