Google+ is the social network created and powered by Google, the most influential
and important search engine around. When Google updates its search algorithms, marketers, bloggers and all companies with a website are wise to take heed and update their content and search engine optimization strategies accordingly. Google+ has 343 million active users, and the social network is all the more important because of its increasing influence on search. Google dominates search. Social signals, like +1s, and AuthorRank are changing marketing as we know it and the way businesses need to approach social media....
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February 13, 2013
From Search Engine Land
It's been more than four years since Bill Gates worked full time at Microsoft, but he's still promoting Bing, the company's three-plus-year-old search engine. Gates, who's still serving as Microsoft's nonexecutive chairman but is focused full time on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, promoted Bing during an "Ask Me Anything" conversation on Reddit. It happened when Reddit user "Fozzy420″ asked Gates, "Do you guys really use Bing? I mean seriously …"
Google+ Gaining Ground With Brand Marketers
February 12, 2013
Tracking Google+, along with YouTube, gives marketers access to a varied audience segment not typically found on Facebook. The top 100 brands with pages on Google+ boast 20.9 million fans — up 9,400 percent from 2011. In fact, the top 10 brands hold 78 percent of the total advocacy base on Google+. The Social Share report from BrightEdge charts the growth of brands on Google+ and YouTube. The findings, which analyze social media adoption trends for the BrandZ top 100 global brands, suggest new audiences for brand marketers.