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So Much Talent in One HOA

You're in for a treat with this one!.  You literally can't go wrong when you have a panel with +Mark Traphagen , +David Amerland , and +Ammon Johns , a guest host of +Gina Fiedel 's caliber, and a special guest appearance by +Bill Slawski - all wrapped up in one show.

This time stamp summary of the final episode of the Small Business WebTech show is a  way for you to get a gist of the show and some of the highlights and nuggets that were shared.  

We also had a fantastic and engaged audience.  Comments from +Todd Lohenry , +Sergio Redondo , +Lee Rickler , +Paula Allen , and +Kristin Drysdale were highlighted during the show.  Also, special thanks to +Farinaz Parsay ,+Tanya Lumere , +Omi Sido , +Mick Sharpe , +Oleg Moskalensky , +Frank Gainsford ,
  +Zara Altair , and +Bob Strassel Jr.  ( to name just a few) for being such great supporters of the Small Business WebTech show!

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Your Website - A Cornerstone of Visibility
A Time Stamp Summary

The final episode of the Small Business WebTech show was a memorable one.  On hand were 3 giants of Internet marketing - +David Amerland , +Ammon Johns , and +Mark Traphagen 
- along with special guest host, +Gina Fiedel , to discuss how small businesses should approach and use their websites to increase their online visibility.

An extra treat was having SEO and search engine expert, +Bill Slawski , stop by to add his thoughts on the subject.  +John Moore and I were honored to host such an illustrious group and are deeply grateful for their participation.

The hour flew by, filled with sound advice and valuable perspective for small business people.  Following is a time stamp summary of the show with some of the highlights and nuggets that were shared.  Desktop users simply click on any time stamp to hear that part of the discussion.  For those on mobile, move the slider under the video to that time in the show.  Enjoy!

2:25 - Introduction of our panel and guests

5:08 - +John Moore  recaps this 3 part series on using your website as a business asset.

7:17 - +Gina Fiedel's introductory remarks - .  Be mindful of what you want to be known for - conscious visibility.

9:10 - +John Moore  asks the panel to share their introductory thoughts on web visibility as it relates to your website.

9:17 - +Mark Traphagen  - Break out of the pattern of looking for magic tricks or a quick fix.  You need the right mindset.

12:14 - +Ammon Johns  - You want to be known for the right things; which means you have to be seen doing the right things - often.  Transparency is important.

13:58 - +David Amerland  - Visibility is about connecting with the people who are right for you.

16:34 - +Gina Fiedel  asks for some clarification of terms such as SEO, SEM, internet marketing, digital marketing, etc.

17:43 - +David Amerland  - Everything now comes under the marketing umbrella.

19:42 - +Mark Traphagen  - You have to prioritize.  Number 1 priority is build a business that is so awesome that people want to share it with others.

22:17 - +Ammon Johns - Marketing comes down to word of mouth… amplifying word of mouth or faking word of mouth.

23:38 - +Bill Slawski  - Listening and being social is part of the equation, also.

28:00 - +Mark Traphagen  - Technical SEO should not be ignored because that is what enables all your other efforts.

30:12 - +David Amerland  - Your website should be where you focus on the real value your business delivers to the people it serves, answering specific questions which showcase your expertise.

31:27 - +Mark Traphagen  - the content on your website can be a sales tool as well as a SEO tool.

33:08 - +John Moore  asks about the hallmarks of a quality website.

33:34 - +David Amerland  discusses the 4 Es: experience, everywhere, exchange (of value), evangelist - and how they relate to your website.

36:19 - +Ammon Johns  discusses the relevance of the 4 Ps: product, place, price, promotion

38:29 - +Mark Traphagen  - You have to approach your website from the viewpoint of your customers and prospective customers.

40:10 - +Ammon Johns  - You need contrast for visibility.  But being remembered and being top of mind is the ultimate form of visibility.

43:10 - +Bill Slawski  gives an example of how your website can answer questions

43:43 - +Mark Traphagen expands on being memorable.

