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Streaming Mobile: How Livecasting and On-Demand Content are driving more productive organizations

Every successful organization has at least one thing in common–a dedicated and well-trained workforce. And, why not? The productivity and performance of every employee adds up to form a collective impact on a company’s revenue and profitability. Naturally, there’s no denying that  proper employee training can have an impact on the bottom line. Given this, it’s sad to see just how often we fail to include training into our key strategies due to reasons like time constraints, lack of training personnel, or the volume of information that your employees have to be fed with – all too common factors in today’s dynamic business environment. So how do you tackle these challenges and build a well-trained workforce? Technology-based training might be the answer for you. A report released by IBM reveals that using e-Learning tools and strategies can help companies boost their productivity by 50%.

Livecasting and On-Demand Content – smarter training, better communication

Video is fast becoming the desired tool for corporate training and communication and 59% of top organizations are using some form of video content for training their employees. As such, the idea of using videos in both forms, live and recorded, is definitely a smart one. Livecasting is using live or real-time video and audio feeds to up the quotient of employee education and know-how. It’s also a great way to enhance productivity by organizing meetings and team chats without requiring staffers to leave their desks.  In a recent report by Wainhouse Research, 78% of respondents have described live streaming video as effective for business meetings and communications.

On the other hand, recorded videos offer the convenience of scooping the required information and updates whenever an employee needs them. Quite unlike traditional trainings which […]

By |October 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

3 Advantages of Cloud for Small to Midsize Businesses

In today’s rapidly-changing business landscape there are a multitude of challenges for small and mid-size businesses. As a small business owner, some of the most critical challenges you are likely wrestling with are your ability to reach and stay connected to your customers and prospects via mobile devices, flexibility in the handling of data, and a seamless exchange of information. Moreover, you likely also have to compete against bigger enterprises that are better equipped with workforce and technology. This is where the going gets tough and the tough get smart. And it’s also where cloud technology can make all the difference in the world.

What is Cloud Technology, Anyway?

Cloud Technology or Cloud Computing is an internet-based computing process. While in the past, people used applications and programs through their computers or servers, cloud technology has made it possible to perform the same kind of activities using the Internet.

Cloud hosting supports all sorts of information-sharing. Things like  email services, application hosting, web-based phone systems, video conferencing, data storage, and a lot more. The reason this matters is that cloud technology is  faster, smarter and less expensive than the old school technology we’ve been accustomed to.

So, why are businesses moving to cloud?

Why is cloud so attractive? Well, that’s easy. Cloud tech offers SMBs the chance to streamline operations and fine-tune processes by not having to reinvent the wheel or buy expensive solutions. SMBs can use cloud for a myriad of things, including inventory management, invoicing, project management and collaboration, access to data, analysis, and data storage – you name it, cloud can deliver. Small and mid-sized businesses are the biggest adopters of cloud-based systems at 38% and 48% respectively, while large enterprises account for just 26% of total […]

By |October 21st, 2014|News|0 Comments

5 Tips for Building Stronger Customer Relationships

You’re always looking for ways to build stronger relationships with your clients and customers, right? After all, they’re the lifeblood of your business. In this fast-paced world driven by technology, devices, and social media it’s easy to miss opportunities to connect, build and feed relationships. With that in mind, here are 5 tips that can be applied both online and offline and are sure to give your relationships the boost that they need.

Agendas Stink. Remember that you don’t always have to have an agenda. Go to lunch just for the sake of going to lunch. Don’t wait to see your clients until you want or need something–build relationships with them because you genuinely like them and want to get to know them better. People want to feel valued for just being them, not for what they can give you or buy from you, or whatever else it is you want from them. Relationships thrive on deeper knowledge of one another and the building of trust. This takes time and effort and, in order for it to really work, you need to go into relationship building without an agenda. So, go to lunch, get to know your customer (or your prospect better), and make sure you focus on not selling one single thing. Just focus on making that relationship a better one.
Remember that Face-to-Face Isn’t Everything. Don’t wait to meet face-to-face – that can be difficult to make happen, even with the best of intentions. Instead, let technology help. Set up a monthly video conference and have coffee or lunch together via video. While face-to-face interaction is still incredibly important in today’s world, it isn’t the end-all-be-all of communication. With so many tools available to support […]

By |October 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Ways Video Conferencing Is Every Bit as Good as Meeting in Real Life

