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How Brands are Using Google+

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Launched by Google in 2011, Google+ is the latest social networking tool on the block. Businesses of all types, but especially those in the consumer goods market, are giving the platform a try. In this presentation, attendees will discover the pros and cons of using Google+ from a business point of view, while also learning about how other brands are using the platform.

This presentation was giving at the Social Media Strategies Conference in Chicago in April 2012.

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How Brands are Using Google+

  1. 1. How Brands are Using Google+ By Erica Swallow Tech Journalist & Director of Community, Contently
  2. 2. About Google+ • Launched to public in September 2011 • Google’s latest foray into social networking • Google Friend Connect, Google Buzz, Orkut • 170 million users • Tech enthusiasts, male students • Largely inactive user base #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  3. 3. Why Google+ Matters • Largest search engine in the world • Momentum towards social-driven search • Google products continue to merge • Google Places, Google Reader, Google Search • Massive brand page growth • 1,400% increase in users following top 100 brand pages from December 2011 to January 2012 #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  4. 4. The Downside #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  5. 5. More Negatives • Administration is difficult • You need a personal account to create a business page • Social dashboards don’t integrate Google+ yet • Apply for HootSuite beta • Google side projects are unreliable • Buzz, Wave, Hotpot #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  6. 6. The Google+ Profile #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  7. 7. Create Custom Circles • Based on your email contacts • Circles enable easy grouping and sharing #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  8. 8. Follow Sparks • Google+’s algorithmic content recommendation system • Based on Google Search, Google+ and +1 button #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  9. 9. Google+ Business Pages #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  10. 10. Top Brand Pages on Google+ Source: Simply Measured #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  11. 11. Top Industries on Google+Source: Simply Measured #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  12. 12. Engagement RatesSource: Simply Measured #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  13. 13. Most Engaging ContentSource: Simply Measured #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  14. 14. 1. Target With Circles #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  15. 15. 2. Make a Big Announce #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  16. 16. 3. Host Hangouts • Business meetings, industry chats, meetups, tech support • Hangout with Extras: named hangouts, shared notes and sketchpad, Google docs integration, screensharing • Hangout On Air enables streaming to unlimited users • Records to private video on YouTube #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  17. 17. Hangouts – Interviews #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  18. 18. Hangouts – Industry Chat #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  19. 19. Hangouts – Help Desk #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  20. 20. Hangout Tips From the Muppets Click here to watch an awesome video. #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  21. 21. 4. Expand Content Distribution • Share photos, articles, videos, and commentary • Segmentation: Customers, VIPs, Team members #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  22. 22. Photos, Photos, Photos #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  23. 23. 5. Promote a Contest • Cannot run contests on Google+ • But you can link off to the contest #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  24. 24. Photo + Contest = Not Too Shabby #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  25. 25. 6. Rock Hashtags & Mentions topics, events, random things people, brand pages #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  26. 26. Hashtags: Conferences #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  27. 27. Hashtags: Get In On a Meme #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  28. 28. Hashtags: Promote Hangouts #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  29. 29. Hashtags: Run a Campaign #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  30. 30. Mentions: Give Shout Outs #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  31. 31. Mentions: Cross-promote Pages #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  32. 32. Other Reasons To Get Started… • Connect with early adopters • Network with journalists and potential clients • Explore #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  33. 33. Pro Tip #1: Shorten Your URL • Google+ doesn’t support vanity URLs • Use gplus.to to create a short URL for sharing #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  34. 34. Pro Tip #2: Google+ Ripples #googleplus | @ericaswallow
  35. 35. Questions?Erica Swallow | @ericaswallow | ericaswallow.com

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