9 Google+ Pros and Cons for Business Marketing

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Think You Don't Need Google+ in Your Business Think AgainWhile Google+ has seen much slower growth than other social networks, it still remains a viable business marketing tool for multiple reasons.

Many of those reasons are easy to miss and simply overlooked by most marketers, and up until recently, myself included.

I admit that I have been slow to embrace Google+. Whether it was the hype, the belief that it was the next "Facebook killer," or the fact that I was not eager to take on yet another social network, Google+ has not been easy to love.

Thank goodness for the support and encouragement (insert kick in the pants) from a great friend that truly believes in and promotes the use of Google+ for business on a daily basis. And she's not just blowing smoke.

If you have considered utilizing the power behind this social network, but wonder if Google Plus is worth your time, then listen up to why it might be the right moment to incorporate this sleeping social giant into your marketing repertoire.

Why Use Google+ in Your Business

If you are marketing your business online, you know how important social media can be to the growth of your business. You have undoubtedly heard how powerful Google's search engine is in positioning your business at the top of search engines.

Now consider a social network that combines the engagement and reach available to your business on Facebook with a social network created with search engine optimization in mind.  Combine those ingredients and together you have a force to be reckoned with. You have Google+.

Yet Google+ is still regarded by many busineses as innefective. While there are pros and cons to using Google+ for business marketing purposes, there are numerous advantages to consider.

Pros of Using Google+ for your Business

    • In November of 2011, Google+ unveiled their business pages, making it easier for businesses and brands to market themselves on the newest social media property.
    • Creating a social media hub on Google+ boosts your search engine rankings in the Google search engine. Every time one of your potential customers hits that +1 button it helps boost your standing with Google.
    • Design circles that benefit your business.This is a unique feature that allows you to segment your audience, potentially sharing content with the people who are interested in that specific information.
    • The hangout feature on Google+ is a great way to interact with your clients. This feature can also be used to hold meetings with remote employees or promote a new product. Check out the cool way the L.A. Times is using Hangouts!
    • It is deeply integrated with Gmail, Google Drive and YouTube making it an easy tool to begin using if you are a heavy Google user.
    • Google+ is a great networking tool. While still in its infancy, Google+ is an excellent resource for B2B purposes to identify and connect with like-minded business professionals.

Now since I was honest in revealing how reluctant I have been to use Google+ within my business, I would be remiss if I didn't offer the downside to this social network.

Cons of Using Google+ for your Business

    • Google+ is nowhere near as big as Facebook or Twitter, which are the two largest social media sites. This does not mean that it is not a useful site, only that there are fewer people interacting there.
    • Your pages need to be managed through the Google+ interface. This can be a challenge as all other social media sites have been integrated into social media management systems such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. Each of those dashboards allow posts to be administered and distributed at the same time. Google+ is very limited in its integration into third party apps so your options will only be a handful of tools. 
    • Google+ will take time to learn. That time could be used on other tasks.

While it is evident that Google+, like any other social network, will take additional energy to manage, I have found it to be well worth my time. I have seen an 8% increase in traffic to my website since I began using Google+ and a trickle (albeit a slow one) of interaction on my posts.

Overall, Google+ is definitely worth a look in my opinion, if only for the boost you get in your search rankings. Only time will tell how and if the site continues to grow, but for now it is quickly becoming a social network that I truly enjoy for networking and business visibility purposes.

Remember, every social network has its' pros and cons, the question to ask is whether the benefits of Google+ outweigh the negatives. Will you use Google+ to market your business?

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Rainmaker
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Eric Crane
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona
DPR Realty LLC

Hi, Rebekah -- thanks for the overview on Google+.  i have wanted to extend my reach there, but like some others, might feel too stretched.  with some of the technologies, I am wondering whether it will eventually run into the same the advertising industry faces (only so many ad dollars to go around, so to allocate a dollar to a new source, it takes away a dollar from someplace else)  have a great holiday season, Eric

December 03, 2012 06:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Bill Gassett
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
RE/MAX Executive Realty

I cant believe I missed this post:) You did a good job with it. Given some of the comments it seems that many still do not understand the power of this social network. They should given the fact that it is GOOGLE for god sakes!

December 05, 2012 01:48 PM
Rainmaker
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Charles Stallions
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Charles Stallions Real Estate Services

Happy Holidays and

Merry Christmas to you and yours Rebekah

May God Bless

December 25, 2012 10:35 AM
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Roger Johnson
Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate
CENTURY 21 American Homes

Like, Bill, I don't know how I missed this post before. Great points you have on Google+. 

Let's talk about the Cons you posted:

1) Size doesn't matter.  Comparing the site by size misses a big mark. Which platform is driving more traffic to your site is the real question.  If you're giving the same amount of energy to each, I'd bet G+ would win in every instance. As to interaction, I think the amount you get is affected by a) who you follow and b) how you interact with others.

2) Personal profiles still need to be managed directly but business pages can be run through hootsuite now (and I'm assuming, other programs as well).  I think Google is keeping this tight for a reason; they want real interaction. Hard to have if you're auto-posting through a 3rd party app.

3) Anything worthwhile has a learning curve to it.

January 22, 2013 12:05 PM
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Gary Frimann
California Broker and REALTOR
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates

Hi Rebekah, I have been using Google+ with no incredible results from last November.  I am willing to give it more time though.

March 06, 2013 09:32 AM
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