45:21 - +Gina Fiedel  asks about priorities.

46:03 - +David Amerland  - Start with your strengths, make it transparent,and it will then cascade into a lot of other areas.

48:16 - +Ammon Johns  - Start with your existing customers.  Help them and help their voices to be heard.  Give them reasons to talk about you.

51:18 - +John Moore  asks how small businesses sometimes shoot themselves in the foot.

51:46 - +Ammon Johns  - People follow what they read without thinking "is this my business model".  Apply what you read carefully.

52:48 - +Mark Traphagen  - Losing focus.  Don't get caught in a blame psychology.  Take control of things you can change.

54:42 - +David Amerland  - Don't take short cuts.  Look inward first.

Closing Thoughts

58:18 - +David Amerland  - Your business has to be about more than making money.

59:11 - +Ammon Johns  - If you've got a great business, people will want to see it.

103:11 - +Mark Traphagen  - Fan the small flames.  Find where the flame is burning.  That's how you get scale-ability..

1:04:39 - +Gina Fiedel - Be realistic with your resources but not self-limiting.

1:05:14 - +Bill Slawski - You don't have to do things alone.  Find people who support you.

Special thanks to our engaged audience for your comments and questions during the show!

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+Sergio Redondo - I am so happy you enjoyed that "absolute luxury" as much as we did!  As I said in a comment elsewhere, it felt like all the planets were in alignment to have so many remarkable and knowledgeable people all together for one show.  Thanks for watching and being an active participant :)
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Small Business and SEO

Small business folks often are unclear about what exactly constitutes SEO these days.  +Gina Fiedel does a superb job of educating us on what we need to consider.

Holistically looking at SEO is a must, and Gina does this beautifully.  She takes a close look at content and what it does for your website and its ability to be found, seen, and used.

In this well--researched article, Gina provides resources for evaluating your website and guidance for creating content for it.  There's much more, though, so be sure to read the full post.

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SEO Essentials for Businesses Who Want To Be Found Online

This is a conversation I have with every client. It never tires or completes. There are always questions and there is really no shortage of evolving attitudes and more actions that can be considered and taken. It’s an ongoing education of curiosity, inquiry, and discovery.

How do we make a website that lends itself to discoverability first of all and then how do we attract visitors to our website that are the most likely to convert? 

How do we help Google understand our business? What do we do to support and encourage that understanding?

These are huge questions with no simple answers. But knowing the basics of holistic SEO is a solid place to start.

Article written by +Gina Fiedel for +Fat Eyes Web Development.

http://www.fateyes.com/practical-seo-basics-for-small-business-owners/

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Nice point about relationship building being part of a cohesive strategy +Gina Fiedel. It's a practice that makes sense to the entire marketing plan. And so many SB's still don't understand you can build relationships on social +Marilyn Moore. Social actually gives SB's an avenue to create strategic relationships without a big financial investment.
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A Golden Opportunity

Where else can you get +David Amerland , +Ammon Johns , and +Mark Traphagen together in the same "room" this week?

This Wednesday on the Small Business WebTech show is a golden opportunity to hear from 3 of the best minds in business as this outstanding panel discusses how you can use your website to increase your online visibility.

Questions are encouraged so this is like getting a free consultation with 3 world class experts.  +Gina Fiedel will be on hand as special guest host to add her always valuable perspective, also.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 12.  Respond YES or MAYBE to place this event in your Queue and Calendar. 

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Most business owners struggle daily with getting their business in front of potential customers. This activity is constant and never ending.  There are a lucky few that have history and current trends on their side and wonder what the fuss is about, but for the rest of us.. it’s a mountain to climb, a desert to cross where the mirages are many and the canyons deep.

Micro/small businesses especially find this daunting because there is never the time or resources to do all of the things that marketing gurus have traditionally suggested.  What is even more frustrating is the barrage of “instant success” schemes promoted everywhere one looks.  From TV to the email inbox the promise of getting rich “if you just do this” leaves the business owner confused at best, wasting time and resources at worst.

