5 Elements Of The Perfect Concert Mobile App

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We know that mobile is changing live music. But how are mobiles apps evolving? Are they evolving in the right way?

Let’s take look and see with this quick trip through this Billboard article by Elliot Van Busskirk. Then I’ll offer up a 5 Elements that I think should be on the perfect concert mobile app.

The Billboard article focuses on 5 apps that are empowering fans, bands and venues owners to get more engagement out of the concert experience. Since we’ve explored the senses many times before, my favorite part of the article is the section about using apps to measure our body’s physical response to live music.

Measuring movement is an easy one. A band could also lend out gizmos for measuring heartrate, skin moisture, eye direction, or anything else the body does as a response to music, and use that as another input to then feed back into the music, lights, or both. My favorite litmus test for music is anything that makes my arm hairs stand up on end, but that’s just one of the body’s biological responses to liking, hating, or otherwise experiencing music. Doodads that can measure that stuff are getting cheaper all the time — or, if they’re not, a band could select just a few fans to get these devices, or maybe require that you let them hold your driver’s license. The point is: biofeedback, even though it’s sort of creepy, could make shows a lot more fun while literally getting the fans more involved.

 

Are We On The Right Path?

Elliot and these app developers are on the right path, but after reading the article and thinking through our other mobile experiments I’ve been wondering about a few things.

If we could create the perfect concert mobile app, what would be the most important elements?

What kind of concert app would revolutionize the concert experience and successfully meet the concert fans, bands and venues owners?

Is it even possible to do so?

I think so.

To begin answering those questions, I did some digging and came across these thoughts about creative thinking and innovative product design Daniel Pink who says in his book A Whole New Mind:

Not just function but also DESIGN. It’s no longer sufficient to create a product, a service, an experience, or a lifestyle that’s merely functional. Today it’s economically crucial and personally rewarding to create something that is also beautiful, whimsical, or emotionally engaging.

Not just accumulation but also MEANING. We live in a world of breathtaking material plenty. That had freed hundreds of people from day-to day struggles and liberated us to pursue more significant desires: purpose, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment.

 

What Do Fans Really Want (And Need)?

I like what Pink says in other parts of his book about incorporating meaning into the creative mix because I’ve had several chats with fans and app developers like Alex with StagePage about how a well designed mobile app should allow fan to get more significance from their concert experiences.

In those fan chats one of the things that we always agree upon is that eventually in the near future, fans will quickly start to ask questions like “What does it all mean? I can take a video during a show, so what? Why did I want to snap a photo during that song and not the other? Why was I so emotional during that song? How can I explain to friends and family why and how that show changed my life?”

This are all questions I think about all the time. And I’m sure many of you have begun to ask them already in various ways.

And I predict that seeking our more meaning and significance to our concert experiences and wanting to share those emotional discoveries with our friends and family will be an emerging trend and more fans will desire to derive meaning from our concert experiences.

And that’s why we need to start thinking of ways to help fans put more meaning to the millions of videos, tweets and photos they’re producing during shows.

Here They Are

So I’d like to continue our mobile exploration and answer some of my earlier questions by sharing 5 elements I believe should be used to create the perfect concert mobile app:

1. Make it simple to measure and record. In order to foster adoption, the perfect concert mobile app should ask users to take simple steps that are a natural part of the concert experience. Give fans a way to easily enter our mood and emotions before, during and after a show. Simplicity is key to any mobile app, especially when you’re trying to get concert fans to take specific actions.

The best task management apps do a great job of making it simple to quickly record information and make it easy to retrieve it later.  I’ve been following other experiments like this one and I hope this type of mood-tracking functionality gets included in the perfect concert app.

And besides making it simple to use, this app should be fun, viral and social. More on that in a moment.

2. Make the data meaningful. Put the data in context so fans can understand how the music is making us feel during the show and how that single moment changed our life.

I’ve been experimenting with Fitbit and I love how the process of looking at my health data helps to put my other daily habits in context with a simply dashboard.

We should do something similar for concert fans.  And if bands and venues owners could access use a mobile app to get more accurate behavioral analytics about their fans during shows that would be a game-changer too.

3. Gamify.  The psychological power of using games has been proven successful in many industries and disciplines. And the concert experience has numerous opportunities to make going to a concert one of the most engaging and addictive gamified moments in our lives.

Whether it’s loyalty points and rewards offered by venue owners for fans who check-in using functionality similar to Foursquare, or letting fans compete against each other during shows for completing certain actions, we need a concert app that gamifies the live music experience and adds value too.

4. Make it social. We know the power of using social media during concerts, so this element is a no-brainer to include on this list. However, I do mention it because we’ve only just begun to realize the true potential of social media within the concert experience. And I’m talking about creating a new type of social experience with this app.

