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Despite an executive order made in 2011 by President Obama to encourage more efficient spending and alternative ways to government travel, federal employees still primarily use telephone and email to communicate with colleagues outside the office.

In fact, a study by Telework Exchange and Blue Jeans Network found that 89% of employees use their phones and 95% use email at least monthly to connect with offsite co-workers. It also states that a staggering 43% of feds travel for in-person meetings at least once a month, while only 36% use video conferencing on a monthly basis to communicate with those outside the office.

According to the study, the numbers are weighty because most agencies haven’t made video conferencing tools more available.

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We’ve had such a blast here at Dreamforce and we wanted to share just some of the highlights of our time here so far.

On Tuesday, expo hours officially opened and our booth was brimming with folks! According to Benioff, some 92,000 people officially registered for the event. Can you imagine how many more people were watching the live stream? I had someone back at headquarters check out the U-Stream, and at one point she saw it at almost 3,000 viewers!

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In their current audio-only state, probably.

Did you know that more than 60 million Americans suffer from insomnia? Fortunately, many who suffer have found that the white noise of colleagues droning on during audio conference calls is the perfect remedy for sleeplessness. When you think about it, there’s little difference between a boring audio call and a hypnotic state.

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When the red light is on like the radio days of yore, everything but the person on the microphone falls silent.

This mode of thinking should also be employed during a video conference call. But even if the indicator light is on, there are times when a microphone can’t pick up what is being said. Sometimes the opposite happens when a microphone is too sensitive and you hear echo and all sorts of background noises. To avoid this, here are a few tips on how to set your microphone straight for your next video conference. 

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Today, we’re excited to introduce Blue Jeans’ integration within Salesforce. Thanks to the power of Blue Jeans video conferencing, you can now conduct face-to-face meetings with prospects and clients right from the Saleforce application without ever having to leave the office—or even the app!

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Your camera is on, your microphone and speakers are set, your connection is solid - but can they see your face? Proper lighting is the one thing that gets neglected in the preparation for a video conference call.

In the hustle of trying to get on a video call, most folks are happy just connect and have everything work! But to get the most out of the video conferencing experience, we have to properly showcase the one thing that only video can deliver – your lovely face.

 

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There’s no getting around it — business meetings are a must, even in the most well-run and efficient companies. With so much of your calendar being consumed by invitations from others, you can only hope that these meetings will be effective and worth your time.

Now you can take control of meeting effectiveness in your organization for good. In Blue Jeans’ latest guide, we’ll show you the Ins and Outs of Meeting Effectiveness using easy, interoperable video conferencing. 

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A few weeks ago I joined the “Video Mile High Club." For those of you with the dirty minds, let me stop you right now... it was not what you think. I actually joined a Blue Jeans meeting from 30,000 feet above Colorado on Virgin America flight 352 en route to Boston to speak at a conference.

 
 
 

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Today with the announcement of Blue Jeans for Fantasy Football, we have finally taken things to the next level. This service provided by Blue Jeans allows you to do your draft over live video- for free! Catch all the best smack talk, reactions and up-to-the minute draft details. Don't miss out by having someone swipe your favorite pick! Or answer back live with your best comeback. 

 

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You’ve been fiddling with the idea of adopting video conferencing for your business but just aren’t ready to take the next step. Video conferencing is on the rise and just about every company utilizes it to some degree. But how can you be sure it fits your company’s needs? Below are 10 reasons to consider video conferencing. 

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