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Google Plus announces brand pages

by Sasha de Buyl

Early yesterday morning (or late yesterday evening, depending on your time zone), Google made the announcement that countless businesses have been waiting for since the initial launch of Google+; Google+ Pages.

Google+ Pages is the next logical step for the social platform and will afford business the chance to represent their brand in an official capacity and to interact with Google+’s highly engaged user base.

Google had this to say on their official blog:

Google+ has always been a place for real-life sharing, and Google+ Pages is no exception. After all: behind every page (or storefront, or four-door sedan) is a passionate group of individuals, and we think you should able to connect with them too.

At a cursory glance, brand pages seem to have the same rights as any other user page on Google+, which means a lot of exciting things for brands looking for a new way to connect with their fans.

For example, think of what can be achieved with Google Hangouts. Think of a beauty brand holding a live Q&A with a stylist, or an entertainment blog running a competition to hang out with your favourite author. It could also work as another platform for getting in touch – instead of calling your local deli to see if they do custom lunch orders, you can hang out on Google+ and they can show exactly what they have available!

In addition, circles continue to feature, even for brand pages. This means that a brand can separate its customers into separate circles for specifically targeted communications. Think of having a Google brand page from which you can engage with your staff, customers, stakeholders and partners at any time, through your Google circles.

To have a further look at what Google+ can offer brands, check out the informative video below!

Check out our Google+ profile for Nerd Insider.

What do you think about Google+ pages? Let us know in the comments section below!
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