Google Plus for Business: 3 Google Plus Tools to Help Your Business

3 Great Tools for Google Plus for Business

Google + is an extremely important platform for anyone that wants to market their business online.  It is much more than a social network and within the next 2 years you will have a Google + account whether you like or not as it is the foundation layer for all Google products including search.

A couple of months back we covered an article on Google plus tools but we’ve discovered some more useful tools and plugins we want to share.

So here are 3 killer tools if you are using Google Plus for Business.

1.  Share scheduled content on Google Plus using Doshare

If you use your Google + personal profile to share content to your network then you need to install DoShare.  This is a chrome plugin which allows you to schedule content to share out on Google +.

When you install the Chrome plugin you’ll get a little button on your browser.  When you find content you want to share you click the button and up popups a screen similar to the following where you fill out additional details related to the post.

Here is a great post from Lee Odden that I shared out a couple of days ago:

 

DoShare for Google Plus

Schedule content to share using DoShare2.

 

You can also define what circles you want to share your content out to and also schedule the content.  The reason tools such as Hootsuite don’t support the scheduling of content to a Google personal page is because there is no server side facility for doing this.  This means you can’t send a message to Google plus and tell it to send it later.  Instead you need to process everything on the client.  This means that for this scheduling to work effectively you need to have chrome up and running at the time you have scheduled the content.

As part of this plugin you also have the facility to send any Google Plus posts to Doshare.  When you find interesting content on Google Plus you may want to schedule it out.

 

Send to doshare

Click this button to schedule delivery of a post later

 

What I do is use Google Chrome for all my social media activities and use Safari for everything else.  This saves me a lot of time and helps me to become more organized.

2. Find and mention authors using replies and more

If you put a comment on a post on Google Plus and mention someone’s name in the comment they get notified in gmail that you mentioned them.

So what you need to do is start typing in the persons name and Google will look up to find a list of people that matches and then you can select the appropriate one.  In the example below I’m looking for Sarah Evans.

 

Searching for Google plus author

You type in the first couple of letters and Google will show you a dropdown you select from

 

Replies and More is a Google Plus plugin that I first heard about from Guy Kawasaki.   When you install it you get a button ‘reply to author’ on every post.

 

Replies and more Google plus plugin

A ‘reply to author’ button is added

 

When you click the reply to author button it automatically adds the persons name (i.e. Sarah Evans)

 

Replies and more response for Google plus

The authors name is automatically added

 

It also adds additional sharing options to the post so you can share a Google plus post to Twitter, Facebook or eMail.

 

Replies and more social media sharing

Easily share Google + content to Twitter, Facebook or e-mail

 

3.  Hangout Graphics Creator

I came across this tool from a weekly post that Ray Hiltz (Google Plus Expert) shares with his weekly Google Plus tips newsletter.  Thanks Ray!

Hangoutmagic allow you to create a customized banner which appears across the bottom of your video image when you are on a hangout.  So, when you are on a hangout you may want to display your name, company and logo.

 

Hangout Banner Image

You can add your own text and logo to appear on the bottom of your video when you are on a hangout

 

Here is a video which steps through how to set it up.

 

 

There are a variety of tools that allow you share content to you Google + Page. For example, you can use Dlvr.it to automatically pick up your blog post and share to your Google Plus page.

Summary

Google + is a platform that is going to become more and more important.   As it develops there will be more tools to help.  You really need to start building your network now!

Here are some Google Plus Experts to follow:

Ray Hiltz –  I came across the hangout tool through Ray’s weekly tips, well worth signing up.

Mark Traphagen – Mark writes very comprehensive posts about Google + that are always worth reading.

Amanda Blain – Over 2 million followers on Google +

If you use Google plus for business what tools are effective for you?

So what tools do you use?  Are you benefiting from Google + ?

photo credit: ivanpw via photopin cc




 

About the author

Ian Cleary

Author: Ian Cleary is the Founder of RazorSocial and is super passionate about helping people leverage tools and technology to improve effectiveness of your social media presence.

