Tips, tricks and industry information for video conferencing users, remote workers and small to medium-sized businesses.
In business, communication is used to make sales and build relationships, collaborate on projects, provide customer support, and much, much more. Did you know that body language makes up 55% of your communication? Whether you are meeting face to face or using video conferencing, keep these 5 tips in mind for better body language while communicating face to face.
Video conferencing is not a new technology. Businesses have been using it to communicate and collaborate across distances for quite some time; however, with new cloud subscriptions, more businesses are making this technology common practice for internal and external meetings With all of its advantages, you would think users would be jumping for joy to communicate using video, but it seems video conferencing still gets a bad reputation.We break down five of the top reasons why people don't want to use video conferencing and provide solutions to overcome them.
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Working from home is a privilege and benefit many employees want. Some employees would even choose remote working over a pay raise. While the opportunity to work from home supports better work-life balance and comes with many advantages, it is important you remain productive and efficient as an employee. We've put together five tips how to be more productive when working remotely so you can be a successful remote employee.
Adding new people to your team, organization, and even onboarding new clients can sometimes be an awkward process. Even more so, if you are meeting on video for the first time. Using fun icebreakers will allow for meeting participants to get to know each other and feel more comfortable participating more quickly. In this post, we provide you with a few video meeting icebreakers to try in your next online meeting.
Our team of Easymeeting Expert's get to meet people around the world each and every day using our video conferencing service. Sometimes, it can be a person's very first video call and sometimes it's a skilled video conferencing master just checking in to learn some new tricks. Either way, over the years, we have seen a lot of examples of good and bad video conferencing etiquette. We've compiled our Expert knowledge to help you collaborate in the cloud with our top 5 video meeting tips. Check them out!
There is no doubt today's fast developing technology has transformed the medical industry. We have seen great advancements in healthcare over the past few decades including the use of new procedures, testing, medicine, and using video conferencing to provide access to health care. We'll examine the use of video conferencing and how the benefits of this technology are making telehealth commonplace in hospitals and for doctors around the globe, changing the way patients receive care.
For the world’s multinational companies, the cost of video conferencing might not seem like a big issue. In the grand scheme of things, it's a necessary expense and a relative drop in the bucket, even the multi-million dollar deployments. But for a small business working across multiple locations, video conferencing costs can have a much greater financial burden. That being said, investing in a video conferencing solution can minimize your travel costs.
Whether you are working remotely or in the office, your desk is a big part of your life. And, at some point, you have probably started to depend on coffee to help you feel more productive while at the said desk. If you haven’t, you are an anomaly and we envy you! We want to help you from getting stuck in that after lunch or 3:00 PM slump each day. Instead of getting yourself another coffee, try these simple exercises you can do at your desk.
Video conferencing can be a very powerful tool. It helps build stronger and faster relationships, allows for more effective communication and collaboration, and most importantly, allows you to use your time wisely so you can get more done each workday. The best part of video conferencing is you can replace most meetings with video meetings, cutting travel costs for your company. So, it surprises me when company's still prefer to use the telephone for meetings... We'll explain why you should stop hosting conference calls and opt for video conferencing face-to-face communication instead.
It’s easy to look past how our daily habits negatively impact the environment. It’s even easier to forget how the company you work for affects the environment. Whether we recognize how our actions impact the world or not, what we do unquestionably leaves a lasting footprint. Whether you’re a business owner looking for ways to “go green” or an employee who wants to lead the charge in making your company more environmentally-friendly, video conferencing can help your cause.
Cloud-based video conferencing solutions can provide huge savings potential for small to medium-sized businesses. It is not always easy to show the value of time savings, but numbers don't lie. When trying to convince your financially-minded boss the cost of video conferencing is worth it, make sure you speak your boss' language, by explaining how video conferencing will improve the bottom line. We'll help you build your business case so you can start working more efficiently and increase your company's productivity.
Let's face it, no matter where in the world you are, sales teams have a lot of ground to cover. With the cost of travel rising and more small businesses wanting to save money, sales teams are forced to cover the same amount of ground with less face time. Set aside your telephone, or standard webinar software, you should be using video conferencing software to deliver your pitch! Okay, now that you have the right tool, here's how you can nail that next big pitch with just three quick tips.
Did you know your work-life balance and exercise can affect your productivity? In particular, focusing on your exercise and health can actually improve your professional output and increase productivity. Do you want to feel great and be more productive at work? With exercise and managing your time for better work-life balance, you will.
Using video interviewing to recruit and acquire talent has been increasing since 2012. In fact, a research report found 32% of organizations invested in video interviewing in 2013, compared to 21% of organizations in 2012. In addition, a recent Aberdeen Report found 61% of surveyed companies were more likely to use video at some point in their talent acquisition process. If these trends continue, it is very likely you will be asked to interview using video conferencing applications at some point in your career. Or, you are preparing for a live video interview right now and that is what brought you here. Either way, we will provide you with four tips for nailing your next video interview!
Smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous in today's world and in general, reliable Internet connection is available in many areas of the world, both urban and rural. As a result, people can largely work from any location; they can work on their commute on their own devices (which brought about a new phenomenon called "BYOD - Bring Your Own Devices"), they can work in their holiday homes, they can work from a coffee shop. While it all sounds amazing, there are of course issues and drawbacks that come with this type of work too. With remote work on the rise, there are certain issues that employees and employers need to be mindful of in order to be successful.
Meetings are synonymous with boring, right? Well, they don't have to be! Those boring online video meetings that you dread are actually a great way to build corporate culture and foster stronger employee relationships across teams. Check out these 4 ways video conferencing applications can be used to improve your corporate culture.
Remote teams can reduce an organization's costs, yet we still see managers reluctant to let their teams work from home, even if just part time. We all remember Yahoo's initiative to increase productivity by bringing everyone back in the office and banning remote working, we also remember it failing. So why do companies fail at working remotely? There is a critical element to managing remote teams and the success or failure of remote employees and remote jobs is usually dependent on it.
With more companies collaborating across locations and increasing remote job opportunities, it has created a demand for conferencing options to reduce travel time and costs. It seems more and more employees expect to have the option to "phone-in" a meeting these days. Because of this, you're now being tasked with the decision of what online meeting software (of the many video conferencing solutions out there) your company should purchase. It can be stressful! So to start, you must first understand your company's needs, wants, and goals. Answer these 8 questions before purchasing an online meeting software to help you find the best possible video conferencing solution for your organization.
It can be difficult for employees to unwind after a stressful day at the office, and many times this hinders other facets in their lives. When we bring work home with us, it can have a negative impact on our ability to maintain relationships as well as decreasing our overall happiness. However, there are ways that you can advise your employees on how to reduce the negative effects that are caused by work-related issues.
In 2013, already six in ten HR managers were using video to interview potential job candidates. In fact, more than 85% of hiring managers and recruiters agreed the video interview process saved them time and money. As you can see, we aren't the only ones that love video interviews. Here are a few reasons why you should love them too!
Small businesses seem less receptive to video conferencing than larger companies. There are misconceptions only large enterprises can afford, use, or benefit from the technology. As video conferencing platforms have become more cloud-based, it has become easier for small businesses to manage and afford business video platforms. If you are a small business deciding whether or not to purchase a video conferencing solution, it is important to know these 7 things.
As many parents know, children can be a lot of work. And just because you are at work, it doesn't mean that you are no longer a parent. More and more businesses are protecting women (and new moms) by providing them with flexible and supportive work environments. We explore two ways video conferencing and remote work can create a better work environment to benefit working moms-to-be, so your company can thrive.
Companies with executives and senior managers traveling for business or pleasure are turning to video conferencing to keep their management connected, no matter where they are. This is also true for companies with board members that are not located near one another or close to the company headquarters. For IT professionals looking to provide a solution to their management, it is important that they find an easy to use and high-quality solution. We know the pressure you face if something goes wrong, so we are here to tell you how video conferencing solutions can keep your executive team happy, outside of the office.
Typically when our Easymeeting Experts talk to customers or users of video meeting tools, their biggest challenge using video conferencing tools is getting over the initial discomfort. It’s possible you are a technology genius or flawless public speaker but may still be unsure of how to look your best on a video conference. That’s where Easymeeting comes in.
As the Product Manager of a video conferencing service provider, I am commonly asked the question, how can I connect this with that? There is a very valid reason why people ask this question, the video conferencing industry failed to prioritize the user experience and make video calling easy for everyday users. Leaders of the traditional video conferencing industry focused too much on competing with each other, making it harder to use and adopt this powerful communication tool. So why is increased connectivity for video conferencing so important and how can we, as a service provider, help users easily connect via video from anywhere and any device, including traditional video conferencing systems?
In the northeastern United States, this week has been the first sign that summer is around the corner. It is hard not to get excited or distracted while looking out your office window. Summer is a time for family holidays, school vacation, gathering with friends, and maybe traveling between seasonal homes. So where does that leave time for work? We love writing about staying on task during holidays and summer months because the more productive you are during your working hours, the more time you get to do the things that inspire you most. This week I wanted to share three ways to increase your focus to remain on-task and productive, without missing out on the much-needed vitamin D this summer.
In today's competitive banking market, regional and smaller banks must keep pace with not only larger banks but with online banking options. Regional and community banks have a competitive advantage with lower fees than the larger national and international banks and more personal experiences than the online-only banks; in order to remain competitive they must keep their overhead costs low so their customer fees can remain low. Increasingly, regional banks have turned to video conferencing to reduce overhead costs and provide even better customer service. Learning how these banks use video conferencing and these other tips can help your banking organization save money.
There is no right way to use video conferencing; the key is you need to use it to be successful. If you are investing the time and money to introduce video conferencing within your organization, you want to be sure it is doing more than just collecting dust in the cloud. We believe you should ask these four simple questions before choosing any video conferencing service provider.
The discovery process can be of great significance in many law cases and can be an essential way for both parties to gather and gain information prior to the final trial. We have worked with a number of law firms and local lawyers that use video conferencing for these important meetings in order to save time and money while still gathering the information they need to build their cases. We want to help you gain insight as to how this powerful communication tool can benefit the legal industry by using video conferencing for legal depositions.
We are a company that talks about working remotely pretty often. It's part of our sales pitch, part of our employee incentive package, and something we value as a solution that keeps companies competitive and cutting edge. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, among the non-self-employed, the regular work-at-home population grew by 103 percent since 2005. But is it all rainbows and slippers in the remote work world? To answer that question, we share the disadvantages of teleworking and ways to combat the dark side of remote work.
As large companies and small businesses are becoming more remote, it can be difficult for managers to make sure their employees are happy and productive. One easy way for you to promote a work environment for happier remote employees is to offer them the option to work from a co-working space, either full-time or part-time. If your company is managing remote employees, we'll tell you four reasons you should offer and allow your remote workers to co-work.
