Where are you promoters? When I asked for feedback from the community on hand made vs. by/sell, I got hundreds of responses, 90 pages in Word. Yet, only a page or two of them were from promoters. I've been begging promoters for weeks now to provide ideas and facts on effective event advertising methods and I get fewer responses then I have fingers on a hand, and I'm a normal deco-digited kind of guy!!! Please share with us what you have learned about event advertising! The entire industry will benefit!|
I can't believe I didn't think of this to share earlier, but that only goes to show that not many events invite animal shelters to bring animals! Obviously you do not want this at every show, but a good number of outdoor festivals and street fairs that get large crowds and where booth spaces are abundant would probably be better off for it. It's free entertainment, an opportunity to get these animals in front of the public's eyes, and probably something that someone will email me is a distraction from what people are there for, 'to buy my art'.
I'm still looking for messages from folks that know of promoters that advertise shows that do not take place, or that are never advertised, etc. I'm using these reports to put people affected by the same promoter into touch with each other, as well as my keeping a list for when needed, and to start collecting facts from everyone. It's a first step to a solution. Let's identify the problem. If you know of bad promoters, please let me know. Almost all of the current banned ones started out as one complaint that came in, and then after talking with the promoter or not having enough info to go on, I let them stay on, only to have more complaints later confirm a trend. If I had only gotten the multitude of complaints earlier... However, if a promoter just had a poor show, do not notify me directly, but do leave a comment/rating for the event online.
Events that know an application they receive will not be accepted should notify the recipient immediately! Ask us for a stamped envelope if its the keystone to making it possible. My mom just recently heard back from a wood festival that they were only accepting people with wood products, sort of a duh maybe, but I doubt it said wood-only on the app if we applied. Now, rather then mail her a rejection letter immediately, they waited a few months, when they, knowing their rules, would have known she did not qualify as soon as they opened her envelope. Other shows she would have booked instead are now not an option. If you are going to reject someone, please reject them as soon as possible so they can try to make a living elsewhere that date. It hurts us financially to have you not do so. This is especially true when your date of notification is very close to the event. For most of us it's not, oh we didn't get in. O.K. Let's hit the beach instead. No, we need to find another event to apply to. You're not releasing us as soon as possible to let us seek out another possible show is abusive. As soon as you know someone is not wanted it should be conveyed to them if even by email or the CraftLister.com online vendor management interface. If they applied online in addition to mailing you something, declining someone is a one click event.
Promoters all but hate me apparently! I routinely get messages from promoters upset that I am always giving them a hard time, bashing on them, letting their events be rated, taking the vendors sides, etc, while I never say anything bad about the crafters or let them get rated. I do believe we've had a few conversations about crafters passing retail as their own. I'm not really aware of any other pandemic crafter problem to address. Are we bogarting the non-dairy coffee creamer? Yes, we have some in our pack that can't seem to stay in their designated spot, arrive late, packup early, don't pay, complain no-matter-what, bring items other than they listed on their application, leave trash in their booth spot, don't move their vehicles to special parking, bring vehicle in before packed up, are just simply rude, have popguns, play the same 4 lollipop related songs all day long, drive on the grass of a finicky person ( because we want elderly artists and crafters to haul hundreds of pounds for hundreds of feet through a park so the same grass the garbage pick-up pickup truck drive on is not hurt by Pa's ole minivan. Honestly, if you're worried about your precious grass, don't hold an event on it. I've never seen a car or van hurt dry, adult grass yet, but at every outdoor show that gets any attendance I see absolutely trampled to death grass in the walkways and in what later becomes evidenced as the busiest booths. ), etc. Look, there I go again, oops. Smack me a good one! Right upside me head! Yeah, good and hard! I think I forgot math...
I'm sorry, but unfortunately the situation is that promoters hold the event and we artists and crafters come to sell at it. The promoter is responsible for venue, advertising and promotion, marking spots beforehand, providing great weather, and providing entertainment and possibly even customers. Basicly, everything but the goods. Us artists and crafters are responsible for showing up to setup in time, or you can not let us in. If we setup outside our spot, we might be causing you grief and hassle, but you certainly can have us move to within our spot even if we might argue about it, call you names, and gesticulate frantically. Just use a high pressure water hose, we'll move fast! We are to have the types of merchandise we described on our application and that we sent photos of and if on your pre-show-opening inspection you find we deviate grossly you should be asking us to leave for the sake of your other artists and crafters that paid you for a spot under certain contract terms. If we do not send funds with our application, don't hold us a spot and certainly don't let us in the day of the show, simply don't give what isn't paid for - any other policy is your own problem! If you sell us a spot at a show that is poorly advertised and attended, what recourse do we have? Oh, and didn't you know, I hate promoters? I got bit by one once by reaching to pet it too fast. Always approach letting them see your hand until they seem to accept it, don't immediately reach above their head where they can't see it and might get nervous about it.