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Ronnie Bincer

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July 21, 2014 15 comments 18 shares 38 plus ones
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At this point we have 197 responses to the Survey question that asked "Where do you watch HOA?" The pie charts and breakdown are shown here in the attached graphic.

81% say they watch Live HOA on a Google+ Event page/post.
53% say they watch the Recorded HOA on YouTube.

The choices were limited to focus the survey between watching on YouTube vs. on a Google+ Event. And between watching Live vs. Recorded HOA activity.

It could have been a 2 question survey (the top 2), but when mobile gets involved it gets a bit tricky, which is why questions 3 & 4 were included. Even if we start the viewing process (live or recorded) using a G+ Event page or post with a mobile device, we will actually end up watching on YouTube.

This graphic shows a small sampling (approx 200 people) and since I am a proponent of the HOA Event tool, the results are likely biased in that direction to some degree. The survey is still available to be voted upon at this point and you can do so here: http://goo.gl/DU68dr

Thanks to everyone that voted and shared the initial posting of the survey. It seems to show that there the event page is a valid place to spend time watching HOA activity for many people.

Special thanks to the members of the Hangout Mastery private community that helped in the development of the survey... we'll be discussing the finer details there.
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July 18, 2014 4 comments 6 shares 25 plus ones
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This article has some cool advanced tips/techniques for using Google Plus as a marketing platform... well worth the read.

The +Social Media Examiner will be holding a massive online event (Social Media Success Summit) in October 2014 at which I will be one of the speakers... Yea! I'll be covering how Business can get real value out of using Hangouts.

As a speaker, I have an affiliate link to share with you re. that event. I'll make a percentage of the fee if you decide to signup. After every Friday, the latest discounted rate will change, so if you are considering attending, signup NOW (you can always cancel later) to lock in your best rate. Please use: www.bit.ly/smssHOA to check it out.
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Do you want the latest tips on how to use Google+ to market your business? Here are the latest Google+ marketing tips from the pros.

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July 16, 2014 16 comments 16 shares 59 plus ones
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YouTube Maintenance Alert - Don't start Hangouts on Air during this time
Between 1am - 2am PDT (Pacific time) on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
That is 8am  - 9am GMT

I just saw this alert on my YouTube Live Events area, seemed to sneak up on me, just not wanting it to sneak up on you.
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July 15, 2014 52 comments 44 shares 43 plus ones
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Please take this quick 4 question survey to help us (and Google) know where you watch HOA activity when it is live and when it is a recorded video.

Your info is anonymous but will help shape the future of the HOA tool set. So please vote here and we'll publish the results soon (you can see them yourself as well). Click below to vote.

Please Share This Post so that many people from all areas can cast their votes. Thanks very much!
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July 13, 2014 17 comments 33 shares 56 plus ones
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This problem persists, so here is a work-around to help you fix it until Google can figure out how to fix it for all of us.

The +Hangout Toolbox contains a commonly used tool called The Lower Third. For a while now, there have been problems when we use the lower third tool (it allows us to self identify as well as bring in various graphics onto our video screen). The problem shows when we have multiple people (3 or more) in the video filmstrip in that the video thumbnails can cover up some or all of the lower third graphic.

The current quick fix:
When you are inside the Hangout Interface, pin yourself and then turn the lower third you are using on, off and on again. (see the screenshots for how)

As shown in the 3 screen shots here, this will cause your video to reduce in size and show above the filmstrip. One of the big issues here is we can't see the problem unless we are viewing the external video feed or watching the replay. So this is one thing it would just be wise to do even if you think everything is OK.

Another idea is to design your own version of the lower third graphic you use (custom overlay) so that it is less wide and on the left side which means there is less chance you'll get filmstrip overlap, but that will depend on how many people are in the filmstrip. Remember, the size you use for the custom overlay should be 1280x720.

Hopefully this problem will be fixed in the future, but since it still causes issues for many of us, I thought I'd share the quick fix for now.

Keep up on all the latest details with the ever changing Hangout tool by joining the Hangout Mastery membership. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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h/t: +Dave Williams for the smiles!

