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How Powerful Mobile Apps are Influencing Work

iMeet for Android Smartphones

According to a recent report by analytics firm Flurry, 80% of the time that we spend on our mobile devices is consumed by the app, compared to just 20% spent surfing the web. While there is some wiggle room in numbers like these (consider, for example, how many apps let you surf the web from within the app itself), the …

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Losing to Gain: Change Your Business Habits or Become Obsolete

rotary phone

Recently, I embarked on the most physically challenging three weeks of my life. I had decided to make a drastic personal change and engage in a vegan, gluten-free diet for three weeks to cleanse my system. I knew I wanted to become healthier, to lose weight and to live longer, but I was stuck in a cycle of bad habits. …

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The Changing Face of the Conference Call: How Toll Free is Costing You

ipad conference call

When we talk about the evolution of audio, web and video conferencing today, there are a lot of innovations we tend to focus on: sleek mobile apps, HD video streaming, cloud storage, etc. However, there is a very basic, fundamental change taking place in conferencing today as a result of several of these innovations that is often overlooked. With automatic …

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Five Tips for Managing Employees Remotely

Everyone who manages employees knows there is value in being on site. Hands-on direct participation by managers helps ensure the team is running at its best. When I first became a manager, I was concerned that I could do the job effectively since I am a remote worker. I was afraid my physical absence would impede the team’s progress, but …

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10 Simple Tips to Start Your Web Conference Calls on Time

Fifty percent of web conference calls start late because of technology issues, according to a study by Wainhouse Research. So, to help you save the time and money that goes out the window every time your meetings start late, here are 10 ways to eliminate the log-in frustrations and start your online meetings on time. 1. Don’t make people download …

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TAG Honors PGi as a Top 10 Innovative Company

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, has chosen PGi  as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. The Top 10 most innovative technology companies are chosen from among TAG’s Top 40 2013 list and were chosen based on a number of criteria, …

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The Road to Instant Collaboration: Connect Me, Auto-Connect and the Death of the Passcode

globalmeet instant collaboration

Take a moment and think about all of the things you could do, right this very second, with a single tap on that smartphone in your pocket. You can see what all of your friends are doing, right now, in real-time. You can send a message to anyone you know, anywhere in the world. You can video chat with someone. …

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GlobalMeet 3.1: Faster, Easier and Simply Better Web Conferencing for All

GlobalMeet Video Streaming

PGi‘s cloud-based web conferencing solution, GlobalMeet, has always provided easy-to-use, high-quality virtual meetings with powerful mobility and industry-leading features, including our user-driven online support system, the GlobalMeet Community. The newest version of GlobalMeet, GlobalMeet 3.1, has arrived, and we wanted to give you an overview of the features, improvements and enhancements we’ve included in the latest version. For more information …

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Collaborative Conversations: Ryan Rutan, Community Marketing Manager for Jive Software

iMeet Community

We’re big fans of Jive Software here at PGi. Both our internal employee community and our external service communities such as the iMeet Community and GlobalMeet Community are powered by the Jive platform. It seemed fitting, then, to interview Ryan Rutan, Community Marketing Manager for Jive, about the significance of both Jive as a platform and the increasing trend of …

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Tech Tools That Make Collaboration Easier

iMeet HD for iPad

At first glance, collaborating in today’s tech-centric business world can seem a bit daunting. How are you going to meet? How are you going to schedule it? How are you going to remember that you scheduled it? And how are you going to meet effectively to maximize the benefit of your collaboration, whether meeting with your team in the office …

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Twelve Things to Look for in a Mobile Business App

Everybody has an app these days – even the Census Bureau went live earlier this year with a mobile app that provides real-time data on the U.S. economy. Within the U.S., the average smart phone user has 22 apps and it’s predicted that, by 2014, global downloads of all apps will reach 76.9 billion. Entertainment and social networking apps are …

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Welcome to Cloud Collaboration Technology – We’ve Been Expecting You.

Last week I described the typical, nightmarish scenario that characterizes many sales calls. In the introduction, I mentioned a real-life conference call I had with a prospect when I heard the following comment: “I had no idea someone had brought this type of technology to the cloud – it’s about time.” And you know what? It is about time. Have you …

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7 Dangerous Meeting Personalities and How to Keep Them on Track

Dangerous Meetings

Whenever you’re meeting with a group, diverse meeting personalities emerge. Sometimes they work in harmony, fostering collaboration, creativity, and ultimately, productivity. However, occasionally more dangerous personalities bubble to the surface, personalities that have the capability to empower your meetings if properly handled, or ruin them if left unchecked. Here are 7 of the worst offenders and suggestions on how to manage …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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Go Mobile the Right Way: Simple Mobile Meeting Tips

iMeet Mobile

We’re big fans of meeting on the go here at PGi. We even cut our very own award-winning digital nomad Cora Rodenbusch loose around the world for almost a year, and we continued to work and collaborate closely with her during that time. There are some pitfalls with mobile meetings though, especially when it comes to connecting and maintaining quality …

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Is Poor Technology Keeping You From Hitting Your Numbers?

Most salespeople think about meetings in terms of purpose, frequency and pipeline. But there’s one critical areas that most sales professionals overlook, and it’s often the area that’s most tied to revenue. Here are the typical sales questions when it comes to meetings: 1) What’s the purpose of the call? Is it an explorational first meeting? A product demo? Or …

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Digital Nomad Tip #33: Welcome Enterprise Technology to Your Home

Konnichiwa and greetings from Tokyo! Nowhere else have I found a culture so strongly dedicated to efficiency, commerce and technology. From futuristic robots to loos smarter than most humans and the world’s largest broadcasting tower, Tokyo got it covered. Over the past 10 months on the road, visiting PGi’s 30+ global offices, I have used PGi’s virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to join meetings, …

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Why This “Old Lady” Loves PGi’s Conferencing Products

As the mother of a tween boy, I feel like I’m always battling the technology monster. I have an affinity for eye contact from kids, and over the past couple of years, I’ve watched my son’s friends communicate less with their eyes as they became more social through technology. I know they are not looking at my house slippers because …

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Even Dickens Knew: Nothing Substitutes Face-to-Face

An email passed through my inbox this week containing a quote from Charles Dickens inspiring me to write this blog post. It’s funny how some ideas resonate through time, despite the vast differences in settings and circumstances. “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and …

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PGi Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Product Line Strategy Award

We are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in research and analysis, has recognized PGi as their 2011 Product Line Strategy Award winners. This prestigious award recognizes PGi’s accomplishments in delivering industry-leading products and solutions that advance videoconferencing software as a service. iMeet and GlobalMeet were designed with the user in mind and above all, to …

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