Ticket-buying convenience launched for Simon mall shoppers
INDIANAPOLIS, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ticketmaster (Nasdaq:
IACI), the world's connection to live entertainment, and Simon Property Group
Inc. (NYSE: SPG), the country's largest owner, developer and manager of
high-quality shopping centers, today announced the launch of a program in
which Ticketmaster will have an on-mall retail location at Simon's Gift
The program will be Ticketmaster's largest mall-based program in the
country, encompassing 50 Simon retail properties across the United States.
Simon regional malls, Mills(R) properties and lifestyle centers will all
participate in the program. Included in this list are such well-known shopping
centers as Roosevelt Field and The Westchester in New York; Dadeland Mall,
Sawgrass Mills and Town Center at Boca Raton in South Florida; and, Copley
Place in Boston.
Shoppers will be able to access at Guest Services event information and
purchase tickets to a wide range of venues and entertainment options including
sporting events, museums, theaters, performing arts and family shows.
"We're very excited about the partnership with Ticketmaster and strongly
believe it brings added value and convenience to our customers during their
shopping trip," said Mikael Thygesen, Simon's chief marketing officer and
president of Simon Brand Ventures (SBV).
Simon malls will be more than simply a point-of-sale contact for
Ticketmaster's customers. There is a significant marketing component of the
alliance, featuring the OnSpot Digital Network, which will be used to market
upcoming events. The OnSpot Digital Network broadcasts content on
state-of-the-art digital, high-definition screens positioned at strategic
locations throughout the malls, including major entrances, center courts, food
courts, escalators, major corridors and other high traffic areas, to ensure
high frequency and optimal consumer contact.
"Offering Simon Mall patrons unrivaled access to live entertainment events
is an exciting opportunity for Ticketmaster," said Sandy Gaare, executive vice
president of retail partnerships for Ticketmaster. "Ticketmaster provides a
safe, secure and convenient environment to access event tickets. And,
combining the power of Ticketmaster's fan outreach for event notification with
that of the OnSpot Digital Network is sure to provide a compelling consumer
The program will also include unique promotional opportunities for Simon
shoppers, including advance ticket sales for select events, family ticket
packages, merchandise and special discounts, retailer tie-ins and special
appearances at Simon properties.
About OnSpot Digital Network
OnSpot Digital Network is a 50/50 venture between Publicis Groupe, the
world's fourth largest communications company, and Simon Property Group, the
largest publicly traded retail real estate company in North America. OnSpot
Digital Network is a digital media channel that transmits digital advertising
via broadband networks to air on high-definition plasma displays in premier
About Simon Brand Ventures
Simon Brand Ventures (SBV), Simon's business-to-consumer arm, is
pioneering the transformation of shopping centers into a medium where consumer
brands can build relationships with Simon shoppers who make over 2.8 billion
visits each year. Simon's vast franchise of market-leading shopping centers
nationwide provides SBV the foundation to monetize the distribution system
through numerous consumer ventures. SBV has engaged in a number of consumer
business initiatives, including the Simon Visa Giftcard(R); launch of Simon
platform programs such as Simon dTOUR Live(R) and Simon Kidgits Club(R); a
national media delivery channel including static, digital and experiential
marketing and advertising vehicles, including the OnSpot Digital Network; and
multiple national and local marketing alliances with Coca-Cola, Visa U.S.A.
and AT&T, among others.
About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest public
U.S. real estate company. Simon is a fully integrated real estate company
which operates from five retail real estate platforms: regional malls, Premium
Outlet Centers(R), The Mills(R), community/lifestyle centers and international
properties. It currently owns or has an interest in 383 properties comprising
261 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and
Asia. The Company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more
than 5,000 people worldwide. Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on
the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Company's
website at www.simon.com.
As the world's leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company,
Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates
in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services,
marketing and distribution through http://www.ticketmaster.com/, one of the
largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets;
and 21 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more
than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing
exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports
franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums,
and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 141 million tickets valued
at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered
in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq:
SOURCE Simon Property Group, Inc.
/CONTACT: Les Morris, Simon Property Group, +1-317-263-7711,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or Albert Lopez, Ticketmaster, +1-310-360-2602,