1st Ever Blogging Seminar in Grand Rapids, Michigan...A Great Success!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate

Noto's Old World Style Italian Restaurant was the setting for the 1st Ever Blogging Seminar for Real Estate Professionals.  The event, was well attended in-spite of a severe winter storm that surprised everyone in the middle of April! The seminar sparked a lot of interest and discussion about the implications of this revolutionary new technology for marketing and networking.  Most attendees had little or no prior experience with blogging

Blogging Seminar- Notos Restaurant, Grand Rapids, MichiganThe 2 hour presentation included a wonderful meal served with excellence by the staff of Noto'sTony Noto, the owner was personally on hand to ensure that no detail was missed. This beautiful, newly renovated world class facility has the capacity to cater to groups of up to 700 but can also provide small intimate arch coved gathering rooms for groups as small as 2-4!  It was a superbly fitting setting for this historic event!

Lola Audu was introduced by Ethan Dozeman of Platinum Realty Group who also shared the incredible success he has experienced in 30 days of blogging on Active Rain.  A multi-media presentation which linked to the Internet for participants to see "real time" search engine results demonstrated to attendees the power of Blogging to increase search engine optimization & significantly expand the results of marketing efforts. 

Lola's presentation provided seminar participants with easy to follow steps to get started on blogging and precise information about Blogging Do's & Don'ts.  The Seminar was Sponsored by First American Title Company, America's Preferred Home Warranty Company & First Horizons Home Loans.  One lucky winner won the GPS Global Navigational System...an appropriate prize for an event which is providing Michigan Real Estate Agents & other Related Professionals associated with the Housing industry with Positive New Innovative Options to Navigate & Succeed in a challenging market. 

Blogging Seminar, Notos Restaurant, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Seminar participants filled out detailed surveys of their impressions of the event.  The response was overwhelmingly positive with many indicating a desire for a follow-up.  Here are some of the responses received from today's seminar.  All quotes are used with permission.

Margaret Kass- Real Estate Agent: " This gave me a good taste of the future.  Although this seminar pushed my tech limits, it is a good start!"

Bill Pearl - Real Estate Broker:  "All very good & clear.  This demystifies websites and Blogging.  I had no idea that Blogging could be used for business.  I thought it was just social."

Scot Kellogg - Real Estate Agent/Builder:  When asked if he would recommend this seminar to a friend, " Yes, this is Very Relevant."

Renee Rothenthaler - Real Estate Agent remarked:  " Blogging is the New Information Pipeline for customers & ourselves."

Donna Batdorff - Real Estate Agent & Current President of Grand Rapids Chapter of Women's Council of Realtors:  "Absolutely Excellent Presentation!  Material was great but I think the presentation of it was very effective."

Jay Spencer - Real Estate Broker:  " This was very well laid out & thought out.  Everyone can take something from this!"

Penny Nowakowski - Interior Designer & Stager:  "I'm grateful to know ways to market myself that are effective with today's prospects!"

Tracy Greenman - Current Member of Active Rain Community Network: "If utilized, this will take your business to the next level!"

Kathy Thayer - Mortgage Loan Originator:  " Yes, this was very informative & interesting!  I had NO idea about blogging for marketing.  Lola did a great job!

Sarah Baar - Mortgage loan Officer:  "This helped me with the first step."

All Seminar participants who indicated a desire to do so will be invited to join Active Rain!  We are very excited about the launch of this program and the impact it will have within the real estate professional community!  To View a Show Featuring Highlights of the Seminar, Click on any of the Pictures or here.

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Christy Powers
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THey have seminars for this now.....I have been out of it for too long. That is awesome.
Apr 12, 2007 03:37 AM #8
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Hi Jeff,  Thanks for your comment.  We are so thankful for how things turned out inspite of the freak winter snow storm.  Everyone pulled together & made it a memorable educational event!

 

Apr 12, 2007 03:50 AM #9
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Hi Kaushik,  Thanks for your comment.  I can appreciate your sentiments.  The truth is that even now, the Internet is evolving into Web 3.0.  Technology will continue to change.  In fact the seminar started with the following statement:  "Change is the Only Constant!  New & innovative ways to serve people will continue to develop.  My goal in training is to have an industry in which serious professionals have the tools to be competent & serve the public in a way that enables our profession to continue to exist!
Apr 12, 2007 03:53 AM #10
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Ethan, Thanks for the important role you played in the presentation yesterday.  Giving participants the opportunity to see how this works in the real world with a New Blogger was....Awesome!
Apr 12, 2007 03:55 AM #11
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Stefan Scholl
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Congratulations, Lola, on hosting such an outstanding event.  This must have been a tremendous amount of work.  Reading your bio, it sounds like you were born to teach others.  Great job!
Apr 12, 2007 05:50 AM #12
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John Novak
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Sounds like a terrific event! Great food, great networking and some great presentations to help agents start or expand their online presence. Congratulations!

