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Practical Use of Conferencing in a Business Setting

For more than a decade now, conference equipment manufacturers and providers would have you believe that video conferencing is a mainstream application being constantly used by virtually every business.  The reality is that the use of video conferencing is still not practical or useful for daily business use in many environments.  Outside of executive board rooms with large, high tech videos systems, many companies feel that setup and use will prove too difficult.  Not so with EarthLink Business!

Let’s start with video conferencing.  Group meetings with a relatively small number of users who require focused interaction is where video shines.

Most video conferencing is now done over the web.  (Check out EarthLink Business’ web packages to make sure you’re ready for web conferencing possibilities!)  Web Conferencing is a more economical means for delivering a visual and audio experience that allows for interaction in the form of video integration (web cam and streaming video), online file transfer, live application viewing and sharing, desktop collaboration, record/edit/playback and attendee on-line polling.

It is a cost effective alternative to traditional video conferencing (as there are no large systems to set up…just a compute camera and microphone!) and takes your meetings up a notch from emailing a presentation out to the participants.

Despite the ease of web conferencing, for larger groups, it’s audio conferencing that remains a  popular and effective means of conducting business.  It saves the time and expense of travel, and has rates that are comparable to long distance calling.  Features like recording, polling, and transcription services are available in addition to standard audio bridging services.

The buying decision for these service involves determining which solutions works best for your needs, so click HERE to compare EarthLink Business’ conferencing services!

About Scott Yelton

Scott Yelton
Scott has over 21 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He currently serves as Director of Product Management, Voice and UC Services for EarthLink Business; he is responsible for management of growth and lifecycle products which span from Hosted Voice solutions to basic telephony services to mobile. Prior to its acquisition by EarthLink, Mr. Yelton was Director of Product Development and Strategy for Deltacom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Yelton led the Sales Engineering team for Deltacom and served in sales and sales management roles for Sprint and BTI Communications.