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Built to Survive: The NuGuard KX

July 29, 2015 by Michael Buonaccorso
GADGETS & GIZMOS - By Michael Buonaccorsopic_NuGuardKX-4sq-sm In Mobile Beat’s continuing quest to seek out and report on the protection that provides the best “armor” to withstand the heavy duty use and abuse mobile entertainers subject their gear and accessories to on the road, we run the gamut from ​looking at the biggest equipment cases to safety solutions for your phone. That search led us to the NuGuard KX for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The case is deceiving. In an earlier review of a different case, the protection was there but to such a degree that I broke the unit trying to get t ... [read more]
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Jon Taffer: How To Hire Great People

July 28, 2015 by Mobile Beat
The secret to building a successful bar or restaurant lies in the quality of the staff that you hire. But how can you make sure that you hire the RIGHT people to staff your establishment? Follow these key tips when making your hiring decision: Personality If a person’s personality and interpersonal skills seem right, then (and only then) does his past experience become relevant to the discussion. Hiring employees that display empathy, curiosity, grit, and collaborative tendencies will help ensure the success of your bar or restaurant. These types of employees are guaranteed to be intrinsically motivated and their hard work will definitely be a plus for your establishment. Connections In their Harvard Business Review article ... [read more]
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Chauvet DJ is SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS

July 28, 2015 by Mobile Beat
Pembroke Pines, Florida – A spoonful of sugar and amazing lighting are making a production of the beloved Disney musiMary Poppins 1cal Mary Poppins fly high. CHAUVET DJ Intimidator products are adding lighting magic to the magical show currently on stage at Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts (PPTOPA). The theatre recently installed 4 Intimidator Spot LED 350 moving heads and four Intimidator Spot LED 150s to add to the theater’s existing lighting system in preparation for the beloved and effect-heavy musical. The company also uses CHAUVET D-Fi Hub units to be able to wirelessly control the Intimidators that are mounted high above the stage and control booth. “Mary Poppins is a show with a ton of effects,” says t ... [read more]
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DJ Rob Ferre Super Hero

The Theme is the Name of the Game

July 23, 2015 by Rob Ferre
Last time we talked about how to fill your summer calendar with weekday work from events at malls to pool parties. Now that you have booked the event, you need to give them a show. I often like to suggest some ideas to the event planners and coordinators so they know they aren't just hiring me, but my expertise as an event professional. Collaboration between you and your planners sets you up for success and ends with people lining up to grab your business card at the end of the event. A recent event I just did at an outlet mall was very successful due to the marketing by the mall but I also believe due to the great theme. The theme for the event was Super Heroes. They hired me along with Spider-Man and Captain America. I am pretty sure all the kids were there to see their favorite super hero and not DJ Rob. But once the photo opportunities were over and the crafts were made what do th ... [read more]
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Wedding-Industry roundup

Wedding Industry Roundup: Same Sex Weddings, Anti-Gay Clients, Unusual SEO Tips

July 23, 2015 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
Wedding-IndustryYour source of all things wedding biz from around the web. All Things Weddings: Same Sex Weddings SCOTUS Ruling - On June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled same sex weddings are legal in all 50 states! Wedding Photogr ... [read more]
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Using Trivia for Fundraisers

July 22, 2015 by DigiGames
If, like myself, you have been playing Trivia for some time then chances are you will have attended a charity fundraising event.  Indeed, you may also have hosted such an event which is a lot trickier than it may seems. However, with bags of experience I can hopefully provide you with a few basic tips to ensure effective use of Trivia for fundraisers. First and foremost let us understand one thing. A Trivia fundraiser event is not your normal trivia occasions. Chances are it’s a one off, with much bigger venues and many more teams involved. It requires extra preparation and planning there is no doubt. You cannot effectively put together a trivia fundraising event in a matter of minutes. It needs weeks if not months of preparation. One major difference is you may be doing the event unpaid and therefore you are working for a good cause and I have found in the past this to be very ins ... [read more]
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The Reluctant Salesperson

July 22, 2015 by Rick Brewer
“The shy salesman has skinny kids” – Boss of mine 30 years backbrewer4 In over 25 years of being a salesman, sales manager and sales trainer, I run into people almost every day who say something along the lines of “ I hate selling”. While what they say may be as simple as “I don’t want to be pushy” it more times reaches the extreme levels of “hate” more than it should. There are some things I want you to consider about selling which I want to cover today. Selling is the crucial element of business that without it, we would all be vending machines, subjected to commoditization. While having a sit alone element to our business sounds like a lot of fun, fact is the most respected, wanted and desired brand ... [read more]
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Mobile Beat Monthly Survey – July 2015

July 21, 2015 by Mobile Beat
Survey header 1 First of all​,​ thank you to the ​more than 100​ readers who have already ​respon​ded​ to our​ ​Facebook post to find out what you want ​to see ​in Mobile Beat Magazine.​ ​We were thrilled with ​all ​the input, from​ right-to-the-point one-liners to​ ​thoughtful, idea-packed ​paragraphs​, and we​'ve taken​ ​all your valuable feedback to heart.​ (If you haven't added your two cents yet, you can always head back over to www.facebook.com/m ... [read more]
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Vizi Beam 5RX FX

Focus Your Power! – From ADJ

July 21, 2015 by Mobile Beat
Capable of creating stunningly sharp beams in an array of shapes and colors, thanks to its motorized focus, tight beam angle and glass lens, the Vizi Beam 5RX builds on the success of its predecessor to offer powerful, fast-moving effects that really stand out…VIZI BEAM 5RX-RT Vizi Beam 5RX FX After creating a real buzz at Prolight + Sound 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this year, the wait for the new Vizi Beam 5RX is over! Building on ADJ’s hugely popular Vizi Beam 5R, this powerful new moving head fixture adds motorized focus and a gl ... [read more]
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Startec Series-2

Back to the Future with the Startec Series

July 16, 2015 by Mobile Beat
Startec Series-2ADJ returns to its roots by re-energizing the Startec Series, offering users a series of futuristic fixtures that generate game-changing effects without the problematic price-tag... Celebrating 30 years by returning to its roots, ADJ has brought its Startec Series of budget-conscious party fixtures back to life; releasing three new effects that offer a modern twist on some old classics. Ideal for bands, party hosts and DJs just starting out, the Stinger, Mini Dekker and Starburst all live up to the Startec name by creating futuristic effects that take audiences into another dimension. STINGER The Stinger offers 3-FX-IN-1 utilizes three light sources – six 5W hex-LEDs, eight 3W white LEDs and a ... [read more]
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Jon Taffer – View Behind The Bar – CNBC

July 16, 2015 by Mobile Beat
Jon Taffer, "Bar Rescue," host, says the bar industry is doing well and reveals tips on how to cultivate the hottest bar in town. raise-the-bar Check out more Jon Taffer at http://jontaffer.com/taffer-lifestyle/ and make sure to check out more information on Jon Taffer speaking at Mobile Beat Las Vegas at http://www.mobilebeatlasvegas.com ... [read more]