Category: Tips & Tricks

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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Video conferencing has long been known for reducing travel costs, saving time, and strengthening collaboration within an organization. However, when organizations utilize video conferencing to support customer relationships they have the chance to increase the ROI on their technology investment and boost both new and existing client relationships. There are multiple ways that video conferencing can add value to customer relationships.  Here are a few that stand out; 1. Training: Organizations can use video conferencing to help train customers on the product or service they are purchasing. This can help make the training more efficient and allows the ability to provide face-to-face training …

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The below video resonates with many people as most of us have been on one of those poorly run audio calls. Never knowing who is or isn’t on the call, the constant interruptions, and not knowing who is typing in the background distracting the rest of the group. The good news is replacing these audio calls with video can solve a lot of those challenges.  Here’s how: The Role Call:  Since everyone is on video you can easily see who is currently on the call, who just joined and who is missing. No more distracting bloop bloops! The Annoying Background Noise:  The active …

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As the times change, the interview process is changing as well. In this case we are talking about video conferencing. Although video conference interviews have not completely replaced face to face interviewing, they are often done at a very important point in the interview process; the first impression. This first impression will help to determine if candidates are an initial good fit for the position or not. As important as it is for the candidate to make a good first impression, it is also very important for you and your organization to come across in a positive and professional manner. Video …

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Video conferencing has proven to be a great way to enhance collaboration and increase productivity. In the last few years, video has gained popularity due to technology advancements and ease of use improvements. That said, there are important user elements to keep in mind to ensure a successful video call. Here are five best practices to keep in mind: 1. Lighting: Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a video call and bad lighting can take a good quality to poor quality very quickly. First, make sure there is enough light in the room. If dimly lit, turn more lights …

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