I will be teaching a class on "Social Media 101" in February
As part of my ongoing effort to push myself outside of my comfort zone, I will be teaching a class on "Social Media 101" at Gracy Title's Spicewood Springs office on February 18th from 2-3pm. I arranged for an SEO class to be taught just before mine by Ben Finklea, CEO of Volacci Search Marketing. (I stole the header above from my friend's email invite for the event.)
The cost to attend will be $25 for one class, or $35 for both. If things go well, I may work toward getting a class approved for MCE credit (perhaps "Online Real Estate Marketing" or something similar). Since my company is already MCE-approved to teach courses on short sales, adding another class shouldn't be that difficult to achieve.
Ben and I have also discussed the possibility of hosting a full-day seminar on social media and SEO, although that is still in the formative stages.
Since the audience at Gracy Title will primarily be made up of other local Realtors, I will focus on ActiveRain as a primary blogging platform, and we will discuss Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. I don't think I will have time to cover more than that, and depending on how it goes, we may expand it to two hours for future classes. I intend to give plenty of tips on blogging and building an online audience during my presentation. Also, I hope to keep it interesting!
My good friend, Allison Craig, is a marketing rep for Gracy Title, and she thinks that this will lead to additional teaching opportunities once the other reps at her company find out about it.
I have recently been asked to host a roundtable for another local title company, although that is not on the calendar as of yet.
If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would be known locally as a social media "expert" and sought after to teach this subject, I'm not sure that I would have believed you. In fact, if you mentioned social media to me back then, I am not certain that I would have understood the term! I look forward to getting started down this new and exciting path, and I am open to the opportunities that come my way.
A few weeks ago, I was even nominated in the Texas Social Media Awards, which is being hosted by the Austin American-Statesman! If you would like to leave a comment there to support me, they are taking all comments into consideration: http://budurl.com/jasoncrouch.
If you are interested in attending either or both of these classes, please RSVP to Allison Craig - firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-423-9419.