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The Role of Mobile Applications in the Consumer Experience at Music Festivals

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The ubiquitous capability of smartphones and their rapid uptake among music festival attendees indicates the potential for mobile applications as a tool within this environment. As a result, many organizers are choosing to develop festival-specific apps designed to enhance the user experience. Based on a review of festival apps and focus groups with festival attendees, this article analyzes the role of mobile apps in relation to festival consumer experiential needs. Analysis indicates a need for more consumer-focused app interfaces that pay close attention to the event anticipation experience, scheduling capabilities before and during the festival, and personalization options to enhance “presence.” At a practical level, mobile charging facilities are vital at festivals to enable app use.
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Keywords: CONSUMER EXPERIENCE; FESTIVAL; MOBILE APPLICATIONS; SMARTPHONE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 April 2015

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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