Today’s business world is made up of high tech teams that are connected virtually and CEOs are now allowing work-from-home situations. In fact, did you know that 21 percent of video-conference business use is for customer/client meetings or to close a business deal, and 16 percent is for job interviews?
Video-conferencing with an important person always runs the risk of ruining important business deals – like when the weak free/public Wi-Fi at coffee shops leads to an embarrassing business faux pas.
Has this ever happened to you? Has it ever happened to you when you were trying to talk to a very important person overseas? A new real estate deal? A talk with a new client overseas?
• A sudden dropped call, which leaves your caller hanging
• Bad, choppy quality of calls, which make it impossible to understand anything you’re saying
• Closed user groups, which means both callers need to have the same app installed
• Running out of credits mid-call
• Lost credibility to your business, since using Skype or another similar app may make it appear as though your business is “small” and “cheap”
• Loss of privacy – Because, given the very recent PRISM breach, how safe is your data?
Here are 5 simple things that you can do to avoid embarrassing disruptions – and start right away:
1) using apps that use open user groups
2) using 3G/4G technology
3) using services that don’t require subscription fees
4) finding a platform that doesn’t upload your contacts or conversations to the cloud, like RingCredible.
About the Author (Wouter Van den Berg/ CMO at RingCredible)
Wouter is an early adopter in the space of mobile VoIP technology. His company ‘RingCredible’ is a very successful mobile VoIP supplier in Europe, now expanding to North America in general and Canada more specific. Main reason? Canada is a beautiful country, with fantastic people. An international population that has a very open mind towards trying new stuff. But most and above all: Canadian people deserve fair telecom prices. In Wouter’s opinion telco pricing is very straight forward: buy calling minutes in bulk, put a fair margin on it and resell them to the end user – making it possible to offer $ 0.01 per minute rates for calls within Canada and to US and still make a decent profit. Rogers, Bell, Telus, Cogeco, Videotron and Comwave: carefully watch your business models!