Google+ Hangouts Booming Among News Providers and Politicians
With the political season upon us there has been a boom in the use of Google+ Hangouts. Hangouts are being utilized by the news media as well as politicians as an effective tool to commununicate with their viewers and constituents.
Satellite trucks or underground cables are no longer needed to beam talking heads to people’s living room
Innovative broadcasters like Sarah Hill are leading the way in the use of this new tool and she is also mentors broadcasters and businesses on how to use Google Plus Hangouts to connect with customers face to face.
Here is a great example of a news team utilizing Hangouts to discuss an issue.
News organizations like NBC News, the Daily Beast and many others are starting to incorporate either live or prerecorded Google+ Hangouts into their productions. During the recent political conventions, Google hosted a decked-out Media Lounge complete with 20 Google employees and all the equipment necessary for journalist to stream their Hangouts during the conventions.This was a glimpse of the new world of live-streaming video, Google-style. No airwaves required
Our practical view of Google+ Hangouts
For anyone wanting to produce interactive info cast, whether it be the news networks, corporate PR or as a tool to communicate with a remote audience, Hangouts are a no-brainer. Go for it!
Equipment Needed to produce and host a Hangout
- Laptop or PC with a webcam
- High-Speed Internet connection
- Google Plus/YouTube account
- Willing to talk to strangers