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6 Top-quality Video Conferencing tools for small groups you can get for free

December 12th, 2016

Video conferencing is free for small groups on some popular platforms like Skype and Google Hangouts.  But is their quality as good as in one-on-one meetings? Yes, if you are able to choose the right tool for your goals. In order to help you, we have made a list of 6 web conferencing products listing their pros and cons.

Organizing video conferences for groups is much more challenging than hosting 2 people chat. So, a good video conferencing program comes out helpful in these cases. Here is a list of 5 top-quality video conferencing tools we selected for you.

 

1 R-HUB TURBOMEETING

Pros: being able to host up to 3000 participants per conference room in HD screen, R-HUB servers are among the most powerful  web conferencing tools available on the market today.

Cons: it is necessary to buy a R-HUB HD video conferencing server, as this is an on-premise server based solution.

 

2 SKYPE

Pros: The design of the interface is very easy to learn and use and the quality of the video call that your system is able to support is automatically checked.

Cons:  Video is not available on Linux, mobiles, and TVs: you have to fall back on audio in these cases. There is a time limit, 100 hours per month only.

 

3 GOOGLE HANGOUTS

Pros: Being totally web-based, there is nothing  to download and install. Just login in into your Google account and browse to the page hangouts.google.com. The user interface is smart and very intuitive.  Full support for Linux, Android and iOS, which makes it possible to host a video conference on a tablet and play games.

Cons: It is necessary to have a Google account and install the Hangout plugin on Safari, Explorer and Firefox.

 

4 OOVOO

Pros: The max participant number limit goes up from the usual 10 people to 12. Available on tablets, as it supports Amazon Fire, Android and iOS (but not Linux).

Cons: The red tape. You need a Facebook account to use the application in addition to your Oovoo account. So, getting logged in is a bit long and complicated. Plus, you have to install the software.

 

5 ANYMEETING

Pros: There are many tools that enrich the user experience, as slide sharing, polls and the possibility to take notes that can be further emailed to the participants of the meeting.

Cons: Limited range of supported devices (it is only available for Windows, iOS, Mac, Android).  The limit of participants is set on 6, too few in comparisons with the generosity of the other platforms.

 

6 GOTOMEETING

Pros:  A powerful chat platform with many interesting and useful features, like video conference recording, screen sharing, commenting options.

Cons: It is strictly limited to 6 participants only. This limit drops down to only 3 people per conference in the free version.

If you are interested in R-HUB Turbomeeting, you can have a 30 days free trial period. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.rhubcom.com

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5 Easiest-to-use Team Meeting Apps

December 12th, 2016

Which meeting app to choose for your team among the several products available on the market? Simplicity and reliability are the two leading criteria to stick to, as nobody likes a tool too complicated or so full of technical issues that it is necessary to call the support every moment. To help you, here comes a selection of 5 best products.

No matter whether you need to virtually meet your colleagues or your clients: in both cases it is necessary to have a tool that is easy and reliable. Here’s a list of the 5 easiest –to-use team meeting apps according to our experience.

 

1 R-HUB web video conferencing servers

We have all dealt with products that are software based up till now. But there are also hardware based solutions. For example, R-HUB Turbo meeting  utilizes on-premise servers.  The result is a high performative and high secure product that can host up to 3000 participants per conference room in HD screen. Maintenance is very inexpensive and easy, as R-HUB web video conferencing servers are plug and play machines. The endowment of tools to engage guests is rich and includes instruments like polling, command and screen sharing, conference recording. Full support for tablets and mobiles is ensured.

To find more information, visit R-HUB website at http://www.rhubcom.com

 

2 ZOOM

Zoom  is emerging as one of the top video conferencing apps because of its collaborative tools that allow you to deliver group texts,  images and audio files. Another interesting feature is that participants can join a video conference through wi-fi and mobile:  in that way, team members on travel will have better chances to participate.

Coming to pricing, paid plans start at 10 $ per month.  It is also available in a free version that offers an unlimited number of meetings with the limits of 45 participants and 40 minute max length per meeting.

 

3 GoToMeeting

What makes the difference from GoToMeeting to other “go-to” solutions for virtual meetings is its international toll-free numbers and the options to translate control settings.  In one word, this app is an inexpensive solution for global teams.

As for prices, the Pro plan starts at 39 $ per month with max 25 participants per meeting. The Plus plan starts at $56 per month with max 100 participants.

 

4 Join.me

Ease of use is the feature of Join.me we have appreciated most, especially the fact that there is no software to download. Participants can call via VoIP or telephone from over 40 countries, which makes this app a good option for international teams.

