At some point, as a business, you’re going to hold an event, and that means dealing with tickets or RSVPs. What’s different about Sparxo is it lets your attendees chat with one another – using voice.
On the social side of the ‘net, Missing Lettr takes your blog posts and turns them into social media campaigns for you.
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Sparxo is a newcomer, taking on the big leader Eventbrite in the event promotion and management arena. They look like a pretty good challenger too. Like Eventbrite, their website offers the ability to search for events by location, so you don’t have to wade though listings of stuff hours away.
Before I get into the list of their competitive features, let me share the One. Best. Feature they offer: You own your attendee data. Unlike other event services, they don’t lock you into relying on them to contact your event customers. You get their registration data including their email addresses. That’s so vital if you want to reach out to your attendees post-event.
So what do Eventbrite and Sparxo offer:
You can make recurring events, add questions to the registration/purchase process, have a waitlist if you hit your max for attendees, and of course you can do ticket sales at the door. Yes, you can create discount codes.
Speaking of at the door activities, you can use their mobile app on your smartphone to scan barcodes. There’s also a check-in list feature. Yep, they have name badge printing too.
Thanks to changes at Facebook, you can sell tickets from your FB page without leaving Facebook.
There’s also a feature to enable you to do fundraising (basically, sales without an event, at the risk of over-simplifying)
If you want (and personally, I find this approach works best for our Cowork Frederick events), you can defer your ticket sales payout until after the event. This is the most convenient for events that might have light attendance or rick cancellation if the weather doesn’t cooperate. It just simplifies your cash flow.
What sets Sparxo apart?
Well, besides that whole “own your data” thing, that is. Something fun and different – you can offer rewards for referral sales. For example, you can have a promotion where someone that refers 5 other ticket purchasers will get their own ticket for free. A nice incentive to get your customers to promote your event.
Pricing is a big differentiation. Eventbrite: Free for free events. Otherwise, 2.5% + $0.99/ticket (max of $19.95/ticket) which you can pass on to the ticket buyer if you want, PLUS 3.00% payment processing fee. So 5.5% + $0.99. Sparxo: Only Stripe payment processing fees (2.9% + $0.30/transaction).
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