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Just curious how many of you guys bother with these. We have some out dated ones in our press kit, and I'd like to get them updated and possibly include them on our website. Do you guys have them and where do you put them?

 

My concern is, do these nicer club owners and such have the time to even give us something we can use? Should we even bother? At our old neighborhood bars and stuff where I was on texting terms with the owners it wasn't a big deal. These bigger places are more formal and I'm wondering if people will see it as a bother.

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Testimonials... sponsorship... readers polls can all help in building a reputation as well as future bookings. We regularly ask for statements to use in press kits, demos... etc. It can only help raise your profile when approaching a new venue. Think of it like a job reference. Just don't go overboard. I've seen local bands inflate their profile using solicited testimonials only to fall short of expectations on the performance side. Remember that quote is going to help represent you. "Solid, hard working, dependable, entertaining". are all value statements. If the bar owner from "Jakes Pub" says : Sure... you they are the 2nd Coming of Led Zeppelin... well you had better live up to that hype. ;)

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I don't know how much it matters for clubs. If you had a testimonial from some big-deal venue, that would be impressive to other clubowners, but that the manager of Joe's Bar thinks the band is wonderful? I don't know how much the owner of Bob's Bar is going to care what Joe thinks.

 

For casual dates and private events, I think they are VERY important, however.

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I don't know how much it matters for clubs. If you had a testimonial from some big-deal venue, that would be impressive to other clubowners, but that the manager of Joe's Bar thinks the band is wonderful? I don't know how much the owner of Bob's Bar is going to care what Joe thinks.


For casual dates and private events, I think they are VERY important, however.

 

 

Yeah, but if the references are from established and reputable venues, doesn't that say something?

 

Maybe not essential, but hey, why not stand out above the pack (so to speak)...

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Yeah, but if the references are from established and reputable venues, doesn't that say something?


Maybe not essential, but hey, why not stand out above the pack (so to speak)...

 

 

Yes, that's what I'm saying. I have no idea what consitutes "established and reputable" in your market or in your mind, but there are definately venues where such a reference would likely make a difference.

 

Here in Nevada, everybody knows the names of the big hotel/casinos. Something from the entertainment director of one of those places saying a band is great to work with would be something that would certainly catch peoples' eye. From the manager of the corner pub? Not so much. But I can't tell you what constitutes "established and reputable" in your market.

 

The only thing I would say about that is just to caution you to not waste your time rounding up testimonials from places that really DON'T matter much and try to understand your market enough to know that maybe a reference from the owner of that favorite dive you love to play really isn't one that is going to help you.

 

OTHO, I can't see how any such references would HURT a band either. Other than to perhaps waste your time.

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Get high profile testimonials. We used to write out a glowing remark, ourselves. Then when the inevitable crossing of a local or even national hot shot at a party comes, like a popular local DJ, etc. jokingly ask if he'd agree to that statement. Sounds stupid, right? Everybody always said yes.

 

Sometimes the quotes were silly, "I almost peed my pants first time I saw them!" - KGB jock Jim McGuiness

 

"I used to think the Beatles were great... till I saw F L U K E !" KABC Anchor Christine Devine

 

"These guys make me happy! And I know happy!" Joey of Joey's Pizza Downtown.

 

"The boys in F L U K E are not boys, they're real men. Wow." Candy Sweet - Deja Vu Gentleman's Club's #1 performer.

 

"I thought I was in for a night of ho-hum, then F L U K E took the stage, and yes, they took it. Awesome band!" Bob - Slipknot Guitar Tech and Roadie.

 

 

Hey, would you mind having said one of these things or even write you're own?

 

Sure, but get me beer.

 

What kind? Shot too?

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And, I guess I should probably note, that I use a testimonial from what I consider a high-profile venue in our promo video. Aaron Hagar, who is Sammy's son, lives up here and runs the Cabo Wabo here. He's a really nice guy and he was kind enough to do a quick video testimonial for us. Most people probably don't know Aaron, but they easily associate the last name with the venue, he looks a bit like his dad, and I made sure to get a quick shot of Sammy on a poster behind Aaron.

 

Stuff like that almost certainly helps I would think. Any sort of local celebs are a good thing--like Lee says, local radio station and TV personalities are a good catch and they are often much more willing to lend a hand than you might think. You never know who is going to show up at a gig. Always keep a your phone handy (and get a phone that shoots video!)

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