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Growing Your DJ Company – My Journey & Lessons Learned Pt. 1

March 10, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Over the last several years, I've learned a lot of lessons with our growing DJ and photo booth business. I learned much more than all my college classes (I have a Master's degree) ever taught me! I had been a solo DJ for years and I loved it! I even opened up my own bar in 1999 and had it for a few years. However, the hours began to wear on me and it was much more work than I expected. I sold it to my partner, a few years later and went to college and resumed DJing, again, when I had time. In 2008, I came across an ad for a well-know DJ company (franchise). I sent them my resume and started working with them. I did mostly weddings and the pay was still terrible. I realized just how much they were charging and how much profit they were making off of my hard work! I realized that since I w... [read more]
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Do You Need Social Media For Your Business?

March 3, 2017 by Jason Rubio
Social media is everywhere. You can't go one day, perhaps even one hour, without hearing someone talk about something they saw on Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, or any other social media. It goes without saying that social media is a huge part of our lives! So this brings me to the title and question, do you need social media for your business? The short, easy answer is yes and the good news is, it's not too difficult! Whether you're a DJ, a photographer, run a photo booth, or any business that provides services for public and private events, social media is a must. Social media provides social proof. Social proof is basically a way to "ease the minds" of your current and potential clients about your business. First, establish social media accounts for your business. Be sure to update <... [read more]
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Should You Include a Tip in Your Contract?

February 18, 2017 by Jason Rubio
In today's public and private event services industry, contracts are a must. Contracts should cover your needs and expectations, as well as what you agree to provide with your services. All the important terms must be included, such as: when payment is due, inclement weather procedures (including extreme temperatures), cost for services, and anything else that is important to you and your clients. One thing we've been asked about by clients, is tipping. Your tipping policy is completely up to you, but in my opinion, vendors should not require a tip. We're all used to the mandatory tipping procedures at restaurants, when you have a large group or party, and even then, is it really necessary to include a 25% mandatory tip for the waitstaff for doing what they're hired to do? I say this beca... [read more]
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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]