Sometimes a band comes a long that makes success look effortless. The Bluejays are one of those bands. BUT don’t think for one minute that the bookings just fall out the sky miraculously. These guys have cleverly used branding, social media, networking and serious organisation to make things happen for them. Check out the podcast to find out how.
If you’re standing on a soap box and yelling about how great your band is, chances are you’re losing bookings. Prospects aren’t interested in your opinion of your band. They want you to show them clear evidence that real people paid their hard earn cash to have you perform for them at their event. The most effective way of communicating this is through testimonials. The most powerful of all testimonials are video ones. In this post I take you step by step through a system I call the ‘Stage Right Technique’. It’s a no cost, fast way of producing multiple video tesimonials that’ll help you secure more gigs for your band and, done well, at higher fees. Look out for the bonus material in this post.
Graeme Nash of cover ‘Daft’ is one of those brave characters that took the decision to ‘go pro’. He’s successfully gone from being a full time sales professional on a great salary to earning all his income from his band. He now supports a family of four and is going from strength to strength. In this episode we get to grips with how he managed to do this and what obstacles he faced along the way.
Over the last few years websites that cut out the middle man ie agents have become increasingly popular. They allow you to showcase your band directly to thousands more potential clients than your website could ever achieve. I speak with Neville Thurlbeck of TalentGB.com and get under the skin of how we can best use these sites to our advantage. He shares some great tips and tricks.
With 10 years experience of running a successful cover band you would be excused for thinking that Billy and Andy knew everything there was to know about getting gigs. 2012 saw them rack up 100 bookings then in 2013 it plummeted to half that. Why such a sudden drop? How did they feel about that? What are their plans to bring that number back up to a 100. Listen to podcast to find out what they did next.
The Journal of the Musicians’ Union quizzed me about my thoughts on how cover bands can promote themselves more effectively online. Facebook is great but they can wipe you out in a heartbeat. Read more…
Once in a while I meet someone who just gets it. Sera is one of them. In 2013 her band, MIB did 175 bookings and she still finds time to manage multiple other bands and pursue other projects. How? Early on she understood that marketing and selling her band were as important as how good they were. It’s served her well. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can achieve similar success.
There are literally thousands of cover bands that want the gigs you want. You need to do everything you can to communicate to your audience why you’re the right choice for their event. Your promo video is hands down the best way of getting your message across but most cover band promos are boring and dull. Don’t fall into that trap. Read on to see how…
Brian is a full time marketing executive. In his spare time he runs Baffalo Tale, a 5 piece party that is consistently busy gigging at weddings and corporate events year round. Brian’s take on the bands semi pro status is excellent…. he sees this as an advantage. Being a marketing exec he know how to get gigs. Sit back, listen carefully, take notes and go do what he does. You won’t regret it.
James takes his band, Metropolis, seriously. He treats it like a business. In this episode we learn how he got that crucial success mindset, why he concentrates on quality rather than quantity, his approach to networking and how that has landed him more and better clients and how he embraced video and social media to create the bookings breakthrough so many bands would kill for. Listen closely as James shares some killer marketing strategies that you can easily use yourself tomorrow.