Hangouts Using Lower Thirds on Business Pages

Using Lower Thirds for Google+ Hangouts on Your Business Page

I recently wrote an article for the Social Solutions Collective about using Lower Thirds on Google Plus Hangouts. It’s great for personal branding and makes you look like a news anchor!

You can use them for Hangouts you partake in as your business pages, as well, but it requires some extra steps. It comes down to creating a username for your page itself, giving the Hangout Toolbox permission to operate on your page, and understanding where lower third presets are stored. It’s not difficult (just a little tedious) if you follow my simple step-by-step, below.Hangouts Using Lower Thirds on Business Pages

Enable Lower-Thirds for Your Business Page’s Google Plus Account

You must be the owner of the page (as opposed to being a manager) to do this. You’ll only have to go through this once, and then any page manager will be able to use lower thirds and create their own presets.

  1. Go to page settings.
  2. Scroll down to find the “Third-Party Tools” section.
  3. You’ll see a long, random username.
  4. Click on Set up a password.
  5. Enter your existing Google Plus account password when prompted.
  6. Create a new password for your page (this will not change your personal account password) and Continue.
  7. You’ll get a confirmation that you have created a username for your account.
  8. If you want to choose your username, you’ll need a gmail account.
  9. Copy your new username and paste it somewhere – you’ll need it.
  10. Click “Open Our Page” to return to the page.
  11. Sign out.
  12. Sign back in with the username of your page and your new password.
  13. Start a Hangout.
  14. Click “View more apps.”
  15. Click “Add Apps.”
  16. Install Hangout Toolbox and give permissions asked.Google Plus Business Page Username
  17. End the hangout.
  18. Log out.
  19. Log back in with your regular Google Plus account information (not your page username).
  20. Switch back to your page as usual.
  21. Start a Hangout.
  22. Hangout Toolbox is now installed and enabled for any page manager.
  23. Don’t bother saving presets for other page managers to use -you can only use presets saved to your own profile.

Now, any time you want to use Lower Thirds for a Hangout as your page, just start a hangout as the page and click on the Hangout Toolbox and create a Lower Third or select a preset Lower Third.

Please share your favorite Google Hangout tips below! If you need more explanation of the details of lower thirds on Google Plus hangouts, please see the Social Solutions Collective article about using Lower Thirds on Google Plus Hangouts.

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As co-owner and chief inbound marketing consultant at Scalable Social Media, Alisa Meredith spends a lot of time keeping up with online marketing trends for the benefit of our customers. Computers have been a passion of hers since her first T1-99, so inbound and social media marketing is a natural fit.


  1. Alisa,
    I could hug you! I have gone round and round with this today, and your tutorial walked me through it step-by-painful-step. 🙂
    Okay, it wasn’t that bad, but if I had found your tutorial earlier in the day, it would have saved me quite a bit of frustration. I found bits and pieces of it online, but only YOUR directions were complete start to finish. Thank you so much.

  2. Alisa Meredith

    Yay! I’m so happy I could help, Jimmie. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. ~ Alisa

  3. Chris

    Just like the previous post….thank you very much!!!

  4. Dr. Vibe

    Hello Alisa. I hope that all is fine with you. I would like to thank you for your post. I am tried doing this a few times but it isn’t working. Do you have a video of this? I really need some help with this.

    I look forward to your response at your earliest convenience. Thanks for your time and consideration. It is appreciated and not taken for granted.

    Be well,

    Dr. Vibe

    • Alisa Meredith

      Hi, Dr. V! I don’t. I know it’s complicated when it’s for business pages. Where are you getting stuck?

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