Blogging 101 Class

Maggie’s 4-Week Blogging Course Overview

Maggie does regular blogging classes with small groups of people and here are the details about the classes….

Your Own Blog Up & Running in 4 Weeks

Do you have a message to share? Or do you just want to express yourself in some way?

Maybe you love to cook and you want to share your excitement and enJOYment of it. Or maybe you know a lot about a certain topic like fixing old motors or lawn equipment and you would like to share what you know to help others and make the world a better place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Or perhaps you are a small business owner or solopreneur who wants to get your message out there and brand yourself more….. Or maybe you want to eventually monetizeย aka make moneyย from the information you know.

Whether you want to share information for fun or for business or both, blogging is a perfect way to share what you know!

I have found blogging to be one of the most powerful and effective ways to reach my target audiences, create value for myself and my businesses, and to get people to Know, Like and Trust me.

I am forever on Zoom networking events where people are asking about how they can expand their business reach and get their company’s message out there? And I always offer the suggestion of blogging! Blogging has been a huge catalyst in my various businesses and has given me a lot of personal satisfaction as well. I love that I am able to express myself in my blogs and to use my creativity.

Starting a blog might be exactly what you are looking for!

There are countless and unlimited reasons to blog and there is no right or wrong reason for it. A blog is simply an online journal of some sort that shares information. And you can blog about whatever you want when you want!

My Four Week Course to Help YOU Launch YOUR Blog!

A small group of soon to be Bloggers will spend 4 weeks with me on Zoom classes for 1.5 hours each week. If you are one of them, you will learn everything you need to know to start a blog and get it up and running…. right from the name of your blog to where to start your blog online. You will also develop your reason why you are blogging and the theme of your blog. You will take your blogging from ‘just an idea that I might want to start a blog’ to having an official blog up and running!

In between classes we will connect, share and learn in a private Facebook group to help us implement everything that everyone is learning and to trouble shoot any challenges. This group is also a great support network and very often meaningful relationships are formed through it.

Dates For The Class

Dates are determined by the group once we have a few people interested in the class. I very much like to customize and match the needs of my students.

Cost:

$147 US for the entire courseย with a full money-back guarantee.ย Complete my course and if forย ANYย reason, you do not feel it was valuable, your money back guaranteed! Youโ€™ve truly got nothing to lose, but everything to gain. Think of where this could go!

What Former Students Have Had to Say:

“The course was very rewarding and able to get me pumped up about blogging and my business.”

After 1 Week: “This course so far has taken the mystery out of blogging for me. It has already taken me over the hump and has been pivotal. It has been the key for me to becoming confident about starting a blog!”

“I was afraid of blogging but Maggie has simplified it and makes it possible for anyone to do.”

“I am a factual and hands on person and I loved how Maggie had us write some sample blog posts and then critiqued them with some suggestions that really opened my mind up to even more possibilities.”

So there you have it. If you have any questions or would like to discuss joining an upcoming class please feel free to reach out.

You can book a 15 minute time slot in my calendar for a ZOOM or a phone chat or you can just fill out the email form here:

And if you are ready to pay and book your seat in class here is the payment area. Remember there is a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the course ๐Ÿ™‚

Most Engaging Conent

What Content Gets The Most Engaging Traffic?

A picture of me when I was two years old in 1968

Here is a picture of me next to the lake where I grew up in a little tiny town in Northwestern Ontario called Kashabowie.

I posted this picture on Facebook the other day and had well over 100 Likes and Comments.

This morning while scrolling through Facebook I saw a business post in a group asking what type of content gets them the most engagement? People were answering with things like ‘My Facebook Lives’, ‘My cute cat pictures’, etc. And I responded with this: Authentically sharing parts of my life and living…. like recently the picture of me when I was 2

And this is true my friends! I have been a social media person for many years now and I coach on social media and what I have found to be the best content for engagement is the stuff that is the real deal. That is what inspires people.

People want to get to know the real person and the person or people behind the brand.

Yesterday in the blogging class that I am teaching we came up with a term for this. We called it “Human Centered”.

When someone sends me a friend request and they are say a Business Coach or a Brand and I look at their wall or content and all I see is ‘business stuff’ and no personalization, it is rare that I even accept their connection request. I want to engage with people and to be inspired by them and their life as well as maybe doing business with them in the future.

To me this lifetime is about connecting with each other, inspiring each other and serving each other so that has to be a part of engaging content.

And on the note of INSPIRATION, all content should inspire or make someone feel better in some way. Whether it is bringing a smile to their face or offering a solution to their problem, it should make the feel better.

I hope that you are inspired by this blog today and that you see content in a new way.

