Ticket2Me Founder and CEO DARWIN MARIANO has been a fan of the theater ever since he can remember. His fascination for it is actually what led him to pursue various projects and businesses that are related or instrumental to making it widely known and appreciated in the local scene.
Together with college buddies, Mariano has promoted the theater scene even before it became a “regular scene” that it is today. They started with show buying, getting tickets at discounted rates and reselling it to others at actual ticket rates – promoting the shows that they love and making a small profit on the side. And that is actually how Ticket2Me has started.
Mariano said that the idea didn’t quite took off because theater or stage productions are not as regular as what it is today. There were some seasons that no one would produce shows and back then they’re only concern was show-buying – there’s just not enough momentum to keep the ball rolling.
Mariano went on to producing and co-producing shows through Bit by Bit Company with Magazine Editor Carlo Miguel Francia. They have successfully brought to stage some of the most loved original production of all time like “Orosman At Zafira”, “Maxie The Musicale”, “Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala” and “Games People Play”.
This year, Mariano and his team will be breathing life to its first and long-overdue business venture as they combine their passion for theater with the latest innovations in FinTech to make an online ticketing platform that are not only convenient to ticket buyers but also provides a wonderful tool for show producers to monitor ticket sales and get to know their audience a little more -for FREE.
Inefficient ticketing services including over-the-phone transactions and inconvenient trips to selling booths will soon be things of the past as Ticket2Me, the country’s most innovative ticketing platform, provides ticket buyers and sellers a new, more convenient way to transact online.
The all new Ticket2Me platform is designed with both the buyers and SELLERS in mind. It combines the powerful online technological wonders of analytics and blockchain.
According to its Co-founder and CTO James Mendoza, Ticket2Me is the first blockchain-enabled ticketing platform in Southeast Asia that allows anyone to buy tickets anytime, anywhere.
Once tickets are purchased through the website or mobile apps, event-goers receive their electronic tickets online through the Ticket2Me mobile app and their e-mail accounts, eliminating the risk of lost or damaged paper tickets.
On the flip side, producers – using only their mobile phones – get real-time, on-site ticket verification capabilities through their Ticket2Me mobile apps which they can use to easily scan the event-goers’ tickets to facilitate entry into the venue.
This streamlined yet secure process ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for event-goers as lengthy ticket-buying and entry queues are eliminated. Also, producers do away with cumbersome ticket stub collection, guest list control, ticket sales accounting as the Ticket2Me platform provides them with an online event management dashboard with complete audience analytics that enables organizers to understand their audiences better to formulate sales and marketing strategies for their current and future events.
Ticket2Me also ensures benefits for event producers by lessening their overhead costs through removing the need for expensive ticket equipment or ticket booth rentals in cinemas, malls and bookstores.
Ticket2Me also boasts of the biggest array of payment options among all the country’s ticketing platforms. Aside from traditional credit card and PayPal transactions, Ticket2Me also accepts payments through 7-Eleven, MLhuiller, ECPay and GCash – with over 9,135 convenient payment outlets throughout the country combined.
“The response from event organizers, show producers, venue managers, and ticket buyers have been fantastic,” Mariano said, adding: “They’ve told us how they appreciate the innovation we are bringing to the event ticketing landscape and how we’re making all their lives easier because of our platform. Producers love the fact that, unless they decide otherwise, they get to use the Ticket2Me platform for free! Because of their amazing support, Ticket2Me is growing faster than any of us could have imagined. Since the platform went live in May, our user base [both ticket buyers and event organizers] has grown 305% month-on-month. We’ve seen a 644% spike in ticket orders month-on-month and a 453% increase in ticket sales for the same period.”
For more information, visit the Ticket2Me website at www.ticket2me.net or download the Ticket2Me mobile apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Organizers can also get in touch via [email protected].
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