Posted in: What's App? News from the app and the office on September 24, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Darren and Morgan, founders of Marcato

It all started 10 years ago with two musicians who were traveling and playing at festivals, then sharing ideas about the music industry on the tour van. Both musicians at heart with years of experience in the music industry, they also had business savvy and technical skills. And a dream to fix the music industry. The ideas Darren Gallop and Morgan Currie shared while riding tour vans between gigs would ultimately become Marcato. What started with thoughts about better ways…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on August 29, 2018 by Shannon McFarland

Music festival in Australia. Photo by danny howe on Unsplash

Festivals are booming in Australia. During the six years Marcato has been in the music festival scene in Australia, we’ve seen an explosion of growth. More awesome festivals, artists, and fans. In the last year, Australia boasted 10 of the Top 100 grossing concerts in the world. Among those ten were two mega festivals: Byron Bay Bluesfest and CMC Rocks Queensland. Now we’re excited to announce our account executive Mark Sparrow will be in Australia this November as a delegate…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on July 24, 2018 by Ashley MacDonald

We all know it. It’s mid festival season. In retrospect, we should have published this blog before it even began but after the burnout starts to hit, you think of all the things you should have done before the season started. And in this case, it’s really not too late to take some of these into consideration before it’s all over. Although we’re not festival organizers here at Marcato, we work with and speak to hundreds of them every year.…

Posted in: Career Opportunities on June 19, 2018 by Natasha Hillier

    Marcato is excited to announce some exciting career opportunities. We are currently on the hunt for both Senior and Junior Software Developers to add to our team. Marcato is continuing to grow rapidly and with this growth comes the need for additional resources! We are looking for key players to join the Development team and bring their passion to our product. Please click the image above or follow the link here to apply.

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on May 22, 2018 by Natasha Hillier

What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Act (GDPR) is a European regulation designed to protect the privacy of EU citizens and to give them control over their personal data. The GDPR not only applies to companies within the EU, it also extends to foreign companies that collect or process the personal information of European citizens. Penalties for non-compliance can surpass 20 million euros. Why is this important to Festivals and events? In the festival and event industry, we collect…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on January 8, 2018 by Ashley MacDonald

We talk to a lot of festival organizers on a weekly basis. Many of them are in search for a better solution than the generic systems they’re using, like spreadsheets or word documents. But one of the common questions we get asked: “Is your software solution only used by music festivals?” And our answer is always of course not! We’ve been working in the festival & live events space for a decade now. Over those 10 years, we’ve had the…

Posted in: Guest Blogs Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on December 12, 2017 by Alex Brewer

This blog was written by Brooklynn Boyer. Brooklynn is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Success at Socialpeeks. Ticket sales for your event can come from multiple sources. Your Instagram follower account may be high but you notice that very few sales actually come from your profile and/or followers. So, what’s up? Here’s a reassuring thought: Social selling is hard. The ratio of social selling professionals to those brands who aren’t selling on social media is 50/50. Meaning: You’re not losing…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers Uncategorized What's App? News from the app and the office on October 12, 2017 by Natasha Hillier

Our support team has been supporting festivals and live events for a combined 20 years and we’ve helped over 1500 events successfully use and benefit from our product. With these statistics come an expertise that is unmatched by any other support team in the event management software industry. Basically, what we are trying to say is: we know what we are doing and we want to help you feel the same way when it comes to festival management software. The…

Posted in: Short Weeklys on September 15, 2017 by Ashley MacDonald

We’re actively expanding into Europe over the coming months. In addition to making our festival & live event management software more widely available, we’ll also be traveling across Europe this fall. Our amazingly awesome Account Executive, Mark Sparrow will be making stops at several festivals and conferences throughout the continent. Here’s the rundown of where he’s going to be: Reeperbahn Festival; September 20-23, 2017 (Hamburg, Germany) *Including a corporate speaking session on Thursday, September 21st at 2pm International Festival Forum;…

Posted in: Tips, Tricks, & Best Practices for Festival Organizers on September 5, 2017 by Ashley MacDonald

We’ve covered a lot of different topics in our blogs. From how to build a successful festival website, a guide for maintaining festival sponsorship relations through to how to manage your festival’s artists and talent. Now, we’re trying a different approach. At Marcato, we work with festivals and live events (over 300 of them!). In doing so, we’ve seen a lot. With the help of our amazing support team, we created a list of some common festival planning mistakes that…

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