How not to use social media to promote your venue

by Brian McKim & Traci Skene on August 27th, 2013

It’s The Female Half of the Staff’s birthday today! And, along with all the other well-wishes, she found this:

Happy birthday Traci, Craig Glazer here, to celebrate this week I have four free passes to see Tim Gaither this weekend. Inbox me to reserve your seats!!

Glazer is the proprietor of Stanford’s Comedy Club in Kansas City.

The Female Half replied:

While I do appreciate the sentiment I must say, at the risk of sounding ungrateful, it seems a bit odd that you would use my birthday to promote your show. Apparently, you are unaware that I am a standup comic who has been trying to get booked at your club for 20 years. As much as I like Tim Gaither (I had the pleasure of meeting him a few weeks ago at the Laugh Factory in Las Vegas… a club, I might add, that does book me on a regular basis) I have to say, four free passes to a comedy show may be the worst possible gift a standup comic could receive. Especially, four free tickets to a club that has refused to answer my correspondence for two decades. Am I bitter? No. I find this whole thing rather amusing. Oh, and since I live in Las Vegas, I would hope that your offer of four free tickets would also include air, rental car and hotel… not a condo.