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Google+ for Business: How Google's Social Network Changes Everything Paperback – December 29, 2011
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From the Author
Google+ is an important social network to consider for your business (be that a small business or a large one) because it's run by the same company that controls the largest search engine in the world, and because that same search engine is looking anxiously at social networks and social signals to better understand how humans share information like links, so that they can even better predict what people want to see when asking about this or that. Said another way: this social network might possibly be much more important for your business interactions than Facebook or Twitter, and definitely more so than LinkedIn, if for that reason alone.
To really get a lot out of Google+ as a business user, you'll do a lot of work with how you organize your profile, how you share and create interesting posts, and how you organize the people you find interesting into appropriate circles.
About the Author
Chris Brogan is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Trust Agents, a professional speaker, and president of Human Business Works. Brogan consults with Fortune® 100 companies such as PepsiCo, GM, and Microsoft on the future of business communications and social technologies, and is featured monthly columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine. He has been involved with social networks since the BBSes of the 1980s, and began blogging in 1998, when it was still called journaling. He co-founded the international unconference experience, PodCamp, which teaches media making to individuals worldwide, and has keynoted many major corporate, technology, and web culture events.
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Nevertheless, my motivations weren't entirely altruistic: I've been using Google+ every day, and figured if I could learn even one thing from the book, it would be well worth the minor investment of time and money.
Chris widely acknowledges the challenge of writing a traditionally published book about a rapidly changing software platform. With that in mind, he spends at least as much time explaining the "why" behind sharing content and cultivating a community. I especially liked a section on curation ("You are a magazine publisher") and the general theme of curiosity and gratitude that runs through the book. Want to be a rockstar on Google+? Be friendly and be helpful. Chris tells you how to do it.
I don't think you should buy this book to learn how to put people in circles, although Chris certainly covers the basics for those who are truly new to Google+. Instead, you should buy this book to learn more about how people can connect and collaborate using new media. If you like Chris Brogan, if you enjoyed Trust Agents, or if you want to learn about a fun new platform, get the book. It's a short read that can make a big difference in your work.
Google+ for Business is the opposite of that.
I read it from cover to cover over the course of two days, and what impressed me about it is how actionable it is. Chris doesn't just give you general principles and strategies. He tells you exactly what to do.
For instance, he breaks down different "Work Days" for different types of people, such as restaurant owners, authors, real estate agents, salespeople, and so on, and then he gives a breakdown of exactly what they should be doing every day and why. If you're struggling to visualize exactly how Google+ fits into your marketing strategy, this gives you a concrete picture.
Also, the book is loaded with examples. Instead of just talking about how to set up your profile, Chris gives you examples of profiles he considers well done. Instead of just telling you how to set up your Circles, Chris tells you how he set up his circles. Instead of just handing you a general marketing strategy, he outlines how several real-life businesses, including a car dealer, are using it to make sales.
In a world where everything is virtual, it's refreshingly real. No, you're probably not going to learn a lot if you're already an expert on social media, but if you're a beginner looking for a guide to help you get started, this is a good book to pick up.
I've been "on" Google+ shortly after it was announced, but haven't really "used" Google+ as I was confused on what value it would provide me and my community. I already have a blog, a Twitter account, and I'm active in local events - how would this new medium help and not get in the way?
The book does a great job of balancing between focusing on features, examples, and how-tos. A few pieces that stick out for me:
+ Think about your Google+ strategy as if it were a magazine - Really good tip and visual way to plan your use around Google+
+ Get serious about your profile - It's everywhere, and everyone sees it. Update it, and make it actionable for anyone that lands on it
+ Be the top commenter on your content - I think this is obvious but in a new medium like Google+, it's super important to build these relationships from the start
I picked this up on Sunday and was done reading it on Monday, with a few stops in between to make changes to my own profile and community.
Looking forward to using Google+ even more - Thanks Chris!