In the past month there have been two Google services that I’ve been keeping an eye on.
First was Google+. I’m happy to say that I’m one of the 18 million users on the newest social media network. The first week it came out, I was asking everyone I knew for an invite! I was so jealous of people who got to play around with the “circles” I had been hearing about. Now that I’ve been on the network for about a month, I’m intrigued by what the service can do for the SMB sector. I’m not saying it’s better than FaceBook, or any other network, but it’s getting more and more popular every day - you don’t want to miss the wave. The G+ team has asked business owners to not create profiles yet, as the full program for businesses will be launching later this year. However, I would suggest you sign up, create a profile, test out the circles by adding friends, join conversations, and try promoting your business with G+. If you need an invite, let me know. Leave a comment and I’ll make sure you get one.
The second service was Google Sites’ for mobile sites. It’s a new tool that allows any business to easily create mobile-friendly websites! This allows the small business who may not have the resources to have a mobile presence the ability to provide valuable info to potential and existing customers. Give it a shot, you may be surprised at how well it works.