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Setting Up Your Google+ (Business) Page in 5 Easy Steps | My Google Plus Guides

Setting Up Your Google+ (Business) Page in 5 Easy Steps | My Google Plus Guides | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

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Get Control of Your Photos in Google+ and Picasa

Get Control of Your Photos in Google+ and Picasa | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

Photographers and other artists who want to share your work on G+ but not have it ripped off, take a look at this simple tutorial about how to protect your albums on G+ and Picasa.

 

You may also want to lock albums and disable "reshare" through photos. To do this, follow these steps:

 

1) Go to your Photos homepage in G+.

2) Choose the album you want to protect.

3) Click on album visibility: limited

4) If any people or unwanted circles have attached to the album, remove them.

5) Check the "lock this album" box.

6) Save.

 

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How to Use the Google Chrome Extension - URL Shortener 

A sweet little tutorial about how to use Google Chrome's URL shortener

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Evolution of the Google +1 Button: Sharing Content to Circles

Since Google first launched the +1 button earlier this year, the company has been swiftly moving to add new features in the social sharing arena.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

+1 Button Gets Social with Google+: Now, after several months of visibility, the Google +1 button installed on websites can be used not just approve content, but also to share it to your social circles on Google+. When you are logged into your Google+ profile and click the +1 button on a website, the share box from Google+ will appear, allowing you to post a comment about the content or website as well as to select which circles and contacts you’d like to share it with.

 

What This Means for Local Marketing


These changes make using Google+ an even more powerful tool for local online marketing. Currently, you can use your personal Google+ profile to market your local business, since Google does not yet allow business profiles on the site. By easily sharing content from across the web with your circles, you can establish your profile as a resource, boosting your ability to share about your own business as well! These changes also signal that Google is still committed to social, reinforcing the need for local businesses to get involved in creating and sharing dynamic, optimized content in order to rank well in search, build a great online reputation, and optimize their web presence.

 

http://www.business2community.com/social-media/evolution-of-the-google-1-button-sharing-content-to-circles-055209


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Waiting for the demise of Google+? Don’t hold your breath

Waiting for the demise of Google+? Don’t hold your breath | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Since day one, bloggers, social media experts, and just about anyone with an opinion has been very quick to pass judgement over Google+'s future. The social network hasn't even closed ...

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Your data isn’t stuck inside Google+

 

Google has the luxury of looking at the mistakes that Facebook and Twitter have made, to make sure that it doesn’t go down the same path. Google makes it easy to get all of your data out of the site and onto your computer with Google Takeout. It would seem that Facebook has made every effort to lock your content into the social network and Google going in the complete opposite direction certainly gains it points.

 

Facebook and Twitter’s tipping point took at least 3 or 4 years to reach. While the current climate is very different from Facebook and Twitter’s earlier launch, it still does seem a little presumptuous to expect Google+ to get to the same point as its competition in 3 months.

 

http://thenextweb.com/google/2011/09/18/waiting-for-the-demise-of-google-dont-hold-your-breath/

 

 

 

 


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How to Prepare Your Business for Google+

How to Prepare Your Business for Google+ | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

 

Lots of good information and observations in this article.

 

Excerpt:

 

What's Coming for Business in Google+?

 

Google is preparing Google+ for businesses, as Christian Oestlien, Product Manager for Google+, explains in the video below. Rich analytics and the ability to connect to AdWords will be among those features.

 

What Edge Will Google+ Have Over Facebook?

 

Google+ will have a hard slog against Facebook. It will directly compete with the social network that has consistently gotten it right, especially when it comes to business use. Facebook's recently launched business portal is a great all-in-one tool for businesses to manage their presence on Facebook.

 

Google+ also lacks Facebook's user base of 800 million, although the Google+ user base has blown through 20 million so far and is steadily increasing.

 

Google's biggest ally against Facebook is Facebook itself. Facebook users have been getting ornery about its massive makeover rolled out this week, to the point where many may look at Google+ as a viable, pared-down alternative.

