Archive for the ‘Audio Conferencing’ Category
These days it seems as though everyone is striving to be more “green.” Many providers are claiming to have solutions and products that are more “green,” and businesses of all types and sizes are announcing they are taking a more eco-friendly approach to their daily operations.
Although both audio conferencing and web conferencing has been around for years, it was only recently that providers realized they too were helping to save the planet. In fact, it has become such a large selling point, that now some providers even offer CO2 calculators that indicate how much carbon dioxide you saved by hosting a virtual conference as opposed to an in-person meeting.
As you can see in this video, you should never underestimate the power of the mute button – or any other feature – that is provided with your conferencing service. Modern audio, web and video via web conferencing services offer a robust set of features to help make your meetings a more engaging, interactive, and effective experience for you and your participants, such as:
- Public and private chat – for web and video via web conferences, the ability to chat with the presenter and/or participants streamlines communication and makes for a more effective meeting. By allowing your attendees to chat with the entire group or just one or two specific people, participants can ask the presenter a question or to repeat information without interrupting the presentation. This feature is particularly beneficial for companies with multiple branches while presenting products or marketing ideas to customers
Business travel is more than just time consuming, it can eat up a large portion of your company’s budget and it takes a toll on the environment.
Your business’s carbon footprint is a reflection of the effect that your company has on the worldwide climate in terms of the quantity of greenhouse gases it produces. To put it into perspective, a single person flying from Los Angeles, California to Atlanta, Georgia produces over 750 lbs. of carbon dioxide – which equates to roughly 5% of an average U.S. home’s electricity for a whole year! Add that to the hassle of sitting in traffic to get to the airport, waiting again to go through security – not to mention purchasing expensive airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, taxi rides, meals, etc. – and it’s easy to see why the majority of today’s businesses are looking to reevaluate their travel routines. Read More»
Japan’s developers and engineers are bringing conferencing to a whole new level
Audio and web conferencing services have made dramatic leaps and bounds from the time when they were first introduced on the market. What once began as a fickle, fly-by-night service has now become a reliable, cost-efficient, and effective alternative to meeting with colleagues, customers, and employees in person.
Recently, a research group at Osaka University (OU) announced that it is developing a robotic hand for “tele-handshaking.” But before you start picturing a cold, sterile robot hand akin to C-3PO, it’s important to note that the tele-handshake robot hand is designed to communicate a person’s body temperature, grip force, and texture/touch. According to preliminary trials, those three characteristics are the three most important aspects to a real human hand.
In fact, because the tests done by the OU research group showed the average person has the “preconceived idea that Read More»
Today’s leading audio and web conferencing solutions offer more than just significant time and cost savings. In this article we highlight some of the many reasons you should consider going virtual:
- To make the most of an opportunity – the days of companies with money to burn and massive expense accounts are long gone. Thankfully, however, modern conferencing technology allows companies of all types and sizes – from the smallest start-up to the largest international enterprises – to attend meetings, conduct presentations, collaborate on projects and land large deals while maintaining a modest budget. This is because both audio and web conferencing solution essentially eliminates the time and costs associated with business travel
- To communicate and collaborate – audio conferencing gets the job done, but for a more interactive, engaging and personal experience, web conferencing is the way to go. For example, Cisco’s WebEx
Do you hate meetings? Well you can rest assured you’re in good company. According to a study conducted recently by Cisco WebEx, nine out of ten employees would rather interact in any other way than by attending a meeting. That’s a shocking 90%! Yet what’s most striking (unfortunately for us businessmen and women) is that meetings and conferences consume the majority of our time – more than any other form of communication.
As indicated by the Cisco WebEx study, those nine out of ten people feel that the meetings and conferences they attend are fruitless and do not make the best use of their time. And it’s not just the time spent in those meetings that is wasted; over one half of the survey’s respondents reported that the time they have spent in ineffective meetings required them to work late hours or even from home since they have so much Read More»
As a provider of audio conferencing and web conferencing services, often we are asked for tips on how to improve the efficiency or productiveness of a customer’s audio conference calls. Luckily we have a few tricks up our sleeve that we are more than willing to share with you. Whether you’re a frequent host/attendee or new audio conference calling, having a few best practices on hand can help make the difference between an effective meeting and feeling like you just wasted an hour of your valuable time.
Prior to the start of your audio conference call
- Prepare yourself by gathering, sorting and organizing all necessary materials
- Advise your attendees of the time and date you plan to host the audio conference call. Note: InterCall, the world’s largest conferencing service provider offers customers an Outlook plug-in that simplifies the scheduling of your conferences by including account details automatically
There is no shortage of audio conferencing providers in today’s market. Just entering the phrase “audio conferencing providers” into Google brings up almost 2,000,000 results! But with so many options, trying to find the right provider for you can be extremely difficult, and often leaves many wondering if something as simple as audio conferencing can really vary that much between providers.
In short, yes, it can!
InterCall is the world’s largest conferencing provider, operating successfully for more than 20 years. Currently InterCall supports over 75,000 organizations and more than 1,500,000 conference leaders – including 94% of Fortune 100 companies, 84% of the Fortune 500 and 77% of the Fortune 1000. With all of this experience and knowledge under their belts they have designed and launched effective, easy-to-use, affordable conferencing solutions for businesses of all types and sizes.
Use audio conferencing and web conferencing services to close out the year and discuss what’s to come in 2012.
If you’ve walked into a mall, watched any television shows, or even opened a magazine lately, then you have almost certainly been bombarded with holiday advertizing. This is the first sign that the year is quickly coming to an end, and businesses worldwide are already gearing up for 2012.
For those companies with satellite offices, a mobile workforce, or customers in geographically dispersed locations, trying to successfully organize a time for everyone to meet in-person to discuss year end business updates or next year’s outlook might seem impossible – especially at a time when many people either have family and friends coming to stay and visit, or are traveling to meet them elsewhere.
Fortunately, audio conferencing and web conferencing services help you avoid the nightmare of business travel during the holiday Read More»
Regardless of how unfamiliar or uncomfortable it may be, all successful companies are continuously on the lookout for new and effective ways to cultivate more business in order to expand their reach and remain successful. One of the simplest and most cost-efficient ways to do this is by employing either audio conferencing or web conferencing services.
Conferencing services do much more than offer an improved method of communication and collaboration between your branch offices; audio conferencing and web conferencing services allow you to reach current and potential customers anywhere in the world – at your convenience. Forget the hassle and high costs associated with business travel, with a conferencing solution you can hold a meeting with one or more of your branch offices (wherever they may be) in the morning, and then conduct a presentation for a potential customer located half way across the globe – all from the comfort Read More»