Technology Trends

Four Companies Pushing the Presentation Boundaries

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Throughout my years on Wall Street and working in investor relations, I have seen (and given) literally thousands of presentations. Despite all of our technological advances, the humble presentation is still often the best way to pitch your company, sell your product, justify your project or simply tell your story. As creative collaborators, we’re always on the lookout for new …

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Is BYOD Killing Collaboration?

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BYOD is great for the user. It’s a story of user empowerment. It’s a story of increased user technical acumen, preference and choice. But BYOD can be a catastrophe for businesses, particularly the IT department which is already under siege from all sides. Their budgets are shifting, moving outside their department. CMOs are out-spending CTOs and CIOs on technology at …

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4 Tips to Engage Your Webinar Audience

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Keeping your audience engaged during an in-person meeting can be challenging enough. Now, try keeping their attention during a webinar. Computers, tablets and smartphones are full of potential distractions like fun apps, emails, phone calls and text messages. Things can go bad very quickly when you’re hosting a meeting via one of these devices. As businesses continue to grow and …

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What Conference Calls Looked Like in the Past

Effective communication is imperative to the success of any business. The tools and methods used to communicate have significantly evolved over the years. From the pony express of the 1800s to today’s innovative voice and video communications, businesses have used their available resources to effectively communicate with others. Conference calls have been a very popular communications option. Party lines, one …

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Evolve or Die Part 5: Swap Older Tools for Online Meeting Tools

Companies are spending big money to find quality prospects. The costs of advertising, content marketing, trade shows, list buying and email programs can add up quickly. It’s also up to the sales reps to schedule a meeting with prospects and create a strong enough connection so they can close the deal. In the perfect world, you’d always be face-to-face when …

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5 Things to do After an Online Meeting

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Congratulations. You successfully prepared for your online meeting and it was a hit. Now that the meeting is over, you’re done right? Not exactly. The steps you take after the meeting are just as crucial as any other steps you took while preparing for the meeting. 1.       Record the meeting Meeting minutes are a record of the entire meeting. Normally, …

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5 Videos that will Make you an iMeet Rockstar

Online meetings are growing in popularity. As businesses become more global, these tools are vital so they can continue to communicate and collaborate with clients and employees no matter their geographical location. As a result, companies all over the world are quickly discovering how iMeet can help drive their businesses forward. iMeet has several features that help make it the …

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A Collaborative Look at the Internet of Things

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Technology continues to evolve toward an ever-connected Internet of Things, with new wearables and smart devices being developed and announced at an increasing rate. The impact of this phenomenon over the next few years will be practically limitless, revolutionizing industries from health and wellness to shipping and logistics and everything in between. According to an ongoing Pew Research project in …

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Is Telecommuting Policy a Sign of Corporate Success?

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Telecommuting is a hot-button issue for modern businesses. Some believe it to be a killer of productivity and company culture and have outright banned it. Others embrace fully flexible work styles, designing entire workspaces around employees that come and go at will. Many businesses, however, find themselves in the middle. They’ve begun embracing some of the benefits telecommuting can provide, …

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10 Stats on Workation Nation & The Virtual Workforce

As the school year draws to a close and warmer temperatures approach, everyone’s thoughts turn to ditching the office for sun, sand and shore. However, it can be practically impossible to fully unplug these days; it’s so easy and tempting to stay connected to the office with our smartphones always nearby. Some people are even turning to workations to fit …

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5 Telecommuting Tips that Will Keep You Connected with Your Team

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Telecommuting has gained in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to tools like virtual meetings software, colleagues are able to collaborate face-to-face even if they are part of a geographically dispersed group. Unfortunately, after a while, some remote workers begin to feel disconnected from the rest of their team. Try these five tips to keep your remote …

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3 Tips to Organize Your Virtual Office Space

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In a work world increasingly dominated by mobile devices, virtual meetings and telecommuting, our “offices” are becoming more and more virtual. It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, at your favorite coffee shop, in the car or at your desk, you’re in your “office” and ready to work. However, like any office, even a virtual office can quickly become overrun …

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5 Other Ways to Use Your Online Meeting Tool

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As passionate collaborators, we spend a lot of time talking about having better meetings here at PGi. Online meeting tools like iMeet® and GlobalMeet® are designed to make your meetings simpler, more effective and more productive. But they don’t just have to be for meetings! The technology powering online collaboration can be used for a variety of fun uses that …

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The Power of Context: Unlocking the Intelligence of Apps

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In a recent piece for VentureBeat, PGi’s CEO Boland Jones wrote that “…business apps still aren’t smart enough—or, more appropriately, they are ’smart‘ in all the wrong ways.” The heart of making smarter apps comes with context; bringing relevant information to users at relevant times, rather than just bombarding them with features and data or forcing them to do the …

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15 Stats on Telecommuting & the Cloud

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Telecommuting is a growing trend among the workforce. For most of us, getting to and from the office can be a nightmare. Traffic, distracted drivers and inclement weather can make the commute seem impossible at times. Once we arrive at the office, it’s time to fight off the various distractions. Chatty colleagues and conference calls on speaker are just a …

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What Are Some Ideas for Running Productive Online Meetings?

With a forecasted 1.3 billion mobile workers worldwide by 2015, online meetings are simply becoming a way of life for businesses of all sizes across the globe. Telework, remote work and flexible working arrangements are slowly becoming the rule rather than the exception, which means that more of us are having meetings online in at least some capacity. There are …

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How Mobile & Social Are Driving The Virtual Workplace

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Businesses across the globe are increasingly moving towards a more virtual workplace. With the number of worldwide mobile workers forecast to reach 1.3 billion by 2015, businesses have to adapt their technology offerings to meet the needs of the new virtual worker. Two technology trends have impacted the creation of the virtual workplace more than any other: social technologies, such …

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How to Make Emotional Connections Online

In sales guru Dan Solin’s latest book, The Smartest Sales Book You’ll Ever Read, Dan includes a section on the power of video conferencing for creating emotional, human connections online. I was fortunate to be asked to provide my insights for the video conferencing chapter: According to Sean O’Brien, an executive for the company behind iMeet, the formula for successful …

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Your New Conference Phone: Audio Conferencing in the Age of the Tablet

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Walk by any conference room in your organization and odds are there’s a conference phone in the middle of the table. They’ve become symbols of workplace collaboration and communication. But as the proliferation of mobile devices continues to rise, they’ve also come to symbolize the old-school methods of audio conferencing; today, in the age of the tablet, it’s not uncommon …

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Nerd Alert: The Wearable War Heats Up with Android Wear

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Wearable technology is a trend that has this nerd very excited for 2014. Technology such as smart glasses and smartwatches raise very interesting possibilities for the future of information, context and communication. While health trackers such as the FitBit® and Nike+ Fuelband have been on the scene for some time now, the latest shots of the modern smartwatch battle were …

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