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Going Above & Beyond, During an Event Gone Horribly Wrong!

March 30, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you've been in the private/public event business for any amount of time, chances are, you've done an event and experienced a problem or possibly even an emergency. We've done well over a thousand events in the last few years in the Austin, Texas area, and we rarely have we seen a true emergency happen, fortunately. The best advice I can offer for problems and emergencies, is to be proactive, as much as possible. Here's what happened and what we learned from it. Over the Memorial Day weekend, in 2015, we had major storms and flooding in the central Texas area. My fiance at the time, now, wife, Diana, DJed a wedding in Dripping Springs, Texas. There was rain in the forecast, but it turned out to be much worse! Despite the weather forecast, the bride insisted on having an outdoor ceremony, even though we strongly advised her to reconsider. The ceremony started and then, out of now ... [read more]
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Should I Go Full Time? Pt. 1

March 30, 2017 by StephenJClayton
Welcome to Part 1 of "Should I Go Full Time?" The Series. In this series, we'll ask the necessary questions to really know if you are ready to invest in your business full time! Making the leap from part timer to a full time profession as a DJ can be the scariest decision of your life. So when is the right “time”? So many people ask me this and ask when is it that you knew you could leave your full time job?  My answer was this……. I was always a full timer.  To be honest, I had 4 full time jobs.  Husband/Father, school to get my Master’s Degree, teacher and entrepreneur.  I say that all are full time because my definition of full time is that they take the utmost time obligation and focus ... [read more]
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Pause Think

March 30, 2017 by MitchTaylor
  [caption id="attachment_103637" align="alignleft" width="300"]Pause.  Think.  Gitomer Licensed Trainer Mitch Taylor from Taylored Sales Pause. Think.[/caption] There are three words that should be heeded in business and in life.  These three words will help you go far in ANY situation.  This is the second of a three part series where we unveil the second of the three words for business and life success.  The first word is something you should do before you speak a SINGLE word with your potential client...PAUSE. The second word is explained below.   I got an opportunity to see my sales idol Jeffrey Gitomer ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Steppin Out For A Drink

March 29, 2017 by Tony Barthel
One of the DJs I spoke with cited an event near the beginning of a long career at a venue that was otherwise plain vanilla, but featured an incredible winding stair case which was the perfect setting for a grand entrance by the wedding party. WeddingHorror It’s almost universal that as DJs spend time in this business they learn things that become very valuable lessons. For example, one of those lessons is to spend time getting to know the bride and groom and some of their wedding party. This little step makes an incredible difference in the performance a DJ is able to give. In this case, as the bride and groom elegantly came down the stairs the difference this simple step would have made would have been for our DJ to actuall ... [read more]
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V-MODA Unveils ‘Crossfade 2’ Wireless Headphones

March 28, 2017 by Mobile Beat

Next-generation performance in analog cabled or Bluetooth modes, plus new colors and CliqFold mechanism

Milano – March 28, 2017 – V-MODA, the award-winning manufacturer of the world’s finest high-fidelity audio devices, unveils Crossfade 2 Wireless Over-Ear headphones. Building on the success of V-MODA’s original Crossfade M-100 and Wireless headphones that have won 29 editors’ choice and best headphones awards, the new model raises the bar in sound quality with Hi-Res Audio certification, larger cushions, new colors, longer battery life and the iconic CliqFold™ design. “V-MODA’s Crossfade headphones are the epitome of versatility,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. “Once people own a truly great set of our headph ... [read more]
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Travel Charges When Hitting the Road for Shows

