As they say, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. When you receive a gig request, a friendly reply is your best opportunity to stand out to potential clients. The message that you send when you submit a quote is just as important as your performance rate.
1. Take it personally
In the personal message area of your price quote, start off by addressing the client by their FIRST NAME. And it’s always good to mention something specific about their event. For example, “Thank you for the opportunity to perform at your anniversary party.”
2. Express yourself
Keep in mind, the client will be getting lots of replies from different members. So, it’s good to remind them who you are with something unique...even if you have to copy and paste it directly from your profile description!
3. Don’t be shy
Unless you’re Modest Mouse, it’s OK to brag about your past events. Make sure that you highlight your accomplishments and your most notable gigs.
4. Offer package deals
It’s always good to give the client options, in case they have a low budget (or a high one!). So, you may want to offer a variety of services. But we know pricing is a TOUCHY SUBJECT, as our members have voiced in the past. So, we’ll leave this one up to you.
5. Create saved responses
To save time, we recommend setting up “saved responses.” You can write alternative versions to quickly reply to different types of gig requests. Before you reply, you can always edit these saved responses to create that personal touch that speaks directly to the client.
This blog is not a one-way street -- we know that you’re the real experts on gigging. Please share any advice that you may have in the comments below.