By Kimberly Deas
Google Hangout is a convenient online location offered by Google Plus where you can talk and share with others online. It is an open platform for anyone to talk with anyone. President Obama used Hangout on Air to answer citizens’ questions after his State of the Union address. Salespeople use Hangout to talk with out-of-state clients face to face. Vendors use Hangout to demo products with screen sharing.
Features of Google Hangout:
- Real-time meeting rooms online (no need to schedule time) with invitation only or open to the public options.
- Instant video conferencing with up to nine other people (10 total) that is crisp and clear (unlike others that offer this option)
- Share your computer screen
- Upload documents to share
- Watch a YouTube video all at the same time
- See who is talking with real-time display
- Broadcast to a large audience and save it to YouTube when you are done using Hangouts on Air.
Tips on how to use hangouts for business:
- On-the-spot customer service portal
- Q&A on current news and how it affects customers
- Book launches and giveaways
- Combine the live Hangout on Air with Twitter chat for an interactive experience
- Connect with prospects for sales calls
To use Google Hangout, you need a Google Plus account. To start a hangout, click the “Start your own hangout” in the right column. It is easy, simple and free.
Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.