Get Your Tickets Cheap with Tikly

Concert and theater goers are in for a treat! A new ticketing platform has recently launched offering lower service fees and opens revenue streams for bands, venues, and organizations and places tickets back in the hands of the talent and event organizer. The new site called Tikly, was created by young entreprenuer Emma Peterson, who has had experience touring with musicians. Tikly has already started working with major artists and venues like The Nadas, Bess Rogers, Andy Shaw Comedy, Cityview’s Brewfest, The Venue at Court Center, and more. We spoke with the founder of Tikly to get the inside scoop on what makes this new ticketing platform so great.

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Emma Peterson

AM: How did the idea of Tikly come about? 

EP: After touring extensively for one year with Iowa’s favorite folk rock/alt country band, The Nadas, I launched Tikly in May 2011. While on tour, I made connections with artists & venues across the nation, dealt with the current ticketing options on behalf of The Nadas, and saw a need for a change in the industry. We needed a ticketing platform that allowed us to sell our own tickets, save people some money on fees, and provide a more positive experience to our fans. After all, if the first step toward supporting an event is a negative one, we have a problem.

I found that touring musicians, venue owners, and event organizers are entrepreneurs and their fans and/or patrons are their clients. There is no space in this band to fan, venue owner to patron, event organizer to registrant relationship for greedy third-party ticketing companies.

The challenges put forth by the pre-Tikly ticketing options are not limited to abusive fees. These ticketing companies, that view the tickets on sale as their tickets, are not allowing the client to best represent themselves. So that’s why we built Tikly—the live event world deserves to have a ticketing service that respects ticket sellers and buyers alike while leveraging today’s technology to open new revenue streams for the people who put on the show.

AM: Why do you think it has been successful?

EP: At Tikly, we do things differently—every choice we make for our business, the platform, and our clients is made with serious consideration and respect for the shows and events we represent. The ticketing industry, prior to the introduction of Tikly, has been completely upside down and abusive for a very long time. Ticketing companies of all sizes seem to find themselves falling into the industry standards set forth by Ticketmaster and LiveNation—if these larger companies can have $15+ in service fees, it’s easy for a smaller company to feel they can get away with charging just $5-10 on a $12 ticket.

Tikly challenges that evolution and opts not to just be the lesser of two evils. It is this commitment to providing a reliable product that offers a quality experience for both ticket seller and ticket buyer that has allowed us to achieve the successes we have had thus far.

How does Tikly differ from other ticket selling/buying sites?

Tikly is a low-fee ticketing service that places ticket sales back in the hands of the people that put on the show. We work closely with artists, venues, and event organizers to make sure they are able to provide their ticket buyers a quality ticketing experience. Tikly is free to use and there is absolutely not contractual obligation required to start selling tickets with us. Because after all, the tickets we sell belong to the people who put on the show—we are just here to help.

Our defining characteristics that set us apart from the competition can be found in our transparent and respectful ticket fee structure, ability to sell merchandise alongside tickets, and dynamic sales page that can be manipulated to communicate the branding of the event in the most beautiful way possible.

 AM: What are your plans for Tikly in the future?

EP: We’re going to continue growing this thing and it’s going to be a lot of fun, I’m sure. We so value the success of artists, venues, and events. To the very best of our ability we will learn from these clients, build accordingly, and consequently provide a meaningful ticketing solution. We are committed to revolutionizing the ticketing industry for artists and the venues they perform in.

AM: What is your favorite feature of Tikly?

EP: My favorite feature is our merchandise table. The concept for the merchandise table came from my experience working as tour manager and merchandise person for The Nadas. I wanted a way to give our dedicated fan base an even better reason to buy tickets in advance. I also wanted to let our fans buy unique or limited edition merchandise that we may not have otherwise packed in our trailer.

Not only does pre-selling merchandise give fans an extra incentive to buy tickets in advance but it also opens a new revenue stream for the client. Pre-selling merchandise puts extra money in the touring musician’s gas tank, makes show-goers feel like VIPs and lets event organizers have a better understanding on what apparel, etc. they may need to order.

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#SCBDExclusive Interview with Christina Aurrichio, Owner of Chi Flo

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This month, Christina Aurrichio, an FDU graduate like myself, launched an amazing new, up and coming fashion line, Chi Flo. The line is creative and unlike anything out there because of Christina’s passion and love for drawing and fashion. When I saw that she was launching the company and her premiere line, Grimm Street I had to get the 411 and have my readers get a first look because I see Chi Flo going places and you’ll probably want to buy your first shirt after you read this.

