Hi all subscribers and registered artists.
DDM will now be writing regular monthly blogs to help you stay upto date with what is happening in the world of Darin Day Music Ltd.
It will include Latest News, Progress, Facts and figures, Reviews and much more.
2018 was the busiest year on record since DDM was launched in April 2012.
It increased in all departments.
Amount of bookings increased
Amount of Artists booked increased
Amount of venues increased
Revenue paid to artists increased
The figures below compare between Jan 2018 to Jan 2019
Amount of Bookings – Down by 4%. This is mainly due to the increase of Pub Group sites that don’t book entertainment in Jan. Also the loss of 2 regular venues.
Amount of Acts booked- Although the amount of bookings only went down by 4%, the different artists booked remained the same
Revenue-The Turnover in Jan 2019 was 8% lower than Jan 2018. Again this is down to the increased amount of sites not booking entertainment in Jan 2019.
Profit-Although the booking and revenue went down, the profit increased by 8%. This is down to many factors. Streamlining advertising, Postage costs,Working smarter
DDM after having the busiest calendar year on record, expected a small downturn in Jan 2019.
Although no business likes to lose customers, unfortunately 2 regular venues are no longer part of the portfolio ( for several reasons)
But this will happen. Change of management, venues closing, maybe another Agency or Business has offered them deals they find more attractive. That is just the nature of Entertainment
But DDM did lose 1 new venue and almost lost another regular venue, due to one artist turning up late. Venue 1 was quite rightly annoyed that the artist arrived over 1 hour late. The venue still paid this artist. Venue 2 was New Years Eve. Was not going to arrive until 90 mins after the start time. So DDM cancelled it and lost the venue. We have also agreed to put on a nights entertainment at Venue 2 at DDM cost to try and persuade the venue ( and larger group) this is not a regular occurance.
The website is getting a lot of visitors and more enquiries. Which is also leading to more confirmed bookings. So the Stable benefits as a whole.
DDM is also trying to increase its following on social media. If anyone in the stable has experience or advice that would be very much appreciated.
When a booking is confirmed with DDM, there are several processes.
Contracts will be sent out on email to the artists booked. Please make sure you confirm back in writing that this has been accepted and received. We advise to either print off the contract or download it to your Smartphone/Tablet. There has been an increase in acts emailing, texting or calling on the day of performance that they cannot find the contract. This is easily avoided by taking the steps we ask you to do in the first place. If any of the team are not available to reply or send it to you, this could be disasterous. Help us to help you by helping yourselves.
A text message is sent out midweek to all artists booked the forthcoming weekend. Please reply to say all is ok and the venue/s booked. This helps us have peace of mind and know the customers are getting the services they have booked.
This was put into place since 2013 after 2 consecutive weeks of venues calling to say the artists had not arrived. It is very important that for any reason a booking cannot be honoured, DDM must be informed by telephone primarily. This also gives us a chance to replace an artist if needed and not left until last minute.
Reviews and reports
Although DDM have not received any individual reviews, we have had generic reviews from venues saying that the standard or artists is good . Keep it up.
So thank you to everyone.
DDM are growing steadily. This was always the plan and goal to grow exponentially. With the continued support and Professionalism of the artists registered it will continue.
Feb blog will out soon with more news and reports.
Onwards and Upwards