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Web Conferencing and How to Choose the Best Provider


Traveling is the essential part of the business. About an estimate one out of every five business person travel approximately four to five times a year. All this adds to the business expense cost. So if someone wants their business to makes more money then they needs to keep updating themselves with the new products and technologies available. Web, audio and video conferencing services are the applications which are becoming popular. All these give you the benefit of connecting with your customers, business partners across the globe from sitting in your office cabin. Globalization has risen the level at which business performs. Many companies have their branches and staff at different locations, sometimes in some other countries or other continents. Web Conferencing helps thousands of the company staff, partners, and clients to communicate with each other without meeting or visiting them in person.

With the advent of audio conferencing service global meetings have become possible. Now if office at one place wants to give demonstration of any product or a project to clients or to the office at some other location, with audio conferencing it is possible. Business have found this a factor with reduce the travel expenses also they found that now the meetings which take place had become well-organized and affordable.

These latest communication technologies like voice conferencing enable their employees to attend business seminars, meetings, and training sessions across the world. In the market there are many companies offering free conferencing services. So it has become essential for business or individual to learn and research more about the services being offer, what features and limitation are offered. All this insight will help the person to make the decision of choosing the correct provider who completely suits your needs.

Primary thing one should look out for is the number of participants can be added to the conference call. As the main purpose of the tele or video conferencing is to meet with many people at a time despite their location.

After this one should check the call timings available for each call. It s obvious that business conference calls can last for more than an hour time. So it becomes necessary that the duration of the calls made should be unlimited which can last up to more that 6 to 7 hours or more.

Should check on the add-ons features being offered like download, record, and playback the conference session. All these makes easy to distribute or re use the information recorded over the call.

Web conferencing services and account management system are the ones which make easy for the host to arrange or manage the teleconference session with ease.

At Buckeye Telecom we use and support StartMeeting.  Contact Us and we can help you get set up.  They do offer a 30 day trial on all of their products, so you can verify for yourself that StartMeeting is the best of breed.

Video Conferences Yes or No?


Despite the inventions of Skype, Oblong and Google Hangouts, many companies insist on retaining business travel as a regular practice for their employees. What gives? Even IT professionals find themselves schlepping from airport to airport for client meetings that could easily be held over videoconference. When is it okay to eliminate this expensive travel and transition into a more technological approach?Unfortunately it's not always that simple. If you have a long-time repartee with a far away client it's easier to switch to video conferencing as your main source of communication. But when you're initially acquiring a client, perhaps to use your PHP skills to build them a flawless WordPress site, you could often miss a lot of subtle signals such as body language and more subtle forms of vocal inflection, which might help you understand their preference for simplistic website navigation over other design elements. On the other hand, if your company claims to be technologically inventive and advanced it might seem counterintuitive to your clients that you would insist on doing business conferences the old fashioned way. If you're working in the IT department of a straight-laced, traditional business then travel won't seem as out-of-date. However, if you're at a marketing agency, which claims to be resourceful and advanced, your clients might wonder why you can't apply that philosophy to your own employee's travel. Dr. Heidi Maston says she, "teaches, develops, coaches and speaks globally--all virtually…it can be done and the benefits are tremendous." However, teleconferencing has been embraced for teachers since 2003. It's less common for client meetings and may impact your business. Reliability is also an issue. If you're at an innovative technology company your office's technology should be able to handle frequent video conferencing, although paid for sites are often more reliable, Skype and Google hangouts will suffice. However, if you're frequently videoconferencing with clients or other companies you can't be sure that they have the available bandwidth to sustain a clear conversation. Lagging and getting cut off are additional hassles that you don't have to deal with when you are physically present in a meeting. Conversely business travel has its own form of lagging--flight delays--which is arguably more frustrating. Ultimately it depends what kind of business you're in and what kind of office you like to run. Most employees won't miss the stresses of delayed flights and the stench of stale airplanes. However, some clients, particularly new ones, who are used to a more interpersonal approach in their own business, may prefer shaking someone's hand to waving at their computer screens. If you frequently interface with a variety of businesses, integrating occasional video conferencing may be all you can manage. However, if most of your company's travel is to conference with other branches, why not try out video conferencing more regularly? After all, your IT employees will understand the technology more than most and will probably be eager to implement it.

Buckeye Telecom can help steer you in the right direction as to using Video Conferencing.  Contact Us today.