Hangouts Chat vs Hangouts Meet vs Classic Hangouts

Updated: August 23, 2019

Google Chat AppsIt’s a bit difficult to keep with Google’s various iterations of chat and Hangouts products.

However, Google has been honing its strategy and has come up with two well-thought-out business productivity offerings that complement G Suite’s core offerings.

Here is a roundup of the current Google Hangouts and Chat products, including the newest kid on the block.

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Where is G Suite Data Stored?

G Suite Data StorageGmail and G Suite use the same global data storage as Google’s search engine.

Google currently has 15 data global data centers. The first data center was built on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in 2006.

Google stores subscriber data (email, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) in small pieces. Each of those pieces is copied several times and stored in multiple geographic locations.

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G Suite Enterprise Adoption: Slow But Sure Progress

G Suite Enterprise Adoption

Updated: April 25, 2019

Google has made significant inroads into the small business market with G Suite. For business owners and employees who have been using consumer Gmail, moving to G Suite is an easy transition.

However, Google has faced several barriers to widespread G Suite enterprise adoption. Here are some of those blockers and what Google has been doing to address them.

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A Sales Productivity Tool for G Suite and Gmail Users

Sales Productivity in GmailFor anyone who is in sales and who uses either G Suite or Gmail, there’s a new sales productivity platform from Cirrus Insight that’s worth taking on a test drive.

Cirrus Insight’s flagship product was a Chrome extension for Gmail to Salesforce integration. Recently, the company expanded its offering to become a a broad and useful feature set for any user of Gmail or G Suite — regardless of whether they are using a specific CRM application.

Through a combination of internal inventions and acquisitions, Cirrus has assembled a “dream suite” of tools that most salespeople will appreciate.

Here is an overview of a few of the ways that salespeople can benefit from the Cirrus platform.

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FeedBurner: Still Alive And Somewhat Well

Google FeedburnerFeedBurner is a web feed tool that was launched in 2004. The best know web feed format is RSS (Really Simple Syndication).

FeedBurner was acquired by Google in June of 2007.

Several years later, Google’s inattention to FeedBurner made it clear that FeedBurner did not have any direct or even indirect monetization potential.

Because of Google’s lack of attention to the app, bloggers began to predict its demise.

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GOOGLEFINANCE Function In Google Sheets

GOOGLEFINANCE Function ExamplesThe GOOGLEFINANCE function is part of Google Sheets. Google Sheets is available in both consumer Gmail and organization-wide G Suite. The function allows users to create trend charts and comparisons for any assets that have a valid Google Finance ticker symbol.

Here are several examples of how the GOOGLEFINANCE function can be used in Google Sheets to compare the performance of stocks and indexes against one another.

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California Wine Country Maps in Google My Maps

California Wine Country MapsBelow are several California wine country maps that we created in Google My Maps. Included wine country maps are: Napa Valley; Sonoma Valley; Alexander Valley; Lodi; and Paso Robles.

Google My Maps is available to both users of consumer Gmail accounts and to G Suite users.

Google My Maps allows for mass importing winery locations from a spreadsheet. My Maps also allows for manually adding each winery.

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Chrome Enterprise: How Google Will Get More CIOs To Embrace Chromebook

Google Chrome EnterpriseSince Google introduced Chromebook in 2011, the adoption of Chromebooks by businesses has been more of an interesting idea than a widespread reality.

We first wrote about the business potential for Chromebooks soon after they hit the market.

Our contention was that with so many applications moving to the cloud, that many employees would no longer need a heavyweight local operating system such as Windows or macOS. Technologies such as Citrix could be used to access Windows applications from the Chrome browser.

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10 Google My Business Best Practices

Google My Business Best PracticesWhether your company is a small local B2C business or a large B2C company, it’s worth paying attention to your Google My Business (GMB) listing.

According to Google, “listings on Google My Business can only be created for businesses that either have a physical location that customers can visit, or that travel to visit customers where they are.”

This means that most businesses can (and probably should) have a GMB listing. A Google My Business listing is a free source that can direct more visitors to a business’s website, almost no matter what type or size of business.

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Google Apps vs G Suite Search Popularity

Google rebranded Google Apps to G Suite in September of 2016. According to Google Trends, since the rebranding, “google apps” has continued to be the more dominant search term.

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Embed a “Live” Google Sheets Pricing Table in a Proposal Doc

Embed Spreadsheet Pricing Table in DocumentFor salespeople who regularly send out long form proposals that contain pricing tables, there has always been a conundrum.

That is, a pricing table within in a document can’t be dynamically updated as easily as a spreadsheet table. The word processing capabilities within a spreadsheet are limited.

Often, a proposal’s pricing table is revised several times before the final version of a proposal is sent to the prospect or customer. This can require manual effort. Either the new bottom line in the document table needs to be hand calculated when line items are changed — or the spreadsheet table must be re-copied/pasted a into the document.

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G Suite Pricing: What Your Business Can Expect to Pay

Updated: April 2, 2019

G Suite PricingThe current G Suite pricing is different than it was when G Suite was known as Google Apps for Work.

Prior to December 6, 2012, Google offered a free business version of Google Apps. Businesses that signed up for that version are grandfathered at no cost for up to 10 users.

Google still offers free versions of G Suite to qualified educational and government institutions as well as to qualified nonprofit organizations.

For for-profit businesses, G Suite does come at a cost.

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Should Your Business Be Deploying Chromebook?

Chromebook runs on Google’s lightweight operating system, Chrome OS. Chrome OS is so lightweight that it doesn’t support running traditional locally installed business applications.

This is changing to to some degree, as several recent model Chromebooks support installed Android apps. Example models are the Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible and the Google Chromebook Pixel.

