Google+ Hangouts are a really cool feature of Google+ that you should really consider making use of in your marketing.
You’ve probably heard of webinars, right?
They’re seminars that are held online via chat rooms and web cams instead of live in person.
They can be remarkably effective tools for marketing products and services, but in the past they’ve been expensive or tricky to set up.
Hangouts Change All That!
Google+ Hangouts are live, multi person video chats between Google+ users. You can set up a Hangout and Google+ users can connect, offering you the opportunity to have live, video conferencing webinars free!
There’s no incredibly complex software to set up. It’s all very easy to use.
A great way to use Hangouts is to hold free training sessions or question-and-answer sessions via the system. During the sessions, you can promote your product or service, especially at the end.
By providing this training free of charge, you’ll be increasing your goodwill in your niche community as well as solidifying your expertise on the subject.
Another great way to make use of Google+ Hangouts is to show something you wouldn’t be able to show without video. For example, it might be difficult to explain how to build a wooden birdhouse using solely words, or even words and pictures.
However, you could easily use Hangouts to demonstrate the entire thing live via video.
Once you’ve set up a Google+ Hangout, you’ll want to publicize it.
Obviously, you’ll want to announce it at least a day or two prior to your Google+ contacts, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and to your email list.
You can also add it to a service like http://www.gphangouts.com. This site lists upcoming Hangout sessions, open channels, and available Hangouts.
This could get you new users if you create an interesting premise for your Hangout session.
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Hi Ron, I used a hangout once but this post is giving me inspiration to try it again. I’m always responding to questions about the best way to get things done and this would be a great way to present the tutorial and interact in real time. Thanks.
As more people get involved with Google+ this may well become a popular way to host tutorials and and provide support. All we can do is wait and see which way the market goes on this one all very new at the moment.