As more and more of us need to work from home and socially distance ourselves, face-to-face meetings are being cancelled. It is also more crucial than ever to keep teams working successfully when they are split in remote locations. Thankfully, there are plenty of digital solutions to this which will help keep your business running and also maintain your sanity in the coming weeks of isolation.
Seeing is Believing
Video conferencing and calls used to be expensive, unreliable and often complicated to set up, but times have changed. Many of us video call via Facebook messenger or Whatsapp, which are both great for keeping in touch with family members and friends. However, for business we need something a little more professional that isn’t linked to our personal accounts. The following offer free options, as well as paid upgrades and while these are the market leaders, there are other options too:
Zoom is probably the fastest growing video conferencing software and comes with a free option. The limits on the account are that the meeting is limited to 40 minutes and has a maximum of 100 participants. The company has also issued help for people during the Covid-19 outbreak including advice for working from home and how to hide a messy room when video conferencing. You can also share screens for presentations etc. All you need to do is send out a link to your fellow meeting guests.
GoToMeeting only has a free option for 14 days, after that you will need to pay, but its pricing is lower than some.
Skype has been around for many years and is now owned by Microsoft. It’s another easy to use video meeting tool. It has a maximum number of 50 for group calls, but that’s usually more than adequate and also allows for screen sharing. Skype can also be used for direct to telephone calls and its Meet Now product allows you to invite those who are and aren’t already on Skype. Microsoft Teams is one of the leading collaboration tools which goes hand in hand with Microsoft 365. Both worth consideration.
Hangouts is what was formerly known as Google Hangouts and is another tool used by many businesses. It is free, but isn’t always as adaptable and the connection not as clear as Zoom.
Cisco Webex is more of a big enterprise solution and at the time of writing this it has a message on its website saying it has an unprecedented increase in need and isn’t allowing us to view its plans and pricing.
Why use Video?
You may not feel you need video for your meeting, but it does help for several reasons:
What you need to think about: