Tip Survey?

What percentage of your clients tip?

  • 10-25%

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 26-50%

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 51-75%

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 76-100%

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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djdunick

Member
On the heels of the other topic about a required tip I was wondering what percentage of your clients actually do tip you? I have talked to a few of the other local area DJ's (Baltimore) and I have heard some of them brag about 80%of their clients tipping them. My own personal percentage is nowhere near that. I was wondering what the rest of you have experienced.
 

Mark Evans

Mobile Beat Moderator
Staff member
Maybe 10%. Would you like to make this thread a Poll? If you do let me know and I can set that up for you.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I was wondering what percentage of your clients actually do tip you?
When I worked for a company I would say about 15%.
now that I own my company I would say 5%
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
DJDunick -

Only about 5% - 10% of the time do I get tips and I'm in your area!

NickyB
 

DjDennis

Old Standing Member
Sorry but there should have been a 0% added as I never get TIPS

Tips are Cheesy and is unprofessional

If your not Charging the Correct amout of Money for a Function I would suggest Raising your Prices to make sure you get what you want and loose the Tip Jar....


have a nice day
 

Jim Weisz

ProDJ Sponsor
Staff member
Dennis-

I don't think they're talking about tip jars...I don't know of any DJ on this site that puts a tip jar out at their events. I believe they're talking about a father or mother of the B&G who felt you did a wonderful job and wants to thank you for a job well done.

Personallly, I charge what I am worth, but it always feels nice when they tip. IMO, it really shows they truly enjoyed themselves and thought you did awesome. I have never had an event where after people told me I sucked....I have had a million where they said I was good, great, etc. While that makes me feel good, I'm sure they feel obligated to say that, kinda like how people ask one another how they're doing, but don't care to hear the answer. To me, it really shows me they genuinely enjoyed themselves if they tip...it's not about the money (although that's an added bonus), it's about knowing how they thought you did.
 

djmaine

Member
DjDennis said:
Sorry but there should have been a 0% added as I never get TIPS

Tips are Cheesy and is unprofessional

If your not Charging the Correct amout of Money for a Function I would suggest Raising your Prices to make sure you get what you want and loose the Tip Jar....


have a nice day
How are tips that are unexpected cheesy in any way?

My clients tip me for a job done above their expectations which I believe are very high.

If they do, I politely refuse but usually end up taking the tip anyway.

I would say roughly 20% tip me ranging from $20 - $250.

Rob Clark once got a $2000 tip from a corporate client in Boston (he was flown in from Atlanta)

THAT'S NOT CHEESY! That's damn good!
 

djdunick

Member
I am pleasantly surprised so far by the poll results. Maybe some of my other comrades are bragging to boost their ego. I would personally say my own tip percentage is around 20%. Never solicited.
 

djdunick

Member
Jim,

I agree with you 100% that it really isn't about the money but about them showing you how much they appreciated your work. However I disagree that people routinely tell you that you did a great job without meaning it. When the bride, groom and parents approach you after a gig to tell you that they had a great time and you were terriffic I think that they genuinely mean it. I think when they just tell you 'Thanks' that is when it really doesn't carry any weight. Am I wrong on this?

As far as tip jar. That is way too much. Makes you look really cheap.
 

Mikdee

New Member
No tip jar for me unless I am doing a freebie (charity) event. All of those tips go to the charity sponsor anyway. For working gigs, about 1 out of 10 clients give tips. I do not take tips for songs to be played.
 

Jim Weisz

ProDJ Sponsor
Staff member
djdunick said:
Jim,

I agree with you 100% that it really isn't about the money but about them showing you how much they appreciated your work. However I disagree that people routinely tell you that you did a great job without meaning it. When the bride, groom and parents approach you after a gig to tell you that they had a great time and you were terriffic I think that they genuinely mean it. I think when they just tell you 'Thanks' that is when it really doesn't carry any weight. Am I wrong on this?

As far as tip jar. That is way too much. Makes you look really cheap.
I think I was more speaking from the school side of my experience...when you do a lot of schools, there are some schools that the kids don't dance (too busy trying to be cool), so you know you didn't do that great of a job, but after, the person hiring will say "good job."

