Who in their right mind thought that David Hasselhoff would be better as the first celebrity for honorary photobomb status than Mr. T?
If you ask me this is an unforgivable oversight.
This is a travesty!
It’s the beginning of the end; it’s all downhill from here.
Google Even Featured #Hoffsome on Their Homepage
Even a company as mighty as Google, that should have quality control practices in place, still chose to feature “Auto-Awesome Photobombing” by David Hasselhoff on its homepage. No mention of Mr. T at all.
How does such a mistake happen?
The Beginning of the End
Surely a gaffe this significant is fatal even to a company as mighty as the big G…as it should be, if you as me. Such a lapse of judgement is a #Hoffsome mistake. I don’t know about you, but I’d much prefer to have my pics photobombed by the greatness of Mr. T.
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A DIY guide to making the most of Google services through data sharing
This post expands on a short presentation entitled ‘Making the most of Google Services through data sharing’ I will be giving at the Web Analytics Wednesday Meetup in Columbus, Ohio on February 19, 2014.
The primary reasons I use Google services are low cost and staggering reach.
Most of the tools mentioned are free and the others can be setup—initially, at least—for less than $100 (their current evergreen AdWords introductory offer is ‘Spend $25 and get an additional $75 credit’).
In the presentation I touch on utilizing GTM, GA, GWT and AdWords but there are other tools that I regularly use in conjunction with those.
Google Consumer Surveys
Google+ Local (aka Google Places)
Google+ (‘profiles’ for people, ‘pages’ for businesses)
All of the tools above are free.
These are ordered by the order you will come across them if proceeding top to bottom, left to right (not by importance)
In the past, I have published compilations of links to custom report templates that I found useful so I would have them in a single location for easy reference.
Thankfully, that is no longer needed as Google now offers a gallery of custom reports that can be imported directly
Import From Gallery
Occam’s Razor Awesomeness
Creme of the crop from Avinash Kaushik
New Google Analytics User Starter Bundle
Grom the Google Analytics Team
View all by him and import whatever might be relevant
There’s a fair amount of overlap between these (and some like those analyzing the number of keywords in a query are antiquated now that the majority of search is encrypted) so I recommend importing them all and cherry picking the ones that you like the best.
Google+ Local was introduced in 2012. Search results on Google following queries that include terms related to local businesses (usually a city and state) are now showing a clear preference to displaying Google+ Local pages/profiles. Right now it augments Google Places for Business but it is widely assumed it will eventually merge with, and overtake, Google Places altogether.
We setup, verify, and optimize Google+ Local pages for business.
In order to make the most of this service it is important that you make the most of it by providing us with basic business information including a logo, pictures of your office, products, trucks, etc. Basically, anything you customers will identify with you.
(local business listings on Google Maps)
Google Places for Business offers free local business listings set up in Google Maps. By setting up or claiming your listing you get a highlighted pin on the map shown for local searches related to your business. We will also verify and expand the information listed to make sure your contact information, hours, location, categories, links and more are correct and set up for maximum benefit.
Additionally you can upload a few YouTube videos which are a nice touch. If you don’t have YouTube videos (YouTube is the 2nd most popular search engine in the world) we can help you create them and upload them for even more impact. With or without the videos, this is one of the highest traffic, highest quality services we know of. Accordingly, we strongly recommend claiming, optimizing and regularly checking on your business listing on Google Places and Maps.