Big announcement, I’m packing up and moving. I’m heading over to Andrea’s website.  She’s got a place all set up for me.  But let me tell you, I’m not leaving – you can’t get rid of me that easily.  All my blog posts are over there, and my Facebook Tutorials and Twitter Tutorials. So it’s kinda homey. Watch the video for all the details!

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You are a smart cookie. You have something to teach. Why not host a workshop? But how do you get started? First you need to be able to have a place where people can learn more about your workshop and register for it. I reviewed three sites that can help you set up the registration and gave you the pros and cons of each.

1. Meetup.  This is a great site for connecting with people and finding local meetings and networking groups.  You can also host your own Meetup for $45/three months.  You can have as many as three groups with each account.  But you can also charge for your events.  All you need is a PayPal account and you will be all set to host your own workshops.  A word of warning, many meetup groups are free so there is an expectation that most events are free here.  So if you use Meetup for your workshop, I recommend you have a combination of free and paid events.  Many people are browsing through Meetup so there is a good chance people will “stumble” upon your workshop.

2.  EZRegister.  This site will help you register your attendees and it is reasonable.  Only a $1/ticket.  You can create a very customized registration page that looks fabulous. Again, this site uses PayPal. You can check recent post of getspool for more details about how EZregister works.

3.  Eventbrite.  Eventbrite has a couple of nice features including the option to embed the registration form in your website and the ability to have affiliates who can promote your website and earn a commission.  The benefit to having affiliates is that other people are promoting your event to a wider audience and increasing your exposure.  Who does not want to be more exposed?   The fees can add up for a higher priced event since they charge 2.5% per ticket (up to $9.95) plus a 3% credit card processing fee (PayPal charges 2.9% so that’s almost even steven).  But it can be worth it for the ability to add affiliates.

Watch my video for more pros and cons and to see the sites in action. Also, watch for my next post where I will talk about how to promote your workshop – the most important part. This is not a “build it and they will come” kinda thing!

 

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Grandma Mary Interviews Scott Stratten

March 28, 2011

While I was at SXSW I had the pleasure of interviewing Scott Stratten of UnMarketing.  If you don’t know him, he’s kind of a big deal on Twitter.   He also has the radical marketing concept that instead of pushing yourself down people’s throats, you position yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target [...]

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Amy Harrison at SXSW

March 18, 2011

More SXSW reporting! In this video I talk with the fabulous Amy Harrison about why she has come all the way from England to attend SXSW. Make sure you head over to her site and grab her free 30 Templates for Creating Attention-Grabbing Headlines – I have it and it rocks. She also helps people [...]

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Grandma Interviews Guy Kawasaki

March 15, 2011

I was able to snag an interview with Guy Kawasaki at South by Southwest (also known as SXSW).  Guy is the founder of Alltop and just wrote Enchantment; The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. In this interview, he shares with us what Enchantment means and describes Push and Pull marketing.  His book is [...]

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Grandma does SXSW

March 13, 2011

I’m out at South by Southwest in Austin, TX or SXSW as it is called or even South by for the extra cool people (or lazy people, however you prefer to look at it). I’m here to network with people, meet people I’ve followed for years online and make new connections. The conference has a [...]

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Video Sharing with BlipSnips

March 9, 2011

Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing John Bliss, CEO of BlipSnips.  BlipSnips (besides being incredibly fun to say as you will see in the video) is a video sharing application designed to make video more social. BlipSnips can be used on your iPhone, Facebook and on the web.   It’s very easy to use, thanks [...]

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Four Ways to Connect to More People on LinkedIn

March 7, 2011

Are you using LinkedIn effectively? Connecting to more people isn’t the only name of the game but it’s a place to start. Here are four basic ways to increase your connections on LinkedIn. 1.  People You May Know. Click on Contacts, Add Connections and the fourth tab will be People You May Know.  And it’s [...]

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How and Why to Like Other Facebook Pages as Your Page

February 18, 2011

With all the Facebook changes lately it’s easy to get confused. My head is spinning. Now, you can Like another Page as your Facebook Page and comment on their Page as your Page. And Like a comment on a Page as your Page. So much Liking to do and so little time!  But why is [...]

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How to Promote Affiliate Products on your Facebook Page

February 16, 2011

This question came in from a loyal reader and I thought I’d make it into a tutorial.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with affiliate marketing, in a nutcake, it’s basically promoting someone else’s product with your own special link that will track if you get a sale.  If you do, you will get [...]

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