With the spring semester approaching, your venue may be evaluating its intern program or gearing up to hand off intern responsibilities from the current group to the next. We thought it would be helpful to highlight statistics regarding the use of interns at venues from the recent IAVM Staffing Report. Here’s some of the interesting data in the report:
According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a record 63 percent of 2013 graduates completed an internship. While there is currently a fierce debate as to whether unpaid internships are lawful, and whether intern labor is harming the economy at large, there is no doubt that internships benefit both the venue and the individual. When asked, most venue professionals will cite internships as the launching point of their interest in the venue industry, as well as their foot in the door.
Take a look at the interactive infographic below to see how your venue’s intern program compares to the industry average. You can also purchase the complete VenueDataSource Staffing Report for more information on paid versus unpaid interns, statistics on full-time equivalent employees, and more.
As reported recently by NPR, a crucial World Cup qualifying match between Ghana and Egypt took place at the military-owned Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. The first international game since the 2011 uprising met great concern from the visiting team, with Ghana repeatedly requesting a location change.
FIFA determined that additional security measures were sufficient, and aside from a few flares lobbed onto the pitch, no significant incidents were reported. Even the protests in Tahrir Square quieted during the game, as hundreds of citizens shifted their attention to a large display screen broadcasting the match.
From an AP report:
“Tuesday’s game at the military Air Defense Stadium was the first international in the troubled Egyptian capital since 2011 and one of the first games to have such a big crowd since the Port Said disaster last year. More than 70 people were killed in a football riot in the Suez Canal city, a disaster that changed the face of Egyptian football and forced games to be taken away from Cairo.”
You may have noticed that I’m one of the newest members of the IAVM staff here in Texas. As I’ve been telling my friends and former co-workers about my new job, I keep getting asked what it is exactly that IAVM does or who makes up the association. I usually share with them a textbook definition, but that rarely hits on an emotional level.
Now, though, there’s something we can all share with people who want to know more about IAVM. It’s our membership video, and we just released it into the wild. It’s right there above all this text, and you can watch it, too. Please feel free to share it with current members and future members. And let us know in the comments your thoughts about it.
Thank you for being a member, and thank you for having me on board.
One of our members, Michael Marion, passed along some information from Ticketmaster. It’s about scalping and a way to help stop it. It’s good info, so we thought we’d share it with you, too.
“There are a number of ways resellers trick fans into thinking they’ve found your website,” Ticketmaster wrote. “Many buy URLs that feature your trademarks, using them in Paid Search to give the perception of being directly affiliated with you. Others use your trademarks in ad copy, even going so far as to say it’s the ‘official’ place to buy your tickets. Often times fans don’t realize they’ve bought secondary tickets; or worse, they show up at the gate and discover the tickets are fraudulent. The results are bad for the fan, bad for you and bad for the industry.”
Ticketmaster is working with Google to fix this problem. Using Google Whitelist, you can “better protect both your intellectual property and your fans by limiting the user of your trademarks by other parties in their paid search ad copy.”
Here’s how you can participate:
“Please also encourage your live event ticketing peers to participate in Google Whitelist,” Tickemaster wrote. “As adoption grows, Google can monitor patterns of abuse and develop algorithms that prevent the abuse of your trademarks. While it’s in Google’s best interest to reduce trademark abuse and fraud on their platform, it’s in yours to protect your fans—and get them coming directly to you again for tickets.”
Many of us have a distinct memory of something that may not be the most monumental event in our lives, but somehow it stands out beyond all of the other daily experiences we accumulate. It might be a summer camp memory, sitting around a fire determining the maximum amount of marshmallows one can stuff into one’s mouth. Or perhaps it’s the memory of a first week away at college, playing volleyball on the dorm lawn. There is actually a term for this kind of memory—it’s called a Context-Dependent Memory, and all it takes is the taste of a marshmallow or the smell of cut grass to trigger the memory’s reappearance.
So why are we talking about marshmallows and context-dependent memory to a bunch of venue managers?
Here’s why. Continue Reading →