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martin shervington
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Good news:
For the past week we've been settling into our new home for the PYB Academy, in Slack.
(And thank you to everyone for making the move.)

Some people may wonder why we are moving over to an alternative (for paying members)...

...and will we still be on G+? (yes, see below!)

A lot of business owners don't want to learn how to use a social platform, they just want results: Build their Brand, Get Reviews, and Increase Conversions.

This move will help us to help them more.

And in order to expand we need to be 'platform agnostic', enabling new members to watch a quick 5 minute video to learn the ropes, and then get started.

I love the G+ community, and since we moved the Academy there has been no change to posting/engagement here or on other channels. All is still well.

Slack works great with Google products too - we have a live event on YouTube later today, and Google Calendar can automate event creation; Drive files, YouTube videos, and many more (many!) integrations give me the ability to build community.

The main PYB community can begin to grow again (this one) as we focus attention once more.

If you are interested in Academy monthly membership (4 group coaching sessions, and community support, as well as loads more), then send me an email to:
martin@plusyourbusiness.com

Here is to the next stage in the G-volution!



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Slack looks really cool, will check this out for some of my projects as well :)
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Tim Sweeney

Questions?  - 
 
Your YouTube Channel - Dealing With Autoplay

Assume you have a YouTube channel with a few playlists that are populated with videos. As I understand it, there is no way to control the autoplay feature for the user. Is that correct? 

Are there any suggestions to influence your other related video to play first rather than say a competitors video? 

Thanks
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+Tim Sweeney If you go into the Settings of a playlist and make it the channels official playlist, then you will move other competitors videos down. Name the playlist with your topic and add a - [your channel name] so that the playlist relates to your channel.
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martin shervington
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[Moderator Announcements]  - 
 
This course has been very well received.
Free, and easy - one video a day for 10 days.
Give it a go!
 
Go Mobile with Google, in 10 days! (NEW)
We go live today - it's free, and awesome.

#google #googleforbusiness #work #gogoogle #mobile
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Hello -- wondering if someone can help me figure out why I am not given the option of getting custom URL for a client's G+ Page. The Page is set up as a Local Business and verified as of last week, and we've put a G+ button on their website ( G+ preview box is appearing in SERPs, so that part is working). Help?
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Have you met these requirements set out at bottom for custom url 
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/2676340?hl=en

To find current url can you not just click top right of page, then go to MY Business? that should give current URL  OR will this not show the URL when logged in https://developers.google.com/+/web/badge/
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Ben Azaiez Family Group

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Hi everyone,
My name is Zakaria, I lead Ben Azaiez Family Group, international company offers worlds brand of FMCG like Mars international, Mondelez international, Ferrero, Coca-Cola, red bull, adidas and more.
We are located in central warsaw Poland, welcome everyone to visit us. We offer known product at very attractive price. 
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Ashley Unwin

New? Intros here (no self promo links/blog)  - 
 
Hello everyone!
My name is Ashley. I lead the consulting business, and am an executive board member of PwC UK.

While cycling is my passion, I also enjoy networking with innovators, entrepreneurs and local business leaders. Feel free to add me to your circles and connect with me on G+

Thanks +martin shervington for granting me access to this fantastic, vibrant community.
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Welcome to the community +Ashley Unwin! You've arrived at a perfect time in the evolution of PYB :D
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Meet the new Google+.Simpler, faster, better. Preview it today Does anyone know when this will be mandatory rather than an option?
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Likewise but we know it will at some point
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Melanie Hay

Questions?  - 
 
Just wondering if from a business perspective, is there a down side to deleting your existing Google+business page & using your profile page to engage with people & communities on Google+ ?

I don't have many followers or get much interaction on my business page.
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Hi Melanie I highly recommend reviewing +Martin Shervington post at http://ow.ly/XWDDk
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Tim Sweeney

Questions?  - 
 
Google Projects Related To Internet Connectivity

Recently, I've become interested in understanding what Google offers concerning connecting users to the internet. After searching I came up with four projects that lend themselves in some manner to this objective.

I would love to receive feedback concerning whether I've missed something Google offers in this area and/or your experience with any of these projects

Here is the list:

1. Project Skybender - This project uses high flying solar powered drones to deliver 5G technology using a new spectrum of radio waves. Note, 5G is much faster than 4G as you would imagine. I originally learned about this project from this +David Amerland  post, http://goo.gl/tmkS6N.

2. Project Fi - This project has been around for several months. It uses two carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint as well as Wifi to connect users to the internet. If there is a drawback to this approach, Project Fi is only available on a few Google smart phones. The coverage map is interesting to me, as I checked areas in which I know there is weak coverage, yet Google indicates Fi covers it. You can learn more at https://fi.google.com/about/.

