Top Remote Video Communication Tools for Social Distancing
Like many businesses, Atlanta Business Video is focused on supporting and assisting our clients during these uncertain times to the best of our ability. We’ll be proving some video-based tips and ideas to keep your business engaged and at the forefront of communication for your clients! We hope these suggestions can help you continue to thrive in the more remote landscape we are faced with today.
With the sudden shift to a home-based workforce, individuals are looking for innovative ways to stay plugged in from a distance. To do so, many businesses are turning to web conferencing for both internal and external communication. For those who have never had to rely on these services, here are some suggestions to get you started!
1. Zoom (https://zoom.us):
Zoom is a great, widely used tool that allows for multiple users to be connected at all times. They offer both paid and free services, and can be accessed on any device that allows streaming (mobile, PC, tablet). Zoom is a great free tool for smaller, more intimate groups to collaborate. You can host up to 100 people at a time for free on Zoom- however, there is a 40 min cutoff for the free service.
2. Skype (https://www.skype.com/en/):
Skype is also a great alternative for collaboration in a one-on-one or group setting. Most chatting services are free (though, there are paid options), and there are bonus features you may find convenient if you are new to this medium, including a subtitle and chatroom feature. Skype is also particularly convenient for mobile-based calling.
3. Whatsapp (https://www.whatsapp.com/):
Are you in an organization that relies on people globally? Whatsapp might be a great service for you. While there is a web chat feature available, the greatest benefit of this service is real-time texting and calling for free* internationally. Many companies that travel for business or have remote international employees use this for real-time communication.
4. GoToMeeting (https://www.gotomeeting.com):
Go To Meeting has long been a gold standard of online web conferencing. This premium service offers a range of higher-end capabilities- from HD video recording to fully integrated Webinar tools. We recommend trying the 14 Day Free Trial version, to see if the available tools may be something you can integrate long term. This service can host up to 250 people at a time, and may be a great solution for larger organizations who want to share company wide messages during this time.
Looking for other resources? FaceTime (Apple compatible), Google Hangouts/DUO, WebEx, Amazon Chime, and BlueJeans are other services that might meet your needs. And while all of these options will provide reliable one-on-one conferencing, make sure to spend a few moments researching while will meet the more extended needs of your personal business or organization. No matter what you choose to use, video conferencing can help you maintain a regular cadence and give you some much needed face to face time during this time of separation.
Stay tuned for more video-based tips from Atlanta Business Video, on how we can continue to
stay connected and thrive even from a distance.
Megan Roberge, Executive Producer at Atlanta Business Video
Atlanta Business Video specializes in corporate & Real Estate video production that engages, informs, and entices prospects to take action. For more information go to http://www.AtlantaBusinessVideo