On Branding

Branding is not something you do once. Branding is an ongoing process in your business and also in regard to who you are. Regardless of the size of your business or if you are personally branding yourself as a public figure or not, you are always branding yourself at the same time that you brand your business.

As part of your marketing and branding strategy, every week you could be writing, creating, posting, and sharing content. From blog posts to tweets, from reports and downloads to email messages, youโ€™re communicating with your audience, potential customers, and current customers. Youโ€™re sharing a message. And you are branding!

If that message is consistent, then people start to develop trust and expectations. They learn who you are and what you stand for. If your message is inconsistent, then your audience is left confused and unsure of who you are and where you stand. This confusion generally leads to them leaving your fold, or never entering it in the first place.

If you want to attract customers and keep them, your message has to be consistent from message to message and across your content channels. In short, you have to have a brand and that brand has to be communicated clearly and effectively in every piece of content that you share.

A strong and consistent brand provides you with:

  • A clear message
  • Credibility
  • Clearly,ย delivers the messageย 
  • A prospect that is emotionally connected to you, your products, or services.
  • A motivated buyer
  • Loyalty
  • Authenticity
  • Underlying Integrity

One of my favorite pieces to branding is to Inspire and to offer Inspiration. People making buying decision based on how they ‘feel’ or how a product or service might make them ‘feel’. Therefore, in your branding make sure that you are inspiring people! Make them feel good! If you keep that at the heart and soul of your branding you will excel at branding!

And most of all have FUN with it! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that you found this helpful and have an AMAZING day!

10 Tips For Marketing With Facebook Groups & Pages

10 Tips for Marketing Your Business with Facebook Groups & Facebook Pages

Groups Offer Great Exposure!

One of the keys to marketing effectively is getting a good promotional message about your company or product or service in front of large numbers of potential customers.

Facebook Groups are an excellent way for making large numbers of people aware of your business, your products or services, and your message.

Here are some ideas:

1.   Search Groups for interests that you would expect your customers to have. For example, if you sell camping gear, search for groups using keywords like camping, hunting, or outdoors. You will find many groups that are relevant to your business. Donโ€™t hesitate to join them all.

2.   Post to those groups, and do it often. Posting more than once a day is helpful. More posts increase the likelihood that any individual member of the group will see your post. Since you may be joining dozens of groups, unique posts for each group would be impractical. Create posts that can be used across the whole range of groups you have joined.

3.   Use images in your posts. Images get far more interest and response than simple text posts. For a great media app that has two free photo editors right in it along with 7 million assets, check out Maggie’s Media App. I highly recommend this app because it has everything you need to make graphics and more and it will protect your from any copywrite infringements.

Groups and Pages

4.   Include links to your website or a call to action (โ€œClick for more informationโ€ for example) with images. Your first goal is to build exposure, and a large fan base is evidence of that growing exposure. You want the groupโ€™s members to go to your Facebook page, where they will find more information about you, your company and your products.

5.   Create some item that can be emailed at regular intervals. Whether in posts to the group or on your Facebook page, you should have a call to action โ€“ Sign Up For My Newsletter, for example. When visitors sign up for that newsletter you grow your email list, which can become an entirely separate marketing tool. Be careful though to follow each particular group’s rules. Many do not allow personal or business promotion.

6.   Do not post only ads to the groups. Also create posts that actually provide value, whether entertainment or information, to the reader. You want to build a relationship with the reader that makes them more inclined to trust your business. In fact, this should be your number one goal in the group(s). For example, if you are an avid bird watcher for example, contribute to the group by sharing your knowledge and experience. You will soon be thought of as the go-to expert for bird watching and if you sell any products or services to do with bird watching or nature you will now have a list of prospective buyers because you have created value.

7.   Whether posting ads or informative or entertaining posts, address problems that your product or service will solve for them. It doesnโ€™t have to be a blatant cry for their business. Just making people think about the problem and creating an awareness that you can help contributes to the relationship.

8.   Use giveaways to encourage visits to your Facebook page. Giveaways donโ€™t have to be costly. An informative report that addresses visitorsโ€™ interests or can cost you nothing to put together and increase your Facebook fanโ€™s interest in your business.

9.   In all of your efforts, keep in mind that your success is dependent upon building a relationship with the individuals in the group and with the visitors to your Facebook page. Whether they are a few dozen or a few thousand, gear your campaigns to individuals, not groups. Relationship marketing is where it is at!

10. Be Honest. Always be honest, humble and serve others.

For an explosive growth in your Facebook Pageโ€™s fan base, and a corresponding growth in sales, there is no more effective single tools than Facebook Groups and Pages. Work and enJOY them on a consistent basis and you can see powerful results.

