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Mobile Beat – Sept 2016 – Going Corporate

September 26, 2016 by Dan Walsh
mb-174-cover-smMOBILE BEAT - SEPTEMBER 2016 - #174 Going Corporate Welcome to this year’s corporate events-focused issue, where we aim to help you gain more non-wedding business. Even if you see a winter lull in wedding bookings, serving the needs of business clients is one way to make sure your income from entertainment continues to flow throughout the year. Inside you’ll find great ideas for improving your corporate events business. Don’t miss Rob Peters’ advice for participating in B2B expos, a source of potential clients that many DJs have yet to tap into. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief Check out the full issue (no login required) by going to ... [read more]
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CHAUVET DJ INSTAGRAM “PHOTOGHOST” CONTEST Offers Frightfully Good Prizes

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
SUNRISE, Fla. – The CHAUVET DJ Instagram Photoghost Contest is sure to send shivers of photo_ghost_mergedanticipation down the spines of followers of the company’s Instagram page this Halloween.  Running from Saturday, October 1st, 2016 through Thursday October 20th, the contest offers DJs brave enough to enter the chance to win one of three great prizes:  a Geyser P6 for first place; a Gobo Zoom USB (second) and a Scorpion Bar RG Laser (third).   To enter, contestants should post a photo or video to their own Instagram page of their Halloween displays that use CHAUVET DJ fixtures and effects with the hashtag #ChauvetDJPhotoghost, then share the photo or video to CHAUVET DJ on Instagram.  All photos/video ... [read more]
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ADJ Launches LED Video Panel with Improved Color Consistency and Higher Contrast – Perfect for DJs?

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Following the huge success of the original AV6 LED video panel, ADJ has launched a new and improved model, the AV6X. The new version retains the affordable price and high resolution quality of the original, but also offers improved color consistency and higher contrast. By introducing the original AV6 last year, ADJ disrupted the Audio/Visual world. While offering impressive brightness, excellent image quality and a robust build, the AV6 also boasted an unprecedented agressive price, which meant that large-scale LED screens became affordable for a whole range of applications where previously they would have been over budget. The AV6 opened up the world of LED video to smaller production companies, churches, clubs, stages and mobile entertainers, to name just a few. ... [read more]
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JammText 1.1! – Releases thanks to your ideas!

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
When is an update almost as exciting as a new product? Today we are announcing the next major update to JammText, version 1.1. The new version includes many significant updates that we made in response to YOUR customer feedback. Some of the key highlights include the followingunnamed-8 Custom branding In addition to the custom advertisements you could show in previous versions of JammText, Pro account users can also customize the branding entirely. The program will use the brand name and social media username you specify. For example, if you enter “Vynil Squad” as your brand, the program will show “Vynil Squad Picture Message” when you receive a blank MMS. In addition, you can replace the texting number with equivalent let ... [read more]
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Conquering Christmas: Ten Tips To A Full December

September 25, 2016 by Michael Cordeiro
holiday-party-planning Yes, I know, fall just started and I'm already talking about Holiday parties. Christmas is less than 100 days away and I already have 27 events booked for December. Most of those are midweek events. My Friday and Saturday evenings are filling up nicely with annual clients and a few new ones. I have a wedding booked for New Years Eve. This just didn't happen. I have a system in place that helps fill my calendar and make every Holiday Season Rock! Back in 2006 my company booked over 67 events just for December. It was awesome. Then the bubble burst and 50% of clients canceled the following year. That was a big pill to swallow. Many of those companies still do not have annual holiday events. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Adventures in Wonderland the book

September 23, 2016 by Jay Brannan
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. We are doing another book. This is "Adventures in Wonderland:  A Decade of Club Culture." This is primarily about the how CDM scene and its origins over in Europe, not really the very, very beginning, but really it focuses more on the whole '80s scene and what was coming out of there. A lot of stuff about Sasha, Digweed and Paul Oakenfold and this is by Sheryl Garratt. So another one of my books I'm reading, "Adventures in Wonderland:  A Decade of Club Culture." Great way of kind of touching base with where things sort of started off and really goes into detail about DJs when they were much younger, the ones we know today as being kind of the big guys. So next time you're sitting around wondering how can I expand my brain and my knowledge as a DJ, go to the printed page, leave Facebook behind and go to a book, in under a minute. <iframe width ... [read more]
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Keeping the Sales Flowing

