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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Hangouts on Air Assistance, Video Content Marketing, Google+ tactics & strategy
November 25, 2014 8 comments 27 shares 46 plus ones
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Hangout on Air Control Room App  allows for non-host assistance
As usual when preparing a live training session for Hangout Mastery members, I learned something new about the tools we have. In this upcoming training session we're covering most of the ways you can Control the Broadcast Camera in a Hangout on Air (HOA).

Since the Control Room app came out long before we had the "present to everyone" function, I had not realized how the new function was now incorporated into the 'older tool'.

If you've run any active HOA Broadcasts you know how busy you can get with the tech, never mind trying to keep up with the content or message of the broadcast. Having a team help you is very important!

This is one more area where you can share some of the hosting responsibilities with others... no special requirements for their account, they can just assist if you share some of the controls via the Control Room app. And I wasn't thinking that the Control Room offered much help for Camera Control... I was wrong and I'm glad I poked at it a bit more.

Of course I was helped out by fellow Hangout Mastery member +Michael Daniels as he had already discovered what I stumbled upon here.

A few Hangout Mastery members joined me in the filmstrip so I could take a bunch of screenshots and verify things before presenting the members only training which takes place here:

Thanks to the other Mastery members for helping out:
+Monika Schmidt +Susan Finch +Andrew Hatchett +B.L. Ochman +Sheila Hensley +Krishna De & +Melinda Moses 

Join us in the Hangout Mastery membership areas... you'll be glad you did if Hangouts on Air are part of what you do
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#HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ControlRoom   #HangoutMastery  

November 22, 2014 9 comments 18 shares 74 plus ones
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For a short time, starting up a Hangout on Air (HOA) via a link was requiring us to use the Scheduled HOA Event format... now it has returned to its former status.

Due to user feedback it appears, we are able to use links to start up Public HOA broadcasts without needing to use the Scheduled HOA Event format (SHOAE).

The link format is used by many of us to create an Event-less Public HOA broadcast. Many 3rd Party tools were also using a similar method to start up HOAs... and they have struggled since approx Nov. 6, 2014 because it forced the use of the extra tools and options with the SHOAE format (like the Applause app, Showcase or Q&A app).

Now we are able to just use the link and start up the HOA as we could prior to 11/6/14.

I created a bitly link that many use: and have helped many build specific shortcut links for Page run HOAs as well.

My bitly link points to this official Google Link:

Thanks for sending feedback to Google, and thank you to Google for listening. More details in the Hangout Mastery community
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#HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #HOAlink   #HOAstartup  

November 21, 2014 13 comments 14 shares 79 plus ones
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Recently we received a new twist on the internal chat called 'group chat' when inside the hangout filmstrip... it shows internal chat text above the thumbnail of the typist. This screenshot shows how it integrates with other apps.

Pictured here are a couple of ways to see comments/text chat while inside a Hangout on Air (HOA). The right-most panel is displaying some Viewer Comments via the Hangout App named Comment Tracker. Just above the filmstrip thumbnail is chat text (a comment) from a filmstrip participant.

Prior to this recent update, in order to read the chat text from a filmstrip member, we needed to activate the group chat pane (top blue icon on left) which would auto-close the Comment Tracker pane... now we can see both at the same time. I like the change... how about you?

Read about the update of this new internal group chat function via this post:

Thanks again to +Michael Daniels pictured chatting here for pointing out the new update... Michael is a Hangout Mastery member. You can become a member too by checking out
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#HOAtips   #HangoutChat   #CommentTracker   #HangoutMastery  

November 20, 2014 45 comments 22 shares 90 plus ones
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When you are inside a Hangout video call of any kind (HVC or HOA) you can now see the internal text chat above the video thumbnails in the filmstrip.

This just showed up inside Hangout Video Calls. If your group chat pane is already open, you won't see this above the filmstrip, but if the group chat window is closed as pictured here, the latest chat text for each person typing will show above their thumbnail image for only those inside the Hangout Video interface.

This chat area is internal to hangout participants only... viewers of a HOA broadcast will not see this internal chat text. h/t: to +Michael Daniels for pointing this out.

This means filmstrip participants won't have to open up the chat window to see the chat action during a hangout video call or hangout on air.

Keep up with all these changes by joining us in the Hangout Membership group called Hangout Mastery - get details here:
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#HOAtips   #HangoutsTips   #GroupChat   #HangoutChat  

November 20, 2014 0 comments 7 shares 25 plus ones
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The video talks about 4 reasons to attend... I'm adding a 5th!

