8 New Google+ Changes and How They Impact Your Business

social media how toHave you heard about all of the recent changes on Google+?

Google+ is always evolving and recently made some big changes to help create a simpler, more beautiful Google+.

And these changes can have an impact on how you use Google+ for business.

So here’s everything you need to know.

#1: Header Image and Profile Photo Changes

Google+ changed the page layouts to allow more space for your photo strip. And your profile image is in a prominent spot on the top right.

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The new Google+ page layout with larger header.

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5 Top Google+ Tools and Apps for Marketing Pros

social media toolsAre you looking for Google+ apps and resources to enhance your marketing?

This article reveals five categories of tools and apps you can employ to greatly enhance your Google+ experience.

Check this out: Thirty-six percent of brands on Google+ have seen a 100% increase in circle size in less than 3 months, according to a recent study by Simply Measured.

This is a stunning metric when one considers that there’s no Google+ advertising platform to fuel campaigns. Brands are forced to use great content to engage and can’t “pay to play” by using sponsored stories or other advertising gimmicks.

A Bad Workman Blames His Tools

With this spike in activity, developers are scrambling to create tools to help businesses of all sizes manage, integrate and promote their Google+ communities. Below I’ve outlined some great tools to help businesses manage Google+. I’m sure this list is just the start of many innovative tools that will be created to help communities thrive on Google’s social network.

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Why Major Marketers Are Moving to Google+

social media book reviewsYou have likely heard the buzz about Google+ for some time.

Perhaps you’re wondering why so many marketing professionals are focusing heavily on the new social network.

In this article, I sit down with Guy Kawasaki, the original Macintosh evangelist. You’ll discover why 99% of his efforts are now focused on Google+.

Guy reveals his Google+ strategy and talks about his new book, What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us. And it’s very different than his other books. It reveals extensive details about how to benefit from Google+.

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3 Ways Google Social Search Should Change Your Marketing

social media reviewsSince the introduction of Google+, Google has been redefining how it can provide more relevant search results.

Recently Google introduced Search, Plus Your World, something I’ll call Google social search.

This new enhancement has made it essential to have a Google+ profile and/or Google+ business page.

Why? Google is highlighting Google+ content in search results.

This article will share three tips you need to know to benefit from Google social search.

By the way, if you haven’t already done so, create a Google+ page for your business. Fill out all the sections with images and top focus keywords you want to rank for in search.

Once the page is created, engage with people and other businesses, share great content and post publicly every day.

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How Small Businesses Can Thrive With Google+

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Chris Brogan, author of Google+ for Business: How Google’s Social Network Changes Everything.

Chris shares how Google+ can help small businesses and reveals the strategies he uses to get business leads. You’ll also learn how to adapt your content strategy on Google+ to select the people you want to work with.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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12 Google+ Marketing Tips From the Pros

social media toolsAre you struggling to figure out how to market your business with Google+? Looking for some tips and ideas? You’ve come to the right place.

We asked 12 experienced social media professionals to share their best tips on Google+ for business with you.

Here are 12 ways you can use Google+ to promote and market your business.

#1: Personalize your page URL

Ben Pickering

Ben Pickering @bpicks

Carly Simon’s 70′s hit “You’re So Vain” gave vanity a bad name. But using a so-called “vanity URL” can be a smart move when it comes to your online presence.

While Facebook allows page owners to create vanity URLs of the structure facebook.com/YourName, Google does not currently do the same.

By default, Google+ page URLs look like this: https://plus.google.com/103145815507039304597/posts. It seems likely that at some point Google will allow for personalized page URLs, but until they do, there is a service that can help.

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Why Google+ Will Become a Social Media Powerhouse

social media expert interviewIn this video I interview Jesse Stay, author of Google+ For Dummies and Facebook Application Development For Dummies.

He has a unique experience with both Facebook and Google.

Jesse shares insights behind Google+ and how it compares to Facebook. You’ll discover what Google is doing, how Google+ is different and why Google+ is a social media powerhouse.

Be sure to check out the takeaways below after you watch the video.

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Content Sharing Grows: This Week in Social Media

Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up-to-date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

The New Delicious Is Here: Avos acquired Delicious from Yahoo! earlier this year and is now opening the new version. Check out the new Stack feature below.

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34 Google+ Resources for Your Business: Advice from the Pros

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Have you wondered “How can Google+ help my business?” If so, then this guide is for you.

Google+ is rapidly becoming a mainstream social media platform. We covered how to get started with Google+. But what can it do for your business?

Below are the resources you need to ramp up your Google+ social media marketing. But first, a few navigation tips…

Google+ Navigation

Google+ has some interesting, helpful navigation features, so let’s first look at a few useful shortcuts. This will speed up your Google+ networking and enhance your experience.

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