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Beware Of What You Post On Facebook (Member Article)

Be careful of what you post on Facebook because it may come back to haunt you or affect your business.One of our members recently came across two incidents that have made him think closely at whether he should post live Facebook updates from the venues he's working at or providing services for.  Some of our members know the advantages of promoting your business on Facebook, but there are some things you need to be very wary of, as NADJ member Andy Boyle of Andy B Events, explains:

  "I've got this feeling that someone is setting out to potentially sabotage my business!  Two weeks ago, I supplied a black and white dance floor for a wedding at a hotel in Warrington.  The delivery team sent me a photo of it which I then posted on my Facebook page and I included a brief description.

  When they went back to pick it up that night, the General Manager of the venue greeted them along the lines of 'thank god you're here!'

  Apparently, the hotel had a call during the evening to let them know that we couldn't pick the dance floor up until the next day.  This was a  big problem for them as they serve breakfast in that room in the morning.  Neither myself nor the delivery team made this call.

  I didn't think too much of it at the time.  It was a bit of a mystery, but no real serious harm was done - apart from maybe the hotel losing a bit of confidence in us.

  The following week, I posted on my Facebook page where I would be DJing that night.  At around 5.30pm I had a text from the groom saying 'can you not arrange for someone to pick you up if you've broken down?'

  I replied back saying I think you must have text the wrong person!  He then called back to clarify the situation.

  It turned out that the hotel had received a call saying that I'd broken down and that I wouldn't be able to make the gig!  I assured him this was not the case, in fact, I live only a short walk from the hotel!  So, no harm done.

  However, what happens if the client or hotel had taken it upon themselves to source another DJ?  As it happened, the groom came up with a theory that a DJ for another wedding/event had broke down but rang the wrong hotel!

  These two incidents have got me wondering if someone is doing this maliciously.  The story of the dance floor and the call to the hotel claiming that the DJ for that wedding had broken down, has got my mind racing.  Could it be someone in the industry, like a rival business?

  Either way, it's very frustrating.  I'm pretty sure it must be as a result of someone checking my Facebook page.

  There is, of course, is a simple solution to this - I'll just have to wait until the event is done and dusted before posting anything.

  I was also thinking about anyone who dry hires equipment for events.  There's a chance that someone could actually steal the equipment if you've broadcast what you've got out and where it is.

Andy Boyle

Andy B Events" 

The two incidents described by Andy Boyle, could just be a coincidence.  However, it is certainly food for thought if you're posting live updates to your Facebook page and we'd advise all members of the National Association of Disc Jockeys to be careful with their updates on any social networking site.
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written by a guest, Thursday 25 October 2012
Personally I've always taken the view that posting 'live' information on Facebook is a bad idea. Nothing to do with what happened to Andy, but simply because if you post where you are on Facebook you're also telling everyone where you're not - i.e. at home. It's a "come and check out what gear I've got at home" invitation to burglars.

written by Kevin Tasker, Saturday 25 May 2013
Always post about the Event and put photo's up after myself and my Equipment are safely at home, but thanks for the heads up, wouldnt have thought about that, stay busy. Taz

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