I am going to start by being completely honest; I don’t have a Google+ account.
Want another confession? I just looked at Google 101 for the first time to have some sort of visual in my head of what it all is. So how could I credibly dedicate my A-Z of Marketing post for G to Google+?
This post will bring to you a range of resources, which I have been collecting on Google+. So let’s work on this together and hopefully in a few weeks we can all start to add each other, or is that like or maybe follow? We’ll work that one out as we go along.
So let me hand over to some experts to get us all up to speed.
How to set up our Google+ Profile
For a step by step set up guide see this Social Media Examiner post www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-get-started-with-google-plus-your-complete-guide/
A cheat sheet for the new lingo from All Google Plus http://allgoogleplus.co.uk/2011/07/05/google-plus-cheat-sheet/
Some video presentations from Hubspots Blog, in case you get tired of reading http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/22741/10-Awesome-Google-Presentations-to-View-Today.aspx
Making Google+ part of your Social Media Strategy
Here are some tools to connect Google+ with your other Social Media and online platforms:
- A widget for your webpage http://widgetsplus.com/
- Integrate with Facebook http://crossrider.com/install/519-google-facebook
- Integrate with Twitter http://crossrider.com/install/529-google-tweet
- A plugin for your wordpress blog http://plusdevs.com/google-wordpress-plugin/
- Keep on top with a mobile app http://www.google.com/mobile/+/
And a tip for businesses from Google themselves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4oafKRykUg&feature=youtu.be&noredirect=1
Why we should embrace Google+
Google+ promises better search, customisation and analytics than Facebook. This link in particular got me interested http://googlepluses.blogspot.com/2011/08/4-reasons-google-brand-pages-will-be.html
The ability to talk differently to different groups (circles) allows for targeted marketing (and also not promoting your business to your friends and family every day). Learn more about that here http://tek-bull.com/2011/07/five-reasons-why-you-should-join-google-plus.html
Mike Spinak from Naturography gives great insight into his experience with Google+ http://naturography.com/join-me-on-g-plus/
Well all this reading has got my interest peaked! I’ve just signed up! Why don’t you join me on Google+, Mary-Anne Amies https://plus.google.com/# and let’s talk about how we are going to make the most of this new social media platform!
Until next week G used to be just for Google, now it’s for Google+!