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martin shervington
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How we support our members. 
We've been shaping up the community for the next wave...

A fun experiment, and great to have so many people on-board and willing to try new ways of doing things here. 
As you'll see, we have a great new approach to helping people get connected with the right people, and distribute their content further afield where appropriate too...

#community   #communities   #supporting  
Google+ communities have changed considerably since their launch in December 2012, and we at PYB are going to take a leap to support our members even more.
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Thank you for the support chap!
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martin shervington
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Good day to you all in PYB! 
In the name of service to our most dedicated supporters, we are formally changing our posting policy from tomorrow at 9am PST.

From that time, all non-Academy member content based posts will be removed without notice.

Please know we are here to support with questions and guidance, including the PYB blog with over 250 high quality posts.

We continue to experiment and push the boundaries of what we can do using this platform, and I have a blog post on this coming you way early next week...
Thanks to everyone who has been such a great support, and hope you all have an excellent rest of your weekend, M
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Thank you both +Susan Hales and +Bruce Frazer too.
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Some google plus marketing techniques that have worked for us:

1 Identifying the influencers in a particular industry. For example +martin shervington is the one of the biggest influencers in Google plus marketing.  Interacting with influencers really helps.

2. Engaging in communities which have valuable discussions and not just spam promotional links have increased the views and followers on my profile.

3. Finding engagement opportunities via Google Ripples is another contributing factor

What has worked for you? I'd love to know
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Hey Kelly, may I ask, what are you seeking to achieve from being on Google+?
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martin shervington
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Hey PYBers!
Are you ready to take the next step by joining The Academy?
 
The 'Plus Your Business' Academy! (ANNOUNCEMENT)
If you want to get more involved in the PYB community then this is the perfect opportunity...

Today we are launching a new 'monthly' payment option to support PYB, and join the crew. 
http://www.plusyourbusiness.com/academy/

Are you in? Sign up today for access.

Thank you for all your support to date, and here is to taking this next stage of the journey together.
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martin shervington
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Google Apps for Work (New Video)
This explains the benefits well...
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Great video, adds a few more things to think about +martin shervington​ as well as open new doors! ##
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Ray Hiltz

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Has Social Media Changed What We're Saying and How We're Saying It?
_Terrific insights shared today on the #RayBunch  show by special guest +Mark Traphagen and our regulars: +Jessica Dewell +Randy Bowden +Jessica Dewell and +Scott Scowcroft 
 
Has the Medium Usurped the Message
This is obviously a twist on the famous Marshall McLuhan quote: The medium is the message."

+Mark Traphagen, master of communication and online marketing joined the #RayBunch  today for an insightful conversation.
Here's a times tamped summary of highlights.
(Think of this as a tasting menu. Watch the 31 minute video for the full meal. ;-)

02:37 -  *How has social media changed the way and how we communicate?*
Two big impacts of social media - immediacy and democracy
Is it affecting reasoned reflection?
Tremendous impact on Brands because everybody now has been given a mouthpiece.

05:19 -   +Randy Bowden: Is Twitter the leading platform for social media fails? 

06:02 -  +Mark Traphagen responds to Randy's point about Twitter.
Twitter is best example of how the medium affects the message.
It's a constricted medium. The 140 characters means that what you gain in terms of immediacy you lose in context in particular with things like humour, irony, sarcasm.

07:27 -  +B.L. Ochman Seen on Twitter: "I really  miss my pre-internet brain."

07:45 -  +Mark Traphagen recommends following +martin shervington and +David Amerland for discussions about the plasticity  of the brain and how our environment affects us.

08:40 -  +Ray Hiltz asks: As consultants, do we bring our own platform biases to our work with clients?

09:20 -  +Mark Traphagen - Confirmation Bias Increasingly sees it as demonstrated by the response to the +Forbes "Google+ is Dead article." http://goo.gl/yZO9xF

The response, especially from Google+ fans who say they disagree because they have a wonderful experience on G+ is a demonstration of confirmation bias. They look at their experience and project it on others.
With business, that's dangerous if we assume our experience with a platform will be the same as our customers. 

Be objective.

10:47 - +Randy Bowden _Do you see where a company may decide there's just too many negative things that could happen if it lets  employees play around on social media platforms?_

Mark: -  Many companies restrict their employee's social media involvement. But there are others who are encouraging it. It works when there is already a great company culture.

There's risk with anything you do in business.

15:54 - +Jessica Dewell Consistent, transparent internal communication is essential in setting up a"social" business culture.

