Monday, August 3, 2015

Smartphones And Concerts Are Tied At The Hip

Smartphones at concert image
If you’re like me you’re probably wondering why everyone is looking down at their phones during a concert instead of at the action on stage, but it’s something that’s becoming more the norm and will probably be increasing in the future. And that, it turns out, is going to be a good thing for artists, bands and brands everywhere.

According to an article in Billboard by Donnie Dinch, Ticketfly (the online ticket source where Donnie is General Manager of Consumer) tasked Harris Interactive to conduct a poll asking how people used their phones during a concert or event. What they discovered is beyond interesting.

First of all, 31% of Millennials (18 to 34 year olds) use their phones for half the concert or longer, while only 15% say they never touch it while there. That’s a lot of time to be looking at a small display while the main event is happening in real life, so what are they doing exactly?

It turns out that most of those phones are being used for recording the show, but not so much as a historical document as stoking the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) fires of their friends. This applies to 40% of the females (as compared to 24% of males), who also share their posts on social media 59% of the time.

All interesting, and maybe a little sad, but the fact of the matter is that there’s a large number of attendees glued to their phone, yet hardly anyone is actively taken advantage of it.

This could come soon thanks to the new Bluetooth beacon technology that companies like Apple and Marriott are employing which automatically send push notifications to smartphones in the vicinity, providing the users with product information, flash sales or deals. With a few well-placed beacons around a venue, there could be an opportunity to sell some merch in a fast and easy way. Read more on Forbes.


Peter McDonald said...

People using mobile phones at concerts really annoys me. Especially those who film it. It always seems to be someone in front of me, i end up not being able to see the band play live and end up watching it through the persons phone.

I wonder if bands offering the recordings of the concert (say for an extra fee on top of the concert ticket) would help reduce this phenomenon. I know I would certainly pay a bit more if I were to receive the concert on MP3 for example. This would be a relatively cheap endeavour for the bands as well.

Rand said...

Instead of behaving like an ignorant, inconsiderate, selfish, self-entitled jerk by ruining other ticket holders of a more realistic and memorable concert experience, why not just stay at home and stare into your own damn irritatingly glaring screen(s) when the concert's available on disc, etc.?

Why bother going to a 'live' event just to be totally consumed into your little magic box you're already addicted to anyway the other 18 hours a day? Get a fkn life. Otherwise, you can't sincerely claim you were even present there when your flea-sized attention span was glued to your device.

If the band on stage actually wants or needs publicity, they don't need you to record it for them, they've already got their own dept. to handle that. And if they don't, it's plain rude and inconsiderate of them to allow it in the first place. Besides, since when has 'bootlegging' become permissible anyway?


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