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Our speed of communication has improved dramatically and I can ensure important messages are displayed across both buildings on the site almost instantaneously. It means that we can have our briefings by data conferencing, which adds to the flow of inteligence.
James Henrey, CEO

Using video conferencing for improved consultancy work

Many industries make their money through offering consultancy work; perhaps you are a business advisor, an accountant, a counsellor or a financial advisor who offers consultancy as a core service. Your biggest expense is likely to be travel costs, and your biggest limitation is also likely to relate to the location of your clients. In fact, you may have found that distance plays a key part in the way you run your business, or it may have limited your opportunities to expand the business.

Using video conferencing for improved consultancy workOne way to overcome the issues of travel is to use video conferencing for improved consultancy work. In the past, video conferencing often meant poor image quality and a time lag, but the latest technology has high definition imagery and offers communication in real time, from a wide range of devices.

There are many ways you can set up video conferencing, depending on the way you intend to use it. If you have a couple of long-term clients who consult with you often, you may want to set up dedicated video conferencing facilities in your office and theirs, so you can set up conferences whenever you wish with little fuss or additional expense. While this isn’t the cheapest option, it’s not necessarily as costly as you might think. For example, at Smarter Interactive we offer a managed video conferencing service where you purchase basic video conferencing equipment and then rent ports on our server. This means you don’t need to invest in a server or bridge, which is usually the most expensive part of a video conferencing system, and you can rent as many or as few ports as you require, on a monthly basis, making it flex with your needs.

If you have many clients, or you work on a short-term basis with people, it may not be relevant or affordable to install equipment everywhere you need conferencing facilities. In these circumstances, you may find an internet-based option such as LifeSize ClearSea is more appropriate. With ClearSea you invest in either a hardware or server-based solution and can then deploy video conferencing instantly to users who need nothing more than a computer and web camera to join the conference. This can be a cost-effective and very flexible way of using video conferencing for improved consultancy work.

Where once video conferencing was a costly technology out of the reach of all but the largest corporations, today there are any number of solutions available, putting it within the budget of every consultant and business.

To find out more about the range of video conferencing tools available, call us today on 0118 336 0010. We can help you find the right solution for you to use video conferencing for improved consultancy, and we can even arrange a free demonstration.

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