SeatGeek launched their free iPhone app to help consumers find the best priced concert sports tickets across North America on December 11, 2012.
SeatGeek takes the research and guess work out of buying tickets by doing all the price comparison work for you. Already a well known website that allows fans to search for tickets to upcoming events from different online retailers, the company makes money by receiving a commission every time a customer buys a set of tickets through their website/app. This doesn’t make SeatGeek unique, what does, is their pricing algorithm that is able to determine good deals from bad deals based on ticket section and price. For example, tickets priced $287 in Orchestra Front 3, Row MM are highlighted in green, while tickets priced $135 in Orchestra Rear 6, Row L are marked as yellow because they are just an average deal. Tickets that are priced as $1018 in the Orchestra Front 2, Row LL are marked in red, and are course a horrible deal. SeatGeek is able to “rate” ticket prices in relation to other tickets on the market.
I was very impressed with the ability to scroll and zoom in on specific areas of the seating chart, and the “green for good deal”, “red for bad deal” method of price comparisons makes it obvious and user-friendly to find where the good tickets are.
I allowed SeatGeek to use my current location so it would show me upcoming events in my area – a very cool feature.
One area where I think the SeatGeek app is lacking, is the ability to search for tickets by date. This is a huge deal, because I’m planning a trip to Las Vegas in the middle of January for the ASW13 conference. While I’m there, of course I plan on taking in a show or two, so I typed in “Las Vegas” to see what SeatGeek could find for me. It started by showing me events for today’s date. There are 3 major problems with this:
- I’m not looking for events on today’s date.
- Even if I was looking for events on today’s date, it’s too late to order tickets from most sites like Ebay and TicketNetwork.
- There is a no date-range input for me to enter my own date. So unless I want to scroll through countless events until my desired travel date in the middle of January, I’ll have to search for events elsewhere, THEN come back to the SeatGeek app.
As of right now, I’ll only be using the SeatGeek app when I know what event I’d like to search for, or if I want to play around with the cool seating charts, but until they add an area where I can specify a date range to narrow down my search, I’ll stick with using their website where I have more control over what I’m searching for.
Have you tried out the SeatGeek app yet? What did you think?