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Learning from Others: Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012

“One of the most valuable things any person can learn is the art of using the knowledge and experience of others”

- Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)

I learned to swim in a day. I remember I was standing by the side of the pool, watching the various ways people propelled themselves through the water. The butterfly stroke seemed too hard, but the Australian crawl seemed simple enough. Being very young at the time, my sense of adventure outweighed my sense of self-preservation, and I jumped in and began flailing away. To my great surprise, it worked. It’s a lesson I have carried forward in life: You can learn a lot by just watching what other people do.

With that in mind, I am very pleased to be hosting a panel at this year’s Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012 on the topic of “A Mobility Strategy for Business Success”.  Joining me on the panel will be three IT leaders with three very different approaches to mobility. They are Barry Libenson, CIO at Land O’ Lakes Inc, Ron Gilson, CIO of Johnsonville Sausage, LLC and Bhavani Amirthalingam, Vice President of IT at World Wide Technology Inc.

Just from talking to them beforehand, I was struck by the diversity of business reasons that went into their individual mobility strategies. I’ll be asking them to share some of their decision-making process, best practices and lessons learned from their mobility roll-outs. We’ll also be exploring how they have provided superior customer, partner, and employee experiences without compromising the security or policy of their respective businesses.

If you will be attending the Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2012 in Orlando, I hope you can join us and add your own perspective to the discussion. The panel will be on Monday, October 22nd, from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in Swan 1-4. With the proven experience of these three IT leaders to draw upon, it should be an engaging and thought-provoking session.

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Using Video to Grow Your Small Business – Melinda Emerson @SmallBizLady Shares Tips

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. 6. Interviews. 10. Webinars.
3. Product demos. 7. Commercials. 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 »

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Online Meetings Solve Lots of Different Problems

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.

Get your free WebEx basic account today.

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

US News and World Report offers a story about the way learning online Read More »

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Video Conferencing Makes Business Easier – it’s Free with WebEx Meetings

In WebEx Meetings, we have a feature makes doing business easier. It allows you to video conference in a way that mimics the ebb and flow of natural conversation.

We call it Active Speaker and it’s an invaluable tool for business. If you aren’t using video for business, it’s time to start.

You can learn more about the value of video from Melinda Emerson, SmallBizLady, and America’s #1 small business expert. She offers 12 ways to use video to grow your small business in this online webinar.

Get your free WebEx Meetings account today.

Active Speaker pushes the video image of the person speaking to lead position so you can actually follow the conversation via webcam. This means the person talking is the one you see featured.

This works especially well in theatre mode; see the image above. As you talk, the speaker who is featured adapts and changes based on who is talking (watch this video to learn more).

This is a fun, lively way to host a business meeting Read More »

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WebEx Recordings are Good for Business

Use the new, free version of WebEx Meetings to promote your business to the WebEx network (click in and see how many people are using WebEx right now)!

All you need to do is record your WebEx and publish it to WebEx Channels. It’s easy!

With a free, WebEx Basic Account, create an online recording of anything that can help your business:

  • use video via your webcam to provide a product demo
  • share slides via desktop sharing to review a sales presentation
  • a combination of both to provide a behind-the-scenes look at your business

Then, once your WebEx is recorded, post it to WebEx Channels, our online library of content on almost any topic! WebEx Channels is available to everyone and will help increase the chances of your content being picked up by search engines. It’s also a great way to host your content that’s fast and easy and doesn’t require touching your existing website.

Here are a few tips to make recording a success. Read More »

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