And if you have any questions about my Media App, please feel free to reach out. I am always here to help.

Everyday I feed my mind with positive things and I never stop learning. Udemy is one of my favorite platforms…

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Most Exciting Marketing Discovery and WE ALL Have Access to it!

I love living in the age of digital marketing and it continues to fire me up day after day!

This morning I was lying in bed working in my workshop aka my mind. I start every day feeding my mind with positivity and inspiration and in turn I get inspired.

I came up with about 5 new recipes to try this morning and also this blog post :-).

Right now I have a Roasted Pepper Soup cooking in the Instant Pot. I will link the recipe here at a later date after I am finished creating it. Which brings me to the point of today’s blog post. You might be thinking what the heck does soup have to to with any of this? Well hang tight and you will see. ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember how popular billboards were in times past? They still are but just really think about them for a minute…. You are driving down the highway or interstate and see this big honkin billboard. You read it. It imprints in your mind. Sometimes you never forget it and can recall it in your mind’s eye any time you want.

What Does This Mean?

Okay, so here is where I am going with this. We know that billboards are an effective form of marketing and advertising right? But, YOU had to drive by the billboard to see it. And someone had to climb up there and do all that work to get the message up there. Think heights and inclement weather .. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Now speed ahead to NOW/2020 And Beyond!

You create something and put it up on the internet. Your virtual billboard is now on there forever. It is now evergreen as it is called, and people from all over the world can see your virtual billboard if you position it right. WOW! Are you getting this? It is HUGE!

Blogging

One of the best ways to do this type of virtual billboard marketing is by blogging!

So maybe you write a blog post and then somewhere in your post you have a link to something you sell or to some sort of affiliate marketing offer. If your post is relevant and interesting it can be seen as good content and viewed over and over again or it might even go viral. You just never know.

But here is the extra sweet catch. Are you ready for this one?

Okay here it goes…. Once your piece is out there and deemed as valuable and it is getting saved and shared (the gift that keeps on giving) … You can go back and change your ads or offers on your virtual billboard because you already know your billboard is getting traffic!

So you can literally go and edit that original blog post or piece of content and add in a new ad or offer!

The Next Level – Using Pinterest

And the next level to all of this is sharing your blog posts on Pinterest. Pinterest is the most powerful marketing platform ever. It is really more of a search engine than a social media platform.

And once your content gets shared on Pinterest and if it is a good piece of content…… then Look out! Crazy evergreen!

As the saying goes (I can’t remember who I heard this from to give credit to but I love it) “What happens on Pinterest stays on Pinterest”.

What this means is that your good content could keep getting shared many, many, times over and it is not going anywhere. In fact the views can start increasing and you have the potential to reach the entire world not just the people driving by.

And unlike say Facebook or Instagram where people might only see your content for a short while and then it falls down in the pile, this content just keeps on going and going and reaching out farther and farther.

Here is the Sweetest Spot in all of this!

And now remember that let’s say that your content goes crazy on Pinterest and is even shared outside of Pinterest, you can go back and edit your advertising!!!! I just had to mention this again because it is the ‘sweetest spot’ in all of this.

Just like I can come back here and link my soup recipe in the future!!!! Or something else.

Which by the way, will be on Pinterest … wink wink… are you getting this?

I hope you were able to follow along in my thought process. If you have any questions please ask. I love to help.

And as a final note, it doesn’t matter what kind of content it is that goes out there. I could have a soup recipe that I post for example, on my MaggiesVitamins Blog that ends up driving traffic back to that blog where people are interested in purchasing my products or services. It doesn’t matter that it was the soup that got them landed there. The soup was just my virtual billboard that took them to where I wanted them to go ๐Ÿ˜‰

And I hope that you too get excited about sharing your virtual billboards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Apply This ONE Marketing Technique to Tap into 2020 Online Marketing Trends!

This is SO Exciting!

I was reading up last night on Pinterest and their predictions and marketing trends for this year. I was so excited as many of them were things that I personally love like “Finding Balance” which is self explanatory, and “Re-Wilding” which is about spending time in nature to lower stress and to increase energy etc.

However, there is one concept that they are encouraging for 2020 and I LOVED this one. It stood out for me because I am already doing it and believe in it so much.

And Here It Is:

Stop Interrupting and Start Inspiring!!!!

โ™ฅ Inspire โ™ฅ

What does this mean? It means, as marketers, stop the annoying in your face pop ups, 9 million ads that one must scroll through, the FEAR factor tactics, the crap popping up in your face, it means market through โ™ฅ Inspiration โ™ฅ rather than through disrupting people. I so love this!

