8 Secrets to Writing Event Pages That Convert

The bad news: From email newsletters to Facebook posts to the New York Times, the moment your prospective customers arise, they’re bombarded with things to read. You get a few mere seconds to hook ’em, which means your event description and website copy needs to be polished and punchy. The good news: You don’t have
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BHoF Weekender Hits, Highlights and Big Winners

Brown Paper Tickets is proud to have handled ticketing for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, the annual gathering of the glitter tribe in Las Vegas, June 4 to 7. This was my first year attending the Weekender and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet many of our burlesque producers and performers in person. Sunday
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13 Fantastic Ways to Celebrate Pride

June is LGBT Pride Month. A time to reflect on past (and current) struggles, celebrate positive changes and paint the town rainbow. In honor of Pride Month, here are 13 LGBT festivals, parades, parties and fundraisers in big cities and small towns around the U.S. Do whatever makes you feel most proud. Drag + Cabaret 1. The
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The Essential Guide to Merchandise, Part 1: Selecting a Vendor

Whenever someone tells me that there’s no money in merchandise, I want to scream. Merchandise programs can become your league’s greatest return on investment. Especially once your merchandise program is established. This is the first of a three-part series on derby merchandise programs and the best use of your merch committee’s time. Although this series
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What Bootstrapper Award Winners Look Like

Brown Paper Tickets won the 2015 GeekWire Awards’ Bootstrapper of the Year. Quite an honor for a company celebrating its 15th anniversary using corporate social responsibility vs. venture capital as a propelling business backbone. Thank you to all who voted for us. GeekWire reported that 25,000 votes were cast among numerous categories and finalists and
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Take Care of Each Other, Do It for #57

After news broke of the suicide of Michigan teen Sam (Casper) Taub, a 15-year-old transgender skater, I’ve not felt like writing about derby business. As someone immersed in roller derby culture, active in the junior derby community and a father of two teenagers, the news hurts even though I had not met Sam. Being a teen
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Brown Paper Tickets Named Finalist for GeekWire Bootstrapper of the Year

Fantastic news. GeekWire, the national technology news site nominated Brown Paper Tickets for Bootstrapper of the Year. Vote for us now or read on and find out what makes us viable bootstrappers. 3 Reasons to Vote for Us  1. After launching the world’s first free ticketing and event registration service, Brown Paper Tickets has remained
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What’s in a Name? (Hint: Everything)

Your derby league’s look and feel affects the success of your marketing and your community relationship. A smart, calculated and yes, creative selection of your logo, league name, team name(s) and tagline is vital. Derby Branding 101  If you are not familiar with branding, think of it as a consistent look and voice that represents your
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Making the Big Climb to Cure Blood Cancer

Brown Paper Tickets’ special ops event genius Erika Harder led a team of brave and well-hydrated Brown Paper Ticketeers to climb the tallest building in Seattle (no, it’s NOT the Space Needle) at the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb on Sunday. At 788 feet of vertical elevation, the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle stands as the second
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4 Painful (But Hilarious) Lessons Learned in Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up comedy can be an exhilarating experience or a terrifying one. Being in front of a live audience, pouring out your soul and getting people to laugh is a trying task. Sometimes it is the best thing in the world. Other times, it makes you wish you could just ball up and cry. There are
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