On June 28, 2011 Google launched a social platform called Google + in beta, on Sept 20, 2011 it went public.The development of circles is likely based on social theories by Paul Adams, a former Google social technology researcher (now at Facebook)who wanted to allow our online communication to respect the same boundaries that our offline social lives do. You wouldn’t tell your church friends the same story you tell your frat buddies, would you? You might say things differently to a networking group versus your family right?Google plus was built with these social norms in mind, and has a solution for social structure- called circles, which I’ll talk more about later on.This is a model was much different from telling everyone everything on Facebook news streams and in October Facebook launched “groups” to compete with the Google+ model.
I know what you’re thinking…AHHHH ANOTHER social network that I don’t have time or patients for…here’s why you should……Every 60 seconds there are 694,455 searches performed on Google….Don’t you want your business to have the best chance of being seen there? Did you know that Google indexes all Google + posts…they DO NOT index facebook or twitter posts.
In San Diego the demographic of a Home buyers looks similar to Google+ demographics for example Over half of the “Plan to Buy” group is age 18-34,43% are single, incomes are $50-$100K and as we look at the Google + demographics, you’ll see that the stats are similar…45% single, average age 25-34 incomes between$30-149k……..61% of the top 100 brands have joined google +, In December Google + has 40 million users worldwide with 6.8 million in the US.
5 Things we like about Google Plus:Hangouts - video conference calls are great for client business meetings or for communicating with employees in other countries or even those that are working at home or on a business trip. It’s free and up to 10 people can participate at one time.Circles - this segmentation ability allows you to target your marketing messages to specific people. You are on one network but can control what information your family, friends, colleagues, clients, prospects and industry peers see.SEO - social and sharing activities that are taking place on Google itself are being indexed and allows Google to collect more data and information about you and your network. This could affect page rankings and search results as Google tries to give results more relevant results based on various social signals, your interests and your social graph.Detailed conversations – Twitter updates and Facebook statuses limit you to a certain number of available characters. Which is also one of its advantages; receiving information in a succint and concise manner. In Google+ you have the option to be as succinct or as elaborate as you like. You can post shorter updates and comments or you can post more detailed questions and comments to encourage debate and interaction within your network.Plus 1 - in your Google plus profile there is a ‘+1′ tab which stores all the links, articles, websites, videos and photos that a user has +1′ed. This is a good way of keeping track of what kind of content people like and makes it easier for others to see what their friends and peers have +1′ed. Are you more likely to click on a link if you have seen that someone you trust finds it relevant?
Brand pages were launched after Google + on October 20th, 2011. This brought their traffic up in the us from 5.1 million users to 6.5 million users…allowing brands to play a role in the Google + network was a great strategic move for Google +.
The brand page is where you announce your specialty. This is where you share your expert advice, promote your community knowledge, tell the story of why You are the agent, broker, real estate company of choice.Brands cannot add people into circles
include links to your G+ page where ever you can. Just like your doing with other social media avenues….use on email signatures, blogs, websites, resumes, business cards, and other social networks.Same Social rules apply: Use language that is consistent with the rest of your branding & marketing language, and that pitches your company to people in the most brief way possible (the “tagline” for your business should be short, sweet, descriptive and should draw people in). Make sure your image is a clear and appropriate representation of your company. Once you have built up your page, filled out all your info, added some pictures, and shared some content, “promote your page” by having all company employees share it on their Google + streams (and other social networks). If your employees don’t have Google + accounts – change that. Everyone should be participating, as getting your brand page off the ground is truly a group effort.As soon as you get enough followers and garner enough interest, try to hold a hangout with those interested in your business – and make sure the people involved are at the top tier of your management hierarchy. If you are a creative-based company, host hangouts among fans and your designers, writers, etc – let people pick the collective brain of those behind your company’s creative output. Don’t make a commercial, though (like the Muppets reportedly did, in the first hangout ever held by a business page) – make sure you are truly talking about what people want to be discussing with you, and let them actively participate in the conversation.Use your Google + page like it’s any other form of social media – which means, continually updating it (never just create a page and leave it alone thinking its existence is enough – it’s 2011 people, get with it!), respond to those talking about your company on Google +, and be engaging. Try to create value for your page by answering people on other social networks – like Twitter, and then directing them to Google + for a more comprehensive response/a blog post on the topic, etc.
The “About” section in Google Plus is much more robust than the “Info” section in your Facebook page. Increase your sites visibility by using +1, all the links you post on Google+ from your website tell everyone to +1 your posts!
Circles are a great way to ensure your posts are segmented to people in the circles you establish. Remember no one in a google circle can see each other, so your decisions remain private. Gogole Circles are more akin to private twitter lists or facebook friends lists. Find a balance between how many people are in a single circle and the number of circles you have overall. Bring various aspects of communication into your circles, including podcasts, photos. Use circles in prospecting or to collect information for a strategic venture. Circles are an excelelnt way to maintain fresh connections with family and friends you don’t see often.
It’s easy to get caught up in social networking and spending hours and hours of endless time posting, sharing, creating, but if at the end of the day it doesn’t help you meet prospective buyers or sellers, it’s not worth it….With every new social opportunity, you will need to revisit your social strategy and have a plan. Be sure you are asking yourself, who is your target audience? How will I use social networks to meet/engage with my target audience, and then…develop a plan, how much time/money will you spend on social networks?
