Eventbrite says ‘Kia Ora’ to New Zealand as it opens office

By Eventbrite, 7 July, 2017

Auckland, New Zealand Friday 7th July, 2017 Eventbrite, the world’s largest event technology platform which powers nearly three million events each year, today announced its official launch into New Zealand. The decision to launch in New Zealand follows significant organic growth in the local market and is part of its APAC expansion efforts. Eventbrite has powered more than 70,000 events in New Zealand since inception and is establishing a presence in Auckland to build upon the significant momentum it has experienced with local event creators.

Local operations will be led by New Zealand native, Brad McIntyre, serving as Marketing Manager, Eventbrite Australia & New Zealand, and reporting into Phil Silverstone, General Manager, Australia and New Zealand. McIntyre will be looking to hire local New Zealand talent to grow the team in the year ahead.

The live experience market and event scene is booming in New Zealand. Recent research conducted by Eventbrite in conjunction with CrowdDNA shows that New Zealanders attend the most events in the Western world, with more than nine out of 10 (93%) of Kiwis having attended an event in the past 12 months—more than the US, UK, Europe, and Australia.

In New Zealand specifically, Eventbrite has seen:

  • A rich and growing event industry: More than 70,000 events have been powered in New Zealand since inception, with nearly half (34k) occurring in just the last 18 months.
  • A deeply passionate community: With more than 13,000 Kiwi event organisers on the platform, New Zealanders value experiences.
  • Kiwis have diverse tastes: Eventbrite has seen the strongest organic growth in music, food & wine, and business events in New Zealand, with events such as Rhythm and Vines, Homegrown, GABs Auckland, Wellington Food & Wine, and Singularity U all utilising the Eventbrite platform

Phil Silverstone, General Manager, Eventbrite Australia & New Zealand, said of the launch: “We’re incredibly excited to be launching into our second APAC market. The New Zealand office deepens our regional expansion and continues our mission of bringing people together through the power of live experiences. New Zealand may have a small population, but Kiwis have a huge appetite for live experiences, making it the perfect market for Eventbrite.

“What’s also great is that we have a number of key Australian customers that have been able to expand into the New Zealand market with us, following their successes and business growth using Eventbrite.”

Phil added: “Brad has a proven track record delivering leading technology products to market with long tenures at Microsoft and Samsung in New Zealand, which adds to his deep understanding of the unique needs of New Zealand entrepreneurs. It’s his expertise in connecting events with technology that has significantly improved the attendee experience of event organisers’ customers and performance of their businesses.”

Kyle Bell, Marketing & Partnerships Manager for Rhythm and Vines said: “Eventbrite has been integral to the success of our festival over the past 18 months. As they formally launch their New Zealand office, we’re excited to partner even more closely with the Eventbrite team to continue to grow the Rhythm and Vines brand.”

In addition to establishing an office and hiring a local team, Eventbrite recently built an Australia-based customer service team which will service the region, and the company hopes to build out local customer service efforts in New Zealand over time. Eventbrite is also constantly developing its product offering and has recently announced an integration with Spotify, which is available worldwide. Spotify will now recommend Eventbrite events to its massive listenership of more than 100 million music fans based on their music preferences. With this new integration, listeners can select a show on Spotify and complete their purchase on Eventbrite in two quick taps.

About Eventbrite

Eventbrite is the world’s leading event technology platform. The company has processed $8 billion in gross ticket sales since inception and powers nearly three million events each year. Hundreds of thousands of organisers use Eventbrite to boost ticket sales, promote and manage events, handle onsite operations, and analyze results across multiple sales channels. Customers include Tribeca Film Festival, Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, Maker Faire, Wanderlust, and many more. Eventbrite’s capabilities are enhanced by Eventbrite Spectrum, the company’s open API platform, which provides seamless access to more than 170 industry-leading technologies like Salesforce and Mailchimp. Additionally, over 50 million consumers use Eventbrite every year to discover a variety of live experiences and get tickets on a secure, easy-to-use platform. Founded in 2006, the company has 11 offices in 10 countries. Investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.co.nz.

Source: Eventbrite