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Getting Started As a DJ: Where to Begin

February 14, 2017 by StephenJClayton
If you’re thinking about becoming a DJ, there are several things to consider before getting started. Make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons, first of all. Like any facet of the entertainment business, you have to be in it because you love it. If you’re just in it for the money and fame- you’re going to experience a lot of disappointment! That’s not to say that money and fame won’t ever happen for you, but you have to look at yourself as your business. If you want to be able to support yourself financially while doing what you love, you have to put in the same amount of time and effort as you would launching a newread more]
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Photo Booth Expo Joins Mobile Beat on the Boat!

February 13, 2017 by Mobile Beat
Effectively doubling the business-building benefit of a fun week at sea, The Photo Booth Expo Cruise will run together with The Mobile Beat Cruise, sailing Nov 25-30, 2017 out of the Port of Miami and visiting Grand Turk and the Dominican Republic. According to Mobile Beat President Ryan Burger, "We will have seminars for all types of event professionals in the mornings, including sales, customer service, marketing and more that all can benefit from, and then specific topics for DJs and photo booth operators in the afternoons." "With Rob Johnson of DigiGames as our Entertainment Director, we will be having fun as one large group on the sh... [read more]
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A Moment with The Sparkle Factor

January 26, 2017 by Sparkle Factor
Here are some reasons you should attend MOBILE BEAT 2017 With the excitement of Mobile Beat 21 coming up in a few months, we wanted to share with you, how attending a conference like this could give you the tools to develop your business, improve your DJ knowledge as well as show you how to be a better DJ. Here are our top reasons to attend MOBILE BEAT 2017 NETWORKING This is a great opportunity to meet like minded people in who share the same industry we are in and forge new relationships, create support groups with other DJs and also potentially expand your business across the country. EDUCATION This is your one stop shop for everything Mobile DJ related. Everything from Business Development, to Bettering your MC abilities, Presentation and Interaction, mu... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Dealing With Drunk Clients – Learn From Our Experience!

January 18, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you provide services for public or private events, chances are, you've had to deal with drunk clients. We run a DJ and photo booth business and we've dealt with plenty of drunk clients. Normally, it's not a problem, but every now and then, we have clients who are very drunk and become belligerent! We've dealt with these clients a handful of times, but several months ago, we had an incident that made us finally change our approach. We did a wedding and when we arrived to setup, we noticed that the entire wedding party was already pretty drunk, BEFORE the wedding even started! We've seen this numerous times and it usually means trouble! By the end of the event, most of the wedding party were stumbling and slurring their speech. Bad news! At the end of the night, the groom came over to the photo booth and... [read more]
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Why You Need Back-up Equipment, ASAP!

January 11, 2017 by Jason Rubio
If you provide DJ, photo booth, photography, or other services for private events where you use equipment, you may have asked yourself, why should I bring back-up equipment? You may think, all of my equipment is fairly new, or I take pretty good care of my equipment, nothing has ever gone wrong, so why bring extra stuff that I don't need? Our advice: always expect the unexpected and be prepared! Yes, you already have a lot of  equipment to load/ unload, and bringing more is extra work, but you need it! Here are some common problems and solutions from the Austin's Best DJs team, on this topic: 1. Problem: Technical Difficulties Let's be real, technical malfunctions can occur at anytime, with any device, new or old. There's nothing worse t... [read more]
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DJ Event Gone Wrong: Using Mixes at Events

January 7, 2017 by Jason Rubio
I recently heard about an incident involving a colleague, who’s a DJ, who had an upset customer. Apparently, the customer was upset that this DJ played some mixes he already made, and then went to the bar to get a drink. This customer went on a rant about my DJ friend, on Facebook, bashing him and really degrading him. I’m not too sure how long the mixes were or how many he played, but apparently, the customer had a problem with this. Surprisingly, the client refused to pay the DJ, stating that he wasn’t going to pay a DJ who played already-made mixes. I was astonished to hear this, and surprised that this situation even occurred. I can understand that the client may have been bothered that perhaps the DJ wasn’t always mixing live, but in my opinion, you hire a DJ to play music for an event and kee... [read more]
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Making the Most of the “Slow” Season

December 23, 2016 by Jason Rubio
Winter is finally here and for most DJs/DJ companies, this means it's "slow season." Now, you finally get to take a break, right? In my opinion, wrong! Sure, you can enjoy the break, but you should also take the time to make any necessary improvements to your business. Improvements and changes should never stop, because your competitors and the brand new "hungry" DJs out there are all scouting out their competition, sending you the fake inquiries that we all know and hate, trying to find out exactly what you're doing and how you're doing it, so they can do it for less!  So again, use this slow time to step up your game! Though we don't have a slow season (we only get about 2-3 weekends per year, where we're actually off), we still take the time to make improvements. Here ar... [read more]
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Should You List Your Business With Wedding Sites?

December 14, 2016 by Jason Rubio
Whether you're a DJ, wedding planner, photographer, photo booth company, or any vendor that provides a service for weddings and private events, chances are, you've thought about listing your business on the popular wedding websites, such as The Knot or Wedding Wire. There are dozens more, but those two are the most well-known and see the most traffic. Listing with wedding sites is the easy part. You can easily create a vendor profile and list the area where you provide service, FREE! The catch with the free listing is that it's very limited and you are only able to list a few things, but you cannot add a picture, website, etc. In other words, you won't see a lot of traffic, unless the client has already viewed several others on the first or second pages. A study showed that 75% of intern... [read more]
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Increase Your Response Time to Increase Sales!

December 9, 2016 by Jason Rubio
In today's world, everything is immediate. We have instant messaging, chat, text messaging, smart phone apps to make everything faster (cabs, reservations, purchases), drive thrus, same-day delivery, and many other tools that create the culture of immediate, instant gratification. This also creates a culture of impatience. Think about it, when you're at home, or even at a coffee shop, and you're using wifi, and the internet is slow, it feels like forever, waiting more than 3 seconds for a website to load! After 3 seconds of waiting, most people will stop and try another website! Don't believe me? Look at the picture below, which is from a study by Ramesh Sitaraman, a computer science professor at UMass Amherst.  After just 2 seconds, the abandonment rate phenomenally incre... [read more]
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The Photo Booth Phenomenon – Rob Savickis

December 7, 2016 by Mobile Beat
175-6-7The last 10 years have been an exciting time for the photo booth industry. In 2006 photo booths at weddings were a novelty, if not a rarity. Some people had them, but one did not expect to go to a wedding as a guest and walk away with a photo booth strip. Fast-forward to 2016 and by some reports, the majority of weddings now have photo booths. Photo booths are now an essential part of the whole wedding experience. Without them it would feel like something is missing. Some people say that photo booths are a fad, but that could not be farther from the truth. The continuing growth of the photo booth phenomena can be traced to four main factors that transform... [read more]