Buy your concert tickets directly from Google Search

Buy your concert tickets directly from Google Search
Google now makes getting tickets to a concert as easy as following a link on a search result. Depending on whether the artist has marked up ticketing links on his/her official website, a Google Search result will now show you an expanded answer card with the date of the event, ticket availability and a direct link to the artist's preferred online ticket seller.

In the example reproduced by Google on its blog, we see a Google Search done on a phone for "Ariana Grande Tour." The results show a series of concert dates starting with a March 28th concert in Miami. Clicking on the show that will be held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio on March 31st reveals an image from Google Maps with the location of the venue.

But the more important link is at the bottom where one tap will take the user to Ticketmaster.com where tickets for the show can be purchased. It is another time saving service available from a Google Search card, where they are continuing to make life easier for all.

source: Google via Gizmodo

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7 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sounds like a good idea but it seems like a way for Google to throw more advertisements at you based on tickets you buy and locations you visit.

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

More ads? Or the same amount of ads but with more relevant contents to users? If the purpose is showing more ads, Google can just shove a bunch more ads in the face of every user. Google doesn't need this service to throw more ads at people, you know.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I never said they did. The possibility is there.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Fair enough.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

actually they need creative ways so that users do not complain. If users complain they find another service. Considering Google is 95% profit in ads, and their 5 top patents are all ad patents. It is undeniable that they will be seeking every possible way to collect data, and adsense it (selling user data). While i am ok with certain levels, i find this no different than simply searching for 'tickets' at the end of the search. Or going to ticketmaster directly and not being shoved through a search site.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Google has never to my knowledge lied about targeted solicitation. Others do it while pointing a finger of blame at google an are exempt from public disdain. Unless we all believe other OEM do not which would be foolish. Doesn't bother me much other then the misdirection by other OEM.

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Fair enough. To me, I'm fine with seeing information about tickets and stuff directly on Google. It's just very convenient, and if I'm searching about a concert, I definitely would want to know about time, date, location, map, and ticket information. Simply faster and more convenient. I don't have to do another search to find other pieces of information; ticketmaster home page takes much longer to load than a google search; and once I get into ticket master, I see a bunch of information about other stuff as well, rather than just the event I'm trying to look for. Now in case I want to know about other events, yes, I could just go straight to ticketmaster and find out, but that's a different case. And it's kinda similar to what Google does with movie theaters. I just do a quick search with the name of the theater, and all the showtimes are displayed there. So yeah, I find that useful for myself.

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