Using Google+ Communities Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/savvysmilinginlove/5424075943/…and engage with a global community. Sarah Evans, Chief Evangelist, Tracky, email@example.com, 224.789.8314 www.tracky.com
plus.google.comGoogle+ Communitiesare groups for sharedinterests via theGoogle+ socialnetwork.There are variousprivacy settingsdepending on whetheryou’d like yourCommunity public ornot. Click here for more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/communities/
When creating yourgroup, decide if you’dlike it to be public (i.e.anyone can find, joinand post) or private(i.e. only invitedmembers can join andsee what is shared).NOTE: You can set upa requirement torequest permission tojoin a public group.
You can edit your Community name along Add a photo that will with the short help to easily community bio at identify your anytime. Community. Categories are a uniquefeature for Communities. Segment the types of conversations you think people may have. Youcan always update these later. Click the “x” to delete a category or “Add category” to add a new one.
Use your description toaccomplish a few things:• Describe your Community in 1-2 sentences.• Requirements for joining.• Moderator rules.• Reasons members may have content removed.• Anything you think members should know.
If you’re the moderator for aCommunity, a few tips to consider:• Adding in additional moderators, especially if you have a large Community. It’s tough for one person to moderate for hundreds (or more).• Know your Community rules and guidelines and stick to them -- for everyone.• Be open to change and feedback. It’s a community.• Set up your notifications settings to a frequency that works for you.• Block off time on your calendar daily to check in with your Community.
You can plan in person, online orspecific Google+ Hangout eventsfor your Community. Maybe it’san engagement party,professional meetup or onlineeducation.Include your event name, time,date, location and any additionaldetails.You can also include a customheader theme.When you have all details filledout, select who from your Google+ connections you’d like to invite.
Find interesting or useful ways to integrate Google+ Hangouts.
The Public Relations Community set up Google+ Expert Hangouts on scheduled days and times.Featured experts are given 30 minutes to provide 4 teaching moments and then attendees have 30 minutes to ask questions.
To create a Google+Hangout in your event,select “Event Options” and then “Advanced.” You have two types of Hangouts you can create:1. “Google+ Hangout:” A Hangout only for your Community. Noone else will be allowed to view; or2. “On air:” Anyone has the ability to view the event.
To include things likea link to your websiteor blog, a ticket selleror your YouTubechannel, you mustselect “Showadditional fields”under “Advanced”options.
If you want to find more people tojoin your Community, try these tips:• Share the Community on your public Google+ profile;• Share your Community’s URL on other social networks, like: Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin;• If you have a niche Community like “Higher Education in Nevada,” search for more broad Communities with potential members;• Include a call-to-action and link in your email signature• Add a call-to-action and link on your blog or website• Send a personal email to people you think might be interested.
Questions? Send me a tweet @PRsarahevans or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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