Coming up with an effective way to create tickets and manage sales and attendance for an event is not always easy. Do Attend provides its users with a better way to mange and monitor attendance effectively. The system allows users to build their own customized tickets that can be sold. They can also offer special discounted rates and collect data from attendees during the registration process. Do Attend is a popular ticket selling solution that is also used by the Heart of America Foundation, Texas Music Throwdown, Friday at the Track, Intellecap, Nasscom, Mobile Monday Bangalore, and AT2 among others. Even managers can set up a page for their event, publish it and quickly share the URL to draw interest and encourage ticket sales. Do Attend automatically embeds maps and integrates with popular calendars and social networks including Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps and LinkedIn.
DoAttend.com was founded in September of 2009 by TenMiles. Based out of India, the TenMiles team includes around ten individuals that assist with software development and other tasks. TenMiles focuses on making life easier for its clients through technology. Their offerings include ScreenSwift (an application that converts the user’s Flash files into screensavers) and HelpDesk Pilot (a help desk management software solution) as well as DoAttend.
Do Attend handles many aspects of event attendance. The application starts from the beginning with the creation of specific tickets and any discounts the event manager wants to offer to attendees. Users can quickly build a basic event website that is up and running within minutes. This can be shared to inspire others to look into the event or possibly encourage ticket sales. Do Attend also collects information during the selling process so users have what they need from attendees to ensure that seating arrangements and all other tasks are appropriately completed.
Do Attend is very well organized, which helps event managers learn how to use the application quickly. The unique event pages can be customized as the user sees fit, with their own custom made banners and more. The layout and simple design of Do Attend helps its users prepare an sell tickets and gather information from attendees without taking a great deal of time to learn the application. This is a huge plus considering how many tasks the event manager may be responsible for.
A new user can find a large, red “Sign up for free” button at the bottom, right hand corner of the homepage. This may require a little scrolling down to find depending on the user’s browser. An attractive registration form will pop up, asking for a name, email address, password and terms of service agreement. After entering the information, the user can click the grey “Sign Up” button at the bottom of the form to continue. Users are advised that their email address will be their username. The user must also check their email inbox for an activation email with instructions on how to complete registration.
There are no subscription of set up fees associated with Do Attend. Anyone can create an account and pay nothing. Free events can also be managed through Do Attend for free. The price the user pays depends entirely on ticket sales. If tickets are priced in Indian rupees, the organiser a 4.9% transaction free plus Rs 15.00 per attendee. For paid international events, the event organiser is charged a 1.5% transaction fee plus 49 cents per attendee excluding the Paypal transaction fees. In the end, the user only pays when tickets are sold and the commission taken by Paypal and Do Attend is based entirely on the price of admission and number of tickets sold.
Event managers could appreciate Do Attend, especially those that might be working on a tight budget. Free events, including those ran by non profits, can really benefit because they are charged nothing for the service. Even paid events can use Do Attend without any risk because there is no other cost beyond the per ticket commission fees taken by Paypal and DoAttend.