Google+ for Businesses (Part 1)

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Google+ is looking better than ever for use by small to medium size businesses and individuals. The simplistic design of the Google+ profile is refreshing in comparison to the new – and extremely busy Facebook site. Google+ has not given businesses permission to set up Google+ pages yet, but it has allowed GM & Ford to set up test profiles. So far, Ford Motor Company’s page is significantly more developed than General Motor’s page.

Google+ reported that a business variant of Google+ pages is set to launch later this year. Entrepreneur.com reported that Christian Oestlien, the advertising lead for Google+, said the new business pages will include “things like rich analytics and the ability to connect that identity to other parts of Google that businesses might use on a daily basis, like AdWords,” he added.

Below are the benefits we compiled of developing a Google+ page based off of Ford Motor Company’s Google+ page:

Google+ Page Features:

o Buzz: “Goes beyond status messages”
 Users can share updates, photos, videos, & more with the circle of their choice. They can also start conversation about things you find interesting.
 Allows users to connect on other sites they already use and has inbox integration.

o +1: Anyone can instantly see how many times a link/information has been shared by users.
 +1 is designed to “get a conversation going.” By clicking +1 a user gives something “their public stamp of approval” – then they can immediately share with their Google+ “circle” of choice.
 Once a user +1’s a topic or item on the next, the next time friends and contacts search on Google, they might see their friends’ recommendation, giving web users the power to help their friends narrow down their search.

o Circles:
 Users can separate friends from the companies they follow
 Allows companies to specifically target certain users by dividing the users into different groups and tailoring specific messages to those users. Circles could help marketers target and tailor messages to a specific audience.

o Hangouts:
 David Armerland’s article “Google+ Business Accounts: What Can You Expect?” said it best: “If we look at Ford’s example of using hangouts, the group video conferencing feature of Google+, to connect directly with relatively small groups of casual users and discuss subjects specific to their cars (like the recent move to integrate Spotify on-demand music services on some models) we can see how what appear to be relatively small, low-cost aspects of social media connections become the seeds which grow into successful viral campaigns.”

o Integration with Google Analytics style reporting tools: Business pages will see where visitors come from and they will also gain stats about how much interaction each visitor has with their actual page.

Pop Labs is gearing up several campaigns to launch once Google+ gives businesses the green light to proceed in a formal manner. We look forward to utilizing this new platform to grow the audience for each of our clients that will gain some benefit from their target audience enjoying Google+.

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4 Comments »

  1. On October 7, 2011 @ 2:25 pm Mtcworld.tv said

    I wouldn't put it past google to have the edge on networking with Google+. Adsense, blogit, google calendar and other tools google developed are a great base to strengthen their position binding them all together making the advertising impact for clients megasize. Linkedin is a network though on the otherhand that has different strengths in relationship building on a corporate level. Combing both would be incredible. I would join!

  2. On October 11, 2011 @ 7:35 am AJA Web designNo Gravatar said

    Hi, after reading your post I would like to know if there are an negatives associated in setting up a google + account but NOT having many followers. I myself when i go onto a site that has social media follow or like this icons are put off to a degree if they dont have many followers or likes.. the more there are the more validated i feel the site is. I know you have to start somewhere..

  3. On October 11, 2011 @ 8:58 am Social PopNo Gravatar said

    There can definitely be damage to a brand if a strong presence (or no presence at all) is not found on social media platforms. That is, as long as the platform is relevant to where the brand would find potential customers. With something as new as Google+, it will be a little while yet before the amount of followers will come in to play, but with more established platforms like Facebook it's no longer "socially" acceptable to have a weak follower base. Launching key promotions throughout the year to generate not only leads but followers is one tactic that we teach our clients to do in order to help them maintain a strong brand image online.

  4. On October 11, 2011 @ 2:02 pm Google+ for Businesses (Part 2) | Lab Notes said

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