Nightclubs are becoming all the rage these days, which can be a double-edged sword, depending on how you look at it. Their popularity means that the party is always on, no matter what day it is in the week. But this also makes it hard to get into a nightclub or participate in their events.
Nightclubs are notorious for having long lines, which is a headache that partygoers experience way too often. And it seems like the only way to skip the wait and get into the club is to be endorsed by someone you know —- but not just anyone.
Your connections need to be someone with actual power to get you in. Think DJs, managers, owners, or club promoters. Connecting with the latter is the easiest route to attract customers because it’s their job to promote the club and socialize anyway. Now, the question is how to find them.
Find Club Promoters Offline
There are two ways to find and pool your network of club promoters — you can do so offline or online. Let’s go the traditional route first.
How to Spot a Club Promoter
Before you go ahead and try out these tips, you first need to know how to tell that someone is a club promoter.
Identifying a club promoter can be a challenge, especially in a nightclub setting where there are all sorts of different people. They are highly sociable individuals, so they’re going to be immersing themselves in different groups and socializing instead of standing alone in a corner, which makes it harder to distinguish them from regular guests.
There are some tell-tale signs that a person is a club promoter you can look out for though. They’re likely:
- The only guy at a table of ladies
- Wearing all-black clubbing attire or not following the dress code
- Serving drinks with LED bottle sparklers to guests
- Jumping from one group to another
- Interacting with the staff, DJ, or other prominent personnel
- Shaking hands as a form of greeting
If you find someone who does most of these, they’re likely a club promoter.
Look Around the Nightclub Area
You’ll find a club promoter hanging out at their place of work. And before the party begins, you’ll likely catch them near the entrance waiting to talk to someone and invite them to the club.
Your job, then, is simple. Just wait around the vicinity of the club, spot the promoter, and engage in a conversation. Keep in mind, though, that most promoters have a target audience in mind. Usually, they have an eye out for pretty ladies, bottle clients, or other VIP individuals who fit the image of the club.
But don’t worry if you’re not the target market. As long as you approach them with style and confidence, they are likely to engage with you.
There’s a handful of nightclub promoters out there that organize events, but almost all of them show up as attendees. So you need to do the leg work and actually attend these events yourself. They’re perfect opportunities to meet new people and socialize — you might even find several club promoters you can add to your network.
Ask the Staff
While some nightclub promoters stand out in a sea of people, others are much harder to pinpoint. So what do you do? Ask.
Look around for wait staff, bouncers, security guards, or doormen, and don’t hesitate to inquire about their promoters. More often than not, they’ll be willing to point you to the right people or introduce you to them directly.
You also need to be asking the right questions when doing this. Don’t come on too strong that the staff won’t feel confident introducing you. Speak with style and a fashionable approach to increase the chances of you being led to the right people.
Who knows, but your social circle might also know a club promoter or two. Think of anyone in your network who frequents nightclubs and parties and they might just be able to introduce you to their connections.
Go to the VIP Lounges
If there’s one place a club promoter likes to hang out, it’s in the VIP lounge. You’ll be remiss not to find them there connecting with customers and building their network.
When connecting with a club promoter in a VIP lounge, you need to make sure you approach them correctly. No one wants some rando pulling them away from their group and initiating a conversation. The best opportunity is usually the less conspicuous — don’t force the connection and look for the most natural opportunity.
Find Club Promoters Online
You can also find club promoters online, as long as you know where to look. Here are some ideas.
Do a Quick Google Search
To begin your online hunt for a club promoter, go to Google and search the key terms “club promoter” followed by your city name, i.e. “club promoter New York” or “club promoter Las Vegas”. Google will yield a bunch of different pages for you to peruse, including social media accounts or websites.
This is a great way to find well-established promoters that can surely elevate your nightclub experience. Most websites will also have an online form that you can use to reach out and connect with the promoter. Just make sure that you’re looking at the promoter’s own website, not the nightclub’s as they’re unlikely to connect or introduce you.
Reach Out on Social Media
Almost all club promoters are highly active on social media. The best part is that it’s easy to identify them on these platforms — they will likely present themselves as promoters and most of their posts will involve the nightclub scene.
Some of the best places to look are Facebook and Instagram. Do a quick search that includes the keywords “club promoter”, “clubs”, or “nightlife” plus your target city. This will yield related accounts, posts, and hashtags and lead you to a club promoter’s profile. You can join communities and groups as well to widen your network.
Do keep in mind that amateur club promoters will be on social media too, so you need to be carefully perusing the pages you come across.
Top-tier promoters will usually be highly active online, with at least 1 post every 2 days and lots of engagement to show their followers they’re highly connected. Their bios will also have some sort of promotional message — you can’t go wrong with accounts promoting events or offering a special deal.
When you find one you want to connect with, just send them a direct message. As nightclub promoters are paid to be sociable, it’s highly likely you’ll get a response. Keep the conversation going and focus on building a relationship with the promoter and you’ll find an invite to their next nightclub event at the end of the exchange.
Check Event Directories and Apps
Club promoters are very involved in parties and events, especially in big cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. That said, you’re likely to find them in event directories, listings, and apps like Meetup, Eventbrite, and Facebook Events.
Go through the details of upcoming events in your city and find the organizer’s contact information. There’s a high chance that this belongs to a club promoter.