3. Project Loon - "Is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters." Learn more at http://www.google.com/loon/

4. Google Fiber - This is Google's fiber optic project which was introduced in 2010 and has been slowly rolled out. It features internet access as well as TV subscriptions. This is primarily a wired infrastructure approach. You can learn more at the main Google Fiber website https://fiber.google.com/about/

Why Am I Interested In Google's Involvement With Internet Connectivity?

Within my geographic region, there is an initiative call Broadband For All, https://goo.gl/zXEkgN. It is focusing on, "incentivizing the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas." Whenever I see initiatives such as this, I think about whether Google has anything relevant that could be applied to it. By knowing what Google offers concerning high-speed internet access, I can begin the process of trying to get Google involved in this initiative.

In addition, and perhaps at a higher level, having quality high-speed internet access, especially mobile, is no longer a convenience. It now has become a necessity to support business, tourism and not to mention a safety issue when users expect their mobile device to work even in an emergency situation.

#google   #mobile  
Google's Project Skybender aligned to Project Titan envisions a new internet future.
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Here is an indirect Google offering for internet connectivity that I failed to include. Within New York City there is LinkNYC, https://www.link.nyc/.

This program seeks to replace payphones with link stations that will provide "free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions."

As mentioned, Google's relationship to this initiative is indirect, well at least as I understand it. It is through  a company called Intersection which is backed by Sidewalklabs. See, http://www.sidewalklabs.com/. And Sidewalk Lags is a Google backed startup.

This  article at Wired, see http://goo.gl/zeaNCp,  provides a good overview of the relationships. 
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Dave Nordella

Google+ Tips!  - 
 
I have a user on my Google + account that I want to delete. Google helpfully offers to transfer the user elsewhere.  I want to delete the user as I don't want to pay for the user. Google then seems to direct me to deleting my whole account, which is definitely NOT what I want to do.  Any thoughts?
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No, as a user subordinate to the manager. Thank you for asking +Thames Valley Discos.  
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google Local Business Review
Hello. I was wondering if someone can help
Since the G+ change leaving a review via mobile has been an issue so i advice clients to access via a tablet/PC instead. But now despite creating the links to leave a review directly, customers can't actually submit reviews. Instead it just says try later/dismiss when clicking submit. This just stays like that on any day. I have had 15 customers say they can't review my service and it is becoming a bit of a pain now .
I even managed to let One client allow me to remotely access their PC so i could eliminate "user error" but i had exactly the same issue. So is anyone else aware of this problem?
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Yes I understand now sorry for confusion, we do the same for our brand Compare and Choose at the bottom of the webpage we have a review us on google and also facebook and the same goes for us, it works on desktop like Martin said but it does not work on a device.  On facebook its fine it goes straight to the leave a star rating part.  Very strange I have never noticed this, I hope this problem can be resolved soon.
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Darren Button

Questions?  - 
 
So I have asked the following question of the guru +martin shervington and he suggested I ask the community...

+martin shervington - Hope you're recovered after your trip to San Fran? I wanted to pick your brain....I use the Sunrise App to hold all my calendar data in and wanted to migrate back to Google Calendar. However at work we use 365 so have an outlook calendar too.

Do you know of a way to sync the too via the web?

Have a great weekend and thanks for any advice you can give

I am hoping for a community rescue

Many thanks, Darren 
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+Tasty Thai Restaurant will look you up next time I'm out there
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Tim Sweeney

Google Adwords  - 
 
Google Online Marketing Challenge

If you're interested in Google Adwords and have thought about introducing it to those studying at the university level, then the Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) should be of interest.

The GOMC program is designed to provide a learning experience for students and faculty concerning Google Adwords. The challenge has students learning Google Adwords and then designing and running an Adwords campaign for a business or nonprofit organization. To assist with this, Google provides a $250 Adwords advertising budget. Students can also become certified in different aspects of Google Adwords if they so desire. 

This is a great opportunity for students in higher education with an interest in digital marketing to not only learn the basics of Google Adwords, but to also introduce businesses and nonprofits to the power of Adwords. In case you're not familiar with Adwords, it's Google's main advertising program. Adwords ads appear in Google search, on Google Search Partner sites, across the Google Display Network and more. 

Here are several links to learn more about the GOMC:

* Google Plus post concerning the challenge - https://goo.gl/MfV2of
* Supporting Digital Marketing Course - https://goo.gl/NgCQ5Z
* Learn about Adwords certification -  https://goo.gl/Ax37KH

There is a caveat to this program, that being the schedule on which it runs. Google announced this years version just a few days ago on 1-26-16. This doesn't give the educator much time to incorporate this opportunity for the current semester. Even so, perhaps this might serve as a template around which to build courses for the following semester. 