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**There is also the issue of demographics. Google+ is young-adult rich. This is the golden demographic that most marketers want to reach, and being able to reach it through a campaign that can be tracked through Google Analytics is a very attractive value proposition. In addition, there are other tie-in services Google could build into its features for business, which we have covered here.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/240494/how_to_prepare_your_business_for_google.html


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7 Reasons Why Google+ Drives Hyperactive Engagement

7 Reasons Why Google+ Drives Hyperactive Engagement | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

Post by Jeff Bullas very interesting observations

 

"The Google+ Project has drawn the innovators and early adopters into its web and it is producing activities that have surprised myself and others."

 

Intro:

 

In 1962 Everett Rogers published the book “Diffusion of Innovations” where he synthesized research from over 508 diffusion studies and produced a theory that proposed 4 main elements that influence the spread of an idea.

 

1. The Innovation

An idea, practice or object that is perceived as new

 

2. Communication Channels

The means by which messages get from one individual to another

 

3. Time

The relative speed with which an innovation is adopted by members of the social system

 

4. The Social System

The people that are engaged in joint problem solving to achieve a common goal

 

He also outlined the following adopter categories that reveal the percentages of the types of participants that are involved in the innovation cycle.


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10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now

10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
This guest post is by Neil Patel of KISSmetrics. Google+ had a hot start, but has since cooled down. For ...

 

Lots of good suggestions - here's the takeaway:

 

Whether Google+ takes off or not, you can still use it to accomplish many productive and profitable things for your business. Besides, in the long run I believe that Google+ will play a large part in Google’s search algorithm, and when it does you’ll be ahead of the game!

 

What productive ways are you using Google+ to promote your business, your blog, and yourself?

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Google+ Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/s0upHV]


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Google+ Is Slowly Invading Google's Main Search Results

Google+ Is Slowly Invading Google's Main Search Results | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Google+ content is slowly — but very surely — expanding its footprint inside of Google.com’s main search results. The latest integration comes via the rel=author tag that Google’s been supporting since the summer.

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10 Guaranteed Ways to Get More Google+ Biz Page Followers

10 Guaranteed Ways to Get More Google+ Biz Page Followers | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Learn 10 new ways to get more followers on your Google+ business page.

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How to access your Google Plus Pages and post content as your Google Plus Page

This video tutorial shows you how to access the Google Plus Pages that you have created for your business. 


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Google Plus Takeover Dangerously Misunderstood by Mass Media

Software Inventor Russell Wright of Curation Profits (dot com) revealed today that his development team has dubbed Google Plus One a Google social 'virtual operating system', not merely another Google project- like Wave or Buzz.

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Free Google+ Guides for Building Google Plus Business Pages

Tres Cantos, Madrid (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 My Google Guide, specialized on Google+ and Internet Marketing strategies and services, released yesterday their newest, free guides: “The comprehensive guide to Google Plus” and 'Setting up a Google+ ...

 

G+ has launched a pilot to allow Pages admins to manage their accounts using HootSuite and other third-party apps.

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Create a Quick Poll in Google Plus

Create a Quick Poll in Google Plus | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

There's currently no way to make polls directly in G+ but if you need to poll your folks, this little vid shows a quick way to rig on up using the 1+ button and comments. Take a look.

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Google+: The Latest (and Perhaps Greatest) Platform for Thought Leaders

Google+: The Latest (and Perhaps Greatest) Platform for Thought Leaders | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
One of the best ways for a small business to get on the map is to have the CEO and/or other key members of the executive team establish themselves as thought...

 

One of the best ways for a small business to get on the map is to have the CEO and/or other key members of the executive team establish themselves as thought leaders in their industry. A perfect example of this is the fact that you are reading this story on Small Business Trends. The small business experts who contribute to this site are hoping that their insights will pique your interest and encourage you to find out more about them and their businesses.

 

Thought leaders have myriad online avenues in which to broadcast their expertise and, hopefully, use those broadcasts to generate business. With the advent of social media, small business owners and experts now use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube (among other social media platforms) to get the word out.

 

http://smallbiztrends.com/2011/08/google-plus-latest-greatest-platform-thought-leaders.html


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A very simple but vital G+ circling strategy

A very simple but vital G+ circling strategy | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

This wonderful piece was written by Michael Todd. Michael is so generous with strategy, please visit his website, you'll learn so much and maybe even make a great new friend! Thank you Michael....

