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The 7 Fundamental Steps To Cover Band Success (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second of a two parter. In the first post I ran through the fundamental difference between building a fanbase and getting leads. If you’re in a cover band and want bookings for lucrative private and corporate events then you need leads and enquiries from prospects most likely to want to pay for your performance.
Check out the first post here. In this second post I’ll run through fundamentals 5 to 7…


5. Start thinking about what you thought were costs as an investment.

In general the quickest way to find a client is broadly speaking to put a paid ad in front of them. Most bands won’t do it because they see it as a cost rather than an investment. But if I told you that you could spend 50 bucks to secure a booking for 1000 bucks you’d do it all day long wouldn’t you?


Well you can.


And you should. I’ve been doing this for years with my cover bands. The most cost effective form of generating inquiries is Google Adwords. It’s the most incredible tool to help you grow your booking numbers. Most bands either run scared of it or their wallet is rinsed by it and they never come back to it. That gives you a massive advantage to literally dominate the search results in your local area. It takes time and effort to get right but when you get it right it will serve you with new leads and inquiries for years to come. 


6. Convert more inquiries into bookings. 

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that just because you got some inquiries that your job as a marketing and sales person is done! You’ve worked seriously hard at your promo material, your website looks the business and you’ve spent some money and time going out and generating inquiries. You now need to give yourself the very best chance of converting the inquiries you get into paying bookings.




Start by being quick. Respond to inquiries at least the same day if not within minutes. Do this and you’ve already got yourself an advantage over other bands chasing the same booking who take up top two days to respond. Next send a quote that actually sells the band. Your quote must be more than just how much you cost. Include some testimonials, FAQs, details about what’s included in the cost eg PA, lighting etc. They’ve made an enquiry about your band. Think about what that means…. They’ve searched online, found your site, liked your band enough to fill in a form on your website and send you an email requesting more info. So don’t be scared to offer them detailed information. They’ve asked you for it.


Take every opportunity to pick up the phone, speak to them and build a relationship. They are likely very busy people. Their event planning ‘to do’ list is long so make sure you follow up at least 2 or 3 times over the next 4 to 6 weeks. Be there when they are ready to book you. 


7. Create an amazing experience for your client so that they can’t wait to tell the world about you.

It’s important to understand that your client is taken on a journey when they book you. Just thinking that you’ll put on a great show for them misses the point. Thing is that they are expecting you to put on a great show. It’s why they booked you.


Think about how you can go above and beyond delivering a great show. Make your client feel special and loved. Do something unexpected that’ll ‘surprise and delight’ them. One of the simplest things you can do is send a hand written thank you card once the booking is completed or send them a wedding congratulations card.
I’ve always sent a welcome pack once the booking is completed. It includes a CD, a welcome cover letter and some chocolates as a little gift. Clients absolutely love it.


There is a selfish reason for doing this though. The better the experience your client has in your hands the more referable you become. Referrals are the best types of inquiries you can get. They convert to bookings at least at double the rate of any other type of inquiry. That’s got to be worth the effort.


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Brad Lazarus has been managing and marketing cover bands for 10 years. He is the founder of a blog and podcast dedicated to helping musicians in cover bands increase their bookings and multiply the income they receive from them. 

Reader Comments (3)


What happened to step 4?


October 29 | Unregistered CommenterRay

Sorry to be that guy, but you seem to have missed out point 4 from both articles. Otherwise, a great piece.

October 31 | Unregistered CommenterBen

You mean you need to know how to count to 7 to get gigs as well!

Thanks Ray and Ben, appreciate you pointing that out.

I'd love to say it was a deliberate ploy to elicit a comment or two.

Here she is, point 4, fresh from her Evernote hiding place:

4. Put your band in front of prosepctive clients that are most likely to want to book you.

Sounds obvious but most bands are basically reactive. They cross their fingers waiting for the phone to ring. When it doesn't, they can't work out why they aren't getting any bookings. There's a shockingly bad phrase that goes 'build it and they'll come'. Nothing could be further from the truth.

You must have a plan to go and find your audience, bring them back to your website where you must do your very best to persuade them that you're the right band for their event.

But where are they and how do you find them?

Start thinking about where you're audience hangs out online and offline.
What do they do before they book a band for their event?
Who are they most likely talking to as they plan their event?
Where would they go to find a band?

Think of these places as mini fish ponds of prospective clients.
Now you can go and start fishing for clients.

Some ideas to get you going - Online wedding directories, Google, Facebook etc - Offline local event venues, partnerships with other bands etc.

November 6 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Lazarus

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