Multi Purpose Video Conference Software – choosing whats right for you and your business
Article by Stitch Rojas
Online Video Conferencing Software with Multiple purposes and opportunities. Online collaboration is a must, and the need for this kind of communication has doubled in just over a year. Technology allows us to do some truly amazing things, and in particular, the use of online streaming video to really enhance online conferencing.
Conferencing and meetings have played a huge role in business growth and development for years. In the early days, a simple whiteboard meeting in a small office was the general procedure. Its still done today but limits to numbers, location, and functionality. Other kinds of offline meetings would be hosted in large venues using a projection screen and PowerPoint. This would allow the very same meeting but on a larger scale. Again, another great tool, but extremely expensive. In fact, right from the early stages of planning, this can cost into thousands of dollars. There is many expenses involved here, including things such as the cost to the venue, transportation, entertainment, refreshments, and much more. These simply are not practical today with the current economic climate, and lack the ability to fit in with the busy lifestyle most businesses have to combat.
So along comes online collaboration. Super idea, but in the early days, simply could not replicate that of an offline meeting. Much was needed to bring it up to scratch. This is where the catch up with technology has come in to play. With the advances in online tools, video streaming, broadband speeds, global connectivity, and super software, we are now able to really experience true online global communication with a whole host of tools, functions, and features to replicate that of an offline meeting, no matter how large. In fact, in many cases, this gives us a lot more. We are able to plan, host, and conduct an online conference within hours, or even minutes of choosing. Simple online rooms streaming direct from a server allow the attendees to login instantly to the conference from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
There are many options out there, for large or small companies. The providers are growing in numbers just like when we had the boost in mobile phones, with their services, and now apps. Most providers offer a free service which includes a smaller room and a few basic functions. These are great for family gatherings and very small business meetings. You will also find larger packages to cater for the larger meetings, in some cases making it possible for thousands of attendees.
The idea of this software is to replicate that of an offline meeting at the fraction of the cost. In fact, I have seen it as low as .97 a month, including a free weeks trial with all the functions for a 50 seat room.
To make sure you get the most from your conference experience and to really get great value, make sure you choose a provider who charges per room and not per attendee. I am sure you can see why, especially if your business is going to be hosting large conferences. Another pointer to watch out for is to find a provider whos software is streamed live from a server instead of you having to download and install. Installing software would be required by you and all attendees, this can sometimes cause cross compatibility issues with various operating systems.
Finally, a few of the tools, features and functions you can expect to find. Browser sharing, desktop sharing, file sharing, video sharing, PowerPoint sharing, full way video chat, full way text chat, multiple moderators, record function. These are just a few, but these are the tools which really give you the full online conferencing experience. Using a combination of these tools streamed directly from your room give for a truly engaging experience, making sure you deliver the conference you want from anywhere in the world. True global collaboration and communication.
About the Author
GVO Conference Software is by far the best solution for online Video Conferencing. I use and endorse GVO Conference, for all my online business communication needs.