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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Hangouts on Air Assistance, Video Content Marketing, Google+ tactics & strategy
September 17, 2014 8 comments 20 shares 44 plus ones
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Check out the 4 minute video where the Google Apps team talks about using Hangouts on mobile.

Fast paced and informative, I think you'll like the way this info is presented.

To find other HOA videos I and others that have worked with me have done on mobile devices, check out the hashtag #MobileHOA  
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September 17, 2014 0 comments 7 shares 21 plus ones
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This is a great summary of resources and links to 10 different sources if you are wanting to get more out of YouTube or Hangouts on Air (which make YouTube videos).

+Tom Martin does a wonderful job summarizing what each resource offers and why you'd want to check each one out. I'm honored to be part of the list along with many other valuable blogs or people listed to follow.

Many names you may know already, some you may not. My personal relationships with those listed are with +Tim Schmoyer & +Gideon Shalwick & +Peggy K 

Check out the article and let me know what you think.
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#YouTubeTips   #YouTubeMarketing   #VideoMarketing  

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September 16, 2014 18 comments 9 shares 50 plus ones
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This is a web version of an email I just got from Google.

They are encouraging us to use HOA (Hangouts on Air) with their special tools like the Q&A app highlighted in the graphic here. Plus they are suggesting that those using the tools know how they work. Good idea!

...whether you're providing answers to frequently asked questions or interviewing celebrities, producing a successful Q&A takes a little preparation and practice. Here are three key areas to focus on before you broadcast live to the world.

They suggest we:
1) Utilize a confident moderator (to keep the show moving).
2) Include guests who add value to the conversation.
3) Know what we are doing ;-) It's important that Hangout hosts know exactly which buttons to push and when.

For all these points I offer my Hangout Helper services either as a HOA consultant or via the very affordable Hangout Mastery membership areas

For the Do-it-yourselfers... Google offers a link to the special tools they make that interface with HOA here:

Here's the web version link of the email (or click the image below)
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Mastering the art of Hangouts On Air. With Google+ Hangouts On Air, businesses and brands have an opportunity to connect to a wider audience in unique and personal ways. But whether you're providing answers to frequently asked questions or interviewing celebrities, producing a successful Q&A ...

September 16, 2014 33 comments 61 shares 80 plus ones
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A few days ago Google added the ability to help make a person the "Presenter to Everyone" in a Hangout Video Call (HVC) or a Hangout on Air (HOA). The goal seems to be allowing those in the filmstrip to easily focus on the main presenter no matter who is speaking.

The normal switching of what we see in the main video area based on who is speaking is being affected by this update. This could also be accomplished by "pinning" but many new to hangouts don't know about that.

If you are doing the screen sharing, you should see the top green bars shown in this composite screenshot.
(1) Is used to turn screensharing on (or off).
(2) Tells you that you are screensharing and allows you to 'stop' or "Present to everyone" which means those in the filmstrip can all focus on you no matter who is speaking.
(3) Lets you stop 1 of the two actions shown.

If you are the Host of a HOA or any filmstrip participant in a HVC you'll have the option to make someone (including yourself) the Presenter... see (4). This means that everyone in the filmstrip will see what the Presenter is showing no matter who is speaking. That action alone doesn't turn on screenshare, you'll still need to do that manually (1) to share your screen.

More details on what this means and why we care in the membership area

Link to Official announcement blog:
Link to Google Help doc:
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h/t: +B.L. Ochman for bringing this up along with +Debi Davis & +Michael Daniels for helping me test what it means (all Mastery members).

September 10, 2014 2 comments 4 shares 27 plus ones
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Like all of the Expanded Player HOA Event apps, people watching your HOA live or as a recorded video on YouTube will need to press the annotation link to get to see the 'special stuff' in action.

The wording for that annotation link has changed over time, now it reads:
Be part of the conversation
Click here to join the audience for this Hangout...

Click that link and you'll be viewing via the Expanded Player window which has room to show you all the extra stuff that is enabled by the HOA host.

Learn more about how Hangouts and you can work well together by joining Hangout Mastery... a paid membership area that is well worth your investment if Hangouts are in your plans
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#ApplauseApp   #YouTubeTips   #HOAtips   #SHOAEtips  
h/t: +Marilyn Moore +John Moore & +RightStart Websites for the screenshot & HOA

September 10, 2014 14 comments 6 shares 31 plus ones
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Free calls in the U.S. and Canada, International calls at low rates.
Check the linked post for details re. what needs to be done to get this ready to go for your smartphone's hangout app.

We've been used to mainly the text message type of Hangout conversations that can easily turn into Video Calls... now we'll have more options to use our phone and hangouts to do Voice Calls.

More details can be found here:
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Call me maybe? Introducing free voice calls from Hangouts

September 10, 2014 82 comments 17 shares 42 plus ones
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Google just rolled out another app that ties directly to HOA Events that are created via the left-sided "Hangouts" menu. It is called the Applause app.

At the time it was rolled out, it has been turned on by default, which means all HOAs (Hangouts on Air) you start via the Scheduled HOA Event process will have the Applause app turned on. See how to disable it each time here: ...

The Applause app along with the Q&A and the Showcase apps all use an "Expanded Player" window when you press the play arrow to view the HOA broadcast or recording. That makes interaction with Event Comments more difficult, but that is a conversation for a different time.

The ability to cheer or boo at various times during a HOA is what we get with this new app. This is another way that Google wants us to interact with HOA shows. Anyone can see the audience response and can jump to the areas of the most cheers or boos by clicking on the interactive chart that shows below the video area.

Learn more details about this new app on the following Google help page:

Are you cheering with the rollout of the new HOA Event app?
Please leave feedback in this post's comments if you like, but when you are on the Event page and see this app in use, let Google know what you think via the left-sided menu's Feedback link (or by pressing @ on a grey area). If you do that while on the Event page, Google understands your feedback better.
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September 09, 2014 50 comments 34 shares 66 plus ones
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Google loves their new tools! This one will add the expanded player window to your HOA Events which hides the place to leave comments (just like the Q&A app and the Showcase app do).

If you are wanting to allow your viewers to engage with the HOA Events you make via Comments, you should definitely Turn OFF the new "Applause" app Before you start the broadcast.

I hope they change this option soon and that the forced default is just part of the roll out for a short time, but if not, there is now one more thing to remember to do before you start the broadcast if you want real engagement with your viewers via Event Comments.

Here is a post re. the announcement of the Applause app:

p.s. I tested this today and even though I turned it off for one Scheduled HOA Event, it turned itself back on for the next one I created... persistent little bugger!

Keep up with Hangouts by becoming a member of the Hangout Mastery... details here:
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September 09, 2014 5 comments 1 shares 18 plus ones
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Join the conversation today via the links below (or watch the recording later on if you can't be there live)

The following quote comes from promotional materials that the folks from +RightStart Websites posted a few days ago. I thought it was quite well stated, so I'm sharing it again here:
The problem is that the personal touch [that small business owners do so well] does not scale very well, especially on the web, that is, up until now. Something really game changing has happened for small business and it is time that you, as the small business owner, took notice. That change is Google+ Hangouts
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Think of a web technology that would be ideal for small businesses. It would…

Think of a web technology that would be ideal for small businesses.

It would be:
1) free

2) allow the business to engage face to face with customers,… - Ronnie Bincer - Google+

September 04, 2014 6 comments 5 shares 25 plus ones
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Sharing Just got a bit easier with this "Get sharable link" shortcut... check out the post for details.
h/t: +Michael Daniels for the find/alert
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Sharing just got a little easier.