March 28, 2017 by JoeBunn
I don't know about you, but about once a month, I have to leave my "home base" area and hit the road for a show. I used to go pretty much mountains to the coast of NC if the price was right. Now that we opened a franchise office in Western NC, I usually only go about 2 hours west and 2 to 2.5 hours east. For the most part though, I stick around what we call "The Triangle" which is Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill (and of course the smaller surrounding towns). So what do you charge when you hit the road? At Bunn DJ Company, I charge the client $35 an hour each way. So, for example, Wilmington NC is pretty much two hours door to door. That's two hours there, two hours back so we would add $140 to the client's contract. In addition, most of the time I add a hotel room fee of $150 to the contract. This makes it much easier than the client trying to secure a room for my DJ and them paying f ... [read more]
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The Qualities of a Successful DJ

March 28, 2017 by Brian Lawrence
At one point or another, you’ve probably looked back over the past year and measured your success. Sometimes success is built in self-reflection. With that in mind, here are the top qualities of a successful DJ. 15274715978_64a13be9ee_b Patience – Having patience shows a client that you care. Spending time builds rapport. Rapport makes your client comfortable and encourages them to ask questions, which earns your trust. And trust closes sales. Empathy – When you try to feel what your client feels, a connection is built. Telling your own personal story or a third-party story that relates to your client shows empathy. Validating their feelings and concerns gains trust. And again, ... [read more]
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Remember Your Roots

Remember Your Roots

March 28, 2017 by MitchTaylor
[caption id="attachment_103634" align="alignleft" width="560"]Remember Your Roots Mitch Taylor Gitomer Licensed Trainer Taylored Sales Remember Your Roots[/caption] Remember Your Roots   I got my start in the early 90s.  My roommate at the time had a system and I had a name as I was working full time nights as the on-air DJ at a Hot Mix radio station.  Back then I had to go out the backdoor of Stearns High School to my parked car to = to play.  In radio we played music on carts and I even spliced reel to reel (google it) to create mixes and promos. Where did you get your start?   ... [read more]
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Where Were You?

March 24, 2017 by JoeBunn
It's been a week now since I've been back from Mobile Beat Las Vegas...heck, I'm still trying to catch up from being gone, including cranking out a few blog posts for MB. I hope I got to see you at the conference! Maybe you checked out my new fiberglass DJ booth by Vision DJ Designs on the expo floor? Maybe you saw me selling for Mike Walter after his awesome seminar "Ten Tips to Be Better"? Maybe you saw me partying on the dance floor during the DJ Takeover on Monday night? Or were you at home? I can't stress this enough when it comes to owning a DJ business...you MUST attend industry conferences. The folks at Mobile Beat continue to raise the bar year after year with production value, ... [read more]
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5 Marketing Hacks For Bridal Shop Owners

March 24, 2017 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani
In this article for Book More Brides, Mobile Beat's "Wedding Beat" columnist, Staci Nichols, discusses the 5 Marketing Hacks For Bridal Shop Owners. Bridal shop owners can feel a bit left out of the wedding industry since they do not attend weddings and don't participate in the planning process like so many of the other wedding pros on Book More Brides do. So, to all of you out there providing the amazing gowns the rest of us admire at our clients' weddings...this is for you. Most of these tips are from the Better Bridal Group forum, which I highly recommend. #1 Marketing Hack For Bridal Shop Owners – Same Day B ... [read more]
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In a Fog About Which Haze Machine To Buy???

March 23, 2017 by Randy Lehrman
Remember way back when (and sometimes now) all we saw were the $39 fogger specials?  Halloween, carnivals, and Bar-Mitzvahs...That was the only effect we had to enhance our lighting.  The giant fog cloud that enveloped our room also made old people cranky, asthmatics cough to death, and photographers mad with boggy photos.  Then the movie studios created haze machines to alleviate the smoke and create something of an atmosphere changer...and now we have these in our business to enhance all of our amazing lighting and create a whole "Club Vibe" wherever we go. As I use a ton of lighting on my events, I decided to test a few haze machines and then run a finalists test with the two top haze machines that are both $400 and below.  The final battle is between the Chauvet Hurricane Haze 4 and the American DJ Fog Fury Faze. I originally bought the Fog Fury Fazer (which claims to be ... [read more]