 

BIO

@mqtodd on twitter

Empire Avenue, TokyoSpeaker, author, love promoter. CEO #NPO Index EAv http://ht.ly/4Jm1q Recovering Kiwi lawyer into raw food, juggling & daily #lifegasm xeeme.com/michaelqtoddhttp://michaelqtodd.com

 

He gives us great strategy on how to get our G+ house in order and build our presence there. Not to mention the fact that it is possibly the best place to get your content shared online.

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

We need to be very aware that the Google + API is about to open any day and that business pages and communities are also due for imminent release.

 

I have no doubt at all that G+ will go from strength to strength and become a very vital part of everyday life online for everyone. The reach and tools that Google has are overwhelming and we are about to see them all lined up. Blogger, Picassa, Gmail, Google Docs, Places, Images, You Tube, Search and more and more.

 

So up till today around 3500 people had circled me but my circles were all over the place. I had made too many I think and I had simply followed back everyone who had circled me. That would be my preferred policy but unfortunately there is a pesky 5,000 circling limit which we will all hit before too long.

 

**Now is the time to get it sorted out.

 

http://www.michaelqtodd.com/gplus


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I Believe In Google Plus - Fast Growing Social Network in History

I Believe In Google Plus - Fast Growing Social Network in History | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

This is an insightful piece by Jon Evans for Techcrunch

 

Intro: He asks.....

 

"Is this a contrarian view? I can't even tell any more. On one hand, Google Plus now has 40 million users, it's the fastest-growing social-networking site in history, and its users have uploaded 3.4 billion photos."

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

Can Facebook seamlessly do both, and be all things to all people?

 

Maybe, but that’s not the direction they’re going.

 

****Ironically, they’re doing things “the Google way,” betting on sweeping algorithmic solutions with their Smart Lists and Top Stories,

 

****while Google seems to be building G+ “the Facebook way,”

 

****around personal curation and social selection.

 

****The key difference is that, as moot aka Christopher Poole said the other day,

 

****our identities — and our relationships — are prisms rather than mirrors, multi-faceted rather than black & white.

 

Google Plus acknowledges this in a way Facebook doesn’t, and that’s a big part of why I believe it will ultimately succeed.

 

Curated by JanLGordon covering "Google+ Watch"

 

http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/22/i-believe-in-google-plus/


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5 Marketing Problems Google+ Says It Can Solve

5 Marketing Problems Google+ Says It Can Solve | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Modern marketers face a slew of problems: a fractured media environment, a need to target and segment messaging across platforms, a noisy marketplace.

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Google+ Help: Thoughts About Circles | Media Tapper

Google+ Help: Thoughts About Circles | Media Tapper | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it

This is truly thoughtful piece about the thinking involved in making good use of G+. It's not rocket science...but it's also not obvious. Jaana Nystrom's Scoop this site, MediaTapper, are really useful.

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Google+ and What it Means for Your Business

Google+ and What it Means for Your Business | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
I interviewed Jesse Stay, author of the brand-new book Google+ for Dummies, Portable Edition.

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11 GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES - Find Your People Fast!

11 GOOGLE+ DIRECTORIES - Find Your People Fast! | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Posted by +Gabriel Vasile on behalf of the CWD page:  These are the most important Google Plus directories I found until now. I hope I didn't miss other important ones

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How to post anywhere from your G+ account - Smart!

How to post anywhere from your G+ account - Smart! | G+ Smarts | Scoop.it
Here are the articles I've written about using Google+, all should be helpful and instructive. Not telling anyone how it must be done, but how it can be done, rather.
Have a read and you'll be enjoying the Google+ experience more, I hope... :D

 

G+ Tip: 

Did you know you can post from Google+ to any blog or service that lets you post by email? Just create a circle with a single member and use your "post by email address" as the email address for that member. Anything you share with that circle will be posted to the other service.

You can use Evernote this way also.


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Jeneinne 's comment, December 14, 2011 2:34 AM
The graphic in this post was made by Aaaron Wood. Please let him know you're using it and credit him for his work and imagination. I'm personally taken aback seeing his art all over G+ without getting any credit for it. :(