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The All-Broadway Wedding Cocktail Hour

September 28, 2016 by Gregg Hollmann
screen shot 2015-01-17 at 11.34.52 amFor the 47th episode of our wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we called in specialists Kris Longwell and Wesley Loon to compile an all Broadway music wedding cocktail hour. Kris and Wesley are recent wedding clients of ours, and both have theater backgrounds. They are huge Broadway fans, and have compiled a terrific list of show tunes from recent and classic Broadway theater productions. Sample shows include Wicked, Rent, Ragtime, 42nd Street, Les Miserables and Evita. For their signature cocktail, this dynamic duo selected the Fuzzy Greyhound, a sweet, fruity, vodka-based cocktail. To learn how to mix a Fuzzy Greyhound, click here. Love to eat? Be su ... [read more]
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Wedding Horror Story: Mixed Message With The Toast

September 28, 2016 by Tony Barthel
With over 30 years experience Ray Martinez, RayMar, has seen most of it, if not all of it. One of the pioneers of the DJ industry, RayMar certainly has some stories to tell and it doesn’t hurt that he’s a heck of a story teller. At one particular wedding, RayMar described the marriage as something one might find typical in Southern California – an Irish guy marrying a Mexican girl. But this was one of those weddings where you could feel the tension in the air so when the well-spoken father got on the mic, a bit of that tension was relieved. That was, until he said to his son, “What the hell are you doing marrying a Mexican girl – you should have married an Irish girl.” There’s nothing quite like a relative with an attitude armed with a microphone. Naturally, this started a war of words in the wedding but calmer senses prevailed and there had already been a bit of d ... [read more]
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Business Card Marketing 2.0 Upgrade

September 28, 2016 by Rick Hardesty
  When we launched the QR code on our business cards it was great! We saw a huge increase in website traffic and we had a few people that called requesting more info about our products and services, but the number of people that called and the number of hits on our website was way off. When I create marketing and advertising I always make sure that I create ways that I can track where my customers are coming from and how they are getting to my website. In one week I had 5 phone calls, but 150 potential customers used the QR code on my Planet DJs Entertainment business cards. There has to be a better way! I want 150 hits to the website and 150 phone calls or emails requesting information about our products and services. I threw away all the new business cards that I just had printed and created a new business and told all the employees we are giving the business cards, websi ... [read more]
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DJ Tips In Under A Minute: Harmonic mixing with mixed in key

September 27, 2016 by Jay Brannan
All right. DJ tips in under a minute, harmonic mixing, which is just mixing the correct keys or even changing keys of the songs you're mixing. Sometimes you'll have that perfect mix and you just can't quite get it. You know you've got the tempo right, you know you've got everything right where you want it. It could be that the keys are clashing. As you know, all music is done in keys. This is the actual harmonic wheel that shows what keys go with what in the best variation. There are 12 numbers and A through G as far as your keys go and all music is in one key or another. Some dance songs you'll find a lot are in A for some reason along with rock, but what it does is using Mixed In Key, you analyze all your songs and it tells you the actual key the tracks are in so that when you're doing your mix, you can make another qualified decision as to what tracks to mix by the keys they're in ... [read more]
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Scrapbook.Live debuts this August!

September 27, 2016 by Mobile Beat
It was our pleasure to debut our new product at the Atlantic City DJ Expo.  Scrapbook.Live is the next "Big Thing" for DJ's to img_0747create a unique experience and atmosphere.  What is Scrapbook.Live?   Imagine this, at a wedding ceremony and reception, a photographer or videographer takes staged photos and video while they are there.   All of the guests, friends, and family are taking photos from all different angles and perspectives, most of which you would never see. You’ll have to wait 3 to 6 months before you see the photos from the photographer. With Scrapbook.Live, there is no waiting! At your reception, your guests, friends, and family, are able to instantly send photos and videos to large monitors or projection ... [read more]
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A bag . . . or a box? – Your when is now – By Todd Mitchem

