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There is enough ticketing technology in the market to make ticket sales a quick, smart, and seamless process. It’s become incredibly easy that the only challenge left is choosing the right ticketing system for your event type and budget. Eventbrite has been a go to for hundreds of thousands of event producers, but is it right for you and the type of event you're organising? There are now a huge number of options on the market. In his blog post, we break down 10 of the best Eventbrite alternatives so you can find the best platform for your event.
In this blog, we narrowed down your options to the best ticketing solutions that checks all the boxes: cost, flexibility, and sophisticated data management.
In the ticketing game, Eventbrite is an established player. It powers all types of events, from small office parties to music festivals and concerts, with a registration and ticketing system that doubles as a social marketplace for events around the world. Community is a crucial part of Eventbrite’s charm and creating an account on the platform is such a breeze, it wouldn't even take you a full 5 minutes to do. By the end of the process, you have listed an event on the platform in the category that best describes it. This makes is easier for customers to find events based on their location or interests.
For instance, paid tickets are charged a fee of 3.5% + $1.59 and another 2.5% for payment processing (Eventbrite Professional) which could grow expensive for event outfits selling high volumes of tickets. See a comparison in take home pay between Eventbrite and Eventcube here.
Another con to the software is the lack of cash flow. By default, ticket payments are processed 5 days after your event’s end date. This means that until then you’ll be paying out-of-pocket which is not ideal for small production teams who work with event vendors that require upfront payments.
Eventbrite doesn’t host your event page on a subdomain. When you create an event, it produces a templatized landing page that you can only customise by replacing several elements on the page. You won’t have full control over branding and styling.
No End-to-End Virtual Event Solutions
Eventbrite supports virtual events and even works well with top video conferencing software like Zoom. However, it doesn’t have a virtual event platform of its own that would help streamline your event management experience.
Not everyone is thrown off by these “cons” but for those who are looking to satisfy any one of these gaps, this blog might just have the answer. Here we rounded up 10 event management and ticketing solutions that would make the perfect Eventbrite alternative.
Eventcube is a feature-rich white label event platform for virtual and ticketed events. Like Eventbrite, you could easily set up your own ticket store in a few minutes and enjoy a wide range of reporting and attendee management tools.
Eventcube is a cheaper alternative to Eventbrite and you could easily see a stark difference in take home pay through this calculator. Much of the gap can be chalked up to the lower processing fees that add up in value the more tickets you sell through the platform–a major win for prolific event production teams.
White Label Ticketing System
Another one of Eventcube’s edge is its while labelling capabilities. Ticket stores can be hosted on your website and treated like an extension of your brand. So not only could you have full control over every design element, you also have complete oversight of traffic data and ads.
Secure Virtual Venue
Eventcube also has its own virtual venue that offers attendees one-click access to a secure streaming platform. This is especially handy to organisers who want to:
No Wait-Time for Payouts
Small teams don’t need to wait until after the event to liquidate ticket sales. Eventcube uses a payment gateway that directly leads funds to your bank account as tickets sell.
Does anyone remember the extreme overwhelm of organising your first event? TicketBud knows this too well and created a ticketing system anyone, anywhere could use in a heartbeat.
What is striking about TicketBud is its event promotion features. Not only does it link to Facebook so you can directly blast your event to the world’s largest social media platform, you can also promote your event to a highly-targeted audience using Facebook’s look-a-like audience engine. And if that still doesn’t fulfil every event promoter’s dream– TicketBud offers powerful link tracking that allows you to build custom URL’s and see how well your ads (from various promotional channels) are performing.
Brown Paper Tickets is a no-BS, straightforward ticketing solution that allows you to use their software free-of-charge. That means no set-up fees, sales fees nor long-term contracts. All these while you enjoy full access to a suite of attendee registration, event promotion, and sales tracking features.
Your customers only pay €0.89 + 5% per ticket including credit card processing and if you want to add donations to your event page, you can do so with zero service fees from Brown Paper Tickets as well.
Weezevent offers an entire suite of event management tools and WeezTicket is their ticketing and registration arm. Known for their user-friendly interface, Weezevent is a sight (and painless experience) for brand-conscious event promoters. The software is a hub for everything customisable–from website plug-ins to micro-sites, forms, and e-tickets, but there is more to it than what meets the eye.
WeezTicket makes event planning a breeze with its 2D and 3D numbered seating, automatic sales triggers, and data visualisation features that help you run your events practically on autopilot.
Billetto’s promise goes beyond just providing an efficient ticketing solution. They also want to see your events sell out! Billetto is the perfect pick if your team is running on zero marketing budget or is too understaffed to fully maximise your event’s earning potential.
By enabling Billetto Advertising, you allow the software to sell 20% of your tickets to their advertising channels which includes a mix of social media promotion, email marketing, sponsored searches, and publications. You don’t need to worry about the fees, though. Billetto only charges for tickets sold through their efforts–a major win-win for you who’d otherwise be burning hours on what you could easily automate.
TicketSource is an online ticketing system that lets you create your event online in just a few clicks. Like Eventbrite, you can start selling tickets through your own TicketSource landing page which you can customise and list in the website’s event marketplace.
The software is fuss-free and easy to navigate. It comes with a complete box office toolkit that accounts for every customer touchpoint–from registration to barcode scanning and entry.
TicketSource also supports multiple sales channels. This means that ticket sales from online bookings and walk-in payments are integrated dynamically so you can ensure that you’re not overbooking your event.
Eventix’s edge lies in its simplicity and ease of use. Eventix ticket shops are so easy to set-up and get running that managing two shops at once doesn’t feel like work at all. Eventix’s dashboard and advanced reporting tools offer insight to the types of event attendees prefer the most and you can freely share it with non-admin partners through an external link.
Eventix has a host of event management apps that are designed to complement its ticketing system. For instance, the Insight App shows records of ticket sales on-the-go. Coupled with the Eventix Scanner App which automatically reconciles the number of tickets scanned with the dashboard, organisers can properly track sales, attendees, and overall turnout.
RegFox is an event management software that claims to do more for less. Its aim is to replace dated and clunky ticketing technology with a fast and smooth registration experience that doesn’t break the bank. See how RegFox compares in price with industry players like Eventbrite and Cvent here.
Ticket sellers can get creative with their RegFox event page all while installing functionalities that make ticket purchases a breeze. These include conditional logic for workflows, questionnaires, and even pricing. Leads and attendee management are also simpler so organisers can upgrade tickets and communicate with vendors all in just a few clicks.
FooEvents is anchored on the philosophy that events are digital products, too. Thus, it makes perfect sense to see ticketing and registration in an e-commerce ecosystem. FooEvents helps you sell “access” to virtual and in-person events to customers who land on your website. It is installed as a plug-in that equips your regular e-commerce site with an entire suite of event management features. This way, you won’t have to build a separate ticketing system nor host your ticketing outside your domain.
EventBee only charges a flat fee of $1.50 per paid ticket in their Pro tier. And it already comes with everything you need to set-up an event page, sell tickets, run donation drives, and track your sales. EventBee also boasts a Facebook integration that lets you promote your event on the platform and engage with commenters–perfect for organisation with large following
Choosing a ticketing software is only half the battle. Attendee turnout, which is what we often use to measure an event’s success, still depends on how well you promote your event and the time you give yourself to form an engaging relationship with your audience.
If you’re new at the whole event marketing game or are just looking for fresh ideas to book out your event, you can check out our Ultimate Guide to Sell Event Tickets Online blog.
*All pricing was taken from the public pricing pages from the companies mentioned above and was accurate to the best of knowledge at the time of writing (14/06/2022).