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Top Events of 2012

Top Events of 2012Happy new year!! It’s that time of year where we reflect upon the past year and start looking toward the future.  Confucius once said, “Study the past if you wish to define the future….”.  With that in mind we will look at some of the top ticketed events in 2012 and analyze what it means for 2013.  If 2013 is anything like 2012 be sure to start marketing top pop and country performers and be on the look out for growing segments of the like electronic/techno music and international soccer.  Also don’t forget about popular, yet under-marketed sports like NASCAR.

Top Events of 2012

1.  One Direction

There is no denying the fact that One Direction dominated the event ticket market in 2012.  In 2013 expect that trend to continue as their 2013 tour is sold out across the world.  That means that fans will be looking to the secondary ticket market to secure tickets to their concerts.  Although selling One Direction tickets is extremely competitive, you can make inroads by focusing on niche tickets (e.g. front row, meet and greet, VIP, etc.).

2.  International Soccer

We had to lump a few events here to have these international soccer matches come in at number 2 but there is no denying that soccer is growing as a sport in the U.S.  2012 saw a lot of matches between some of the most popular soccer clubs in the world and several MLS teams.  In 2013 keep your eye out for these international friendlies featuring teams like FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, Liverpool, as well as the US, Mexico, and Canadian National Teams.

3. Electronic Music

Another fast growing segment of the event ticket industry is electronic or techno music.  It was a really good year for artists such as Skrillex, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Amon Tobin, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Girl Talk, Bassnectar, DJ Tiesto and Pretty Lights.  Look out for performances by any of these artists in 2013 including some of the popular electronic music festivals.

4. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s 2012 Stronger Tour was a smashing success.  While Kelly has not announced any major tour plans for 2013 she will be playing with Jason Aldean at his special Wrigley Field concert.  If Ms. Clarkson’s popularity has taught us anything it’s that performers who can bridge genres (country and pop in particular) seem to do extremely well.  As such we expect Taylor Swift to have a huge 2013.

5.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is one of the hottest country music performers around right now.  He had a fantastic 2012 that began with the tail leg of his 2012 My Kinda Party Tour and ended with the announcement of his 2013 Night Train Tour.  2013 should be another big year for Mr. Aldean as his solo stadium tours including a show at Fenway Park have already sold out.

6. NASCAR

It’s no secret that NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the US.  However, most event ticket marketers ignore that sport for some reason.  The sport should continue to grow in 2013- especially the Sprint Cup Series.  Some of the more popular races include the Daytona 500, Food City 500, Samsung 500, Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race XXVIII, Coca-Cola 600, Bank of America 500, Brickyard 400 and the AAA Texas 500.

7.  Taylor Swift

What is remarkable about Taylor Swift’s appearance at #7 is that she was only relevant for the last few months of the year following the announcement of her 2013 Red Tour.  Taylor Swift’s popularity across multiple genres and age groups gives her a shot at challenging One Direction for the top spot in 2013.

8.  Eric Chruch

Country music’s Eric Church saw his star climb to new heights in 2012 with his solo Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. 2013 should be just as good as Eric Church will continue his solo tour through february before joining Kenny Chesney on his No Shoes Nation Tour.  Country music appears to be here to stay so be sure to be on the lookout for the next big thing.

9.  Notre Dame Football

While college football is always a steady performer, usually a team comes from no where to capture the attention of the nation.  This year it was Notre Dame who came out of nowhere to become the #1 team in the Nation and earn a trip to the BCS Championship game.  For 2013 keep an eye out for Texas A&M as freshman Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “Football” Manziel will be getting them lots of national attention.

10.  Justin Bieber 

Justin Bieber coming in at #10 is a bit of a surprise.  While just making the top ten is an achievement, many expected the Biebs to performer better.   It just goes to show you how quickly a pop-star can fade and be replaced- especially the young ones.  A lesson for 2013…jump on the next teen pop sensation early!

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

1D Continues Domination – Tickifieds Top 10

Disney on Ice:  100 Years of MagicWith the 2012 holiday season officially here (it is “Black Wednesday” afterall), tickets sales are already starting to peak as more and more people are giving the gift of tickets.  This time of year, theater events are extremely popular as families are looking for things to do together.  This is evidenced by the surging popularity of Disney on Ice Events (#2 this week).  Although they just missed the list this week, popular holiday shows like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Nutcracker, A Christmas Story and Trans-siberian Orchestra’s The Lost Christmas Eve are on the cusp on breaking into the Top 10 events.  We are also nearly upon college football bowl game season.  As the Bowl bids are announced, expect college football to once again dominate the rankings.

Top 10 Weekly Event Ticket Searches (11/15 – 11/21/2012)

1.  One Direction

It seems One Direction is everywhere these days.  Parents must be feeling the pressure to get their kids tickets to one of their many 2013 shows as Christmas gift.  Popular shows continue to be 6/21 in Atlanta, 7/22 in Dallas, and 7/26 in Hershey (currently the most popular). Also in HUGE demand are the coveted Meet and Greet passes!

