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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Hangouts on Air Assistance, Video Content Marketing, Google+ tactics & strategy
October 24, 2014 17 comments 34 shares 43 plus ones
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Said another way, How to create a better looking URL for your YouTube channel

This used to be part of the channel creation flow (or was more obvious)... nowadays with YouTube and Google plus connected, we see a lot more strange looking URLs for youtube channels since they get made automagically at times.

Plus the folks at YouTube have made it a bit harder to find where to do this (from my and many others' perspectives). Glad they made a short video to show how to change it.

► Letters and Numbers only
► UpperLowerCase matter for Visual branding purposes
► 20 characters is the limit for channel names
► Once you find one that works, you can't change your mind
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#YouTube   #YouTubeTips   #YouTubeHelp  

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October 23, 2014 17 comments 1 shares 44 plus ones
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Big day for me & Hangouts on Air... I'm presenting how to get value from using Hangouts on Air as part of +Social Media Examiner's #SMSS14  (Social Media Success Summit).

I'm not used to doing long presentations without using HOA anymore, but if all goes well, I'll sneak in a bit of the Live HOA interface and HOA Events via screenshare as part of my Powerpoint presentation.

Send Good Vibes my way! Hope we get new folks seeing the magic of HOA today ;-)

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October 22, 2014 15 comments 13 shares 45 plus ones
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Just noticed that I have a new looking share button near my profile pic when on Google+, Google Calendar, Gmail & Google.com*. Pressing it opens up a Google+ post dialog box from which I can create a post, aka Share Something.

What is currently missing is that same new share button when on YouTube. Come on YouTube aren't you part of the family?

Maybe it will show up there soon. I tested this on a couple different browsers and know that it is not Google Chrome specific, but more tied to the Google Online Properties mentioned and shown below.

I kinda half expected it to be part of any webpage I visited while signed into Google stuff and using Chrome, and then if I pressed the share button it would load that URL into the post, but alas, it doesn't work that way... Yet.

Any more proof needed that Google+ is here to stay?
#GooglePlusIsGoogle  
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* h/t: +Kenny Rousseau for the mention of Google.com (duh, I forgot to test that earlier).

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October 21, 2014 5 comments 4 shares 19 plus ones
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Who comments most on a post via +CircleCount chrome extension
CircleCount has another update to their Chrome Extension: v2.4 now lets us see who the top 10 commenters are on a stand-alone post. They call it Post Statistics

This picture guide shows how to use it, but you may want to check out the announcement post by CircleCount here: http://goo.gl/P3uMoR to see more info on how to get the extension and what to expect.

Do you think this will increase the number of shorter comments since the number of comments may matter more now?
I already find it difficult to scroll through bunches of comments on mobile as it is... I hope that people don't start leaving lots of shorter comments due to the visibility of numbers.

I also would really like this to function on HOA Events, but am not sure that the format of events posts will work for this type of display.
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#ChromeExtensions   #GooglePlusTips   #CircleCount   #SocialMediaStatistics  

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October 17, 2014 7 comments 8 shares 27 plus ones
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Get Direct Feedback for questions you present in Google Plus' New Polling Feature.

+martin shervington walks us through many aspects of setting up and using Polls... Just what I was looking for.
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h/t: +Ben Fisher for the alert

A Guide to Google Plus Polls - Plus Your Business

Google+ polls are a great way to find out people's views at the click of a button. Great for quick engagement, and for gaining insight too.

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October 16, 2014 6 comments 10 shares 31 plus ones
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Hangouts on Air are a wonderful and FREE way to spread your message no matter what type of organization you are. This video talks about what Google offers to help Nonprofits etc. get the word out with grants and other assistance.

This Google video is 7.5 minutes long and may be helpful to get funding for your nonprofit. Pass it along to those you think could benefit.

