5 Google Plus Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google Plus

5 Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google Plus

Google plus toolsI know what a lot of you are thinking..

Why should we consider Google plus because it’s obvious that Google has lost the social network war and Google plus is not going to be another Facebook.

That’s true but….

Why will less users on Google+ be a good thing

A community of 1,000 people interested in your products and services is 1,000 times better than a community of a 1,000,000 people that’s not.

As Google plus declines in numbers (and this will happen) it will consist of a lot of people that are passionate about the communities they are involved in.

This means you’ll have some really strong passionate communities who you can build relationships with and ultimately sell your product and service.

Think about the biggest problem with Facebook and Twitter…….too much noise!!!

…..Less people means less noise.

It’s a not a platform for everyone but there is still value in any community that has the audience you want to attract!

5 Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google+

Ok….

Now that all that negativity is gone…..

1. Circloscope – Manage Your Circles Effectively

In Google+ you manage your network connections through Circles.

For example, you could have your friends in one circle and your business contacts in others.

When you are sharing content you can specify which circles sees the content you share.

 

Google plus circles
Specify the circles you want to share to

 

Circloscope helps you manage your circles more effectively.  Here are some of the things you can do in Circloscope:

  • View an overview – See how many people in each circles, relevance of people in your circles etc.
  • Create circles based on people engaging in a post, being part of a community or an event
  • Analyze the people in your circles and remove as required
  • Import people based on Google+ id or email so you can add them to circles

Here’s an example dashboard for Circloscope:

Circloscope Dashboard
View a breakdown of your circles

 

 

2.  Post at the right time using Timing +

To get maximum benefit from posting across any of the social networks you really need to work out the timing correctly.  If you are posting your most important content at a time when your followers are not online you are missing out.

Timing + analyses your last 100 posts on Google Plus to identify the best time to post.

It will show you the best times for each days and also show you what were your most popular posts.

timing plus post rank
Best times to post

Very simple tool, you just login via your Google + account and it analyses your posts.

If you post at the right times this will help with engagement which will result in more followers.

3. Find new people using Circlecount

Circle count is a Google + profile analysis tool to provide you with detailed analysis on Google + profiles.

  • View details of engagement on your profile, what were your top posts shared, your followers growth etc.
  • View details of other profiles and find out who is getting the highest engagement, most followers etc.
  • Find profiles and communities worth connecting to.

You can view standard statistics provided and run various searches by user, location and/or keyword to find details of Google + users.

Google plus Ray Hiltz
Profile analysis

4.  Detailed analysis using Nod3x –  No longer Available ***

Nod3x is an analysis tool for several platforms including Google+.

It tries to identify:

  • who is influential within your chosen topic area
  • who is engaging your niche
  • what words are people using when discussing your chosen topic
  • when is your topic seeing the most engagement
  • where are people talking about your content
  • how are people engaging

Here’s a word cloud generated showing topics discussed in relation to social media.

Nod3x hashtags
Hashtags based on a topic

You can also do competitor analysis.  Analyze what time of day works best, day of the week, hashtags used etc for each competitor.

Nod3x competitor analysis
View competitor analysis

 

If you understand your competitors and landscape you operate in this will help significantly building your followers.

5. View Detailed Statistics for a User Using Allmyplus

Allmyplus allows you to search for a particular user on Google + and display detailed information on this user.  Such as the posts they made, when they made them, the interactions they had and much more.  Picking a popular Google + user in your niche will help you understand how they grow their following.

The following is an overview graph.  When you run a report in Allmyplus you can click on any individual element to view more details.

Allmyplus
You can select the stats you are interested in and view specific details for that user

 

 

Summary

Google+ may not be the most popular social network in the world but if your ideal customers are on Google+ it could be the best place to connect and build a relationship with them.

So… what is your opinion of Google+ and tools we have shared?

88 Responses to 5 Tools to Grow Your Presence on Google Plus

  1. Thanks Ian. The walled garden that is G+ is is frustrating, in particular because of all the indicators that building presence there is a good idea. I love the YahooTubes idea for this reason.

    I already invest plenty of time in my other social profiles and am able to do so mainly because of tools like Hootsuite (which does not integrate G+ profiles). I also use RSS, however, and incorporate my feeds into Hootsuite. Bingo!

    Now, if only there was a tool that allowed us to post to all profiles from on place…

    • Hey Wesley, thanks for the feedback. Google don’t currently allow you to post directly to Google + profiles but I’m sure that will be available in Q1 of next year and no doubt hootsuite are working on it!
      I’m going to play around more with Yahoo pipes, some cool stuff you can do with it.
      All the best and happy holidays.
      Ian

  2. hello Ian useful tools for google plus marketing. I am struggling to found more relavant followers for my business. How I can increase followers for Google plus page. Travel is the theme of business .