Google +Brand Pages Brandy Luscalzo-Stemen Emerging Media Product Manager The San Diego Union Tribune @papr8tzi on twitter www.fullyfollowme.com/papr8tzi
What is Google +?Google’sSolution forSocialNetworkinglaunchedpublically onSept 20, 2011AKA…G+, Google+,Google Plus
Why Google + ?Connected to theLargest Searchengine in theWorld!Posting PUBLICLYon G+ might beTHE killer OrganicSEO app goingright nowGoogle indexesGoogle Plus posts.They do not indexFacebook orTwitter posts. http://feeds.feedburner.com/Nateriggscom
Who are Google+ Users?Google + Users TOTAL U.S. VISITS BEFORE ANDhave a similar AFTER GOOGLE+ Pages Launch The majority ofprofile to San Diego Google + UsersHome BuyerDemographics 5.1 6.8 fall in the Middle- Class income MILLION MILLION 10-12-2011 11-20-2011 bracket Between $30,000-$149,00061% of the Top 100Brands have JoinedGoogle +It took Google +only 16 days toreach 10 millionusers. Twitter 780days /Facebook 852days. Sources: Flowtown & Freestyle info graphics
Where users find G+?You can find G+at the top of theGoogle Searchnavigation barYou will need aGoogle Accountto access GooglePlusIf you have aGmail accountyou just updateyour publicprofile & Your onG+
What Makes G+ Different? MY TOP 6:1. HANGOUTS- Video chat at the same time with up to 10 people2. CIRCLES- segment & share with contacts in any circles you want3. SEO- Social & sharing activity is being indexed on Google4. DETAILED Conversations say as much or as little as you want5. PLUS 1- Keeps track of all the content you like-view your friends +1 too!6. RIPPLES-Identify Influencers as you see who’s sharing your content across Google+ Image Sources: Google+, observerzparadise.com, stateofsearch.com
Touring Google +This is a G+Profile pageWith photo,posts, circleviews, whoyou have +1,your photos,videos andabout you
Touring Google +This is a G+Stream page.You can sort yournews stream byyour circles, chatwith those in yourcircle, sendinvites, create ahangout andvideo conference,etc.
Touring Google +This is a G+Photo’s PageYou can viewphotos and sortaccording tosources orcircles
Touring Google +This is theGoogle+ CirclespageIts easy to createa circle, and dragand drop peopleinto your circlesYou can alsoshare your circleswith others, oradd other Google+ memberspeople to yourcircles
Touring Google +Games,Games andmoreGames….Don’t knowabout you,but wish Ihad time forgames!
Touring Google +Notificationsappear whenyou receiveinvites,comments aremade on yourstream orthose youhavecommentedon, etc.
The Google + Brand PageGoogle+profiles areonly forpeopleGoogle +Pages weredevelopedfor businesssolutions
Sample RE Brand Page1. Profile Photo2. Page/Brand 2 Name3. Photos 1 34. Posts or Stream 5 45. Map of your Location6. Your circles 6
Maximize Your G+ Page • Use language that is consistent with the rest of your branding & marketingHere’s how to • Promote your page by having all company employees shareOptimize your it on their Google + streams (and other social networks).Google +Brand Page • Direct people across all of your mediums (your website, your Facebook and Twitter accounts and your blog posts) to circle you on Google +, to respond to comments or answer questions on Google +, etc. • Hold a hangout with those interested in your business – and make sure the people involved are at the top tier of your management hierarchy. • Engage your Audience- update daily, respond to people talking about your company • Analyze the G+ Reports, Find where traffic and leads are coming from and generate more for similar results
Maximize Your G+ Page Optimize Your “About” tab. Here’s how: 1. Use keywords in your profile.Here’s how to 2. Link to your website using keywords as anchor text. 3. In the “Recommended Links” section, add links to your otherOptimize your social networks and your blog.Google + 4. Add as much information about your company as possible. 5. Add photos and videos whenever possible.Brand Page,“About” tab Optimize Your Posts. Here’s how: 1. Add comments to your posts. Don’t post only a link.and Stream 2. Your comments should be more like a paragraph than aposts couple of sentences. Remember, the more relevant content you have in your posts, the more Google will favor it. 3. Strive to have your posts shared; and strive to get comments. Google will favor popular posts most. Optimize Your SEO From Google+. Here’s how: Including a Google+ badge on your site allows people to +1 and add you to their circles directly from your website. It also connects +1’s from your homepage with +1’s on your Google+ page and ads (using AdWords Social Extensions), increasing the number of recommendations for your site.
Use Circles to SegmentPossible Your MessagesFramework for ChulaOrganizing your Family & VistaCircles: Friends Home• Geography Real Estate Buyers• Level of Agents, relationship Brokers & Associations Buyers who• Time period in want a $300k life or less Home• Content interests Purchased• Commonalities a Home• Type of with me First Time Customer Home Buyers Church PTA Friends Members
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The Cons to G+?Things to know about G+• Privacy• No Feeds into G+ at this time• No Feeds from G+ to other networks Image Source: Peer 1 Hosting Infographic