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SCBD: Thanks Christina for letting me interview you and give my readers the first scoop on your new line, Chi Flo. It’s great to see another peer and fellow Jersey Girl make their mark. Who or what inspired you to come up with Chi Flo?

CA: No problem Sara! Thanks for all the support and promoting, I’m very impressed by all you’ve accomplished as well. What inspired me to create Chi Flo was a mixture of things. I am very passionate about my artwork and always wondered how to properly display it. I also am very passionate about fashion and the whole city scene. You know—the girls in the city with a sketchpad  in their backpack, a cup of coffee in hand, and a keen sense of style…just trying to make it big. Chi Flo is all about the balance of my artwork, the fashion sense, and actual occurrences life occurrences. It also showcases my love for making light of bad situations. For instance, the BAD GIRLFRIEND shirt should be worn by girls with a sense of humor who have been maybe labeled as a Bad Girlfriend before, or just know how to joke about themselves. It’s just so much bigger than a t-shirt line for me, and I hope someday it catches on.

SCBD: How long have you been drawing for? What’s the best drawing you’ve made?

CA: I’ve been drawing since I was a little kid, maybe about 7. My big brothers and mother were always extremely creative and seeing them creating music/crafts/drawings made me want to do the same. I can remember looking at my Flinstones storybooks, loving the character Dino and just taking a piece of paper and drawing him. It was always an exciting challenge to get better at drawing every time I picked up a pencil. It still is an exciting challenge. I’ve never been classically trained in drawing. I think that says a lot as well.

My favorite drawing I drew would be the “Not Your Savior”.

SCBD: Chi Flo focuses on using original artwork, why do you think that’s crucial to any successful fashion line?

CA: I  think nowadays, every time you turn a corner someone is creating a new t-shirt line from scratch or a website that re-sells already made t-shirts the buyer purchased wholesale. Granted, I am supportive of anyone doing so. However, most of those people aren’t coming up with the designs themselves. They are either Google-imaging “skull and crossbones” or “graffiti letters” and just placing them on a shirt. Again, those people are smart and I support them. They may also sell faster because they sell shirts that are trendy with the times. But myself personally, I just couldn’t come up with another carbon-copy t-shirt line. I thought “I have the ability to create designs, why not use that to my full potential?” Plus, what’s better than wearing a shirt that no one else has? If I had a dollar for every shirt I see with an inverted cross, or a typical sugar skull, I wouldn’t have to hustle a t-shirt line!

SCBD: Chi Flo is not just a fashion line but it is also a lifestyle, what does that mean to you and your customers?

CA: When I say that Chi Flo is a lifestyle, I truly believe it is. Chi Flo sells shirts with meaning. For example, the “Not Your Savior” shirt is my favorite design because I drew it when I was going through a bad break-up. It was purely from my heart. To me, Chi Flo shirts are like listening to a good song. If you can relate to the lyrics, or in this case what the shirt says, then the design will jump out at you and mean so much more. Chi Flo is self-expression, but in a cute way!

SCBD: Your first line, The Grimm Street Collection is unlike any line I’ve seen. You’ve mentioned that every collection tells a story. What is the story behind The Grimm Street collection?

CA:The story behind the Grim Street collection is a blend of things. As I had mentioned earlier, I designed the Not Your Savior after a bad break-up. Literally, I couldn’t ‘save’ the other person and had to focus on myself. Next came the Bad Girlfriend. That was an “insult” thrown at me in retaliation. Why not wear it on my shirt then? After graduation and difficult situations, I started to find myself. I drew the Chief Flo as a representation of discovering who I was and my artistic ability. The Street Pigeon represents the cool-side to fashion and just feeling like a boss. Finally, the Smiths Tribute reads the words “Honey Pie, You’re Not Safe Here” . That’s my favorite line from a Smiths song. It represents power and rising to the top. Whoever was going to get in my way wouldn’t be “safe there”. That kind of thing.

Take a peek into The Grimm Street Collection (photos by Rob Roselli):

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SCBD: What shirt is your best seller?

CA: My best seller is the Street Pigeon! I think it is amazing how girls and guys both love the design. I give myself props for that.

SCBD: What’s your favorite shirt and why?