2.  Disney On Ice

Also holding strong this week are the Disney on Ice shows playing throughout the country. If you haven’t taken the time to market these events you should really start as Disney on Ice keywords aren’t nearly as competitive as uber popular performers like 1D and Taylor Swift.

3.  Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift continues to be extremely popular follow a slough of recent on sales.  Swift’s most popular shows in 2013 include 5/8 in Columbus, 5/25 in Dallas, 7/20 in Philadelphia and 8/10 in Chicago.

4.  Bon Jovi

The ever popular Bon Jovi recently announced plans for their 2013 “Because We Can’ Tour  for 2013.  Most in demand tour stops include 2/10 in Washington DC, 2/27 in Atlanta, 3/14 in Louisville, and 4/16 in Denver.

5.  San Antonio Rodeo

The 2013 San Antonio Rodeo lineup was recently announced much to the delight of country music fans. The lineup includes top acts such as Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley.

6.  MLS Cup

The 2012 MLS Cup will feature David Beckham and the L.A. Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo. Fans in the Los Angeles area are excited and tickets are seemingly in big time demand – at least as far as soccer goes.

7.  Eric Church

Rising country music star Eric Church continues to be a popular act.  Eric will be playing several shows in November and December before kicking off his 2013 tour of Canada.  he will also be joining Kenny Chesney on his 2013 No Shoes Nation tour.  Popular Eric Church concerts in 2012 include 11/28 in Charlotte, 11/29 in Duluth GA, 11/30 in Columbia SC, and 12/7 in Tulsa OK.

8.  Clemson Tigers

The Clemson Tigers have a huge game against the #12 South Carolina Gamecocks.  A win for the Tigers and they would likely earn a trip to a BCS Bowl game!

9.  Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning has the Denver Broncos in 1st place in the AFC West and fans are starting to get excited about their post-season prospects.  The Broncos have upcoming home games against Tampa Bay Buccaneers (12/2), Cleveland Browns (12/23) and the KC Chiefs (12/30) before the playoffs start.

10.  2013 Daytona 500

With the 2012 NASCAR season completed, racing fans are turning their attention to 2013.  The 2013 season will kickoff on February 24th with the 55th running of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series premier event the Daytona 500.

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

Top Events Week 8, 2012

Welcome to your Top Events list for the week.  The list is a very strong mix of auto events and country music.  The Rodeo season is really heating up, and their coinciding concerts are usually very popular and reasonably priced.

1. Todd Rundgren 02/27/2012ork  City Winery, New York City, NY

The American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer, popular during the 70’s and 80’s, is hitting the road once again, much to many fans delight.  His best known songs include “Hello It’s Me” and “I saw the Light”.

2. Monster Jam 02/25/2012 Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX

Monster Jam truck race continues to be extremely popular on the list.  Perhaps Gravedigger will reign supreme once again.

3. Daytona 500 02/26/2012 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, FL

The legendary Daytona 500 takes place again this weekend on the Daytona International Speedway.  This restrictor plate race has the largest purse and is the first race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

4. Kelly Clarkson 02/21/2012 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, FL

The original American Idol winner is finally taking to the road to support her new album, Stronger, much to many fans delight.  Clarkson hasn’t toured in quite awhile.

5. Disney Live 02/25/2012 Roanoke Civic Center, Roanoke, VA

The kiddos love Disney.  They love ice shows.  Put them together and you have very popular event.

6. AMA Supercross 02/25/2012 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

Supercross continues to sell well and remain a hot ticket item.  Many great tickets are still available.

7. Dierks Bentley 02/25/2012 San Antonio Rodeo, San Antonio, TX

Mr. Bentley will perform at the San Antonio Rodeo.  The SAR got it’s start n 1950 as the largest livestock show and rodeo and takes place over 3 weeks in February.  SAR is one of the top five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos in the nation

8. Avalanche vs. Red Wings 02/25/2012 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

Two hockey teams from chilly origins face off in an exciting match.

9. Cody Simpson 02/21/2012 The Norva, Norfolk, VA

Cody Simpson, an Australian pop singer,  is new to the scene.  His blond, wavy hair and adorable accent are surely a HUGE draw with the preteen crowd.   The next Justin Bieber perhaps?

10. George Strait 02/25/2012 Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Mr. Strait along  along with Martina McBride  appear again on the list with his 2012 tour.  Some great floor seats are still on sale for this show.

This top 10 list is compiled from data from our partner website Tickifieds.  Events are ranked by using a combination of page views, search queries, and unique visitors.

Top Weekend Events 2/18 – 2/20

It’s Wednesday, it’s Wednesday!  It’s time to find out the most popular events happening this weekend!

This Wednesday’s list is heavy on the music, which is a large departure from Wednesday’s past.  The type of music runs the gamut from country to class rock to pop.  The always intriguing Lady Gaga finally makes her first appearance on the list with her show in New Jersey, her homestate.  By the way, did you see her costume at the Grammys??  What the heck was up with her egg outfit?  I’m sure her outfits will not disappoint at this event either.

