Blogging Wiz, If Ever a Wiz There was!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

First ever Blogging course approved for Con Ed in the United States!

Ann Arbor, MI was the location of a much anticipated blogging event hosted by the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors.  They were two back to back blog courses given by noted Blogger Lola Audu. Ms. Audu taught the lively group about the development of social networking.
She dealt with the conceptual aspects as well as the nuts and bolts.  She touched on where society is moving as a whole and what the Gen X & Y members would expect.

Marian Gregor, Lola AuduMs. Audu suggested some of her favorite books. One is about Survival techniques-

“Mere Survival today depends on being able to do something that overseas workers can’t do cheaper, that powerful computers can’t do faster, and that satisfies one of the nonmaterial, transcendent desires of an abundant age”
Daniel Pink, author A Whole New Mind
Grown Up Digital   by Don Tapscott  How the young movers think.
Groundswell   by Forester Research  tells how to incorporate this movement into ones business.

Some of the questions that she so eloquently answered
Why Blog?
What works?
Who should set it up?
Search Engine Optimization- Get more?
Measure how successful are your efforts
Creating online Loyalty
Do you need Animation, audio, video?
Are tags important?
Should you tell a story?

 The second topic covered Blogging & Ethics for the Real Estate Professional

Some quick snippets-   
Long tail
Web1.0 Marketing vs Web2.0
Naymz, counterguide, freefind……

A big Thank You to Ms. Audu for providing the most enlightening continuing education I’ve had in my 20+ year Real Estate career. If it’s offered near you- take it!


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Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!

Marian, it was so nice to have the opportunity to meet you today in Ann Arbor!  Time went by so quickly.  It's amazing how the connection of blogging brings people together.  I felt as though I was meeting an old friend. 

Feb 19, 2009 02:52 PM #1
Eileen Begley
Coldwell Banker, DelMonte - Carmel, CA
Monterey Real Estate

Marian; sounds like a very well thought out and indepth look at blogging. Nice!

Feb 19, 2009 03:44 PM #2
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Marian, Did you ever think 5 years ago that today there would be con ed for blogging?  I never would have but that is excellent news.

Feb 19, 2009 11:41 PM #3
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Lola, Thanks again. You were awesome!

Eileen, It was terrific. In fact, my Ann Arbor KW office will book it for the entire offices' con ed.

Barb, You are so right! I remember when, about 3 years ago the top dog at Homestore was going to blog for the Realtors(R). We all had a collective 'Huh'?

Feb 20, 2009 06:07 AM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Marian, Thank you for thepost.I will check out Lola's book. I enjoy her posts.

Feb 20, 2009 09:33 PM #5
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Marian, sounds like a good learning session.  I will have to check out Utterli, that's one that I don't believe I know about.

Feb 21, 2009 01:37 AM #6
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Gita, She suggested 3 good ones. They are now on my must read list.

Gena, Utterli sounded pretty interesting. The whole thing was interesting!

Feb 23, 2009 09:29 AM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Marian!  I'm SO jealous that you got to meet Lola--she certainly is a 'hero' to many here in the Rain and I would have LOVED to hear her lecture!  Glad you got to enjoy it as well as learn from the expert!

And, I have to say--your posts look AMAZING!  GREAT job Marian!

Debe in Charlotte NC 

Feb 24, 2009 02:27 PM #8
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

I'm with Debe, I am so jealous that you got to not just meet Lola but spend the day listening to her words of wisdom.  Thanks for sharing the photo and update with us.

Feb 27, 2009 08:43 AM #9
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi  Marian, I'm impressed that your Board of Realtors is that forward thinking.  The times are changing and what a statement your Board makes with this course.  I would have loved it!!! Might be time to nudge our local board.  Enjoyed this post, thanks.

Mar 01, 2009 05:56 AM #10
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Lucky you taking  a class from Audu - we have 2 classes at our local level and have one more with credit coming up.

Mar 01, 2009 02:04 PM #11
494,722 ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals - Dallas, TX

How cool I should teach those classes new associate have 2 days spent on computer skills ! ! !

Have a great and successful week.

Mar 11, 2009 01:40 PM #12
Marian Gregor-Ann
Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Arbor area Real Estate

Debe, Lola was absolutely amazing! Thanks for the kind words about my posts. You are my inspiration!   Diane, Lola was so good that she had the entire class on the edge of their seats and no one left early!   Gail, It took some 'arm twisting' to get the course approved for con ed. The contacts at the state dept of licensing didn't even know what blogging was!!!  Kathleen, That is a sign of the times, isn't it? Credit for social networking class. How times have changed!  Lynn, Yes. Maybe you SHOULD teach these classes!!!

Mar 15, 2009 03:06 PM #13
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

Must have been an awesomely educational event!  Lola has been inspiring readership here at Active Rain from the beginning!  I am SURE your life has changed since the class!

Diane Rice

Mar 25, 2009 01:50 AM #14
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