When you set up a Gmail account, you automatically set up a Google+ profile, too.
To get to Google+, log into your Gmail account. In the upper right corner you’ll see your name (or the name that you used to set up the account) with a + sign in front of it. Click it to be taken to your Google+ profile.
It’s very important to at least add a good head shot & fill in your profile “About” info.
How should you fill out your profile? Here’s an excellent explanation:
Now, when a Google Places listing is clicked it links to what’s called a “Google+ Local Page”. This page must be filled out by the business. Many haven’t been & some even link to the wrong Google Places page.
An easy way to find out which Google+ Local page links to your Google Places is to type the name of your business in the search engine. Find the Places listing (it should look like the below example) and click “Google+ Page.”
If you’ve properly set up your Google+ page & linked it to your Places listing, it should contain a profile picture, cover photo, about information, links, etc.
Here’s an example of what not to do:
3. It’s Easy to Connect with Potential Clients & Influencers
Other social networks have become so big & noisy that it’s hard to actually have meaningful conversations. That’s where Google+ excels.
People on Google+ take their time to converse.
For a major social network, Google+ is still small. It’s not as crowded as Facebook, which makes it a lot easier to chat with others.
4. It Helps Your SEO
The people you have in your Google+ circles & interaction you receive on Google+ posts can affect how you & your business appear in Google search results.
In other words, Google+ IS Google. Need I say more?!
The possibilities are endless. Here are just a few of the powerful ways you can use Hangouts On Air:
Meeting / Consultation
Show — Video or Podcast
Hangouts are automatically recorded right to your YouTube channel. When you’re done recording, you can edit right inside YouTube OR download, edit & upload.
Be sure to add keywords in the title, body & tags to give you a better chance of getting indexed by the search engine. Since Google has given preference to Hangouts On Air over other videos uploaded to YouTube, your chances of front page results are even greater with a Hangout!
I edited this Hangout with a few keywords & within minutes, these were the results:
Unfortunately, bad press gave Google+ a bad rap — and undeservedly so!
Small business owners are afraid of Google+… and that fear must end. Google+ gets better every day.
If your business cares about how Google & video affect your results & sales, then I think it’s best to look deeper into what this platform can do for you.