As a video conferencing provider for 10 years, we have had customers come to us with concerns they are receiving random incoming calls that immediately hang up. These types of spam calls can be alarming for first-time video users and employees responsible for securing the company network. We wanted to take a minute to put you at ease and explain video conferencing spam, what it can do, and how to avoid it.
Does it ever feel like you sit down at your desk at 8:00 am to start your day and the next time you look at the clock it's already 5:00 pm? Between meetings, emails, and doing daily tasks, the day is gone in a blink of an eye. Some days I leave the office feeling like I just conquered the day and others I feel leaving like I just traveled in time and got nothing done. What is it that makes these days so different? No matter the day there is always the same amount of time, that I can say for sure, but it is how effective I am in that time that makes the difference. Here are simple productivity tips you can start doing today to help you do more in less time.
Working for a global company has highlighted the differences in corporate culture, not only internally, but with our partners and customers worldwide. With our North American headquarters in the northeastern United States and our global headquarters in northern Norway, it has become somewhat of a joke how different our approaches to work-life balance can be. But here we are again, NBC News recently reported that Norway was officially named the Happiest Country according to the 2016 World Happiness Report. So this got me thinking, what are they doing right, that we here in America seem to be doing wrong? They are getting happier, while the report says the U.S. is getting sadder.
I love working for a video conferencing company. So much that I typically bring it up in conversation and am constantly pitching our services. I'll listen to someone talk about traveling a lot for work or how they are meeting with clients on a daily basis when all of a sudden a light bulb goes off and I can't help but think about how Easymeeting can help this person save time! In my experience, I have found that a number of people don't want to use video conferencing for all of the wrong reasons.
When searching for the best meeting tools for your organization, it can be difficult to know where to start. Each organization has different needs and because of that, there is no right answer to which is the best type of solution overall. Let's explore the most commonly used collaboration and meeting tools; web conferencing, video conferencing, and webinars to help you better understand the capability and benefits of each tool.
Meetings can be intimidating at times, especially when technology is involved. At Easymeeting we want our users and their guests to feel comfortable using video conferencing, especially for the first time. For this reason, we offer live test calls, training, troubleshooting, and we recently added a self-test room for you to check your video and audio on any device before joining your meeting. Learn how you can use this great new feature to improve the success of meetings and we also share a few extra tips on preparing for your next video call.
I joined Easymeeting as an Expert about 18 months ago. At Easymeeting, we are fortunate to work with people all over the world, every day. Like many customer support teams, we are available to our customers via phone, chat, and email; however, we also provide live video support for our customers and their meeting guests. Using our services as a customer support tool has greatly improved our relationships with our customers and provides them with a personal experience with each interaction. Here are some of the things I have learned from using video conferencing as a customer support tool, see how it can benefit your organization's customer relations too.
In an effort to improve our ease of use, more specifically our URI dialing strings, we've got a quick update for some of our users. Please note, for most Free/Cloud Connect (EasyNumber) users and EasyConference subscribers, this will have no effect on your services or will require no changes. In order to keep our dialing as easy as possible, as of Saturday, the 24th of February, "easym.net" will no longer be an available URI directory for dialing by EasyNumber. Want to learn more?
Not too long ago, video conferencing was considered a technology that only large companies could afford and manage. You needed dedicated-IT staff, massive amounts of bandwidth, and in addition, very expensive infrastructure. Today, video conferencing is available in many configurations. Prices can range greatly depending on the type of deployments using cloud services or hosting the solution on-premise. The price can even differ depending on the devices you wish to use. With all of that said, video conferencing is still viewed as an expensive tool, unaffordable for the small businesses, but is that really true?
While thinking of great topics to share with our readers, I spend a lot of time researching better time management or productivity tips and tricks, I even went to a time management seminar! In much of my research and learning, time management is just like budgeting your money. You need to watch, allocate, and manage your time like you would money. It is much easier to do this when you are in control of your own time, as you would for tasks or projects. It can be a little harder to remain in control when you are trying to manage the time being spent in a meeting with others. I recently came across an article that suggested using a timer for more efficient meetings, so before sharing it with our readers, I gave it a try.
Being in a sales position is not an easy job, it takes a lot of motivation and hard work to be a top performing sales representative. We explore five ways in which video conferencing can improve your sales process and help your sales team close more deals.
Video conferencing and video meetings typically get a bad reputation around the office; however, despite their reputation, video communication is necessary for the success of global companies, companies with multiple locations, and remote workers. We are all trying to stay focused and accomplish as much as we can, as quickly as we can, and still deliver an outstanding end result. The conversation of "too many meetings" might be a valid one to have within your organization. But should all video calls be considered meetings?
We want to provide our customers and their users with the easiest video conferencing service in the world. This has been our goal since the very beginning of Easymeeting, and a big part has been creating a global video conferencing directory of endpoints, much like a phone book. Things just got a little more exciting around here, we have a new look and are continuing to improve our website experience; most importantly we improved our Easymeeting Directory.
When I hear the term "Digital Nomad" I picture a bohemian, young traveler sitting at a cafe in some remote destination sipping on a latte with their computer at their fingertips. So who are these new and intriguing individuals that are shaping the jobs of the future? Can this lifestyle be a reality or is it a mirage that people are creating on social media? So, to find my answers I started poking around the internet and, like me, you might be surprised to learn that digital nomads can really be anyone!
Happy New Year! Since working at Easymeeting, I have learned a number of video conferencing terms that I now use every day. But I didn't always know what these meant or I'm not quite sure I would have ever heard them. So I wanted to take a term that we use quite frequently at Easymeeting and make it easier for our readers to understand. This term is WebRTC, and it can improve the success of meetings with it's new and improving technology. If your New Year's resolution it to learn more new things, you are off to a good start!
We talk a lot about video conferencing for business, it's what we do, but video isn't just for businesses. We see video as a way to connect people, whether it be for business or just deeper and richer communication over distance. During this cheerful holiday season, it is easy for us to see the benefits of video outside of its traditional uses. So, ask yourself are you taking advantage of the technology in your pocket to connect with those near and far during this holiday season?
With video conferencing shifting towards the cloud, it has made video conferencing available on personal computers and mobile devices. The added accessibility has benefited users of video greatly and made it more affordable for companies to invest in video conferencing software; it's no longer an enterprise-only tool. So as we see more and more small to medium-sized businesses use video conferencing, meeting budget requirements is very important. One of the easiest ways to cut cost is by skipping the investment in a video conferencing system, right? Well, not really. And here's why...
If you telework, you might think that successful meetings are not easy to achieve with video conferencing. With just a few small steps you will be able to video conference like a pro and make all your meetings successful meetings. If you are asking yourself "Where do I even start?" right about now, keep reading.
There is no doubt that video conferencing can help companies work more efficiently and save money. Something I love about working in this industry is that there is no one way to use video conferencing, allowing customers to benefit in many different ways. As your HR department prepares for the New Year and a new wave of hires in Q1, now is a great time to start thinking how video conferencing can improve your team's day to day operations and attract new talent. We'll explore six ways that your Human Resources department can benefit from using easy-to-use video conferencing services.
How time flies, it seems like just yesterday we put together our top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas for 2015. This year has been very exciting at Easymeeting, we have delivered new products and features to our users and are continuously improving our offerings. With the holidays upon us, we wanted to deliver a new list of great gifts for your family and colleagues this year, just in time for Cyber Monday deals. Once again, we've broken them down into five categories: big ticket/for fun items, tech, productivity, home office, and stocking stuffers. This should make finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list EASY.
It’s been a week since I returned from Hubspot’s inbound marking event, and I am still on a high from all of the awe-inspiring speakers and sessions I was able to attend. As this was Easymeeting’s second year in attendance, I looked forward to learning new ways to strengthen the journey of our customers; specifically, enhancing their experience using our cloud video conferencing services. Once again, I left the event feeling truly empowered; empowerment for myself, Easymeeting, and all other professionals out there. Here are five of my favorite sessions and what I learned from these pretty impressive individuals.
There are some things that we take for granted when working in an office. As we shift to more remote work lifestyles and flexible work, there is one valuable key to staying productive, your network connection. Having a poor network connection can really slow your productivity and make a simple task seem frustrating or never ending. I experienced this first hand and actually put my other blog topic aside this week so I could share how important a strong network connection can be (especially for remote employees) in making good use of your time.
Video conferencing used to be a communication tool that small businesses had to overlook. It required large budgets, infrastructure, and network capacity that only enterprise businesses could afford, not to mention manage. Over the past five years, technology has advanced video capability making it more accessible to everyday users and friendly for small business budgets. As a company that has been offering cloud video services before "cloud video conferencing" became a term, we have seen firsthand how small business benefits from this new wave of video technology.
Communication is a key factor in productivity and successful teamwork. We rely on it to accomplish our goals within our teams, businesses, and with external teams. Without it, work is often duplicated or left incomplete. Even worse, if communication is unclear the end result of a project could miss the mark - or the deadline. 86% of more than 1,400 employees, educators, and executives cited that lack of collaboration or ineffective communication was the cause of workplace failures - Fierce, Inc. Video conferencing brings users in different locations together and allows them to have face-to-face conversations. Creating an enhanced conversation, using video is more effective than a conversation using text or audio only, which can solve a number of communication challenges right off the bat.
Flu season is upon us... Kids have returned to school, and our daily dose of fresh air and open windows is diminishing as we get closer to winter. Germs are in constant circulation, at home, at the office, on the train - they are everywhere. Missing work to lay at home with a box of tissues is hardly the vacation you or your employees have been dreaming of. Let's see how video conferencing can help you work smarter, and keep your team healthier this flu season.
Troubleshooting any technology can be a tricky task. Video conferencing troubleshooting is often no different, especially when you are alone or unfamiliar with the options or features. Because of this, we wanted to tell you one of the most important tips for troubleshooting - and it is very simple.
Co-working spaces are quickly becoming a business trend for not only startups but large corporations. With anywhere between a third and a half of workers being flexible or mobile, according to Regus CEO Mark Dixon in a recent Fast Company article, co-working is only expected to rise. In fact, CRBE recently released a report estimating that co-working would see an annual compound growth of 21 percent over the next five years. What makes this type of working environment so attractive and why are startups all the way to fortune 500 companies all flocking to these spaces?
Whether it is with remote employees, other office locations, or external business contacts, it is not always easy to find a time that everyone can meet. It only gets more difficult when those people are spread out across different time zones. Below are 3 tips when scheduling meetings to help you accommodate the people you plan to meet with and make sure your meetings are still effective, despite time differences.
Meetings tend to get a bad reputation around the office. They are seen as a waste of time, productivity-killers, or a mandatory distraction from getting actual work done. More frequently, I see blogs recommending you cancel your meetings to be productive; however, I am here to tell you that this misconception is the result of user error. Successful meetings are still a great way to build relationships, collaborate across departments and make decisions faster. We want to point out some common mistakes you and your organization are making when scheduling meetings and ways to improve the success of your meetings.
