It's hard to believe but there's only three months and change left in 2011. We thought it would be a good time to take a look under the hood at GigMasters and see exactly what type of events are getting booked for the remaining months of the year.
As of this writing, approximately 3,500 GigMasters events are booked for October, November and December of 2011. This number will, of course, continue to rise as time goes by and more bookings are confirmed. That said, here are a few interesting facts about the fourth quarter gigs already on the books:
More than half are weddings. Just shy of 2,000 of the upcoming gigs are wedding-related. About 900 are wedding ceremonies and 800 are wedding receptions (we should point out that weddings tend to be planned in advance, while many other types of events are often a tad more spontaneous-so this ratio may go down as time goes by).
Conventional wisdom tells us that summer is the time for weddings. While it is true that summer still sees more weddings than any other season, clearly plenty of couples have decided to tie the knot this fall and winter. And most importantly for our members, they are booking entertainment.
Wedding prices are up! Here's some good news - while the average wedding booking on GigMasters (everything from soloists for ceremonies to wedding bands for receptions) went for $695 in the last three months of 2010, this year they are going for $725. That's a trend we love to see. I bet you feel the same way.
Most birthday boys and girls are grownups. We have 257 adult birthday parties on the books for the next three months compared to only 150 for kids. Typically when we think of birthday parties we tend to think of the little ones. We do book a lot of kid's birthday parties here at GigMasters, but surely some of our performers will be happy to see that the big kids are celebrating too.
There's still lots of time left! We all know that last-second bookings come along all the time. Were looking forward to a strong finish for 2011.
So how can you finish 2011 on a high note? How about...remembering to respond quickly to all your leads and following up with your clients? For more booking tips check out our Get the Gig and Quick Tips series.
Have you noticed any changes in the types of bookings you are getting this fall/winter? It's still early, we know, but we want to hear what you are booking. Don't be shy, leave a comment!