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  • http://WWW.EXTRA-CASH-ONLINE.COM/ Robert Connor

    Nice one Jeff shared on social! Have a great day by design..

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  • Matt Young

    Great article, this is something I WILL be doing…

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  • http://sproutsocial.com/features/social-media-engagement Sarah @ Sprout Social

    This is a great thorough guide, Gregg! One thing I would add to drive engagement and viewership is to promote the Hangout with a hashtag on Twitter. This tactic can encourage discussion among current viewers and spark interest in anyone seeing the tweet(s)!

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  • http://www.cyberockk.com/ Rizwan Ahmad

    This is really nice and very informative too thanks.

    • Gregg Lander

      Thanks Rizwan, I really appreciate your feedback.

  • http://www.incion.com/ web design company los angeles

    Thoroughly enjoyed the post. I like the wok because it contain lots of good info.. It is useful to not only me, It’s to all..

    • Gregg Lander

      Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate. If I can help with anything else to do with Google Hangouts, please let me know.

  • dpittman

    Outstanding post! I’ve been using Hangouts for several months, and I long ago created a document that covers most of what’s in this post, but this one is more thorough and says it better. Now, I’m just pointing people here!

    • Gregg Lander

      Thanks so much, I really appreciate the feedback and hope you found it helpful. If I can answer anymore of your Hangout questions, please feel free to ask. – Thanks again,

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  • Colby Villa

    Hey Gregg, enjoyed the article as well. Any idea when the promotion of a Hangout article is going to go out?

    • Gregg Lander

      Thanks Colby, I currently writing a follow up to this post and will then write about the google+ promotion, hope to have it complete within the next week. – Thanks again,


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  • disqus_ruJkt0DylN

    We just started a social media training program for interns (http://ow.ly/rEyRE) and will be setting up a Google+ community for the members along with Google+ Hangouts – This is great advice and we will be sure to utilize it as we build out our community. Thanks for sharing Jeff!

    • Gregg Lander

      Hi there, I’m really glad you found the blogpost useful, if I can offer any assistance in getting your hangouts setup, please feel free to contact me. Regards


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  • Gregg Lander

    Hi Shital,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my article.
    The article was written to provide useful tips on hosting a Hangout on Air to engage with your customers, fans, followers rather than discussing the value of using Google+ as a social media platform.
    In saying that I think we’re only just starting to understand the potential of G+ and any platform that has over 500 million active users is one that shouldn’t be ignored whether you/me/others believe it’s relevant or not.
    Thanks again for your comments, very much appreciated.


  • Gregg Lander

    Hi Akash, thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. If I can provide any assistance with any of your future HOA’s, please let me know.



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  • Web Design/JKM

    Thanks for sharing this article!!!So usefull..

    • Gregg Lander

      Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it. If you need any help with a hangout, please feel free to ask.

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  • Steven W. Giovinco

    This is a fantastic and detailed article on using Hangouts. Frankly, its been on my “to do” list for several months now, and I’ve never been quite sure how to get started. But after this article, I am ready to schedule one for next week, and if it works well, will recommended it to my clients. Google+ and Hangouts are great ways to boost online visibility and I know is an online reputation management tool. Thanks for the excellent post.

    • Gregg Lander

      Hey Steven, Thanks so much for the feedback, I’m made up that you found the post helpful, completely agree that the online visibility advantages of a GHO is crazy to ignore. If you need any assistance when getting up and running, feel free to give me a shout!

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  • Lama Jinpa

    Greg.. isnt there a big omission here? for hangouts on air, they need not be on google plus. for HANGOUTS with 9 people, they MUST be on google… correct? Thanks.

    • Gregg Lander

      Hi Lama, only those people participating in the Hangout require a google + account. You don’t need to have a G+ account to view the hangout which is discussed in point 5 above. – Any further questions, please feel free to ask.
      Thanks again,


  • http://www.findyourjoyspot.com/ Lainna Dobosz

    Thank you so much for such clear steps in getting Hangouts on Air started. I want to start interviewing others in my files, and this is going to help me be skilled right out the gate! I have one question I hope you’ll answer. Some others have said to use your personal page. You clearly state it’s important to use a business page. Can you explain why? Thank you!!

    • Gregg Lander

      Hey Lainna, so happy you found the post useful.
      The reason I feel it’s important to use your business page is that it creates continuity and helps reinforce your brand. The post was written as a guide to use HOA’s to increase the exposure of your business and brand. I look at in the same way I wouldn’t use my personal facebook account for business activity.
      I hope this has helped answer your question, and if you need anything else, please feel free to ask, I’d be more than happy to help.

  • SandraNoble

    Outstanding article! I’ve been putting together similar info. My dilemma now is how to share this info without plagiarizing. This is very well written

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  • James Abell

    Hello, great article. I am waivering between doing more air hangouts or podcasts instead. As I do art/graphics, I think hangouts/air is better so I can concentrate on visual demonstrations etc. Can anyone share their experiences?

    • http://www.dougcrowe.com/ Doug Crowe

      From my experience as a broadcast radio host and marketing consultant, I think podcasts are geared towards “back ground” learning. Podcasts are more mobile. I can download and listen while I am jogging, gardening or driving.

      A hangout, or anything visual, requires more active listening and participation.

      Both work, of course, I’ve even stripped the audio off of other people’s webinars and listened to them while doing other activities.

      • James Abell

        Ok thanks for the comments. Sure, I often listen to air hangouts while doing other things. I think those particular ones, the host recognizes this and it is less of a show/teach approach more just speaking. Whereas, I will do more hangouts more to do with showing people things etc.

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  • http://www.yvonneadele.com Yvonne Adele

    Hi there @gregglander:disqus.. I have only just come across this fabulous article today thanks @jeffbullas:disqus! Gregg – I have a question… I’m preparing to record a series of interviews with industry experts from my arena of Professional Speaking. I was thinking of doing this using Google Hangouts but I am not sure it is the right platform. What I want to use it for is to basically RECORD the whole interview for use in my online learning program. I can’t work out if Google Hangouts is only for on-air or if you can record one privately for use later? thanks in advance!

  • http://www.dougcrowe.com/ Doug Crowe

    Brilliant article, Gregg. I’m sharing it with my community. Let me know if I can do anything else to support you!

  • Rachel Ramey

    I would disagree about the intuitive thing. IMO, this is by FAR the most intuitive piece of software Google has ever released. But they’re really good at producing software with crappy UI’s, so that’s not saying much. :/