Local Figures and Identities Achieving Amazing Results

Local figures and identities achieving amazing results often quietly go unknown and we have some incredibly community focused people walking among us. One passionate local identity is well-known Real Estate Agent Madeleine Hicks.

Most locals know Madeleine and her butterfly logo. However, there is much more to Madeleine than just real estate. Madeleine spends every spare moment she has giving back to the community and making the world a better place.

Madeleine is the driving force behind the NOW Business Network. Their motto is Business Building Community and her philosophy is that communities can support each other be it through business, schools, charitable groups or local residents wanting to give back. Everyone has something to give and make where they live a better place. Madeleine always says, “Sharing is Caring”.

When there’s a call out for those in need Madeleine is always there be it a local school community or charity, a networking group or organising many projects such as the recent appeal for dog food for Farmers suffering throughout the drought and not being able to feed their dogs; or over the last 9 years the FREE Easter Egg Hunt and celebrations locally; letters from Santa; helping and contributing to the Bunya Lions FREE Christmas Carols in the Park which is on Saturday 15 December this year at Mitchelton (if you wish to give to the Bunya Lions Christmas Carols in the Park the go fund me page is https://www.gofundme.com/lions-carols-in-the-park ) and the Smith Family Appeal.

So, with this in mind celebrating Christmas is one of the best times of the year and giving back at Christmas to those less fortunate is a small way we can all celebrate, share the love and put a smile on a child’s face. Madeleine has again put the call out to the local community to do that by supporting the Smith Family’s Toy and Book Drive.

The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Drive is an opportunity for everyone to help out and the idea is simple. If you only do one thing for someone else this Christmas please consider this appeal. I know my kids always loved picking out something for a kid that they knew would love it Christmas morning and dropping it off under the donation trees. It goes a long way to teaching them about the true Christmas spirit by doing these small things.

Donating a toy or book is easy and you can drop it off to Madeleine’s office at 2/6 Trouts Road, Everton Park before Tuesday 4 December. Let’s share the love this Christmas.


Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

Help Liam raise funds for Movember

Movember Foundation

If you’re wondering why there are some odd-looking mustaches around and thinking that maybe you’ve stepped back in time to the 80’s fear not it’s Movember again.

Again, this Movember for the 9th year, Liam Culverhouse has taken up the challenge and as in years past, he is again looking quite boyish until his facial hair grows back. Liam has raised over $9,000 in total since 2010.

Movember is about encouraging men to talk about their health issues and raising much-needed funds.

Liam has had friends and family members who have experienced men’s health issues first hand this makes him a very passionate advocate for Movember.

Movember is held every November and raises funds for research on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention. Movember has changed the way men’s health is treated and talked about. 45 men die from prostate cancer every hour. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men under 40 and every minute a man dies from suicide. The good news is that Movember is making a difference in men’s lives.

Movember is the only solely focused on men’s health charity that is global. The idea of the no-shave is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. The idea is to donate the money you would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educated about cancer prevention, save lives and aid those fighting the battle.

The Movember Foundation is ranked 49th out of the top 500 non-governmental organisations in the world and they have funded over 1200 men’s health projects since inception in 2003. They are working towards halving the number of deaths from prostate and testicular cancer by 2030. Movember runs for November 1 – 30 every year, though you can donate all year. If you’re keen to get involved there are many events happening and it’s easy to find one near you via this link https://au.movember.com/events.

Liam is conservatively aiming at raising $1,000 (he’s already at $610 so he only needs a little help to get him to his goal) for Movember let’s see if we can help this dedicated local along. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and you’ll feel good helping providing much-needed funding for men’s health projects.


Written by Robyn Baker, Busy Connecting

How to keep your Facebook page active and engaging

Imagine if your Facebook page was a brick and mortar store and your posts were the products on the shelves. Would your store be inviting to a customer? Would your products be shiny, attractive, fresh and interesting... or would you products be old, dusty and abandoned?

For your Facebook business page to engage your audience you have to keep it active. That means posting interesting, informative, inspiring material on a REGULAR basis. Facebook actually rewards business pages that have highly engaged followers.

What is an engaged follower?