I sort of meant it with B&G's/their parents. I have had a ton of nights where I really rocked it and the parents would just walk past me on their way out and say "good job" or "we had a nice time." That's nice to hear, but sometimes I begin to feel that it's only average to hear that. I feel like I really did a good job when they spend a few minutes talking to me about what they liked or giving a tip.

On a side note, along these same lines, I just got a call a few days ago from a bride from last September (yep...Sept. '02). She was going through her wedding file to get a floral reference for a friend and found my card. She said the had been meaning to call me to tell me how perfect I made the night, but she just kept on forgetting to call. So, almost 9 months later, she calls to share with me that she was glad she chose me (and paid $1200!) and that she couldn't have had a more perfect wedding, due in no small part to my services. It's calls like that and people like her that keep me going!
 

jodi

Active Member
On a side note ~ Some people are just brought up to tip those who provide a service.....

For instance, this week, I met with the mother of a bride, who was planning a wedding for out of state daughter. The wedding is next March. So, Mom tells me they were referred to us by a few different sources, and after a short meeting, she signs a contract, and writes the deposit check. As we are wrapping up the meeting, she tells me she is really looking forward to working with our company, because the DJ they had for older daughter's wedding was "terrible". She tells me he played inappropriate music ("The Stripper" during dinner, anyone?) and he was very uncomfortable making any annoucements, AND HE DIDN'T HAVE THE FIRST DANCE SONG - among a couple of other special requests!

Now get this - she then says.... "We felt sorry for him, because he seemed like a nice young man - so we paid him, and gave him a nice tip.... BUT, we certainly wouldn't hire him again"

So - keep in mind.... some people just tip, regardless of quality of service.

(So - do you think if I do a wonderful job, they WON'T tip me, because they won't feel sorry for me? :? )
 

Mr.Martin

Retired Guest
A tip to the bad DJ sent the wrong message. I suspect he thinks he did a wonderful job and will continue to play the stripper during the meal. Hey, "he reads the crowd" to program his music.

It takes creative thinking to play the stripper during dinner. Maybe he saw something tha the mom didn't see. Was the grandma an ex stripper?

I'm not sure where the idea of tips to DJs started, but if a livable wage is charged to begin with, then tips might no be so quick to be offered.

Shame on anyone that mentions tips in their contracts.
 

MoonDJ

Member
Hello Everybody!

Yeah, I have never ever done a tip jar. I don't discuss tips with the client, and it's not mentioned in the contract. I'm trying to make a little "world" at the event -- a haven from the Big City. Like at a casino, I don't want people thinking about anything outside the room.

About 25% or so of the time, the host will say "wow, that was great, we'd like you to have this" and then they'll hand me some cash. I usually say "aww, you didn't have to do that" but they insist.

One time, a guest said "here's $5 if you can play X song" (I've forgotten what song it was). I said "sorry, I don't have X song". He said "well, take the $5 anyway, you're doing a great job".

Enjoy,
Kevin
 

upbeatent

New Member
I agree with just about everything that has been said.

Last year, however, was a banner year for us and tipping. We probably averaged about $50 from about 10-15% of our weddings. None ever solicited and I always tried my best to give them back until they absolutely insisted. We always try to go above and beyond, and the tips were appreciated not for their monetary value but for the extra tangible kudos they represented.

I personally believe that if MORE THAN 15% of your clients are tipping you as the known owner of your company YOU NEED TO RAISE YOUR RATES! :D We have raised our rates every year for the last 4 years (currently $900) with no signs of resistance yet.

Tips are great, but I would rather get a great big hug from a satisfied bride and have all the future brides in the room ask for cards. 8)

Tim
 

djdunick

Member
Jim,

I guess you've become numb to thinking that people really don't mean it when they say you did a 'good', 'great' job. I believe that they wouldn't say anything at all if they didn't like what you did. I guess I take it for what it's worth. And I will admit that one time in my early DJ career I actually was told by a very, very drunk groom that I did 'suck' so I never take a compliment for granted.

That also was a very nice story about the bride who got in touch with you months later. You absolutely know then that you were appreciated.

I personally value greatly the hand written 'Thank You' cards that I get from clients. It also makes great a great marketing tool.
 
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