What we learned in Vegas at Tech Cocktail Celebrate

The Pelonkey Team had an amazing time out in Vegas this past week for Tech Cocktail Celebrate! We easily had the coolest booth at the expo, and Max Major and DJ Neekola tore up the pitch competition, impressing all the attendees, judges, and mentors with their passion and vision for the company.

We learned some very important tips and lessons from the many great speakers and panelists at the conference, including 1776 Co-Founder, Donna Harris! Some of these pointers that we felt were especially applicable for our company, we have shared below.

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1. Make your own path. We do not want to mimic or follow the rules and boundaries set by other companies, whether similar to Pelonkey’s goals or not. Pelonkey plans to completely revolutionize the event and entertainment industry, changing the way entertainers and party planners do biz together – that will take risks and traveling down the unbeaten path, a challenge we are more than excited to face!

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2. Be selective about whom you choose to partner with. The Pelonkey Team has worked very hard to bring our customers only the best in local partnerships for the company. We chose one of the most popular night venues in the city, Heist, to host our awesome entertainer events at; the Beat Refinery DJ school offers discounted classes and sessions to local DJs, who can also test to become Beat Refinery certified; Chuck Levin’s offers discounted equipment specials to Pelonkey musicians; Digital DC is our connect with the local DC government; EventsDC brings Pelonkey all the latest in events around the area as well as an in to the party planner side of things. We are always looking out for the best interests of our Pelonkey peeps!

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3. Know your audience and constantly customize your product to their needs. We want to know all the good stuff as well as what we can improve on here at Pelonkey – please reach out to us with any feedback! This site is for you all, so we want it to be the best experience possible.

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4. Be responsive on social media. Pelonkey’s company values focus our priorities on customer service. If you need something, we try to be as accessible as possible to your request, whether it’s in a tweet, email, FB message, text, you name it!

There are many other awesome tips we received from the pros at the Celebrate Conference, and we wanted to outline these four super important lessons we learned for all of our great supporters and users! Vegas was awesome, and we can’t wait to launch Pelonkey officially in early 2015! For more deets into what we did while at Tech Cocktail Celebrate, check out our previous blog post here.

@BeatRefinery #DJcertification Hosted by @Pelonkey at @1776DC

The pros of DC came out to get their musical skills tested at the esteemed tech start-up office, 1776! All for the honor of sporting a Beat Refinery badge on their Pelonkey profile, these DJs wanted to prove to the event world that they know their art.

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The Beat Refinery has been an excellent partnership with Pelonkey, offering classes, tips, and certifications to all interested in perfecting their art of being a DJ.

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A great group of some of DC’s finest DJs came out to the exclusive event! DJ Stylus Chris and DJ Geometrix tested the group, consisting of the noteworthy elite within the DC nightlife. This included…

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Dirty Hands

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Vicious

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Biks

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Kid Cannibal

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Neekola

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All of these talented artists spun their hardest, earning themselves an awesome badge and boost in their rankings on Pelonkey!

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Interested in getting your cert on? Hit up the Beat Refinery, and tell them you want a Pelonkey DJ certification. Best of luck!!

Pelonkey: https://pelonkey.com

Beat Refinery: http://www.beatrefinery.com/beat-refinery/

1776 DC: http://1776dc.com

#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!