I'll be speaking at the event in San Diego this March and would love to meet you face to face in real life! - that's reason Number 5.

If you are thinking of attending, please purchase via my affiliate link here: to receive whatever discount is still being offered. If you purchase by Friday this week, you should be able to save $500 off your ticket.

If you purchase via my affiliate link I will be compensated by the event creators after the event ends.

Hope to see many of you there in person!
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#smmw15   #smmw   #SocialMediaMarketingWorld  

November 19, 2014 20 comments 27 shares 56 plus ones
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Great ideas written up by +Wade Harman and published on +Social Media Examiner's website for getting more folks to watch your Hangout on Air Broadcasts (HOA).

Wade has outlined some of the tried and tested ways to build an audience for your HOA broadcasts. From promotional ideas to smart tactics for networking, this short article is worth the read if you use or plan to use HOA as part of your online activities.

Some ideas discussed here are part of what I'll unpack as a featured speaker at  #smmw15  (Social Media Marketing World 2015). I'll be talking about the use of HOAs to build & empower your audience. If attending SMMW15 is of interest, please use my affiliate link to get a discounted ticket for the San Diego event happening in March 2015
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#HOAtips   #HOAstrategy   #HangoutsOnAir  

How to Get More People to Attend Your Google Hangout |

Do you host Google Hangouts on Air? This article shares five things you can do to bring more live viewers to your Google Hangout on Air.

November 18, 2014 2 comments 21 shares 44 plus ones
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Quick easy read... check out these simple yet effective ideas on how to boost your engagement on Google+.

I'm honored to be among those leaving short yet powerful ideas on how to get more engagement on Google Plus. These ideas are for those new to or experienced with the Google Plus platform.

Others included in the article are +Eric Enge +martin shervington +Mike Allton +Adam Connell +Debbie Miller +Ian Cleary +Neil Patel +Christian Karasiewicz +Ashley Faulkes 

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Ask the Experts: 10 Ways to Boost Your Engagement on Google+ - Brandwatch

Whatever your social media channel of choice, and whether you spend your time tweeting news, pinning all the pairs of shoes you’d like to buy, instagramming your dinner or sharing holiday pictures on Facebook, we always expect people to +1, like, retweet, repin or comment … Continued

November 14, 2014 7 comments 19 shares 48 plus ones
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Page or Profile... the struggle continues. If you're thinking Page, Read This!
Check out this very helpful, clearly written article re. The Art of Managing a Google+ Page... if you are considering doing that or are currently doing that, you'll be glad you did.

Time to read & digest: approx 5 minutes.

Even if managing a Page is not on your radar, many of the Do's and Don'ts listed in the article will help you manage your Google+ Profile properly as well.
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#PageManagement   #BrandPage   #GooglePlusTips  
h/t: +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales for the article and +martin shervington for the website on which to show it.

The Art of Managing a Google+ Brand Page - Plus Your Business

Managing a Brand Page on Google+ is tricky. Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales shares the most important things to begin with when managing a Google Plus brand page.

November 13, 2014 15 comments 1 shares 59 plus ones
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Zoom in on her mouth and look for icicles - the temperature is about 0° F, who knows what the wind chill is, burrrr

I know for some of you this is not that cold, but for our first cold snap of the year it is for us and we normally have more mild temperatures in Colorado east of the mountains. That's why we like it here!

November 12, 2014 9 comments 2 shares 23 plus ones
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Watch this Hangout on Air show featuring +David Amerland, +Eric Enge & +Mark Traphagen as they discuss the impact that Social Media Communities can have on Search Marketing and Social Media Marketing... aka Online Marketing.

I recently took a Poll on where I spend most of my time when on Google+ and surprised the pollster when I said it was in communities. They thought it would be on Hangouts on Air (HOA) or Hangouts.

I do spend loads of time using and posting about the Hangout and HOA tools, but as I thought about it, I really do spend the majority of my time inside Communities.

That could be because I run a private one focused on learning Hangouts (Hangout Mastery)... but they are also a wonderful place to get to know people focused on an interest you share.

Hope you enjoy the 1 hr. video. Please share in the comments below one of the most important points it brought up for you.
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#Communities   #SocialMediaMarketing   #OnlineMarketing   #SearchMarketing  
link to the HOA event: