England v India, fifth Test: Stuart Broad changes helmets to prevent further facial injuries when batting


Stuart Broad has changed his helmet to prevent suffering another facial injury and will make a decision on Friday about whether to wear protection while batting.

England captain Alastair Cook said he expects Broad to be “absolutely fine” for the fifth Test, and took a full part in net practice on Thursday sporting two black eyes and a plaster over the nose broken while batting at Old Trafford on Saturday…

…The first three days of this match are sold out but one secondary sale ticketing website, Seatwave, has reported a spike in interest of 155 per cent since England won at Old Trafford suggesting the team are winning over the public after a fraught summer….

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How to make a great “mobile First” app, the right way



There are now more than one million apps in the Apple app store but a study by Deloitte’s showed that 80 per cent of apps get less than 1,000 downloads each. If we assume (very, very conservatively) that those apps cost an average of £6,000 to develop – that is at least £4.7 billion being wasted making apps no one uses.

In reality, the cost is often over £60,000, which makes the wastage around £47 billion. That is a lot of marketing and development dollars being spent that could have been better used on something else.

Of course, when an app works – as Whatsapp has shown with 450 million users across all platforms and a valuation of £11bn – it really works.

We decided to step back and see what it meant to be truly “mobile first”…


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Ticket website looks to stars to help it rock


Seatwave, the ticket resale website founded in 2006, saw its growth slow down over the past 18 months as fewer stars gave concerts. It expects a pick-up in the fourth quarter, however, on the back of shows by U2, Coldplay, Take That and potentially The Kinks…

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Prince to perform two shows at London’s Roundhouse this week


The Purple One will bring his band to London for the second round of his Hit and Run tour, with tickets on sale at midday today

Prince began ambushing fans in February this year, playing his first big shows since 1995 as he took over arenas in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds as well as intimate venues in London and Manchester. Although he was strongly rumoured to perform at this year’s Glastonbury, no further big dates have been confirmed – however, speculation was stoked at the start of the year when ticket website Seatwave tweeted that he would be performing dates in Hyde Park this summer.

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Ajay Chowdhury: How can London capitalise on the next wave of technology?




Ajay Chowdhury, CEO of Seatwave, discusses the cyclical nature of tech innovation and what London’s businesses can do to make the most of new technology

Behold, there come seven years of great plenty … And there shall arise after them seven years of famine, and all the plenty shall be forgotten.Genesis 41:29-30…


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Seatwave hires first group marketing director



Online ticket marketplace Seatwave has appointed its first group marketing director as the company prepares for a major drive into mobile.

Martine Parnell joins from peer-to-peer lender Zopa, where as marketing director she helped grow the business into facilitating more than £500m worth of consumer loans.

She has also held senior marketing and product positions within the Friends Reunited Group where she was part of the team that sold the company to ITV to 2005 and then on to Bright Solid in 2010.

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Carl Froch v George Groves tickets for Wembley Stadium sell-out within an hour


The rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley Stadium is reported to have sold all 60,000 tickets in under an hour, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is said to have confirmed.

Louise Mullock, spokesperson for Seatwave, comments: “Many were unsatisfied with the result last time, so fans will be hoping for a definitive result and Wembley is a fitting venue for arguably the biggest boxing bout in the last 60 years. However, one thing already decided is that, in terms of ticket demand, boxing is more popular than the national football team – something which I imagine surprises a lot of people.”

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