Google Hangouts are the most powerful marketing tool for everyone who wants to reach a bigger audience and expand their online exposure.
Because they live inside Google+, Google’s social platform, and therefore they harness the power of the most visited website of the world.
In addition to this, Hangouts on Air are broadcast and recorded on YouTube, so they also harness the power of the most visited video website of the world.
And the coolest thing is that they come for free!
So, if you are a business owner, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a coach, or someone with a message to share, you should wait no longer to start using Google Hangouts and Hangouts on Air in order to reach more of your ideal clients and prospects.
There’s a catch though.
Just like every new technology and software platform, Hangouts do have a learning curve that you have to go through in order to become comfortable with all the different technical aspects and features.
Now, Hangouts aren’t rocket science and - I want to be clear about that - you can figure this stuff out on your own.
But studying and researching the platform on your own does take time, and you can easily spend hours, or even days, reading Google’s documentation or searching for tutorials, in order to master it.
And I bet you have better ways to invest your time, right?
So, if you don’t feel like wasting a lot of time and energy to learn Hangouts, this course is just what you are looking for.
The Google+ Hangouts Starter Kit is a short but comprehensive guide, designed to quickly get you started with Google Hangouts.
I’ve put together 20 video lessons, plus several checklists and handouts, jam-packed with all the knowledge I have gained studying and using Google Hangouts since they were introduced, as well as being a coach for a major Hangout training earlier this year.
I designed the curriculum for absolute beginners, and no prior knowledge is required, but the course is also very useful for more advanced and experienced users.
All you need to follow the course and to take full advantage of the content is your computer, an internet connection, and a Google+ account (if you don’t have one don’t worry, I’m going to show you how to set it up!).
Short, bite-sized and easy to follow video lectures will walk you through the platform step-by-step, from start to finish.
I’m going to provide you with all the information that you need in order to understand and use the interface and to start confidently hosting your Hangouts, without overwhelming you with unnecessary details.
Since Google is constantly improving the platform and adding new features, the course will be updated regularly to reflect those changes.
As a bonus, I’ll be hosting free, "students only" Q&A Hangouts on a regular basis.
This will be a great way to connect on a personal level and ask me questions!
Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily overcome the technical issues related with the platform and start hosting your own Hangouts within an hour?
Well, you know the answer.
So, what are you waiting for?
Just click the big green button and I’ll see you on the inside!
In this video I give you a quick overview of the course, and show you how to create the accounts you need in order to start using hangouts.
0:00 Course Introduction
0:46 Course Overview
2:30 Google Plus Account Setup
7:27 YouTube Account Setup
In this video I talk about the basics of Google Hangouts.
0:31 Definition of Hangouts
0:47 Hangouts Is a Chat Tool
5:18 Hangouts Is a Video Call/Conferencing and Broadcast Tool
In this video I share with you some ninja tips for a better hangout experience.
After watching this video, be sure to check out this free video tutorial about lighting: The Down & Dirty Lighting Kit.
0:21 9 Pro Tips for Better Hangouts
In this video I show you the inside of a Video Hangout.
You'll learn the basic controls and features and get a hint of more advanced features and functionalities, the Hangout Apps.
0:19 Inside a Video Hangout
3:07 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you the inside of a Hangout on Air.
0:18 Inside a Hangout on Air
5:02 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you how to use the Cameraman app, a key app to use during your hangouts, especially if you're going to have many guests.
0:26 How to Use the Cameraman App
1:25 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I cover a very important feature that is available to you as the hangout host, that is called "blueboxing".
The hangout host can "bluebox" himself (or the guest who's actually speaking), so that people watching the hangout will only see the video of the "blueboxed" person.
1:28 How to "Bluebox" and "Unbluebox" your guests
2:47 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I talk about hangout management: what it is and why you need to learn how to manage your hangouts.
I also show you how to use the Control Room app to manage the audio of your hangouts.
0:40 A Few Key Things That You Must Remember
1:53 Managing the Hangout Audio with the Control Room App
4:05 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you how to use the Hangout Toolbox app.
0:18 How to Use the Hangout Toolbox App
2:03 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I talk about lower thirds.
I show you how to use the default lower third and how to make amazing custom lower thirds using a free online tool: HangoutMagix.com
0:45 Default Lower Thirds
3:07 Custom Lower Thirds (and HangoutMagix.com Tutorial)
5:34 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I share with you a few creative uses of lower thirds and custom overlays.
Remember that your custom overlays must be 1280x720 pixels PNG files.
1:51 Using The App to Show Contact Information and Call-To-Action
3:03 Creating Custom Overlays with HangoutMagix.com
3:43 Using The App for Presentations
4:02 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you how to use the Screenshare app, a very useful tool if you want to do a presentation during your hangout.
0:28 How To Use The Screenshare App
2:13 Be Careful With Screenshare!
2:31 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you how to use the Chat app in order to share text messages with people inside your hangout in real time.
0:24 How To Use The Chat
1:17 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you how to use the Q&A app, in order to answer live questions from people watching the hangout.
This app automatically creates timestamps in the hangout, and in the recording, so that people can jump immediately to the exact point where every single question was answered, without having to watch the whole video.
0:48 How to Use the Q&A App
6:40 Things to Be Aware of about the Q&A App
7:15 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you three different ways to start a Video Hangout and invite people to join.
The easiest and fastest way to start a Video Hangout is by using this link: http://hangouts.google.com/start
Bookmark this link and your next Video Hangout will be just a click away!
0:27 Starting a Video Hangout from the Hangout Chat Box
1:31 Starting a Video Hangout with the Green Button
3:53 Starting a Video Hangout with the Shortcut Link
4:29 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you the two ways to start a Hangout on Air and invite people to join.
The easiest and fastest way to start a Hangout on Air is by using this link: http://hangouts.google.com/onair
Bookmark this link and your next Hangout on Air will be just a click away!
0:34 Starting a Hangout on Air without an Event Page
2:55 Starting a Hangout on Air with an Event Page
8:55 Starting the Broadcast
10:27 Lecture Wrap-Up
In this video I show you the two types of event that you can create to promote your hangouts, the Basic Google+ Event and the Scheduled Hangout on Air.
1:55 Creating a Basic Google+ Event
6:44 Creating a Scheduled Hangout on Air
10:17 Differences between Events
12:03 Lecture Wrap-Up
If you choose to create a basic event to promote your hangout, there's an additional step to perform when it's time to go live, that I cover in this video.
0:19 Connecting the Broadcast to the Event
1:36 Lecture Wrap-Up
Let's review what you have learned during the course!
Watch the last video and learn about your next step!
I'd love to get in touch with you now that you've finished the course, so don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, or just to connect on social media platforms.
Talk to you soon!
I am a digital marketing consultant and strategist and business coach.
I teach small business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals how to use internet marketing and social media marketing to gain more exposure, get more clients and make more money, and I also help them implement the strategies that I devise for them.
A former lawyer for almost 20 years, I've been using and teaching internet marketing and social media tools and strategies since 2005.
At first I started to deal with internet marketing in order to help my wife - who run a real estate agency back then - to find more customers without spending a fortune in traditional advertising.
Once I got involved with the world of internet marketing and social media, I understood the immense power of these tools, so I decided to use what I had learned to help other small business owners and entrepreneurs to be found by their prospects and customers using simple and cost-effective strategies based on web tools and social media platforms.
When I'm not consulting, teaching, or coaching my clients I love spending my time with my family, learning new skills, and playing guitar with my band.