Video Conferencing

Only 7% of communication is verbal. So how do we properly share ideas by phone?
We can’t, an Audio Conference is like a Video Conference, but with a Blindfold On!
Why use Video Conferencing

Communicate and collaborate with clients, co-workers, and friends without leaving your home or office. Talk face-to-face, share ideas and documents, and take your meetings to a whole new level of productivity – all without the expense and hassle of travel. Video influences buying decisions, creates loyalty amongst your consumers, allows you to engage on a much more personal level, and creates a better customer experience.

Home Working

Not so many years ago a new concept, today very much the norm for many employees. so whether you are working for yourself as self-employed or a small business owner or working for a company that has a home working policy where staff are supported with technology and their management team, and helped to feel part of their corporate network, choose to use video conferencing.

Video Market Comment

Our work culture today is dominated by meetings that participants attend either in person or by phone, more individuals and organisations recognize the opportunity to use video to avoid travel or to at least make virtual meetings more engaging. Mobile executives want video for better work-life balance, managers want it to see that their direct reports aren’t distracted, and multicultural organizations want it to foster the trust and improved communication that comes with being able to read the body language of remote team members.

The video market has gone through many changes marked by efforts to make the historically cost-prohibitive technology more widely accessible, especially to the SME. After a boom period driven by marketing of high cost high-definition quality and epitomized by investments in multi-screen immersive Telepresence studios, videoconferencing innovation today is happening on smaller screens like PCs, Smartphone’s, and Tablets that workers use in their everyday life. In response to this growing interest, vendors not only have to show strategies that account for desktop and mobile applications — they also have to make their traditional dedicated room-based systems easier to deploy and scale. We are seeing a momentum toward desktop and mobile videoconferencing. While buyers still evaluate videoconferencing vendors on the strengths of their dedicated room-based systems, it is increasingly important that their portfolios also include complementary desktop and mobile applications. Buyers also choose a vendors service on its ability to easily integrate with existing hardware that their staff are comfortable with, is it simple to use, browser based (with no need for additional software download), but the key questions still remain, is it simple to use, is its replication of the physical meeting acceptable and is it affordable to all.

If You have any doubt that Video Works, Contact me and I’ll show you more!

Video Return on Investment Planning

When we look to invest in a business we expect a return, no we demand a return or we choose not to invest and definitely not if the return is less than what we could get from leaving the cash in the bank! So what are the areas we should consider, you are absolutely correct there are many but we must begin by documenting how we complete specific business tasks and their costs, choose a business process, yes these range in priority and value, some essential and yet do they generate any revenue for the company, some critical and expensive as they require staff to travel. So before we invest in video technology it would be really good if we could run a pilot scheme with a selected department to say take a view before and after, using executive sponsored metrics and an appointed video champion you can have a level of peace of mind before you start signing cheques for expensive hardware or network services, and more importantly provide guidance to your executives with confidence!

Research proven

Up to 50% of all meeting rooms will be video-enabled by 2020.

Aragon Research

94% of businesses utilizing video conferencing claim increased Productivity.

Wainhouse Research

Almost 90% of mobile employees working remotely say that video helps them feel more connected with their colleagues.

IMCCA

Video Conferencing seems to have gone through phases of name changes, so what is video Conferencing?

Well I have always believed that its using Audio and Visual technology to re-create the physical meeting.

So what do we do in a physical meeting?

Well we see and hear each other in a natural way, we share ideas, we collaborate, we get our message across to other people that may have travelled many miles to be at your meeting, we use things in the meeting room to help us get our message across, like PowerPoint or other office apps which we shine onto a screen so all can see, or we stand at a dry wipe board to talk and chalk or act as scribe for the group and try to keep up and capture all the ideas that come flying at you……..so if we had a solution we could install in the meeting room so that anyone from anywhere could connect, using any video capable device and enjoy a natural feel to their meeting over Video or using a “Visual Collaboration Solution” to build trust, develop relationships and accelerate the decision making process. They can ensure cost reduction, greener working and increased productivity!

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Yes the money saved on reduced travel can pay for a service, but the real value is the productivity gains from the time saved that goes back in to the business.