The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

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The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by MaximumK » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:05 am

Is it possible to add a slideshow running between singers or while the fill in music is playing? This could be used to promote future shows, the bar specials, a contest etc. - we could throw up a few pictures of the regulars singing..

The ability to designate a list (maybe structured like the music fill-in list) of rotating announcement background images would be excellent, because then we could then effectively promote upcoming band nights, venue drink and food specials, our DJ businesses, etc., all while I'm doing our shows. This would add to show marketability.

Possibly we could have a rotating folder of images that would be displayed behind the intro text. I do this in my show now, but have to manually assign images to individual singers, which is extremely cumbersome and prone to error and unnecessary duplication.

Please consider adding this!

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by SKP-User-Since-2011 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:55 pm

Yeah, I second this. It would be a great addition!

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Post by DannyGsKaraoke » Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:25 am

It's a good idea but to do that. you would have to disable the announcement screen and do it through the regular screen which is always blank. I'd prefer a picture as well. Personally have no use for the announcement screen as the scroller Marquee does a better job in my opinion. For now, you can type in the specials in the Marquee.

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Post by MaximumK » Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:19 am

We use more than 10 graphics a night, (and for now, anyway) assign them to singers (yes, during next singer announcements, while they approach the stage), and refer to them while onscreen as "live reads" (like how they're are used on live TV) to promote show sponsors and upcoming events.

I do not use the marquee for several reasons.

One, people ignore the marquee after seeing it for two minutes (even if you change it).

Two, the type has to kept too small to have any *impact* (or you risk cluttering up the screen with excessive text and creating a confusing and complicated visual).

Three, our graphics have proven to have actual impact on sales when they're used.

We already use graphics in our announcement screen (designed with room for singer name), but we're looking for a rotation option to be added, just like in the fill-in playlist.

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by DannyGsKaraoke » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:50 pm

MaximumK wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:19 am
We use more than 10 graphics a night, (and for now, anyway) assign them to singers (yes, during next singer announcements, while they approach the stage), and refer to them while onscreen as "live reads" (like how they're are used on live TV) to promote show sponsors and upcoming events.

I do not use the marquee for several reasons.

One, people ignore the marquee after seeing it for two minutes (even if you change it).

Two, the type has to kept too small to have any *impact* (or you risk cluttering up the screen with excessive text and creating a confusing and complicated visual).

Three, our graphics have proven to have actual impact on sales when they're used.

We already use graphics in our announcement screen (designed with room for singer name), but we're looking for a rotation option to be added, just like in the [please do not post unlock codes] playlist.
I have had the total opposite of that. I actually find that I don't have time to adequately show the announcement screen because my singers are paying attention to the scroller and with maybe a single exception are taking the mic away from the current singer as the lyrics are over and before the music even ends meaning that I go right into the next song without having to even announce the next singer. At least that's been my experience.

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by SKP-User-Since-2011 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:06 pm

Well...my singers don't run my show, *I* run my show. I control the energy in the room, and direct the flow. It's always high energy, but first and foremost it's *my energy*.

I can get away with that attitude (oh, and I *know* it's an attitude) because over the last 5 1/2 years I've built my main show to a 40-60 singer nightly rotation (with typically 25-30 being one-ups/first-timers), and our sales gross averages $1,200-$1,500 (with peaks of $2k), and a record (2 weeks ago) of $3k. This is in a city of 30k people, 250k in a 50 mile radius. I negotiated to be paid straight percentage, so some nights I take home $600+.

Do the testosterone-pumped and estrogen-dominated drunks *try* to push boundaries? Yeah, but I verbalize basic ground rules at the beginning of the night. It not only keeps most bullsh*t in check, but I have found it has also established the show's identity.

My style is more of an emcee and circus ringleader, and less of a passive host. That's compatible with my personality type.

Kissing the customer's @ss only causes them to lose respect, and makes the female singers more likely to ask for "put me in next!". I shut that down quick.

We have 30-40 regulars who pretty much never miss the show. I treat them like gold and as a result they are very loyal (they're there 80-85% of all Fridays). We have a secret Facebook group where I bounce new ideas off them, and solicit their suggestions.

But I digress.

Can we have this feature at least considered, ops?

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by Paradigm Karaoke » Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:37 am

wow....
he said he had his singers trained to be ready.
he is in control of his show.
training then is the opposite of kissing their a$$.
he said this wasn't necessary for him because he does not have enough time between his singers (of which he has too many for the night and has them trained to be ready) to be able to show these in between.
that said...
it is a good idea for those that DO have time between singers to show specials etc.
a method i use that works well for announcements of any kind is creating a singer.
i have one named "requests" showing how to use the kiosk
"facebook" showing our page and website info
"drink special 1,2,3,4", etc showing whatever specials
"event" showing a special or upcoming event.
they use the custom announce screens and i use my flyer or whatever as the background
shrink all the text boxes to 1 point font and down in the corner out of view.
i can place these in my rotation as i like, in my case i do after every 5th singer for 30 seconds.
then after the 5th singer is done, it will automatically show regardless of my memory.
until this idea comes to be, this option could give you the same effect.

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by DannyGsKaraoke » Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:30 pm

Paradigm Karaoke wrote:
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:37 am
wow....
he said he had his singers trained to be ready.
he is in control of his show.
training then is the opposite of kissing their a$$.
he said this wasn't necessary for him because he does not have enough time between his singers (of which he has too many for the night and has them trained to be ready) to be able to show these in between.
that said...
it is a good idea for those that DO have time between singers to show specials etc.
a method i use that works well for announcements of any kind is creating a singer.
i have one named "requests" showing how to use the kiosk
"facebook" showing our page and website info
"drink special 1,2,3,4", etc showing whatever specials
"event" showing a special or upcoming event.
they use the custom announce screens and i use my flyer or whatever as the background
shrink all the text boxes to 1 point font and down in the corner out of view.
i can place these in my rotation as i like, in my case i do after every 5th singer for 30 seconds.
then after the 5th singer is done, it will automatically show regardless of my memory.
until this idea comes to be, this option could give you the same effect.
Yes my singers follow my scroller, which is good for announcements as well. But it doesn't mean that it's a bad suggestion for an option for those who want to make use of it. Wasn't poo pooing the suggestion at all.

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by el dingo » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:26 pm

I think you're both right! (I certainly *meant* no disrespect, and I apologize for how I presented it). All shows are different, and no one way is "the best"!

My show is highly-programmed, highly *structured* - leaning from my days in live radio and television. I *drive* the night, and it's an intense show (that matches the intensity of the talent that graces it's presence). 1/3 are new(ish), 1/3 are casual/fun, and 1/3 are *serious*.

I only do the live reads every other singer (at most). I don't want it to be too heavy-handed.

Paradigm, I know I should just bite the bullet and adopt your approach (hopefully temporarily).

I appreciate your input and opinions.

(Pardon the multiple logins. I finally got a password reset working).

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Re: The ability to put up stills (in rotation) between singers (drink specials, upcoming shows, etc.)

Post by Paradigm Karaoke » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:48 am

would you be willing to share more on how you "drive the night"? TV and radio absolutely gives a different view on entertainment, perhaps you could share a bit of how you incorporate that into karaoke. we can all learn something no matter how long we have been doing it.

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