Is D2F the future of entertainment ticketing?

Since making the cover of Billboard magazine in 2008, the concept of Direct-to-Fan has developed into a global marketplace with multiple software platforms and service suppliers.

Topspin was first out of the blocks and established itself as ‘the one to catch’. But six years on there are more than a dozen competitors offering D2F service packages – and all of them offer some form of ticketing.

But how capable are these platforms as full-service ticketing systems? Do they replace traditional setups? Or are they another element in today’s diverse marketing mix?

We’ve rounded up some of the key practitioners (and thrown in a few promoter voices too) for our session on D2F at Ticketing Technology Forum 2015.

Joining us next month at Wembley are:

  • Mark Meharry, CEO, MusicGlue
  • Christiaan Munro, Director, Sandbag
  • David Riley, Director, Good Lizard Media (The Prodigy and more)
  • Markus Stripf, Managing Director – Europe, Crowdsurge

Your moderator is no less than Stephen O’Reilly – former head of Topspin Media in Europe and now Head of Gramofon.

Join us at #TTF15 as we explore the future of D2F for ticketing and more…

For more on the D2F market get hold of the D2F Which Platform report by Wicksteed Works. Report author Jessie Scoullar has anlaysed all the platforms and their respective capabilities.

More details here.


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