Many leaders earnestly believe that a real-life meeting is the optimum means of communication.  No doubt, looking a client directly in the eye, shaking their hand and reading their body language are very important when it comes to bonding and building trust.  Furthermore, the time and expense it takes in traveling to meet a client can send an important message to that client.  However, video conferencing is fast becoming one of the most important and preferred tools in business.  Today’s high-speed Internet, HD cameras and large screen monitors can provide a feeling of intimacy and a sense of reality that rivals being there in person.  In fact, today’s video conferencing software transmits detail in true HD.  As a result, leaders can see, hear, and experience virtually all the cues they’d pick up in a real-life meeting.  Therefore, a job interview, sales demo or collaborative session conducted via video conference, can be every bit as satisfying and productive as a real-life meeting.   Here are five ways that meeting by video rivals meeting in real life:

1)    Time Management:  Video conferencing is a tool that can help business people make better use of their time.  Video conferencing allows business people to meet and collaborate with peers from across the globe without enduring hours of travel time.  This allows business people to spend more time meeting clients and conducting actual business

2)    Productivity:  Using video allows executives to hold more meetings.  By conducting meetings by video conference, today’s business person can avoid congested highways and airport terminals, which allows them to devote far more of their time and attention to meetings and other productive activities.

3)    Cost Savings:  Video conferencing helps companies reduce travel expenses.  Today, it is possible for business […]

By |October 7th, 2014|Blog|1 Comment

4 Ways to Pair Digital Signage with Data Visualization

Traditional signs are static entities.  For instance, an advertising sign, such as a billboard, provides information, but that information is fixed, limited, and non-interactive.  Digital signage, on the other hand, employs LCD, LED, and projection technology to create signs that are flexible, updatable, and potentially interactive.  Today, digital signage is utilized in traffic systems, public places, corporate buildings, storefronts, in advertising, and virtually every situation and place that traditional signs have been used.  Increasingly, data visualization, the process of using visual images – charts, graphs, and video – to represent data is being paired with digital signage.  4 Ways digital signage can be paired with data visualization include:

1) College Campuses:  The college campus is an ideal venue for pairing digital signage with data visualization.  Indeed, the possibilities for pairing digital signage with visual data are as limitless as the imaginations of today’s college students.  For example, imagine a world in which the digital signs on campus include student photography, video, and other student-generated content.  Imagine, then, an environment where student reports, research, and creative products become part of the visual landscape, all broadcast by digital signs sprinkled throughout a campus.  It would be an environment where the products of our inner minds and imaginations are projected onto the walls of the public sphere, available to all.  How might this spark creativity, curiosity, collaboration?   On a more down to earth level, digital signage of college events, schedules and maps, could include helpful presentations, graphics and videos as part of an overall digital display which is eye-catching, interactive, and updatable.

2) Workplace:  Companies are pairing digital signage with visual data to provide feedback to their workers.  For example, FedEx employees can view real-time screens that include up-to-date charts […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

5 Reasons You Should Proactively Maintain Your Audio Visual Equipment

Audio visual equipment is some of the most important and expensive hardware that today’s businesses work with. To make sure that this equipment stays in good condition, it is imperative that companies are proactive about taking care of it. Here are the five best reasons you should proactively maintain your audio visual equipment.

1. It Costs Less

In many cases, preventative maintenance will save you a tremendous amount of time and money down the road. A costly hardware malfunction that could have been stopped by a simple preventative measure will leave you wondering why you didn’t decide to have closer inspections of your audio visual equipment.

2. It Improves Your Public Perception

Imagine this nightmare scenario: you have assembled a committee of decision makers from a huge prospect in your company conference room. The vibes are great, and you think you have a good chance at winning their business. As you get ready to fire up your projector to start your presentation to close the deal, nothing happens. It turns out that your projector is broken, and you will need to quickly come up with a solution to save face, before the prospect decides to leave and give their business to someone that is more prepared. Putting your best foot forward to clients is one of the most important reasons you should proactively maintain your audio visual equipment.

3. It Can Help Educate Employees (Creating Self Sufficiency)

Someone that is left in charge of inspecting audiovisual equipment is sure to learn much more about this kind of equipment than they initially knew. Want some of your team members to get more familiar with your AV equipment? Let them observe while a routine inspection or maintenance procedure is taking place. They are sure to […]

By |September 23rd, 2014|Blog|3 Comments

5 Reasons To Consider Subscription Based Video Conferencing and Unified Communications Solutions

When it comes to business communications, delivery methods are almost as important as communication methods themselves. If a company does not have a reliable way to access the type of communications they need to use on a daily basis, it will be exceedingly difficult to communicate with clients and colleagues efficiently. Subscription based video conferencing and unified communications solutions are two highly desirable options because of several critical benefits that they provide for users:

1. You Only Pay For What You Need

By their nature, subscription based video conferencing tools allow users to only pay for the services and user capacity that they require. There is no need to invest in more resources than your business needs, since you will have a choice about what kind of plan you want and these options will be well-defined when you are making this decision.

