How Google+ Ripples Provides Social Sharing Insights

social media how toAre you on Google+? Are you aware of the insight you can gain from social content?

Google+ is a relatively new platform for businesses and marketers.

While the concept of circles is a great way to keep in touch and interact directly with a specific niche, there’s one feature that doesn’t seem to get that much press, and is actually quite beneficial to businesses. It’s called Ripples.

What is Google Ripples?

Ripples is a feature that shows you interactive graphs of everyone who has shared a specific post. Ripples is only available on posts that are sent out to “Public” and only displays those who shared the post publicly.



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.



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, Google does not currently do the same.

By default, Google+ page URLs look like this: 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.



How to Set Up a Google+ Page for Your Business

social media how toGoogle+ has opened the doors for business and brand pages.

In this article I show you how to set up your Google+ page and provide examples.

If you haven’t already created a personal Google+ profile for yourself, you’ll need to do that first (you cannot simply sign up a business page from the main Google+ signup screen).

Check out the How to Get Started With Google+ for more on personal Google+ profiles.

If you do have a personal profile, here’s how to create a page for your business.



20 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Knowledge

social media toolsGoogle+ is rapidly evolving.

If you’re looking for easy ways to improve your knowledge and experience with this hot new social network, keep reading.

The fast-paced development of Google+ has become a force to be reckoned with. Social media marketers and community managers will undoubtedly feel the pressure to keep up.

In this post, I’ll share 20 tips and resources to help you keep learning about Google+ and ways to enhance your user experience.



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.



How to Get Started With Google+, Your Complete Guide

social media toolsBy now, you have all probably heard about the Google+ project, Google’s next attempt at making their network more social. Its goal is to make sharing online more like sharing in real life.

If you haven’t gotten your invite just yet, you can learn more about Google+ in the following quick-look video, and by visiting the Google+ project overview, searchable details and discussion pages.



Google Domination? This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome 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?

Google+ Project Takes on Facebook: This week Google launched a new project that’s similar to a social platform and is in direct competition with Facebook. You can read more about the first impressions of this new platform here and here. Watch the introductory videos below to learn about Google+ features: Sparks and Circles.



Transforming the Book Industry: How Seth Godin is Poking the Box

social media interviewsI recently interviewed Seth Godin, author of the new book Poke the Box. Seth has written more than a dozen other books, many of them focused on marketing. Some of his notable books include Permission Marketing, Linchpin and Tribes.

During this interview, you’ll learn about his latest book, his views on the state of the publishing industry and about his new venture The Domino Project.

Mike: Let’s start with Poke the Box. What exactly does “poke the box” mean?

Seth: If you’re a computer programmer and you want to figure out how something works, the way you do it is not by reading a manual or following a map. You do it by trying something, seeing what happens, learning from it and then trying something else. That’s how we figured out how the world worked when we were 5 years old, and it’s the way we figure out how to do something new in a changing world.



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