Web conferencing is quickly becoming the preferred method in business communication. With benefits such as increased productivity and an extended customer outreach, companies are able to compete economically using inexpensive online meeting tools. As a cost effective alternative to travel, small businesses may especially benefit from this new technology. The most difficult part is finding the service that best fits your company.
Two applications appear especially promising – Cisco’s WebEx and Citrix Online’s Go To Meeting. Read the rest of this entry »
Cloud-based is the new hot trend in IT, and cloud based file sharing and conferencing is a perfect use for this technology. Business professionals such as accountants, salespeople, insurance brokers, realtors, designers, small businessmen, attorneys, and many others can benefit from the ease of use, low cost, and versatility of the cloud.
YouDazzle is an innovative new cloud based service designed for Read the rest of this entry »
Video Conference Bridge Service
Sometimes you will hear or see the term ‘Video Conference Bridge Service’ mentioned. So what’s that?
Well basically, video conference bridge is just another way of saying that you are connecting multiple video end points, that often use different technologies. Separate video conference rooms can be connected, different devices such as iPads, desktops, smartphones, all of these and more can have access to a conference. ISDN (phone line) transmission conferences can be Read the rest of this entry »
Training sessions (whether online or offline) often involve group exercises. Here are some guidelines, tips, and suggestions to make your exercise go more smoothly.
Planning a Group Exercise as Part of a Training Event
Group exercises usually involve many people – perhaps four or more depending upon the total number of participants – so that they have to work as a team. This type of exercise can deliver valuable benefits such as team-building and problem-solving skills in addition to the feedback opportunities provided. When everyone is called upon to deliver the results of the exercises, you will be able to see whether they have become competent at using their newly acquired knowledge in simulated business situations.
When you are planning a group exercise as part of a training event, you will need to devise situations, presented like a story with plenty of information to accompany them, that the groups of delegates can discuss, and work on, to come up with a solution to the problem that the situation poses. An example of this type of case study could be a warehouse or other factory department that needs reorganizing. The notes for the exercise should then include, for example, data on the quantities and sizes of the products to be stored, the throughput of the department, number of staff and costs involved. Read the rest of this entry »
LoopUp is a business conferencing solution, allowing dial-in access from almost anywhere around the world.
LoopUp expands on Ring2 Communications previous conference call product Ring2, turning it into a tool for building and sharing remote meetings, with an easy way of turning a conference call into a web conference. LoopUp adds lots of convenience features, for example it can call you when the meeting starts instead of having to dial up ahead of time.
LoopUp is currently available to customers in the U.S. and UK. Contact the LoopUp website for more details and for pricing.
Citrix, producers of the popular GoToMeeting conferencing product, has expanded its reach into the growing social collaboration space. Following its acquisition of Podio, they have added many of the most-used GoToMeeting features to the Podio service.
Podio is a cloud based product which enables team collaboration, workspace creation, and workflow management. Podio users can take advantage of hundreds of apps that can be used to control workflow progression and the sharing of documents.
You can check out all the features of Podio in a small team environment for free. Expanding the service to your entire company is available for the price of $8 per employee, per month. Find out more details at the Podio website at podio.com.
Managing the microphones and webcams of different participants in a webinar or webcast can be tricky at times. Fumbling around with unfamiliar controls, or having to ask other people for assistance can greatly diminish the flow the presentation. OmNovia, a global leader in webinar technology has introduced its AV remote to which strives to eliminate “the complexity in real-time audio/video management”.
You can find a short video which effectively demonstrates how this feature works here.
Do you use video clips in your presentations? A video clip is a useful tool which can be used to create more helpful training sessions, sales demonstrations, and webinars. A video clip helps demonstrate your product, concept, or provide examples in a much more memorable and relevant manner than just the spoken word could.
Used during a live webinar, a video clip can be replayed as often as necessary, and is often invaluable for answering questions, and providing those answers in ways that only a visual example could.
Many of the well known web conferencing providers include this capability in their product, for example: GoToMeeting, ReadyTalk, and HearMe, conferencing suppliers are among them.
Anytime you transfer video from cameras or recorders to pc’s, or from pc’s to portable viewing devices such as ipod’s, portable dvd players, phones, etc., the need may arise to convert formats.
One new software program that handles the task quite well is ‘TransferMyVideo’ by Avantquest.
TransferMyVideo provides high speed, high quality video conversion for all popular video formats (AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX, 3GP, RM, MOV, and more.) and portable devices such as iPod®, iPhone®, Microsoft® Zune®, PSP, MP4 players & smart-phones. TransferMy Video comes pre-installed with support for over 600 phones, consoles, & players.
After a one-click download and quick install, the software Read the rest of this entry »
Web Conferencing has been around almost since the birth of the internet, and its usage has steadily grown year after year. In the recent past, Web Conferencing has become mainstream and its use is up dramatically. Here are some factors behind the recent growth in the popularity of Web Conferencing:
Increased Fuel Costs: Higher fuel costs mean airline tickets become more expensive, along with with the cost of ground transportation. Web Conferencing fees remain low and steady (or go down).
Increased Travel Stress: Air travel is more stressful than ever. Security concerns, Read the rest of this entry »