Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When The Other Shoe Drops ~ 4 Signs That Your Favorite Male Dancer Venue Is In Decline

Photo Source: Males In Motion
   "Waiting for the other shoe to drop" is an English idiom meaning we're waiting for something to happen, usually something bad. In this case I'm applying it to a bar or club that features exotic male dancers that is in decline. We're waiting for the 'other shoe to drop' or for the bar or club to permanently close their doors. Please read the blog and then assess the current financial health of your favorite bar or club with male dancers.
Sign #1 - Continual Management and Staff Infighting
   It isn't unusual that there are people in the same workplace who do not get along 100% of the time. A successful business will find a solution for a particular conflict that all involved parties can agree upon. Or, in some cases, if it is simply one person who is a troublemaker, then management can remove that person and replace them. Then the business moves on. However, when a business continually has infighting among its staff or management, then there is an underlying issue which will eventually rise to the surface and may cause irreversible damage. Unfortunately, this often gets played out in social media with bickering, throwing shade, and damaging negativity. When it gets to the point that the customers are affected, and it will, then they will start to avoid this location taking their dollars with them.
Sign #2 - Male Dancer Burnout
   Most clubs have a frequent turn over with new dancers coming in on a regular basis. Some male dancers find success in this career and want to ride the wave as long as they can. Taking time off is good for everyone but sometimes it is necessary to work without a break in order to pay the bills, debts, etc. Some dancers simply cannot afford to take time off. When a dancer is experiencing burnout, a negative attitude will often be cast over many facets of their life. This will become evident to colleagues, management and most importantly, to customers who are coming to the bar or club to be entertained and have a good time. When a dancer is experiencing burnout, they have very little motivation to entertain. If other dancers are feeling burn out, they will feed off of each other and the negativity will spread. The customers will then have a negative experience as well. When customers are not having fun, they will take their dollars and seek other sources of entertainment.
Sign #3 - Decline In Customer Service
   A decline in customer service is usually marked by the "I don't care" attitude. This can be seen in the work of staff members, management and dancers. There are a multiple of reasons that can cause this to happen but the result is always the same. The customers are not taken care of and will take their business elsewhere. This attitude can infect the staff across the board if a concerted effort is not made to stop it. If the bartender doesn't care how they serve a guest; the DJ doesn't care what music they play; the doorman doesn't care whether you come in or not; the dancers don't care if you have a good time or not; and management doesn't care about any of them, then obviously you have a problem. It always starts with small things but eventually will expand to include more important issues, tasks and responses.
#4 - Social Media And Online Information Rarely Updated
   I will admit that this is one of my pet peeves. My business life revolves around social media and online information. If your business has been around for many years and you have solid regular customers that keep you afloat, then I can see how an online presence might not be a priority to you. There comes a time when older customers need to be replaced with new, younger customers, if a business wants to continue into the future. And the current way to reach those new younger customers, is through social media.
   What frustrates me more than a non-presence online is an outdated one. I recently made plans based on a club website where a promotion was made for male dancers on a specific night each week. I had followed this club online in the past and had seen the promo ads they posted, and pics of the some of the dancers that they were featuring. So, I made plans to be in the area of said club on the particular night that male dancers were featured. I checked the social media of the club to see if there were any changes in schedule announced, etc., and there were none.
   My partner and I arrived at the club on the specific night to find the parking lot empty and the club dark. It was closed. I called the number to the club and a recording said the club would be open the next night and announced some special guest that would be there. But did not say anything about being closed that night. Yes, I should have called previously to verify but I had no reason to question the website information.
   Had we known, we would have made plans to be in a different city and at a club with male dancers that was open. Of course, I did gain some wisdom and will call in the future if I am in a similar situation. I doubt if I'll ever return to that club though, because once your burned, it's difficult to go back. And I'm sure I'm not the only customer who feels this way. I did message this club and ask them to update their website. I explained what had happened. No response. I can't say I'm surprised. I'll tell the name of the club after the doors have closed permanently.

Photo Source: Males In Motion
   How did your favorite club measure up? I will point out that a bar that is struggling financially is different than a bar in decline. All businesses have peaks and valleys when it comes to financial health. Until next time, support your local dick dancer bar...please tip the male dancers, bartenders and staff! Help keep this industry strong! It is our favorite form of entertainment!!!

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