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MOBILE BEAT #194 – MAY 2018

May 26, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #194 - MAY 2018 WEDDING DJ SECRETS While you'll find wedding DJ stuff in just about every issue of Mobile Beat, this one is our regular closer look at rocking your receptions. We are confident you will find at least one new tip or trick in these digital pages to help you improve your wedding reception performance or get more and better wedding gigs!. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   WEDDING DJ SECRETS How to Have an Awesome Reception: 3 Keys for Couples - Matt Martindale A Dream Wedding: It Takes More than Magic - Jay Maxwell “Why Should I Hire You?” - Stu Chisholm How to Get on a Venue’s Preferred Vendor List - Kim Gleason WEDDI ... [read more]
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Serve, Don’t Sell – By Matt Martindale

May 26, 2018 by Matt Martindale
Every DJ can be great if they remember one simple thing: Life is a performance—just like your actual performance at an event—and YOU are in charge! You have a role to play, and if you are true to yourself, and you know who you are, then that role becomes second nature. You know what you want. That allows you to tap into an inner resolve because you never have to change who you are. In Mark Sanborn’s book, The Encore Effect, he talks about what it takes to ensure a consistently fantastic performance in every aspect of your life. In fact, “every remarkable performance: • Moves us to act. • Makes us feel good. • Causes us to laugh. • Stimulates us to think” Is your show performance only competent and cour ... [read more]
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MOBILE BEAT #194 – MAY 2018

May 26, 2018 by Dan Walsh
MOBILE BEAT #194 - MAY 2018 WEDDING DJ SECRETS While you'll find wedding DJ stuff in just about every issue of Mobile Beat, this one is our regular closer look at rocking your receptions. We are confident you will find at least one new tip or trick in these digital pages to help you improve your wedding reception performance or get more and better wedding gigs!. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief   WEDDING DJ SECRETS How to Have an Awesome Reception: 3 Keys for Couples - Matt Martindale A Dream Wedding: It Takes More than Magic - Jay Maxwell “Why Should I Hire You?” - Stu Chisholm How to Get on a Venue’s Preferred Vendor List - Kim Gleason WEDDI ... [read more]
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Redesign Your Website…or Your Routine? by Robert Lindquist

May 25, 2018 by Robert Lindquist
We live in a time of accelerating rate of change. We can’t assume that the marketing strategies that worked a year, or even six months ago, will produce the same results today. Technology is constantly revealing new opportunities in social and online marketing, and each one merits consideration. While it often seems like we’re fighting a losing battle to stay ahead of the game, one online marketing rule has remained consistent: Functionality trumps fancy. The most effective websites are not about animation and interactivity; they provide useful information. An extreme example is Craigslist. While I doubt anyone reading this would take such a brutally minimalist approach to the design of their website, Craigslist has consistent ... [read more]
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Time Mitch Taylor Mobile Beat

Time Part 1

May 24, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Time Mitch Taylor Mobile BeatTime   Time is our biggest asset and liability all in one.  Do you spend your time or do you invest your time?  Time is fleeting they say and for the life of a mobile DJ there has never been a truer phrase written. Do you have a wife?  Children?  Family or loved ones?  Most people, including my wife, work during the day and have the weekends off.  Our busiest times of the year are when our loved ones and families have time off and wish to spend it with us.  So what's a DJ to do?  The answer:  prioritize. ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: How To Find Your Next Phrase Point To Mix.

May 24, 2018 by DJ Jay
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, mixing. I'm going to link a video from Bobby [sic] Blends, Blends Gone Wild that I just watched. In the description on this one, that's the one you really want to watch. This is just getting you into it. If you're new to mixing, you've got to deal with 32 beats, 8 bars equal 1 phrase and you mix on phrases or begin your mixes on phrases. So what I did was I set cue points. I simply got to the very beginning of the song, set a cue point and then in Serato, ITCH or Scratch Live, I hit this button that says 32. That's a 32-beat loop. At the end of it, I set another cue point and it's just so I could listen through and see what it sounds like in each phrase. So if you're new and you can't find the phrase, can't find the spot to mix on, try this as a trick, start setting 32-beat loops so you can get to your next phrase. Watch Bobby's video; I'll link it d ... [read more]
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Top Tips on How to Get On Venue Preferred Lists

May 23, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Getting on a local venue preferred list can be like gold to many wedding providers. Because the venue is often one of the first major wedding-related purchases a couples makes, if not the first, it’s also where many couples turn for recommendations on other local vendors to consider. When your name is on that list, you can get a stream of new prospects effortlessly coming to your business without any advertising costs. So, as a venue owner, it’s probably not surprising that a question I am often asked by vendors is how to get on our venue’s preferred vendor list.  Since every wedding supplier we recommend reflects on us, we are very particular about who we refer and have often built up relationships for years before adding someone to our list. Still, there is always room for a new supplier. As new, hip professionals appear on the scene and more seasoned businesses decide to ... [read more]
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ADJ Now Distribute Compu Show DMX Lighting Control Software

May 23, 2018 by Mobile Beat
ADJ Products LLC is pleased to announce, effective immediately, that they will now take over the development, support and sales for the Compu Show lighting control software previously offered by Elation Professional for the past 10 years.  As the need for more DMX universes on shows with larger fixture and pixel counts continue to grow, this powerful, proven and stable software control system is ideal to fill those demands and support ADJ’s growing professional caliber lighting portfolio. ADJ USA’s National Sales Manager, Alfred Gonzales, explains: “As ADJ’s fixtures have evolved, we felt it was important to grow our DMX software line as well. Our existing myDMX control software has been a very successful product worldwide for ten years, but we felt we needed to offer something with more power and possibilities. Compu Show is a proven system that offers lighting designers ... [read more]
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Connecting With Your Clients is The Key to Referrals

May 23, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
In the mobile DJ industry (especially when DJing weddings), we often walk the line between a professional relationship and a friendship. While above all we are providing a service and thus interact with people through a business mindset, we are also intimately close to a couple and their family as they prepare for one of life's biggest moments. It goes without saying that we should strive to always keep our dealings with clients professional and courteous, we often can't help from becoming close to people as we repeatedly meet and learn more about their lives and their families. This is a good thing. The more we connect with people, the more we can personalize our service for them and the more they will be an asset to our company down the road. But while being friendly with a client before their event can help you create a truly memorable experience, the benefits tha ... [read more]
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The Mirror Part 2

May 22, 2018 by Mitch Taylor
Last week we talked about the mirror and challenged you with “How often are you looking in the mirror?”  Do you regularly review sales and performance sessions? Here’s a couple more tips and suggestions to help you look in the mirror.  First, you need to ask your client for permission. Know the laws in your state but always get permission first. It could be as simple as “Hey...maybe you or your fiance might say something that we could use later on for your wedding.  :)” More than likely they will forget about the recording during your full conversation with them and when they talk about their first dance or their dance with their Dad it will sound more natural and m ... [read more]
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How to get listed at 4 and 5 star venues (3 of 3)

May 21, 2018 by Terry Lewis
Over the last two weeks we’ve focused on ways to get listed at luxury venues. Here’s your final instalment.   New builds  Keep an eye out for new builds going up in the areas you want to work in. Then make a point of reaching out to the person responsible for weddings and events before the paint goes on the walls. Ask for the meeting and let them know your USPs, but don’t just go in with your want to be listed. Think what do they need? Their goal is to secure bookings, so think like the event team would. Help them achieve their goals. Their number one priority will be to get new bookings, and you could let your couples know about the new venue if they are stil ... [read more]