Traveling isn’t what it used to be. Getting through security takes much longer and is far less agreeable. While you may still want to meet in person face-to-face sometimes, video conferencing technology has improved enough that today you can see each other without being in the same location.
How Can Video Conferencing Help Your Business?
Using video conferencing, you can still build strong relationships with employees and clients while avoiding the time and expense involved in traveling.
Video conferencing will help keep employees motivated because they can spend more time with their families and achieve work-life balance much easier than they would if they were traveling to meetings.
Other benefits include:
- Saving time and expenses
- Strengthening relationships
- More interesting visually enhanced meetings with clients
When you can’t be there in person, you need a really easy to start video conferencing solution. Just be sure you choose the right solution. Here are some factors to verify:
Every time I get invited to a GoToMeeting Webinar I am reminded that even though their platform is commonly used, their technology is so old that it only works on Windows and Mac. Until I bought a laptop to run a program that only works on Windows, I could not attend those Webinars.
When choosing a video conferencing system, make sure it works from mobile devices and with all operating systems. You want people to be able to attend even if they are away from their desks or using Linux, Android or iOS not Windows or Mac.
Any solution you choose today must work on mobile devices. According to IDC, Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units in a Single Year for the First Time.
Find more statistics at Statista
Ask whether a solution works on Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows Phone, and any other mobile operating systems common where you, your employees, and your clients live and work. Look for a company that is OS independent instead of having to worry about individual operating systems in use.
NOTHING to Install
There is absolutely no reason to be using a system that requires installing. Why complicate things by requiring your participants to know how to install and get software running? Just use the cloud.
Even Google Hangouts require you to install software. That may be why their platform isn’t as stable as it could be. While it is fine for some purposes, if your business needs to host video conferences, a web conferencing solution like Blue Jeans is a better idea.
No matter how carefully you schedule, people missing meetings is inevitable. Choose a solution that allows for audio, video, and shared content recording. Why tie up another employee catching those who missed the meeting up when they can watch it themselves at their convenience?
If you love seeing the people you’re talking to you are definitely a candidate for using video conferencing. While it did used to be a nightmare to set up, today’s technology makes it painless. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.