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Jeff Romard

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Scott Hanna

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He has a hard time taking photos…
I disagree. Its not hard for him to take a photo. It's just very hard for anyone to look at the photos he's taken 😁


Just busting your chops Mix. No offense intended
 

Albatross

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Taso is a content machine, putting out lots of video and content. But that is not required to get a functional website up and running. You probably need 3-5 decent photos to get a homepage built. More is great, but you can do it with just a few. And then you need to write a few small pieces of content about what you do and who you are. That's all a website is... it's just a spot to share your story online.

I'm really confused as to why it's so hard to get decent event photos. These are cell phone shots from two of my events over the last couple of weeks:

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Neither of those is a pro photo, but in the absence of a pro photo those would be perfectly acceptable to feature my work.

But let's assume for a second that you can't do that on your own. To get some good photos you will need to:

1) Buy some. Just go on Shutterstock and purchase a couple of stock photos that meet your brand needs.

2) Pay someone to take some. Hire a photographer to take a good headshot of yourself. Have them come to an event with you to take photos specifically to use in your marketing.

If you're going that route, the event needs to look good. You need to present your set up well, dress well, actually have more than 2-3 people dancing at a time.
 

djtaso

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Taso is a content machine, putting out lots of video and content. But that is not required to get a functional website up and running. You probably need 3-5 decent photos to get a homepage built. More is great, but you can do it with just a few. And then you need to write a few small pieces of content about what you do and who you are. That's all a website is... it's just a spot to share your story online.

I'm really confused as to why it's so hard to get decent event photos. These are cell phone shots from two of my events over the last couple of weeks:

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Neither of those is a pro photo, but in the absence of a pro photo those would be perfectly acceptable to feature my work.

But let's assume for a second that you can't do that on your own. To get some good photos you will need to:

1) Buy some. Just go on Shutterstock and purchase a couple of stock photos that meet your brand needs.

2) Pay someone to take some. Hire a photographer to take a good headshot of yourself. Have them come to an event with you to take photos specifically to use in your marketing.

If you're going that route, the event needs to look good. You need to present your set up well, dress well, actually have more than 2-3 people dancing at a time.
I have a young kid... a media guy in training for me... that would gladly come out on an off day to do photos for him, whether at an event or headshots... but even at a discounted rate, I think he charges more than Mix makes for the event.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Here it is

The pictures of the facade that has lights behind it are from events years ago. I don't have either that facade or those subs anymore. Those were the first subs I ever bought. They simply had a built in amp, volume knob and a light to tell when to dial down the volume. The picture with the speakers on the poles in the subs was an event we did in Brooklyn, NY. It was my partner's GF's high school reunion. There was no need for the subs even though the picture was a good one because we were there just playing background music until the last song. The venue was near Coney Island. It was a nice venue. It was $90 per person and the event was for 4 hours. I remember we got paid $600. The last song that we played was Donna Summers Last Dance the full version. That's the only song they danced to. At the end we cranked it up for the last song and the ladies went crazy. The school was a school for girls. I need to find out how to put up a link from the Facebook business page so people can just click on that to go to the page instead of the way I do it by going on FB and typing in Dance To The Music Entertainment. That way people can do a one click and the page comes up.
















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adj2ent

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Oct 20, 2006
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Jeff, just posted the link

https://www.facebook.com/DanceToTheMusicEnt

You should know that and it is where you should be sending people, not searching Facebook. Not bad , now who did the business page?
You have a ton of pictures but I don’t know why you feel the need to include out of focus picture or bad formatted pictures. Only put your best ones out front. Where I see a issue is with the date of the pictures, yes, you can have some older photos but you have to have current one first. I dropped dating pictures, time passes to quickly how
Do you edit your pictures before you use them? You should edit each photo and delete the be one. You can change the picture composition, brightness, color even sharpen the picture some. After editing if it looks very good keep, if not permanently delete.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Jeff, just posted the link

https://www.facebook.com/DanceToTheMusicEnt

You should know that and it is where you should be sending people, not searching Facebook. Not bad , now who did the business page?
You have a ton of pictures but I don’t know why you feel the need to include out of focus picture or bad formatted pictures. Only put your best ones out front. Where I see a issue is with the date of the pictures, yes, you can have some older photos but you have to have current one first. I dropped dating pictures, time passes to quickly how
Do you edit your pictures before you use them? You should edit each photo and delete the be one. You can change the picture composition, brightness, color even sharpen the picture some. After editing if it looks very good keep, if not permanently delete.
First I've been trying to find out how to link my business page to Google and I don't know how to edit pictures. Sorry I'm not a computer wizard like many of you. I looked on YouTube to see how to link the page to Google. I don't understand what they are talking about.
 

sonic-vision

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Feb 6, 2007
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Link from your personal page.
Link from you listing on wedj.
Link from any of your free listings on the web.
Run an ad for your biz page.
Invite friends to your biz page.
Send me your password / credit card info & I will be glad to do the Facebook page 😃
 

adj2ent

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Oct 20, 2006
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Listen Mix, I am going to give you some advice. Everyone starts from zero and learns how to do these things. Nobody popped out knowing how to do all of this stuff. We figured it out. There are somethings in 2022 you should know/learned in general especially if you want to run a business. Or you have to pay someone to do it all. Then when you don’t have money you can’t or change what was done before. There a saying “ give a man a fish and he eats for a day. teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime” But you have to start from the beginning and work your way forward, because without the basics you won’t understand the answers when you ask questions. Many things like editing a photo can be done on cell phone so it isn’t about being a computer wiz. It about using right items to get the job done, you work your way up.more complex. Why use a big complicated camera when you can pull out a cell phone and get great (no focusing) pictures and video, edit them then upload. I do a majority of my work on iPads, its just easier & more convenient. They have classes usually at the library, or online with AARP. Plus there tons of how to books. I use a app Readly where you can access books & magazines. There is a ton of how to of “How to books”. I send my Mom there so she figure out how to work her Ipad & cell phone.
 

