The story behind Giggio
Hi, I’m Martyn Rowland and I’ve been a professional entertainer for over 15 years. As well as performing magic at corporate events and private parties, I’m a magic advisor for TV and Film and I co-wrote 3 series of ITV’s magic show ‘Tricked’.
I’m a member of The Magic Circle, so I’m not supposed to give away my secrets, but I’m going to share one with you here.
Up until a few years ago, I was REALLY disorganised. I loved performing, but HATED the admin. The busier I became, the worse it got. I’d have invoices to do piling up, clients would be waiting for contracts from me, and my booking details were all over the place!
Some bookings were in my diary, some in my email inbox, and others were written on scraps of paper - and I was stressed. When I did get finally around to dealing with my admin (usually in a panic), it took me ages. It was taking all the enjoyment out of what is one of the best jobs you can have.
Also, It hadn’t happened yet, but I knew that at some point I was going to get the phone call that every entertainer dreads…
“Hi Martyn, you’re supposed to be at our event - where are you?”
…and I’d be sitting at home watching TV!
Missing a job would not only cost me in lost income, but I’d lose the client and any future work from them too. In this industry, reputation is everything and I didn’t want to get filed as ‘Unreliable’.
I desparately needed a system that would manage my admin and keep me organised. So I started looking around.
Every CRM system I found was really really hard to set up. Plus they didn’t do all the things I needed them to do. They did tons of things I didn’t need, but were missing key features that as an entertainer were essential. I wanted:
• Professionally designed PDF Contracts and Invoices
• The option for my clients to agree bookings online
• To be able to track deposits and hold dates
• Automatic calculation of Mileage to gigs
• To be reminded when paperwork was outstanding
• End of year booking reports
• To capture enquiries from my website and respond to them automatically
• A web-based solution, so I could access my bookings from anywhere
• All of this to be easy to use!
I soon realised that what I really needed was a system designed for me! Amazingly, within a few days of realising this, I had a chance meeting with a brilliant programmer who was able to make this happen. He could see exactly what I wanted to achieve and even had an interest in the entertainment industry so was a perfect fit.
In 2011, I showed it to a some top professional entertainers and they loved it! They road-tested it and suggested more features. Since then it’s grown and grown into a full featured amazing piece of software. It does everything that an entertainer, event supplier or agent needs. Thousands of hours of design and coding time, and hundreds of conversations with entertainers like you have gone into this software. That’s why it gets so many rave reviews from our users
It was deliberately designed to be web based, so it could be used from anywhere - even your phone! Plus, all your bookings are safe and automatically backed up. Even if your computer was stolen, or the hard drive failed, you'd still have access to all your bookings.
I read a story in the news about a magician whose house was struck by lightning. Although it did no structural damage to his house, it fried his computer, along with all his future bookings. It even took out his backup drive. In the article, he said “I don’t know what parties I am booked to entertain at. There will be many children and adults who are waiting for me to turn up but I won’t be able to because their details are gone.” With Giggio, your bookings are safe - whatever happens.
As well as running and developing Giggio as a company, I use Giggio every day for my own bookings. This means I'm always adding new features and I welcome suggestions from users. If someone suggests a new feature that will save them time, or make the system better we'll put it in place. It helps all of us!
Giggio has made me really organised and my admin is no longer a chore. My bookings are all in one place, and my paperwork takes no time at all. I’m back in control of my bookings, have more free time, and with Giggio, you can benefit the same. Not only will it make your admin easy, Giggio also even has features included that will help you get MORE GIGS.
It's easy to use, so even if you’re not techie, you’ll be up and running in no time. We've also got bite-size training videos, and you can get in touch with us any time if you need help. If you’re fed up with your admin, and want to spend more time doing what you love, start a trial now.
All the best,
Founder, Giggio Limited
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