    Thanks
    sourabh rana

  3. I enjoyed reading this one Ian…I am just learning to use G+ and it appears it can do magic. I have Google Author set up for my Yahoo! articles and it does make a difference.

  4. great…great…great collection of handy dandy tools…seriously it’ awesome. It’s an appreciable work….keep it up your post helps me alot….
    thanks a million..

  5. Reading a great post like this get frustrating.. I’d like to make connection and have more conversations on G+ and try all the tools, but alas, It’s just not a easy way to initiate conversations.

    Most of the threads I comment on there are with people I can know and can connect with elsewhere. More important.. MOST of the people I want to connect with aren’t using G+ for conversations.

    Meaning that G+, while being a great way to tie social into Google Search, is nothing but else. I use it everyday for that 🙂

    • Hey Warren, I think the important part is connecting with the right people and it doesn’t matter where that takes place. It’s unfortunate that there is SEO benefits to being part of Google + so this means we can’t ignore it even if we are connecting with all the relevant people on other platforms! Thanks for your comments! I always love when you stop by! Ian

  6. Hi, I have not been focusing on Google plus as most of my friends and colleagues are in Facebook. But I agree to your point that Google plus is a better for bloggers and marketers. I’ll definitely jump on this great platform and start taking benefits! Thanks for the post!

  7. Yeah its good as marketers we start building up our following on Google + now, because statics show that Google + will be dominating soon.

  8. Thanks Ian! That was really helpful. My page would really benefit from that. If you do come across more good tools, please create a sequel to this blog post. I’m looking forward to that !

  9. Just a doubt here Ian – you say Allmyplus allows you to search for a particular user on Google + and display detailed information on this user. But when I log into Allmyplus, I’m only able to see my ow information. How do I see others info?

  10. AT LAST! As a Social Media Manager @disqus_wCYKPOELhG:disqus, I knew we needed to get in the game with G+, but among all the info on the internet I had yet to find something as practical as your content, complete with tools. I am a one man show and to spend the time to grow community ‘the right way’ with thoughtful engagement is VERY difficult. Keep this kind of good content going. Craig – SMM www2.amx.com/discover

  11. I have a list on FIverr for people to follow and they will follow you back. Check us out- user is zellus.

  12. There is some useful content to be found in Google+ but, in terms of reaching a meaningful audience, the recent Sign In changes were the final nail in its coffin.

  13. Wow, great article Ian. I’m a massive fan of Circloscope. It’s a little difficult to get your head round to begin with, but it’s kind of like ManageFlitter for Google+ with a few more power features. Not heard of Timing+ or AllMyPlus- I will check them out. I do use NOD3x and Circlecount- both great. Have you come across Steady Demand? Good for auditing your G+ use. And of course I have to share my love of Friends+Me- which turns your Google+ profile or page into a social media management tool (and it allows you to cross post to your Google+ profile in a much better way than DoShare does)

    Do all of these tools make you want to use G+ more? Do you find value in it yourself? I’ve always been a believer in G+ but there are a lot of big names giving up…

    • Hey Ian, yes I like Steady Demand and Friends+Me also. Google+ is the last of my top social networks that I engage in. I have always wanted to prioritize more but it never happened!

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  14. apparently everybody still thinks that Google plus is simply a social network – I’ve come to find Google plus social networking fairly useful but as a power Google user you eventually understand that Google plus is actually the glue that holds all of the Google products together like Gmail – Analytics – Webmaster tools – photos and so forth

    The recent appointment of a vice president of images and streams is indication of the direction the moving and is well as the new collections function

    • I always thought it would be the glue but I’m not sure any more. I thought of it as the foundation for Google products but I don’t think that’s the case any more?

  15. Found myself as a late adopter of Google Plus but when I got going and happening to find Circlescope, I found myself in the right place at the right time and now I can’t get enough.

    The only downside is I can’t use Buffer for Google Plus profiles.

      • Thanks very much Ian for the suggestion. I spent some good time working with this plugin but sadly it is not ideal at the moment because the plugin uses Oauth 1.0, and Google only supports the newer Oauth 2.0 at this time. Meaning we can’t schedule any posts with images. And for me, it is all about the image!

        Still I am not going to discount the plugin because if I can get in touch with the developer and ask him to update it then we could be onto a winner.. unless you know of an alternative? For now the plugin is still good for scheduling links, polls and text posts.. but that is not really what I share.

        Appreciate your efforts.

  16. I’ve let G+ languish, beyond autoposting to it. I’m going to give Circl/oscope/ecount a look and see if they make managing it a little less tedious. I hate trying to figure out whether “I” am currently my business, my personal, or some other account whenever I’m working on something on there.

    You have convinced me to connect my G+ to my Buffer account, though, and this will be the inaugural post added to it.

  17. I really like this. I feel like there are a million articles out there talking about every aspect of social media but there are very few that cover google +. I think this does a great job showing the value of google +.

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