Pelonkey goes to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Celebrate next week!

It’s the conference we have all been waiting for – Tech Cocktail Celebrate! This is a nation-wide expo and pitch competition that gathers in Vegas to see who the hottest showcasing startup is. Back in July, Neekola took Pelonkey out to Vegas for Tech Cocktail Week and won that competition, earning Pelonkey the chance to pitch with double the competition to national investors, techies, and other important people in the tech world next week!

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Tech Cocktail Celebrate is completely worthwhile with everything that it offers to both its competitors and participants. The conference presents a fantastic line up of speakers from companies like Zappos, SmartThings, and KISSmetrics to name a few. David Copperfield will be speaking as well, which is super exciting! For the competitors, there are also over 30 mentors available for personal business sessions, including 1776‘s own Donna Harris! Aside from an awesome expo opportunity that Pelonkey plans to take full advantage of, there will also be unlimited networking opportunities as well as fun parties and classes to attend.

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Pelonkey is the only startup represented from Washington, DC that is competing for the pitch presentations! Follow our other Pelonkey social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for some great updates throughout the conference! DJ Neekola and Max Major will also be live posting from their social media accounts as well, and as a general following, check out the Twitter hashtag #CelebrateConf to keep up with all of the awesome events. It will be almost as if you were there yourself! We will keep you all updated on how Pelonkey does in the competition as the conference unfolds.

#Tips on How to be a Great DJ #DJTips #PelonkeyDJs

We’ve been doing some research and gathering survey data from our awesome Pelonkey DJ pool, and here are some of the best tips we’ve compiled from the Pelonkey pros on how to really stand out as a performer and bring your DJ biz to the next level.

1. Always stay professional. By all means, have fun and be interactive with your client/crowd, but always be mindful and respectful of your surroundings and the people. Always maintain that excellent reputation for taking your art seriously.

2. Maintain composure, even in a stressful situation. There will be times where the equipment starts to malfunction, people with requests are up in arms about the music, etc. Just remember to keep calm, and look at the situation logically. This will help you be quick on your feet and let the negativity roll off your shoulders, ultimately producing a successful customer experience.

3. Keep the coals hot! In other words, don’t let your name fade – constantly be promoting your events and marketing yourself on your social media handles. Keep the most popular ones updated: Facebook (events, weekly line-up, cover photos, event flyers, tag your clients when appropriate to promote, etc.), Twitter (smart use of hashtags, similar to Facebook), Instagram (post your event flyers here as well as pics from the event, tagging places and people as much as possible). Link all these accounts to save yourself some time. Keep your professional profile on Linked In up to date as well – scored a big, high-end gig? List it as an achievement!

4. Be known in the industry. Go to other awesome DJ’s events, introduce yourself, snap a shot for Instagram, and make friends. These are great people to surround yourself with – not only are they into the same thing as you (music!), they vibe with all the people booking them and will help you become known (or for an experienced DJ, remain known) as awesome and worth hiring. These people are also your competition – learn from them. Constantly look for ways to boost your familiarity with the venues, promoters, events, and people in your industry. Never EVER put another DJ down.

5. Enjoy yourself! This is a fun lifestyle to rock, and your attitude about your DJing will reflect in your performance. So have fun, and don’t be afraid to try new things!

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Want to add some input? Feel free to comment or email Ciera@Pelonkey.com with your ideas!

 

Awesome #AprilMESmixer by @Metro_Events at @IrishWhiskeyDC

This past Tuesday, Metro Event Specialists hosted their April #MESmixer at Irish Whiskey! Being a Board Member for MES, DJ Neekola went out to the Irish pub for a fun night of awesome networking with the best professionals in the event industry DC has to offer!

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Run by the amazing duo, Max Major (DC’s best magician – and most eligible bachelor!) and Troy Francis (Troyal Events), the mixer started at a large bar immediately entering Irish Whiskey. With Social Tables checking everyone in flawlessly, you were immediately welcomed into a bustling room full of energetic people, ready to meet everyone!

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  Meant 2 Live Foundation and Impact Marketing and Events owner, Eddie Fam, had a place in the corner where the Metro Events people were collecting gently used smart phones, business attire, and business accessories for people in need in the DC area.

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  Downstairs, Irish Whiskey had another bar that reminded me of an almost speak-easy atmosphere. Upstairs, the pub supplied a delicious array of warm pretzel bites with spicy mustard and sweet “drunk” donuts!

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 A big thanks to Photography by Alexander and the Umbrella Syndicate for these awesome event pictures!

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   Upstairs is where the DJ was rocking out, and paired with another bar, the good times kept rolling!

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Near the end of the mixer, Max and Troy made announcements for the winners of the door prizes, raffles, and twitter contest for whomever tweeted with the hashtag #MESmixer. Everyone was excited about their prizes!

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These mixers are always a blast, sporting the best bites, drinks, atmosphere, networking, and people in the city. We always have a good time and make some awesome connections!

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You won’t want to miss the next MES Mixer – always a packed and sold out event! The next mixer is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24th, with details to come! See you there!

Metro Event Specialists: http://metroevents.org

Irish Whiskey: http://www.irishwhiskeydc.com

Troyal Events: http://troyalevents.com

Max Major: http://maxmajor.net

Umbrella Syndicate: http://www.theumbrellasyndicate.com

Photography by Alexander: http://www.alexandermorozov.com

Impact Marketing and Events: http://impactme.com

Meant 2 Live Foundation: http://www.meant2live.org

Social Tables: https://www.socialtables.com