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The Martial Arts Industry Association exists to help grow martial arts participation by helping school owners succeed. Many school owners are never exposed to the foundational business concepts necessary to run and grow a successful business. At MAIA, we can help fill that need, as we are made up of school owners who have walked in your shoes, know your struggles, and can help with strategies to elevate you from novice to a "blackbelt in business".

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Grow Your Online Presence in 2020

By: Cris Rodriguez, MAIA Digital Marketing Specialist

Over the past year, we’ve had over 200 school owners graduate from my 8-Week Marketing Mastermind Course. They took a deep dive into Facebook, Instagram, and Google Advertising, and learned how to use those major platforms to grow their Martial Arts Academy.

Many of them have seen amazing results with their new-found knowledge and skill set. However, many of them also realized that digital marketing can be time consuming and frustrating, especially if it’s not something you’re passionate about.

Most school owners have enough on their plate already. However, it is vital you have a presence on those major platforms.

Why? Because if you’re not, your competitor will be.

And this is exactly why I created Grow Pro Agency.

In the ever-changing online world, keeping up with the constant updates of social media can require not only your time, but also your energy.

And that’s why we’re here...

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Top 3 Digital Marketing Predictions for 2020

digital marketing Dec 26, 2019

With 2020 less than a week away, it's time to announce our top 3 predictions for digital marketing in the next year. See how you can use them to improve in 2020 and sign up for the next session of MAIA Foundations.

 

By: Cris Rodriguez, MAIA Digital Marketing Expert

A New Year is upon us which ultimately means change.

Are you ready for the ever changing world of digital marketing in the new year?

Many Martial Arts School Owners are strategizing and planning their upcoming year.  And with it also being the start of a brand new decade, aspirations and goals are being set high.

After being in the digital marketing game for the past 8 years, I’ve seen my fair share of trends and wanted to share my 2020 predictions for the online world.

1) Facebook Ad Costs Continue To Raise

While I think this is no-brainer, it’s important to mention this and more importantly to explain why Ad Costs continue to rise and how you can combat this.

In the 1st quarter...

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To Boost or Not to Boost?!

digital marketing Dec 03, 2019

By: Cris Rodriguez, MAIA Digital Marketing Expert

 

When a school owner fills out an application to work with my company, Grow Pro Agency, to see if we are good fit, one of the questions we ask is, “have you advertised on the Facebook Ads platform before.”

About 80% of our prospective clients end up saying something to the effect of, “Yes, I boost posts all the time.”

I wanted to quickly go over whether or not you should be boosting posts and what type of results you will get from them.

First, what is a boosted post?

There are 11 different Campaign Objectives inside of the Facebook Ads Manager, and Engagement is one of them.

A boosted post is simply an “Engagement Ad” where Facebook will put your ad in front of the audience of your choosing with the purpose of getting you engagement (likes, comments, shares). The reason why it is so popular, is because it is one of the few types of ads that you can create without having to go deep into the...

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Organic Social Media Posting Strategies that WORK!

digital marketing Nov 05, 2019

Social media doesn't have to be hard. Try these organic posting today and improve your following. If you want a done-for-you Social Media Calendar, check out MAIA Edge.

 

By: Cris Rodriguez, MAIA Digital Marketing Expert

As most of us know, The Facebook Ads Platform is a pay to play platform. Or as I like to call it, an invest for success platform.

But I hear it all the time - “Cris, Facebook Ads don’t work for me.”

Or, “I boosted a post and I didn’t get any new students.”

Or my personal favorite, “Facebook Ads are too expensive.”

All things considered, Facebook Ads are the most cost effective way to advertise.

Tell me any other channel that you can target your EXACT Avatar (insert explanation of Avatar here), show them the perfect messaging, at the perfect time, and convert them.

It’s truly amazing the power of digital marketing.

However, what most school owners don’t understand is that your Organic efforts actually...

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The Easiest Facebook Ad Campaign in the World: Lead Form Ads

digital marketing Sep 26, 2019

Learn how to set up your very first Facebook Ad Campaign with this step-by-step guide. Want more Facebook Ads training? MAIA Foundations is now open. Reserve your seat.

 

By: Cris Rodriguez, MAIA Digital Marketing Specialist

In the past 6 months, my Team and I at Grow Pro Agency have spent over $100,000 on Martial Arts Facebook Ads.

Dropping a six figure ad spend comes with a lot of responsibility, as well as a lot of data.

There are some nights that I even dream about Facebook ads, which just goes to show exactly how much time I’ve actually spent inside of the Facebook Ads Manager.

Pretty exciting dreams, I know.

I’ve also been teaching Martial Arts School Owners how to run Facebook Ads themselves, and we have had over 150 School Owners graduate from my 8 Week Marketing Mastermind Course.

So what does all of this have to do with this article?

Well, I’ve had a ton of experience running Facebook Ads as well as teaching them, and I wanted to show you what I...

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Google My Business: How to Get Your Studio to the Top of Google

digital marketing Aug 20, 2019

Not sure how to get your studio featured at the top of Google's Search Engine Results Page? Read MAIA Social Media Specialist, Cris Rodriguez' tips on dominating Google.

 

By: Cris Rodriguez, Social Media Specialist

Social Media (love it or hate it) is an absolutely effective communication and marketing tool for your Academy.

While there are many different platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram to help build your audience as well as brand awareness, today we are going to cover one of the least leveraged platforms: Google My Business.

Before we learn how to leverage it, we have to understand the type of marketing that Google is versus Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook and Instagram are interest based marketing. Meaning, our ads will be shown to users based on the data that they have provided while surfing the internet (websites they have visited, products they have purchased, etc).

Think about why people are on social media in the first place. It’s usually because they...

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