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wizardpa
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Ventriloquists-How do you list your services in a phone book? It seems that there might not be a category as Ventriloquist. Do you then list your services under puppets?
kidshowvent
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I personally don't use the phone book. Wish I could be of more help!

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Howie Diddot
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Do they still print phone books?
tacrowl
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Check out these threads in the "Tricky Business" section. Most acts no longer use phone book advertising.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=44 (From 2008)

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=44

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=44

If you have a business line and get a free listing - then I'd suggest thinking about the type of shows you want and placing it in an appropriate category. Entertainers, Entertainment, Party Services. I'd think few people would search out Ventriloquist or Puppet Show. Being seen among other acts with an emphasis on you being different is a good thing.

JMHO
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Doug Arden
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I list my services in the Yellow Pages under "Entertainers." Since my show is about 40% vent with the rest a combination of magic and stand-up, this works best for me.

I have never personally seen a category for Ventriloquists in the Yellow Pages in any city I have been in. They are all listed under Entertainers or Entertainment. I have four friends who have full vent shows and they are listed under categories. Incidentally, none of them do children's shows of any kind, and all make a nice living.

Doug
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On 2011-03-04 11:06, Doug Arden wrote:
I list my services in the Yellow Pages under "Entertainers." Since my show is about 40% vent with the rest a combination of magic and stand-up, this works best for me.
Doug


How much of your bookings come from the telephone book; relative to the other types of exposure available?

Google
Yelp
Word of mouth
Writing your name and phone number in the restroom
Etc.
Doug Arden
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Buzz:

Certainly fewer bookings now come from the YP than what did several years ago. More people now seem to be shopping on line as opposed to using the YP. Certainly that holds true for my target market, high end corporate. Having said that, I still get between $10,000 - $20,000 from the YP every year, so it's definitely worthwhile for me to have a presence there. And, if I look at all the work I have received from the YP over the past 15 years as well as the spin-off bookings that have come from those events, it's in the hundreds of thousands. In the end I think it still comes down to the market you're in and whether or not the YP is financially viable for you.

Although several entertainment agencies book me, the bulk of my work comes from word of mouth referrals, spin-off from previous events, and my website (Google).

I must remember to have a Sharpie with me at all times so I can start writing my name on restroom walls. Always lots of valuable things to learn on this forum!

Doug
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I am only in the Yellow Pages because I get a free listing with my business line. My bookings come by word of mouth or via the internet, and of course my own marketing.
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On 2011-03-04 11:48, Doug Arden wrote:
Buzz:

I must remember to have a Sharpie with me at all times so I can start writing my name on restroom walls. Always lots of valuable things to learn on this forum!

Doug


Since you in the business of entertainment, I’ll give you an advertising slogan you can write along with your name and phone number on the walls .

“For a good time call Doug”

Then insert your phone number.
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I like it Buzz. Getting my Sharpies and urinal pucks ready!
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On 2011-03-04 22:41, Doug Arden wrote:
I like it Buzz. Getting my Sharpies and urinal pucks ready!


Doug,

I am in San Francisco; I don’t know anyone that uses a phone book to “find it fast” everyone here uses a computer to look up vendors and purchase goods and services.

A segment of the population in San Francisco still will use the restroom wall as an alternative to Match.com and to solicit business.

Doug, May I use your quote as my new Magic Café signature?

I like it
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Buzz:

Go ahead and use the quote with my blessing!

I don't want to get into some lengthy discussion about the Yellow Pages. That subject has been beat to death on the Café in the past. For most entertainers, it doesn't seem to be effective. If something doesn't work for you don't use it. Pretty simple. It's still somewhat effective for me in that I generate a few thousand from it every year but as I said before, the bulk of my work comes from other sources.

Doug
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We haven't gotten a phone book in ages...really! I don't think they print them around us anymore, and if they do, they definitely don't give them out like they used to!
"Drama and ego are great for the stage, but when I'm off the stage, I drop all that crap..and don't put up with any!"

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We actually got the new phone book this week. It went straight into the recycle bin. I mostly use a cell phone with web browser - so if I need a number and know the company, I use information and they patch me through. If I need to find something, Google is on the browser.

I do agree with Doug - if it works for you, use it.
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