Was there a  simpler time, was it always this hard?

“...going back to a pre-industrial revolution time, when you've gone to the village square in a village where you didn't need to go to a lot of trouble to introduce yourself and interact with these people. You got a sense of who they were, you could see what they were doing, you established trust in your relationships that way. And everybody - and if you wanted to find out something about somebody, or if you needed a service, even if you couldn't find it there, eventually somebody in that village knew where to direct you.”  (David Amerland)

For a while we lost this simplicity.  Advertising was pushed at the customer via more and more expensive and aggressive print ads, TV commercials, and junk mail.  Marketing became a dirty word for many “customers”. The resistance grew, it got harder and more expensive to push through the din and dross and build a meaningful business based on that simpler time.

Small businesses now have access to an opportunity that levels the playing field a bit -  and that is the tried and true website.  This is a place on the global village square that each business can own that cuts through so many barriers. The key is how to leverage it correctly.  It is NOT the “field of dreams”, or “instant coffee” and you do have to position your site correctly, but each business owner has a chance to stake a claim in that global marketplace for the cost of hosting, a good ear to their customer’s needs reflected in the website design, and a bit of elbow grease.

Much of that din and dross is still lingering in the air but the “times are a changin” (Bob Dylan). And who better to help us see the way into these changes than our dynamic trio and “dream panel” : +David Amerland, +Ammon Johns, and +Mark Traphagen.

Let’s meet at the “village square” of  Google’s Hangouts on Air and get some honest and down to earth guidance on making your business more visible through your website.

About Our Guest Host

+Gina Fiedel is the founder and owner of the web development company, Fat Eyes Web Development with her husband, Doug Anderson. Her company is based in Santa Barbara and combines strategic and sophisticated web solutions to create websites that offer better, more authentic and effective communication, sales and marketing tools for their clients.

About Our Panel

+Ammon Johns is a well respected veteran of online marketing highly regarded in the SEO industry.  Since 1996 he has worked with clients of all sizes, in all markets, and in every way (in-house, agency, and private consultant).

He’s as well known for his frank, no-nonsense, practicality as for the innovations he brings to the field, and the testimonials and recommendations he has indicate the respect, and influence, he has in SEO.

+Mark Traphagen is Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting. He assists the executive team in formulating and implementing all online marketing strategy for the Stone Temple brand, as well as being available as needed to consult with Stone Temple clients in areas of his expertise

Mark has a wide reputation as an expert on Google+, and influencer marketing. His stated mission is to help you get seen and heard, to help get a business’s message out and bring in people who want and need what they have to offer. Mark considers his special know-how is in the intersection of social and search.

Mark shares his ideas as he writes for a number of top online publications, and is a sought-after speaker for major online marketing conferences which include: MozCon, Pubcon, SMX (Advanced, East, West & Social Media), and SearchExchange.

+David Amerland is the author of eight best-selling books including "Google Semantic Search: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Techniques That Gets Your Company More Traffic, Increases Brand Impact and Amplifies Your Online Presence" and "Google+ Hangouts for Business: How to use Google+ Hangouts to Improve Brand Impact, Build Business and Communicate in Real-Time." His very latest one: SEO Help: 20 Semantic Search Steps that will help your Business Grow is a practical guide to semantic search optimization for busy webmasters and marketers.

He helps multi-national clients and start-ups to organize their SEO and Social Media strategies. He is a business journalist, author and international speaker. He blogs about social media and search engine optimization, writes for a number of prominent websites including Forbes, and advises a handful of corporations on their social media crisis management techniques.

His books on SEO and Social Media demystify the complexity of the subjects they cover for readers around the world providing an accessible blueprint to better understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the connected economy.

If you are in the San Diego area and want to join the live broadcast you can register for the event at the Oceanside Chamber here:

http://www.meetup.com/WebTechBusiness/events/224238550/

A special thanks to +Oceanside Chamber of Commerce  for hosting the venue for the live audience and broadcast,  and  to +Richard Peat-Hanna  for his technical assistance.

