Are You Circling Around Google+?

By
Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Are You Circling Around Google+?

 

No doubt most people here on ActiveRain have heard of Google+.

 

If you haven’t then you have either been incredibly busy or your head is in the sand. It would be like saying “what’s Facebook?

 

Hearing about Google+, knowing about it, and doing something about it are vastly different. Bet you can guess what you should be doing.

 

So are you circling around Google+???

 

Just in case you need some prodding, and some reasons to get on board, I strongly suggest the following article, which will lead you to others that will convince you to take the plunge.

 

Not Using Google+? – Why Your Real Estate Competition Will Crush You by Bill Gassett

 

For those of you getting started, or thinking about it, are you circling around Google+?

 

By that I mean are you taking advantage of Google+ circles?

 

 

Some of my Google Plus Circles

Circles are the way to group together your relationships on Google+. They can be likened to lists on Facebook, but are far easier to set up, use, manipulate, and share.

 

Eric Proulx, Google+ aficionado from RealEstate.com, has shared his knowledge in a couple of AR webinars on Google+, the most recent today on using Circles. If you saw it, you know how GOOD it was.  See Eric’s earlier video on using Google+ to increase your traffic.

 

If you missed it, I highly recommend a look once it gets added to the YouTube ActiveRain network, as Eric explains circles far better than I can and shows you how to use them effectively.

 

Also, head over to Eric’s Google+ site and add him to one of your circles (I suggest “People to Follow” or “Influencers”) so you can follow what he has to say, and he can share great info with you.

 

And if you need more guidance, here’s a video by Google about using Circles.

 

When you first join Google+ there are already several circles created for you to add people you want to follow – following, friends, acquaintances, family.

 

But you will want to think about other ways to categorize groups of people and create circles to add them to as you go, rather than waiting until you have hundreds which will be more labor intensive, or you won’t even bother.

 

Are You Connecting on Google Plus about real estate?The possibilities are endless but a circle should be something that makes sense and reflects your personal, business and social relations, and people you want to hear from – vendors, local businesses, clients, referral agents, influencers, and people to follow.

 

You could also organize by geography, by real estate companies, etc. Make it meaningful and relevant, but I would limit the number – who wants to try to manage 50 circles?

 

When you want to follow someone simply click on ADD TO CIRCLES from their profile. It makes sense to have someone in only one circle but you can certainly have someone in more than one circle if it’s reasonable.

 

You’ll find that people will be adding you to their circles, but that does not mean, in my mind at least, that you should immediately add them back. As we saw in Facebook people seem to go nuts friending everyone they can, but does that really make sense?

 

And no doubt there are people you simply do not want to follow, or get posts from. Hopefully Google Plus will not become more Facebook-like, with posts about breakfast, getting rich quick, photos that mean nothing, and other trivia that is best left in the dark and which the majority cares nothing about. We'll see.

 

It’s easy to move people from circle to circle, as you will see in the video. When you click on a particular person you will see which circle(s) s/he is in. Click on a different circle name to add to that circle, and uncheck a circle to delete from that circle.

 

Eric provides some other tips, too, such as how to limit the posts you receive in your news feed and which circle(s) you want to received them from.

 

By the way, I’d love to connect, if it makes sense and you are interested in hearing from me from time to time. Visit my Google+ Profile.

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
ActiveRain Community
Groups:
Active Rain Newbies
Certified Residential Specialists
SAN DIEGO Real Estate Agents & Loan Officers
Addicted to Active Rain
San Diego Realtors®
Tags:
technology
professionalism
agents
ar
google plus

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Rainmaker
1,675,919
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL
GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA

I've started to focus on increasing this social media tip. I believe a lot of just  just over look this option as we make our comments.

Nov 14, 2012 12:20 PM #1
Rainmaker
745,066
Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top .0033% of 40,000+ Realtors in our MLS
Google + to me is like "The Good Book, the Healthy Diet and Enough Exercise". I know I need more of it! 🎀
Nov 14, 2012 12:21 PM #2
Rainmaker
745,066
Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616
Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT) - Mesa, AZ
Top .0033% of 40,000+ Realtors in our MLS
I just had a thought.... I wonder if instead of commenting on these posts, if we would comment on google+ with good keywords, would it give us more google juice than what we are getting here? Please advise. Shanna. 👓
Nov 14, 2012 12:25 PM #3
Ambassador
3,987,430
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Winston - I think there is tremendous power ahead if we go about it correctly. My fear is it will become too spammy and Facebook-like. Thanks for your thoughts.

Shanna - that's a good way to think about it. You just need to get involved and the value will become apparent quickly.

Jeff

Nov 14, 2012 12:25 PM #4
Ambassador
3,987,430
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Shanna - Hmm, good question. I would think the value WOULD be greater on Google+ but let's let the experts...Bob Stewart, Eric Proulx, Bill Gassett...weigh in. Or just test it out. I think there is a greater potential for the post to be shared on Google+ if it has value.

Jeff

Nov 14, 2012 12:27 PM #5
Rainmaker
312,872
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Jeff, good question between you and Shanna!  I look forward to reading and learning the answer from your future post :)

Nov 14, 2012 12:42 PM #6
Ambassador
1,924,650
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I do like Google+ I know you are in my circles ..I hope I am in yours

Nov 14, 2012 12:47 PM #7
Ambassador
3,987,430
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Christina - I, too, look forward to more imput on these questions. Many of us are still learning.

Hannah - indeed you are. Are you surprised? I hope not. :)

Jeff

Nov 14, 2012 02:13 PM #8
Rainmaker
723,229
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Jeff-I just began looking into Google+ last weekend. Hope to make progress by end of the month. Thanks for the push.
Nov 14, 2012 03:12 PM #9
Rainmaker
1,765,571
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Good post Jeff. I had to bookmark for later to be more proactive.

Nov 14, 2012 04:02 PM #10
Rainer
278,100
Kathryn Maguire
GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

Thanks for this.  I am starting to get involved with Google +. I feel like I am taking baby steps because there is so much t learn!

 

Nov 14, 2012 08:35 PM #11
Ambassador
3,801,573
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I am on Google+ but I have to get much better at using it.  I just have to get more comfortabble with it.

Nov 14, 2012 09:45 PM #12
Rainmaker
2,790,615
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Jeff, I started Google+ and circling however I need to be better and do it more. I have bookmarked this … thank you!

Nov 15, 2012 02:04 AM #13
Ambassador
3,987,430
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Wayne - keep working on it. Once you get familiar you will be hooked and will see the value.

Tom - let's hook up when you get settled.

Kathryn - we all started out as newbies. I am STILL getting my feet wet

George - practice makes perfect

Kathleen  - well it does get easier and as always there are lots of good people for us to learn from.

Jeff

Nov 15, 2012 09:26 AM #14
Ambassador
3,676,945
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, I'm still at the "don't know what you don't know" stage when it comes to Google!  I need to adopt a kid.

Nov 15, 2012 11:21 AM #15
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
3,987,430

Jeff Dowler, CRS

The Southern California Relocation Dude
What's my Carlsbad CA Area Home Worth??
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information