2. No Stress Over Repairs

If something goes wrong with your video conferencing or unified communications plan, there is no need for you to worry about having to repair any hardware or troubleshoot your software. This task is left to the company that you are depending on for your subscription: the most reliable providers will be able to fix these issues in a prompt manner.

3. More Scalability

Are you looking to increase the amount of users or bandwidth that your video conferencing or unified communications platform can support? With an on-premise model, it can be very difficult to make these kinds of upgrades. You will probably have to buy new hardware and change up the cable infrastructure of your facility. With a subscription-based model, you simply call up your provider and let them know that you would like to upgrade your subscription plan. Often the change can go […]

By |September 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

4 Benefits of Remote AV Monitoring For Higher Education

Higher education is a field that reaps great benefits from the continued development of remote audiovisual systems. There are several key ways that remote AV systems help people involved in all areas of higher education better accomplish their goals.

1. Allowing Students To Archive Lectures

Many remote learning systems have the ability to let people archive lectures and then save them for another day so that they can refer back to them when they want to reinforce the lessons that their instructors are teaching. Some remote AV tools allow for real-time discussion and note taking of lectures, which is very valuable for those interested in making sure that the information they need to learn sinks in.

2.  Improving Cross-Disciplinary Lessons

When professors from two different but related fields want to teach a class or give a lecture that shares elements of both disciplines, it can be a challenge for them to understand how to merge their lesson plans in a cohesive way that allows students to learn effectively. Thanks to remote video monitoring, professors can check in on the lectures of their colleagues and then determine how they are doing at incorporating important ideas from other disciplines. They can use records of these lectures to compare notes with each other and make the necessary changes to their lectures so that in the future they will do a better job of addressing concepts that may be out of their area of expertise.

3. Helping Parents Understand Their Investment

In many cases, parents pay for, or at least help their children deal with, the rising costs of college tuition. Remote AV monitoring to allow parents to watch all or part of a class in session can help them understand why the investment in […]

By |September 9th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Socializing The Use Of Video Communication In Your Company

All kinds of companies are beginning to capitalize on the great convenience that video technology provides for them. Video tools can enhance communication and help your team members stay in touch more effectively with each other. For best results, it is important to take steps towards socializing the use of video in your company so that it can enhance communication and improve collaboration between employees. Here are five ways to make video a more social tool at your company.

1. Integrate It With Other Communications

Unified communications is rapidly becoming one of the most important ideas in the modern enterprise. InformationWeek’s 2014 Unified Communications Survey results showed that 77% of respondents already had a UC system or planned to deploy one in the next two years. Socializing the use of video in your company by unifying it with other kinds of communications is an important step towards making it more acceptable for communications.

2. Hold Mandatory Video Communications Sessions

No matter how effective your video communication systems are, there will always be a few holdouts that are reluctant to adopt video as a social tool. Socializing the use of video in your company by requiring your users to use video for some type of communication can make people aware of all the great benefits of video communication, even if they were reluctant to adopt it at first. Your mandatory video communication sessions do not have to be anything extremely serious: you could use them to check in with your remote team members or to hold informal meetings across the entire organization.

3. Don’t Force Users To Make A Drastic Operational Switch

While it is important that you ween the reluctant ones onto video communications, it is equally important that you do […]

By |September 3rd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

How Net Neutrality Affects Video Conferencing

Net neutrality is a concept that is relatively new, but could still have a huge impact on traditional business models across a wide array of industries. The basic idea of net neutrality gives every Internet user the same access to Internet bandwidth. If net neutrality is done away with, organizations may have to pay a fee to Internet service providers so that their sites load at a speed that is acceptable for visitors. Many in the AV industry are wondering how net neutrality specifically affects video conferencing:

Possible Net Neutrality Impacts On Video Conferencing

Although net neutrality is still in place for the most part, this past May the FCC started taking comments about net neutrality from Internet users. If the FCC decides to revoke net neutrality, it could cause some significant changes to the way that video conferencing is used, both privately and commercially.

One of the considerations to make when thinking about how net neutrality affects video conferencing is what the impact would be on private users of this kind of technology. Video conferencing tools may become unavailable to many users who have limited financial means, but still want to be able to communicate with people they care about
The number of startups and innovation in the video conferencing industry could take a negative hit. Since the abolishment of net neutrality could make it hard for companies to afford to pay for bandwidth to support video conferencing for all users, it is very possible that small companies and startups may be dissuaded from even entering the field of video conferencing in the first place
Business costs for video conferencing may be higher. Companies that have to expend more resources for video conferencing may see lowered GP numbers, since more […]

By |August 26th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments
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