I want to be Quiz Host
I want to be a bar trivia host!
So you want to host a pub quiz or a bar trivia night, how do you go about getting a gig? The easiest way, is to go and start a night for yourself.
Let me explain, if you go through an agency, you have to wait until a new venue comes on board or wait until an established host leaves a vacancy for you. Also the agency takes a portion of the hosting fee so if you find your own venue, you get to keep all that hosting fee.
And once you're up and running you can use a service like www.pubquizpro.com to ensure you have unique and entertaining material each week to build the night.
So how do you approach a venue to get them to start a trivia night?
If you take the stand point of the bar owner, when someone approaches them about a promotion what are the considerations the owner makes before committing to that promotion. If the owner or manager has been in business for sometime at some stage in the past they have made a marketing mistake. That is, they have put money into a promotion that cost them more than it returned. So they are naturally cautious about what they do.
They're asking themselves...
Let's go through the list and I'll show you how I answer these concerns.
- How much is it going to cost me up front?
If it doesn't work how much will it cost me in total? What's the downside?
Could this promotion affect my existing business adversely?
Who else is running a similar night, can this location stand more than one trivia night?
If it does work, how much do I stand to gain?
How much time and energy will I have to put into this, both at start up and then week to week?
How much is it going to cost me?
Nothing the cost of the night is covered by increased turnover over the bar and food counter.
That's if it goes to plan, but if this doesn't work how much will I be out of pocket? How much do you charge?
I charge $120 / night, (or whatever you plan to charge) that includes my time, all the quiz material, Welcome sheets, answer booklets, music rounds and DVD's (if you plan to use them), plus I'll provide advertising material to get the event started. And if you choose to give the trivia night a try and you're not happy after 4 weeks you don't have to pay me. How does that sound?
Who else is doing it in this area?
This is a loaded question. If you say no-one then they can say it obviously wont work in this area or else another venue would already be doing it. If you say any other number then there is too much competition. From experience I know it doesn't matter how many venues have a trivia night. Funnily enough they all also sell beer. However what I say is something like this. "It doesn't matter if there are no other veneus or ten other venues running a trivia night in the area. For any product in any market or economy there is always room for the best. And that's what I plan to deliver to your customers."
How many patrons do you expect for the night?
I hope to attract... plus patrons but the realtiy is if I don't get enough, you're not going to continue, are you?. But if your profits increase then you'ld be mad to stop. Its in my best interest to make sure of your success.
What do I have to do?
Effectively nothing, I'll do… (list everything your giving him for free during the trial). It is normal to put up bar tabs or something similar for prizing. Would you prefer to put up $100 or $150 for bar tabs.
If you're serious about becoming a trivia quiz host, just get out and give it a go. Join for our 2 week free trial and download a couple of quiz packs to get yourself underway.