Just imagine if fans started sharing  and tweeting contextual emotional data during shows. But instead of it just being hard and meaningless data, we were able to tell a story with it and enable concert fans to share their unique story – what and why they felt the way they did during a show – with their friends, family and fellow fans.

Now that would be something!

If I could go-back and take a mood-enhanced and emotional data-enriched snapshot that showed me how the music, the crowd and my emotional response all contributed to create the “wow” during the show, I would love to see what an experience like that would reveal to me about what I felt during my favorite shows.

That’s something I would love to share on my social networks. And a story like that is way more engaging and viral than just the normal tweeting we already see during shows.

That’s why we need to have a mobile app that transforms what “being social” means during a concert. And we can do that with emotional and contextual storytelling with the perfect concert mobile app.

5. Tell a story.  We’ve already touched on this element, but I mentioned it again because this fifth element is the most important as it relies on the seamless integration of the previous four.

However big or small, the app should combine all the other 4 elements to tell the fan something new and emotionally meaningful about themselves or the other fans around them.

Whether it’s a simple data dashboard, competitive leader boards, badges, the story should be the data, a contextualization and a synthesis and synchronization of all the previous four elements.

And by bringing all these elements together we will give the concert fan the ability to understand themselves better, get more meaning fromt their concert experiences and give fans the ability to tell a complete story that can’t be told anywhere else.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the year on Live Fix, it’s that we all love to listen to and tell stories. And concerts are full of stories. And the perfect concert mobile app would be an excellent storytelling machine.

What We Really Need

We’re dreamers and visionaries here at Live Fix and without a doubt these 5 elements I believe are the future of concert apps.

Yes, these are concepts. And some of these might be hard to pull off right now. But you can’t deny the fact that we have a great opportunity to engage concert fans in a way that in new and exciting.

We don’t need another concert mobile app that syncs with our iTunes playlist or finds the closest concert. There’s enough of those clogging up our mobile phones already.

We need a concert app that will truly empower fans, bands and venue owners. We need a concert app that will push the concert experience forward.

I believe we aren’t that far away from seeing an app developed that has all these 5 elements.

And once we do create the perfect concert mobile app, I wish we could go back and use it to explore and rediscover these concert fans stories again in a whole new way.

What About You?

What apps are you enjoying? What would you add to our list of features on the perfect concert app?

Share your mobile app concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Infographic: How Have Smartphones Changed The Festival Experience?

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This is a very interesting infographic via the Hypebot about the historic evolution of the smartphone and its impact on the music experience since Woodstock.

There’s some good data points in here. But what this infographic really reminds of is our chat with Alex from StagePage about mobile apps and how we need to foster more context and meaning around all the media that concert fans create during shows. I’d like to see an infographic that illustrates that conversation.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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StagePage And More Live Music Mobile Apps That Rock

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re diving deeper into our exploration of the best mobile apps for concert fans. Listen in to our chat with Alex Miller as she shares the story behind StagePage, her mission to improve how we remember our concert experiences and why she will never forget seeing the Rolling Stones live at Busch Stadium.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about

Segment two (26:35): Interview with Alex Miller of StagePage and her favorite concert experiences

Segment three (56:39): Our favorite concert mobile apps

Music played during the show
  • The Rolling Stones – “Under My Thumb (Live)” – 1966
  • Chairlift – “Planet Health” Live at the Empty Bottle  –  2012
  • The Who – ” I Can See For Miles (Live)” – 1968

 

What Apps Are You Rockin’?

Have you used any of these mobile apps? What do you think of StagePage’s new approach to live music mobile apps? Got a question about concert fan apps or another topic we talked about during the show?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Capture, Share Your Concert Story with StagePage Mobile App

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Hey remeber our fun mobile experiement? Good. Well, we just found this new mobile called StagePage and you should check it out.

After a quick run through of the site and downloading the app via iTunes, I have to say this is a really cool app that’s right up our ally because it lets you capture your concert experiences in context and share your story with friends and family.

We’ll be experiementing with the app at our upcoming shows and we encourage you to do the same and post your thoughts and feedback in the comments below.

Here’s a helpful YouTube video that explain how the app works.

 

 

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Pixies Release New (Awesome) Mobile App for Fans

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We told you before how the Pixies are rockin’ their reunion and now they’ve released a new FREE Pixies iPhone and Android mobile app this week.

I’ve been exploring the app the last couple days and I have to say that it’s pretty frickin’ awesome as far as mobile apps for concert fans go.  And it’s a great addition to our big list of concert mobile apps too.

I’ll continue to explore it and let you know what else I discover and I’d like to hear what you like about it too.

