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Mike:
I already sent you a PM. That is a wonderful service and a great way to get potential lead and contact information. Thanks for sharing.
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Those lists are mailing lists. Look in the yellow pages under mailing list or list brokers. You can purchase names like "event planners in companies with employees of fifty or more" to "Households in a specific zip code area with children 6 to 14".

The lists are rented only. Don't be foolish and try to use it twice. They know.
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On 2003-11-26 10:44, magic4u02 wrote:
Mike:
I already sent you a PM. That is a wonderful service and a great way to get potential lead and contact information. Thanks for sharing.


I gave you info for the books, not the marketing company.
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Thanks to Mike and Frank. Great information and thanks for sharing it with me. I do know about list aquisition but have always wondered how that is priced. Has anyone done list aquisition and knows how those list are priced? What cost are we talking about?
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The company has business and residental information all around USA. Those who are interested send me a PM.

The company is called Info USA:
http://www.infousa.com/

Presently some good websites that use strong search engines to advertise on are "Party Pop", "Gig Salad", and "Gig Master".
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Kyle
You are getting less b-day parties because there is a world wide recession. People will have more b-day parties when they have more entertainment money. In the meen time be thankful that the organizations that are hireing you still have bucks to spend.

I have noticed that the last 1/2 of 2009 is much better than the first half was.
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Hey Al,

Actually I am getting MORE birthday parties now then I ever have. even in this recession, my busines shad piacked up. Of course that is because of a constant review of my marketing and marketing plans and strategies. As the economy and culture changes, so does how I go about obtaining gigs. This post was originally started back in 2003. It is simply amazing how far Kelly and I have grown and gone since then. No complaints here.

I think that my b-day parties are up because of a simple concept called "STAYcations". Instead of taking the kids out to Chuck-E-Cheese or an amusement park, they are staying home. The factor of staying home means the money is out there for birthday parties if you know how to go about obtaining them.

Been a great year for us so far and we are right on track to having the best year ever. We are very grateful and thankful.

Kyle
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We are you are doing better now Kyle. Put more time into SEO too. Any more questions, be sure to ask.
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You're own show is the always the best way to go-turn it into a slight informercial. Just use your name, connect with the kids, have them repeat your name at different junctures, and word of mouth will spread like wildfire.
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Man someone brought back a super old post. Wowsers. lol Show have been doing just great and every year we do better and better. Of course this comes with massive amounts of action and hard work and revamping marketing plans as we go along.

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In this thread It looked like everyone was nice to each other for much longer than 30 days
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On 2012-08-21 07:51, Howie Diddot wrote:
In this thread It looked like everyone was nice to each other for much longer than 30 days


That was an unusually calm topic then, believe me Smile

But to hit on the subject. In 2003 no maximising was necessary for birthdays. They were falling over themselves to book around our area / Country.

The rest of that decade was a mixed time for us of achieving remarkable results on a property (real estate) deal followed by personal family stress at unimaginable levels (our 17 year old disappeared for over 2 years). But that's off topic. By 2007 we'd decided we'd had enough of working separately as entertainers. The work was not there either. Many days either myself or Sue were at home when the other was working - which was quite absurd. When you reach your late 50s - early 60s thoughts of retirement cross your mind. After all doing kids parties from 1979 to 2007 had been a long haul.

But we are made of different stuff. Just as we relentlessly fought to find and eventually return our son to our family, we turned up the burners on our kids party business!

Now in 2012 we have the same fire that we had in 1980. We are both very active cyclists, walkers etc. so very fit indeed. Two or three days of parties are a highlight of the week, plus my occasional wedding piano gigs.

So do we maximise for Birthdays now, 9 years on from Kyle's thread post? No, we don't overly attempt to "sell" on parties apart from a lettered car - a few business leaflets on a table if anyone wants one etc. As I said in another thread, there are so many options for parties of small children these days. The days when every child in a class had (in our locality) one of three or four entertainers - are ancient history! We are prepared to work areas we didn't do before. We've worked places I would not previously have even driven through, and guess what? we've been treated beautifully because people appreciate good, reasonably priced kids entertainers (even if they know we come from a reputedly upmarket area, and apart from those moments spent with them, live in a different world). We are flexible in what we do too. If a City Centre Hotel party (that 20 years ago would have been declined due to parking/loading logistics) comes our way, we arrive early and take time to load props in and then park the car. We advertise on internet with a highly searchable site, Yellow Pages and also local newspapers. The latter I always considered "beneath me" for some strange reason!

We stormed into this business all guns firing in '79 - and we'll leave it all guns firing when the time is right in 20?? Smile My advice to anyone is don't take your eye off the ball as we did, don't drift away from your purpose. That is the best way to maximise in this day and age.

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On 2012-08-21 07:51, Howie Diddot wrote:
In this thread It looked like everyone was nice to each other for much longer than 30 days

Because we traveled using the airport shuttle bus, not the tanks.
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Thanks in advance for all your help. You guys are the best.

Kyle, get an airport shuttle bus. All you will need is one.
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Thanks in advance for all your help. You guys are the best.

Kyle, get an airport shuttle bus. All you will need is one.


Yep, we could get one of these near to our airport. Smile Serve food downstairs and entertain upstairs. http://www.flickr.com/photos/15218213@N06/7198562464/

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This may be an old post but the information is fantastic.

I was looking to send out mailers to day cares for next year and came across Dynamikes link to infousa, just got off the phone with Quinn at infousa and am looking to order a list from them.

I just found out that the contract that I work under for the Federal Government will not be renewed, so I'm out of a job at the end of September, yea I was bum but then I thought; why not give this Magic thing a go? So I am going to reread old post and look at any and all ideas to land on my feet. Kyle I love your quote:

“Of course this comes with massive amounts of action and hard work and revamping marketing plans as we go along.”

Hard work and action will get me to where I’m going…that the Café members!

Posted: Aug 22, 2012 11:03am
On a different note:

Does anyone have an idea of what type of booking (percentage) I can expect from a mailing? If I send out 813 mailers can I expect a 3% booking? Or what type of numbers can I expect. I’m in the process of ordering labels and I don't want to order more than what I think I can handle. But then again if I can expect to receive less maybe I need to expand my radius.

What is a good radius to stay within? I'm doing about 1 hours drive radius for now but maybe I should expand that further out, any ideas? By the way a 1 hour’s radius came back with 813 day care locations.

Any thoughts will be much appreciated!
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Mike
You crack me up.
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Since we are friends Al, you can just call me Dynamike.
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Thanks Dynamike! Looks like I have some reading to do.

You're the best!
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You are most welcome.
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