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Facebook biz pages .. Are they worth it?


I’m Christine, and most of my connections that haven’t come from offline family and friends have come from Facebook.


I have had a preference for Facebook, as it is where I have managed to build deeper connections and relationships with people due the personal sharing nature of it as a social media network.

A couple of years ago, I didn’t feel as comfortable with it, and although could straight away see the potential for building business relationships, I also saw that it was a long haul type of strategy …. meaning that this was only gonna really work for those who invest personally in their friends on Facebook. I struggled with sharing myself on Facebook and felt way more introverted than usual!!!

Socially I’m a listener, and an observer, so sharing myself directly was a jump out of my comfort zone ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

… I had that added protection vibe too for my family and kids lives !! I quickly learned about privacy settings and the skill to operate different info so that different sets of people saw different things ( family pics for family etc) until I grew comfortable with a standard I now use public ( apart from content o share in particular forums/group)

I see all the time, people who flash around, posting lifestyle images, before and after images after using different products with clear intention to direct their audience to their business ….

Personally, I’ve always been drawn to more authentic measures, people who I can get to know outside of business. It helps me to connect them to their business and that helps me connect to their business!!! (I followed a lady once that promoted a minimalist lifestyle and via getting to know her on Facebook and blog I joined a challenge to jump off the ladder and create a simplistic life!!)

Trust, loyalty, connection and inspiration …. those are the things that surround any connection I have made on Facebook around business!

Of course I have made mistakes … Once I bought clothes straight from Facebook … They came from China looking like half the quality from the pictures and I learned my lesson fast!

When someone connects with me through my business for the first time, I direct them to my personal page straight away! If I cannot meet them personally, I will definately encourage phone call, Skype etc. and will give the person a chance to get a yes feeling from the interaction …

That way there is an open door for me to help / serve and provide value … even if it’s just a product I’m organizing a delivery for, if the interaction is personal it is more satisfying, and the customer will more readily seek my advise or support, this assists the transaction to become an authentic exchange between two people!!!

Facebook pagesย 

I have a few for my different businesses Health .Art .Blog .

Facebook do not like us to directly sell from a personal profile … which I think is fair enough given how tacky it looks when I see a direct product placement or add from a personal page … I just get a NO feeling … It’s different however to read about a persons DAY at work, as it’s a personal connection /experience, and is helping me connect to that person, so I enjoy those posts of personal growth in business etc.


Business / fan pages were set up for direct business interaction! They can also be used to attract people to a brand, and can contain lots of entertaining images and videos apart from sales or product info … a bit like a shop window to ย drawn attention in!!!

You can directly sell from a Facebook page, or ask someone to opt in by asking for their email address to get more info about product/service …. you can even pay for adds that will be shown to target audiences that you set up !!

It can all be a bit overwhelming!!!

I’ve had a bit of Facebook training, and played around with adds on Facebook … but honestly, the best engagement I get on my page comes from connections I’ve made personally … from two types of people.

1. From my fb friends and fans that see and like my content!

2. Business connections: those I network with as a part of different forum groups/ communities that have aspects of business in common and reciprocate support each other ( sometimes this leads to promoting each other’s businesses and buying directly from each other!)

Plus … There’s no limit to fans that can like and engage in your page, whereas there is a limit to your personal friends.

Recently I did a Facebook page 21 day challenge with a group of holistic therapists that was really quite grounded in this approach, promoting long term persistence consistency relationship building strategies that are congruent to the type of authentic business I am currently building

Here’s my Testemony for the creative bizย 

What’s your experience?

Ps: I have gained a lot of skills in promoting myself through video messages and outline the benefits of the light it up video marketing challenge, where i continue to learn and grow check it out !

Thanks for reading, feel free to share and connect on Facebook if you haven’t already ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Family wholefood health comp!

Sharing my first Facebook page competition!!

 Prize is a surprise!!

I can tell you it will help you add a bit of health to your daily routine!!

The draw is on the 15th August

All you do is like and share the competition post at Family Wholefood Health then add your name in the comments.

I hope your feeling lucky!!

Feel free to tag friends….

…. And hopefully I’ll be able to reach the milestone of 600 likes on my page!!

 Best of luck!!!

Christine x 
*inspiring healthy living

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one simple change

One Simple Change

Have you considered upgrading your eating habits? Picture how you would feel on a de-clutter style of eating habits!! ….

More energy, uplifted, clear skin, lighter,vibrant??
How about …

Getting up before the alarm clock, watching hair and nails grow with ease, seeing the glow through the skin and having a skip in your step!!

It’s so possible to achieve this ๐Ÿ™‚

however ….

Old habits can die hard!! This can be tough to take on board in one shot!!!!

As a family we enjoyed working this challenge in increments that set us up to benefit successfully from the programme … AND YOU CAN TOO!!

It starts with ย One Simple Change!!!

….for 30 days address one simple change that is realistic, achievable, and beneficial to your health eg. drink more water, get outside more, less caffeinated drinks etc.

After the 30 days add one more!!!!

……and in another 30 days keep those two changes and add another!!!!

1 simple change is worthwhile!! Any step in the direction towards clean eating, and getting nutrition into the body, less stress, drinking water and getting enough sleep, has value and are the best stepping stones towards health and wellbeing. This is the ethos of the healthyliving programme moving forward!


So many times we embark on ‘all or nothing’ fitness regimes, or diets that yield us short term results and leave us with a sense of failure in the long term, when the will power muscle relaxes, or fatigue overwhelms motivation!

One simple change is the motto here, and simple steps towards the longer term gain.

Thanks to all the interest, support and encouragment, we have a group for customers and interested families that helps us stay inspired !! Good news is you are welcome to join … find our facebook community One Simple Change for families here

heres a short video by the wellness channel on ‘the science of healthy eating’

Hope it may help to add to your journey into wellness ….

Get thinking on YOUR first simple change to embark on for the next 30 days!!

This months suggestion was to drink less coffee and more water!!ย 

What simple change will you make?

PS: visit Family Wholefood Health to stay connected with our latest information on bridging the health gap!!

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6 month family trial of juiceplus

Rachel shares her family’s journey currently after a 6 month trial of juiceplus.  Rachel is a dear friend I introduced to fruit, veg and berry capsules, initially to bridge the gap for her son who would not eat the daily allowance of fruit and veg, and was suffering symptoms of an auto immune disease psoriasis.

rachel with her sister julliette. Rachel originally from Bantry, now lives in Thurles Tipperary with her husband and family.

February 2015 what is different, in my health and my family’s health now compared to 6 months ago – I haven’t had a migraine in 6 months, my psoriasis is almost gone, 3 days after minor surgery on my leg the nurse changing my dressing said she had never seen such good recovery so quick! I haven’t had my usual 2 lots of antibiotics for strep throat, I’ve had every winter for the last 5 or 6 years. I continue to have great energy, even though I need less sleep, it’s just a better quality sleep. Daniel has no joint pain after training anymore, his psoriasis has stayed away, except for Christmas when routine went by the wayside I soon got him back on track and it cleared up again within 2 weeks. David is out in the morning at 6.30 back at 8pm, thankfully I don’t worry about him falling asleep at the wheel anymore, again he also has more energy. Thankfully so far this winter the girls have had no trips to the doctors, All positive – I look forward to updating you again, Thanks for reading.

Rachel is available to connect via facebook. This is where she originally shared her testemonial as well as at our local events in Thurles.

Ps: check out my two yr anniversary in the wholefood capsules ๐Ÿ˜Š