From Inside Business
Ned Griffith created GetBooked757.com as an online solution to connect performers and event organizers.
“It’s like a matchmaker service between an event planner of any kind and an entertainer of any kind,” Griffith said.
Griffith, owner of Quik Website Design and Consulting, said he created the site this year to fill what he saw as a void in the booking services industry in Hampton Roads and those within the 757 area code.
It launched Oct. 24 and includes 160 local performers with accounts ready to be activated.
“There’s a synergy here of why this website and the services were developed,” said Griffith, who also owns and operates VaBeach.com, a tourism website for the Oceanfront that deals with Virginia Beach-based businesses including restaurants, hotels, bars and attractions.
“A lot of people wanted to know what bands were playing on which stage, and to be honest, there was no real place to go that aggregated all of that information that placed it all in one easy to view spot,” Griffith said of VaBeach.com.
He developed a location on VaBeach.com that allows venues to post their music gigs, but now he’s taken it a step further with GetBooked757 where entertainers can easily connect with venues looking to book performers.
GetBooked757 enables musicians, dancers, balloon artists, clowns, face painters, photographers or disc jockeys to connect with an event organizer, agree on a price for their services and then create an online contract.
Steve Ambrose of Virginia Beach is one of the seven members of The Original Rhondels which performs beach music, oldies and current music up and down the East Coast.
Together since the late 1950s, Ambrose said the band joined GetBooked757 to stay current with the industry’s changing times.
“It’s an interesting notion to be able to do this,” Ambrose said of the site he feels connects people more efficiently. “It allows so many more people to have access to different venues and venues to have access to different music.”
Ambrose, who is the band’s lead singer and plays saxophone and flute, said he thinks it will give more people the opportunity to see the Rhondels.
Griffith said the site is in its early stages, but he plans for it to grow over time with new features.
“The website can be “cloned” for any region in the U.S.,” Griffith added. “For example, if this service is desirable for let’s say, Phoenix, we could duplicate the website under a different domain … it is flexible and has great growth potential.”
From Inside Business
By Sandra Pennecke
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