When booking a DJ, you should always do your homework. Not to be confused with the pointless algebra revision you were given in year 7, in this instance doing your homework is an absolute necessity. Here we will go through 5 things that us at Down To Scratch DJs think should be checked before confirming your supplier:
- Check their reviews…on trusted sources: A simple Google search can expose reviews on all kinds of websites, but make sure you’re checking on sites that you know are genuine, maybe from your own experience. Here are a few that we trust:
>Google My Business reviews (they’ll usually turn up on the right side of the Google search if the business has a profile) are a safe bet, which comes mostly via the association with the notorious Google.
>Facebook have a long and lengthy process before they even consider removing a customer review.
>Yellow Pages, White Pages, Localsearch, and similar known brands allow business to create profiles, and only on rare occasions will remove negative reviews.
If you can’t find any reviews you should probably try a new business.
- Browse their social media profiles: Any reputable brand should have a functioning Facebook page at the absolute minimum. A few things to check could include if they are consistently playing events (and henceforth, consistently posting), if they have fair number of likes, and how many customers are engaging with the content being posted.
- Search the business on Google, and via the Facebook search. Doing so by Google can expose positive or negative comments about this brand posted throughout the internet (you may have already seen some of this when looking for reviews)., Searching via Facebook can specifically expose comments posted all over the social network, including in public groups (such as DJ and Wedding Networks), public posts, and similar.
- Talk to friends as their feedback will often be more helpful than most online reviews by anonymous sources and people you don’t know.
- Contact the business directly ideally via phone call, but email or a message over social media could work too. Firstly, you’ll see how long it takes them to pick up the phone or respond to your messages. Secondly, you get a chance to throw some questions at them i.e. how long setup takes, what sort of music they’ll play, what happens if the DJ gets sick etc. Following this, you should have a fair idea on if they know what they’re talking about, and how promptly they’ll respond to you in the event that you do hire their services
If your supplier passes each of these 5 checks, we’re confident they’ll be able to do a good job for you.
Did we miss anything? Let us know and we’ll update the list.