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Google+ for Business doesn’t have a lot of pluses

So, if you have a business or a brand or a product or a local place, you can now set up a Google+ page. That’s about it. Lots of businesses jumped in at launch and Google famously deleted all those profiles, so now everyone can get in and put their business name in. That’s about the end of the excitement.
Now, you should do that. Your profile can help Google understand who you are, where your Web site is, and it can use your Google profile to connect lots of other stuff. Putting a +1 button on your page can’t hurt anything. And the more Google knows about your social media footprint, the more credit Google gives you for high-quality content, so you need to create a Google Profile and Google+ pages to maximize your impact here.
But it’s still disappointing. I really expected that Google was holding off on business pages because they were doing something really interesting, but they didn’t. Now, you might argue that Google+ all by itself is interesting, so opening that up for businesses is interesting. Perhaps. And for all you out there who are not familiar with Google+, here is a cheat sheet of just some of the functions:
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Perhaps you saw the announcement of Google+ for Business–it made big news for a day, but there isn’t that much to say about it. Honestly, if you understand how Google+ for individuals works, it will take about ten minutes to get up to speed on Google+ for Business, which is rather disappointing, because after months of development, Google added just a few fields for a business name and a photo.

  • Privacy. Facebook scurried to match this feature because it got so much attention. Google+ Circles allow you to decide which of your connections can see which posts, instead of sharing everything with everyone.
  • Huddles. These are similar to text messages within your Circles.
  • Hangouts. Some people have found this the most interesting feature–they are Skype-like multi-user video chats that are great for impromptu Web meetings.

These are all cool features, but they were already there, so the fact that businesses can use them is not the most exciting announcement Google has ever made. So, if you liked Google+, you’ll like Google+ for Business, because they are hard to tell apart.

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Mike Moran is an expert in internet marketing, search technology, social media, text analytics, web personalization, and web metrics, who, as a Certified Speaking Professional, regularly makes speaking appearances. Mike’s previous appearances include keynote speaking appearances worldwide. Mike serves as a senior strategist for Converseon, a leading digital media marketing consultancy based in New York City. He is also a senior strategist for SoloSegment, a marketing automation software solutions and services firm. Mike also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SEMPO. Mike spent 30 years at IBM, rising to Distinguished Engineer, an executive-level technical position. Mike held various roles in his IBM career, including eight years at IBM’s customer-facing website, ibm.com, most recently as the Manager of ibm.com Web Experience, where he led 65 information architects, web designers, webmasters, programmers, and technical architects around the world. Mike's newest book is Outside-In Marketing with world-renowned author James Mathewson. He is co-author of the best-selling Search Engine Marketing, Inc. (with fellow search marketing expert Bill Hunt), now in its Third Edition. Mike is also the author of the acclaimed internet marketing book, Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules, named one of best business books of 2007 by the Miami Herald. Mike founded and writes for Biznology® and writes regularly for other blogs. In addition to Mike’s broad technical background, he holds an Advanced Certificate in Market Management Practice from the Royal UK Charter Institute of Marketing and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He also teaches at Rutgers Business School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. Mike worked at ibm.com from 1998 through 2006, pioneering IBM’s successful search marketing program. IBM’s website of over two million pages was a classic “big company” website that has traditionally been difficult to optimize for search marketing. Mike, working with Bill Hunt, developed a strategy for search engine marketing that works for any business, large or small. Moran and Hunt spearheaded IBM’s content improvement that has resulted in dramatic gains in traffic from Google and other internet portals.

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