Ever since the search engine giant, Google, launched its new social media platform in June, c21’s clients have been asking, “How do we get on Google+?”
In the profound words of Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre, “Hold up, wait a minute.”
In July, Google+ opened the floodgates for folks like you and me to compartmentalize our friends, family members and coworkers into those now-famous concentric circles; but Google+ hasn’t allowed companies to take advantage of the new site…yet.
Initially, marketers were anxious to leverage the site for both companies and consumers. A few brands came out of the gate with profiles, like Sesame Street. Lacking a policy for businesses, Google+ gave the boot to those early adopters, including my childhood friends, Bert and Ernie.
Google’s product managers responded to booming business interest in a post last month, indicating that we will see brand pages by the end of 2011. In the meantime, they have granted beta brand pages to a few, select companies, like Ford.
While Google+ perfects its brand pages, anticipation is building in marketing departments across the globe – for good reason. Interactive experts predict that brands will be able to measure consumer interaction on Google+ pages using the widely acclaimed Google Analytics – providing valuable social media ROI. In addition, it’s expected that Google will give companies greater search engine exposure by highlighting a company’s Google+ page in search results. Most importantly, Google+ allows users to segment other users through circles, providing marketers with the ability to hyper-target posts, and yes, even Google Ads.
When Google+ finally raises the veil on its brand pages, c21 will provide clients with a full update on how to establish a corporate presence on the social media site and what the new rules mean for pay-per-click advertising and consumer interaction. Until then, logon to Google+ and add the c21 team to your circles: Sharon, Marlena, Renee, Anna Ruth, Telleen and Karla!