Many developers will need to make changes to their Android apps in order to fully support Chrome OS. Even if an app is made compatible with Chrome OS, it may not be as robust as its Windows or macOS counterpart.

Chromebooks ship with under 32GB of local storage. But this is more than enough space to run multiple Chrome extensions.

Chrome OS updates are easy and fast to apply. This makes Chromebook an attractively secure choice in light of recent ransomware attacks, in which older unpatched operating systems were exploited.

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G Suite for Enterprises: The Shift Has Begun

G Suite for EnterprisesThe adoption of G Suite began with small to mid-sized businesses. However, the shift to G Suite for enterprises is ostensibly underway.

At the March 2017 Google Cloud Next Conference, both Colgate and Verizon talked about their move to G Suite.

Colgate-Palmolive has moved 28,000 users to G Suite from IBM’s legacy Notes and Domino systems. Verizon is planning to move 150,000 users to G Suite.

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Google Drive Videos: 6 Business Use Cases

Upload Video File to Google Drive

If your organization uses G Suite, you may have discovered that when you upload a video to Google Drive, it’s not simply a stored file — the video can be played inline.

What’s more, Google Drive uses the YouTube engine to play uploaded videos. When playing a Google Drive video, the interface has the appearance of a slimmed down version of the YouTube player.

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CRM for Gmail and G Suite: Chrome Extensions

Many CRM users, especially salespeople, live in Gmail. Because of this, a number of CRM vendors have developed Chrome extensions that provide access to CRM functionality within consumer Gmail and business Gmail (G Suite). A Chrome extension is a software program that adds functionality to the Chrome browser.

Historically, Chrome extensions have had little to no user interface. In fact, the original intent of Google’s developers was for extensions to be minimalist. From a user interface perspective, many extensions are no more than a button on the address bar.

As an example of basic functionality of a CRM for Gmail Chrome extension, a CRM user can search for records, edit records and add records — all without leaving Gmail. Some CRM vendors have taken their Chrome extensions to entirely new levels.

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What is Google Sheets and How Does it Work?

Google Sheets ExplainedGoogle Sheets is one of the productivity applications that’s included with free consumer Gmail and with G Suite [for business].

It is a cloud based spreadsheet application. No desktop software is needed to create and edit spreadsheets. Spreadsheets are stored in the cloud, on a virtual drive called Google Drive.

Google Sheets can be used for everything from basic calculations to sophisticated data analysis.

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How Does Google Docs Work?

How Does Google Docs Work?Google Docs is one of the productivity applications that’s included with free consumer Gmail and with G Suite [for business].

Google Docs is a cloud-based word processor, which means that no desktop software is required to create and edit documents. Documents are stored on Google Drive, which is the cloud drive included with Gmail and G Suite.

Google Docs has all the core capabilities that can be found in traditional word processors. It also has a number of capabilities that relate to the fact that the documents are stored on a cloud drive (vs. on one person’s desktop). So, how does Google Docs work? Here are just a few of the capabilities.

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Rackspace Webmail vs. G Suite For Small Business

G Suite vs. Rackspace WebmailWhen a small business owner or manager decides to make the move from free consumer email addresses (e.g., jake2874@comcast.net) to custom email addresses (e.g., jake@abbottsolar.com), there are a number of business email options.

Aside from Microsoft, two of the most popular business email providers are Rackspace and Google.

As service providers, Google and Rackspace differ in many ways. However, they do overlap in a couple of areas.

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How G Suite Gives Each User Unlimited Email Addresses

There are two ways in which a G Suite user can have an unlimited number of inbound email addresses associated with their G Suite account. We’ll refer to these ways as “dimensions”, as they can be used in combination.

G Suite Email Aliases

The first dimension of unlimited email addresses are email aliases. Aliases are assigned to a user account by a G Suite admin. An admin can assign multiple values to what is technically called the Local-part of the email address, or the part before the @ sign.

In the following example, you will see that Lou’s default email address is lou@yourcrmdemo.com. Lou must use this address to login to her email account.

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How to Add Users to G Suite

Updated: April 25, 2019

Add Users to G SuiteThere are more similarities between free, consumer Gmail and G Suite than there are differences. In fact, G Suite can be viewed as a multi-user version of consumer Gmail.

When a single user platform becomes multi-user, an administrative level is needed for tasks such as adding and deleting users, creating groups, assigning apps and managing security.

Fortunately, adding users to G Suite is a straightforward process for an admin. The creator of a G Suite account is a super administrator by default. One or more admin roles can optionally be assigned to any user. One of the admin roles is called User Management Admin. This role allows a user to create, delete and update individual users (other than admin users).

Only a super administrator, however, can bulk upload new users.

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G Suite: Gmail & Calendar iOS Updates

Gmail G Suite iOSWhile Google has its own mobile phone and tablet operating system, the company needs to remain mindful of the fact that millions of consumer and business Gmail customers are iPhone and iPad users.

In fact, over the last 30 days, 63% of the mobile & tablet visitors to this website, as reported by Google Analytics, are iPhone or iPad users.

For years, Google has offered iOS apps for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and more. However, until recently, the Gmail app had not been updated since December 4, 2012.

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New Google Sites: How To Use Sites In Business

Updated: January 28, 2019

New Google SitesNew Google Sites rolled out to all G Suite customers in November of 2016.

The original Google Sites, now called “Classic Google Sites” was released in 2008 after the acquisition of JotSpot in 2006. The product did not see much in the way of enhancements for many years.

The new Google Sites was built from the ground up, which means not only a modern set of design components and full device responsiveness, but an app that fits in much better with the rest of the G Suite offerings.

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