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What Is Trust?

Trust is an emotion.  We know when we feel it.  We intuitively know how to earn it.  It is one of the most valuable of attributes.

Saying "Trust me" just doesn't cut it. If you have to say it, then the trust probably isn't there.

+David Amerland , with his usual skill and grace, has broken trust down into 3 components:

1. Knowledge and expertise
2. Honesty and Openess
3. Concern and Care
(see graphic in David's post)

It's like a 3 legged stool. (An analogy that +David Amerland has used elsewhere.) You need all 3 to really be considered trustworthy by others.  
It was number 3 that really struck me.  If your customers and clients don't really feel that you genuinely care about them, the other two components, assuming they are present, are weakened.

Empathy is a powerful part of the equation and cannot be faked.

David translates the process that happens in an instant in the human brain to how it work in the semantic web.

I know +David Amerland has an upcoming book on trust, and I for one, can't wait to read it!

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"Three Little Things"

A perception of trust and credibility is formed by our almost instantaneous calculation of the three other sets of perceptions:

1. Knowledge & Expertise
2. Honesty & Openness
3. Concern & Care

The three are related. Knowledge & Expertise rarely operate in a vacuum. Because they are empowering they become the means through which we demonstrate our commitment to the community. Our willingness to share without strings attached an indication of who we are and how much we value our activity and its impact. 

All of these are qualities that an algorithm, powered by a deep neural net can actually workout on the fly. Within our heads, using a variety of clues including tone, voice and attitude, we do the same in less than a second. 

The activities that determine trust also reflect on the trustworthiness of entities in a semantic search world and the trustworthiness of the content they share. In other words you cannot separate a person's professed beliefs from his actions any more than you can separate the way a business claims to behave from the way it actually does behave. 



 
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+Dave Moore the perseption of trust
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Too cute not to share.

Thanks +MaAnna Stephenson :)
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Connecting the Dots Between Content and Your Web Presence

+Gina Fiedel of +Fat Eyes Web Development lays out how the content you create determines the effectiveness of your digital identity and footprint.

"Everything you do online adds to the semantic structure of your digital presence."

Gina points out that if you are:
-> intentional
-> consistent
-> authentic

then all of your online efforts will enhance your web presence.

When we say "content" are we talking about blog articles?

Yes, for sure, and video, too. But don't forget to include commenting and resharing in the mix.

"Whenever you have interacted online and left a piece of yourself behind, it counts." 

As Gina says, "it's all the big stuff and the small details, too."

Do read +Gina Fiedel 's full post for a fuller understanding of how your content affects your digital presence.  

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Deliberate Digital Presence & Content Writing
Your Online Semantic Foundation Is Built On & Fortified By The Content You Write

http://www.fateyes.com/content-writing-and-your-digital-presence/

Everything you do online adds to the semantic structure of your digital presence.  Luckily, your actions can be purposeful. You can organize and establish trails and tributaries of information (about yourself and your business) to craft the ways in which you will be known online. In other words, you can deliberately construct your online presence. The thing to keep in mind is that it demands being intentional in your actions. Also, consistency is a huge factor.

It’s your chance to make sure you’re contributing, on your own behalf to building an overarching compilation of evidence or clues about who you are, what you do, why you do it and the connections you want to emphasize. If you demonstrate with continuity and authenticity who you are, that’s primarily who you’ll be in the public's perception.

We are essentially using our content as an identity emissary. We build a cross-web picture of our brand identity via our social actions and with the content we create. The content that, at least in the beginning stages, will be housed on our hub; our business website. 

“The transition of marketing has been one from the traditional 4Ps of Product, Place, Price and Promotion to the modern 4Es of Experience, Everywhere, Exchange and Evangelism. 

...In the new marketing age the segregation of branding, marketing and search engine optimization no longer exist. Being yourself, clichéd as it might sound has become the ultimate point of differentiation.”