Proformance

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Nov 6, 2006
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First please do not tell me how easy it is to build a website. I 'm not a computer wiz. So I have no clue on how to build one. I have gotten emails and the first thing they ask is let me see your website. I had 2 done and never got anywhere with either one. I didn't even know where to advertise online with the websites.

Now if you know someone who knows how to build a website that is reasonable please let me know. I'm not making this up for a joke, so please no smart remarks. I got an email 2 days ago and they wanted to see a website. I had already given them a price quote and for them to respond back meant they were OK with the price. They just wanted to see some evidence of something online of the business. I let them know where they could find some videos on YouTube of work we've done. Bottom line in desperate need of a website. Thanks for reading.
I suggest you forego the website. You don't need one

The only thing you need is a business card that you can hand to someone in person. Your best asset is going to be your personal contacts and the people, places, and groups you already know are a good fit for you and with whom you can make personal contact. This will cost you nothing. You just have to make a point to start circulating and showing interest in HELPING OTHER PEOPLE meet their event needs.

A website will do nothing for you. You will be fishing in a pond with the wrong bait. 95% of people using the web to find a DJ will not hire you for an obvious reason - AGE. Sorry, but the reality is that even in a WOKE revolution it's natural for people to hire other people who are like themselves - someone who just "gets me." That happens primarily by word of mouth. People within your age bracket are not using the internet because finding an appropriate older DJ for the kind of events you want to do is like looking for an earring on the beach. People at this age acquire a DJ by word-of-mouth.

I haven't touched my website in nearly 10 years. It's probably on page 211 of Google results by now. Just don't need it. For 3 months in a row I've been working 6 out of 7 days a week. When I get hired to do a teen dance (imagine that!) it's not the kids who hire me, it's not even their parents, It's the management at the facility where it's being held - they are the people who have the most to gain or lose by the success or failure of the event, and therefore take the lead in finding the right reliable person.

Stake holders matter. The web, on the other hand, is for window shoppers - the "see, want, must have" crowd typically under the age of 30. When was the last time you met someone your own age who called themselves an: "Influencer?" - It doesn't happen because your generation still values substance over image and your method of marketing has to reflect that. To convey substance you have to be live and in person - not online.

I'd forget the web if I were you and focus on interpersonal connections. But, that being said - there's no excuse. If you can post on this board you can create a website. There are plenty of simplified web buildings sites that require no more skills than to point and click.
 
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djtaso

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I suggest you forego the website. You don't need one

The only thing you need is a business card that you can hand to someone in person. Your best asset is going to be your personal contacts and the people, places, and groups you already know are a good fit for you and with whom you can make personal contact. This will cost you nothing. You just have to make a point to start circulating and showing interest in HELPING OTHER PEOPLE meet their event needs.

A website will do nothing for you. You will be fishing in a pond with the wrong bait. 95% of people using the web to find a DJ will not hire you for an obvious reason - AGE. Sorry, but the reality is that even in a WOKE revolution it's natural for people to hire other people who are like themselves - someone who just "gets me." That happens primarily by word of mouth. People within your age bracket are not using the internet because finding an appropriate older DJ for the kind of events you want to do is like looking for an earring on the beach. People at this age acquire a DJ by word-of-mouth.

I haven't touched my website in nearly 10 years. It's probably on page 211 of Google results by now. Just don't need it. For 3 months in a row I've been working 6 out of 7 days a week. When I get hired to do a teen dance (imagine that!) it's not the kids who hire me, it's not even their parents, It's the management at the facility where it's being held - they are the people who have the most to gain or lose by the success or failure of the event, and therefore tale the lead in finding the right reliable person.

Stake holders matter - the web, is for window shoppers, the "see, want, must have" crowd typically under the age of 30. When was the last time you met someone your own age who called themselves an: "Influencer?" - It doesn't happen because your generation still values substance over image and your method of marketing has to reflect that.

I'd forget the web if I were you and focus on interpersonal connections. But, that being said - there's no excuse. If you can post on this board you can create a website. There are plenty of simplified web buildings sites that require no more skills than to point and click.
If you do weddings, you're dealing with younger gen z/millennial aged buyers, and they're very visual/emotional based buyers. They're natural instincts are, even when it's a recommendation is to find their social media and web site and get a better feel for them before contacting. They're also likely to contact other dj's and therefore have multiple tabs open sending out inquiries and researching... if you don't have a site, they're unlikely to go out of their way to contact you when they've already contacted 5-10 other dj's. The only time I see a different experience is when they've seen you in person and are adamant about having you... but even then if they reach out direct, its 90% through text or instagram dm's. In addition, this age group is the least likely to initiate a phone call or hold on to a business card... further proving the importance of an online presence. Granted this is strictly weddings... corporate events, or events where the point of contact is an event planner or venue is different. The only time I get phone calls out of the blue are from people 40+ or from other businesses. I can't recall the last time I got a call for a wedding to initiate the inquiry process.
 
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