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Eventful Demand: Frequently Asked Questions

What is this Eventful Demand thing all about? (link)

Eventful Demand is a free service from your friends at Eventful, Inc. that gives you tools to make your dream events come true. Get your favorite performers — bands, actors, athletes, writers, musicians, speakers, industry leaders, comedians, poets, and personalities — to come to your hometown.

Join an existing Demand or start a new Demand of your own and spread the word — it's easy!

Get your friends and family involved. Start an email campaign, link to your Demand detail page from your website, or put an Eventful Demand Sticker on your website so people can sign up directly from your site. Add your voice to the rest of the community and be heard.

After your Demand has reached critical mass, Eventful will notify the performer of your Demands and get a response. Perhaps they will agree on the spot? Maybe they will be unavailable and send their regrets. They might counter and encourage you to get even more people to join the demand. Give them a reason to come to your town — make your case.

Once a performer agrees, all the members of the demand are notified and the planning begins. A date must be selected, a venue chosen, etc. Members of the Demand will be the first ones to know when the event has been scheduled and how to get tickets.

With all the fans in your town joining together, you have the greatest chance of getting performers to respond. Speak up and be heard.
What is a "demand?" (link)

A "demand" in the Eventful Demand sense of the term is a request by one or more people for a particular event to happen in a particular location. People can demand events that include a specific performer (for instance, demanding a particular journalist to come give a lecture, or a particular band to come play a concert), or people can demand a specific event itself (for example, you can demand a particular conference happen in their city as opposed to one of the cities the conference is usually held in).
What is a "performer?" (link)

A "performer" in the Eventful sense of the word is any person or group (as in a musical band) that speaks, plays, sings, dances, or otherwise performs in front of an audience. A performer might be someone participating on a panel session at a conference or convention. A performer might be a rock musician, hip hop singer, or classical violinist. A performer might be a famous celebirty actor. A performer might be an independent film director. A performer might be an executive at a company. A performer might be YOU!
How does a Demand become an event? (link)

A demand becomes an event through a mixture of a) hard work on the part of the people who have started and joined the demand, getting the word out, emailing everyone they know who would also like to attend this event if it came about, and adding stickers to their websites and blogs to help promote the demand, and b) crafting an event that (if a specific performer is desired) aligns with a performer's interests, priorities, and availability. Add to all that a bit of luck!
Are all Demands guaranteed to become events? (link)

Absolutely not. There are no guarantees. But here's the thing: a lot of what affects the chances of a demand becoming an actual event depends on how convincing you are that the demanded event ought to take place, how many people you get to join a demand, and if there's a performer specified, how available and interested the performer is in doing the event.
How do I start a Demand? (link)

It's easy: just click the "start a new demand" link (just like the one near the top of this page, or on any other page in the Demand section of the site) and you'll go to the Start a Demand form. (You will need to be signed in first; otherwise the system will ask you to sign in or register.) The first thing you'll be asked is the name of the performer you're demanding. If you are not demanding a specific person but instead are demanding a particular event (e.g., a movie, conference, play, etc.) you can enter the title of the event you are demanding. You don't need so specify a location in your demand since it will automatically be added when your demand is created. The system guesses your location based on your IP address. If this guess is wrong, just click the "change location" link to specify the city, state, and/or country you wish this event to take place in.
Do I have to pay money at some point? (link)

If a demand turns into an actual event, it's because the performer (or if there's no performer, the organization) that has agreed to do the event has negotiated with the people who joined the event on items like venue and price. Some events may be free. Some events will not. It's entirely up to the performer or organization putting on the event. When a demand becomes an event, it gets listed on Eventful as if it were an event like any other. The "Cost" field will specify how much the event costs to attend. Here's an example: a group of people in Dallas, Texas demand a performer to come play a concert. The people demanding work hard to get the word out, get people to sign up, and reach a critical mass that interests the performer and ultimately causes the performer to agree to an event in Dallas. The performer at that point will make it known how much tickets for the event will cost, and an email will be sent to everyone who joined that demand, so they know how much the performer is charging. Whether or not there is a fee for events that arise from successful demands all depends on the type of event and the performer's wishes. We do not charge people to start a demand or join a demand.
Does Eventful, Inc., owner and operator of Eventful.com, plan to make any money from the Demand service, and if so, how, and while we're at it, how much? (link)

Long-term we do intend to make some amount of money for events that come about because of the Demand service. How much exactly? It will all depend on what is negotiated with the performer, their representatives, and any other organizations/entities involved in putting on the event. We believe that if the Eventful Demand service eliminates some of the risk that has traditionally accompanied putting on events, particularly concerts, there's value there that's worthy of earning a reasonable fee or percentage, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
I started a Demand and nobody joined! Why didn't anyone join? (link)

Could be that nobody else in your area, or in the area you specified as the location for the demand, was interested in demanding that event, or in demanding that particular performer. It might be because the description of the demand wasn't clear, or simply wasn't interesting. Or, perhaps because you didn't provide an image, and it didn't catch anyone's eye as people browsed the various lists of demands. Or, perhaps the performer you were demanding just performed in or near that general location, and there wasn't enough "demand" anymore for yet another performance. In the end, there are all kinds of reasons a demand might not turn into an event. But there is a very short list of reasons why another demand might successfully turn into an event: no doubt the people who started and joined the demand worked diligently to really create a successful campaign to bring their desired performer to town. Persistance, some luck, some good timing, a compelling description, an event that the performer was intrigued enough to participate in — this is why a demand will become an event. Getting the word out, sharing the demand with others is absolutely crucial.
The performer heard about our demand but said they couldn't or wouldn't do the event! Bad performer, unfair, unfair! (link)

There's no law that says any performer has to do anything they don't want to do. They simply may be busy. They may not be in the mood. They may have schedule conflicts. They may feel that they performed in a certain city only recently, and it would be difficult to travel back to that city so soon. They may already have plans to do a tour that includes that city, but it's just not announced yet. There are ALL kinds of reasons.