September 23, 2016 by DigiGames
Today, I am going to be looking at a slightly different theme and that is sales….not sales of your services, or questions…..but sales the establishment makes whilst you are hosting the trivia event…..or doing any kind of entertainment for that matter.   What you have to consider first and foremost is why you are hired. You are hired, they make an investment in you for one reason, and one reason only, and that is to make sure that they make profit. Your salary, the costs of having you there, and the jackpot prize they offer is all factored into if a profit is made. No matter how great your quiz is, no matter how many great ideas you have, and how swanky your website is, if the bar isn’t making money then your gig is going to be cancelled before you know it. This is exactly why a lot of venues won’t issue 3/6/12 month contracts because as soon as you start costing t ... [read more]
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An Ultra Bright Strobe Light Loaded with Hypnotizing LED Effects – LO-PRO FLUX™

September 23, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Waukesha, WI. - Looking for a strobe that’s harder, brighter, faster, and stronger? How about one that does more than just flash at you? Blizzard Lighting’s Lo-Pro Flux™ is all that and more!lo-pro-flux Lo-Pro Flux™ an insanely bright, compact and extremely durable fixture with brilliant white strobe effects. This fixtures most standout feature is its 288x 0.5-watt cool white Samsung SMD5050 LEDs, which are grouped into 8-pixel slice segments. These slice segments can be controlled individually through DMX, standalone, master/slave and sound active programs to create crowd stunning patterns and hypnotizing LED effects. Take full control of the Lo-Pro Flux™ features with 3/8 or 11-channels of DMX or by using its easy to u ... [read more]
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Hashtags For Successful Brand Awareness

September 23, 2016 by Mark Wilder
gardenThis is the first of a two-part series on creating hashtag campaigns for your brand. In this post, we will provide you with resources and how-tos to effectively create hashtags that work. In the second post, we will review what makes a good hashtag campaign. Hashtags can be a powerful part of your social media marketing efforts. Knowing hashtag dos and don’ts can help your brand and its various organic and paid campaigns gain recognition in a professional fashion. STEP 1: RESEARCH A HASHTAG BEFORE USING IT Researching hashtags insures that your brand is aware of its market needs and audience. It markets your existence to countless people who could be interested in your brand and your posts will serv ... [read more]
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Beyond The Beat: From DJ To Expo Producer

September 22, 2016 by Robert Lindquist
While attending the Mobile Beat DJ Show last March, I had the pleasure of sharing some chat time with Mike Anthony Mireles of Houston, TX. Most of our conversation was a volley of random thoughts relating to how DJs can either expand their businesses, or apply their DJ experience to a related venture. At one point, Mike referred to DJ’ing as an “entrepreneurial playground.” I could not have phrased it better, and I couldn’t agree more. When I think of all people I have met during the years I’ve been associated with the international DJ community—and what some former DJs have gone on to accomplish, is pretty impressive. While many have stayed the course and grown their DJ businesses into all-inclusive, one-stop, mobile entertainment empires, others have taken giant leaps of faith that have landed them in positions ... [read more]
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The Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour

September 21, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
the_four_topsMotown is a record label founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1960. The "Motown Sound" is a style of soul music with a distinct pop influence. While the music typically sounds happy and bright, many Motown tracks contain bittersweet lyrical themes. Ambient DJ music mixologist Christopher Smith, aka DJ Spinz, was tasked with compiling a list of "wedding friendly" tracks for an all-Motown cocktail hour. For his signature cocktail, Spinzy selected "The Last Word," a gin-based prohibition era cocktail with an equal part of green Chartreuse developed at the Detroit Athletic Club. To learn more about The Last Word, click here. DJ Spinz's Motown Wedding Cocktail Hour "My Girl" - The Temptations" "My Guy" - Mary ... [read more]