Google Plus - A Lesson For All Of Us

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google plus top real estate coachesIn your own SEO, Internet marketing and social media marketing efforts, it’s common to want to avoid the trial and error process that leads to real progress.   Much of the SEO and Internet marketing solutions offered online pander to this human tendency to want the reward without all the work.   If you ever feel yourself falling into that trap, there’s a great lesson to be learned from Google…and its failures.

In case you haven’t heard, Google has recently launched Google+, their social networking site that is trying to succeed where previous efforts have failed.

Those previous efforts were known as Google Buzzand Google Wave.  I remember watching the video for Google Wave and being so thoroughly bored 10 minutes into it that it didn’t surprise me when the concept didn’t catch on.

This is aspirin all over again.  Aspirin is aspirin.  What can you do to make your aspirin better?   Well…we’ll make ours more potent. Yeah, we’ll cram more milligrams into each pill.

From there, some brilliant company decided to coat their aspirin to prevent “aspirin stomach upset.”

Once the marketing capabilities of aspirin had been exhausted, it was time to create an “alternative.”   Then the marketing machine cranked up again highlighting howTylenol/acetaminophen is a better pain reliever than aspirin.   And so forth and so on and the same cycle keeps repeating itself.

So what do pain relievers have to do with your Internet marketing and social media marketing, besides that fact technology has been known to spur headaches?

Just think of Facebook as the aspirin.  Hell, Google probably doesn’t like this fact but Facebook has really become to social networks what Google is to search engines…and that’s a hard thing for even Google to compete with.  Whether or not you need Google + depends on whether or not you need any of its key differentiating features.   Namely, how is it different and/or better than Facebook?

Click here to read the full post and see those key differences on my blog page.

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Comments (5)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Thanks for the link. I will click over to see the key differences as I am truly curious to hear your opinion on the matter.

Sep 19, 2011 07:17 AM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Mark - I'm waiting for the Google plus for business by then they will have ironed out some of the kinks and we should know how good it will be. Meanwhile Google still rules for referrals to our various web sites

Sep 19, 2011 07:17 AM
Kim Quintal
Cornerstone Realty - Fortuna, CA

Love the analogy!  I"ve been stearing away from google+.  Just too much info! I already have a learning curve with short sales, REO's and auctions.  Thanks for the post.

Sep 19, 2011 07:25 AM
Mark Boyd
MarQeteer - Lancaster, PA

Vickie, Kathy and Kim, Thank you so much for your insight and comments:)  I'm on the fence with Google Plus as I don't really think it's necessary in a practical sense, but since it's a Google product it will no doubt give more leverage to users in their SEO (that would be the special coating on the aspirin lol).  There was actually an article about that which mysteriously (lol) disappeared from the Internet a couple of weeks back.     Thank you for stopping by and I'm glad you found the information helpful!

Sep 19, 2011 07:43 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Is 3 times a charm?  

I don't think so... the only people I see on Google+ are the Geeks and the Social Media Junkies.


Mark, could you please post this on ActiveRain Group Google+    thanks!

Sep 19, 2011 09:11 AM