TOPIC: Choosing the ‘host with the most’
(Originally published in the May 2012 issue of the Nova Scotia Business Journal - "Conferences & Conventions" special advertising feature)
Every event has its own unique audience. That’s why finding the right emcee is crucial for success.
“To ensure a seamless event, it’s important to choose an emcee who is a natural fit for your particular crowd,” says Kim George, president of LimeLight Group.
The more information you have about potential emcees, the better. First, find out which groups they have worked with in the past, view their web clips and always ask for testimonials.
To ensure your event runs smoothly, select a professional, experienced emcee. It’s vital to have an expert who can handle hiccups and make them disappear.
Really know your budget as well. A celebrity host, for example, is a great way to boost attendance but remember the cost will be higher. Fees can range exponentially. The majority of professional emcees range from $2,500 to $7,500, while a celebrity emcee might be $20,000 or more. Also, be prepared to pay a 50 per cent deposit to secure an emcee for a particular date.
Finally, always ensure your emcee reviews the agenda and script in advance.
“As the event unfolds, an emcee should be a critical part of the time management team working behind the scenes to keep things running according to plan,” says George.
Now that’s entertainment!
LimeLight Group has spent years building a collection of inspiring speakers/entertainers and is well-versed in matching these personalities with the right audience and budget.
Get to know some of LimeLight’s talents:
- Pete Luckett, Canada’s favourite ‘green grocer’, is a true success story and visionary entrepreneur in this region.
- Three Sheet, which won Music Nova Scotia’s entertainer and digital artist of the year in 2011, is a genre-bending power house with a firm base in hip hop backed by beatbox percussion.
- The Mellotones is a Halifax dance band legend with top-notch vocals and powerful horns backed by solid funky grooves.
Learn more about these personalities and others at: www.limelightgroup.com
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