The main thing to remember is, respect. Respect performers and they'll be more likely to respect you. It is unproductive and unrealistic for fans to feel "entitled" to demand a performer to do what the fans want. It doesn't work that way. Performers are people too, with busy lives, families, careers, obligations, and hectic schedules. If an event happens, fantastic! If it doesn't, oh well, you gave it your best shot. Treat your performers respectfully, treat your demand as an invitation to participate. Who knows, with a bit of luck, the performer may gladly accept your gracious invitation.
I'm a performer, how do I reply to a demand? (link)

Best thing to do is register as an Eventful member, then let us know what your username is on the site. We will ask that you provide us with some verifiable authentication so we're sure that we're interacting with the actual real-life performer. Once we set your Eventful account up as a performer account, you can then participate in the Demands for you, by posting comments and replies in the Comments section of a given Demand. Performer replies are marked with a special color code so people know the performer is actually participating in the discussion about the Demand and how to make it an event.
How do I promote a demand? (link)

Any which way you can. By emailing friends, by posting stickers for the Demand on other sites such as blogs and fan sites, and by sharing bookmarks and links to sites like Del.icio.us and Reddit. Demands are campaigns — they're going to require persistence, diligence, attention, and more persistance. Get the word out any way you can! Get the number of people joining the demand to be as high as you can. That's what's going to get attention.
How do I put a sticker on my site? (link)

By copying the snippet of HTML code that the Sticker Picker tool provides, and pasting the code on your site. That's it!
How do stickers work? (link)

They're little snippets of HTML and Javascript and when you install them on your blog, website, MySpace page, or any such place, and users come along and view your pages that have one or more stickers on them, we display updated versions of the stickers with the current demand counts. Users can then click on the "Demand it!" buttons and join the demands! Myspace and Craigslist users: be sure to use the Flash version of the stickers.
How am I notified when a demand becomes an event? (link)

Via the email address you provided when you joined the demand.
Do I need to register for Eventful to join a demand? (link)

Just click on the "Register" button at the very top far right corner of this page.
How do I know when my demand has reached critical mass? (link)

There is no set rule, no set formula. It all depends on the type of event, type of performer, what the expectations are, what the performer wants to do, what the performer is able to do. The main thing for the fans to do is keep up the effort! Keep demanding, keep getting friends to sign up! Keep getting the word out! Far and wide, relentlessly promoting and campaigning to get more people, hundreds, thousands, involved. The first goal of the fans is to use Eventful Demand to get the performer's attention. Once they have that, it's up to the performer whether they want to do an event or not. This is where the demand's description comes into play. It may be far more compelling and intriguing to the performer to read a great description (which for the performer is a kind of proposal and rationale for why they ought to do the event.) Some performers may be delighted to give a tiny performance, say, at a house concert, in front of 50 people. Other performers may require a 10,000-person auditorium before they'll perform. If the performer is an international star with huge television exposure, say, then ten or twenty people demanding him or her in your local town may not be enough to even get on that performer's radar (they're used to audiences in the MILLIONS). If the performer is aware of the demand(s), the performer can sign in and post comments saying exactly what has to happen before an event could be scheduled. We invite performers to register with Eventful and many are doing that, so they can keep track of their demands directly. If we see a demand that's growing significantly and we have a hunch that the number of people who've joined the demand is enough to warrant the performer's attention (and we'd base it on our guess as to the public's familiarity with the performer, and the typical audience sizes for their recent events), then we will attempt to contact the performer and let them know that their fans are speaking loud and clear and want them to perform in their city.
If Eventful Demand is free to use how does Eventful make money on this? (link)

See questions 7 and 8 above.
How can I contact a performer? (link)

You can't really, unless you happent to know the performer already. Best thing to do is visit their website if they have one, and use the contact information there. On the other hand, if a performer joins Eventful as a member and begins commenting in the comments section of a given Demand, feel free to participate in the discussion.
I joined a demand with my email address and now it's asking me to join again. What should I do? (link)

Click Demand it! again. Don't worry, you won't be counted twice. To ensure that you are not asked to join Demands again, register as an Eventful user and sign in.
How do I quit a Demand? (link)

Easy. Just go to the detail page for the Demand you've alredy joined, and click the "Leave this demand" link under the list of Actions in the right-hand column. If you change your mind, you can join the demand again any time you like.
How do I stop getting Demand emails? (link)

In the email message is a link to request that you'd like to unsubscribe to the Demand's emails.
Who can email me? (link)

Only people who know your email address can email you, say, to share a Demand they've joined and that they'd like you to join too. Eventful does not sell, share, or in any way give out email addresses to anyone. You would have to explicitly give us permission to do so for us to do so. By signing up for a Demand,
How do you keep the demand count "real?" (link)

Since demands are, in a way, like votes, there's always the risk of some people cheating and "stuffing the ballot box." If this happened with a Demand, it would not be a good thing. In fact it would dilute the whole value of Eventful Demand. So, we ask users to verify their email addresses when they join a Demand, by sending a validation email back to the user. The Demand isn't counted as being officially "joined" until you click that confirmation link in the email.
How do you know where I am if I haven't told you yet? (link)

We use technology that guesses where your internet connection is, or, more accurately, where your internet service provider is. We don't actually know where you are. And sometimes the guess is wrong. But most of the time it's fairly accurate, and it makes it easier

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