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The 5 30 Rule Part 1

June 25, 2019 by Mitch Taylor
I heard something recently shared by one of my past students in a Sales Is Solutions Workshop (what it was called before SALES 4 Event Pros) and I LOVED it SO MUCH I wanted to share it with you in this space.  The past student is Sam Kwak, and back when he took my workshop he was EXTREMELY skeptical and needed major convincing to even take the workshop in the first place. Fast forward now several years and he has moved on from the mobile DJ industry and is one of Chicagoland’s most successful real estate investors.  Now, I’m certainly not saying that it was my workshop that turned the tide for him, but more or less just proud to know this man, and to have him remind me of thi ... [read more]
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State of the DJ Industry 2018 + 2019 Forecast

June 24, 2019 by Matt Martindale
Mobile Beat is proud to present the third annual “State of the DJ Industry” survey, with questions created by, and 2018 data compiled, analyzed and scribed by marketing guru, in-house economics nerd, and Mobile Beat presenter, Matt Martindale (Matt@MattMartindale.com). You may have seen it at MBLV live too! There were a total of 1,016 surveys were completed providing a tremendous amount of data to analyze and interpret. As of press time hard copies of the report are still available. Click here for more info. If you completed the full DJ survey and included your emai ... [read more]
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Platinum People: Turning MBLV Up to 11

June 23, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
This year marked my ninth year coming to Mobile Beat Las Vegas and my first as a staff member. What an incredible experience, to be on the inside and go behind the scenes of the production and execution of the conference. The amount of hours, staff dedication and planning that go into MBLV each year is staggering. This conference really is a labor of love to give the DJ industry a solid, positive platform that helps us grow individually and collectively. Not everyone is going to have the opportunity to be a staff member (thank you Ryan and Dan), but the next best way to maximize your learning experience at MBLV is through the Platinum Pass. Two years ago, for MBLV21, my wi ... [read more]
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New MBLV23 People: DJs Rock Vegas

June 22, 2019 by Michael Cordeiro
Another successful and enlightening Mobile Beat Las Vegas conference is in the books. Even though preparations for MBLV24 are already in the works, we wanted to get some feedback from first-time Mobile Beat Las Vegas attendees. The number one priority of the Mobile Beat staff is to build upon the success of the previous conference. The goal each year is to load MBLV with fresh ideas and informational content that will help DJs take their performances and businesses to the next level. A big part of that mission is to listen to attendees and add the seminars and workshops that are most valuable to their education. This year the content was exceptional. Early morning round-ta ... [read more]
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Reclaiming Vacation

June 22, 2019 by Dagan White
At the recent Mobile Beat Las Vegas event, mobile DJs from all over descended upon a city many refer to as the Entertainment Capital of the World—a natural location for a conference and trade show aimed at mobile entertainers. While the excitement of MBLV is packed into a few days, it is still important to prepare for the trip as a small business owner. Just like the difference between a suitcase that’s been thoughtfully packed while there’s ample time before a journey, compared to one that’s stuffed minutes before departure, the way we put our business in order before a trip makes all the difference in the world. Read the rest of ... [read more]
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Controlling Considerations

June 21, 2019 by Joe Bunn
I don’t consider myself a “control freak”, but I do like to have a lot of control over my DJ business. However, even I realize there are times when you have to let some of your tasks go and assign them to other people within your company that you trust. Today I want to talk about what you should probably continue handling yourself, and what you can possibly delegate. MONEY I’m going to be honest with you, you have to keep an eye on your money. What do I mean by this? I’m not saying that you have to be the one that sends out every contract and counts every dollar that comes in, but make sure that if you are NOT doing this, you are getting a weekly spreadsheet or ... [read more]
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Down-Under DJ’s Journey to Success

June 20, 2019 by Dayna Solomon
Across the Pacific Ocean, in the country known for unique animals like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses, the Great Barrier Reef, and a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, DJ Ben Shipway began his DJ journey as a teenager, in a place where DJs were pretty much nonexistent. In the small town of Dalby in the state of Queensland, Australia, Shipway says, “If you went to a party there would be a stereo or a bluetooth speaker playing music —and that’s it.” Now with 500 events on his resume since joining the Brisbane-based G&M Event group in 2013, Shipway has been building a solid reputation as a pro event DJ. The combination of putting 100% of his b ... [read more]
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Share Your Heart Part 4

June 20, 2019 by Mitch Taylor
Last week we covered the "A" letter of the acronym H.E.A.R.T., with the “H” standing for Hugs, the “E” standing for Emotion, and the “A” standing for Attitude. We continue today with the final 2 letters of the acronym, Reality and Thoughtful and a final Thought. Reality Kenny Chesney said it best “Reality, yeah, sometimes life ain’t all that it’s cracked up to be.  So let’s take a chance and live this fantasy. ‘Cause everybody needs to break free from reality.”  OK so maybe I’m in a bit of the island spirit here right now but this is a truth in mundane, everyday life as well.  Reality can sometimes ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Tuesday Night Music Live

June 20, 2019 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. I know I've talked about these guys before, they're friends of mine, I do a lot of videos with them, it's John Young over at the Disc Jockey News. But he has this new feature on Tuesday nights live that he's doing with Brian S. Redd. They're doing a twohour chat session, I caught it tonight and it's all about music and what are you playing and tonight's was songs for your dance floor from 2001 and it's a Tuesday night live music thing. And then over here, they've got a chat session going and it's actually really, really cool. It was great to talk about old music, great to hear about this stuff and it's live and it's a different year or decade every week. And the cool thing is we do all these shows and we want to learn, we want to see things and this is just a continuation of that and John's really good with disc jockey news. And of course, you know ... [read more]
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The Truth About DJ Prices

June 19, 2019 by Matt Martindale
As the creator of the national “State of the DJ Industry” report with 3,400 completed surveys over the last three years, and despite a bachelors’ degree in business (concentration in marketing) and a minor in economics, the one question I get from opinionated DJs across the country is: “Matt, why won’t you ask about price?” The simple answer is, “I can’t. It’s irrelevant.” Price is nothing more than the amount of money expected for something in exchange. Is price based on event type? What about hourly rate? Deliverables (like lights, photo booths, etc.)? What’s included? In what region geographically? Etc. Read the ... [read more]
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Jock from the Rock Helps Digital DJs Roll

June 19, 2019 by Dan Walsh
He’s not the first European DJ to cross ocean and continent to grace the Mobile Beat Las Vegas stage. But, as far as we know, Phil Morse, founder of Digital DJ Tips, is the first to come from Gibraltar. It’s a tiny piece (2.6 square miles) of British territory that sticks out from the Spanish mainland into the Mediterranean Sea. From this pleasant, subtropical base, Morse, who founded and continues to run one of the leading educational sites for DJs, will travel to Las Vegas this March to help DJs raise their website game. We caught up with Morse to get the scoop on his DJ background and how he ended up providing some of the best online education out there for DJs, es ... [read more]