It’s important to be prepared for any meeting — and online meetings are no exception. The value of video conferencing and webinars is well established. But online meetings have different things to consider than when meeting in-person.
Users responding to an IDG Research Services survey cited technology challenges, reliability of network connections, and participant engagement as the top obstacles that they face when collaborating online.
This survival guide will help you address issues before they arise to ensure your organization gains the full benefits of online meetings.
Every sales professional has experienced the frustration of the follow-up to a meeting — the unanswered voice messages, wasted emails, or the “not interested” replies. Traditional follow-up techniques often fail because they don’t feel personal enough to the customer. Meanwhile, reaching out to prospects in-person isn’t always practical because on-site meeting invites may be costly or inefficient.
In a recent IDG survey, 44% of respondents cited travel delays, costs, or impact to productivity as the top hurdles they encounter when meeting with business colleagues in person.1 So how do you reach your prospects in the most costeffective way? Many companies are turning to online meeting and video conferencing tools to overcome these challenges.
Are meetings a “soul sucking waste of time,” as a columnist for the British newspaper The Guardian suggests?
They could be if they’re unproductive, boring, too many of them, or all of the above. The solution may lie in technology, if used properly. “Technology is essential to innovating the conference call and boosting staff engagement,” according to a Harvard Business Review column.
Video, for instance, may enhance “connectedness between participants” and help them see reactions to one another’s ideas.3 Specific online or video conferencing features that may improve overall engagement include the ability to view multiple video feeds, screen sharing capabilities, document editing, or whiteboard tools and mobile accessibility.
Everyone loves binge watching their favorite Netflix shows or catching up on viral YouTube videos. And few things are more annoying than the disruption of a video feed buffering. But after the stream is back, your show has usually only been delayed for a few seconds and picks up where you left off. But when it comes to real-time content shared in an online meeting, a one- or two-second delay could mean missing a key point, relevant remark, or even your cue to chime.
In the fast-paced, deadline-driven world of marketing, helping clients achieve their business goals is how marketing organizations like California-based Ignyte Marketing Group build their reputation.
As the sole IT administrator for thousands of users across a network of eight offices, the last thing Mike Conway needed was unreliable video conferencing. Especially in the fast-paced marketing industry – where teams are mobile, deadlines are crucial and communication is critical.
Mike Conway, Area Technical Manager, is constantly on the move during the day at Golin, a global communications, media and digital marketing firm. With so many users dispersed across so many offices, Mike and his team needed a solution that was not only easy to manage, but also one that was scalable to the unique needs of individual offices.
In the year 2000, when I was working at a start-up here in Silicon Valley, there were 15 of us, all co-located in the same space. And we were from all over the world. In those days, everyone had to move to the same geography in order to work together. Sometimes that made it difficult to hire the best people – if a candidate couldn’t or wouldn’t move, we had to pass and hire the next best person.
In business, the brands that exist and evolve to meet customer needs are the ones that remain market leaders. Recently recognized as such a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing, Cisco’s WebEx product continues to impress.
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing recognized Cisco and its WebEx product as “a leader” within the marketplace, naming its “Completeness of Vision” and “Ability to Execute” as defining factors. In a crowded and competitive field, more than 71 million people attended a WebEx meeting in the last month, using them to connect with clients, prospects, remote team members and mobile workers, creating the face-to-face “feel” that moves businesses forward, while transcending borders, language barriers and time zones that can serve as obstacles.
Enhanced, simplified and connective. These are just a few reasons why our team is excited to announce the launch of WebEx Business Suite 30, affectionately known as WBS 30.
Prior to the WBS 30 release, we totally changed the way WebEx looks and feels for meeting attendees. Personal Rooms were added, and we set out to make things a lot simpler and even fun to use – and our users’ response was overwhelmingly positive.
May 04, 2018 — Webex Team