CA: My favorite is the Chief Flo because I truly think the design is beautiful. When I was drawing it on paper, I looked in the mirror so I could outline a face and hair (I was alone so I used myself as the face model). From there, I just drew everything else and made her a sugar skull. I think it’s great that people probably don’t know they’re wearing my face on their shirt!

SCBD: I ordered the Street Pigeon shirt and received it really quickly last week which was awesome. I loved the packaging and sticker that came with it. What separates Chi Flo from other designers out there? 

CA: Great to hear! I think what separates Chi Flo is the whole ‘hometown’ feel. I designed the shirts and everything. A good friend of mine, Rob Roselli, photographed the pictures. Another friend of mine modeled the pictures and more friends of mine will continue to model for me. I created Chi Flo strictly from what I know and love. I’m just not trying to be anyone else. The packaging ties in with the hometown feel because I wrap it myself and put in a thank you note signed personally by me.

SCBD: Chi Flo seems to be really taking off, where do you see Chi Flo in 5 years? 

CA: I hope it continues to take off. I need to constantly keep on top of the advertising and promotion. I stay humble and noticeably hopeful through it all. I have so much stock left still, but I knew I would. I took a big chance. Plus, it has only been two weeks since it’s launch date. I must continue to advertise and be creative. If I continue to do that, I hope Chi Flo will be sold in stores in 5 years. I’d also love to open a boutique with Chi Flo brand clothing. Let’s hope for the best.

SCBD: What are some goals you want to achieve with Chi Flo this year?

I’m so excited to continue to create more designs. The more I sell the Grim Street line, the more profit I can make, and the quicker I can come up with more shirts. I just really want people to love the shirts and recognize that I am an independent business owner and need to sell, sell, sell! I can’t wait to create hoodies for fall and cover-ups for summer. Stay tuned!

SCBD:  What’s one quote that motivates you everyday?

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better”

SCBD: Last, what’s one thing you’d like all the SCBD readers to know about Chi Flo?

CA: I’d like all the SCBD readers to know that anyone can rock Chi Flo and find the balance in their life. Chi Flo represents just that! Wear your heart on your sleeve and also wear art on your shirts. Self expression from deep within is SUPER important and don’t be afraid to be edgy. Stock is limited but there will be more as long as the sales go up! Chi Flo is a small business and needs YOU guys to help promote it! By people wearing Chi Flo, it sort of creates a little Chi Flo army. A bunch of people making a statement in favor of art, independent business, and staying Chi.

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I loved both of my purchases from Chi Flo, the Women’s Street Pigeon Crop Tee and neon pink beanie (pictured above) and I’m sure you will too!

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In honor of the launch of Chi Flo, Christina is offering Small Chick Big Deals readers an exclusive deal:

 Type SCBD into the code box at checkout to get 10% off entire purchase at Chi Flo from Monday the 18th-Wednesday the 20th! 🙂

Also be sure to sign up for the Chi Flo mailing list, here.

Happy Shopping and supporting Chi Flo! 😀

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Get Creative This Year with Valentine’s Day Crafts!

My boyfriend and I have been going out for almost four years now, it’s crazy how time flies.   Since we began dating in April 2009 I have always made him a homemade card for anniversaries and Valentine’s Day and this year is not an exception. Now with Martha Stewart Crafts, unleashing your inner cupid is as easy as 1-2-3:

1.     To express your heart’s desire, start with the utterly charming Martha Stewart Crafts “Stamp Card and Envelope Set” – it includes 18 scalloped edge note cards and matching envelopes with heart-accented labels so you can share your love with everyone you wish.
2.     Add your personal stamp with the “Wood Stamp Valentine’s Day Hearts” set of 12 mini stamps nestled in a reusable wood crate.
3.     Seal with a kiss…and with “Valentine Cupid” and “Valentine Cupcake” stickers. Yummy confections, cherub silhouettes, hearts and more Valentine icons shine with glitter and foil accents.
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  To make things even sweeter, you can save 20% at MarthaStewartCrafts.com now through Valentine’s Day! Just enter coupon code BLOG20 at checkout. 

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Whatever you craft for Valentine’s Day, be sure to enter the Martha Stewart Crafts “Craft Your Heart Out” Sweepstakes for your chance to WIN a DIAMOND HEART PENDANT!

Visit http://bit.ly/CYHOSweeps for more details and to enter. You can enter once a day through February 13th, and the winner will be announced on the 14th.

Happy Crafting! 😀

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