This post is a part of the Double Your Followers blog tour to spread the word about April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course. Does hearing the word ‘marketing’ make your armpits start to drip with anxiety? Are you terrified of sounding salesy or like you have the personality of a dead blowfish? If so, come join me and 2,500+ entrepreneurs who are taking April’s latest CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. You can RSVP and watch for FREE. Yep, free. High fives, wildflowers, wine samples. Who doesn’t love free?

I’m really looking forward to April Bowles-Olin’s upcoming CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. When I began building my blog this year, my husband (a long-time CreativeLive fan) purchased one of her past courses, Build a Successful Creative Blog, as a surprise for me. After completing her course, I know that April is a focused, relatable instructor, who has much to offer. It is clear that she puts a great deal of thought into her courses, presenting material in an organized, coherent manner that makes it easy to remember. Furthermore, she provides students with actionable steps to take, which make the whole process of getting started less overwhelming. She gave me the courage to dive into the process when I was starting my blog.

In Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing, April is speaking on so many topics I want to learn about. I am looking forward to April building on some of the tools she presented in Build a Successful Creative Blog. Most of all, I’m eager to learn April’s tips for making marketing fun, so that it is not a chore. As a mother of two small children, I have enough chores as it is! I am especially anxious to get more details on how to develop my Instagram account and gain followers, as I just opened my first account and I have no idea what to do with it! I am also interested to hear her advice for optimizing use of other platforms, particularly Pinterest, as that is the platform that I know I enjoy the most.

Another area I would like to grow in, that April will be speaking on, is branding with visuals and taking “swoon-worthy photos.” I want to establish a distinctive style with my photography and I look forward to hearing more about what April has to say on this topic. When I am browsing Pinterest, there are definitely a few photographers whose work stands out to me and I want to eventually bring my photography up to that level. I want the photographers I admire to give my work a second glance. I know I have a long way to go to accomplish this goal, so I’m sure any advice April has on this topic will be valuable to me.

Growing my blog readership is one of my goals for this year. I want to put more thought into developing content that is artful and of value, while fulfilling my desire to write and create. With that, I want to know that someone is reading it!  I have no doubt that if I implement April’s course, step by step, I will have a cohesive marketing plan by the end of the course, better enabling me to connect with my ideal readers. I will be letting April know when my readership doubles!

If you have a blog or creative business, or are thinking about starting one, I highly recommend that you try April’s CreativeLive course, Double Your Followers with Creative Marketing. If you RSVP on CreativeLive, you will get an email reminder when it starts, so that you don’t miss it. The first free class begins on September 29th and will be live streaming from 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. Pacific. The bootcamp classes will continue during the weekdays through October 30th! As a mother with small children, I am so glad that April has divided this course up into one hour increments. This will make it so much easier to follow along while the class is streaming for free. A really good CreativeLive class can easily consume my day and distract me from the responsibilities of motherhood! However, I won’t feel guilty about setting aside one hour a day for me. I will look forward to it! Thank you, April and CreativeLive!

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Flavia
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Love your post and could really relate to it. BTW, nice to meet you Heather! I’m also on April’s blog tour and I’m looking forward to connecting with more creatives on her next bootcamp. :-)

Jillian Ellis
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Heather, I couldn’t agree more. I too took April’s Build a Successful Blog class and it was without a doubt the best investment I’ve made for my creative business. But not only that, April made everything so useful that it nurtured me as a learner along the way. Can’t wait to learn more form her this time around :)

Megan
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We’ll be instagram newbies together :) What a fun goal to practice photography.

Pretty Much Design (@HelloPrettyMuch)
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I can definitely relate to needing some help with Pinterest! I love pinning and often get sucked down into rabbit holes with it, but I feel like my “pin game” for my business is far from where it could and should be. I’ve been really trying to develop a distinctive style with my images for Instagram as well, but I feel like lately they are getting boring because I am trying to strictly stick to rules that I developed originally to help guide me while creating the very style I now have. I need to find ways to branch out from the rules that I created so that my images are more exciting while still maintaining a distinctive brand presence.

sagegrayson
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I want to take better photos for my blog this year too. About 60% of my traffic comes from Pinterest, so I want to make sure I’m attracting those folks.

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