Now, every year I keep telling myself I should track how ticket sales went the year before so that I can tell whether this year’s sales are similar. So I had a look back at last year’s ticket sales on Eventbrite and it looks like it was pretty much exactly the same: one month after tickets went on sale, about 75% of them were gone.
There’s always a big, big spike on the day the tickets go on sale (somewhere between half and two thirds of all the tickets go on the first day), then a pretty big churn for the next couple of days after that, and then it settles down into a steady stream of a few tickets a day.
So if this year is following much the same trajectory as last year, how much time have you got left to grab a ticket? Well, last year’s event sold out just under a month before the conference. If the same holds true for this year, then you’ll still be able to get a ticket up until the first week of August—five or six weeks from now.
Of course now that I’ve said that, I’ve effectively changed the parameters of the experiment. If you know that tickets will be sold out in five or six weeks, you’ll be sure to get a ticket before then …and if enough people do that, then it will sell out in less than five or six weeks. BWAMP!
Anyway, my advice is to play it safe and get a ticket while you can. Seriously, don’t come crying to me in August if you still haven’t got your name down for what’s going to be a bloody brilliant day.
One thing though: I want to reiterate what I wrote last year:
But before you slap your virtual money down via the Herculean challenge of Google Checkout, let me reiterate what I wrote on the dConstruct website: dConstruct is not a conference of practical web design and development tutorials.
Obviously I want people to buy tickets for dConstruct, but I want to make sure that those people know what they’re going to get …and crucially, what they’re not going to get. This event isn’t for everybody. Yes, it’s entertaining, but it’s also challenging. And if you need to convince your boss that you’ll learn lots of useful, practical stuff …well, I’m sorry—it’s not that kind of conference. But you will have a great day and you will hear super-smart stuff from super-smart people.
It’s going to be good!