Okay folks... here it is. I own an Entertainment company. And I have been doing business on this site as well as several of their competitor sites. Got my first lead the SAME DAY I opened my account here... LAST NIGHT.
Rule #1 of any business... GET LEGIT! You have to spend a buck to make a buck. And NO investment pays off immediately. We, as entertainers, spend money in many different ways. We invest time (time=$$$), we invest in media (flyers, printer ink, phone accounts, websites, accountants... IF your LEGIT, which many AREN'T), and the list goes on. The IRS has recognized that small business owners (especially sole proprietorships) will not turn a profit very quickly and that most of our start up money comes out of our pockets. It is for that reason that they allow you to report zero gains or MAJOR losses for the first three years you operate. They also allow you to move those losses into your PERSONAL tax account. There are HUGE benefits to this. Ask your accountant. Get an EIN, A DUNS number, and get LEGIT!
Rule #2... HAVE A PLAN! If you're counting on this site, or any other site, to generate your business and these are the only resources you're using, then you're doing it WRONG. Legwork, social media, business cards (NOTHING replaces good old fashined pavenment pounding), postal mailers, targeted email campaigns. There is so much YOU can do. You need to do it. If you have another job and can't put in the time, then consider a partner you trust to help you get it all going.
Rule #3... KNOW YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE! What are you trying to accomplish? Who are you trying to reach? What do THEY want? It's not your show... it's theirs. Learn how to talk to people. Have someone do a sanity check on your emails, etc BEFORE you send them. It will help you look smarter, more efficient, and a second set of eyes never hurts anyway.
And last... Rule #4: BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR CLIENTS! Ask yourself one question. If you're doing everything listed above, then maybe it's time to visit yourself in the mirror. There are two questions you REALLY need to ask yourself.
#1... "Is it ME?" Probably the hardest question to answer. Are YOU the reason you can't generate business? Maybe it's your look, your attitude, your lack of dedication to what you are doing, your inability to deliver a good and CONSISTENT product to your clients. Do you suck at following up? Do you know what post-venue TLC is?
And #2... "Am I in the WRONG business?" Another hard question if you've put a lot of time or money into it with little to no results? But if you've sunk all you had into this and aren't making money, then go back to question #1 and get really honest with yourself. Perhaps it's time to walk away and try something new.
I know this seems preachy and critical, but sometimes it HAS to be. The truth is not always pretty.
But we ARE in the business of providing entertainment and atmosphere to our clients. We have to be consistent. We have to care. We have to make sure their happiness is MORE IMPORTANT than our own. I do that and I make money. If you do that, you WILL make money. But it is NOT going to happen overnight. And in the world of business.... a year IS overnight.
So be patient and good luck.
I love this post. I have had not one booking from this site. And have wanted to know if others had any business for it. Thank you for posting
I corroborate all of the negative entries above. This site does not filter the leads that the vendor pays for. The result is bogus leads, many if not all with wrong phone numbers. When I asked the Eventective representative to have all leads verified before they are sold, the answer in so many words was that they will not take the time and are happy selling bogus leads. Any company with integrity makes sure that the product it sells is worthy of the price being asked. In this company the "product" goes to the vendor with no quality control and it is a "good by and good luck" attitude that follows form customer "service."
OK please use me as a guinea pig. I can see that if I spend $150, I will receive $500 plus 30% free leads, which for me are $2.50 each. That comes to 266 leads. If I actually get 266 leads in a year thru Eventective, I would need to book 3 events to break even. Should we track this together? On the fourth event from you, I will be making a profit. LMK if you want to do this, with me, and show the results to everyone.
In the messaging block, it says use our messaging service to see if and when a client reads and responds to your email. How do I see this information? I cannot find any place on the website to find this. I spoke to customer service on the phone and the lady was nice, but I told her and am saying it here, this is the WORST website when it comes to usability.... Anyway, how do I check and see if my messages were opened?
August 30, 2012
What would help me decide to spend more money with your leads, is seeing actual Eventective gigs, booked, to people that I know in my city. I don't need to know the amount of $. Just LMK that someone I know, and I know a lot of the string players in my town, I want to know that they got their money's worth out of Eventective. I've paid for dozens of leads with my $$ and time, and not one booked.....
DJ's should be excluded from this site, It doesn't work and now you want me to join another part of the program just to get a refund.. What a joke
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May 30, 2012
Our club is listed (unsolicited by us) and we have gotten a number of inquiries. However, information about us is
quite WRONG, and also shows our former website, not our current one, though our web address is still the same.
How do we correct the misinformation?