Kid Rock has had so much success in every genre of music so far.  He really is a “Horse of a Different Color.”  He goes seamlessly from rock to rap to country to even a little (dare I say?) easy listening.  What should not be expected is a boring show.  The man knows how to perform.

The San Antonio Rodeo had a most impressive line-up of events, 2 of which are showing up on our Wednesday list.  Country stars Josh Turner and Martina McBride are coveted performances to attend and also the last two music events at the SAR.    Some of the other’s that previously performed were  Miranda Lambert, Styx, Clay Walker, Train, Reba McEntire, Bill Engvall, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum.

Perennial rock favorite, John Mellencamp also makes an appearance on the list with his New York Show at the Radio City Music Hall.  His latest album, No Better Than This, was released on August 17th, 2010 and has been greeted with substantial approval.

Hockey is one of the biggest sports still in regular season at the moment and thus is drawing a lot of attention.  The Heritage Classic taking place in Calgary, Alberta will pit the Calgary Flames vs. the Montreal Canadiens, two extremely good Canadian teams.  This is going to be quite the event! 

The NBA Allstars game also takes place this weekend.  This event matches the best players in the Eastern Conference against the best players in the Western Conference.  The coaches are selected  by looking at which current teams have the most wins in their conference through the Sunday 2-weeks prior the All-Star game.  Some notable players will include Dwayne Wade, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant.

Two Big 10 teams face on the 19th, OSU vs. Purdue in Indiana.

And the Daytona 500 reigns supreme over the Wednesday Weekend list once again with more exciting racing events!  Be sure to tune in!

1.)    2011 Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway, FL 02/20/2011

2.)    NBA All Star Game,  Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA 2/20/2011

3.)    Purdue vs. Ohio State,  Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN 2/19/2011

4.)    Bruins vs. Senators, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa,  2/18/2011

5.)    Lady Gaga, Broadwalk Hall, New Jersey 2/19/2011

6.)    Kid Rock – Bridgestone Arena,  Nashville, TN 2/18/2011

7.)    Heritage Classic, McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB  – 2/20/2011

8.)    John Mellencamp –  Radio City Music Hall, New York City 02/19/2011

9.)    San Antonio Rodeo – Josh Turner, San Antonio Texas 02/19/2011

10.) San Antonio Rodeo – Martina McBride, San Antonio Texas 02/18/2011

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Top Weekend Events 02/10 – 02/13

racingAnd your Wednesday Weekend Top Events post is back!  After the Blizzard of 2011 knocked out internet and being in New York for the Ticket Summit, we will continue with your regularly scheduled program!

This upcoming weekend features of a number of exciting events!  One of the more exciting events in the Daytona 500 happening at the Daytona Speedway in, can you guess, Daytona, Florida.  They Daytona 500 is one of four restrictor plate races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Jamie McMurray is the current defending champion of the race. The Daytona 500 is thought of as the most significant and important race on the NASCAR schedule, carrying the largest purse by a landslide.  Those in attendance are only superseded by those watching the races on TV. The temperatures in Daytona should be around the mid 60’s, a huge welcome for most of the people traveling to this event.

The Boston Celtics are sweeping up the ratings for this weekend as well while they host both the LA Lakers and Miami Heat, 2 teams that also definitely draw crowds.  The Heat obviously features the phenoms of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh.  James and Wade were selected to be starters for the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game, becoming the second pair of teammates to be selected as All-Star starters in franchise history.  According to Forbes Magazine, the Lakers are the second most valuable NBA Franchise with an estimated value of $643 in 2011.  That’s not too shabby, eh?  The Celtics hold their own with their “Boston Three Party” of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce made famous by a series of strategic moves in 2007 by GM Danny Ainge.

Other events of note are County superstar, Brad Paisley, on his H2O Frozen Over Tour featuring Darius Rucker and Jerrod Niemann.  Nickelodeon’s pop princess, Miranda Cosgrove also displays her talents in New York City.  Sure to be included in her concert is her hit song “Dancing Crazy” which within three weeks of airplay, debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard Adult Pop Songs.  Comedian Kevin Hart is also always another great event with his quirky and hilarious styling.  He’s done several stand-up tv specials for Comedy Central already.

Top events weekend of 02/10 – 2/13/2011

1.)    Daytona 500 Qualifying Event, Daytona International Speedway, FL 02/13/2010

2.)    Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 02/10/2011

3.)    Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat  TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts 02/13/2011

4.)    Monster Jam – Sprint Center Kansas City, MO 02/11/2011

5.)    Monster Jam - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL  02/13/2011

6.)    New Jersey Nets vs. New York Knicks 02/12/2011

7.)    NASCAR Budweiser Shootout Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL 02/12/2011

8.)    Kevin Hart –  War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, NC 02/11/2011

9.)    Brad Paisley – Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia 02/10/2011

10.)  Miranda Cosgrove – NYCB Theater, New York City, NY– 02/13/2011

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