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This week, we're excited to introduce just one of the many features that was part of our August release- our LinkedIn integration. In a fast-paced business world, LinkedIn is a helpful tool in connecting colleagues and business associates. To promote more workplace collaboration, we've integrated LinkedIn for easy sign-up and log-in. We've also enabled users to view a meeting participant's LinkedIn profile, right from the in-meeting participant list. You can read more about it in our product release notes.

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Thursday is Spare The Air Day in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a conscientious Bay Area company, we want to encourage everyone to leave your car at home and experience how video communications can help out Mother Nature. There's no better time to give it a try than when nature gives you a nudge.

 

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Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. With more companies shifting to greener practices and others looking to expand their reach to other areas, video conferencing will become the norm for remote workers and occasional telecommuters. But concentrating while in the comfort of one’s home can be challenging with so many distractions close by. Here we offer a few tricks to help stay focused and productive at home as you would in any office.

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At Blue Jeans our mission is to convert every audio conference to a video conference, but that doesn't mean that we believe that every participant in every video conference has to be on video. That's part of the elegance of our solution. You schedule your meeting knowing that each of your participants can select the best way to connect based on where they are, what they have access to, and what is going on at the time. Most people are going to choose video, because as we all know it makes for a better experience, but if for some reason they can't or don't want to, they can still join the meeting as an audio only participant.

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Why am I here? This is the universal question humans have pondered since the dawn of time. But have you ever found yourself asking the same question while sitting in a pointless meeting? I think meeting facilitators mean well, but meetings that aren't well-planned turn into real time-wasters. But there are things you can do before, during and after a meeting to ensure this doesn't happen. Here are the top 10 tips to run an effective meeting.

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Nothing can replace the value of face-to-face communication. However in a growing business, traveling to meet with customers and team members is not always feasible or economical. We communicate over email and phone, but even then, messages get misinterpreted and a sense of personal connection is never truly established or maintained. In fact, it’s said that over 90% of how we communicate is through nonverbal cues like gestures and facial expressions. With that said, one cannot underestimate the power of video conferencing to enable businesses to maximize the effectiveness of their communications. Here are just some of the many advantages of face-to-face communication.

 

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I can only think of one instance where an echo is actually a welcome noise; that was back in the third grade during a game of Marco Polo. The truth is, echo is one of the most prevalent issues that users are confronted with while on a video call. It's distracting, annoying, and half of the meeting is spent troubleshooting the problem. If someone can't figure out how to eliminate their echo, you breed a silent resentment for the person who can't seem to understand the gravity of the annoyance they are creating. Next thing you know, all focus is lost and the meeting has taken a turn for the worse. 

At Blue Jeans, we strive to deliver the best audio and video quality on all of our calls. We believe by following a few helpful tips, you can successfully avoid echo in your meetings. However, in the event you experience echo during a meeting, there are steps you can take to locate the source of the problem and resolve it quickly. 

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When you think of the type of company who uses video conferencing to interact with its customers– what does that company look like? Do they wear ties and button-down shirts? How about jeans and flip flops? What if I told you one such company wears aprons and oven mitts?

The use of video conferencing is traditionally thought of as a tool for the enterprise space.  More established brands and the corporate elite have conventionally been the ones to take advantage of video conferencing because they’re the ones who could afford it.  However, in rebellious Blue Jeans fashion, we’re turning that model on its head.  Well, more like on its stomach. 

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I’m terrified of being on video.  But what if your very job depends on it? In my case, it was the promise of a job that hung in the balance.  My name is Virginette and I am a self-proclaimed video phobe.  This is the true story of how I conquered the video conference interview, and how you too can do the same.

I was thrilled to be offered an interview with my future boss, but scared to think I’d be on video with him.  I did some research and found a plethora of information online.  Here is the very best of it, coupled with my own experience.

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A friend sent you the On Mute Video and you laughed your head off. You heard the voicemail ad and winced, because it hit a little too close to home. You admired the billboard for a good 5 minutes while sitting in 15 mph morning rush hour traffic. We’re stoked that you love the #OnMute campaign and we bet you’re wondering how we hatched this idea.

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