Archive for December, 2013

Lights, Cameras, and the RHUB Webinar Tool

December 13th, 2013

It’s your moment in front of the cameras. You have 200 people attending your webinar, it took you months to set it up, and this is a make-it-or-break-it presentation for your company. How can you guarantee that your webinar wins an Academy Award, not a Razzie?

Practice, man, practice. The RHUB webinar tool is easy to use, but it never hurts to run through your presentation ahead of time. Make sure you know how to use all the RHUB tools and that you’re comfortable with all aspects of your talk. For pointers on giving a really engaging lecture, look up the recommendations for giving TED talks. Typical advice? Frame your content as a story, use interesting photos in addition to (or instead of) slides, and rehearse many, many times (or even memorize your content).

Jump right into the benefits. People probably won’t be fascinated by the details of your organization or your accomplishments, but they will be fascinated by interesting ideas or products that can benefit them. If you’re talking about your product, avoid boring your audience with endless technical specs—they’d rather hear about the awesome things your product can do.

Don’t expect attendees to have a lengthy attention span. Studies indicate that attention spans typically range from ten minutes to—at best—twenty minutes or so. Present your most critical information early in the meeting when you still have everyone’s full attention. If you have a lot of data you want to present, send a document to attendees ahead of time and only go over the highlights in your actual talk.

Vary your content. If you have photos, and use a whiteboard, and include other little surprises to jolt attendees awake, your talk will be much more memorable. Everyone has seen too many talks that consist of nothing but PowerPoint slides. Slides get boring, and reading from slides makes a boring situation even more boring.
With RHUB, there are lots of ways to add interest to a presentation. Attendees can give control of their desktops to the host or an attendee can become the presenter. This makes it easy to share some of the presentation responsibilities with coworkers (or panelists) and gives your talk more variety.

Create emotional content. Stories aren’t just for Hollywood. Nothing will create a bond with your listeners better than stories or pictures that create an emotional connection. If you’re passionate about your topic, let your audience know it.

Relevant polls increase interest. With an RHUB tool, you can configure polls with up to five possible responses, and the presenter can arrange for everyone to see the results of the poll. Cleverly designed polls can really add appeal to any talk and make your audience feel fully engaged.

Give attendees plenty of opportunities to comment or ask questions. Have you ever noticed how a room comes alive when the question-and-answer portion of a lecture rolls around? You can liven up any presentation by giving the audience a chance to participate. With the chat and hand raising capabilities of RHUB, attendees can all get their questions answered. And up to four participants can appear on webcams simultaneously.

With RHUB, you can be confident that the technology you’re using isn’t going to let you down and make your presentation a disappointment. RHUB makes a webinar easy to join. The video and audio quality are superb. If one of your attendees loses his or her connection during the meeting, no worries—RHUB will automatically reconnect. You can concentrate on perfecting that award-worthy performance and let your RHUB appliance do its part: providing dependable, versatile, top-quality technology at an affordable price.

We would love to show you just what kind of quality you can expect from our appliances. Give us a call at 866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com. If you ought to be in pictures, make sure that the quality of the pictures is the best it can be.

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Want to Effectively Promote Your Business? Consider an RHUB Webinar Solution

December 3rd, 2013

According to the Content Marketing Institute, webinars rank third in perceived effectiveness of content marketing techniques among B2B users. http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/2012/10/2013-b2b-content-marketing-research/ We have to agree: webinars are one of the most effective tools your business can use. What makes them so good?

They’re economical. Your audience can attend your presentation without paying any travel expenses, even the expense of taking a taxi across town. And you don’t have the expense of reserving conference space or catering. As an added bonus, the webinar recording can be made available for attendees after the event, making the webinar even more economical.

They’re immersive. The video component of a webinar makes for a compelling experience, and the opportunity to share content can make every participant feel truly engaged.

They’re convenient. An RHUB webinar can be attended from anywhere and can be accessed from a wide variety of devices: PC, MAC, Androids, iPhones, iPads, etc.

They can extend your company’s reach. A webinar is a great way of connecting to a national or international audience. In fact, it’s a great networking tool, period, whether your new contacts are in town or on the other side of the world.

They’re environmentally friendly. Traveling for conferences doesn’t just put a lot of wear and tear on your company’s budget. Reducing travel for both presenters and participants reduces environmental wear and tear too.

They make excellent documentation and research tools. Vaguely remember a statistic in a lecture you need to track down? You can search the recording to get just the information you need.

A webinar is one of the most engaging ways of introducing your company’s products or services. A webinar on your website introducing your company can give your business some extra personality and appeal.

Webinars help establish you or your business as an authority in your field. It’s only natural—we look up to someone presenting a webinar as a thought leader.

Lots of people can attend. Your webinar isn’t constrained by the size of a meeting room. An RHUB webinar can host up to 3,000 attendees.

Our RHUB appliance provides everything you need to present webinars that shine. The webinars hosted by an RHUB appliance are easy to attend—you don’t need to worry about participants being shut out by firewalls. As long as an attendee can view Google maps using any device, he can attend your webinars. Guaranteed. Attendees can interact with the host, presenter, or panelists by chatting, voting, or hand raising. The webinar recording can be converted to all major formats: AVI, WMV, and FLV. The quality of the audio and video is exceptional. The audio conferencing service is free. Security is unequaled. And it’s surprisingly affordable starting at $1,195 for a one-time purchase

You get more than just the capability of providing state-of-the-art webinars with our wonderful appliance. It provides remote support, which can be used to diagnose problems at a distance; remote access, which permits access to a home computer while traveling; and audio conferencing capabilities.

Questions? Give us a call at 866-758-0984 or sales@rhubcom.com and let us tell you more about how webinars can benefit your business and an RHUB appliance can benefit your webinars.

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