Google Adwords has morphed into a rather complex and multifaceted product. Understanding and knowing how to manage Google Adwords now requires an expanded skill set. There are technical aspects of it that are requiring marketers who use it not only have marketing savvy, but also be adapt at analytics, data analysis and consumer behavior.

I've shared information about the GOMC with my local networking organization that has ties to two of our local Universities, Binghamton University and Cornell. If you've ever participated in the GOMC, please share your experience. 

#googleadwords  
The Google Online Marketing Challenge (GOMC) is an exciting opportunity for students to experience online marketing and creating online marketing campaigns using Google AdWords and Google+.
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Using Google Plus Business Page I never really know whether what you post on this should be business related or whether it can be about anything non business related. For instance when creating collections, can these be about things that interest you rather than be about your business? should posts like this be shown on your business G+ page ( currently i don't display community posts)  I am really a bit confused with what a Business page should be used for, after all there is only so much you can say about it without becoming repetitious.  One day i may just have to give some money to +martin shervington ;-)
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+Thames Valley Discos​ I highly recommend taking +martin shervington​'s Collections Course.
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About this community

Welcome to the ‘Plus Your Business!’ Community and Agency. About us: We have assembled a world class team to cater to all marketing needs for businesses small or large, with a real focus on Google for business. Leveraging the power of community you can achieve amazing things, including building your personal network and getting top positions in Google Search. Ready for the next step? The Academy is our paid membership. Request access here: http://plusyourbiz.com/academy001 Over the coming years we look forward to helping you use Google products and services to transform your business or organization, including exclusive articles and videos. We are also here if need some extra guidance, so just ask. Please note, please do not attempt to solicit business. You will be politely asked to leave. This is not a place for consultants to find business. Also, no self-promo blogs, or events. Level 3+ of the Academy can post at their discretion. (Engagement is the indication as to whether people relate!). Please do not promote other communities - one strike and out. Please do not promote your collections into the community. Posting policy: We reserve the right to remove any content without explanation.

martin shervington
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Google Adwords  - 
 
Good day to everyone in PYB.
Are you feeling the love?
 
Valentine's Day Stats!

We've teamed up with +SEMrush​ for the love of stats.
How did they do it? Well...
"We gathered 2000 long tail keywords, containing 'commercial' words (gift / present / offer / buy / sale / cheap / discount / deal / coupon / best, etc) and the word 'valentine' (US database). All the trends and lists of the 'winners' were identified considering just this list of keywords."
Enjoy sharing the love :D

#stats #adwords #googleadwords 
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Share a Detail research 
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In your circles is it possible to see if people you follow follow back in a similar way that can be done automatically with say Twitter?
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Same answer above :)
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martin shervington
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Social Media Marketing Tips!  - 
 
This is an investment, I know. But it is incredible.
Hope to see you there - this year or next :)
M
 
Social Media Marketing World - April 2016.

$400 discount if you buy today. Do it. It is going to be awesome :D

http://martinsherv.com/i6 (affiliate link) #SMMW16

#socialmediamarketing #socialmedia
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I would like to join there so...(can't find a word)..!!!!!!!
My goal is next year!
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martin shervington
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Google Adwords  - 
 
Anyone interested in Social Media Marketing? :D
This week's 'Know Your Market'.
 
This week's 'Know Your Market': Social Media Marketing.

A project in partnership with +SEMrush, and +Plus Your Business! 

#googleadwords   #seo   #stats  
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Monika Schmidt

Local and Reviews!  - 
 
Inspiration for Small Businesses 
 
There are a few things you can do to take your business from idea to execution. Small business expert and author Julie Gordon White explains.

#BizPlanning  
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+John Maloney agree!
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martin shervington
moderator

Google Adwords  - 
 
Ladies and gents of PYB!
You can expect a load more Adwords content flowing your way soon, with advanced classes coming up in The Academy.
(more on that in a week or so...)
In the meantime, you'll want to bookmark this one. Enjoy.
 
Google Adwords - 21 hints and tips! (NEW)
Looking to dig a little deeper into Adwords? This is a great place to start.

The new PYB:
We are focused on helping you with 3 areas moving forward:

Conversions (inc. Adwords)
Reviews (inc. Google My Business)
Brand (inc. Social)

And this week I am delighted to have been awarded the LinkedIn contract to deliver Adwords courses for their platform. So expect a lot more hints and tips along the way - all part of the 'Conversions' aspect for PYB. Lots to learn, but as an Adwords user and presenter since 2003, I am delighted to formally re-enter this world as an educator once more.
#googleadwords   #googlepartner  
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+martin shervington , thank you, sir!
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