September 27, 2016 by Mobile Beat
I looked up at the man standing in front of me in the airport TSA line. He looked like any ordinary man, simply dressed and cleanly shaven. I could see in his eyes he was unsettled about something; I thought ittsa-uniform could be nervousness about travel, or he had an important meeting and was anxious to get it over. As I was mulling all of the situations that could make someone nervous at the airport, the mystery man pushed his plastic bin containing his belongings into the security scanner and got in line for the final body scan. Since he didn’t present any immediate signs of hostility or danger, I ignored him and his restless agitation, returning my attention to placing my items into one of the plastic b ... [read more]
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Mobile Beat – Sept 2016 – Going Corporate

September 26, 2016 by Dan Walsh
mb-174-cover-smMOBILE BEAT - SEPTEMBER 2016 - #174 Going Corporate Welcome to this year’s corporate events-focused issue, where we aim to help you gain more non-wedding business. Even if you see a winter lull in wedding bookings, serving the needs of business clients is one way to make sure your income from entertainment continues to flow throughout the year. Inside you’ll find great ideas for improving your corporate events business. Don’t miss Rob Peters’ advice for participating in B2B expos, a source of potential clients that many DJs have yet to tap into. ~ Dan Walsh, Editor-in-Chief Check out the full issue (no login required) by going to ... [read more]
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CHAUVET DJ INSTAGRAM “PHOTOGHOST” CONTEST Offers Frightfully Good Prizes

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
SUNRISE, Fla. – The CHAUVET DJ Instagram Photoghost Contest is sure to send shivers of photo_ghost_mergedanticipation down the spines of followers of the company’s Instagram page this Halloween.  Running from Saturday, October 1st, 2016 through Thursday October 20th, the contest offers DJs brave enough to enter the chance to win one of three great prizes:  a Geyser P6 for first place; a Gobo Zoom USB (second) and a Scorpion Bar RG Laser (third).   To enter, contestants should post a photo or video to their own Instagram page of their Halloween displays that use CHAUVET DJ fixtures and effects with the hashtag #ChauvetDJPhotoghost, then share the photo or video to CHAUVET DJ on Instagram.  All photos/video ... [read more]
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ADJ Launches LED Video Panel with Improved Color Consistency and Higher Contrast – Perfect for DJs?

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
Following the huge success of the original AV6 LED video panel, ADJ has launched a new and improved model, the AV6X. The new version retains the affordable price and high resolution quality of the original, but also offers improved color consistency and higher contrast. By introducing the original AV6 last year, ADJ disrupted the Audio/Visual world. While offering impressive brightness, excellent image quality and a robust build, the AV6 also boasted an unprecedented agressive price, which meant that large-scale LED screens became affordable for a whole range of applications where previously they would have been over budget. The AV6 opened up the world of LED video to smaller production companies, churches, clubs, stages and mobile entertainers, to name just a few. ... [read more]
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JammText 1.1 – Releases thanks to your ideas!

September 26, 2016 by Mobile Beat
When is an update almost as exciting as a new product? Today we are announcing the next major update to JammText, version 1.1. The new version includes many significant updates that we made in response to YOUR customer feedback. Some of the key highlights include the following screen-shot-mobile-beatCustom branding In addition to the custom advertisements you could show in previous versions of JammText, Pro account users can also customize the branding entirely. The program will use the brand name and social media username you specify. For example, if you enter “Vynil Squad” as your brand, the program will show “Vynil Squad Picture Message” when you receive a blank MMS. In addition, you can replace the texting number w ... [read more]
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Ten Steps To A Packed December

Conquering Christmas: Ten Tips To A Full December

September 25, 2016 by Michael Cordeiro
holiday-party-planning Yes, I know, fall just started and I'm already talking about Holiday parties. Christmas is less than 100 days away and I already have 27 events booked for December. Most of those are midweek events. My Friday and Saturday evenings are filling up nicely with annual clients and a few new ones. I have a wedding booked for New Years Eve. This just didn't happen. I have a system in place that helps fill my calendar and make every Holiday Season Rock! Back in 2006 my company booked over 67 events just for December. It was awesome. Then the bubble burst and 50% of clients canceled the following year. That was a big pill to swallow. Many of those companies still do not have annual holiday events. ... [read more]