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How to make sure every player enjoys your trivia night?

July 22, 2016 by DigiGames
“Tips, advice and guidance on ensuring your trivia night is carried out to suit every player in the room” Welcome back to the blog and I hope you are all well and enjoying a productive week filled with Trivia hosting. Yesterday’s blog about the jackpot round seemed to gain a great response and one reader commented on how the ideas will help him make sure every player in the room enjoys the trivia night. Which brings us straight onto the next subject……How to make sure every player enjoys your trivia night This is something I struggled with at first. To give you a tad of background on myself, I am quite a serious trivia player as well as a host so the kind of quiz I would prefer to play in isn’t necessarily the kind of quiz I need to run. This is the first thing you have to consider…..play to your audience. This is not necessarily something you can do from the off so yo ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Plan Out Your Event Travel Time

July 21, 2016 by Jay Brannan
All right. DJ tips in under a minute. As you can see, I'm in the van and I don't know if the sun is allowing you to read that. If not, we'll try my watch, see if that works. But the time right now is 1:48 and the reason that's important is it is Labor Day weekend and I have a wedding. I'm supposed to arrive here onsite at 3:00 o'clock for my 2-hour setup. Now, does it take two hours? No. So I'm always way early, but my beautiful and loving wife said to me, you know it's Labor Day weekend, you're going to the beaches of San Diego, there'll probably be some traffic. So I purposely left around 12:30, I arrived here, of course, like there was no traffic. A little bit, but nothing big and arrived here in just about an hour and 10 minutes. So I have a lot of free time for setup, but what's important is that you make the effort to get to places early and look ahead. If there's going to be a hol ... [read more]
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How Do You Learn to “Own” Your Price?

July 21, 2016 by Stephanie and Jeff Padovani

How Do You Learn to “Own” Your Price There’s nothing more terrifying that quoting your price to a bride or groom when you don’t fully believe it.

The lump in the throat, the knot in the stomach, the shaky knees of INSECURITY.

We’ve all been there, especially right after rolling out a new price increase.

If you don’t believe you’re worth the price, no one will.

So how do you go from shaking ... [read more]

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The Nice and Easy Wedding Cocktail Hour

July 20, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
dirty_martini_dj_greg_niceFor our 37th installment in the wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we've invited a submission by one of our top-rated wedding DJs - Gregory Lambiase, better known as "DJ Greg Nice." Greg's playlist is chock full of wedding classics and spans a variety of genres including R&B, Country, Singer-Songwriter and 80s Music. Those guests who enjoy the classics will savor Greg's "Nice & Easy" wedding cocktail hour playlist! Many of these tracks would also make great additions to a wedding reception playlist and/or wedding ballad set. For a signature drink, Greg Nice has selected a classic cocktail - the "Dirty Martini." A dirty martini is made with vodka (or gin), dry vermouth, ... [read more]
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Game Technology: Time to Embrace it Fully

July 20, 2016 by DigiGames
Technology has drastically changed the world over during the last 20 years. This is evident in many things, including this issue of Mobile Beat. The switchover to an online version is bound to ruffle some feathers.  People like what they are used to. People stick with what they are comfortable with. But sometimes you need to step out of your comfort zone and change with the times.171-fullcompass-johnson I am personally excited about the next chapter in the Mobile Beat story. Technology has completely changed the mobile disc jockey world. Every aspect is simpler, cleaner and more readily available. Some would argue that this is not a good t ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Was That A Blank Check?

July 20, 2016 by Tony Barthel
Sometimes the planning of a wedding can become quite overwhelming. While WeddingHorrormost brides have some idea that a wedding involves a great deal of planning, many don’t realize just how many decisions there are to make when creating this elaborate of a party. When faced with this challenge, some brides choose to skip town and get married in a simple manner. After all, all you really need is an officiant, a bride and a groom, right? But others choose to elicit the services of a wedding planner. I have had the good fortune of working with wedding planners who are very professional and provide a much-needed service to busy brides. Wedding planners who are terrific at their jobs are an amazing resource for their clients a ... [read more]
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Video is the virtual business card you need

The Value of Video

July 20, 2016 by Michael Cordeiro
ImovieAbout eight years ago I noticed that more and more prospective clients were asking for video examples of our work. They wanted to see us in “action” before they would sign the contract. They liked our references and reviews and felt comfortable with our services, but just needed a little visual push to sign the contract. We had a videographer on staff at the time so it was pretty easy to have him make us a highlight reel after each wedding and use them as promos at the office. Then around 2011 the video market started to dry up and was replaced with photo booths. The internet was changing fast and social media literally replaced print advertising over night. It became increasingly imperative to post captivating content almost ... [read more]
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The first DJ Superstar

WE ARE A.M.

July 20, 2016 by Michael Cordeiro
Dj Am rest in peace They say that the star that burns brightest burns shortest. This is most true in the world of music. The stars of so many rock legends and guitar gods burned ever so brightly and left an indelible mark on the world. Their brief stay on this earth was filled with struggle, turmoil, triumph and tragedy. Their memories and legacies gave hope to millions and ultimately inspired them. In our world, the world of the 12” mix; the world that begins after the rest of the world is sleeping; there are few gods and heroes. One of them DJ AM crowdwas and is ... [read more]
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Get paid for your DJ services, before the event!

When Should I Collect Payment for my DJ Services?

July 19, 2016 by Jason Rubio
Let me say one word that everyone in the world knows and values in some way or another: Money! If you're providing a service, such as a DJ, photo booth, photographer, videographer, or whatever, you are in business to get paid. We all invest so much time and money into our services, and it's not just to do it for free. In the wedding/private event business, many people like to take a deposit, and then collect the remaining balance the day of the event. Up until this year, our DJ and photo booth company did this. It was our way of saying "we'll be there," since we know so many DJs in the industry are unprofessional and people are scared of "no shows." However, last year, we came across too many problems with this method. Here are the pros and cons of this method: Pros (that many DJs swear by) "If you do a great job, you may get ... [read more]
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Party (Think) Outside the BOX

July 18, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Since McDonald's introduced the drive-through, society has become more impatient and more dependent upon engagement. In other words, we 171-digigames-puthuffneed to be entertained—to be engaged—24/7. Allow me to introduce myself I am Jeff Puthuff. I am the creator, President and CEO of FOTOBOMB. At FOTOBOMB, we have taken this engagement factor very seriously, Our target for every event is twofold. First, we want to make each and every guest at your events ENGAGED with YOU. By “engaged” we mean they are active and participating in the evening. Second, we want to make sure your business is branded and promoted seamlessly at every event, with every guest. We believe your best chance to impress and encourage referrals is thr ... [read more]
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ADJ Launches Two New Battery-Powered LED Pars Offering Hassle Free Uplighting with UV-Infused Color Mixing

July 18, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Combining the flexibility of battery-power with the color mixing potential of RGB+UV LEDs, ADJ is pleased to announce the addition Mega Go Series PR Photoof two new par fixtures to the Mega Go Series. Perfect for mobile entertainers, production companies and other lighting users allowing quicker set-up and tear down time; the ADJ Mega Go Par64 Plus and Mega QPLUS Go offer a new level of creative freedom, UV-infused color washes absolutely anywhere they are required.

The new Mega Go Par64 Plus packs in 172 10mm, 0.07W LEDs (split across 56 Red, 60 Green and 56 Blue), which allows the fixture to generate potent primary color washes as well as offer full RGB mixing to create a huge palette of mixed colors and shades. This is the ... [read more]
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