Frequently Asked Questions
Event Planner Questions
With thousands upon thousands of vendors listed on Gig Salad, you’re bound to find an entertainer or service that your event just can’t live without! Decide which category you’re interested in, type in your city, and voila! Behold the list of local vendors for you to browse. View their photos, watch their videos, check out their reviews, and select your favorites.
Click the Contact button to connect with the performers and vendors you like. They will either respond with a signed Quote/Agreement or will get in touch with you if they need more information about your event. Try to be as thorough as possible when filling out the contact form to eliminate back-and-forth.
Once you receive a quote, you can sign the agreement online and pay the vendor’s deposit, all in one step. That’s it… you’re done! We’ve designed it all to be super easy, iron-clad secure, and lightning fast.
Gig Salad connects event planners with performers and party vendors. Our mission is to help event planners plan one-of-a-kind events and help talent book amazing gigs. Cool, huh? Our vendor roster is growing by leaps and bounds, which means we’ve got it all… tens of thousands of performers, speakers, caterers, photographers, bands, face painters, and more. Gig Salad is the easiest, best, and most relevant way to book entertainment out there.
Performer and Vendor Questions
Get started by going to this page. It only takes a minute or two to create a listing on Gig Salad.
Well, of course it does! By creating a Gig Salad PromoKit, our members are instantly closer to getting high-paying gigs and tremendous opportunities than they ever were before. We direct event planners and talent buyers to our members. Visitors to your PromoKit can contact you directly by phone or email (for paid members only) or through our system. They can also visit your personal website through your PromoKit. Many of our members feel that our nominal fee is well worth it for this alone.
Our booking system is second to none. We designed it to to be super easy and lightning fast, optimized for better success closing dates and improved communication between both sides during the booking process.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out some of the countless success stories our members have shared with us.
Well, it depends on how much you want out of your listing. There are four different memberships to choose from… one of them is even free! That’s right… free. Click here for more pricing info.
There is no cost for performers or service providers to use Gig Salad’s quote/agreement system. The event planner pays a service fee which covers our costs associated with accepting deposits on your behalf, administration of payments, and development and maintenance of the system. You may cover their service fee for them, but only if you choose to do so.
For paid members who wish to handle their own bookings, deposits, and contracts, Gig Salad doesn’t collect any service fees from either side.
We know how important it is to get our members the precious exposure they want and need. A great source of traffic to Gig Salad is through search engines, as we appear at the top of many Google, Yahoo, Bing searches related to entertainment booking. We are constantly refining Gig Salad to ensure we’re presenting the cleanest and easiest website for search engines to crawl and index, as we believe that Gig Salad is by far the best and most relevant source for hiring event entertainment and services anywhere. So why shouldn’t we appear at the top?
Not only do we benefit from search engine traffic, but we also do a lot of online and print advertising, trade shows/conferences, sponsorships of events, and have exceptional ongoing relationships with talent buyers and party planners. Rest assured, we’re working very hard to make Gig Salad a place where both event planners and our members benefit greatly.
You’ll get treasures beyond your wildest dreams. Okay… maybe that was a bit of an overstatement. But you will get a customizable online PromoKit, instantly exposing your services to event planners and talent buyers across North America. You’ll also have instant access to our quoting and booking system, and have access to more gig opportunities and booking tools than you’ve ever had before. This page breaks it down.
To represent or not to represent… that is the question. Here’s the answer.
It’s easiest to pay by credit card, but we can also accept PayPal, checks, money orders, and cashier’s checks.
To pay by PayPal: First, visit our join page to determine which prepaid membership level, then submit a PayPal payment to email@example.com. Type these details in the memo box on PayPal: your name, act name, telephone, password, nearest major city, actual city, your main category, and email address. If it’s within the hours of 9-5pm CST, we’ll set your account up almost immediately (in most cases), and you can customize your PromoKit from there.
To pay by check, money order, or cashier’s check: First, visit our join page to choose which prepaid membership level you want. Then mail us your membership fee along with the a typed out info sheet including: your name, act name, telephone, password, nearest major city, actual city, main category, and email address. Here’s our address: Gig Salad, 2733 East Battlefield Rd #105, Springfield, MO 65804. Within 2 business days, we’ll set your account up and you can customize your PromoKit.
Here’s the skinny. Serious event planners don’t typically search through pages of MySpace or other social networking sites to hire entertainment or vendors for their functions. It’s true that those websites can serve networking needs, and we highly recommend using some of them, but Gig Salad provides you with more valuable, real-time exposure and gig booking needs that those other sites cannot provide.
Those four featured spots are reserved for Featured members who have a 5 star rating. The set of featured members on that page changes every hour.
It’s easy. Just login to your account and click on the “Edit PromoKit” tab, then click on “Overview.” From here select Show Section beside “General Information.” Scroll down a little way and you’ll see “Your travel distance.”
Any changes that need to be made to reviews must be requested by the person who posted the review. Just ask the reviewer to contact us (from the same email address they used to post the review) stating the details of the change they’d like to make. We know this might be a bit of a pain, but we do this to uphold the integrity of the reviews on Gig Salad.
Aside from creating a PromoKit to advertise your act or service, we currently do not sell any other ad space on Gig Salad. We do have some special places where we provide additional advertising for our members such as on the home page and on category pages. Those spots are reserved for Gig Salad members who are at the Featured level.
Our Featured members have the ability to change their quick link/URL. If you’re a Featured member interested in a different address, just contact us and we’ll take care it for you.
You’re probably missing out on our emails because your email service has blocked our emails as spam. The nerve! Try to find your Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) safe list and add firstname.lastname@example.org to it. You may also have to contact your ISP to see what the issue might be. More importantly, we highly recommend setting up instant alerts to your mobile phone. Basically, just let us know your cell number and carrier, and we’ll notify you (for free!) when you receive a lead.
Wonderful and honest event planners abound on Gig Salad. However, as it is with most websites, bad apples can attempt shenanigans from time to time.
Use extra caution when dealing with requests which contain any of the following:
- Requests that you contact the client by email only
- Requests made that do not apply to the services you offer
- Messages from event planners outside North America
- Emails with exceptionally poor grammar
- Event planners who ask to pay you up front with a large amount and request a check from you for the difference
- Inquiries with invalid phone number
- Inquiries with missing data such as the Event Location
A simple test is to call the phone number they provide. If it’s a generic answering system, a disconnected number, a wrong number, or if there’s no number at all, be VERY cautious.
Please contact us at 1-866-788-GIGS (4447) if you are unsure about the validity of a gig lead.
Simply login to your PromoKit and select the “Membership” tab. On this page, select “cancel monthly subscription.” Yep… it’s that easy.
Why would you wanna do that? It’s free! But if you must, it’s simple. Login and select the “Edit Promokit” tab. Select “Settings,” then scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see an option to disable your listing. And you can come back and enable it again whenever you’d like!
We know there’s gotta be more questions out there.
If yours wasn’t answered, contact us. We’d love to help you out.