Videoconferencing Services

What is Videoconferencing?

  Videoconferencing is an interactive tool that incorporates   audio, video, computing, and communications technologies to   allow people in different locations to electronically   collaborate face-to-face, in real time, and share all types of   information including data, documents, sound and picture. In   essence videoconferencing removes the barrier of distance   that separates us.

  At PicturePhone, we want to help prepare you for the future   by providing you with a better understanding of what   videoconferencing is really all about. Not only do we want to   share the benefits of videoconferencing with you, but we   want to explain the fundamental components, inform you   about different types of systems, and offer realistic   solutions. The better you understand the entire videoconferencing scene, the more confident you will be when it comes to making decisions that affect the future of your business.

As always, our technical experts are available to assist you in determining the solution that is best for you, but the information in our "Learn" section will allow you to recognize the basic options available to you. Once you have identified your videoconferencing needs and reviewed the sample scenarios we have provided, call PicturePhone for help customizing a system that meets your specific needs, as well as your budget requirements.

Benefits of Videoconferencing

1. Increases Productivity

The ability to be in several places at once without leaving your office is the next frontier. The 1990s saw a tremendous increase in productivity for American companies. The goal was to do more with less. Web sites and the Internet let us quicken the speed of communication. We believe that the use of videoconferencing will be the next driver for productivity because you will be able to keep in closer contact with customers. This closeness will lead to new ideas on how to speed up the development of new products and services.

2. Improves Communication & Reinforce Relationships

During a videoconference you can see the facial expressions and body language of conference participants. These are both important aspects of communication that are lost with a basic telephone call. Videoconferencing also allows the opportunity for more of your staff to have contact with your customers. From your customer’s perspective, the only person ever seen is the salesperson from your company. Wouldn’t it improve your business relationship with your best customers if they got to meet more of your internal employees?

3. Reduces Travel Expenses

In today’s economy, cutting down on company travel expenses is usually a real attention grabber. In practice, the results are mixed. Individuals still like to go places and visit clients and associates in person. Nothing can replace meeting someone face to face for the first time and shaking hands. There are, however, numerous situations where you can save a lot of money on airfare and hotel costs, not to mention saving the loss in productivity from being out of the office.

4. Allows Multi-point Meetings Across Time Zones & International Boundaries

Videoconferencing lets you put together a meeting of various people, from different locations, for a common discussion. Participants can be across the country or on the other side of the globe. For example, you can have sites in London, New York and Tokyo, all with multiple personnel, participates in the same videoconference.

5. Improves Effectiveness

We all know that "a picture is worth a thousand words." Videoconferencing is the perfect example of how true this statement is. A live video call is much more effective than a phone call in many situations. For example, your engineering staff needs to show one of your vendors a problem with a purchased component. Visually seeing the part during a videoconference is far more effective and meaningful than trying to describe it over the phone.

6. Delivers a tangible return on investment

Saving time, eliminating travel costs and increasing productivity enable a business to measure a fast, significant and measurable return on investment.

7. Share presentations, data and media

As well as communicating over video, many video conferencing solutions allow users to share presentations, data, and other media whilst on a video conference call.

If you have any questions about the advantages of video conferencing or are looking for a video conferencing solution for your business please contact us on .
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