5 Ways to Use Google Hangouts to Enhance your Business

This is a guest post by Marcela De Vivo

Google has made it clear that they are pushing hard into the social media world with the Google plus platform. Because of the smashing success of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and LinkedIn, Google understands the value of social engagement and is working hard to strengthen their own platform.

 

Google Hangouts to Enhance your Business

 

In building the Search Engine of the Future, a strong social platform is essential.

What does this mean for you as a business owner? Is this just another social network that you need to understand and keep tabs on?

The answer is unquestionably no.

Because Google is such a big player in the search world, it’s important to pay attention to everything they do that has to do with another way to market yourself online.

Google plushas opened up an entirely new world called Google Hangouts, which can best be thought of as multi-way Skype calls between friends. You can see video and hear audio, as well as share files.

This opens up a massive opportunity to market your business and deliver value to your client base or customer base in entirely new ways. Here are five ways that you can make this happen in your business.

 

Method 1: Have Virtual Client Meetings

If your business lends itself to doing well online, you can cut considerable amounts of commute and travel expenses out of your budget.

How? Simply meet with clients online. All you need to do is set up a Google Hangout and invite your clients. Depending on the type of business you’re in, this could drastically speed up your ability to both meet with and service your clients.

For example, if you are a health, life, or fitness coach, this is an amazing way to have a quick meet up and check-in with your client. You can make sure that they are on track and ready to go, or you can even offer some quick advice in a time of hardship.

If you are offering consulting services, there are many things you can do online that do not have to be done in person.

For example, if you’re giving and SEO status update, you can simply hop on to Google Hangout and give a 10 to 20 min. presentation about the progress of the SEO campaign.

This is something I have done many times in the past and it has been an absolutely wonderful way to keep in contact with my client and ensure them that I’m doing everything in my power to make their business better.

You can use the screenshare feature to explain aspects of their reports and to walk them through different aspects of their campaigns, for example, Analytics metrics.

 

Method 2: Demo Products and Offer Training

If you have a product based business or are offering consulting that requires specific training, Google Hangouts can be a wonderful supplement. In the example of products, you can open up a hangout and invite any new customers that you might have.

 

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You can then have an open forum, where they can ask questions on the usage, problems, upgrades, or accessories that have to do with your product. You’d be surprised at how many questions customers have about products that seem relatively simple – this is the best way to answer all of them!

A lot of people try to solve the training and support issue simply by making videos or writing articles. This is a way to scale your own expertise into pieces of information that people can watch on their own time.

This way you do not have to use up your own valuable time in order to say the same things over and over again.

However, sometimes you want to take that extra step and make sure that your customers are being taken care of appropriately. In that situation, using Google Hangouts is going to be the best bet.

There’s nothing like talking with someone face-to-face to instill trust and build a positive and lifelong relationship.

 

Method 3: Checking in With Virtual Employees

Many of us are working with people in different cities, states, or even countries. Because we live in this massive information and digital age, it is not uncommon that most of us have people that we talked to on a regular basis that we may have never even met.

While chat clients and Skype do an okay job of this, Google notes that that allows you to have really quick status meetings with people that you employ.

For example, if you have virtual assistant that takes care of day-to-day tasks for you, you understand that it can sometimes be frustrating to keep track of exactly what they’re doing.

Having a weekly status report and progress meeting will go a long way in making sure that you retain them as a great employee that does quality work. Google Hangouts is the absolute best way to get this done – it’s quick, easy, and doesn’t require the installation of any software like Skype.

The screenshare options and the ability to add multiple people can allow you to have virtual face to face meetings while adding in the component of chat and voice.

 

Method 4: Support System

If you run a software business or any other online business that requires considerable support, you probably already have a support system in place.

However, this does not mean that you can’t benefit from additional face-to-face support from time to time. If you are trying to close it particularly high-value client, this can be the best way to get this part of the job done.

 

Business Google Hangouts

 

Method 5: Record and Publish Your Hangout

This is one of the best features of the hangout system. You can actually record and publish your hangout on YouTube.

If you’re doing a product demonstration or webinar format on your hangout, this is a great way to get some extra value out of the format.

You might garner some more leads, views, comments, or interaction by posting to YouTube, not to mention all of the search engine benefits that you get from putting out quality content that people engage with.

To Google, nothing is more engaging than getting real humans on a call and publishing the content.

 

Get Out There and Hangout!

There are five reasons and methods that you should be using to absolutely explode the impact of your business to the online arena.

There’s no real excuse for not using Google hangouts to make something exciting happened for your business. Whether that is product demonstrations, customer support, or even adjusted internal staff meeting from time to time, the ability of Google hangouts to add productivity and profits your business is absolutely outstanding.

 

Author-Bio:
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer for WhoIsHostingThis.com, a service that helps companies find the best hosting packages. Marcela is passionate about helping companies find the best tools and services to succeed online.

 

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24 Responses to 5 Ways to Use Google Hangouts to Enhance your Business
  1. Belinda
    November 6, 2012 | 01:48

    What I like about is you can see everyone at the same time!!

