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Welcome +Anne de V to the HOST Community page. Feel free to reach out to others, share your ideas, or, promote an event or a book?

It's all about helping others and in turn, they will help you.
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+Anne de V Thanks for your chat support today.  Glad you found this Community.
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Last minute reminder.  Do join us!
 
This weekly Hangout is especially for #solopreneurs who like the #mastermind  concept.  Our purpose is to provide a forum for giving & receiving support, enacting positive change, removing stumbling blocks and creating stepping stones.  This week's topic is How does the Mobile world affect our business - Can we make better use of it?
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+Mike Allton says "If you're like me, many of these "unwritten rules" weren't obvious at first. Frankly, I'm aware of all of these mistakes because I've made most of them myself. "  Well I can surely say the same.  This will be helpful to everyone.  Thanks and h/t +Ray Hiltz 
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make on Google+, and what they should be doing differently.
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h/t +Lowell Ann Fuglsang  thank you for posting this- some great reminders and I now know what h/t means
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+Lisa Engles Hi & thanks for sharing! 
 
Here’s What’s Possible After 1 Year Of Google Hangouts

One year ago this month I decided to start using hangouts…. actually I had this ‘grand idea’ that I’d have my own hangout on air show.  I was completely clueless about G+ and how to use hangouts. I remember struggling to figure out how to do a video chat with a colleague.  Seriously, it took at least an hour with us talking on the phone while also on G+, clicking buttons to see if we could use this technology to have meetings.  It was super frustrating, but for some reason I had this idea in my head that  hangouts were the answer to helping me connect with more people because I was having dismal results with my email campaigns and I basically sucked using social media… lol! 

Luckily, the heavens looked down on this bumbling broad and saw how hard I was trying so the ‘higher ups’ threw me a bone:  I happened to stumbled across a hangout on air that was about hangouts.  The guest of the show was none other than +Ronnie Bincer  , aka the hangout helper .  I felt like that particular hangout was the answer to my prayers for help with what seemed like a beast of technology to figure out.  And the rest is history!!  

Since that day, a year ago here’s what’s transpired for me because of using google hangouts:

- Hosted 46 HOA shows
- Have made 18 HOA guest appearances
- Produced 3 multi-day live events
- Created a full membership program and site using hangouts to create my content
- Generated an additional 20k in business and partnerships
- Connected with 7 new JV partners
- Built a community of 4100+ followers

I’ve had to commit my time and energy but the ROI has been unlike anything else I’ve ever invested in…. hands down.  But hangouts have been so much more than ROI for me.  They’ve been even more about ROR (return on relationships).  Here are just a few of the benefits of the ROR benefits I’ve experienced in the past year:

- Eliminated the feeling of isolation I used to feel as a solo-preneur working from home, because hangouts have become synonymous with my daily cubical chats

- Given me exposure to an international audience and allowed me to spread my message in a much more impactful way than ever before

- Connected me with some of the most amazing people who have now become my best friends

- Helped me deepen my relationships with my clients 

- Reduced the need for me to go to networking events that gobbled up a huge chunk of my time during the middle of the day (as a mompreneur, time is of the essence)

Basically, I feel more fulfilled in the work I’m doing in the world because I’ve been able to use hangouts to cultivate relationships,  connect in real time and face to face  and communicate my message to an engaged community who’s interested in the same things I am.  

Here’s what I know-- ANYONE can do what I’ve done and have the same or even better results.  I also know that hangouts are a game-changer for those people who rely directly on relationships to build their business (ie: coaches and speakers).  I believe that hangouts represent an evolution in the saturated world of online marketing because of our ability to shift from content marketing to conversation marketing.  

If what I’m saying resonates with you and you’re interested in learning more, I’d love for you to join me for a free mini-course I’m hosting starting this coming Tuesday, October 7th .  In the course you’ll learn: 1) Why hangouts are the evolution of online marketing and how you can use them to leapfrog over the ‘big fish’ in your industry 2) How to hangout: The ABC’s of hangouts from start to finish 3) A 4-step strategy for integrating hangouts into your business 4) How to monetize hangouts.  Sign up for the free course here: http://hangoutsforvisionaryleaders.com/hangouthero/

Thanks to my wonderful community of G+ friends and colleagues.  Because of YOU, my business and my life has become much more colorful, enriched and fulfilling!

