Why Google+ for Digital Health Marketing?
Even with all the changes to search ranking criteria and keyword data access, Google is the master of the online domain. Google+ is the social media network that connects directly into all things Google.
With over 400 million users, Google+ is the fastest growing Social Media network. Activity on Google+- pluses, shares, comments- do impact your Google search rankings. With this in mind, let’s look at how to best use Google+.
How to Write
the Perfect Google+ Post
Post Daily Updates to Your Business Page- Share breaking news, industry trends and discussions, and sneaks of upcoming events. Crafting your Google+ post following these guidelines will position you for more engagement.
Title- Offer a benefit in your Title. Bold your title with asterisk at the beginning and end. Consider an italicized sub-title (use underscore symbol at the beginning and end of the sentence) for more emphasis and explanation of the value your post provides.
Summary- Provide a brief, 2-3 sentences of what the post is about. Explain why it’s worth the reader’s time to click through to the post.
Link- Provide a clear link to the article, post, or resource. Use a link shortener to make the link look better and track click throughs.
Commentary- Share your thoughts and perspective. Take a position and add a few sentences to back up your thinking.
Engagement- Prompt readers to respond. Ask them a question to encourage them to share their own perspective.
#Hashtags- Add relevant, specific hashtags. Do not add more than 3 hashtags to a post.
Image- Upload and share a relevant, interesting photo that will catch attention as someone browses the Google+ stream.
Promote Your Business Page Posts on Your Personal Profile- This is the same tactic as used to promote and share Linkedin Company Page posts. Create a post about your Business Page post on your Personal Profile. Follow the post guidelines above. Encourage your staff to Plus, Comment, and Share the Personal profile post. Ultimately, this will direct readers to your Google+ Business Page and build a Following on your Business Page.
Post a Company Page Status Update Daily- Monday-Friday. Best time to post: 9AM- 11AM.
Follow this approach to build your Google+ engagement and Followers. Over time, you’ll also reap the benefits of improved search engine rankings.