Pricing: the basic version is free and limits to 10 participants per meeting. Pro and Enterprise include up to 250 participants and several advanced options and tools, like recording and reporting.

 

5 ReadyTalk

This suite offers a complete solution with web conferencing, video conferencing, mobile conferencing and webinar tools and services. In a nutshell, it gives you all that you want in one product. Good the technical support, really quick and effective.

Prices vary from $24 for 10 participants to $34 and $59 for 25 and 100 participants respectively.

 

6 Onstream Meetings

Its distinctive feature is the ability to add up to 1000 participants to an event, which makes Onstream Meetings a great option for companies that need to host big meetings.  Another interesting feature is the possibility to edit meeting recordings without downloading the video file.

Subscriptions start at $49 per month.

 

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5 Basic Tips and Tricks to Increase ROI on Webinars & Webcasts Without Spending a Dime

December 9th, 2016

Accurate planning and some knowledge of the commercial and marketing aspects of web conferencing are enough to maximize the benefits; companies get through the technology that is changing deeply the way of doing business today.

As a manager or CEO of a company that is approaching the technology of web events for the first time, you would ask yourself how much investment it takes and how to make the most of it. Luckily, this new technology does not require a big amount of money at the learning/adopting stage. But be aware of some basic best practices, like the following 5 tips and tricks that will help you to generate a strong ROI on your company webinars and webcasts without spending a dime.

  1. Plan your webcast / webinar
  • First, identify your objectives. Do you wish to share knowledge, or generate leads, or retain and enhance client relationships, or a mix of them?
  • Second, create a roadmap to reach the goals you set and develop your contents consequently. For example, to create brand awareness use broad topics, as they are able to raise widespread interest and maximize your audience.
  • Third, choose the most effective marketing strategy. Do you wish to reach a broader audience through online promotion or just draw the participants from your database? In this second case, emailing your contacts is sufficient. In the first case, the social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are free/low cost vehicles to fulfill your goal.
  • Fourth, select your timing. The highest peaks of attendance are usually at lunchtime. Send reminders, recaps and updates to build excitement and involvement. In this way you will also keep your event on the radar for those uncertain of their schedules.

 

  1. Go Live, Simu-Live or On Demand? Decide Ahead.

There are three different types of webinars/webcasts:

  • They enable audience interaction and the creation of online communities. Presenters must know how to speak to an audience. If correctly conducted, live events create the best effect in terms of involvement.
  • Simu-live. They are recorded before and then presented with a live Q&A session. This allows different start times in multiple time zones with a subsequent higher reach, while the participants’ involvement decreases.
  • On demand. They are produced to be viewed and distributed at any time. The reached audience is potentially the broadest, the participants’ involvement is minimal.

 

  1. Which Technology?

Web conferencing is designed for online meetings rather than presentations, while specified webcast/webinar programs allow to reach larger audiences without crashing corporate networks. On premise server based technologies – for example R-HUB’s servers – can be used for both purposes with a higher degree of technical reliability combined with comparatively lower costs. They have also the additional advantage to be already optimized for mobiles, the devices that most participants are likely to use to attend your event.

 

  1. Little but not so unimportant details

When organizing a webinar/webcast, be sure to utilize:

  • Up-to-date equipment;
  • Quality lighting and audio;
  • A clean background without doorways or windows;
  • Slides, Polling, Q&A, downloadable documents, social media and anything else to engage the audience and keep its attention.

 

  1. Use Analytics

Analytics are very helpful tools to track relevant participants’ behaviors – such as questions asked and materials downloaded – and get useful insights on their interest and involvement levels that are later useful for the necessary follow-ups. Another important instrument is polling, which allows your managers to get accurate feedbacks about the company and its products. These data can be then integrated with customer relationship management systems, such as Salesforce.com or Marketo.

As you seen, these five tips do not need any further investment. It is sufficient to exploit resources that are often free or available as being included in products that your company has already bought. In a nutshell, our suggestion is to optimize and exploit what you have at hand.

Interested in more information about webinars / webcasts? Visit R-HUB website http://www.rhubcom.com to find other posts and materials.

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6 Good Reasons to Conduct Job Interviews through Video Conferencing

December 7th, 2016

Web conferencing makes hiring processes so inexpensive and convenient as to place the companies that keep  stuck to traditional face-to-face job interviews at a real disadvantage on the difficult talent market of today. So, switching to video interviewing has become a necessity for almost every organization.  

In many companies, video conference interviewing has replaced the traditional face-to-face meeting in the manager’s office. Why? In a nutshell, video recruiting is faster, easier to organize, more productive of results, saves time and money and allows for re-evaluation later on.

