Customer success story

4,500 conference attendees are checked into Rogers Arena in under an hour

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Vancouver, Canada
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Check in, ticket scanning, name badge printing, and more.


Online ticketing, registration, bookings, private invites, and RSVPs.

TEDxVancouver 2015 and 2014 - Case Study

TEDxVancouver, founded in 2009, is an independently organized annual event and aims to build the premiere TEDx platform that will project the unique, and innovative ideas of Vancouver onto the global stage.

TEDxVancouver switched to Guest Manager for its ticketing in 2014. TEDxVancouver 2015, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver BC, was our second event together and is the foundation for this case study.

The jump to Rogers Arena and reserved seating. Integrated lunch-addon and onsite redemption tracking system. Custom survey during checkout.

For TEDxVancouver 2014, we provided our full range on registration, support, box office, and onsite barcode scanning for all 2,500 attendees. Ticket transfers and corporate bulk purchases (through our Box Office) were especially important.

TEDxVancouver is a massive and complex ticketing operation that utilizes nearly all of our ticketing features. This includes: presales, sponsor registration, corporate discounts, student discounts, custom survey & API integration, batch tickets, comp tickets, lunch program, scanning, and much more. With around 4,000 in attendance, having a scalable, reliable, and fast ticketing system is crucial to the events success.


TEDxVancouver has a lot of things going on - with needs way beyond what a typical ticketing system is capable of. After evaluating the venues ticketing system, Ticketmaster, it was determined that it could not handle some aspects of their program, including, among other things, the personalized name badges, ticket transfers, and team registration. The TEDxVancouver team worked hard to bring Guest Manager to the venue because they knew it could handle their program. Reliability, flexibility, and scalability are things that Guest Manager is known for.


Please browse below for a sample of the unique and key features implemented for TEDxVancouver.

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"These scanners are much faster than our Ticketmaster ones. I'd love to use these everyday!"

Rogers Arena Gate Staff

Branded PDF tickets

This event had many ticket types, each with their own rules and permissions. These included: Lower Bowl Seat, Upper Bowl Seat, Accessible Seat, Floor Seat, Suite Access, GA, Backstage Access, and more.

GA ticket

TEDx create a custom ticket design general admission

Reserved seat sicket

TEDx design and brand custom tickets

Apple wallet tickets

create custom apple wallet tickets

Apple Wallet

Design, create, and send beautiful, custom Apple Wallet tickets.

Previous year attendees, pre-registrations, etc all had an opportunity to purchase their tickets prior to the general on-sale. Each custom link has its own configurable properties for each selling item: price, on-sale, end-sale, enabled, can reserve, can request, inventory sharing, stock levels, and much more.

Forward to friend promotion

During the pre-sale phase, each guest was sent a “Forward to Friend” promotion email in addition to their receipt. The email, when forwarded, tracked the friend back to the original purchaser. The key incentive we offered was that all friends would receive assigned seats next to yours. Over 350 tickets were sold this way.

Student promotion

Students were allowed to purchase their ticket at a discounted $39 rate - for the Upper Bowl only, capped at 300 tickets. Using custom links, this was set up in seconds.

Request tickets

Tying into our custom link feature again, TEDxVancouver had over 300 volunteers and each needed access to the venue. We simply pushed out a private link for volunteers to request tickets, and once approved by the team coordinator, tickets were delivered.


TEDxVancouver put on a pre-event, called ID: The Exhibition, which was an art gallery and cocktail event for a very limited 100-200 people. Using Guest Manager, they collected RSVPs online, which is essentially a trimmed down version of the full box office used for the arena event.

Generate ticket batches

TEDx batch ticket generation

300 or so of the volunteers included dancers, stagehands, and other last-minute unconfirmed help where it did not make sense to ask them to pre-register in advance. For this, the client simply batch generated 300 GA tickets, labeled them accordingly (Dancer, Stagehand, etc), and did a combination of emailing and printing these to be handed out.

Daily sales summary

Every day at 6pm, a succinct email was sent out to admins on the account, providing a total, sales by product, and a log of each order.

Comp tickets

We take guestlist, sponsor registrations, and comps extremely seriously. A few hundred of these have the ability to cripple your operations - but not with Guest Manager.

Pre-made orders

Jump into the backend, select the recipient, enter the tickets or lunches the guest needs to pay for, click create & send off a link to them requesting payment. This made dealing with bulk, corporate, sponsor, and custom rate orders easy.

Data feeds

With so many stakeholders and managers in the event, it became prohibitive to have a single person be the gateway to the software. On demand sales figures and inventory levels needed to be accessible at any time by anyone. For example, the manager of the Student Discount program was given a direct link to monitor only the student ticket sales.

Advanced order management

Split-payments, capturing, authorizing, stock caps, seat swaps, and more.

Branded emails

To give an idea of the kind of communication involved in an event of this size, here is a sampling of a few of the emails.

event invite forward to friends

Forward to friends

Social promotion of event built in to email. Sales generated from linked are tracked back to guests, enabling the system to assign seats to sit with friends.

custom branded event marketing email

Purchase food reminder

All guests were given an option to purchase a catered meal.

event invite forward to friends

Order requested

Notifying a guest that their tickets have been requested.

custom branded event marketing email

Order checkout

Email received from an order generated via the backend, sending a link to the guest to collect payment.

event invite forward to friends

Ticket transfer accepted

Notification to the guest of an accepted ticket transfer.

custom branded event marketing email

Ticket transfer sent

Receipt of ticket transfer initiated.

Truly mobile box office

Long gone are the big PC’s, printers, and scanners. Using iOS devices, and Honeywell barcode scanners, everything can fit neatly into a small bag - perfect for a festival or temporary venue.

TEDx ticketing system mobile box office solution Here’s our onsite technical manager, getting the box office ready at a nearby hotel.

Pre-sold lunches and onsite redemption program

After the guest selected their tickets online and proceeded to checkout, they were offered to add a lunch to their order (from 4 lunch options). This was a great way to cross-sell and allow guests to pre-purchase their lunch, speeding up the in-event operations. Guests were delivered a barcode and presented it at the event for redemption, much like a ticket (but it uses a separate validation engine in order to not muck with your ticket sales data). Guests who did not purchase lunch, were automatically sent a reminder email periodically leading up the event - resulting in over 500 lunches sold. The full court press is important - and thankfully Guest Manager can automate that work.

Custom survey

The client wanted to collect additional information from the buyer in order to create personalized name badges. This survey was integrated into the checkout experience. It was also filled out independently by ticket transferee’s, as completion was mandatory for all attendees.

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2014 recap

2015 - with the jump to a big arena and reserved seating - would not have been possible without our opening year in 2014, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

TEDx ticketing solution honeywell captuvo scan tickets

Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

TEDx handheld barcode scanners for rent

Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

rent ticket scanners for event

Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

rent ticket scanners for event

Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

rent ticket scanners for event

Ticket scanners

Durable, reliable, and fast scanners from Honeywell.

TEDx program pickup

Program pickup

Pick up your TEDxVancouver program here.

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Will call desk

The team taking a break after the initial rush.

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