Walmart vs. CVS in Event Listings

16 Mar

Reaction to an article I read just a little bit ago: Here

What caused me to write this: The article was about LifeCrowd, a new web site that shows events for people to discover and go to (not necessarily knowing anyone).  As with every article I find dealing with something in our space I pass the link along to the rest of the team just so at a minimum they open it up, see the name, and move on.

KHB responded with the quote that stuck out to him; “In other words, the event listings on the site may not be as long and thorough as those featured by your hometown paper, weekly mag, or other events guide, but that’s by design. LifeCrowd is aiming for quality over quantity”.  As we are working, pulling our hair out, to finish an update to our events section, and thinking about a few other event aggregators that have come out recently – it got me thinking that the trend is you’re either the Walmart (Eventbrite, Meetup, Facebook, Eventful) or a CVS (LifeCrowd, SOSH, WillCall) of event aggregation – but I want both.

What I hope happens soon: I hope that soon there is enough of these niche CVS’s of event aggregation that well be able to provide both quality and quantity display for users on Shizzlr.  It will be awesome when you can share WillCall’s show deal right into a group of your friends on Shizzlr to talk about buying tickets, and the next day share a biking trip you learned about on Zozi, and chat about when your going or who has an extra bike.

What we have now: Right now we are certainly going all Walmart (as you can see in this snapshot of the next version of our website).  Grabbing from the largest event sources to provide the most content possible for users to discover and share into their group of friends on Shizzlr.

And the way we built it i’m really hoping that between adding search, some added filters on both the frontend and backend, and more event creator partners well be able to offer both quality and quantity for users to discover things to do and share with friends.

Semi-tangent thoughts: more thing… on a quick sidenote the first comment in the article I mentioned above, was “This should be an app for your smartphone so that events will be listed based upon their location”.  I need to get back to them b/c we are on it as you can see here:

Jeez and an one more thing – we realized that people would want to see events  first before sharing them with friends to chat about it, so very soon we’ll be updating our web site so you can browse events and places before signing up/logging in.  Here’s a snapshot of a mock i did a bit ago below because KW would shoot me if i showed you what he was doing now.

Have a good weekend everyone


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