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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Coach & Trainer for Hangouts of all types, Google+ tactics & strategy
April 17, 2015 8 comments 3 shares 40 plus ones
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Well, this is Spring Time in the Rockies!

Photo taken last night when it just started snowing in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA. 

April 13, 2015 7 comments 9 shares 54 plus ones
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Fake it 'till you make it?

Practicing Power Poses for 2 minutes can change who you are says Social Scientist Amy Cuddy in this Inspiring 21 minute Ted Talk video.

We know that our Body Language changes what other people feel about us, but can our Body Language change how we feel about ourselves?

Watch the inspiring video to see the path Amy Cuddy shows us in discovering:

Our bodies change our minds…
…and our minds change our behavior
…and our behavior changes our outcomes.

Near the end of the video, Amy changes the "Fake it 'till you make it" phrase to become "Fake it 'till you ….. (watch the video to know what comes next).
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#Inspiration   #BodyLanguage   #PowerPoses  

April 12, 2015 2 comments 7 shares 31 plus ones
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The ways of SEO are constantly changing and the path to get found and valued includes Trust, Reputation & Authority.

Read the article linked here by +martin shervington of +Plus Your Business! where he references a lot of helpful information put forth by Semantic Search Expert +David Amerland.

Worth the read if you are trying to make an impact online.
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#SEO   #SemanticSearch   #OnlineMarketing  

Google Plus SEO: Trust, Reputation and Authority - Plus Your Business

With the Semantic web, the new currency is 'trust'. This article explores the challenges for businesses and individuals, and how to overcome them.

April 06, 2015 11 comments 33 shares 100 plus ones
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There are many ways that the Hangout on Air (HOA) Host can control what the live viewers see and what the recorded video shows for their HOA Broadcasts.

Using the Cameraman App is just one of them, but it is an option that gives HOA Hosts important controls like showing the filmstrip or not and hiding or showing guests at certain times. The Cameraman app is working behind the scenes when you use the highlighted thumbnail menus in the attached screenshot to show or hide guests in the broadcast.

To understand all the various options for controlling the HOA Broadcast Camera, you'll want to watch both hour long presentations (part 1 & part 2) made for Hangout Mastery members.

For only $47/month Hangout Mastery members gain access to scores of private training videos like Controlling the HOA Camera.

Members can get access to this series by clicking this link:

To join us in the membership community for fast and accurate answers to your Hangouts questions as well as access to live & recorded training sessions, signup at

May your HOA presentations be a wonderful way for you to communicate your message... they can be that for you once you master the technology which is why we made the Hangout Mastery membership. Hope to see you there!
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#HOAtips   #GoogleHangoutsHelp   #HangoutMastery  

April 02, 2015 24 comments 21 shares 43 plus ones
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Very helpful post on getting the most out of your images online.

+Dustin W. Stout does a great job helping us understand the ins and outs of optimizing images for social media as well as our websites.

I really like Dustin's suggestions on using good keywords for all the aspects of image creation that help the search engines (and people) understand the images better.

+Social Media Examiner... Thanks for publishing Dustin's helpful post.
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#ImageOptimization   #SocialMediaTips   #ImageSEO  

How to Optimize Social Media Images |

Do you create your own images for social media? In this article you'll find three tips to optimize your social media images for better online performance.

March 31, 2015 19 comments 5 shares 23 plus ones
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Check out this handy guide on how to use Twitter's live video broadcasting tool Periscope. At this time, it is limited to iOS devices, but I expect Android should be available soon.

+Ana Hoffman does a great job summarizing how to use it and why you'd want to use it in this nicely laid out tutorial. This new tool from Twitter may hinder the growth of Meerkat which happened to come out before Periscope, but is not as integrated with the Twitter platform as it once was.
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#Periscope   #Meerkat   #Twitter  

Periscope Tutorial: How [and Why] Use Twitter's Periscope

Everything you need to know about Twitter's Periscope - the new live streaming kid on the block. View, broadcast, and discover the world beyond you.

March 31, 2015 3 comments 4 shares 23 plus ones
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This 45 min. podcast interview with +Kalynn Amadio published earlier in March is chock full of helpful ideas for using Hangouts and HOAs for your business.
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114: Google Hangouts with The Hangout Helper Ronnie Bincer

Have you ever wished you had a simple way to create video content? How about easy video conferencing?Then you are in luck!

Ronnie Bincer, known as the Hangout Helper, is a coach, master trainer, and Google+ Trusted Tester (a Hangouts Beta Test...

March 25, 2015 16 comments 2 shares 69 plus ones
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View of the bay from my hotel room getting ready for #SMMW15

Met up with +martin shervington​ & +Dustin W. Stout​ already... first time meeting them both in person even though we've known each other for years via the power of hangouts and Google plus.

March 20, 2015 3 comments 24 shares 25 plus ones
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YouTube recently rolled out Cards, which will eventually replace annotations so says YouTube... read up on how to make them work for your youtube videos.

I've posted on how these work with Hangout on Air live broadcasts and it turns out you can go back and edit them after the broadcast ends (i.e. change where they first show up in the timeline as well as other edits).

To me one of the key reasons we're seeing these Cards show up is their ability to actually work on Mobile devices... something that annotations just can't do.

This article by +ReelSEO covers lots of details on the new interactive cards, so check it out and see what you think.

Will you be adding Cards to many of your 'older' videos?
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#YouTubeCards   #InteractiveVideo   #YouTubeAnnotations  

A Guide to YouTube Interactive Cards ► Future of Annotations

March 19, 2015 9 comments 10 shares 32 plus ones
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The Hangout Toolbox's Lower Third app is commonly used together with the stand-alone Comment Tracker app. Here's a tip for using them together well.

The Comment Tracker adds great value to your HOA by allowing you to bring live viewer's comments into your show.

The stand-alone Comment Tracker tool (the green 'double bubble' version, not the one from the Toolbox) is used a lot since it allows the comments from HOA Events to be tracked where the version of the Comment Tracker that is part of the Hangout Toolbox does not.

The Comment Tracker Tip - load up the (1) Toolbox/Lower Third 1st and then turn on the (2) Stand-alone Comment Tracker tool. When done in this order, the display of the Comments (as shown here) will not include the lower third image.

If you want to add the branding of your lower third on top of the comments displayed, then turn on the comment tracker first, and there is a good chance the comments displayed will also show the lower third graphic as well (but it may cover up some of the comments).

Thanks to +Denise Wakeman for her cameo here ;-)
You can get the stand-alone comment tracker from this link: it is created by +Gerwin Sturm ... Thanks Gerwin!

We offer full training on how to Master the Comment Tracker App (it can get kinda tricky making it work with events) as part of the many training sessions offered to Hangout Mastery members.

Join us in the Hangout Mastery membership to get the Comment Tracker training and much more by visiting and signing up for membership.

Get the training you want from the large list of recorded and live training sessions, and join into the included private Community. Stay around as long as you like with our monthly membership model & you can cancel at any time. Hope to see you on the inside!
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