Travel costs can quickly mount for many companies, so you may want to look into videoconferencing as a way to keep the spending down and the bottom line solid.
Surveys put the cost of the average domestic business trip at around $1,000, including air, car and hotel, while international trips run a little over $3,500. And that's only part of the picture — the trips take staff members away from the job for an average three to seven days.
As a result, more and more companies are focusing on video technology. Once relegated to the boardrooms of the Fortune 500, lower price tags and improved technology are bringing the web cam into smaller businesses.
If you want to trim your company's travel budget, boost productivity or improve staff communication, zoom in on videoconferencing. Here are five considerations you can put a price tag on.
Whatever your needs, it's worth looking at this technology and discussing it with your staff, technology advisors and customers. You may find yourself sharpening the resolution of your business dealings and putting your company on fast forward — at a fraction of the cost you pay now.
Psychological. You may need to train people to change the way they think about meetings and make them aware that this new technology provides the same benefits as most face-to-face gatherings.
For some top-level discussions and sensitive negotiations, live interaction remains critical. And, of course, some customers will insist on being able to look you in the eye during a business deal. Sometimes, people just want the human touch and a handshake.
Technological. There are still flaws. Like cell phones, the effectiveness can sometimes be spotty and disconcerting. Monitors often have split screens and new users might be distracted by their own image. Delayed audio can make conversations seem awkward and frame speeds can produce images that look robotic and jerky.
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