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18 Apr 2019 Feature

Mobile ticketing is convenient for the customer and can open up new business opportunities. Innovations in the US signal a way forward for the UK, suggests James McClure.

It wasn’t that long ago that smartphones were a novelty. In fact, just seven years ago only half of the UK adult population had a smartphone, according to Consultancy.uk. By 2017 that number had risen to 85%, and we can assume that it is beyond 90% today.

An increasing number of purchases are made on mobile phones and these purchases are not just small orders

And yet much of the ticketing approach in arts organisations across the country has failed to keep up. It’s time that... more

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