Have you noticed anything different about your search results page (SERP) lately? Authorship (rel=author) profile photos are gone. Public searches now only show your author byline next to the meta description of your content. The day before this change was announced, I interviewed Mark Traphagen, recognized authority on Google Authorship, on my G+LunchBunch show. Mark addressed the advantages […]
Contrary to the rumours and speculations arising from the departure of Google Plus visionary Vic Gundotra, Google Plus is very much alive. There will be changes, as there are on every social media platform. But G+ is the social nerve centre of Google. It’s their identity engine, social layer and social destination platform. All the reasons […]
I recently wrote an article entitled, How and Why to Schedule Hangouts On Air Using Google+ Events. Now you may think I’m getting senile and repeating myself. Though the verdict may still be out on the former, I’m definitely not repeating myself. That last article was a guide for creating a HOA using the G+ […]
Google wants to trust you. It needs to trust you are who you say you are, your content is yours, and you have authority in your niche. It requires this in order to deliver the most relevant search results possible. Search is its bread and butter. So it created Google Plus, its “identity” engine. In this article, […]
This article is a continuation of the one I wrote last Fall for SteamFeed about the relationship between Semantic Search, Google Plus and SEO: Why You Should Care About Google+, SEO and Semantic Search. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with David Amerland, author of Google Semantic Search, several times, most recently as guest on my weekly Google Plus Lunch […]
Can you really choose to ignore Google Plus this year? In just over two years, Google Plus has become the second most widely used social network with approximately 350 million active users according to GlobalWebIndex. If you’re a regular SteamFeed reader you’ve seen many persuasive articles on the benefits of including Google Plus in your marketing […]
Google Plus Hangouts on Air: Your own TV talk show Do you give good face? It doesn’t have to be pretty or handsome, it just needs to be yours. TV personalities generate loyal fans because people see them regularly. Their faces become as familiar as their own family’s. They trust them. A follower will understand […]
If social media is a time suck, then Google Plus is a rabbit hole.
The farther you tumble down it, the curiouser and curiouser things appear.
People who think they know social marketing are faced with something that looks familiar but doesn’t behave as it should.
“Where are the friends? Where are [...]
The “+” in Google Plus is you. You’re the ignition key that turns on the billion horse Hummingbird-powered search and identity engine. Fuelled by content, Google Plus puts you in the driver seat. But unless you fill the tank and learn to drive, you’ll be driving up and down your driveway. Hummingbird Power: Power isn’t only defined by strength. […]
At the risk of sounding like I’m repeating myself, we had another great Google+ Tips & Topics Lunch Hangout On Air on Tuesday.
The conversation turned around the topic of repeat posting on social media platforms such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.
Do we approach each platform differently? How [...]
That was the topic of this week’s G+ Tips & Topics Lunch Hangout and the answers reflected the diversity of our panelists.
As a jumping off point to the discussion, I had referenced Mark Traphagen’s post: Want More Engagement? Post More Often.
Is the answer to Google+ engagement then flooding our [...]
Do we really need another Google+ “how-to” article? C’mon, I saw your eyes roll. There’s a reason hundreds of G+ posts are clogging up your bookmarking and desktop folders. (I contributed a few myself.) A lot of people are confused, curious, or dismissive at Google+. I understand those in the curious and confused camp. Those that […]
This ever happen to you?
You’re talking to a client and their response cues a song that plants an earworm in your head?
Sweet Brown - Ain’t Nobody Got Time for Dat is the current resident of my cranium condo.
On our Google+ Tips Lunch Hangout chat this week, we talked about the Google+ advantages [...]
When Neil Young was told that he was singing flat at the recording of “We Are The World” he responded with, “Hey, Man. That’s my style”.
Is your content marketing reflecting your voice or compressing it?
It’s hard to believe that in this era when all the vocal wrinkles are “auto-tuned” out of a [...]
“Management has a lot to do with answers. Leadership is a function of questions. And the first question for a leader always is: ‘Who do we intend to be?’ Not ‘What are we going to do?’” – Max DePree
We suffer from marketing myopia.
Our vision is restricted to the last line on the quarterly P&L [...]
Google honoured Ernie Coombs with a Google doodle on November 26, 2012. Google Chrome is my “Tickle Trunk”. For those of you who remember Mr. Dressup, the tickle trunk was a treasure chest of props and costumes that he would put together to become the characters of his stories. Today, I’m going to reach into […]
As Dylan says: “You don’t need to be a weather man to know which way the wind blows.” You don’t have to be an SEO expert to know that search ain’t what it used to be. Everything Google is doing, from Google+ to semantic search serves its mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally […]
Whether you believe the current hype around content marketing is crap or crêpes, you’re not going to avoid it. I have my thoughts why it’s such a hot topic, but this post is not about my opinion, but the opinions of experts who I admire and have learned so much from.
I’m moderating a panel [...]
I share content about Google+ because I believe it’s the best online platform for business.
Notice I didn’t say “social” platform.
If you want to be found on search,
If you want to establish your authority,
If you want to build a community around your brand,
If you want access to a suite of free [...]
“Where do I even start with Google+? It’s way too complicated.”
I get that a lot. So on this week’s Google+ Tips & Topics Lunch Hangout the esteemed panel was asked to give new Google+ users tips for getting started.
The consensus was before sharing specific tips, the new “plusser” needed to [...]