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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Video Content Marketing, YouTube & Google+... I can help! (Video SEO and more)
April 22, 2014 17 comments 69 shares 118 plus ones
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The Desktop version of Google Plus now sports a new updated info panel and links to Mobile Hangout Apps.
Choose Hangouts from the left side dropdown menu and you'll see the new updated look for the Hangouts page. 

You can still Start a Hangout on Air (HOA) right from the first screen via the Blue Button, but you may need to slide down a bit to get to it. The link to get to the Hangouts page directly is

Hangouts are the Magical Communication Tool offered by Google+ for video meetings, they can be private or public. If public, then they are commonly broadcast live as HOA and automagically recorded as videos on YouTube when you're done. 

The other version of Hangouts start up from that little green quote thing in the upper right of the page, but only for Profile accounts, not available for Page accounts. Those are little text/chat meeting rooms called Hangout Message Boxes (HMB). They can easily turn into a private Hangout Video Call with the click of a button among those invited into that HMB.
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#Hangouts   #GoogleHangouts   #GooglePlusUpdate  

April 21, 2014 8 comments 17 shares 26 plus ones
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What should a book be? Surprising answer by respected author
Many of us know that +David Amerland is a respected author and speaker. I'd say he is a speaker of words of brilliance.
Watch these 23 seconds to hear what I mean.

Special thanks to +Scott Scowcroft for pulling out this snippet per my request from an interview +David F Leopold did with David Amerland on his latest book Google+ Hangouts for Business.

What should a Book be - a Springboard?
...Be propelled to greater heights through an increased synthesis of awareness and knowledge.
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see more of the interview from which this came here:

April 20, 2014 15 comments 8 shares 43 plus ones
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...or any other type of post!
{{EDIT: Google ended up using my manually entered hashtags! YEA}}
If you don't supply the hashtags for your posts (including the Scheduled HOA Events - SHOAE) then Google will do it for you.

Yes, I knew that!
Yes, you probably did too, but I guess I let it slip this time and thought I'd share this as a warning to you too. I edited the event as soon as I realized my error, but I'm afraid it is too late. The Hashtags I added show in the post at the bottom where I typed them, but the ones at the top right are auto-created by the Google machine.

Just so you know, I could delete the ones up top with a click on the 'X'. But there is no way for me to replace the auto created hashtags that show in Blue with the Manually created ones I typed (which show in black up top) after the post has been posted.

Because there is a fair amount involved with recreating this SHOAE and the threat that I would not be able to invite as many people or communities to the event, I just left it be. Events are pretty picky about letting you invite folks to see them. Hope my mess up helps you not mess up!
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#EventsTips   #GooglePlusTips   #HashTagTips  

April 20, 2014 6 comments 4 shares 15 plus ones
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The Videophone Turns 50... Is This Hangouts' "Mom"?
We do want to see each other when we communicate!
This contraption may have helped us get to where we are with Hangouts and Hangouts on Air.

Interesting read, not only re. the tech idea, but how the repeated efforts failed and failed until the conditions were right. The underlying concept was sound (visually enhanced distance communication), but the delivery was not right until [the following is quoted from the article, emphasis mine]...

...What changed the equation, of course, was the Internet and the ubiquity of devices — laptops, smartphones — with webcams built in. Since we already had the devices, all we needed was software...

Once we had the devices and the software, which we didn't have to buy separately and especially just for video calling, it's become obvious that we did want to be seen on the telephone.

And somewhere, the 19th century futurists and Picturephone engineers are likely puzzled but somehow satisfied that their vision of a videophone future has been finally realized, even if they got a big part of it wrong: that the phone itself wasn't really needed at all.
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#Hangouts   #VideoPhone   #VisualCommunication  

The Videophone Turns 50: The Historic Failure That Everybody Wanted

50 years ago the first video calls cost $5.33 a minute -- by appointment only.

April 14, 2014 8 comments 5 shares 32 plus ones
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If you are interested in Hangouts on Air - that live broadcasting tool that automagically turns into a YouTube video when done - You'll be interested in these 2 HOAs today.

First: Featuring +David Amerland's book Google+ Hangouts for Business which is hosted by +Eric Enge & +Mark Traphagen of +Stone Temple Consulting 

Second: Featuring +Lisa Engles where we will be talking about the Strategy and methods to use HOA for your business focused on Hangout Strategies for Visionary Leaders.

I'll be a guest in both of these which is one reason why I am drawing them to your attention. Looking forward to seeing you in the comments as NFGs (Non Filmstrip Guests).
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#HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #MarketingWithHOA  

April 14, 2014 22 comments 29 shares 57 plus ones
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As a guest of someone's HOA (Hangout on Air), if you are tech savvy enough, you'll want to help out by loading up and testing certain links and functions to see if  'all systems are go' for the show to come.