Video conferencing boasts that video meetings are a way to reduce travel costs by replacing unnecessary business travel. This is true, but in addition to lowering travel costs, there are a number of benefits that companies and employees might not immediately associate with video meetings and it is limiting their usage and adoption of video within their organization. In a recent report written by Quocirca, they found that travel savings alone were not enough and found 8 of the most important benefits of video conferencing.
At Easymeeting, most employees have the option to work from home occasionally, part-time or even full-time. I recently worked from home and couldn't help but take notice of the reaction from friends and family members when they heard my company was letting me work remotely. Common misconceptions I experienced first-hand: You can wear your pajamas to work!? So you can work whenever you want? You can't provide customer service from home... Or how will you get anything done?
Testing your video system: By now, we should all know the importance of a test call when planning a video conference, but when you are installing new video conferencing systems or making changes on your network, it is not always easy to isolate issues with your video system. To help test the video system or isolate issues, you need an outside test site that you know to be working.
Scrambling to buy last minute gifts? You aren't alone, so Easymeeting is here to help. We have put together our top 10 holiday gift ideas for 2015 and broken them down into five categories: big ticket items, tech, time management, home office and stocking stuffers. This should make finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list EASY.
It can be hard to stay motivated at work. With the holiday season quickly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favorite quick tips to help keep us on task during the winter or summer holidays.
Easymeeting recently launched recording and streaming through YouTube Live Events as a free (yes, FREE) and flexible feature of our EasyConference service. This is exciting news! We have seen more interest in sharing video meetings and many different applications of recording and streaming since the release of this feature.
Employee engagement is essential for business growth. Executives, managers, and team leaders recognize that an engaged employee is more likely to remain with a company for a longer time period and be more productive throughout their employment. These are important factors that can reduce costs related to hiring and training new employees and benefit the company's performance as a whole.
Virtual teams are a fact of life and they are only becoming more popular as technology evolves. Because of this, management needs to adapt to new methods in order to succeed with a long-distance team.
This week we sat down with the Founder and CEO of Avikom AS and Easymeeting, Hans Johan Tofteng. Hans Johan has been working with live audio production and AV-integration for over 20 years.
Remote work is a growing trend. According to globalworkplaceanalytics.com, telecommuting has increased 80% between 2005 and 2013. But what is so attractive about working remotely? Let’s start with comparing the average morning of a commuter vs a remote worker:
Caity Serra is no stranger to providing video conferencing as a service. Since joining Easymeeting in 2011, she has worked in our Customer Service, Marketing, and Operations departments before settling into her role as COO. She brings a focus on delivering the best possible experience to our customers and partners through all aspects of the business. We sat down with Caity Serra to get some insight into Easymeeting, video conferencing and what inspires her.
A common question we hear from potential video conferencing users is, “how do you compare to Skype?” Of course, with the most notable name in video chat, this is to be expected. Skype is a great social tool for you to chat with friends and family in different locations and because of that it may seem like a cost-efficient way to bring video conferencing technology into your business. However, Skype lacks the security and quality of a true video conferencing service provider.
Many people seek employment opportunities outside of their local area, but scheduling interviews can be difficult and expensive. Distance and travel expenses should not prevent potential candidates from seeking these job opportunities; in fact, employers can utilize video conferencing technology to give all job-seekers the chance to interview.
We know that when you can't physically touch or see something, it is hard to understand. For service providers like Easymeeting, it can make it difficult for customers to grasp what exactly is being offered to them. Many of our customers or potential customers have asked what a meeting room in the "cloud" really means.
It's time for employees to take a stand, literally. It feels like every other day I see a new article about how bad sitting for extended periods is for your health. The last time I read one of these articles, I asked myself, "what is stopping me? Why do I feel the need to put my health on the back burner to get an email out 5 minutes sooner?"
"Bring your own device" (BYOD) is the practice of allowing employees to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.
In case you missed it in our March Newsletter, Spring is in the air and like most people you are busy, busy, busy. But are you are using your time as productively as possible? Start by beginning your meetings on time. If your team or colleagues are notorious for using more time than allotted for the meeting due to a late start, follow these 5 steps, and get your time back!
As we near the end of this year’s first quarter, I find myself thinking a lot about the way my year has gone so far, and the things I’d like to do with the months that remain. With that thought in mind, I’d like to share a personal practice that has helped me to become more productive and focused.
For many Free Connect (EasyNumber) subscribers, this will have no effect on your services or will require no changes.
We have a number of new customers that are unsure of how to set up their home office or desk for video meetings and come to our Experts for advice. These customers want to make sure they make a good impression, so to help you newcomers and even all of you video veterans out there, we put together a few tips to keep you looking your best on video.
In honor of Steve Jobs' birthday being earlier this week, I wanted to take a minute to share three of my favorite quotes and what they mean to me. In some shape or form, we try to apply these words of wisdom to the things we do each day at Easymeeting--whether we're conscious of it or not.
One of our core values as Easymeeting employees is to "Deliver an Easymeeting Experience" to everyone we come in contact with, but what does that mean for you?
Every year, American laborers leave an estimated 429,000,000 vacation days unused according to Oxford Economics. Divide that number, and you will find that every year Americans collectively waste more than 1.17 million years of vacation time.
As you may already know, body language makes up 55% of your communication. Whether you are meeting face to face or over video, it is important to be aware of how you are presenting yourself and your message through your body language.
We all know the five-minute period of hectic activities before a visitor arrives at your house - frantically putting yesterdays newspapers in the bin, clothes in drawers, and quickly sorting letters and bills to be put in your letter holder. Similarly, you want to make sure you have a clean desktop before you invite your colleagues or customers to view your screen.