Here’s a run down of all the features. I’ve especially enjoyed the Fan Wall that’s loaded with fan shout-outs and requests for the band to come back to Brazil and play again real soon. Get more info on the Pixies website.

  • All PIXIES news, tour dates and updates direct to your phone
  • Free streaming of the PIXIES Purple Tape
  • Free download of the 2004 Coachella appearance
  • On-demand streaming of archive shows, including the acoustic Newport Folk Festival, Manchester 1988 and Minneapolis 2004
  • Complete tour archive including setlists, photos and videos

Got a Pixies Concert Story

Have you seen the Pixies live before? Have you tested out the new mobile app? We invite you to share your Pixies concert experiences in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Will This Be The Dirtiest 3D Super Bowl Halftime Show Ever?

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I hope. And to be honest ever since I lost my Bears vs. Packers Metro bet with my cousin Matt, I really don’t care who wins. But with the Black Eyed Peas as the Halftime show entertainment and learning about their BEP 3D 360 mobile app, I’m looking forward to the musical part of tonight’s Big Game, just so I can hear one dirty song.

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Weekly Wrap-up: Why Eating A Big Bowl of Chili Is Just Like Going To A Concert

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Yesterday, before we went to the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival, I ate a huge bowl of homemade chili. It was hot, meaty and filled my belly up reeeeeal good.

Speaking of chili and live music (and considering the connection between live music, taste and our other senses), it’s no surprise how much that great big bowl of chili and all our concert adventures this week have in common.

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Concert Preview: Lollapalooza Music Festival 2010

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Lollapalooza 2010

For the fifth straight year since it became a destination festival in 2005, Lollapalooza gets ready to rock and rumble the masses along Chicago’s lakefront in Grant Park. And over the last five years the festival has only grown larger, signed bigger deals with the City of Chicago and sold out to capacity.

To get you ready for the weekend, here’s a preview with the latest scoop on Lollapalooza, our top picks of artists to see, details on the live webcast, info about the official iPhone and Android app and news about Perez Hilton’s pre-Lolla party at the Hard Rock Cafe.
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Monthly Wrap-Up: What You Loved The Most May Surprise You

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As I stood behind Evander Holyfield and scoped out his famously gnawed ears and watched Naomi Judd crawl across the floor cracking jokes in a VIP suite; and listened to Jewel struggle through the National Anthem at the Indy 500 on Sunday, I thought to myself ‘Now, I know the Judd family and Jewel love live music but what about Evander?  And then right after I wondered that I thought ‘Wow…May was a really great month for live music.’

And like Dario Franchitti (he won the Indy 500), the month just blewbymesofast.

Over the last thirty days, so much life-altering, mind-blowing touring news and all-consuming concert fan and band action occurred.

We tried to keep up with it all here at Live Fix and we hope you enjoyed our concerted spin on things and had fun slurping down what we served up.

But did you catch it all?

Did you peep the inspiring secrets of a summer music festival dancing swarm?

Did you learn how some of the most popular music festival mobile apps are made?

Did you hear about that exploding band from Chicago?

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The Making Of A Music Festival Mobile App: Interview With Seed Labs

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With each passing concert mobile apps continue to change how we experience live music. But how exactly are some of the most popular mobile concert apps made? Do developers depend on concert fans to improve their apps? Are concert apps becoming more than just a convenient alternative to the usual crumpled paper schedule?
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Monthly Wrap-up: How We Got Our Concert Fix In April

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If you missed some of the top Live Fix posts in April, don’t worry.  I understand because April was a busy month here at Live Fix, too.  If you can believe it, I even forgot to read some of my own best posts.

So here’s a quick wrap-up revisiting all the hot April action: enhanced concert reviews of PHISH 3D, K’NAAN, Beach House and the Umphrey’s McGee interactive UMBowl; and mobile app guides to summer music festivals. We also got to know Chicago’s St. Bagu, unveiled an ongoing live music fiction series and offered up more tips for improving the connections between music bloggers and PR.  Basically, there’s lots of good stuff waiting for you.
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Are Concert Fans and Music Venues Using Foursquare?

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For the last few months I’ve been doing a test with Foursquare. And I’ll admit, like other new mobile social apps, I wasn’t completely sold on it. I had to play around with Foursquare for awhile to find out how it works and how it can be useful in my life. Well, I think I’ve figured it out. And now all this testing raises important Foursquare questions for concert fans and music venues.
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Does Your Favorite Music Festival Have An iPhone App?

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As the summer concert season begins to heat up, let’s see which festivals are offering iPhone apps and giving fans easy access to set lists, exclusive content and mobile alternatives to the crumpled paper schedule.
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