I am a Bride, getting marrried this summer.I was in a terrible position when my venue backed out on me 134 days before our wedding and our Save the Dates had been mailed, as well as other details paid for already. Thanks to Eventective I got a beautiful venue the very next day. I thought I was looking for the impossible trying to get a venue for 150 people for summer 2012 on March 25/12. I couldn't be happier...I even got a more beautiful venue than our original plans. THANK YOU SO MUCH EVENTECTIVE, YOU WERE THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS. BLESS YOU!
I have yet to receive even one lead. Seems like this might be a scam?
How do u delete or edit events you are planning? I can't find a way to change it!
I have gone a full year without booking an event. I purchase many leads but get no responses. Not sure if they are just looking for venues with DJ's supplied or not. Is anyone else having any luck at all on Eventective? Answer most ads, follow up usually two days later and then at the end of 12 days, get my refund. Would be happier with business than refunds. Would like to hear your feed back!
I think that it is an issue that refunds are only eligible within 30 days of purchase. This seems a bit contrary to what Eventective or at least the administrator is saying here:
"Many planners are in the beginning stages of planning their events and may not respond to vendors right away because they are trying to finalize other details such as the venue. We encourage vendors to follow-up with planners numerous times."
How many times should we follow up between the 12-30 day point? I say 12 because We can not request a no activity refund until the 12th day. I currently have several leads that I have contacted via internet and Phone on numerous occasions with zero response. I have attempted to request refunds, however, apparently this is not an option outside of thirty days of purchase. How do I know that these leads are even legit? I trust Eventective. I believe that these leads are accurate and I also know that Eventective wants to keep their customers happy and coming back. Eventective I think that you need to review this policy and realize that it is not exactly realistic. How can I be refunded for these leads at this point?
September 15, 2011
Just to be fair, I have booked events via this site and have had no problems with the clients that I have worked via eventective. I do get some duplicate quote requests, but that does happen on some other sites too.
Buddy Mooneyhan - Tampa Florida
July 12, 2011
I was sent what seemed to be a promising lead. So I paid for it. I called and left a message for the person. A few days later I received a "not interested" message directly from eventective. Seems strange to me. Why should eventective be involved once I've purchased and received contact info? I want to conduct my own business and not make eventective my agent subsequent to the lead.
I have bought at least 12 leads and haven't had any even return an email.
Im trying to delete my account and dont know how and it wont let me.
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January 21, 2011
I have been getting leads from eventective for some time. Then I saw the scam page and decided to check it out. I went to the web site and could not find my business listed anywhere that it should be. In fact I couldn't find it anywhere.
January 10, 2011
Gregoree, unfortunately, if they even LOOK at your bid, you are not going to get a refund. I have not had any bookings thru Eventective at all, and my services as a solo musician begin in the $200 range. My theory is that with the advent of the internet, consumers are rabidly searching for the lowest price, instead of value; they are not educated about what a professional musician is (and I can't educate them in my bid, it has to be learned throughout their childhood), they want the appearance of luxury, not the Real Deal. So they go online, get the surface effect, buying the cheapest in each category, and think they've gotten a good deal. I wish there were a way to wake up these consumers, but, again, with the Internet, 99.9% of consumers are simply filtering for the lowest prices. The internet is not helping my music business---personal referrals are. To that end, I am reducing my online advertising budget significantly. It's just not worth it.
Most of the leads I purchase are ignored when I respond (probably 95%). Just had one who gave a price range and when I responded with an offer at the low end of their range they informed me that my service is "cost prohibitive" and they have changed their mind! Since they fooled me into thinking that I was paying for something that I had no chance of getting I should receive a refund. I'll try using the refund system for this one.
For some time now I have been purchasing and requesting for REFUND...then repurchasing. I finally got a hit. I have used several internet sale leads....and actually I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE. There is NO where I can go purchase leads....if they don't work...repurchase another lead. I LOVE IT! However, as was mentioned its a number game, but they all are. It takes some work, and when YOU get JUST one hit...its all more worth it. Keep them coming.
October 16, 2010
I TRY TO STAY LOCAL AND IF IM GOING TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING I DO IT IN THE FIRST EMAIL. I FOUND OUT U HAVE TO GIVE THEM YOUR BEST SHOT RIGHT UP FRONT.. DONT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH.
As a photography professional, I have found Eventective a very useful tool. Having booked a couple Quinceaneras as a result.
August 31, 2010
I have purchased some leads off of here and have gotten plenty of responses and quite a few shows. Perhaps you people are pricing too high.
July 8, 2010
How can I get the site to STOP EMAILING me? Help!!!!
June 29, 2010
Is there a phone number for this company "Eventtective"?
I purchased close to $100 in leads and no one even responded!?I request a credit of my cash instead I get credit points to purchase new leads.They didn't respond either and can't get credit anymore!!Is this a scam?
I have not purchased that many leads; however, I am not getting any response or even an acknowledgment ... is this pretty typical ... unless they are really interested in the type of service offered ... i.e. are they just tire kicking?