From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 12:51 PM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - Brown Paper Tickets



Cocktail Talk



Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Brown Paper Tickets


Nancy (not her real name) and I do a lot of charity work, non-profit if you prefer. Maybe you do too.


Whether it's the United Way, a college alumni club, a charity Golf outing, your kid's high school dance group, or the Boy Scouts spaghetti dinner, most of us get called upon at some point, and there always seem to be tickets.


If you haven't had to deal with tickets count your blessings, you may be in the 1%.


Brown Paper Tickets (BPT) takes about 95% of the hassle out of the ticketing process. We're in the middle of running four ticketed events so let's take a look the standard operating procedure and what BPT brings to the party while it's all really fresh.


The four events make up the Kemper Center Murder Mystery Dinners Series.


Normally you'd ask for volunteers, call a meeting, design tickets, go to the printer's, get the tickets back, inventory and distribute the tickets before you could even sell one. It can take weeks. One person can set up BPT and have you selling tickets online in under an hour.


Next you have to contact all your ticket sellers to ask how it's going, wait for responses to trickle in, follow up, and document your sales. BPT sends you your choice of an email with each sale, a weekly report, or a monthly report. You can also login to view and print the reports anytime you want. BPT even knows that you're likely to compile all this information in a spreadsheet for analysis, and has one ready for you to download. 


Finally the money trickles in. You have to collect payments from all your sellers, log them, deal with cash, checks, and credit cards, and make many trips to the bank. BPT processes all the payments, the buyer pays the credit card fee, you get one check within 10 business days of your event, and it's all documented right down to the buyer.


If that's not enough, BPT collects, compiles, and prepares names, addresses, phones, and email address.for download in a spreadsheet. Something else you'd have to struggle doing manually.

Shameless plug: The Kemprer Center Murder Mystery Dinner Series links to BPT so you can get tickets to the February 7th event "Love Pens a Deadly Verse" just in time for Valentine's Day.

Brown Paper Tickets, a special Valentine's date, why not, but that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk. 


Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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