Located a mere 10 miles away from Cisco’s headquarters, San Jose State is the newest university to turn to Cisco WebEx. The school will be using the tool as a way to improve their effectiveness and collaboration between their facility and staff via online meetings.
Can you think of three ways you can improve collaboration within a university? We did! This is what we came up with:
- Collaborate as a group online even at times when group members can’t meet in person
- Review lecture notes with colleagues before or after class
- Attend a lecture from a remote location
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Tags: Cisco WebEx, collaborate, online meetings, san jose state, university
Start your next meeting with a personal touch by using one of two tools that let you add branding, excitement, information and more to your meeting before it even starts.
Get your free WebEx basic account here.
Tip #1: Use the white board to provide a welcome or instructions!
Use the white board to post an agenda, give dial-in instructions, list who’s attending and much more.
All you need to do it go to the Share > Whiteboard menu option and it will appear. The grab the text tool, choose a color and start to type. See the photo on the right as an example.
Tip #2: Share a photo (a.k.a. document) to make starting a meeting a welcoming experience.
This is the same idea but it requires a little more effort. In this case, you’ll want to find an image that conveys the feeling you want to establish. You can also use your logo or something with your brand so folks know they are in the right place.
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Tags: annotate, brand, customize, Personalization, photo, WebEX, whiteboard
I always dread summer coming to an end.
Sure, it’s not like the old days when summer meant no school and running around free, but like most people, summer still makes me feel like I have more personal time and freedom. It must be the extra daylight.
Even if I can’t have the feeling of summer, it makes a huge difference to me if I can work in different ways -- from home or even handling some to do items from the car.
One of the best things about the new, free version of WebEx, is that having a host account (yes, it’s free) means you can host a WebEx on your mobile. And that means I don’t have to be tethered to your computer.
Get your own free, basic WebEx account here.
In 2007, Cisco commissioned a study: Understanding and Managing the Mobile Workforce that looked at ways to really grasp how mobility was emerging. Of course, since then, “going mobile” has really become the norm.
In that study, they found:
Successful mobile workers tend to be resilient extroverts. They are open to new experiences and highly adaptable. And, contrary to the stereotype of the harassed and disoriented road warrior, they are supremely organized and independent-minded. With the right kind of tailored support, their productivity and adaptability make them superlative operators in an era of increasing demands and constant change.
In 2007, the Cisco study cited a prediction that “within two years, one quarter of the world’s working population will be mobile workers.” Not to freak anyone out but this was BEFORE Apple’s iPad was even released!
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Tags: Android, cell phone, iPad, iphone, mobile, mobile devices, mobile users, research, smartphone, WebEX, WebEx mobile, workforce
Melinda Emerson, aka “SmallBizLady” is a veteran entrepreneur; small business expert and social media coach who specializes in helping small businesses thrive. Today hosted a WebEx offering tips for using video to help grow your business.
Watch her on-demand webinar on using video for your business.
Why should you use video?
Here are a few interesting stats about video Melinda shared with us:
- Online video is expected to grow 55% this year and is the top format for content marketing.
- Videos have a 41% higher click-through rate than plain text context.
- 58% of consumers ages 18-34 who follow brands on social media would watch a video posted by that brand.
- 57% of Smartphone users polled say they’ve streamed video on mobile.
- Videos are integral to the success of any SEO strategy.
- 90% of web traffic is predicted to be video by 2014.
With all that good news, there’s one important point Melinda makes about using video: don’t waste people’s time. To be effective, keep it short. 88% of people say they would watch a video that educated them for at least one minute.
Use video to create a deeper relationship with your customer.
Here are 12 ways you can use video to market your business (be sure to watch the on-demand presentation to learn more).
|1. Blog content.
||5. Video training.
||9. Live video streaming.
|2. Customer testimonials.
|3. Product demos.
||11. Viral video.
|4. Email video.
||8. Video news release (VNR).
||12. Product reviews.
Melinda went on to explain how to create videos that are interesting to customers. Read More »
Tags: business, event, expert, marketing, Melinda Emerson, online conference, small business, video, WebEX, webinar
Ever wonder how some people are using online meetings?
We talk a lot about the value of using video conferencing to solve business problems, but sometimes the problem is a little out of the ordinary. Here are three different ways folks are using online meetings like WebEx to communicate in a new way.
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Making Government Accessible: Live Video plus Social Media Improves Communication
In Illinois, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is hosting an online town hall meeting to improve communication with local constituents. During the forum, Cook County residents can share ideas with Preckwinkle on the county budget, which will then be discussed by the board in coming weeks. There will be video of the town hall streaming live online and viewers can submit questions at the “Tell Toni” page of her website or via Twitter using the hashtag #TellToni.
Working with a Mentor -- Online
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