The match was on Saturday, a top of the table clash, I had nothing on so how about it?
I hadn’t been to a game in such a long time, which is incredible considering that there was a time when we wouldn’t miss a single match. Regardless of who they were playing we were there; me, my dad, my son, my nephew and from time to time we even dragged my daughter Ellen along!
Was this the time to start a new habit?
I rang my dad – “If I can get tickets are you up for it?“. It would be a nice excuse for us to do something together and get him out from under mum’s feet for a while.
Thumbs up, he was up for it..as long as we can get tickets of course. We could take the risk of going there and hope to get them at the gate but there was a chance it would be a sell out.
“Give me a few minutes pops“.
I went onto the club website – where was the button that said ‘tickets’?
There was no such button. I scrolled up and scrolled down – nothing.
I clicked on ‘fixtures’ and the match in question and eventually there was some information about tickets. I could buy them on Ticketmaster (lining those boys pockets with ridiculous booking fees isn’t my idea of a good time but it was an option) but I didn’t have a printer in the house and wasn’t in the mood for popping into the office on my day off.
I could buy them at the club shop but that wasn’t at the ground and was at the other side of the city. Not an option.
There was a phone number that I could ring – I got a pointless message that told me about “opening hours”. I just wanted someone to tell me that I could get tickets at the ground.
Back to Ticketmaster – okay, I’d buy them online and put up with the visit to the office to print them. I guessed they wouldn’t accept something on my phone as a valid ticket. Ticketmaster had no option for OAP tickets. Damn..
Just as I was about to pull my hair out my dad called me back.
“I’m not really up to it today if you don’t mind”
“Not to worry pops“.
I was really upset that our afternoon together didn’t materialise but I do know that if I had managed to buy those tickets when I was in the mood I wouldn’t have given him a choice and both of us would have had a great time. We won 2-1!
In a time poor world, when everything is instant, click, click, click, you need to move fast to convert a customer when they are in the mood, which can change in the blink of an eye.
When we talk about the importance of having “Call to actions” on your website we mean having those buttons at every juncture that make it easy for the person to do business with you when they are in the mood. If you don’t you will just lose out..
Greg Canty is a managing partner of Fuzion Communications who provide website design services from our offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland