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Video Lesson: How to Use the Draw Tool to Brand Your Hangouts

Video Lesson: How to Use the Draw Tool to Brand Your Hangouts Hey There Business Bloomers!  If you use or watch Google’s Hangouts or Hangouts on Air, you already know how important it is to add a name stripe across the bottom of your screen. You can use the built-in Hangouts Toolbox to create your Lower Third stripe, or if you have an image editing app such as Adobe Photoshop you can create a custom stripe and fit in more info than the built in app allows.     Q: But I don’t have Photoshop, am I just S.O.L.? A: No – now there is a built in tool to help you, yay! For people who don’t have Photoshop or another fancy image editing app, there is now a tool built right into Hangouts that enables you to add more info to your screen, such as a phone number, tagline, or testimonial that will strengthen and reinforce your brand. It’s cleverly disguised as a “fun” app, but provides a very practical tool for business as well.     Introducing the DRAW app! Check out this short video (less than 5 minutes long!) which shows you how to use the Draw tool to brand your Hangouts by enabling you to add more info to your Hangout video screen! . . If you found this video helpful, please share it with your friends and colleagues who might find it useful too. Please leave a comment and let me know what other quick tips would be useful to you.    Check out this Google+ post for more info and a great example of how... read more

Video Quick Intro to Google Drive and Apps

Video Quick Intro to Google Drive and Apps Hey There Business Bloomers! This 5 minute video, Quick Intro to Google Drive and Apps, is a handy quick lesson that will teach you the basics of using Google Drive. You’ll learn: how to easily get to your Drive how to create and organize your folders on Drive how to find files that were recently created how to find files that have been shared with you   You’ll also learn where to find your document creation apps, including: Google Docs (word processing) Presentation (slideshow, similar to PowerPoint) Spreadsheets Forms Draw As this is a quick intro video only 5 minutes long, you won’t be learning all the details of how to use those apps listed above, but you will know where to find them when you want to use them.   . If you found this video helpful, please share it with your friends and colleagues who might find it useful too. Please leave a comment and let me know what other quick tips would be useful to you.    Want More Great Video Lessons and Live Workshops? Check Out Meilani’s Blooming Business Club! Meilani’s Blooming Business Club provides members with a wealth of workshops, lesson videos, resources, and a private community on Google+ where members can get ongoing training and support from Meilani. Click Meilani’s Blooming Business Club for more... read more

How to Pin a Google Post to Pinterest

How to Pin a Google Post to Pinterest Hey there Business Bloomers, have you ever come across or written a really great post on Google+, just full of useful info, and wished you could pin it to your Pinterest boards? Guess what…you can! This video shows you how to pin a Google post to Pinterest. Woot!   Be sure to read the important note below the video too! . . Important Note About Sharing to Twitter When Pinning When I wrote the comment for the pin starting at 1:55 in the video, I did two things: 1. I made Michelle’s name and my name live links to our Pinterest profiles 2. I checked the “Post to Twitter” box, which sent out a Tweet of this Pin from my Twitter account Now I did #1 because the comment for the Pinterest pin now has nifty live links to my and to Michelle’s Pinterest profiles. However, those live links got carried over to the Twitter post. BUT they were not links to our Twitter profiles, or back to our Pinterest pages!   Because our Twitter names are not the same as our Pinterest names, the comments ended up having live links to some other lucky ladies who scored our names for their Twitter profiles. I am @1Meilani on Twitter, and @Meilani is someone completely different, who happens to share the same first name. Lucky girl!   So, since there is no way to edit a Tweet once it is sent, I ended up having to delete that Tweet, and when I’m done writing here, I will  send out a Tweet of... read more

Find Your Hangout Invites Easily with Chrome Hangouts Extension

How to Find Your Hangout Invites with Chrome Hangouts Extension I hear these a lot: “I can’t find my Hangout Invites!” and “How do I start a Hangout?”  Finding your Hangout invites when others invite you to Hangout can be a bit challenging, especially for folks new to Google+. I use a Chrome browser extension that makes finding my Hangout Invites so much easier, and this post and video shows you where to get that Chrome Hangouts Extension and how it works. Browser Extensions add functionalities to your browser. Here are 3 examples of extensions I use and what they do: blocking unwanted ads from displaying in your browser (Adblock Plus) providing ability to easily share stuff to your socials (AddThis) ability to easily clip stuff and save to your Evernote notebooks (Evernote Web Clipper)   Check out the video below for a quick and easy lesson on where to find the Chrome Hangouts Extension and how it makes it easy to find your Hangout Invites! . . . As always, if you found this post helpful, please share it with your friends and colleagues who might also find it useful. Sharing is caring 🙂 . Would You Like More Video Lessons, Workshops and Resources? Are You On A Tight Budget? Check Out Meilani’s Blooming Business Club! Meilani’s Blooming Business Club provides members with a wealth of workshops, videos, resources, and a private community on Google+ where members can get ongoing support and motivation, ask questions, test their ideas before they go public, and find great information from around the net on topics they care about, all brought into the... read more

Meilani & Theresa’s How to Use Google+ for Business: Posting on Google+

Meilani and Theresa’s How to Use Google+ for Business: Beginner Series Class 2, Segment 6 teaches us more about posting on Google+.   Hey there peeps!  This video segment is a free preview from a video lesson series hosted by myself and +Theresa Delgado, called “Meilani & Theresa’s How to Use Google+ for Business: Beginners Series.”  This segment shows how to make a post on Google+, and how to control who sees or comments on the post. Did you know you can disable reshares of your post?  Did you know you can disable comments on your post?  Watch this short segment to learn the basics of sharing your post with just the folks you want to share with.     This 7-minute segment covers: posting and sharing etiquette where to view post activity disabling sharing disabling comments email notifications See Segment 5 to learn how to share your post to specific people, to your circles, extended circles or to public, and what that means. (requires membership) See Segment 7 to learn about using Hashtags and for a recap of all the best practices for posting discussed in Segments 5 and 6. (requires membership) Segments 5 and 7, and the rest of the videos in the Meilani and Theresa’s How to Use Google+ for Business: Beginner Series, are available to members of Meilani’s Blooming Business Club.  You can access all these great videos, and more! Check out the workshop schedule on the sidebar 🙂   Meilani’s Blooming Business Club March Open House Memberships are monthly, ultra affordable and there is no miminum required (you can join just for one month if you want)... read more

Quick Intro to Google+: Where’s My Stuff?

Quick Intro to Google+: Where’s My Stuff? The video lesson you can fit in your ten minute break 🙂 Hey There Business Bloomers!  This Quick Intro to Google+ video is perfect for folks who have already created their Google account, but are just starting out using Google+, GMail, and the other awesome apps provided to us by the good folks at Google. This video gives you a quick tour of the first items on a newbie’s “where do I find my ____?” list.  You’ll learn how to find your Google+ profile page easily where your notification and privacy settings are where to find your other Google apps including Gmail, Calendar, Maps, etc., where to view your Notifications. Less than 8 minutes long, this Quick Intro to Google+ video packs a lot of really useful info into a package that fits nicely into your lunch break!... read more

How to Hold a Hangout on Air with Your Mobile Device, by Ronnie Bincer

How to Hold a Hangout on Air with Your Mobile Device, by Ronnie Bincer Hey there peeps you know I LOVE me some +Ronnie Bincer, he is the advanced Hangouts go-to guy over on Google+, and I learn so much from his posts.  Ronnie is not disappointing us with this one!  Recently returned from some great nerdy techfest where Ronnie did a lot of HOA broadcasts on his mobile gadgets, he’s now sharing what he learned about doing HOAs from mobile gadgets with the rest of us.  Thanks for this awesome info, Ronnie!  And those of you who stumble onto this post… go circle Ronnie. You won’t regret it 🙂  ... read more

How to Use Hangouts Lower Third, plus Free Hangout Custom Overlay Template

How to Use Hangouts Lower Third Are you interested in hosting or participating in a Google Hangout?  If so, it is important that you learn how to use the built in Hangout app called “Hangout Toolbox.”   Toolbox provides some very nifty tools for use inside a Hangout, most importantly an app called “Lower Third.” .  What is a Hangout Lower Third? Lower Third puts a stripe across the bottom of your screen which displays your name and web site or tag line. When viewers watch the Hangout, they will see your name and website displayed in your video feed, and of course that is a good thing. Here’s what the built-in Hangout Lower Third setup box and its resulting name stripe look like:  (you can click the pic for a larger view) . . Note that the above is what the Lower Third stripe looks like when you use the built-in settings as shown. If you do not choose a logo image, your profile pic will be displayed by default. . Lower Third Custom Overlays With Lower Third, you can also choose to use a Custom Overlay that you create yourself in Photoshop.  Below is a screenshot of a Hangout with a custom-made lower third stripe: . . You can see that by using a custom overlay, I was able to fit more information in my stripe, and give it a custom color. You can also use more of the screen if you want, besides just the bottom area – for example in the empty space to left or right, you could put a call to action or other... read more

Free Workshop: Google Analytics: What do they tell me and how do I use the info to benefit my business?

Meilani’s Blooming Business Club Preview — Free Workshop on Google Analytics!     Did you grab your free seat in March’s Meilani’s Blooming Business Hangout?  That’s right, Meilani’s Blooming Business Club held a March 2014 Open House, so come on in, take a look around, and check out this March 2014 installment of Meilani’s Blooming Business Club‘s monthly workshops held via Google Hangout!     .    .    .    .  The March workshop features special guest presenter Bill Sanderson, owner of InRoomDeals.com and past TGIF guest, leading this workshop on:   .  GOOGLE ANALYTICS: What do they tell me and how do I use the info to benefit my business? What do those Google Analytics charts mean, what kind of information do they provide, and how might we use that info to improve how we reach out and communicate to our web site visitors? Google Analytics provides you with a lot of useful info about the visitors to your web site, such as what page they landed on, what pages they visited next, how long they stayed, what they clicked, and much more.  Our guest presenter did an awesome job, giving us relatable examples of information provided by Google Analytics, what changes were made based on the info, and the result of those changes.  Thank you +Bill Sanderson for giving us an understanding of how and why Google Analytics are used!    .    Did you find this workshop helpful? Do you want to learn how to spend your social media time on purpose, with purpose? Check Out Meilani’s Blooming Business Club! Meilani’s Blooming Business Club provides members with a wealth of workshops, lesson videos, resources, and a private... read more

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