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Minding my P’s & Q. Homework Pt. 2

February 21, 2018 by Mike Wieder
Minding my P’s & Q. What does that mean? It's simple: Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance Quality The majority of homework is given to the couple, but the goal of their assignments is to allow you, the entertainer to do just that. Entertain. I'm sure each and everyone of us can walk into a venue without knowing a thing about the couple or their guests and provide them with a good time. I'm not sure about you, but I don't want to provide them with a good time, I want to provide them with a great celebration. And the way I accomplish that is by giving homework, asking better questions, gets me better answers. I also give myself homework that allows me to help create the reception of their dreams. These are things we take for granted but never think to do. Part of my self imposed homework assignments includes reaching out to the other vendors i'm wor ... [read more]
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The Real Dilemma

February 20, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
The Real Dilemma Of Getting Info From Clients They want a price.  You want a meeting.  Well, really what you want is the booking, right?  It’s kind of an adversarial start because you both want something different.  What we have to avoid is puking what we do, regurgitating everything that we offer in hopes that SOMETHING will resonate with them and will lead them into the sale.  Then after puking we give them a price and we never hear from them again.  That’s a problem.   "But Mitch, I can’t even get that far.  They just want a price.  What do I do now?”  If they’ve ... [read more]
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Star Wars Lighting Design Cues For DJs

February 19, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another one of my silly lighting videos. If you don't like these kind of videos, I suggest you turn this one off right now and -- last time I suggested you go watch some Star Wars trailers. Speaking of Star Wars, it's happening right now. It's opening right now all around the world. Right down the street from my house, there were lines around the block. People in costume. There are people selling things on the street. It was on the news. They've done, like, over $100 million in ticket sales before the show even came out. They're predicting this could be one of the biggest movies of all time. And I think they might be right.

What's interesting about this installment of it is they're using practical effects, which is the kind of things that DJs use every week. We use practical effects. We're not doing CGI. We're doing stuff l ... [read more]

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Following Up With Leads & Clients

February 16, 2018 by Joe Bunn
One of the keys to our success is following up with leads that come in. The majority of our leads come in via email vs. phone, and I’m assuming this is also true with your business. After a lead comes in, we send them a standard email along a link to our hidden pricing page. Yes, we share the price right from the start. At that point, we enter the lead into DJ Event Planner (the web-based program we use to keep track of our shows). Pretty much any CRM can be set up to do this. From that point, we have set up automated emails to trickle out so that we are not constantly having to remember when to follow up. It does it automatically! The first reminder email goes out three days after the initial inquiry if we have not heard from them. It’s short, sweet and to the point. We then have another reminder email go out a week later if they still haven’t responded. The final one goes ... [read more]
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Pleasure Pain and Purpose Part 3

February 15, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Big Daddy’s advice to us all is NOT to focus on the news.  The world sucks and he weeps for the future.  In our personal lives every day is a GIFT…you are blessed with what you have in this life.  It’s simply a CHOICE you make.  You can’t live your life negatively you must live your life POSITIVELY.  Live life for TODAY.  No one is promised tomorrow.  He believes fully that he was put on this earth to make people’s lives easier and to bring smiles to their faces.  He’s a friend to many and he’s an inspiration to people in his life.   If you ever have a chance to see Jeffrey l ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Watch Pricing Items That Create Value To A Client

February 15, 2018 by DJ Jay
DJ tips in under a minute, when you're doing something like lighting, be careful about price quotes. I know that most people want to know how much something costs, it just makes sense, but if you give somebody a price and it's per item, what you're doing is you're placing value on it that can now be beaten. Another DJ can come along and say, I do lighting for $20 a light with no minimum or they can come up with a better package. You should try to let your clients know, let's look at the room, let's do a site inspection, bring a couple of lights with you, plug them in and show the client what it looks like. That way you're giving a better value. Or at this price, you may want to include them. If you're getting your fee as a DJ to say to a client, that includes four lights. In this case, that would be $100 in cash you may not make, but it may be the difference between getting the event and ... [read more]
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Date Your Couple Before Trying To Book Them (1 of 4)

February 14, 2018 by Terry Lewis
If you charge more than average or intend to, a face to face meeting is by far the most effective route to getting booked. To find your clients innermost fears, desires and aspirations for their big day, the most personal way to discovery is to meet, befriend and gently question them, watching and feeling for their responses. By ‘dating’ your prospects you’ll experience a two-way level of communication, leading to a deeper relationship that is impossible to replicate by phone or email. If for you ‘To meet or not to meet’ is still a dilemma, let me be clear that there is no right or wrong answer, you need to do what is right for you. However, I will give you my opinion based on experience and result ... [read more]
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Be a Friend First and a Salesman Second

February 14, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
One of my least favorite aspects of owning my own business is having to handle my own sales calls. Many of you will most likely agree that you would rather be behind the decks that discussing price with a budget-minded mother of the bride, but the unfortunate truth is that we are usually stuck with being both a DJ and a salesman (or woman). In all reality, the sales call probably isn't your potential client's favorite part of event planning either. After all, they've already spoken with dozens of vendors and have heard every cliche sales tactic and line in the books. Luckily, over the course of my mobile DJ career, my approach to the sales call has changed along with my success in closing those sales. All of the great DJ industry leaders preach it: "Stop talking and start listening." Taking this advice to heart has been one of the most difficult principles for me to apply; I'm a loud ... [read more]
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Representation Industry Mitch Taylor

Representation Starts With You Part Two

February 13, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Representation Industry Mitch TaylorHere's Part 2 of our Representation series.  I just got hired last night to do an event coming up with a referral from a local photographer. Sure I could sit back and wait for referrals to come to me from an association, or hope another DJ is referring me, but that’s just wishing.  You have to take action to represent yourself first.  Keep the relationships open with your fellow event pros, find out how you can work together again and fit into their client’s budgets.   Represent yourself in the media.  If your local paper has a wedding flyer, write an article for it.  Write for a local photograph ... [read more]
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DJ Lighting Help – Train Wrecking a Light Show

February 12, 2018 by Brian S. Redd

Hey, guys. What's up? It's kind of a cool light show we got going on here. You got a table like a DJ would have. You've got some Inno Pocket Scans and some Inno Pocket fusions going on. I'm going to turn some music on and we're going to go ahead and check this out, see what it looks like in sound active. That's a pretty cool light show. A lot is happening, but it looks good. We got some atmosphere going on. We were able to use fog at this gig, but it looks good.

Now, just for fun, let's turn off the fusions and just rock the scans for a minute. I like that when it gets dramatic. Not too much going on, but the [inaudible] of the light is cool. Just needs two spots going in the air for the scanners. I think it's cool. We can ultimately turn off the scans and just rock the fusions. That's also a cool look. We can see the effect going through the air as an ar ... [read more]

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BassBoss DJ18S Profundo Powered Sub provides intense deep bass from a mobile-optimized cabinet

February 9, 2018 by Mobile Beat
Austin, TX, February 8, 2017 — Powered loudspeaker manufacturer BASSBOSS has announced the release of its DJ18S Powered Subwoofer, a compact, deep-bass sub that weighs only 110 lbs and delivers output that’s 3dB down at 27Hz. Perfect for mobile users who need deep, rich bass from a smaller cabinet, the DJ18S offers enough bottom-octave output ... [read more]