How a football club uses Google Hangouts for engaging with fans QPR Google Hangout with Nedum Onuoha

QPR Google Hangout with Nedum Onuoha April 2014
QPR Google Hangout with Nedum Onuoha April 2014

QPR Google Hangout with Nedum Onuoha April 2014

As you may be aware, I am always on the look out for European (especially Irish and UK) organisations and businesses using Google Hangouts as part of their online communications.

If you are a Queens Park Rangers FC fan – or even just a fan of sports – then you should check out the replay of the Google Hangout that took place last week – this was a 30 minute show.

They commented in their promotion about the event:

On Thursday 24th April, we’ll be broadcasting our third live Google Hangout and we want you, the R’s faithful, to join us!  After the recent success of our live Hangouts with Clint Hill and Charlie Austin, we are delighted to confirm we will be joined by defender Nedum Onuoha for our next live edition.

People were invited to take part in the live hangout and three people joined as guests – fans from Norway, the UK and the US. You can find the event page on Google Plus here.

The only problem that I noted for viewers is that people who Tweeted the link to the event (as I did) now have a Tweet saying the video has been removed by the user – it seems the QPR multimedia team tood down the original video perhaps to edit. That is something to watch out for if you are hosting hangouts as some potential links you may share will then not work. In addition the video on the Google Plus event page is no longer available.

Tweeting about the QPR Hangout before the event but after the event the video replay is no longer live

Tweeting about the QPR Hangout before the event but after the event the video replay is no longer live

You can watch the replay of the Hangout with Nedum Onuoha here on YouTube or below. It was great to see fans participate from across the globe and I was very impressed from the interaction and response to the questions by footballer Nedum Onuoha. Unfortunately the quality of the live stream and subsqequent recording from QPR’s end is not as clear as the guests they had attending the event. But don’t let tha put you off watching the replay.

 

In advance of the event QPR used their social media channels to ask for participants and build interest in the event – I really like the Vine that they published in advance of the event which you can see here.

 

What ideas does this give you for using Google Hangouts in your organisation for engagement with your fans, supporters and followers?

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Sage One Ireland Giving Back To Business Event 17 July 2013

Sage One Ireland Giving Back To Business Event 17 July 2013 by Krishna De

Sage One Ireland Giving Back To Business Event 17 July 2013 by Krishna De

This week I received a little package with two delicious cup cakes thanks to Sage One in Ireland along with an invitation to attend their forthcoming breakfast meeting taking place on 17 July 2013 at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

Sage One is celebrating their second birthday in Ireland by hosting this event which will have speakers from Google and Facebook sharing tips and insights on how to market your business online, and you will have the opportunity to have a professional head shot taken – which of course you could use on your website or personal social networks.

Unfortunately I am not able to attend, but there are still a few places left. Head over to the Sage One Giving Back To Business Event registration page to book your place for this free event.

Disclosure: I support Sage Ireland in a non paid role as one of their business experts and am invited from time to time to provide articles and input to some of their content marketing and social media ebooks.

Tips for selecting a domain name for your blog

Be careful how you name your blog
Be careful how you name your blog
Michele Neylon of Blacknight shares helpful tips in this presentation for selecting a domain for your blog. Slide 21 (screen shot above) provides examples of what to watch out for.

Find the presentation online here.


For a small investment you can brand your blog versus using the default name from the service provider if you are choosing to use a hosted service.

The ideas that Michele shares are also applicable when you are selecting a name for your Facebook Page.

I would also add:

1. Check that the name you are selecting is not trademarked

2. Speak the domain name outloud and check it is going to be easily understood if you referred to it in a conversation or when speaking on radio.

What other tips would you add for selecting a domain for your blog?