+Carrie Roldan +Alan Chong +Adelheid Hörnlein +Jerri Eddington, Ed.D. +Rhonda Wall +Jay Fiset +Ronnie Bincer +Ande Lyons +Krystalle Keszainn +Arttemis Keszainn +Yifat Cohen +Mia Voss +Christine DeGraff +Lany Sullivan +Jason T. Wiser +Wayne Meador +George Green +Tracy Baker +Stephan Hovnanian +Mike Fountain 
..... just to name a few!

#hangoutsonair   #hangouts   #googlehangouts   #relationshipmarketing  
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Welcome to +Alesha Doran to the HOST Community page. Feel free to post info about your business, events, or good content for other entrepreneurs...
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This Google Plus is open to both men & women.
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These secrets will help us expand the way we are using social media.  The +Guy Kawasaki +Peg Fitzpatrick book is well worth a read.
Social media tips that will rock your social! Links for more information on HOW to do each of these tips below. Secrets for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest, and Google+. How to add multiple photos and tag people in photos on Twitter:https://blog.twitter.com/2014/photos-just-got-more-social Facebook dark posts: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151107995291687 How to add video natively on Facebook: https://www...
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HOST members - Here is an opportunity to learn the basics of Google tools and Google Plus.  Come and bring your laptop.
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HOST members are invited to join the conversation.
 
This weekly Hangout is especially for   #solopreneurs  who like the #mastermind  concept.  Our purpose is to provide a forum for giving & receiving support, enacting positive change, removing stumbling blocks and creating stepping stones.  This week's topic is Relationships and e-mail.
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HOST stands for Home Office Support Team. We are all about helping the 'in-home' business owner or as some call us 'solo-preneurs' Come share your stories and ideas.

Bruce McCallum
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Relationship Building is KEY!

Building your small business (any business for that matter) depends on strong relationships between you, your customers, your suppliers, etc.

And what better way to build relationships and market your business is there than word-of-mouth?

Here's a very interesting and helpful website I think you will enjoy:

http://wordofmouth.org/
We teach word of mouth marketing.
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To all my fellow HOST Networking Members in Victoria, here's someone to watch, listen and learn from...

It's all good stuff!
"Dreaming With Entrepreneurs" in Google +
"Where Dreams are shared and Small Business Collaborations are created"
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HOST members are so welcome to join us.
 
This weekly Hangout is especially for #solopreneurs who like the #mastermind  concept.  Our purpose is to provide a forum for giving & receiving support, enacting positive change, removing stumbling blocks and creating stepping stones.  This week's topic is How does the Mobile world affect our business - Can we make better use of it?
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Lowell Ann Fuglsang. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I had a very enjoyable chat over coffee with +Annette Quan  discussing her business of helping people protect their hard-earned money. Get to know her - she's got lots of great information to share.
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Our newest member to the HOST Community page is +Julia James
I hope she can post some weekly tips for us! Hint hint
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+Julia James shared some valuable time saving tips at the most recent HOST networking meeting. One of the best in my mind is the daily 5-minutes devoted to reducing stacks of papers; in her words, shrinking mountains into molehills...
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My take away was "Let there be no piles of paper"  So far it's working.  Thanks +Julia James 
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Welcome +Leat A to the HOST Community page. Leat can help you organize your social media communications if it's just something you don't have time nor the inclination for. Send her a note!
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Thank you Bruce!
I have 5+ years of journalism and marketing background, and am happy to help engage greater online/offline audiences to your business. My email is: ahrony.leat@gmail.com
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#HOST  members are very welcome to listen in or come into the green room and join the conversation.
 
This weekly Hangout is especially for #solopreneurs who like the #mastermind  concept.  Our purpose is to provide a forum for giving & receiving support, enacting positive change, removing stumbling blocks and creating stepping stones.  This week's topic is Finding Your Ideal Client
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Here is some research to help #solopreneurs  plan their #marketingonline  
Want to improve your social media marketing? Understand your audiences' social media behavior in 2015. 5 trends, charts and tips from Global Web Index.
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Closing sales isn’t as easy as 1-2-3. From dramatic demonstrations to creative guarantees, convince a prospect to commit with these pro tips.
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