Apr 12, 2007 06:47 PM #14
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Hi Frank,  Thanks for your comment.  You know, I had a digital recorder all set up to record the event & during the presentation did not push the record button!  I will be recording the session in some fashion probably with the assistance of someone who produces quality recordings in the future.  I think seminar participants would benefit from being able to refer to an audio in addition to the notes they were provided.  I would love to hear what you did with your presentation.  I visited your website & was very impressed!
Apr 12, 2007 11:59 PM #15
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Hi Tammy,  Thanks for your comments!  I'm so glad that you were able to attend the seminar & that the information provided was valuable to you.  Yep, I do work hard...but the post was a result of catching up on work after taking a good solid "nap" earlier during the evening. :)
Apr 13, 2007 12:00 AM #16
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Christy, Coming soon to a location near you.... Blogging Seminars & More About Blogging Seminars! :)

Hi Stephan, Thanks for your comment.  We were very pleased with the turn-out and the response.  This is an area which members of the real estate community are not very familiar with & the goal was to provide positive, innovative information to move our profession forward inspite of the challenges we have faced in our state recently.

Apr 13, 2007 12:04 AM #17
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Hi Eloise,  Thanks for your comments & Congratulations.  We were very pleased with the results & hope to do more to educate our membership in the near future.

Hi John, Thanks for your comment!  The seminar did provide some extraordinary networking opportunities as we had individuals from a variety of different areas of the real estate industry.  It reminded me of the synergy that happens everyday here on Active Rain!

Apr 13, 2007 12:10 AM #18
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Lola,

Your professionalism made this work!!!  It was a pleasure to bring this knowledge to the real estate community.  Thank you for allowing me to sponsor this event.  I can't wait until the next one!!

Apr 13, 2007 06:33 AM #19
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Missy Caulk
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I am so disappointed I couldn't make it, but I will be there next time.
Apr 14, 2007 10:04 AM #20
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Mary Kent
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Lola,

It was nice to meet you at the seminar. I went right home, created my profile and composed my 1st blog! Needless to say I was blown away by the presentation!

Thank you,

Mary Kent

Apr 14, 2007 11:30 AM #21
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Hi Keith, Hey, I was working with the best...what can I say!  You guys were all so great, it's a privilege to work with a team of people who see an opportunity, assess it correctly & then go for it!  I remain grateful to have this experience & look forward by God's grace to many more!
Apr 14, 2007 12:04 PM #22
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Missy,  It was such awful weather, we were thankful for all who braved it.  I'd love to meet you at one of these seminars.  There was a very enthusiastic response from participants to do an Advanced Class as well.  Thank you for your comment & interest!
Apr 14, 2007 12:10 PM #23
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Wow, Mary Congratulations on your First Blog!  I read it & you did a great job!  Thank you for bringing positive focus & attention to our rapidly expanding downtown area in Grand Rapids.
Apr 14, 2007 12:12 PM #24
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Ed Vogt
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The seminar was a great success, and the food was fabulous!  Great job on the video, too. 
Apr 17, 2007 01:12 AM #25
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Penny Nowakowski
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I was so glad I was able to attend the seminar. Throughout my career I have been to hundareds of workshops and seminars and yours ranks at the top.  I love hearing you speak. You are elloquent! I definately will be at the next one.

Penny Nowakowski

Apr 17, 2007 08:45 AM #26
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Hi Ed, Thanks for your comment!  I'm so thankful that you were able to attend the conference & enjoy yourself.  I enjoy reading your blog posts & I'm happy to see you climbing up the ranks as a Michigan Blogger!
Apr 22, 2007 04:25 AM #27
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Thanks Penny!  I am so glad you enjoyed the seminar!  It was so good to see you again.  You are a wonderful writer and communicator & I enjoy reading your blog posts.  Thank you so much for the compliment; sharing information in a way that enriches and helps others is my passion. 
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