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2,500 Remote Workers Share Their Challenges and Habits

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In partnership with seven remote work-oriented organizations, the fully remote software company Buffer recently released its 2019 State of Remote Work report. Incorporating the perspectives of 2,500 remote workers, the report is packed with great takeaways and productivity tips for remote employees (and their managers, too). Here are our top three highlights. Define Your Work Environment 31% of remote workers say they …

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What Makes a Great Collaborator?

Collaboration

What are the habits of great collaborators? As makers of collaboration tools, we’ve thought a lot about this question and about what it takes to collaborate excellently. Here are a few of the observations we’ve made and would like to share. Ask for Honest Feedback “A good collaborator pushes the boundaries of both partners,” said Neil Blumenthal, the CEO of Warby …

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To Cloud or Not to Cloud Your Communications Platform​​

Now that you’re ready to enable Unified Communications (UC) such as GlobalMeet into your small to medium-size organization, you need to choose the deployment option that makes sense. In this video, Ira Weinstein, founder of Recon Research, provides first-hand insight into the pros and cons of cloud-based Unified Communications (a.k.a. UC as a Service or UCaaS).

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Boosting Your Business Communications Agility​

To be successful, organizations of every size need to empower their people with tools that make them accessible, agile, responsive, and productive. In this video, Ira Weinstein, founder of Recon Research, provides insight into real world benefits that small to medium-size organizations will enjoy when they use a modern unified communications (UC) solution.

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The Real Cost of Poor User Experience in Business Tech

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Technology is such a normal part of our daily lives that we often don’t realize just how much time we spend using it. Back in 2014, 60% of employees reported using mobile apps for work-related tasks. By 2018, that number had risen to at least 80%, as reported by McKinsey. Communication technology, in particular, is pervasive throughout the professional world—and when it …

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VoIP vs. Landline: What’s Best for Your Business?

VoIP

When you’re setting up a business phone, you need to decide whether to use a landline—a classic phone connected to underground copper wires—or a more modern technology called VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Here’s a crash course in the cost, reliability, and features of each. Cost If bottom-line costs are your top priority, VoIP is your friend. Both setup costs …

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Business Communications Myths That Can Shrink Your Margins

business communications myths

Myths are sticky. For example, many people still believe that blood is blue until it’s oxygenated, or that it’s dangerous to swim right after lunch. Many myths are harmless—but believing these four business communications myths can hurt your business. Myth #1: Voice is dead. These days, it seems like people do everything silently, from the safety of their screens. But …

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Knockout Interviews with Effective HR Management Tools

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Human resources teams know all too well that gearing up for the interview process can feel like a boxing match between them and human resource management tools. With so many rounds of interviews, you need a tool that gets you to the very end. Round 1: Pick the Best Video Interviewing Tool Whether you have already begun conducting online interviews …

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How to Create a Collaborative Marketing Environment

Marketing Collaboaration

A successful marketing campaign is seldom a single person’s brainchild. On the contrary, effective marketing is deeply collaborative. Teams, not lone wolves, conceptualize, design and execute the most brilliant campaigns. Here are a few of the best practices to encourage great marketing collaboration. Distinguish between ideas and individuals. Some concepts are shot down. Others gain momentum. But voice and discuss …

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Put an Executive Face on Your Investor Relations Events

Investor Relations Events

Corporate transparency and timely communication are must-haves for investors, shareholders, and financial analysts. What’s more, these important stakeholders expect two-way communication. Companies are engaging with stakeholders in dramatically different ways. The demands for investor relations events are high and one-way communication just isn’t sufficient. Webcasting puts the all-important executive face on your financial communications. Video helps connect viewers to your company message. …

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Using Modern HR Tools to Gamify Training Programs

Human Resource Tools

Human resource (HR) teams are constantly challenged with balancing recruitment and developing talent. Whether your company is onboarding new hires or training longtime team members, you can make your training more interactive and effective with GlobalMeet human resource tools. Have you ever wanted to make HR processes paperless? Wondering how you can gamify your onboarding and training programs?  See how …

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Increase Transparency With Investor Relations Webcasts

Investor Relations

Investor relations professionals, especially in large enterprises, are long-time champions of webcasts for delivering vital financial data and announcements to target audiences worldwide. Video is an ideal medium to give shareholders, potential investors, and financial analysts what they want. Think corporate transparency, realism, consistency, and timely, direct communication about the company’s business outlook. But what does it take to have …

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The Skinny on Audio Conferencing

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Modern workplaces need teams to be in constant communication. By offering an easy, secure way for people to connect globally, audio conferencing can be a perfect fit for any business. As a matter of fact, a plethora of businesses already use it to improve collaboration and productivity. Have you heard about the exciting benefits of audio conferencing? If not, you can’t …

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Productivity Tips From Elon Musk

Elon Musk’s Tips for Productivity

Few people can cut through corporate inertia like Elon Musk. In particular, the eccentric billionaire has become known for candidly speaking his mind on the topic of productivity. Here are a few of his more salient suggestions. When a rule doesn’t make sense, change it. “If a ‘company rule’ is obviously ridiculous, such that it would make for a great …

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Webinar Series Recap: Competing Smarter With Your Business Communication Platform

Business Communication Platform

We just wrapped up our webinar series with special guests Ira Weinstein, founder of Recon Research and Pat Harper, Chief Technology Officer at PGi. If you missed the series, check out some highlights below. You can also watch the video series for a more complete discussion on how to boost productivity with a cloud-based unified communications platform. Boosting Your Business …

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A Business Case for Law Firm Collaboration

Soundpath conferencing solutions

Online meeting tools have found a place in every industry, and law is no exception. In fact, there’s a new class of technology that suits the legal industry perfectly: enterprise collaboration. Day-to-day work at a law firm involves editing documents, managing cases, client meetings, collaborating with colleagues, continuing legal education, business development, managing calendars, and logging hours. In a typical …

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4 Surprising Stats That Show the True Impact of Video Conferencing

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Video conferencing is increasingly more important in this day and age. Today, it’s touching more aspects of professionals’ lives than ever, from recruiting to contract negotiation. Want proof? Check out these surprising stats. 1. Connection is key According to Gigaom, 87% of remote team members feel more connected to their team when they can use video conferencing. They also feel more …

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Video Production Company Turns to GlobalMeet for Stress-Free Broadcasting

Broadcasting

For 25 years, Big Shoulders Digital Video Production (BSDVP) has produced high-quality videos for projects of all types and sizes. While they’re popular in their hometown of Chicago, they also provide services worldwide, particularly for corporate clients. A New Request From Major Clients In recent years, Big Shoulders has seen an influx of clients requesting webcasting and broadcasting for high-profile …

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5 Bottlenecks Slowing Down Your Team

collaboration bottlenecks

Out of the many ways PGi adds value, one of the biggest is not customer-facing. It’s the power of easily eliminating routine collaboration bottlenecks to get more done faster. Here are five bottlenecks that PGi can banish from your team with collaboration solutions. 1. Missing Team Member “Is Alison joining this meeting…?” How often have you heard (or said) that? …

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5 Webcast Analytics That Make Great KPIs

webcast analytics

So, you’ve taken the time to create a live webcast. Is there a concrete way to gauge its success? Which data can reveal the ROI of your effort? We thought about this a lot while developing our webcast analytics dashboard. Here are five metrics we recommend using as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Metrics to Check Immediately After a Live Event How …

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