Category: Tips & Tricks

Video conferencing technology is rapidly changing how non-profit organizations run their programs, events and fundraisers. The growth of the video conferencing industry has allowed organizations to use video to reach out to a larger audience and interact with supporters and the public. Non-profit organizations are also able to use video to organize internal operations, such as volunteer training and keeping supporters involved. Here are several ways that video conferencing is benefitting non-profit organizations: Raise Funds and Awareness It can be very difficult for small organizations to get their name out to the public, especially if they are competing against well-known larger non-profit’s. Video …

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When designing a new collaborative workspace (whether it be a complicated conference room or a small huddle room), there are a lot of considerations to take into account. These can range from the acoustics of the room, the current lighting as well as considerations around what control system to leverage, what display brand, and how to program all of the devices to work seamlessly together. Many organizations choose to “go it alone” when it comes to their AV setups. This might involve internal team members designing rooms and doing the install work. It may also include getting programmers up to speed …

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Communication goes much farther than just speaking and words. Body language has always been important in business when trying to establish credibility and convey the right message. On average, you only have 7 seconds to make a good first impression and create initial trust. Although many people pay attention to body language when speaking to someone in-person, they often forget how important these non-verbal cues are when using video conferencing. Body language & other non-verbal cues can have a dynamic impact on the message being conveyed, and it is very important that your body language reinforces your message as opposed to taking away …

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Video conferencing technology has certainly changed the way HR conducts business. One of the main ways being the recruiting process. HR representatives can now connect with people not only in another state, but even another country. With video collaboration, geographic barriers are eliminated and face-to-face meetings can be conducted regardless of the interviewee’s location. Utilizing video technology can save time and money while also being more productive by being able to interview a larger number of applicants more efficiently. Collaboration tools can help expand a company’s reach of candidates and build the best team possible regardless of their location. In …

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In today’s fast-paced world with many different types of employees, an evolving work environment, and consistently increased demands, it is important to design an office that can maximize productivity and effectiveness. Creatively designed office spaces are able to provide the right environment that today’s employee’s need. For that to be accomplished office design should be centered around 3 important modes of work; collaboration, focus, and comfort. With these in mind, designers should create a space that caters to those needs and also allows employees to easily alternate between these work modes throughout the day. We have included some specific aspects of …

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I can remember the first time that I used video conferencing and it was a nerve wracking experience. I was concerned about quite a few things including how to use the technology, what I looked like on camera, how I sounded, and if I was looking at the right place. However, after using video a few times I quickly became comfortable with communicating over video and realized how productive and effective video meetings were. This resistance to new technology is very common among people, often due to fear of the unknown. However, when it comes to video conferencing this resistance appears to …

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Dynamic changes in technology and the immense amount of information online has shifted control of the buying cycle from the vendor to the customer. Due to this change, marketers and sales people must take responsibility for engaging customers throughout the entire buyers journey. From initial outreach to close, it is important to gain awareness, prove value, and have relevant conversations with prospects. This can help to accelerate the buying process, create trust, and uncover new or other business opportunities. Using visual collaboration solutions to communicate with prospects and customers gives organizations the ability to create value and differentiate themselves from their …

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Visual collaboration tools are quickly becoming a valuable asset when assisting with emergency preparedness and response facilities by allowing them to be proactive rather than just reactive. With the help of video conferencing, government agencies, police departments and health departments are able to broadcast important information quickly and accurately. Here are a few ways emergency response departments can utilize video collaboration: Early warning messages A major issue that has certainly impacted many areas is the lack of warning before a storm; whether it is a tornado, tsunami or any other kind of major disaster. This lack of warning can result in people not having a sufficient …

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Virtual teams and remote workers are growing in popularity as advancements in technology make it easier than ever to connect. Here at IVCi we fully support telework and virtual teams and I myself am a part of one. I work on Long Island while our Digital Marketing Manager (and my main counterpart) works in Denver. Even with the two hour time difference we’ve managed to develop a great process, a great relationship and most importantly, produce great results. Here are the top 5 things that we find absolutely necessary to enable remote collaboration: Desktop Video Conferencing: Video conferencing is a critical aspect …

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On April 23, 2014 IVCi hosted a webinar that discussed several key steps an organization must take in order to optimize usage and adoption of visual collaboration technologies among their workforce. The webinar featured great content on best practices for identifying and integrating the technology, designing processes and procedures, and rolling out to the end users. SLIDES PRESENTED:  WEBINAR RECORDING:  

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