Extracted words from +David Amerland in his article, “The New Marketing Is Also The New SEO” (http://goo.gl/ekIFSj)

And +Teodora Petkova, who is also quoted in this article, from her piece, “A Conceptual Basis for Content Writing” (http://goo.gl/9QjAK7) presents us with a marvelous concept to practical application jump, making it easy to get to the destination of understanding.

If you’d like to read the full article:

http://www.fateyes.com/content-writing-and-your-digital-presence/

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Your content writing can organize, establish trails and tributaries of information about yourself and your business to craft how you will be known online.
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+Marilyn Moore, it didn't seem cynical to me. Rather, realistic and yes, empathetic. I think it's important to acknowledge the challenges that people face. 

The really cool thing is that if the first goal in creating content is to serve customers, a nice by-product of that it does, in fact, contribute to SEO efforts. So it's a very good use of time to focus on serving. Quality content is the foundation for good ranking. Even considering links- we need good content to link to. 
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Great Way to Begin Your Week

Rays Weekly Marketing Round-Up from +Ray Hiltz is a terrific way to get your week off on the right foot.

In this week's edition, Ray features highlights from G+, Social Media, SEO, and video.

Do click through to the full post, which is outstanding.

Thank you +Ray Hiltz !

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Rays Weekly Marketing Roundup | Google Plus, Social, SEO, Video
http://goo.gl/OS7fVx _"All have their worth, and each contributes to the worth of the others.”_  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

In this week’s Marketing News:

Google+ News 
Google Plus, the conversation platform.  _Maximizing Engagement on Google Plus_ -
An important article from +Eric Enge and +Stone Temple Consulting who answers why he did a study on Google+ engagement given repeated proclamations that Google+ is dead. We then get a detailed breakdown of what types of posts work better on Google+ than others.

Social Media 
Your Social Culture begins with a Social Media Policy. (guide) from +Daniel Hebert of +PostBeyond 
This is a downloadable PDF that will demonstrate the different parts you need to include in a social media policy.

Twitter Removes 140-character limit on DM's*_ Sing your heart out on Twitter. 

SEO 
Search Engine Ranking Factors 2015
_150 Experts share opinions on current and future SERP ranking factors. _ via +Moz 

Video  
Buffer for Video Upload, schedule and share all your video content from Buffer. via +Buffer   

Featured HOA: 
The Website – A Cornerstone of Visibility
How can you increase your business visibility? Hosts: +John Moore +Marilyn Moore  and special guest host: +Gina Fiedel interview the top of the crop: +Ammon Johns +Mark Traphagen and +David Amerland about achieving visibility for your business. 
This will be a reality check for many. A must listen.

You can read my full post here: http://goo.gl/OS7fVx
and subscribe to have it delivered to your mailbox each Saturday here: http://goo.gl/PLsjq

Have a great week all. :-)

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My pleasure +Ray Hiltz
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Back to School with Ronnie Bincer

+Ronnie Bincer is the master teacher par non when it comes to educating people about how to effectively use Hangouts On Air. 

He is currently running a Back2School special on his video training course with study guides.  If you're not up to speed on  Hangouts on Air yet, this is a tremendous opportunity.  

Ronnie makes things clear and understandable and is a highly effective teacher and mentor.  He has been a huge help to our business and I cannot recommend him highly enough!

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Time to Learn Google Hangouts! Back To School Special
You know that Hangouts on Air (HOA) let you broadcast your message via a live video stream, connect with people, build trust, improve visibility and a host of other benefits... right?

But you also know that if the HOA tool is not used well, that it could actually damage your reputation, so maybe you just never really tried.

Now is the time to learn how to use this great communications tool!

This acclaimed self-paced 9-module video training course (with printable study guides) is currently discounted for a limited time... Back to School time. Visit www.allabouthangouts.com

Save $80 off your no-risk purchase (we offer a no questions asked 30-day Money Back Guarantee) by entering Back2School2015 as the coupon code at checkout or by clicking this link which will auto apply the $80 savings in the shopping cart:
http://AllAboutHangouts.com/back2school2015

Nothing to loose, lots to gain. Ask anyone that has taken the course, it brings you from Hangout Basics to Total Hangout Confidence!
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You are truly welcome on both counts +Ronnie Bincer .   Happy to spread the word :)
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David Amerland, Ammon Johns, and MarkTraphagen - Together!