As you may have noticed, some things have changed. Nope, its not a new hair cut... We have launched our new website!
At Easymeeting Americas, our office is only about 50 meters from the Mystic River, and a few times every year the water level rises high enough to cause flooding around our office and send employees home for the day.
This week we just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our customers and partners for a great 2014. Without the great relationships we have with our customers and partners, Easymeeting would not be successful and we do what we do, for you!
It is officially the time of year where everyone is scrambling to buy last minute gifts. Not to worry! Easymeeting is here to help. This year, Easymeeting's Alex Teixeira, gives his top 10 holiday gift ideas broken down into five categories to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list: big ticket items, tech, time management, home office and stocking stuffers.
Sometimes video conferencing gets a bad reputation for being difficult to use. Inexperienced users may think that only people who are “tech savvy” can take advantage of the technology, but in fact it is quite the opposite; video is for anyone and everyone!
[Guest blog by Hans Johan Tofteng, CEO and Founder of Easymeeting]
Benjamin Franklin once said “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” Bad habits are one of those things that nobody likes to talk about. We’ve all got them, but most of the time we prefer to act as if they don’t exist. Good or bad, habits shape the way you communicate with others, especially in business.
The idea behind this blog is the result of a recent experience when someone close to me decided to answer a facetime call as they were driving. My first instinct was to yell at them “What are you doing??” but instead I said call me back later and hung up as quickly as I could.
[Guest blog by Hans Johan Tofteng, CVO and Founder of Easymeeting] Imagine a school, made up of children at different locations that all share a teacher in Spanish, English or Chinese, but the teacher is in Spain, England or China. Wouldn’t that be exciting?
At Easymeeting we value the personal connections we have with our customers and feel that is something that makes our jobs so special. With Halloween only a few days away we thought we would break away from the normal video conferencing points of interest to have a little fun and give our readers and customers some insight into our employee’s favorite scary movies.
Han Johan Tofteng gives us some insight into the value of video meetings. [Edited by Sara Santos]
Over the years various video conferencing service providers have looked at using proprietary techniques to limit the options of customers--often to their own detriment. However, with increased computing power in the cloud, new options are starting to exist for customers who want to make the most of their existing technology and also make it easy and accessible to meet with others on different devices.
To some of you, that question may seem like a no brainer, but video conferencing has not always been accessible via mobile devices. Interoperability and flexibility has become more and more important to consumers, and technology responded accordingly.
Video conferences can be an extremely effective method of bringing people together. Not to mention, with recent technological innovation, video is now a more affordable solution than ever before.
In a recent article published by Fast Company, author Cynthia Bell made some great points about working for a remote employer, and addressed questions that many people are asking as corporate cultures shift from traditional workplaces to more flexible and remote work options.
In our modern information age, increased globalization, specialization and technological advances have resulted in a major increase in the practicality and viability of video conferencing.
Almost everyone knows the famous adage, “time is money.” In reality, there is always more money to be made, but time is a finite resource; once it has been spent there are no refunds. At Easymeeting, we want to provide our customers with more time; its the whole idea behind our guiding principal, “Time Well Spent”.
Video conferencing helps businesses cut down travel costs, connect with other branches or partners around the world, and make full use of the technology they already own-- whether it be existing video systems or now with cloud video conferencing, laptops with built in webcams, smart phones, tablets, etc. In our experience, one of its most powerful benefits of video conferencing is building a stronger, more cohesive team.
Video conferencing makes it easier for people to connect. Whether down the hall, across the street or around the world, it allows us to interact with one another face-to-face as though we were in the same room. Although it may seem like an ultra-modern innovation, the origins of video conferencing date back to the 1930s.
Are you trying to reduce the expenses of your small business? If so, consider some of the following tricks and techniques.
One of the things that most people will come to regret once their children are grown and moved away is that they did not get to spend enough time with them when they were young. Even if the average person only works an 8 hour day, you know that it takes much more than just 8 hours to do all of the work related activities, including commuting and traveling. Here are a few statistics to put a typical work day into perspective.
When most of our customers come to us, they are looking for a solution to a problem. Most commonly they are looking to solve a problem with their internal or external communication, they want to decrease their travel budget or they want to manage their time better. These are easy problems for us to solve because the Easymeeting service and hardware were built on the premise of giving customers an easy way to communicate more effectively and more efficiently, allowing them to spend their time and money in better ways. As if solving these problems for your company alone were not enough, your video conferencing investment can also be used as another source of income for your company.
Although many organizations face communications challenges in everyday business, communication remains a particular problem for small businesses. Effective communication is essential; it leads to increased productivity, decreased employee turnover, and creates a better work environment. You can improve both your own communication skills and the practices of your company or small business by taking the following tips into consideration.
Being a sales manager can be very demanding; however, it can make it much easier with a team of collaborative players backing you up. We have found that these 5 helpful tips can greatly improve the productivity of your sales team:
Within any company, it is important to lower costs and raise efficiency. It's for this reason that cloud based video conferencing is becoming a popular choice for many companies. Video conferencing is an excellent way to connect with out of town clients in a personal way that exceeds a phone call, but until cloud video conferencing, investing in video conferencing has been an expensive undertaking. Cloud based video conferencing works to lower costs and take the hassle off the company so they can stay focused on what’s important. 5 Benefits of Cloud Based Video Conferencing
We hope you had a happy New Year and we are excited for 2014! Each year we are impressed with how our customers are able to take video conferencing to the next level, whether it’s the way that they use it or how quickly they adapted to video meetings within their organization. For that reason, we would like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on one of our customers brought to us by our partner Bennet Communications, that we feel is pioneering for the Arts and has started using video in a way that we have never seen before.
