#156, March 28, 2018

Let's talk about using your "Recommended Vendors" list.

Especially using it for wedding and party music.  

Want  to do it well?  Need help?  Let me give you a handy Tip.  

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:
"I'm sorry we missed entertaining at your event  
this time, but thanks anyway for giving me $50."

That's how I ended many of my early phone calls. 
These used to be my all-time favorite calls.

Well, no, I probably never said this out loud, 
but I used to think it every time I hung up.


Way back in the 1970s, I was just starting out  
and knew nothing about running a business.

Then I learned how to track my "numbers". 

It was just to keep an eye on how I was doing.  

I kept whatever worked and changed whatever didn't.

You're doing this too, right?  We all do. 

In those pre-email days, I telephoned a lot.
I noticed that I was booking the band every 8th 
phone call, and our average fee was $400.

Do the math.  I was making $50 per call. 
Every call.  

I almost believed that if I wanted to make $500
in one day, I just needed to make 10 calls.

Still it felt SO good to remind myself each time. 
Wouldn't you love it too?

Do you track YOUR numbers at all?  It gives you 
an interesting picture of your business, right?

One-sided, maybe, but useful, if you're cautious.

These days I have a new favorite phone call.    
It's much better.  It ends something like this:

"Thanks for calling.  Great talking with you.   
I look forward to entertaining your guests, 
and I'm glad you found us on your planner's 
Recommended Vendors List."

I LOVE Recommended Vendors Lists!

Whatever you're involved in, I bet you have a list,  
and I bet your clients love using it, too.   

For them, it makes finding services easy and effective
(BIG TIP for brides-to-be and wedding & event planners)  

For me, Vendors Lists are the TOP reason why brides-to-be,  
wedding coordinators, and event planners call us.  

Many SF Bay Area facilities and event planners  
include us in their Recommended Vendors lists.
And I'll be honored to be included in yours, too.

If you already list us, thanks for your endorsement.

If you don't list us yet, please start with this:

Magnolia Jazz Band,  

Want more details?  Please reply, or call me

So here's that tip I promised you:  
Assemble your own "Recommended Vendors" List.  
And join some other lists.   And join mine.  

My list includes colleagues I love working with 
and who do an outstanding job for their clients.

I can add YOU to my own Recommended Vendors List.  
Most of my clients tell me they love using it.  
My list will help MY clients find YOU.

You should like that.  Interested?  Tell me more.  
I look forward to talking with you soon.  Especially 
when you need music for a wedding or a party.  

Because now  you'll give me my favorite phone call!

And now that we're talking about 
planning wedding & party music...
Easter and Mothers Day are just ahead, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting holiday celebration.

And if you or a friend are engaged to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend  are looking  for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you can preview us?  Here: (see details below)

Saturday, March 31, 12:00-3:00pm
Wedding Showcase  (for couples already registered
at Saratoga Springs)
Saratoga Springs, 22801 Big Basin Way, Saratoga

Caterer?  Wedding or Event Planner?  Bride?  Groom? 
Enjoy the festive mood we'll create.  You'll hear the 
popular standards, jazz classics, and Latin favorites. 
Please stop by and say Hi.

And when it's time for your wedding or next party, 
please reply to this note or call 408-245-9120 
and tell me about the mood you're looking for.

In the meantime, 
I'm on many lists of friends I meet in networking groups.  
Watch me talk about preparing for a networking meeting. 

Let's chat soon.

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  

P.S. Want wedding or party music?  See our reviews on  Yelp.  
       Have you seen photos of us in action on Instagram

Now, for the "fine print":   You're receiving this reminder because you opened my most recent email, or we've worked together sometime in the last 43 years, or you enjoyed our music somewhere, or we met at an event, or you subscribed on MagnoliaJazz.com, or you read my BLOG, or you joined my friends on social media, or you read our excellent reviews on Yelp and WeddingWire .  Whew!  

However you found me, THANK YOU!

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