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A crash course in G+introducingGoogle+ for Businesses
Agenda• Intro / Background• What is Google+?• Why should you care?• Website integration• Getting started• Circles, Ripples, Sparks, Hangouts
Who is this guy?• BBA from • CEO of Motive8 Media CapilanoU, diploma in Inc. (founded 2009) web development, self- – Web development and taught in Internet Internet Marketing for Marketing SMB • CEO of Popcorn (founded 2011) – Social Media and PR for restaurants and hospitality
Social Media is NOT New• Social media includes web-based and mobile technologies used to turn communications into interactive dialogue. – Source: Wikipedia
In the beginning…
Social Media in 2012
David vs Goliath
What is Google+?• Google Plus, Google+, G+• Google’s anti-Facebook social media network & identity service• Adding 625,000 new users a day• Reach 400 million users by end of 2012
But is anybody REALLY using it?? average monthly usage by US users (source: ComScore) Google+ Facebook Jan 2012 3.3 mins 7.5 hours Dec 2011 4.8 mins 7.0 hours Nov 2011 5.1 mins 6.8 hours
Why You Should Care? Brand Awareness Search Engines Targeted Communications
Brand Awareness• Maximize your online footprint• Social media profiles optimize well for search engines• Control over your search engine results• Drive more traffic to your website
Social profilesdominate SERP
Search Engines (SEO)• Traditional based on link building and keywords• Flawed system, Easily gamed• G+ integrated search results• Highlighted over regular search results• Can include G+ profiles, posts, pictures, a nd links
Google Search Plus Your World Can’t turn off social search in Canada (yet) Only way is to log out of your Google account
What Can Brands & Individuals Do?5 Ways to Promote Yourself:1. Create your G+ personal and brand page2. Promote your G+ profile on other social media networks3. Get a G+ badge and a +1 button for your website4. Promote your websites and social links on your G+ profile5. Use relevant keywords in your profile and posts
Your WebsiteAdd your G+ badge Add a +1 buttonhttp://bit.ly/GBadge
Google Circleshttp://youtu.be/ocPeAdpe_A8• Existing customers• Prospects• Industry professionals• Suppliers• Trade media representatives• Other relevant target audience segments (Grandmothers living in Richmond?)
• Add Add Add Add Add people.• Promote your Google+ business page from your personal profile• Once they add your Google+ Page you can then add the individuals into your circle.
Google Sparks• Discovery tool• Nothing interesting to say? Find interesting content to share• “Spark” up a conversation
How do you stay up to date with PR news?
Google Ripples: How is your post beingshared?
Google Hangoutshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QN38vHZjWXw• Video conferencing for up to 10 people
Ways to use Hangouts1. Meetings2. Customer Service3. Market Research4. Feedback5. Announcements6. Brainstorming7. Engagement
Do a dry test run first.
What to post and where?• Twitter: Real-time & succinct, with existing and potential customers• Facebook: Talk to your customers, favours rich media• LinkedIn: industry- or company- specific news, less convo, more info• Google+: stimulate discussions
Conclusion Brand Awareness •Own & Dominate search results •Make it easier for your customers to find you
Conclusion Search Engines •SEO is becoming increasingly social •Google is becoming a recommendation engine
Conclusion Targeted Communications • Circles - Segment your contact list and tailor your communications • G+ Search - Find other professionals • Sparks - Discover & share content related to your industry • Hangouts - Video conferencing
Conclusion Google+ is NOT the new Facebook. Google+ is NOT a ghost town, it’s still being built. Offers limited benefits today. Plenty of potentially useful features.
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