Special guest host +Gina Fiedel , along with +John Moore and myself are honored to be talking with +David Amerland , +Ammon Johns , and +Mark Traphagen next Wednesday, August 12 !

Our topic is a bedrock of small business but one that is often not fully appreciated: Your website as a cornerstone of visibility.

Let’s meet at the “village square” of Google’s Hangouts on Air and get some honest and down to earth guidance on making your business more visible through your website.

Please join us next *Wednesday, August 12. This is a unique opportunity to get your questions answered from a panel whose expertise and experience are at the very highest level. 

Be sure to respond YES or MAYBE to join us live or to watch the replay later. This will put the event in your Events queue and Google calendar.

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Most business owners struggle daily with getting their business in front of potential customers. This activity is constant and never ending.  There are a lucky few that have history and current trends on their side and wonder what the fuss is about, but for the rest of us.. it’s a mountain to climb, a desert to cross where the mirages are many and the canyons deep.

Micro/small businesses especially find this daunting because there is never the time or resources to do all of the things that marketing gurus have traditionally suggested.  What is even more frustrating is the barrage of “instant success” schemes promoted everywhere one looks.  From TV to the email inbox the promise of getting rich “if you just do this” leaves the business owner confused at best, wasting time and resources at worst.

Was there a  simpler time, was it always this hard?

“...going back to a pre-industrial revolution time, when you've gone to the village square in a village where you didn't need to go to a lot of trouble to introduce yourself and interact with these people. You got a sense of who they were, you could see what they were doing, you established trust in your relationships that way. And everybody - and if you wanted to find out something about somebody, or if you needed a service, even if you couldn't find it there, eventually somebody in that village knew where to direct you.”  (David Amerland)

For a while we lost this simplicity.  Advertising was pushed at the customer via more and more expensive and aggressive print ads, TV commercials, and junk mail.  Marketing became a dirty word for many “customers”. The resistance grew, it got harder and more expensive to push through the din and dross and build a meaningful business based on that simpler time.

Small businesses now have access to an opportunity that levels the playing field a bit -  and that is the tried and true website.  This is a place on the global village square that each business can own that cuts through so many barriers.  *The key is how to leverage it correctly.*  It is NOT the “field of dreams”, or “instant coffee” and you do have to position your site correctly, but each business owner has a chance to stake a claim in that global marketplace for the cost of hosting, a good ear to their customer’s needs reflected in the website design, and a bit of elbow grease.

Much of that din and dross is still lingering in the air but the “times are a changin” (Bob Dylan). And who better to help us see the way into these changes than our dynamic trio and “dream panel” : David Amerland, Ammon Johns, and Mark Traphagen.

Let’s meet at the “village square” of  Google’s Hangouts on Air and get some honest and down to earth guidance on making your business more visible through your website.

About Our Guest Host

+Gina Fiedel is the founder and owner of the web development company, Fat Eyes Web Development with her husband, Doug Anderson. Her company is based in Santa Barbara and combines strategic and sophisticated web solutions to create websites that offer better, more authentic and effective communication, sales and marketing tools for their clients.

About Our Panel

+Ammon Johns is a well respected veteran of online marketing highly regarded in the SEO industry.  Since 1996 he has worked with clients of all sizes, in all markets, and in every way (in-house, agency, and private consultant).

He’s as well known for his frank, no-nonsense, practicality as for the innovations he brings to the field, and the testimonials and recommendations he has indicate the respect, and influence, he has in SEO.

