- Content Marketing
When Your Customers Become Your Contributors: Brand Journalism Meets TraditionalGoogle Is Changing the Close Variant Matching Option in AdWordsBefore You Invest in Online Advertising, Do This!Native Advertising: The New New Thing or a Race to the Bottom? [VIDEO]
Technology & Data
Data and Creativity at the Social Shake Up: Defining Your Data-Driven Social CampaignTalking Strategy and Data with Shannon Lee of Precision StrategiesNew IBM Study Reveals 3 Key Characteristics of the Most Successful CompaniesMinority Report: Confronting Privacy Issues in Big Data Gathering
- Tech & Innovation
- marketing automation
Social Startups: Moment.me Captures a 360-Degree View of The Social Shake-Up 2014Hootsuite Partners With Syracuse University to Bring Social Media Savvy to College StudentsThe Best Hyperlapse VideosThe Best Content Moderation Tools for Busy People Who Don't Have Time for That
Social Change Agent Survey: Passion, Skill Set, and Persistence Lead to Career GrowthThe Social Shake-Up Attracts Wide Breadth of Brands and IndustriesThe Social Shake-Up: How CMOs Drive Innovation and Revenue GrowthThe Social Shake-Up: The Future of Social Business
- Small Business
- Social Organization
Recap from the First-Ever Employee Advocacy SummitFormer IBM Senior Advisors Launch Brands Rising to Build Employee Advocacy ProgramsPerformance and Risk Management Through Social Media TrainingEmployee Advocacy Summit: Advocate Stories from the Field
- Customer Service
Join us September 15th in Atlanta for The Employee Advocacy Summit and learn how to unleash the power of your employees.
Post your event here and we'll share it with our community. If one of our members is featured, we'll promote as well on their profile.
- Marketplace & Webinars
The SMT Marketplace
Your resource for exclusive content and insights from Social Media Today, and opportunities to reach our community of professionals.
The Social Business Book Club brings you books, discussions, and insights from today's to business thought leaders.
Join interactive talks and and panel discussions with leading thinkers and practitioners on social media and networked business, or browse the catalogue of recorded sessions - all completely free.
Reach Social Media Today's community of marketing and communications professionals in an editor-approved context with a native advertising package.
3 Reasons Marketers Are Crazy to Be Happy About Google+'s Demise
Posted on May 1st 2014
"Good riddance." "About time." "It wasn't dead already?"
Here are three reasons why you would have to be crazy to be happy about Google+ going away:
1. You were never using it correctly in the first place
As marketers, characterizing Google+ as a social network was the first step towards misappropriating the tool for what it truly was. Those who simply treated it as another news feed in which to passively post promotional updates and articles were often the ones characterizing it as a "ghost town" where engagement and referral traffic was impossible to generate.
Google+'s real value was always found in it's unique platform features: authorship attribution (personal profiles), Hangouts and GMail integration. Marketers could (and still can) use Google+ as a powerful authority engine, collaboration platform and content creation tool. They could even deliver content right to their followers inboxes, rather than relying solely on newsfeed visibility.
If you're bemoaning a lack of ROI on your efforts while treating Google+ as just another Facebook or Twitter, you failed the network. Not the other way around.
2. The SEO benefits were tremendous
The impact of Google +1s and their amazing correlation (not causation) with higher search rankings have been widely studied.
As Cyrus Shepard at Moz has reported:
- Posts are crawled and indexed almost immediately
- Google+ posts pass link equity
- Google+ is optimized for semantic relevance
I would seriously question the sanity of any marketer who happily waves goodbye to Google+ rather than lamenting the loss of an enourmous asset to SEO efforts.
While the death of Google+ wouldn't necesarily mean the death of the +1 button, it would impact the abilty to generate new +1s and shares.
Furthermore, Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, has implicitly stated that Twitter and Facebook social signals are not used to rank pages. Combine that with the fact that Facebook organic reach has diminished considerably over the past year, and it's quite curious as to why anyone would celebrate the death of Google+.
3. It's probably not going away
While articles declaring the death of Google+ are spreading like wildire, it's important to trace the (mostly unsubstantiated) rumors back to their source. At this point, every subsquent article published is simply referencing a previous rumor as fact.
Considering how ingrained Google+ is to the fabric of so many other Google products, it's importance to authorship attribution, and the fact that they are actively releasing new features (see +Post ads - 4/25/14), it's highly unlikely that Google would simply scrap the network altogether.
“Today’s news has no impact on our Google+ strategy — we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos.”
For Google to simply wave the white flag in Facebook's direction would be monumental in its scope and send unprecedented shockwaves throughout the industry.
While Google+ definitely has some work to do on its UX, the platform in general is a nearly indispensable member of the digital marketer's toolkit. So why be happy to see it go?
What do you think? Is Google+ truly going away? Are you happy or sad? Let me know in the comments below!