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You’ve Probably Never Tried These Powerful Google+ Tips To Boost Your Business Before

You’ve Probably Never Tried These Powerful Google+ Tips To Boost Your Business Before

Google+ is a treasure trove for businesses that know how to use it. In this post, you’ll learn 8 powerful Google+ tips for business that will help you grow your brand presence, your audience, and your business.

1. Account Setup – Don’t Ignore The Details

This Google+ tip for businesses is a simple one, but it must be stated before we continue. Once you login and set up a Google+ Business Profile, take the time to include as much information about your business as possible–hours, photos, videos, and even parking availability matter. It never ceases to surprise me how frequently businesses leave their profile half-finished. For the best results complete every part of your public profile.

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2. Join The Google Small Business Community

The Google Small Business Community (GBSC) is a place where businesses can get the help they need to succeed on the web by connecting with experts and each other. In addition to regular Hangouts and Q+As with Googlers, trusted advisors and industry leaders, you’ll also see business tips, topic-specific training, and articles by some of the most trusted professionals in the business community. During the last Small Business Week, President Barack Obama even chimed in on the conversation.

You can even search the GSBC with their useful hashtag system (listed below), making it an efficient place to gather information for your business:

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  • #BizBits – Stats, tips, quotes and trivia for a little learning every day
  • #BizBytes – Case studies, infographics and articles to discuss
  • #Bizdom – Topic-specific training sessions led by web specialists.
  • #BizLinks – Lists of the best business resources you post
  • #AskanAdvisor – If you have a question you want an online pro to answer
  • #FeedbackFridays – A good time to ask the community to weigh in on your ideas
  • #BizSpotlight – Words of wisdom from inspiring business owners

3. Sharing Content: The 80/20 Rule

Building an audience on any social network is not an easy challenge. As Google+ continues to grow,Âyour business should be sharing content on a daily (or weekly) basis. When sharing content, I suggest following the 80/20 rule wherein:
1. A total of 80% of your posts should be entertaining content–feeding your audience based on some shared belief.
2. A total of 20% of your posts should be promotional–providing discounts, company news, and industry chatter at a limited rate.

4. “Google+ Your Business” on YouTube

Did you know that Google+ has a YouTube Channel dedicated to serving businesses? The channel is chalk-full of interesting case studies, tutorials, and thought leadership for businesses of all shapes and sizes. One of the cool features of Google+ Your Business on Youtube is that many of its videos are shot LIVE and allow Youtubers to ask questions during the webinar; the channel is a convenient, interactive way to learn more about Google’s products and business solutions. I’d also heavily recommend this channel if you’re looking to learn more about online advertising and Google’s other advertising products.

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5. Leverage Google Helpouts

One of the best kept secrets on Google+ is a platform called Google Helpouts. For an affordable rate, companies (like yours) can hire an expert over live video. Google Helpouts is a more efficient way to work with freelancers. Conversely, your business can setup its own Google Helpout and get paid for helping others. The 8 categories currently available on Google Helpouts include:

  • Art & Music
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Cooking
  • Education & Careers
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Health
  • Home & Garden

Payments on Google Helpouts are processed through Google Wallet, and there are two ways to pay: per minute or per Helpout session, though some experts offer both options at the same time, for convenience.

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6. Use Images On Your Google+ Posts

According to a study by 3M, visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text. On social networks like Google+, attention spans are limited. By including an image with each of your company’s Google+ posts, you increase the chance that your message is heard. On average, photos earn 2 times the engagement of text posts. Keep it simple, and include photos.

7. Integrate YouTube Content on your Google+ Page

Did you know that videos are shared 12 times more oftenÂthan photos and text? As visual creatures, we are naturally drawn to the storytelling power of the video format; this format isn’t as complicated as you might think. You don’t have to be an expert videographer to create a valuable YouTube video. Integrating YouTube content on your Google+ Page is a great way to keep your followers interested, and its sharing capacity is an opportunity for you to grow a following–ultimately leading to greater word-of-mouth, and sales.

8. Behold, The #Hashtag

If you build it, they will not come. Just because you post something on your company’s Google+ page, does not mean that it will attract an audience. Using hashtags will bring more exposure and visibility to your profile because Google+ is structured in a way that allows users to explore topics via hashtag. Create your own hashtags (company name, etc.), and use hashtags that Google suggests.

Featured photo credit: Google Logo Render / Mark Knol via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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