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Working Review: Alto TS310 Powered Speaker

August 8, 2018 by Jordan Nelson
The views in this article are entirely my own. I purchased these speakers with my own money and am not receiving any incentive to write this article. A little over a month ago, I began a search for a new powered wedding ceremony speaker. My criteria were simple; I wanted something compact, lightweight, aesthetically pleasing, powerful, and of course, it needed to sound great. After deciding I wanted a 10" speaker, I began researching every powered model on the market today. Seeing as I already have 2 main systems that were both expensive and powerful, I just wanted a speaker that could deliver clean speech during a wedding and have enough juice to play some dinner music in a remote area. After a lot of searching, I kept noticing the new Alto TS 300 series popping up at the top of my queries. Alto speakers... [read more]
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Smart DJ Tips: Why Your Google Business Page Ranking Matters, A LOT!

August 8, 2018 by Jason Rubio
When it comes to the rules of just about any business, there are three things to remember: Location Location Location For every business, location matters, a lot! Just a few years ago, brick and mortar stores were dominant and your actual physical location mattered a lot. Now, it's all about online presence. Particularly with Google, which has about 75% of the search engine traffic. Others such as Yahoo, Bing, and Baidu (search engine in China), hold a large audience at around 5-10% of the search engine traffic. Baidu is actually gaining ground, too! For now, let's just focus on Google and Yahoo/Bing. For the most part, Google is very dominant in the U.S. You have to give it to Google for their marketing and branding campaign. When your brand becomes a "verb" in the English language, you're d... [read more]
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The Law of Reciprocity – By Terry Lewis

August 7, 2018 by Terry Lewis
Think about the last time someone gave you a free, unexpected gift, but you had nothing to give back in return. How did it make you feel? Thankful? A little bit awkward that you could not reciprocate? Did you think “I must repay that person somehow, sometime in the future? These emotions and thoughts are all tied to reciprocity. I recently experienced reciprocity when I visited my local dry cleaners to have a button sewn back onto a jacket I needed the same day for a wedding. The owner said, “Come back in two hours it will be ready.” Sure enough upon my return he reached behind him and lifted my jacket off the bottom rail, pl... [read more]
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Why You Should Always Think Mobile in Your Marketing – By Sonny Ganguly

August 6, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
In 2018, a mobile-friendly website is no longer a trend or a nice-to-have—it’s a necessity for conducting business, especially in the wedding industry. More than ever, couples are using smartphones at all hours of the day or night to keep the planning process moving, from searching for wedding professionals to finding inspiration for the big day. Your mobile website might be the first—and only—impression a couple gets of your business, so it’s vital that your site provides a great user experience and highlights important information that will turn prospective clients into a bookings. The tech landscape is fast-evolving. Not so long ... [read more]
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DJ Ideas – A Wedding Mic Drop Package

August 6, 2018 by Brian S. Redd
What I really love about the YouTube and DJ Facebook community is sometimes we can turn those negatives into positives and Howie Darkstar has done this and he's asked me to do a video on it, so I'm going to do it. Have you seen the mike drop commercials from Verizon? Mike drops are nothing new, but these commercials are in circulation. People are seeing these if they're watching TV. And something like a mike drop is maybe starting to look pretty normal. I was concerned that we're going to run into this problem come wedding season. Howie has a great solution and he's done it and he's sold it and it's working. What he's suggesting is, have a mike drop package as part of your services. When you're in the client meeting, just tell them, hey, I offer a mike drop package, and they might say, well, what's that? So ... [read more]
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Wedding Marketing Strategies By Terry Lewis #6

August 6, 2018 by Terry Lewis
Cont. from last week Looking back on the time I resonated with C:  ‘I rent spaces at wedding fairs and hope to get one or two bookings to cover the cost of my overheads. Any more is a bonus.’  I do so with a degree of disappointment in the realisation that I set my standards so unacceptably low. I managed my expectations to be happy at breaking even. It demonstrated a lack of drive and ambition to step up and claim my fair share of brides at the fair looking to hire a supplier in my category. I displayed a lack of self-confidence that I did not expect more than one or two couple’s to buy from me. I’d conditioned myself... [read more]
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From Hip Hop Icon to Ambassador of Positivity – By Michael Cordeiro

August 2, 2018 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat Las Vegas has always prided itself on featuring major talent at the evening celebrations that are a key part of each event. Each artist or group that has performed at Mobile Beat has made an indelible mark on the music industry in some way; this year is no different. Making his second appearance at MBLV (the first being in 2009) is Rob Van Winkle—aka Vanilla Ice! Rob’s multi-platinum hit “Ice Ice Baby” not only helped brake down stereotypes of who a “rapper” could be, the song also made a whole new generation fans of Hip Hop, both the music and the style. Kids wanted to dress like him, dance like him and be ice cold co... [read more]
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How to define success in your business

August 2, 2018 by Vanessa Joy
I believe, when you’re not taking the time to identify your why and where, you’re setting yourself up to waste time running in circles and ultimately chase the wind. It truly is different for everyone. We all have a different vision for our life long-term. Some kind of idea of what we’d like our lives to look like, even if it’s only in small pockets of clarity. If you want to start a business, I don’t think you need to make a business plan. Business plans can take too long to create, stifle creativity, and get outdated too often. But, you need business goals to know what you’re working toward. To find out where you want to go, you have to figure out for yourself what success looks like to you. To YOU. Not to the DJ you admire. Not to your friends. Definitely not to your family. I love family... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Serato Itch Running Serato Video.

August 2, 2018 by DJ Jay
I just wanted to show this real quick, I am using, see up there, ITCH and I'm just playing some tracks and as you can see up here, I have the record DJ facts sampler and if you weren't aware, I just want to show you a video. So here is Video-SL in ITCH. So as you see, I'm now running video in ITCH. So if you have an ITCH controller, you have ITCH, you can run Video-SL or as I believe it's now being called Serato Video. So just wanted to show you that real quick. I'll do some tutorials down the road, but just wanted to show you. It is now possible, if you haven't already seen it, to run video on your ITCH controller. Kind of a game changer if you've got video and you were thinking about going into it and you already have a controller similar to this one. So DJ Jay just showing you real quick the Video-SL or ag... [read more]
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The PARTY Principle – By Rob Johnson

August 1, 2018 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Weddings are the main source of income for most mobile DJs. I get that. But more and more entertainers are reaching out to me, trying to enhance their business or in some cases completely overhaul it. I don’t know if it is today’s brides or the thousands of “competitors” that have invaded the industry over the years. Believe it or not: You CAN make a great income outside of the actual wedding industry. PLAN WHAT YOU WANT TO DO Start with a plan on what types of things you want to do to supplement your income. You might want to increase your bottom line and you might want to completely revamp what you have been doing. I have had d... [read more]