If help is needed to learn how to use the Hangouts on Air tool, check out our low cost training environment at www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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#NonProfits   #Charities   #NGO   #SpreadTheWord  

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October 15, 2014 38 comments 19 shares 442 plus ones
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This is the time of year when we'll still have green grass, a few changed leaves on the trees and yet may have beautiful snow covering the nearby mountains. Pikes Peak is the 14,000+ foot mountain shown here - it is part of the Rocky Mountains in the USA and is very close to Colorado Springs where I live.

I hope you are enjoying this time of year wherever you are living.
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#AutumnPhotography   #PikesPeak   #Colorado  

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October 13, 2014 14 comments 31 shares 73 plus ones
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You can control a lot of your user experience with your Hangouts Chrome App via the settings area. This 3-image graphic shows you one area that you might want to adjust.

There are times when I like the conversations I am part of to be hidden automatically when I click away onto another area on my computer, but at other times I might want to keep that conversation visible.

The image below shows how to adjust the new Hangouts Chrome App settings we see to do just that. Follow the 1, 2, 3 steps shown.

The left-most image shows a new message (with a blue 1) came in on another conversation... there is no need to adjust your settings to see that, just mouse over it (unless of course you've turned off that function via your settings shown in the right-most image).

To see a series of images I created to show how to use the Hangout Chrome App and also download it for your computer, visit: http://goo.gl/FmmSIv

Keep up with all the Hangouts changes by joining in with others in the paid membership area called Hangout Mastery... details here: www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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October 13, 2014 3 comments 1 shares 12 plus ones
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Many know already how powerful Hangouts on Air can be when we want to Communicate a Message. +David Amerland writes up a wonderful summary of that power in the linked article below.

He is following up with a HOA he did featuring +Yifat Cohen and +Kristin Drysdale which is linked to as part of the article.

Here are a few important quotes to encourage you to read more of the summary by David (Emphasis mine)...
 
The Google+ Hangouts On Air have been the secret weapon of Google’s social network. Not only have they allowed Google+ members to connect, visually, with each other across national borders and timezones but they have also become the only viable shortcut that exists in terms of branding.

Yet Google+ Hangouts are also one of the most challenging mediums to work in. It requires a clear understanding of who you are and why you do what you do. This is a requirement because the medium, in order to really work, requires trust. Trust in yourself and trust in your audience and the only way you can really engender that is through the validity of your conduct and the humanity of your approach.

...The Hangout On Air is as far from the traditional broadcast mode of marketing as it is possible to get. At its core is a very strong humanizing experience that comes with the connection one person makes with another. Nowhere is the transition from a web of websites to a web of people more felt than in a Hangout on Air.
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Check out the article and if you can manage the time, watch the HOA linked within.
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#HOA   #HangoutsOnAir   #SocialMediaMarketing  

SMTPowerTalk 10: The Visual Power of Hangouts in Social Media Marketing

Hangouts on Air are the secret weapon of Google+. This month in our regular #SMTPowerTalk series, we ask two practicing experts to share their insights with us and help us understand Hangouts and Google+ a little better.

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October 12, 2014 6 comments 9 shares 32 plus ones
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The author of this article +Mike Elgan does a great job of addressing the common question re. Google Plus: How is it that people either see it as a Ghost Town or an Incredibly Engaging Social Network?

Here's a quote from part of his summary, but you'll want to read the entire +Computerworld article to get the full 'flavor':
The reason I like Google+ so much is that I'm very passionate about my interests, and I want to base my social networking around that passion. I also like the provably superior level of the conversations, the obviously superior anti-troll features and the fact that Google+ has zero advertising -- but does have the best photo tools and video Hangouts. Those are all icing on the cake.
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h/t: +martin shervington for the find. #GooglePlus   #SocialMedia  

Why Google+ is the place for passions

The single biggest controversy about social media is whetherGoogle+ is a dying wasteland of non-activity or a hive of conversation and engagement. Mike Elgan is here to explain why it's the latter.

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