17:18 - Ray: -  *How would you describe Google+ to a client?*

Mark: -  That's changed over time. Evangelism is tempered. Don't put it out there as "this is the first thing you should do as a business - other than definitely set up a Google+ Page - especially if you're a local business. 

Where it works is if you're willing to invest the time to bring in your audience to circle your Page which allows you to influence them through personalized search.

19:43 - +Scott Scowcroft : There's gold in them thar hills - you have to be willing mine it."

Google plus is an advanced level of strategy of social media.

22:40 - Ray: -  What with the anti Google+ articles?

Mark: -  Could be as simple as "laziness". It's an easy story to publish and get links. Because it's Google the expectations were high and because it never was the Facebook slayer, it failed.

Last question: How many tweet on the toilet?

Watch the show for our weekly LunchBunch takeouts.

How do you pitch Google+ to your clients and/or employees?

#socialmedia   #communication   #MarshallMcLuhan  
#socialmedia  
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Bill Proctor

(Newbies) I have a question!  - 
 
Does anyone have any recommendations or thoughts on the best ways to Plus a computer consulting business?
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+Gary Gelinas Thanks, Gary!
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Janine Marriott
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Hi guys
I'm looking for some help please on Google's answer box. I have just put in the search term 'what are ceilidh bands' and this is what appeared above wikipedia! And I really need to understand why Google has chosen to show me this answer box. Obviously they have the search term in the blog post title, they are showing up in both personalised and incognito search so it's not just that Google thinks it relevant to me.
I looked at their domain authority and it's 46, with a page authority of 20.  I'd welcome any thoughts please. +Mark Traphagen and +Brian Jensen  please can I ask for your thoughts too? Thanks a million J :)
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Graphics Designing Solutions
https://www.fiverr.com/sobanshah29
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Nina Trankova

Google+ stuff!  - 
 
My question about is about Events. I'm used to see H.O.A on my events notifications, yet recently businesses are promoting offline events.
- How relevant  is it to use Events on G+ for promoting offline events? 
- Should GMB use Events option and promote offline events?
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I should add that they were Meetups for people I know from Google+, not sure it would work if the attendees weren't already active here.
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Ronnie Bincer

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Hangouts on Air and Your G+ Community...
Used properly, Community Centered HOAs can add great value to your community.

Read more below and watch the linked free broadcast to see what we're talking about utilizing a valuable/unique implementation of HOAs in a Public Community setting.
Ronnie Bincer originally shared:
 
Do you use Hangouts on Air as part of your Community Strategy?
Why would you want to use Community Centered HOAs?

Is your Google+ Public Community growing like you'd want it to be, or as engaged as you'd like? If not, utilizing Community Centered HOAs (CCHOAs) can make a big difference towards those goals.

When you utilize Community Centered Hangouts on Air you can:
► Increase the Size of your community
► Add value to your Brand
► Improve your community's Engagement
► Increase the Value of your community
► Help Focus the community
► Fully realize the Relationship Opportunities communities offer

Hangouts on Air (HOA) can add great value to the relationships we are fostering within Google Plus Communities. That value can be helpful to existing and new members of the community.

Live Discussion on Why CCHOAs are so Powerful
We'll be having a live video broadcast (HOA) discussing the use of CCHOAs within a community and why they seem to add so much momentum to a community on Tuesday April 28, 2015 @ 4pm EDT. Here's the link to sign up to view the free broadcast (either live or the recorded version) http://goo.gl/I8V3UA

Hope you can make it live and will add questions/comments for us to feature as part of the broadcast, but if you must miss the live event, you can always watch the free video replay on that same HOA Event page: http://goo.gl/I8V3UA

Add the Community Centered HOA concept to your Community!
Turn your Google+ Community into the thriving place it was meant to be by employing the techniques and concepts we'll be highlighting in this Scheduled HOA Event: http://goo.gl/I8V3UA RSVP there.
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#CCHOA   #HOAtips   #CommunityTips   #CommunityGrowth  
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+Patti Pokorchak hope you found it to be valuable.
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About this community

Welcome to the ‘Plus Your Business!’ Community, Agency and Academy. About us: We have assembled a world class team to cater to all marketing needs for businesses small or large, including Google+ 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, events, shared circles. Level 2+ 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. Posting policy: We reserve the right to remove any content without explanation.