  • Adam

    Really good tips Ian! I am hoping to start using hangouts more — hangoutmagic looks great.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Adam, I liked hangoutmagic also. A simple tool that does what it says it does!!!

  • http://newraycom.com Ray Hiltz

    Thanks for the mention, Ian. I use all these tools and they’ve become so ubiquitous to my Google+ experience, I forget they’re not native.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Ray, you are welcome. Thanks for sharing Hangout Magic in your newsletter! I enjoy getting the tips! Ian

  • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

    Excellent tips @iancleary:disqus! I’ve been using Google+ more since #SMMW13 and these are great add-ons. I’ve got Do-Share setup and Replies and More is a nice addition as well.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Thanks Mike, I’m using Google+ daily now as well. What really convinced me is when Mark Traphagen ranked higher for me on Google for a blog post I wrote and he mentioned on Google+. Google indexed the post on Google + and Mark ended up higher in ranking. That’s the value of having a strong Google+ presence! ian

      • http://www.TabSite.com/ Mike Gingerich

        I’ve heard of that occurring. I’ll be doing more testing!

  • mhammo

    Thanks for the tips, definitely appreciated. The problem is I still find Google+ to be over-complicated and a poor user experience compared to twitter or linkedin or blogs (which I get pretty much all of my traffic from). I really would like to see it simplified and streamlined.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      it’s actually really user friendly if you spend some time with it! Spend some more time on it and you’ll see!!! Thanks for your feedback.

  • http://www.socialbakers.com/ Michal Smetana

    These are all great tips, @iancleary:disqus. Thanks for sharing them with us. They are all worth a try, but I’m definitely looking forward to trying the hangout graphics creator. Although it may not be as useful, it just looks really nice.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hey Michal, thanks for the feedback. Graphics creator provides simple functionality but it does what it sets out to do! They are adding more functionality on at the moment also! Have a fantastic day. Ian

  • http://www.fantasticcleanersmelbourne.com.au/news/ Margaret Swanton

    Great summary of the newest business tools for G+. Personally, I still can’t get used to using the “#” for G+ searches which is absolutely my loss, but would surely like to use the Reply to Author tool :)

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      The reply is super Margaret, there’s a few things in Google+ takes a while to get used to. Thank you so much for your feedback. Margaret is an Irish name, where are you from?

      • http://www.fantasticcleanersmelbourne.com.au/news/ Margaret Swanton

        Right now, I live in Australia. But I was born and raised in England :) Thanks for the encouragement, Ian :)

        • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

          Thanks Margaret, I spent a year in Oz and loved it!!!

  • http://www.simplicityadmins.com/ Sarah Santacroce

    Hi Ian, very timely post as I’m starting to turn more and more away from FB and ‘hang out’ more on Google+. It’s still very underused in Europe, but it will get here too – eventually. Installed both add-ons, thanks!

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Great to hear from you Sarah. I’m spending more time on Google + also. I think it’s going to be critical going forward so important to build a presence now. I hope all is great, thanks for stopping by! Ian

      • http://www.simplicityadmins.com/ Sarah Santacroce

        could use more sun, but otherwise things are great. Hope same goes for you, Ian. Have a nice rest of the week/weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/shanebreslin Shane Breslin

    Hi Ian, Thanks for this – all definitely check them out. Silly question – are you aware of a Hangout without video?

    I’ve tried Google+ Communities and it’s not “live” enough. Any pointers would be great

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Hi Shane, nope! I’ve done hangouts before where people didn’t have video but I assume you’re looking for a group chat type facility?

  • venkyiyer58

    Hey thanks. Just added Replies & More and HangoutMagic to my new-let’s-try-out list.

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Great, good to see that list growing!

  • Dwight Cocran

    Hi,

    Love the info about the replies and more plugin. Did not know this existed, and that one small addition will lesson the extra steps I was taking.

    Thanks

    • http://www.razorsocial.com/ Ian Cleary

      Great Dwight, glad it was useful!