When it comes to small business, it is vitally important to maximize the benefits realized from every expense incurred. When it comes to communication, this rule still applies. While email and phone calls are inexpensive and efficient means of communication, it is difficult to develop a strong business relationship with someone whose face you rarely, if ever, get to see. Traditionally, this need is fulfilled by traveling to clients for face to face meetings. In the age of high speed internet, small businesses have the opportunity to replace expensive travel arrangements with inexpensive video conferencing solutions.
It’s that time of year again, some of us last minute shoppers just realized Christmas is around the corner and are scouring the interenet for the latest trends and awesome gifts for friends and family. To make it even easier for you, our team put together a list of some super-awesome gift ideas for everyone on your list. From tech, to health, to staying organized- you are sure to find some great options here!
The video conferencing platform has been hailed, by big business, as an essential part of efficiency and effectiveness. It is no secret that video conferencing is a huge asset to businesses. Being able to video chat with clients and other offices cuts down on travel expenses and opens up the collaborative processes. Big businesses use the technology on a daily basis, and it has become a much used and much-needed part of the enterprise sector. While large companies have taken to video conferencing with great enthusiasm, small businesses seem less enthralled. For many small business owners, there is a belief that the technology is only useful, available and affordable for large enterprises. That, simply, is not the case. Even the smallest of businesses can greatly benefit from the use of video conferencing platforms.
Video conferencing adds a number of benefits to any business that adopts it. The benefits include better engagement, increased collaboration, rise in productivity and much more. Though the benefits are very clear, some people still have their own reservations. Why is this? Here are reasons why people fear video conferencing and ways to overcome the fears:
The holidays are fast approaching and this time of year can be a hectic and stressful time for many. With gift buying, gift giving, party planning, and turkey cooking, the holidays can almost feel like a full time job! Not only is this time of year one of the busiest for many individuals, families, and businesses- it is also one of the worst times of the year for traveling.
Let’s face it. Video conferencing is one of the most effective ways to streamline important information. It allows business owners to communicate with their colleagues and associates from across the country, affords new hires the option of interviewing and learning remotely, connects organizations with their partners, investors, manufacturers and more- all while cutting back on travel budgets and wasted time.
It was recently published on LinkedIn by HubSpot’s Founder and CTO (and getting lots of attention) that a recent study by Erika Sandow at Umeå University in Sweden concluded long-distance commuting (and commuting in general) can pose a threat to a healthy marriage. In the six-year study of Swedish couples, partners with long commutes (45 minutes or more) were 40% more likely to get divorced than those with little or no commute.
As a small business manager, you know the importance of hitting your projected numbers every quarter, and Q4 is the most important quarter of all. The fourth quarter of your fiscal year is your last chance to meet your financial goals and hit your targets. Harvesting the "low-hanging fruit" by cutting back on discretionary spending in Q4 is an objective that the entire workplace team can get behind.
One of the issues that modern workers struggle with is the question of how to use their time more efficiently. How do you get more productivity from your work hours? Consider this: if there was a tool that could make you work more effectively while cutting the amount of time you spend doing it, would you not be interested? Video conferencing is just such a tool. The goal of video conferencing technology is to enable groups of people to meet in real time; however, in the past video conferencing was difficult and not everyone could participate due to hardware limitations and costs. With the right video conferencing service you can reduce the time you spend commuting to your workplace or away from your family on business trips… with ease.
Our recent launch of the Easymeeting TWS video system perked the interest of David Maldow at Telepresence Options. He reached out to us to learn more about the system, and why we decided to add a hardware product to our Cloud services line up!
Out of control spending can sink a business very quickly. Efficient spending is essential to the success of a business. Monitoring and controlling where the money goes requires an awareness and dedication to cutting costs whenever possible without cutting corners on quality. Reaching the goal of efficient spending can come from many directions, from reducing spending to smart spending. The Federal Government outlined a plan for efficient spending in Executive Order 13589 – Promoting Efficient Spending which was signed by President Obama in November of 2011. In that outline they targeted areas where efficiency could be improved. The goal was to obtain a minimum of 20 percent reduction to spending below the previous year. Those same areas and goals can be highlighted in many businesses.
International business, it’s a beautiful thing- and it makes the world go round, but it’s not always easy. Different cultures do things different ways, and this is no different in the business world. So how do you operate as seamlessly as possible when working with a global team? We have a lot of experience with this. Not only is Easymeeting an International company, but a bulk of our customers utilize our services to connect their offices all over the world - face to face.
In the world of video conferencing, there are a few things that really matter.
The video interview is the wave of the future. It allows professionals to speak face-to-face with top candidates across the nation or around the world, and for candidates to be in the running for position that have previously been geographically out of their reach. However, there are some challenges for the interviewees that aren’t always present in traditional interviews. Luckily, we’ve outlined some of the biggest obstacles in these five tips to help better your video interview experience.
Summer is a hard time to stay motivated at work. Whether you are working from home or the office, there are seasonal distractions that can easily get you off task. The kids may be out of school and the great outdoors seem to be calling you as the days grow longer. We know all about it, our US headquarters office is next to a boat harbor - so we get to watch all the retired folk come in and out on their giant yachts while we continue on with our work day.