In this screenshot you can see the text doc I created to hold a few links for the various HOAs in which I'll be a filmstrip guest today. One link I test is the "Public Reshare of the Event Post" which is used for ver. 1 of the Comment Tracker hangout app. It allows us to track comments and bring them visually on screen during the live show, even if they come from the Event itself. I prefer this to Google's Q&A app for I feel it is "More Social".

Another check I do is for the Microphone, Camera, Lights and Lower Third... all before ever being invited by the HOA Host into the HOA greenroom (the pre-show time when we are almost ready to go live).

For those able to see it, the doc I've got ready here also has a place for an Emergency Recovery link for the HOA. This is where I put the URL to the HOA that will be the live broadcast. It is only used by filmstrip guests for quick re-entry into the live HOA if they happen to loose connection to the show while it is in process. You'll notice it is blank at this time since I am in not yet invited into the HOA greenroom but am performing the pre-pre-show checks on my own.

Sometimes we take these things for granted if we've done these things for a while, but I think it is good to be reminded of some of the things you can do to get ready to go... IMO, when you have all these things verified, then the rush of activity that happens in the pre-show greenroom can be less stressful allowing for a more successful broadcast.

What do you do to get ready emotionally and technically for your HOAs... no matter if you are a Filmstrip Guest or the HOA Host?

As a reminder, here is a link to a recent HOA show where we discussed being a Great HOA Guest:

And if you are really wanting to master this Hangout stuff, check out the paid membership group called Hangout Mastery here:
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#HOAtips   #CommentTracker   #HOAguestTips  

April 11, 2014 24 comments 3 shares 59 plus ones
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I did one more HOA but also had a little time to take some motion shots and a great one from the pool. My Dad's place in Florida, where we are visiting him before he returns to Wisconsin. The flowers are stunning, and the setting... well I'll let you judge for yourself.

April 11, 2014 21 comments 2 shares 41 plus ones
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Believe it or not this is my 3rd day in Florida but the first time I got out of the house due to Hangout commitments... back on screen in 1.5 hours. In #CapeCoral

April 08, 2014 16 comments 14 shares 38 plus ones
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In this context, HOA means Hangouts on Air. HOA are the live broadcast part of Google Hangouts. They automatically become YouTube videos when you are done and here is just such a video. Note: look for the clickable summary points below.

My Featured guest +Rebekah Radice takes us through some fantastic ideas and tips on how to be a Great HOA Guest if you are on the video panel aka 'filmstrip'.

The panel with +Debi Davis +Mike Allton +Jeff Sieh and myself bring in additional perspectives from time to time and the non-filmstrip guests also chime in with fantastic comments live on the screen. This all took place in a HOA Event where you can see the great interaction that goes on in a HOA Event like this.

The main points of the show are summarized here:
58:31 - Preparation
59:24 - Looking your best - Branding
1:00:37 - Presentation
1:01:33 - Turn off distractions

We hope you can find time to watch the entire show, maybe even add a comment or two here or in the event linked above, but the short 3 min. segment referenced with the clickable time codes above should help you understand some of the great ideas we covered in the show.

I run a Membership Group called Hangout Mastery, and in that area we cover the day to day tech behind hangouts and hangouts on air. If you know that hangouts are in your future (they should be) then please considering signing up for the group and getting the technology to disappear while meeting other HOA-ers and growing together. 

Visit for details or find an existing member and use their affiliate link... it won't cost you a penny more and they will love you for it! Signup to Keep Up!
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#HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAirTips   #SocialMediaTips   #VideoMarketingTips   #HOAguestTips   #HOAguest   #HOAbestPractices  

April 07, 2014 17 comments 6 shares 53 plus ones
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Sometimes it happens this way; you try to schedule things differently, but it just doesn't work out. So catch what you can live and watch the rest later!
One of the best things about Hangouts on Air (HOA) is that you can interact with them while they are live but if that is just not possible, you can also watch them as recorded videos later on.

Here is what I've got on tap where I'm the HOA Host for the next few days as far as Live HOA Broadcasts go...
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Mon. Apr. 7 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT -
Making the Hangout Mastery Affiliate system work for you
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Mon. Apr. 7 at 11:30am PDT/2:30pm EDT -
TNTBootcamp Tools N' Techniques - tool review w/ +Christine DeGraff
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Mon. Apr. 7 at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT -
HOA Guest Tips with +Rebekah Radice - How 2 Bee a great guest
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Wed. Apr. 9 at 2pm PDT/5pm EDT - Mastery Members Only, invite only
WebinarJam Tool Overview and Training
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There's others where I'm a guest like with +Lisa Engles on Wed Apr. 9 at 10am PT/1pm EDT and a few others that don't have links for yet, but that's certainly enough to keep you Busy as a Bee watching and learning. Hope you can make some of 'em live and all of 'em eventually. Enjoy!
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#HOAschedule   #BusyBee