Eventjoy’s New App For Occasion Goers Provides Actual-Time Chat, Reside Bulletins And Extra
Eventjoy, the occasion administration platform and Y Combinator graduate that was shortly snatched up by Ticketmaster final fall, is right now releasing a brand new model of its cellular software for occasion attendees that’s extra of an overhaul than an improve. The brand new software introduces a variety of distinctive, new options, together with the power for occasion attendees to talk in actual-time with occasion organizers, obtain occasion bulletins from organizers by means of push notifications, monitor social media mentions, and extra.
In accordance with Eventjoy founder, now a VP at Ticketmaster, Todd Goldberg, the Eventjoy app has been downloaded round 30,000 to 50,000 occasions so far and has been used along side numerous occasions, together with people who aren’t your “conventional” convention, like beer festivals, live shows, bus excursions, film screenings, and extra.
Nonetheless working as a small, 4-individual staff inside the bigger group, Goldberg says that being acquired was “like we raised a big seed spherical with Ticketmaster.” And, he provides, “because it seems, operating a startup isn’t that a lot simpler publish-acquisition.” The one distinction is that you simply not have to fret concerning the runway or dying tomorrow, he says.
The upgrades to the Eventjoy app have been one thing that the group had underway for a while, and are designed to make the app extra helpful to each organizers and attendees, whereas additionally differentiating its service from quite a few occasion app rivals.
One of many extra fascinating new additions is Eventjoy’s embrace of the cellular messaging development, because the app now permits a direct connection between the occasion goer and the organizer.
“We realized that communication is an enormous ache level throughout occasions,” explains Goldberg. The reside chat function will assist to unravel that, as now occasion attendees will be capable of ping organizers within the app, with a view to ask questions or supply suggestions. For instance, attendees might ask about schedules or the place to park. In the meantime, organizers can reply to questions instantly one-by-one, or, within the case that quite a few attendees are asking the identical query time and again, they will use their very own app to ship out push notifications that tackle these questions by way of push notification alerts as an alternative.
Additionally new within the upgraded app is a social media aggregator which features a stay stream of Twitter and Instagram updates, in addition to a approach to see which Fb pals are going to an occasion, and the power to ask them to hitch you if they don’t seem to be.
Organizers may also fill the app with extra content material than earlier than, providing issues like maps of the occasion, parking diagrams, pictures of the venue, and different gadgets.
Eventjoy continues to be free to make use of, because it’s been working to realize traction by not charging any charges for its service. Nevertheless, up to now, it has seen transaction volumes within the “seven-digits” flowing via its platform, says Goldberg.
The plan is to ultimately supply further, premium options as a strategy to generate income, together with issues like the power to advertise the occasion on Ticketmaster.com or create customized e mail invites, for instance. A few of these choices will roll out later this yr.
The corporate additionally has an API within the works, the founder notes. “We need to grow to be a extra open occasion platform that may energy different apps that need to do their very own discovery utilizing our occasions, or if individuals need to construct higher analytical instruments on prime of the registration knowledge we’re accumulating,” Goldberg explains. The corporate has been testing the waters on this area via a current partnership with crowdfunding platform Tilt, which sees it utilizing Eventjoy because the ticketing engine that works behind the scenes for the crowdfunded occasions individuals publish.
The brand new Eventjoy app is a free obtain right here on iTunes.