From Pinterest:

Here are some tidbits from Pinterest’s CMO Andrea Mallard. And I LOVE all of them:

As a brand or business ask these questions:

“How do I become more accountable for the outcomes that I engender in someone’s life? And in the extension of that … in the entire world?”

The new era is to inspire on “How to Live an Inspired Life”.

“It’s not about selling people, it’s about inspiring people about what could be in their lives”.

So there we have it โ™ฅ Inspire โ™ฅ. Be of service. Offer value. Inspire people through your marketing efforts and help them to have better lives and this in turn will make for better lives right across the planet. What’s not to LOVE? ๐Ÿ™‚ โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ

Have a great day everyone and I hope this inspired you ๐Ÿ™‚

We Live in a Marketer’s Dream Age!

I literally have trouble sleeping at night or trying to sleep longer in the mornings. I just want to get up and start creating. I feel as though a creative monster or super power has awakened in me!

My head spins with ideas for creation, marketing and inspiring others.

My breath gets taken away when I think of the potential for reaching the world through the internet and all of the tools and platforms available to us right now. And there are new ones coming out every day!

I am having so much fun playing with photo editors, video creation tools, social media platforms, engaging in groups, blogging and the list goes on and on and on. I see it all as art.

Thanks for taking the time to read what I felt I had to express today. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m bursting with JOYful exuberance about all of this.

Have a great day everyone!

And please, please see the opportunities before you… there are so many!

Business is Seed Planting

Life and Business are about planting seeds. Whether you are birthing a new idea, making a post on your Facebook page, or writing a blog post, you are planting seeds!

What is a seed?  A seed of any kind is unit of reproduction, capable of developing into another such plant/offspring.

What Kind of Seeds To Plant?

๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’…๐’” ๐’๐’‡ ๐’”๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’‘๐’๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’†๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’ˆ๐’“๐’๐’˜!!!

What are you looking to achieve in your business? Increased profits? Better revenues? More customer share? Added value?  No matter what you are looking to achieve, always plant seeds of value. Be and offer value to your current clients and customers and future clients and customers.

I personally add my own sprinkle of fertilizer in my seed planting and that is a sprinkling of servitude. No matter what I do, writing this blog post for example, I do it with an attitude of serving the world. I want to make a difference. I want to help people. I want to empower others and help them in their life and business. At the same time I am indeed planting seeds that may one day bloom.

Seeds that are planted, with value-added, can bloom into many things. New relationships, joint ventures, customers, clients, mentors, colleagues, increased revenues, new ideas, collaboration, support, and the list goes on! It never ends in fact.

So often in business we feel some things are tedious or mundane, like managing a Facebook page or making a blog post, but I challenge you to see the gift in the planting of the seeds. I myself, love managing social media and blogging, but I know many business owners do not. It’s not their JOY and that’s okay. However, every little thing that is done in servitude plants a seed that has the potential to grow into a big ole oak tree or a billion dollar company so all seeds count.

When we look at our tasks at hand as seeds, it does get a bit more encouraging doesn’t it? At least I think so ๐Ÿ™‚

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach, Nutritionist, Entrepreneur, Business Owner with years of experience in Traditional Business, Networkmarketing, Digital Marketing, Property Management, and Business Coaching. Maggie gets tremendous JOY in helping others to take their ideas and run with them. She believes that in the age of information and high tech, it is possible for anyone to soar simply by using their gifts and learning how to market them. And that the internet is a virtual goldmine for prosperity.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog! Here I will be sharing tips, trends, concepts, ideas, and anything to do with business, marketing , digital marketing, branding, social media, and more!

I have been a successful entrepreneur, multiple business owner, property manager, networkmarketer and business coach for the past 30 plus years.ย  I have a passion for helping both entrepreneurs and businesses to not only succeed, but to thrive!

I have had the pleasure ofย  working with many local businesses in my community,ย entrepreneurs, as well as businesses and owners all over the world throughout my years wearing my various hats ๐Ÿ™‚

I am a Certified Life Coach, Board Certified Nutritionist. Speaker, and workshop facilitator.ย  ย I feel that these areas of specialty bring me greater insight into current trends and transitions, especially in regards to the digital world.

I am also a forever student and always learning. I love both learning and sharing what I learn with those who are interested.

It is my hope that I am able to offer up some servitude and add value to my reader’s life and/or business. It is always my intention to serve and do whatever I can to make the world a better place. It gives me great JOY to help others, whether it is in regard to their life and happiness in general, or in expanding and creating an empowering business.

I really love that I am also seeing the artists of the world awakening to their gifts and rolling them into business models.

I am looking forward to sharing and caring here and if you are reading this, thank you for being here! ๐Ÿ™‚