To cut it short, keeping stuck to the traditional methods means falling far behind the theoretical curve of progressiveness in HR practice. Now, the question that comes up is how video interviewing can actually help a company to win the war for best talents over competitors. There are at least six good reasons to conduct job interviews through video conferencing

  1. Save time and money

According to a survey of an Aberdeen Group of Study, 72 per cent of a pool of managers identified “the reduction in travel costs” as the primary reason to prefer video recruiting. Another important reason is the elimination of lost travel time associated with traditional face-to-face interviewing. Consider also that these benefits are multiplied when international talents are involved.

  1. Get in touch with top talents faster

Interviewing best talented candidates is difficult, as they are busy and in high demand. Video recruiting allows a company to connect to potential talents in the flexible, informal and noncommittal way they like, which increases recruiters’ chances to get an opportunity.

  1. Expand Your Pool of candidates

According to a research of Georgetown University, the shortfall of skilled workers will get  over five million by 2020. In the short time, the only possible way to manage the skills gap problem is to look outside your local candidate pools. Video interviewing allows recruiters to connect with potential candidates from all over the world. In this way, the candidate pool of a company is easily widened, and finding someone with the right skills becomes easy, fast and cheap.

  1. Get access to global talents

According to experts, the problem of the future could be a global talent mismatch rather than a talent shortage. It means that there are talent surpluses in some regions of the world accompanied with shortages in others. The effect is that business is compelled to outsource abroad. In this scenario, video interviewing is crucial to reach off-shore talents in an effective and inexpensive way.

  1. Connect with passive candidates

Already employed workers are often sought after, as their current roles demonstrate their skills. Likely, 77 per cent of insiders are open to new opportunities, according to a recent study by CareerBuilder. However, it is difficult to interview them because of their highly scheduled time. A video conference can be very helpful in this scenario, as it allows a company to conduct a job interview with a flexible schedule.

  1. Enrich the job interview experience

Video interviewing enables recruiters to use all the multimedia tools, like online portfolios, live work samples, slides, presentations and shared documents right alongside the interview discussion. In that way a job interview becomes an exciting, multimedia enriched experience, very different from the dim days of face-to-face meetings in the boss’ office. Another benefit is that recruiters can test candidates’ skills in working in cyberspace and integrating with technology.

To summarize up, the benefits of video interviewing are mainly in terms of cost reduction, faster results and bigger flexibility. These factors will ultimately enhance your ability to attract critical talents in today’s competitive candidate market.

Interested in using and implementing video conferencing technology for your company? Visit R-HUB website at http://www.rhubcom.com

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How much do you benefit from Video Conferencing?

December 6th, 2016

Comparing the costs of a face-to-face meeting with and without video could be the solution to the challenging problem of quantifying video conferencing benefits. In this way it is possible to have a criterion to make all those calculations like ROI that every responsible organization has to do in order to take rational decisions.

How much does a business benefit from video conferencing? The quick and dirty answer is: “a lot”. But how much is it a lot? Making an exact quantification of video conferencing benefits is a bit of a challenge, as there are too many factors that affect the result. For example, how to quantify the benefits of working from home? Or the ones of meeting distant people that you would have never met in the reality as the travel costs outweigh the profits?

A solution that has been recently proposed is to introduce a common denominator of video conferencing benefits, the ‘face time’ clients get when they utilize video conferencing. It is anything else than the amount of time that they spend in a face-to-face conversation.

Once that the total amount of face time has been reckoned, it is possible to calculate and then compare the costs to get an X amount of face time through travelling and video conferencing. Not surprisingly, video outmatches travels.

The assumption on the ground of this approach is that the real value of video is strictly linked to the ability to meet people face-to-fac;  you could not have met in person, while the savings in fuel, fares and hotels are secondary. In one word, it is necessary to change perspective: the big step is to shift attention from the saves on travel costs to the gains that a business gets from video and the cost it has to pay in order to reach the same goals without video.

However, there are still some problems left aside. For example, no solution has been proposed for the calculation of the intangible benefits of video conferencing. While it is possible to reckon how many new customers that become reachable through video are worth, it is really difficult to give a monetary value to items like the comfort of working from home.

On the other hand, this criterion is undoubtedly useful, as it allows businesses to know what potential return on investment they can expect before making the big step to video conferencing. In fact, this is a crucial datum that every responsible organization must get before taking any decision.

If you are interested in the new opportunities that video conferencing offers, you are going to find more materials on R-HUB web site, http://www.rhubcom.com

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