Interview with the founder of Fantrotter

Just what is Fantrotter and how’d this travel and ticket site become so hot Photo: Bruce Northam

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2013 —  Fantrotter is the ultimate ticket-plus-travel experience for fans of live music, sports, comedy, theater and festivals. The free one-stop-shopping site lets fans check the schedule of virtually any performer, and then conveniently compare the best prices for tickets, flights, hotels, and car rentals.

Fantrotter presents an estimated total price for the entire experience in each city and enables one-click purchase options from trustworthy ticket and travel providers. Enter your favorites into Fantrotter and see where in the world it takes you.

Bruce Northam recently sat down with Fantrotter founder Mike Coletta to learn more.

Q. Why did you create Fantrotter?

A. As people grow old they often say they wish they had spent more time traveling, listening to music, and laughing with friends. That’s what Fantrotter is all about, helping people do more of what makes them happy—now. It’s incredibly hard to stay up on global events that interest you, much less do all the research necessary to see what is affordable and what syncs with your schedule. Fantrotter was created out of my own frustration while attempting to plan trips to see my favorite bands and sports teams. I found myself spending hours looking up ticket prices for different events and performing separate searches for flights, hotels and car rentals, struggling to find the best prices for the event dates I was interested in. To help me build Fantrotter and streamline this otherwise taxing chore, I signed on friend and fellow globetrotter Lawrence Whiteside, an amazing developer, the creator of www.cinemasetfree.com, and the architect behind www.spins.fm.

Q. Why should people use Fantrotter?

 A. Fans of a band, a sports team, a comedian, or anything from festivals to vegetables can never get enough. One of the most important priorities in a fan’s life is getting tickets for a local show or game, but for people like me, it’s also a high priority to see my favorites on the road. I want to see them in new cities and venues…and connect with new fans and friends along the way. The same can be said for fans who love to visit baseball stadiums, pig out at specialty food festivals, or attend autograph signings. Fantrotter enlightens fans of almost anyone or anything about the possibilities to expand their horizons—they will be surprised at the number of events taking place around the world that will connect them to what they love.

Q. What’s next for Fantrotter?

A. Our goal is to proactively recommend to fans exactly which tickets they should buy for an optimum view of the stage or field, which flight times or routes are the best value, or whether they should drive versus taking a train or a bus. Soon we’ll also be tackling which hotels are the best options near the venue, and where to eat beforehand—all tailored to their specific tastes and budget, and easily shared and coordinated with their friends, family, or whoever they are traveling with.

Also recently launched was “Fantrotter For Performers,” a Facebook App which any event promoter can install on their Facebook page, thus empowering their fans to travel to see them. Our Facebook App helps promoters sell more tickets and merchandise, increase social buzz, and have happier fans. Once installed the app is easily usable for any fan visiting the performer’s Facebook page.

The app is easily installed via: https://apps.facebook.com/fantrotter/.

 

 


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Bruce Northam

Bruce Northam, the writer and host of American Detour, has reported (mostly good news) from 135 countries. His visually rich keynote speech, Street Anthropology, is a hit at colleges, corporate events, and Governor’s tourism conferences. His book, Globetrotter Dogma, is an award-winning ode to freestyle wandering. Visit www.AmericanDetour.com.

 

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