Is a Pay-As-You-Go Web Meeting Plan For You?
May 26, 2010 @ 07:49 AM | By Cambria Vaccaro

Commitment isn't always easy. Many small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs) are already locked into commitments or contracts for their communications equipment, various vendors—even the guy who delivers your coffee—may send you a monthly bill. We understand you might shy away from a set monthly rate for your web meeting services, too. If this sounds familiar, a pay-as-you-go plan may be the correct choice for your SMB.

Small-to-medium size businesses may not always have well defined web meeting needs. An SMB may hold a large online webinar one month, and then need only audio conferencing capabilities for a handful of employees the next month. It's always nice to have web meeting and online webinar capabilities available when you need them, but why pay top dollar if you don't use the service all the time?

Previously, SMBs may have thought all they could afford was sub-par performance and service from free web meeting service providers. But InterCall's small business plans are specifically designed with SMBs' unique needs in mind. This includes the flexibility to host anywhere from 2 to 125 people in an online webinar or web meeting.

SMB owners who sign up for InterCall's small business plan have two options for hosting an online webinar:

  • Pay-as-you-go for up to 125 people
  • Monthly plan for up to 20 people

If you're planning to host a free or paid attendance online webinar, the pay-as-you-go plan provides all the flexibility you need to reach out to customers and prospects. On the other hand, if you only need web meeting capabilities for staff and freelancers within your SMB organization, the monthly plan permits you to host as many meetings as you want, as frequently as you want, for one low price.

Both plans use InterCall Unified Meeting service and Reservationless-Plus audio conferencing, which means you can host impromptu meetings or planned online webinars with ease. These are the same easy-to-use services preferred by InterCall's large corporate clients ... at a price affordable to SMBs.

Not sure about your web meeting needs? Consider a pay-as-you-go option for a few months and, as you see how you use the service, you can decide which plan makes better sense. No pressure, no commitment—except our commitment to provide you with the best, most affordable web meeting services for SMBs.

Cam_blog Cambria Vaccaro is the Senior Director, Marketing Communications and our “Industry News” blogger.  Cambria has been in the conferencing industry for nearly fifteen years, and has seen it evolve from a traditional video bridging service to include cool web features and remote communication services.  She is an avid runner, cook, wife and mother of two gorgeous girls.

Ash Clouds, Oil Spills and Storms...Oh My!
May 14, 2010 @ 02:12 PM | By Maribeth Brown

Now that the smoke (and volcanic ash) has cleared over Europe, it's back to business. But this won’t be the last travel interruption caused by acts of God, farm animal flus or creeping oil spills. In terms of time and logistics, we might never know the far-reaching economic impact of last month’s volcano. But many of those costly lost hours could have been saved with alternate communication and collaboration solutions, like video conferencing.

In the face of these constant threats, companies and government agencies need the confidence that they can continue to conduct business and day-to-day operations. Video conferencing brings employees face-to-face, speeding up decision-making and response time. Even under the most challenging conditions, video conferencing instantly connects users to managers, colleagues and clients, in real-time, while cutting both travel costs and the need for overtime hours.

Emergency situations or even simple geography can separate agencies from their field staffs and the communities they serve. That’s when video conferencing is at its most useful, pulling everyone back into one meeting environment and providing the comfort of being ‘right there.'

Incorporating a video conferencing solution now can help you realize substantial cost savings. By working with an experienced conferencing provider like InterCall, you can be sure to get the latest innovations and hardware, as well as proven reliability supported by industry-leading customer service. Plus, it will ensure that the next time the geologists and weatherman can’t predict if the worst has passed and everyone else is in panic mode, you’ll be the one with a back-up plan.

How are you re-evaluating your needs when it comes to alternatives to travel and disaster recovery communications? Could you meet instantly and effectively with key decision makers in the event of an emergency?

Look Bigger with the Best Conference Call Service Money Can Buy
May 5, 2010 @ 12:43 PM | By Cambria Vaccaro

Small to medium size business (SMB) owners know it's important to think big and look big in order to grow. As Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” What does your conference call service or video conference software say about your company's attitude?

If you rely on a free conference call service, you may not be getting the best. You may have dropped calls, background noise, static or even technical difficulties at times when you can't reach support staff. Whether you're holding a free webinar for prospects or a conference call to brainstorm with existing clients, a cheap conference call service makes you look small. Clients may wonder, if you can't organize an effective conference call, do you have the resources to meet their needs and deliver the best service?

It sounds harsh, but it's true. After all, you only get one chance to make a first impression.

The Best Web and Video Conference Software Makes You Look Bigger Than You Are

On the other hand, imagine getting a phone call from a top prospect. You want to share some documents with him, get his feedback and bring your top people onto the call so they can make changes based on his recommendations.

You suggest an impromptu conference call through InterCall's reservationless meeting room and, in seconds, you're all logged in and your client is viewing your online desktop. He's impressed with the best conference call service he's seen. You know how to leverage today's technology to get the job done. Not only does he like the delivery, but he likes your ideas. He makes a few minor edits ... and then asks you about the web and video conference software—it's the best he's seen.

You hesitate to tell him the price; it's so affordable, you don't want him to think you're “small.” You finally relent, spinning it as a cost-conscious solution to your online video conference and conference call needs. Saving money on such important services enhances productivity—and you can pass the savings on to your customers. Your client is sold—on everything.

SMB owners: Looking big when you're just starting out is a challenge all business owners face. What tactics have you employed to think, look and act big? Did they work?

Cam_blog Cambria Vaccaro is the Senior Director, Marketing Communications and our “Industry News” blogger.  Cambria has been in the conferencing industry for nearly fifteen years, and has seen it evolve from a traditional video bridging service to include cool web features and remote communication services.  She is an avid runner, cook, wife and mother of two gorgeous girls.

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