Google Plus Pages

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    Now Businesses Can Share with Circles, Too!

    Google Plus Pages, the online rival to Facebook, has created a guide that will walk you through how to set up your Business Page, get started, share, promote and measure.

    Let’s take a quick look at what they say about the three functions that benefit your business:

    SHARE

    Google Plus Pages allows you to drill down deeper – because not all your customers or fans are interested in all the same things. Some want to know about your latest promotions, while others simply don’t want to be bothered, right? They may want the latest news, or ask questions about products. You can even conduct live video chat to really connect. By creating a multitude of Circles, you can get very specific about what you share in each circle, and hit the mark with high levels of interest. Use your Stream to post great info – and make it public so it can be found in search.

    PROMOTE

    You have a lot of options for promoting your Google Plus Page:

    – promote it yourself with Google+ Direct Connect and the Google+ badge

    – help others recommend you with the +1 button

    People search on Google billions of times a day, and very often, they’re looking for businesses and brands. Google+ Pages can help users transform their queries into meaningful connections. A new feature called Direct Connect makes it easy — even automatic — for people to connect with you.

    Let people know you’re here by connecting your company website to your Google+ Page by adding the Google+ badge to your site. Whenever someone who likes your site clicks the icon, they will be taken to your Google+ page where they can add your page to their circles, and be able to follow your posts from then on.

    A recommendation is good; a recommendation from a friend is even better. +1 annotations in Google search help surface these recommendations right when people need them most — when they’re searching for exactly that information.

    MEASURE

    How do +1’s affect user behavior? Google Analytics suite of social reports make it easy to find out. Analytics measures +1’s and how engagement on your site changes when personalized recommendations help your content stand out. Also see aggregate, anonymized demographic information about the Google users who have +1’d your site.

    Google Plus Page Reviews

    Reviewers are wild about this new tool, anticipating that Google Plus will BEAT Facebook AND Twitter!

    According to Caleb Garling, on influential Wired.com, “At this point, Google+ Pages are where businesses interact with web denizens on the cutting edge of net technology, and Facebook is where you interact with everyone else… Google integrates Plus into its web-dominating search engine. With Google+ Direct Connect, searchers can insert a “+” before their query and jump directly to a business’s Google+ page. Type “+YouTube” into a Google search box, for instance, and Google will take you straight to YouTube’s Plus page.

    “This is where Google will have an advantage over Facebook: With a broad array of services like search and Gmail and Chrome and Android, Google offers tools that are fundamental to the online lives of so many people — and these can be tied to Google+. As Google+ evolves, Google will have the means to promote its social network — and the branded Pages within it — in ways that Facebook or Twitter cannot.”

    This should be fun to watch! What’s YOUR prediction?

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    ABOUT Lisa M. Chapman:

    Ms. Chapman’s new book has a name change! The Net-Powered Entrepreneur – A Step-by-Step Guide will be available very soon. With offices in Nashville Tennessee, but working virtually with international clients, Lisa M. Chapman serves her clients as a business and marketing coach, business planning consultant and social media consultant. As a Founder of iBrand Masters, a social media consulting firm, Lisa Chapman helps clients to establish and enhance their online brand, attract their target market, engage them in meaningful social media conversations, and convert online traffic into revenues. Email: Lisa @ LisaChapman.com