Event recommendations are here. Go try!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. (Well, at least us here at Billetto.)

The very first iteration of our recommendations widget is live.

What this means is we’re now showing personalised event recommendations on the Billetto website.

People who never visited Billetto before might see this:

Someone who’s already registered on Billetto might instead see this:

How does that work?

Recommendations are based on events people attended or liked, as described in this post. There are some caveats:

  1. You have to be logged in with your Billetto profile to see recommended events. (Which means you need a Billetto profile in the first place.)
  2. The widget is called “Trending” instead of, say, “We thought you might like.” That’s because it’s a soft launch. We’ll update the naming as soon as we’re confident that event recommendations are working as expected.
  3. Recommendations can take anywhere between 14–38 hours to adjust to people’s likes. That has to do with the timing of our database sync.

Want to take the new widget for a spin? Here’s what to do:

  1. Go to our website.
  2. Scroll down the page until you see the “Trending” widget.
  3. Note which events you’re seeing as a new user.
  4. In the top right corner, click the “Login/Signup” link:

5. You’ll be able to register using your email or login using Facebook:

6. Once you’re registered, go ahead and “Like” a bunch of events. You can do so directly from the front page:

Or from the event page itself:

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7. Now…wait. Up to 38 hours. (Yes, we know. We’re working on it.)

8. When you return to the front page in a day or so, the “Trending” widget should show you a different mix of events based on your likes.

9. Celebrate!

So…did it work? Were recommendations close or way off? Do you have some observations or suggestions? Bring them on!

Watch this space.

Every Thursday, we’ll be posting about the promise and challenges of personalised event recommendations, along with Billetto’s current efforts and future plans.

Have some thoughts on or experience with event recommendations? We’d love to hear them. You can leave a comment or send an email with your thoughts to dagn@billetto.com. We’ll read it. Promise.

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