+Mark Traphagen is Senior Director of Online Marketing for Stone Temple Consulting. He assists the executive team in formulating and implementing all online marketing strategy for the Stone Temple brand, as well as being available as needed to consult with Stone Temple clients in areas of his expertise

Mark has a wide reputation as an expert on Google+, and influencer marketing. His stated mission is to help you get seen and heard, to help get a business’s message out and bring in people who want and need what they have to offer. Mark considers his special know-how is in the intersection of social and search.

Mark shares his ideas as he writes for a number of top online publications, and is a sought-after speaker for major online marketing conferences which include: MozCon, Pubcon, SMX (Advanced, East, West & Social Media), and SearchExchange.

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He helps multi-national clients and start-ups to organize their SEO and Social Media strategies. He is a business journalist, author and international speaker. He blogs about social media and search engine optimization, writes for a number of prominent websites including Forbes, and advises a handful of corporations on their social media crisis management techniques.

His books on SEO and Social Media demystify the complexity of the subjects they cover for readers around the world providing an accessible blueprint to better understand and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the connected economy.

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What's Up with Google+?

Is Google+ alive, dead, thriving, ailing...?  You hear all sorts of reports and it can be pretty confusing.

In this article from +Mike Elgan for +eWEEK.com he explains that a reason for all of the many G+ naysayers is something called majority illusion - "the local impression that a specific attribute is common when the global truth is entirely different."

Mike shows how this applies to not only the status of Google+, but Google Glass as well.

What does all this mean for the small business G+ user?

The first thing to remember is that Google is not trying to kill off G+ but to improve it by dropping aspects that proved to be unpopular, such as the requirement to have a G+ account as entreé to Google's other services.

G+ will always be my favorite network because I believe the potential for building relationships and content discovery that will help you be a more successful business is greater on G+ than any place else.

Does that mean G+ is the end all, be all of social networks?
 Of course, not.  Not even Facebook qualifies for that. +Wade Harman recently posted in the Google Plus For Small Business Community an interesting post in which he imagines that G+ has gone to social media heaven and how one should diversify their social media efforts. https://goo.gl/mtN2ng  No matter how vibrantly you view Google+, not putting all your eggs in one basket is a sound strategy.

So  I believe Google+ is here to stay, though I doubt that means staying the same.  Google is the great experimenter and future changes will be forth-coming.  Not to kill it, but to improve it.

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G+ Photos Moving to Google Photos

Yes, it's true.  Google+ Photos is ending with Google Photos taking its place.

What does that mean for all of us G+ users?  Not as much as you might think.  Yes, you will need to use the Google Photos app for backup, editing, and managing your private albums.

But it will still feel very much the same here on G+ where you will still be able to share, plus one, and comment on photos.  It's important to know that all  of your photos will be saved, even if you're slow to download the Google Photos app.

+Anil Sabharwal of Google sums up the move to Google Photos nicely so you know precisely what's changing and what's staying the same.  He also references the original announcement if you missed it earlier.

Do take a look, but fortunately you don't need to lose any sleep over this one.

h/t +Ben Fisher and +Denis Labelle   

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I wanted to clarify a couple of points regarding yesterday’s announcement (https://goo.gl/TL0l6j) and provide some additional context:

1. The great photo and video sharing service that’s part of Google+ is unaffected. You can continue to post photos and videos, and your followers will be able to comment and +1 as before. No change.

2. All of the photos, videos, and albums you have already shared on Google+, including their posts, comments, and +1s are also unaffected. An easy way to find these is to visit the Photos tab of your Profile page.

3. The private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management (album management for shared content is still available on Google+), and sharing to other apps, is being replaced by Google Photos.

I sincerely appreciate for many of you #3 is still a hard pill to swallow. And I promise we don’t take decisions like this one lightly. The reality is that maintaining both Google+ Photos (the private photo management component of Google+) and Google Photos poses several challenges. Most notably, it is confusing to users why we have two offerings that virtually do the same thing, and it means our team needs to divide its focus rather than working on building a single, great user experience. 

We are working very hard to bring all the best features of Google+ Photos to Google Photos, and this focus will allow us to deliver even more features at a much faster pace.
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