Pilar Garibi

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Hi all! I just got an invitation to be here! So glad to do it and ready to learn! Thanks +dalia diago 
This is Pilar Garibi from México, and I am a certified money & weatlh coach, and  emotional aromatherapist expert.
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Jonathan McMillan (Be Better Than Average)

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Google Apps For Work vs Google+
I purchased Google Apps for work which resulted in another Google+ profile. I would like to use that one but I have followers under this profile. I attempted to migrate but Google failed miserably on in that process. Can you recommend any solution?
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One more tip. Have you tried looking in Google+ Helper Community? https://plus.google.com/communities/105619967999215909743
You can search for "transfer circles" in the left hand search menu and it'll pull up all the posts related to that. There are lots.
This one in particular might be helpful: https://plus.google.com/+MortenAlbring/posts/3ATQJj4ViBV
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martin shervington
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Have a great rest of your day PYB!
And here is a quick photo diary style run through of an amazing visit to Infusionsoft last month.
See ya tomorrow...
 
An Extra-Ordinary visit to Infusionsoft. (NEW BLOG)
Sometimes we can learn so much about walking the hallways of other people's businesses, when we are given the chance...

This was a reminder of the importance of culture, the people, the shared view, yet having been flown down to their conference I had no idea of what to expect. Walked the hallways I was surprised at what I heard - they are enabling their people to find their authentic selves; to be liberated to live the life they deserve, and generally be awesome.
This place as an AMAZING culture. 

I even saw references to +Rodney Pike and +Erno Rubik there (pictures included). And it was great to connect with +Wes Schaeffer +Patti Pokorchak and +David Moceri, as well as my host +Ramon Ray
And thank you to +Infusionsoft for your openness in letting me walk around and ask questions, piecing it all together, and connecting the dots.
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+martin shervington​ awesome to dream integrating IS with your G+ experience! Looking forward to hearing more about all this. .
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Andrew Wilkins

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Google+ Collections is now rolling out to a few users. Are you one of them? Please share your first impressions. Excited to see the new changes. 
A few days ago, we posted about a new Google+ feature called Collections expected to launch in early May. An update to the social network's app appeared ea... by Cody Toombs in APK Teardown, Applications, Downloads, Google, News
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So what are Google Collections anyway, and what are they used for?
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Adelaide Bookkeeping

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hello every one my name is perl, professional bookkeeping expert work at #IBS skilled in bookkeeping services for both small be medium business organization specializes in payroll, reporting, BAS and are Xero.
#Adelaidebookkeeping #bookkeeping  
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Aggressive Growth Marketing

(Newbies) I have a question!  - 
 
Hi there. My name is Kelly and my question is to the admin of this group.Recently my posts (mostly social media tips) have been chalked out. Earlier, I was sharing the same posts on different communities so I thought that might be the reason. However, I posted exclusive content then but still my posts got cancelled.

These were relevant posts that were shared by people too.

Please explain what has been going wrong at my end so that I can correct it
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Hey +Aggressive Growth Marketing we have just launched an easy way for people to get involved here: www.plusyourbusiness.com/academy
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Stephen Crewson

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I'm struggling with how to best solve this issue. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

Two Businesses, Same Location

I'm working with an RV Park and a Resort which share the same address but have two different owners, two different target audiences, two different phone numbers, and two different websites.  Currently the Google+ Listing is combined as 'Resort & RV Park'.  Is there anyway to separate these listings?  In speaking with a Google rep, he indicated no.  I feel like my hands are tied right now.  What would you suggest?

I am going to recommend that one of the businesses request an address change but in the meantime is there anything that I can do?  I also wonder if it is worth claiming additional online real estate for these business (i.e. Trip Advisor, Yelp etc.) in an effort to help Google see these are two separate entities.

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks +Patti Pokorchak.  If I cannot get this resolved with the access I have now, I'll be calling again.
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martin shervington
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Good day to you all in PYB!
This is a super valuable post for anyone with a Google My Business page.
martin shervington originally shared:
 
A Guide to 'Google My Business' Picture Management! (NEW)
If you are looking for ways to make your business stand out from the crowd, this is guide is a must...

Thank you to Academy member +John M Lynch for putting this together. Great work.

#googlemybusiness  
Now you have control over picture management using Google My Business dashboard. Let us show you how this is an amazing way for your business to stand out!
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Awsome post +John M Lynch 
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Michel Reibel

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Response to +Nina Trankova's post > https://plus.google.com/+NinaTrankova/posts/NYQw547ZwT5

Go in your G+ Menu > Clic on "Create an Event" > "Options" > "Advanced" > "More Options" then you can personalize an offline event (I've sent you the invite of this example). Little tip: Write in the event title OFFLINE EVENT ... :-)
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Nice tip. Thank you +Michel Reibel 
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For connecting your Youtube channel with your Google+ this might be useful :
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