An engaged Facebook follower is one who likes and shares your posts, comments on them and even tags others. Your engaged followers may already be customers or raving fans, or they might just be passing through your page as they saw a post they liked. If you don’t have more posts they can relate to, they’ll leave until the next time you can grab their attention.

The key then is to have you page filled with posts that entertain, educate and engage your target market. Most importantly, engaged followers become customers. And that’s what you want, right?

But keeping up the content on your page can be hard work. I’ll get to a solution soon!

First you need to understand what you’re up against.

Facebook have made it harder to engage... for a reason

Facebook has reduced the reach of our posts. But why would they do that? Isn’t it supposed to be a platform that’s all about connecting people?

Simple - Facebook wants us to pay!!

Facebook is a business after all - a BIG business. They’ve given us a free ride for a really long time. Now we need to open up our wallets if we want our stuff to be seen.

It’s no use wanting it to be different, that’s the reality.

Facebook still offers up one of the cheapest forms of digital advertising. Have you looked at the cost of Google AdWords recently? Some keywords are almost $60 per click! Facebook ads will set you back between $1 and $3 per click, or if you’re a clever marketer, sometimes as low as 25 cents per click.

Trust me though, with 2.27 billion monthly active users, Facebook doesn’t have a problem with self-worth and will continue upping their prices to as high as the market will bear.

Let’s try then to beat them a little at their own game!

One easy way to increase engagement on your page

This is super simple and yet so many businesses overlook it.

Are you ready?

Post inspirational and motivational quotes!

You heard it. Much as you might be over them, millions upon millions of daily likes, shares and comments on these pretty little memes prove that people still love them.

Quotes can help to fill your Facebook business page with fresh, interesting, inspiring content that will engage your audience.

When you add your business logo and/or website to a quote that gets shared, you are marketing your business at no extra cost!

Facebook page

3 steps to making inspirational quotes – for free

  1. Think of a theme that aligns with your business. For example, if you’re in the real estate industry that could be ‘new home’ or ‘real estate’ or ‘my own home.’
  2. Type in your theme to Google eg: ‘new home quotes’ and your search will turn up a MASSIVE amount of quotes to choose from. Cut and paste your favourites and save in a document.
  3. Sign up to a free account on Canva. Here’s where you get creative. Canva has plenty of design templates you can use. They’re even sized for the various social media platforms! Choose one of their free images, add your quote text, upload and add your logo and then save and download.

There you have it – your very own, branded inspiration quote ready to post to your Facebook or Instagram page!

How often should you post quotes?

Once a week - on top of your other social media posts - is often enough to post an inspirational quote to your page. More than that and people will get bored.

You might even consider posting on a specific day so your audience looks forward to them – Motivational Monday is a great way to start the week!

Here’s an even easier way to get branded quotes for your page

If you like the idea of having a branded quote on your page every week but you don't really have the time to muck around with finding quotes, scrolling through images, creating the designs and uploading them to your page, I have a solution!

Grab some Social Swipes from me!

Social Swipes are motivational and inspirational quotes that are created especially for you to target your industry! I have a huge and growing library of quote themes to suit many businesses:

  • real estate agents
  • financial planners
  • lawyers
  • coaches
  • marketers
  • team leaders
  • education providers
  • career and employment agencies
  • beauticians and
  • hairdressers

with loads more being added every week!

Every Social Swipe is branded with your logo and scheduled by me to appear on your Facebook page once a week for SIX MONTHS!

Imagine the time you’ll save with one less post to think about every week. It will also keep you page connecting, engaging and thriving. These feel-good quotes are designed to be shared which means more reach for your business... without the need to advertise!

Contact me today and let’s get your Facebook engagement happening!






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If you know of any women starting their business then we would love to have her at our event, where she will hear from women who have done it and succeeded and are now sharing their knowledge.

This event is all about supporting women to be successful and we would love you to join us.

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Just returned from a 3 day workshop with Dr Fred Grosse. What an amazing experience. Dr Fred's message is simple. Write down your goals and put a plan in place to implement them. Remember "Refuse to participate in this Recession". Amazing opportunities out there at the moment for wealth creation.