Since Google first launched their social networking site Google+, millions of people have joined the website. Some potential members weren’t welcome, however: businesses and brands. Thankfully this has all changed with the launch of Google+ Pages. But how do they work and what makes them stand out from a regular Google+ profile?
How To Create Your Google+ Page
Creating a Google+ page is simple. To start, visit the Google+ business page at http://www.google.com/+/business/ and select the type of page you want to create from the following categories:
- Local business or place,
- Product or brand,
- Company, institution or organization,
- Arts, entertainment or sports,
Depending on the category you select, you’ll need to enter some more information such as your business phone number, website URL and the name of your page. Once you’ve done so you can upload a photo, edit your “about” page and start promoting your Google+ Page.
The Difference Between Google+ Pages And Personal Profiles
As you can see, the setup process is extremely simple, and Google+ Pages come with the same clean layout as a personal Google+ profile. You can use your page in the same way, too: post updates to your page, share links on your about page, upload photos and showcase your videos. Google+ Pages also carry a visible +1 button to help their fans and customers show public support.
There are a few key differences, however. With a personal account, you can circle anyone you want, regardless of whether they circle you first. On Pages, however, you can only circle those who have already circled your account. As with personal profiles, only those who circle your Page will receive updates (even if you don’t circle them back).
There are a few ways to get people to circle your new Google+ Page:
1) Share your page with all your followers by posting the link on your Google+ personal profile (if you have one).
2) Add a Google+ page badge to your website (grab the badge code from the Google+ Pages dashboard after you’ve created your page).
3) Share the link with your customers in emails, Tweet it, share it on Facebook or on forums.
Is It Worth Bothering With Google+ Pages?
Google+ Pages are still extremely new and are lacking a lot of features you may be used to on sites like Facebook. Only time will tell whether these Pages can have the same impact that Facebook Pages have, and whether your niche market will be interested in joining Google+ at all.
The good news, however, is that Pages are extremely quick to create. Because of the simple features, you can create a pleasing Page in five minutes. It’s up to you to decide whether the ongoing upkeep is worth it.