  2. Rosa
    November 6, 2012 | 10:33

    Valuable information! I still have to check out Google+… ;-)

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. John Casher
    November 6, 2012 | 12:27

    Congrats on the post Marcela! Your post just proved that there really are plenty of opportunities out there just waiting. It’s also good to see that guest posts are welcome in this site. Kudos!

  4. Tammy
    November 6, 2012 | 13:27

    There are so many options to connect through social media and the Internet it can be difficult to keep up with them all. Google is developing something new nearly everyday.

  5. Marcela
    Twitter:
    November 6, 2012 | 18:26

    Hi Belinda – Yes! Having multiple people, face to face, all over the world is a phenomenal functionality.

    Hi Rosa – please do! It takes a moment to figure it out but once you do, it’s super easy!

    Thank you John!

    Hi Tammy – I know. It really depends on your business objective. We heavily focus on Google for organic traffic, so we allocate a lot of time/energy to Google products as I believe they have a direct impact on organic traffic, so it’s a win-win situation.

  6. Ranjan
    November 7, 2012 | 07:22

    Thanks Marcela for your great post..
    And a special thanks for your answer
    “Is this just another social network -no” I just starts blogging and there is only one name which keep me busy in learning and research i.e. GOOGLE. Possibly there is a shifting of blogging towards the video-Blogging
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  7. Marcela
    Twitter:
    November 7, 2012 | 22:32

    Hi Ranjan, you are right that we are becoming more visual. I think we are evolving past sitting isolated behind our computers and using multimedia and video technologies to engage and interact. And of course the benefit is better organic rankings too.

  8. Elena Anne
    Twitter:
    November 8, 2012 | 01:34

    Google is really working hard to keep up with technology as well as social and business trends. Today’s world demands instant communication and ever more advanced collaboration tools. This is another excellent idea from Google! Thanks for the great article!

  9. Marcela
    Twitter:
    November 8, 2012 | 16:01

    Hi Elena, I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I agree, keeping up is tough! That’s why content curation is becoming such a large industry. What I like about the progression is that the tools are becoming more comprehensive and helpful, and less cumbersome. Have you tried Hangouts yet?

  10. Joanne
    Twitter:
    November 8, 2012 | 17:58

    It’s so much to keep up with. I’ve never heard of Hangouts. Interesting and useful if I can find the time to learn a bit more about it.
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  11. shan
    November 12, 2012 | 12:36

    HI Admin
    Thanks for the informative topic.It’s actually working laborious to keep up with technology similarly as social and business trends. Today’s world demands instant communication and ever a lot of advanced collaboration tools.

    thanks

  12. dona
    November 13, 2012 | 23:38

    Google is always convenient us :). They always make great system which can benefit many people in vary areas. I like all google products :)

  13. Ileane
    Twitter:
    November 16, 2012 | 11:24

    Hi Marcela,

    It’s super important that people start using Google+ for their businesses and Hangouts are just one of many reasons.

    Be careful to make the distinction between Hangouts and Hangouts on Air. You have more control with Hangouts on Air of who appears on screen and rather it streams live on YouTube or not. You can’t stream on YouTube with a regular Hangout.

    Thanks for the post
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  14. Crukz
    November 16, 2012 | 18:39

    These are the way to focus your business from a huge competitor. Google always trust in quality whether it product or service.

  15. Rino
    November 17, 2012 | 20:39

    Marcela Thanks for writing a post very complete and understandable to those who are not very experienced.

    Google every day has something new and it is not easy to keep up with all the news yet so thank you for your help.

  16. Jannatul Shumi
    November 24, 2012 | 03:17

    Really this is a good tip for increasing the potential client,never thought about this process.Thanks.

  17. Sara
    Twitter:
    November 26, 2012 | 12:01

    This is a snapshot of the future of business! I’ve used skype to talk to clients, but usually I arrange to meet in person. I love the ideas you’ve given here. I think the world just got smaller, and my ambitions a lot bigger!
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  18. Bijutoha
    November 27, 2012 | 00:55

    Really very informative information . as well as, it will be a great option to increase my business with good productively .

  19. james corn
    December 2, 2012 | 14:42

    Thanks for the post. Today I come to know about this service of google.

  20. Harry
    December 7, 2012 | 13:13

    We should not underestimate Google. They have many great tools to help us boost the business. Thank you for your post. All methods worth to give a shot.

  21. Maxwell Mutua
    December 20, 2012 | 09:35

    Thank you Marcela for this highly informative content on how we can improve our business efficiency using Google hangouts. Great!

  22. Ajay Gupta
    December 20, 2012 | 19:27

    Julia I don’t agree with you google + is a really important platform. I never believed in facebook’s portfolio. Google + has advantage of google search integration as well.

  23. Felicia
    January 17, 2013 | 12:53

    Hi Marcela,
    This further proves that Google does not slack off and it does not underestimate the power of social engagement. Great to know these 5 ways you mentioned on how to utilize Google Hangouts in any online business. Even if new businesses are being put up each time these days, nothing beats a business that has an extra factor, and that is, having an online presence.
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  24. Adam Dukes
    June 24, 2013 | 14:33

    I just started interviewing local (Vegas) business owners via Hangouts. I add these videos on my site (giving me content) and they get free exposure. I am also learning the areas they need help with in their marketing. It’s a win-win!

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