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Ronnie Bincer

The Hangout Helper: Coach & Trainer for Hangouts of all types, Google+ tactics & strategy
July 28, 2015 5 comments 3 shares 23 plus ones
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This is a good one! You'll want to bookmark it to return and digest what is shared here.

I'm honored to be one of the folks featured here by +James Reynolds from amongst his many podcast interviews. He has summarized what these experts offered as their Number 1 Tip on how to get more traffic and better engagement online.

Hope you enjoy it!
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#OnlineMarketing   #MarketingOnline  

How To Get Traffic: 30 Experts Reveal Their No.1 Tip

Learn how to get traffic to your content. 30 experts reveal the secrets for boosting traffic and growing a profitable audience online. Click here.

July 27, 2015 21 comments 8 shares 45 plus ones
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The only thing constant is change!

Here's a link to the Google Blog and to the YouTube Blog where these items are announced today plus I'll pull out some key quotes from the Blogs and posts about the blogs.

Google Blog Post:

YouTube Blog Post:

From +Bradley Horowitz's post (Google/Google+)...
We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

...We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.

From the YouTube Blog Post...
With today’s announcement from Google+, you’ll see more changes. The comments you make on YouTube will now appear only on YouTube, not also on Google+. And vice-versa. This starts rolling out today.

Your YouTube channel
This one’s further off. In the coming weeks, YouTube will no longer require a Google+ profile when you want to upload, comment, or create a channel. If you’re happy with everything as it is now, then just keep on keepin’ on. If you want to remove your Google+ profile, you’ll be able to do this in the coming months, but do not do it now or you’ll delete your YouTube channel (no bueno)...

h/t: +Michael Daniels who brought the beginning of the rabbit hole to my attention as part of our Hangout Mastery Community... you guys ROCK!
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#GooglePlus   #YouTube   #SocialMedia  

Everything in its right place

July 25, 2015 3 comments 8 shares 25 plus ones
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Looks like Facebook Page owners are getting much better options for the videos they upload directly to the platform.

Many of these are things YouTube users are used to having i.e. "Secret Videos" sound a lot like "Unlisted" YouTube videos at first glance. But Facebook has now given video creators much more control for what they upload directly to the social network.

Read the details below.

Thanks for pointing this out goes to +Social Media Examiner

#OnlineVideo #FacebookVideo 

Customization and Control: New Tools for Video Publishers | Facebook Media

Today we're excited to introduce enhancements to our video upload system and a new Video Library. The enhanced video upload flow gives Page owners customized distribution options for videos on Facebook, while the new Video Library is a simple, centralized place to manage videos.

July 24, 2015 6 comments 3 shares 28 plus ones
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If you use Google+ Communities you know that in the upper right area when you arrive there you will see the About this community information area...

Many of us that run communities utilize that space to explain a bit about the community and link to posts/areas inside and outside the community.

Until recently the links to items that lived inside a Google+ Community were shown with a Red G (google logo) or g+, now they are showing up as Blue Gs. Not a huge deal, but interesting how the Color Schemes of G+ are Changing. Will the Big Red g+ Logo be next?

July 22, 2015 9 comments 7 shares 39 plus ones
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I'm out of my mind... Leave a message!

July 13, 2015 15 comments 3 shares 14 plus ones
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Hangouts on Air have been a wonderful place to easily broadcast a live video stream that includes many of your friends & co-workers.

Now Meerkat is adding a "Cameo" feature to their mobile broadcasting tool which allows others to join in and 'take over the screen'. Read more about it in the featured post from +Mashable below.

Those familiar with Hangouts on Air (HOA) would likely see this option as adding the ability to let others interact visually as part of the broadcast. Currently those Cameo Appearances can only last up to 60 seconds (at a time).

A fellow Hangout Mastery member, +Krishna De, is doing a demonstration on how this might work for an interview-type broadcast initiated via her iOS mobile device. Check out details about that here:

Meerkat's new Cameo feature lets other users join your video stream

Meerkat has a host of new features, including the ability to let other users "take over" your video stream.

July 10, 2015 32 comments 36 shares 85 plus ones
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Still rolling out to the world, but it looks like YouTube has Changed where we might start our HOAs.

You can still use the Google+ method to start up your HOA Events via the left sided "Hangouts" menu, but if you were used to starting up your Hangouts on Air (HOA) broadcasts via the YouTube interface, that is/will be different moving forward.

Live Streaming
The image below shows the change. The "Live Streaming" grouping visible via the Creator Studio now contains an Events menu which is replacing the Live Events menu that used to live under the "Video Manager" grouping.

Updated Streaming options
We can still use the Google+ HOA option to broadcast the easy way (known as "Quick") with others included in an interactive filmstrip. But there is a new version of Live Streaming still identified as "Custom" or started via the new "Stream now [Beta]" menu choice pictured below.

The updated "Stream now" choice of live streaming seems to be aimed at the Gamers market, and includes an option to "Optimize for Interaction (low latency)".

What it means for HOA Hosts
More to come as we see more roll out, but for HOA Hosts that use the YouTube Interface to start up their HOA Broadcasts, we'll simply need to look for a new menu grouping within YouTube (pictured here).

To learn why you'd use one HOA startup option (YouTube) vs. another (Google+) join into the Hangout Mastery paid membership

h/t: +Heather Kraafter for the alert to the change and for sharing her screen with me.
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July 09, 2015 2 comments 8 shares 23 plus ones
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This article, part of the YouTube Creator Academy, gives a great overview of the value you'll get by putting on Live Video Broadcasts.

It discusses the use of Hangouts on Air as well as YouTube Live Events. It stresses the value of the broadcasts as they relate to your fans and viewers.

There is a quick quiz at the end if you want to test what you learned (sign in first to keep the score), and takes about 15 minutes to read and take the quiz on average.

Explore live streaming

June 30, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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Just wanted to remind our Hangout Mastery members (summer time has lots of distractions) that our Q&A session for July is happening tomorrow... July 1, 2015.

Link to the members only HOA Event: ..

We'll be covering your questions as we do each month, and I plan on making sure the fairly new 'hide filmstrip' option is understood properly as there is still some erroneous info out there as to what it really does.

I also plan on doing an overview of what Crowdcast offers us at this time (a fairly new HOA 'wrapper' program)... and based on feedback we'll decide if we want to go further into Crowdcast in a future training session.

The Video Player is now loaded up so you can test it out if you like on the Event Page (linked up top). See you soon!

If you're not a member but want to check it out, visit

June 26, 2015 14 comments 0 shares 35 plus ones
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I was recently on a camping trip and took this shot while standing on some big rocks in the river.

Just some fun for #FidoFriday