The traditional way to sell tickets for events has always been in person, but this can be time-consuming and not always practical. Digital ticketing avoids these problems and also means there's no risk of lost tickets, and less handling of money, paperwork and trips to the bank for your committee.
Online links can be easily shared via social media to widen your potential donor base. There is a charge for using these services, but this can be absorbed into the ticket price, and most would agree that the benefits of digital ticketing hugely outweigh this drawback. So, if you're keen to update your PTA and go digital, what are you options when selling tickets online?
The dedicated platform: TryBooking.com
TryBooking is an affordable ticketing system with a mission to build great features while keeping pricing as low as possible for you and your attendees. The platform is free for free events and just 5% + 15p for a paid transaction.
It's step by step builder allows you to create custom event pages in minutes. All you need to add is your events' name, images, session times, date, location and pricing details and you're ready to sell tickets online. You can then promote your page to your parents or even embed a ticket widget on your PTA or school website.
To save time, TryBooking allows you to create re-usable templates for events, including seating plans, event homepage templates, ticket pricing groups and data collection. You can also quickly clone past events to ensure all your events are consistent.
If you run into any problems or have any questions, TryBooking's fantastic customer support is there to help whenever you need it.
The community scheme: Classlist
Classlist offers a GDPR-compliant way for you to communicate directly with school families. It's the perfect way to connect parents easily and safely, because users have full control over what data they would like to share.
Classlist allows you to set up different lists for different groups, meaning you can message the whole school about the summer fair, just Year 2 about a bake sale, or your committee about an upcoming event.
The free app allows you to recruit volunteers, send announcements and newsletters and raise cash for the school with Classlist's school sponsorship scheme. Its PTA forum is a useful tool for co-ordinating events and resources and getting advice and tips from other local PTAs.
Parents can reach each other in just one click, making it easy to ask about homework, trade old school gear or find lost property. The ticketing function allows you to manage and ticket events, with full guest lists and RSVPs.
- Classlist uses PayPal as its payment provider, which charges users a small percentage as a fee.