InfoComm 2013 has come and gone, and like other years, it did not disappoint! This year, we attended with one of our partners and included members from our team in the US and Norway. It seemed obvious, yet again, that Cloud would be the buzzword of the week. How could it not be? The tech industry is abuzz with cloud technology in every possible form. With the choices in providers, platforms, hardware add ons, servers and more- it can get a little overwhelming. As a cloud company, we know all about the double edged sword of the word "cloud". It's new, it's necessary, it's what everyone wants to know about, but at the same time, it can fall on deaf ears. Like the boy who cried wolf, after 489578 companies say they offer a cloud service, some consumers stop listening.
As the Easymeeting.net family grows, we are happy to announce a new partnership with telecommunications solution provider Bennet Communications (BenComm). A leader in the telecommunications industry, BenComm has been a provider to the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. market for over 20 years. BenComm focuses on offering the full spectrum of services from the design and installation of cabling networks, to delivering a business quality video conferencing experience through hardware and services.
Since the great economy plunge, which many companies are still struggling to recover from, decision makers have tried to cut back on spending and often making sacrifices within their organization. As companies and entrepreneurs seek new approaches to business processes, video conferencing has centered itself at the forefront of problem solving; however, the solutions are endless. So how do you know what's right for your company?
We made it even easier to get the information you need, when you need it! With the release of our new easy to navigate help desk, you are now able to find the answers to your questions, print manuals and how-to's or even submit a help desk ticket for troubleshooting. Because of the new help desk website, this blog is deditacated to you, our users! We want to give you the skinny on all the useful features and help you to become comfortable utilizing this tool, after all, it was created with the user in mind - just like our services.
Video conferencing was once so exclusive it was though the industry would eventually die. Expensive hardware, software and management costs made it impossible for small businesses to be a part of the trend. Today, that's all changed.
As the video conferencing market continues to change and grow- we at Easymeeting have noticed a great trend in the Finance industry adapting to video conferencing. Why? Financial firms typically have several locations that they need to connect for weekly meetings, team building, trainings etc., and with their executive team who may be working from home, traveling, or be geographically separated from some offices. The industry really is a great fit for the world of video.
We are excited to announce our new partnership and new reach into another global market. We have partnered with Comunicaciones Audioweb S.A. De C.V. to bring scalable and affordable video solutions to the market in Mexico. Comunicaciones Audioweb S.A. De C.V. has been in the Mexican market for 7 years, primarily focusing on the large enterprises in Mexico to provide full portfolio solutions for collaboration services such as: audio conferencing, webcasts, web conferences, streaming and now cloud based video conferencing with the Easymeeting product line. Bienvenido a la familia Easymeeting.net!
When someone mentions working from home, you think of being able to sleep in late, working in your pj's, logging in when you feel like it and taking a long lunch. I'm here to tell you this is not the case! Here at Easymeeting.net we encourage employees to work from home. Save your gas, travel less and spend more of your time focusing on your work while having the proper work-life balance. In case you didn't know already, we call it Time Well Spent.
In honor of National Travel and Tourism Week, we thought we take a moment to focus on those of you who travel for business. At Easymeeting.net we prefer video conferencing with the occasional business trip, but we know that business travelers account for up to 20 percent of all travelers, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
Easymeeting Partner, Doug Harmelink, explains the benefits of Easymeeting and how he has been able to save time and money using video conferencing.
As you may have heard by now, our EasyConference virtual meeting room service is complimented by a few free services as well. In a recent "vlog" we talked about the key features of our EasyNumbers which offer a way to use simplified dialing for your company's video conferencing calls. Another value added feature is our EasyDirectory, and we wanted to share some of the key benefits with you.
Video conferencing was a relatively foreign concept a few years back but in the current fast paced world that we are living in now, it has become a part of almost every business. There is a reason for the surge in popularity of video conferencing; it makes running a business easier. Many people have wrongly held the notion that video conferencing is the preserve of larger businesses but this is not true.
There are a lot of challenges that face legal organizations. Your organization has to come up with different ways to increase its revenue while still being competitive. In addition to that, you should look for ways to increase productivity without compromising customer satisfaction. Once this is done, the firm begins to work more thoroughly on it's customers cases and enjoy an increase in its case load.
It is easy to get lulled into a sense of comfort and security over video, leaving you open to making embarrassing or deal-breaking mistakes. The best rule to follow is that as soon as you login to the meeting, behave as you would if the conference were in person.
Our team of Easymeeting Expert's get to meet a lot of people around the world each and every day. Sometimes, it is a person's very first video call and they may not be able to find their camera, and sometimes it's an old pro- just checking in to learn some new tricks on the Easymeeting platform.
Easymeeting.net is proud of the partners and customers that we work with in the Cloud. This month we’ve decided to share one that we feel deserves a little spotlight with our readers, The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce.
It seems almost ironically appropriate to talk about this today. Thanks to mother nature, Winter Storm Euclid and some flooding in Mystic, CT- I ended up working from home. Our street is flooded, and a neighboring office told me, "don't drive your car in the parking lot unless you never want to drive it out". That was all I needed to hear to set up my ad hoc home office for the day!
I always start my morning with a cup of coffee as soon as I get to the office. Sometimes, as soon as I walk in the front door I head for the keurig(aka my best friend) and fire things up. However, this Thursday morning--- my day began with a different kind of jolt.
Two years ago if you, or I would have used the term "cloud" in a business meeting, everyone in the room would have undoubtedly looked to the sky to see what a cumulonimbus cloud could possibly have to do with the topic at hand. Today, it is nearly impossible to make it through a business meeting, an article in a business journal, or a business day without hearing about the cloud, and cloud computing, and cloud technology, and cloud management, and cloud, cloud, cloud.