Posted by Daryl Thomas on October 6th, 2015
One of the most important tasks couples take on when coordinating their weddings is the creation of their wedding websites. On it they can feature their engagement photos, the story of how they first met, videos they’ve made together, links to all of the stores where they’re registered at, etc. The options are endless and the services are many. A quick Google search pulls up a wide variety of sites that allow users to customize a basic design to their liking and many of those sites, like mywedding.com or TheKnot.com offer their templates for free.
The trouble with these sites is the templates are limited in scope and don’t offer the uniqueness and functionality many couples are looking for. That’s why some sites, like eWedding.com or WedSimple.com will also allow you to pay for more customization options and even offer to host your site for an affordable monthly fee. Still, many couples complain that when they try to access certain portions of their website or attempt to log onto their wedding registries via the links provided, the pages won’t open or the links aren’t functioning properly.
Therefore, your safest and best bet is to go with the pros. No one beats a professional web designer when it comes to building the most visually attractive, informative, reliable and user-friendly websites. Professional web designers can save you a lot of time, be called upon on a daily basis to make up to the minute adjustments, and they’re easy to find thanks to agencies you can quickly research online.
Before hiring a professional, compile all of the photos and videos you will want to include on the site and any anecdotes you would like to share. Decide which stores you will need to link with in order for visitors to access your gift registries. Think of any themes or colors you’d like to incorporate into your design, if you want music playing in the background and if you would like any interactive elements like a page for your visitors to leave messages or post photos and videos, or even take fun multiple-choice quizzes to see how well they know you. You can also incorporate a mini crowdfunding page for friends and family to donate to your honeymoon fund. Once you’ve got a good idea of what you want, research a few agencies and interview a handful of their top web designers, getting quotes along the way. You won’t have to break the bank, because there are talented web designers in all price points and you’re sure to find one that can deliver everything you want at a rate you can afford.
Posted by Daryl Thomas on February 26th, 2015
With huge advancements in technology and the continual decrease in prices, smart phones, tablets and MP3 players are becoming more and more prevalent in our society and it seems every kid these days has one or all of the above at their disposal nearly 24 hours a day. Therefore, as much as we try our best to protect them, with this kind of technology always at the ready, not to mention the constant pressure of their peers, our kids are exposed to potentially harmful influences on a minute-by-minute basis. All we as parents and educators can hope to do is try and expose them to the safest influences we can. School dances are no exception, which is why principles and faculty take the entertainment provided at their proms, homecoming and other school dances so seriously. Here are a couple smart things to consider when seeking the safest DJs for all of your school’s dances.
First of all, it’s important to know that there are a great number of professional mobile DJs who specialize in school dances. They listen to the radio, they know all of the current Top 40 hits and they know which songs are safe for all audiences and which songs are best avoided during their performances. You can begin searching for one of these talented DJs immediately by consulting reputable talent agency websites that promote DJs who specialize in proms and other school dances in your area. The longer the agency has been in business, the more likely they’re disc jockeys are reliable and represent the best, most responsible DJs the industry has to offer. Just be sure their websites are professional and allow you to easily search for a school dance disc jockey by location and price point.
While most school dance DJs are knowledgeable and aware of their highly sensitive and impressionable audience, there are always songs out there that even the most experienced DJ hasn’t heard and certain words or phrases that a disc jockey may not realize are offensive to certain cultures. Thankfully, there are services like the School Dance Network that can help. By consulting their informative website – www.SchoolDanceNetwork.com, you can access all kinds of valuable information including a giant list of safe songs for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds, a regularly updated ‘Do Not Play List’ and current student trends in both lifestyle and music. In addition, they certify and list the names of responsible DJs in their School Dance Directory. Before you hire your next prom or other school dance DJ, check to see if their name appears in this directory and if you seek to hire through an agency, check to see that the agency is mentioned as well.
As with anything else, when it comes to school dances and events, the safety of our children is of utmost importance. Hiring a responsible DJ for their prom, homecoming or other school dance entertainment benefits everyone, and it’s easy if you know where to look!
Posted by Daryl Thomas on February 24th, 2015
Becoming a professional mobile DJ is the same as starting a business. While it may be a small entertainment business – a sole proprietorship that thrives entirely on the hard work and talents of it’s owner and sole employee – like any size business in any other industry, it relies heavily on its marketing and promotions to stay strong and grow it’s client base. Each year, the landscape of marketing and promotions changes and a mobile DJ, like any other business, must keep up with current trends in order to compete. Here are a few of the most current trends when it comes to marketing and promoting professional mobile DJs:
Social Networking – One of the biggest marketing trends that continues to evolve on an almost daily basis is the employment of social networking. With the help of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a whole slew of other terrific apps, disc jockeys are better positioned to market themselves to millions of potential clients. Gone are the days of relying on word of mouth among a small group of friends, now reviews and recommendations are readily available for the world to access with a simple click of a mouse or touch of a screen 24 hours a day. While there are still a few disc jockeys out there who are reluctant to embrace the social networking trend, the overall positive impact can’t be denied. For many DJs, it is their main source of generating leads among past and current clients with whom they can develop and nurture relationships 140 characters at a time.
Websites that Pack a Punch – While social networking has certainly taken a great big bite out of the overall impact and importance of maintaining a website, a professional, artfully designed website can make all the difference for some DJs, especially for those with extensive resume’s and unique experiences that can’t be summed up in a few photos or a couple of paragraphs within a profile. When linked to their Facebook page, websites are attracting even more visitors seeking to learn more about the DJ they’re looking to hire. The websites that are proving most effective are those that are fun and interactive. For example, instead of providing a simple list of some of their current favorite tunes, DJs are streaming entire songs for visitors to listen to while looking at their sites. And instead of describing recent events they performed at, they’re providing videos from those events.
Agency Representation – The leading trend in promoting disc jockeys is securing professional talent agency representation. This trend will continue to grow as DJs struggle to compete in an iPod saturated industry of amateur DJs. Agencies only want to work with the best and event coordinators know they can count on an agency to hook them up with the most reliable, professional talent available and not another fly-by-night amateur disc jockey. Large agencies representing mobile DJs throughout the United States and even abroad are fairing the best in this economy and the agencies with websites that simplify the process of finding a DJ the most are garnering the greatest number of clients.