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How to Increase Ticket Sales for Non-profit Theatres

More sales happen online than anywhere else – including sales for the performing arts. Among the organisations we work with, Spektrix has observed more than 50% of ticket sales occurring online. Despite this behaviour, the arts industry is still behind the curve when it comes to selling to patrons online.

This is a critical opportunity for organisations, yet finding the resources to put new sales strategies into place can be particularly challenging for charities. So to help jumpstart the process, we’ve compiled a shortlist of four tips to help arts organisations increase ticket sales online.

 

1. Examine your online purchase path

When considering how to maximise your online sales opportunities, start by understanding your customers’ online journey. Consider how they are arriving to the website, how they are finding all of the relevant features, and doing everything possible to make it fast and user-friendly.

Test out a checkout flow from the perspective of the people purchasing those tickets. How would someone totally new to your organisation interact with the checkout? Consider all of the steps a patron might take, such as using a phone or tablet.  Analyse who is buying, how, and identify anything that might be in their way.

 

2. Take a closer look at your pricing

To make the most of every transaction, run reports to glean data, for example, to see which seats patrons are purchasing most often. Use that data to inform whether you could raise prices on the highest-demand seats or use a new promotional strategy to sell less popular seats.

Additionally, think about when patrons are buying tickets in the time leading up to an event. Consider whether a dynamic pricing strategy could help your organization capitalise on the times when customers are most willing to spend more, or when rewarding early buyers could drive advance sales.

 

3. Introduce an intelligent offer

Discounting tickets without a strategy can devalue patrons’ perception of the organisation’s programming. Intelligent discounting, on the other hand, can shift their behaviour and entice them to buy early or attend more often.

Intelligent offers are a great tool for converting one-time patrons into repeat visitors. They persuade patrons to bridge the gap between a single-ticket purchase and subscriber by offering a percentage discount if they buy more shows at once. Or harness new patrons’ excitement after seeing their first show by adding a credit to their account, bringing them closer to becoming repeat attendees.

 

4. Mix offers and membership programs

Leveraging offers is an additional way to convert patrons into members. Look at including discounted tickets as part of membership, or consider a members-only presale. These offers can expand member bases while getting patrons to book earlier. Track how much you’re giving away and what your return is to make sure it’s a healthy balance for the organisation.

 

And remember, inspiration is everywhere

As daunting as it might seem to shake up the way your organisation sells tickets online, implementing just one or two of these strategies can help increase ticket sales. When considering next steps, don’t be afraid to look to other industries. Commercial retailers and travel companies have adapted to accommodate digital buyers in ways the performing arts industry should take cues from. And just like those industries, it can be iterative – making changes as you go will lead to increased revenue over time.

To learn more about how Spektrix can help your organisation implement these strategies to improve your organisation’s bottom line, contact us to start a conversation or see a demonstration of our product.

 

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Hailey Colwell is a former Marketing Manager at Spektrix

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