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July 12, 2014 4 comments 7 shares 33 plus ones
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Here is Google's page full of ideas on how people are connecting with Hangout Video Calls. Start with one device, switch to another, stay connected with hangouts.

Easy place to get started with hangouts, download apps or software to make things work across devices and understand what you've got: 
http://www.google.com/hangouts/

After you've seen the official stuff and want to keep up or learn how to make it all work, signup for my free newsletter at www.thehangouthelper.com
Thanks,
Ronnie Bincer, The Hangout Helper
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July 11, 2014 15 comments 2 shares 29 plus ones
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I'll be speaking at this one! The Hangout Helper (me) has been invited to speak with the "big names" in this year's Social Media Success Summit!
This is a virtual event so if you want to attend, there is no travel involved, all activity happens online. The event happens in October it runs for many weeks. If you register now, you can save $450... the biggest discount offered

As a speaker there I am also offered an affiliate link to the conference. Here is my link... use it and I get paid a % after the conference: www.bit.ly/smssHOA

Here is some info re. the event:
45 Pros Help You Master Social Media Marketing: Join Jay Baer (author, Youtility), Mari Smith (co-author, Facebook Marketing), Mark Schaefer (author, Social Media Explained), Michael Stelzner (author, Launch) and experts from Whole Foods Market, Humana, Dunkin’ Donuts and Tyson Foods as they reveal proven social media tactics at Social Media Success Summit 2014. Fully online.
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If you've gone before, you know this is worth it... and you know that this is the deepest discount they'll offer (ends today).
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July 11, 2014 4 comments 6 shares 25 plus ones
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If you have a passion and want to tell the world about it, we now have a fantastic tool to do so with Google Hangouts.
Listen to this Podcast interview of The Hangout Helper (me) which comes from a slightly different perspective... that of an entrepreneur whose path has not always been the most obvious.

Pass this along to folks that like to listen to podcasts - especially those that may not know about Hangouts yet. It is a 30 min. podcast.
http://entrepreneurnextdoor.net/013
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END 013: Ronnie Bincer: The Hangout Helper Unveils the Beauty and Power of Google Hangouts

Ronnie Bincer, known as the Hangout Helper, is a coach, master trainer, and Google+ Trusted Tester. Every day he actively empowers entrepreneurs to harness technology and apply it to their own industries. Following his lead, thousands of people worldwide are mastering the use and power of social media, video, broadcast communications, and discoverability online. If […]

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July 09, 2014 17 comments 22 shares 47 plus ones
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There are a couple of ways to Stop the Broadcast of a HOA (Hangout on Air). The 2 screenshots here show you where you should click and what happens if you click in another OK but not optimal place to end the broadcast.

I figure it is better to show you now what may happen, than you getting surprised at the end of the show you are running. If you do choose to "Exit" instead of "Stop Broadcast" as your way to end the show, you'll be booted from the interface and will want to return quickly to say goodbye to the other filmstrip guests in the post-show greenroom.

To do that you'll need to use that HOA URL that you kept handy in case there was a problem during the broadcast, right?

Lots of little details to think about, but once you've mastered the options you can let the Technology Disappear and Focus on Your Message!

To fast track the learning process and maintain your expertise in this ever evolving tool, signup for Hangout Mastery membership. Details can be found here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery

Have you ever ended a show by 'exiting'?
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July 08, 2014 18 comments 14 shares 60 plus ones
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Here are 2 screen shots that show the New Plugin-less Hangout option. This means that we can use Hangout Video Calls and Hangouts on Air (HOA) without the need for a plugin.

If you were to click on the "Learn More" link (pic No. 1) before choosing to activate this option or not you would end up at this Google help page:
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2693767?p=ib_access_cam_mic&rd=1

Note on picture No. 2 where we see a small camera icon in the title bar area of a Hangout or HOA interface that is using the plugin-less feature.

If you missed the initial announcement of this here is a link:
http://goo.gl/F3SpxC
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More details on what all this means in the Hangout Mastery membership area... www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery

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