WebConnectUS: Web Conferencing Without the Commitment
March 12, 2013 @ 10:05 AM | By Eric Vidal

Ever since the first faint black-and-white signals flickered over the airways, one of the favorite plot lines of relationship-based TV comedies has been the fear of commitment. Hilarity usually ensues when one partner does all sorts of crazy things to avoid entering into any long-term obligation with the other.

But TV and the movies aren’t the only place fear of commitment appears. It’s also a reality in the workplace, especially when organizations are looking at spending a lot of money for license fees on technology they may only need to use occasionally. Such as web conferencing.

Luckily, InterCall Event Services has come up with a solution for you commitmentphobes with a new, exclusive service called WebConnectUS. It combines InterCall ‘s Event Plus Premium Audio service with AdobeConnect as a bundled package on a one-off basis without having to commit to a long-term contract. WebConnectUS takes the guesswork out of the budgeting process by providing a hefty discount for combining web conferences, and then letting you purchase your web event off a predictable rate card.

A 60-minute package can be purchased for as little as $995 for 20 participants. The package options then scale up to accommodate as many as 1500 participants. It’s up to you how intimate or grand you want to go.    

By now you’re probably thinking “sure, this is great if I want to make a no-frills presentation and do all the behind-the-scenes work myself.”  But the truth is it’s a pretty sweet package that will make your organization look good by letting you focus on the content while InterCall takes care of the rest. Among the amenities you receive with WebConnectUS are:

  • A dedicated event specialist who will help you pull all the technical and event day elements together so you can focus on creating your message and content
  • Toll-free audio dial-in for the U.S., Western Europe and selected Asian countries
  • An AdobeConnect registration portal that lets you post your upcoming event online and gather data while allowing participants to register quickly and easily
  • A branded message so participants are greeted by a customized announcement which is played while they are waiting to enter your conference.
  • The ability to take online or audio questions and engage your audience further with a live question and answer session managed by a dedicated operator
  • Professionally attended recording of you webcast (audio and slides together) for those who can’t attend live but want the information later
  • Optional

In other words, it’s pretty much everything you might want from a webcasting solution without the thing you want least – being forced to commit to purchasing a license. There are even two pricing options to fit your budget. The Premium version adds the ability to  do a dry run rehearsal, receive a transcription of the spoken word so you can re-leverage your content in a variety of other ways whether for review or article writing etc. Not to mention additional  guidance on best practices and tips from InterCall’s event services experts among other delights.

If you have a fear of commitment, or just like the flexibility of being able to host  professionally moderated web event as-needed, be sure to check out InterCall WebConnectUS. 

For more information about WebConnectUs, please contact Tony Millar, Sr. Product Manager @ ammillar@intercall.com

Eric VidalEric Vidal is a Director of Product Marketing at InterCall and is considered a leading voice and expert in virtual business, which expands from marketing to collaboration to learning. He has more than 15 years experience in developing, implementing and optimizing strategies in these areas for numerous organizations and Global 2000 companies. As the director of product marketing for InterCall’s event services, Eric manages the strategy and initiatives for the virtual technologies that include virtual environments, streaming, event management services and operator assisted services. Previously from WebEx, Eric managed the virtual classroom product, as well as brand advertising and new media. Over the last several years, Eric has held management positions at Cisco, WebEx, IBM, BBDO Worldwide and Macromedia.

Looks like Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer may have missed the point with her edict earlier this week that company employees are no longer allowed to work from home. Traditional media, blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media have all been abuzz over the declaration that by June all Yahoo! employees must report to the office every day if they want to keep their jobs.

Mayer is trying to turn around a company that once was an Internet leader, but has been performing poorly over the past few years. It’s her belief that the way to get the swagger back and get the workforce back on the same page is by having them all in the same building, or on the same campus, so they can interact face-to-face and build a sense of camaraderie.   I get that.

But as with certain other debates raging in the U.S. right now, Mayer seems to be blaming the technology that enables telecommuting rather than looking at how it’s being used.  That’s the wrong focus.   

There are a great many reasons work at home, when done properly, makes sense. It opens an organization to a much wider talent pool than it can obtain by requiring workers to be present at a particular location. Telecommuting improves productivity, because time that might be spent battling traffic or waiting on public transportation can instead be spent working.  It also leads to a happier and more loyal workforce, as evidenced by a 2011 WorldAtWork study that found companies that embraced flexibility had lower turnover and higher employee satisfaction, motivation and engagement.  Many highly successful companies like Accenture use hoteling to save millions in fixed real estate costs while accommodating their employees' busy travel and worklife balance.

The truth is there are all kinds of ways to build that sense of togetherness and teamwork without requiring constant attendance at an office. West’s InterCall Event Services group has virtual environment technology that actually improves productivity through an online workspace that provide the opportunity for “hallway” conversations or even after-hours meet-ups without everyone having to be in the same place at the same time.

And there’s the key. Often organizations look at communications as a technology cost, instead of a catalyst to collaboration, which in turn inspires innovation and growth.

While some hallway, or water cooler, or cafeteria conversations might spark spontaneous ideas, the truth is that most focus on the banalities of life or work. When was the last time you had a truly great idea while while pouring a cup of coffee?

What needs to change at nearly every company is the idea that sitting in a home office is isolating and unproductive.  By building a culture of collaboration, organizations, can benefit from the collective intelligence of the group, which allows them to do great things and build an enduring company.

The world has changed, and it’s not going back. Rather than being seen as a barrier to a sense of common purpose, unified communications should be embraced as the enabler. With the right approach, it will enhance the interaction between co-workers which ultimately leads to success.

Image of Kathleen FinatoAs Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product, Kathleen is responsible for overall brand stewardship for the business. With more than 20 years’ experience, Kathleen brings a wealth of knowledge and a long line of accomplishments. Prior to joining InterCall, Kathleen held leadership positions with Motorola, including head of North America marketing and vice president of sales in the mobile devices business. She also worked with CoreComm, GE Financial and SBC/Ameritech. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. In her spare moments, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her two boys and traveling.

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