As market voices widespread frustrations with web conferencing tools
Global video collaboration provider unveils new large meetings and recording capabilities to extend the power of every meeting
May 14th 2014. Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services, has announced it has expanded its award-winning service with the ability to host larger meetings with up to 100 participants, and new record-and-share features. The new enhancements further Blue Jeans’ mission to provide one consolidated service for every business meeting, providing the best of video, audio, and web conferencing under one easy to use platform.
Recent research findings from Blue Jeans Network show an increasingly strong preference for video-centric meetings.
According to the survey, the majority of business professionals prefer all of their online or remote meetings to include face-to-face video.
The survey data also revealed that the vast majority (85 per cent) of respondents want one, unified service for all remote and online meetings rather than separate tools for audio conferencing, video conferencing, and web conferencing.
“There is a fundamental shift happening in the marketplace with increasing demand for a single tool to manage all kinds of business collaboration cohesively.
“Businesses are clamouring for an easy way to connect and collaborate over audio and video, and share multi-media content across all their platforms from mobile devices, to desktops and laptops, to conference rooms,” said Stu Aaron, CCO of Blue Jeans Network.
“The legacy presentation-centric web conferencing tools just aren’t cutting it any more as people are developing a preference for face-to-face, video-centric collaboration, ” Aaron added.
“That’s been our strength all along. And now, with our new recording and large meetings capabilities, we’ve made the all-in-one experience even better for our customers.”
Setting a new collaboration standard
The new recording feature in Blue Jeans allows participants to record video, audio and web meetings and easily share recordings with colleagues, partners and customers.
Because the recording capability is built in the cloud, recipients do not have to download large files to access recordings unless they want to.
Research from Blue Jeans Network revealed 98 per cent of professionals would record select meetings if given the option.
The Blue Jeans service has further been enhanced by enabling users to host larger meetings.
To help every business extend the power and reach of business collaboration, Blue Jeans meetings can now support up to 100 fully-interactive participants, up from 25.
All attendees are able to participate via audio and video with up to the nine most recent speakers featured on the screen.
Understanding that the dynamics of a large meeting are vastly different than a small one, Blue Jeans has also rolled out several audio-enhancements and moderator controls to accompany these larger meetings.
These include an auto-mute feature which places any participant who joins a meeting into muted state initially so as not to disturb the rest of the meeting.
“We started using Blue Jeans to enable face-to-face collaboration between our employees in USA-based and international offices, including Poland, Germany and the UK. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the service and its impact on our company culture,” said Zack Blum, IT Manager at Wikia.
“Recently Wikia started using the large-capacity meetings feature for all hands meetings which includes more than 175 employees and over 60 connection points. Employees join at different hours all over the world and it just works.”
Bringing your best face forward
Additional notable findings from Blue Jeans research include: -
- Caught in a web of distraction: Most professionals (76 per cent) feel attendees are less likely to pay attention during a presentation-centric web conferencing meeting than on a video-centric all-in-one meeting. Other top frustrations with presentation-centric web conferencing include difficulty understanding what is being said (46 per cent) or who is talking (60 per cent) and the difficulty of knowing who is joining and leaving the meeting (62 per cent)
- Video for VIP moments: Professionals are ready to face up to important communications: -73 per cent prefer to discuss sensitive HR issues using face-to-face video versus without a video connection, 87 per cent want to connect with their manager with video and 80 per cent of would rather speak with a customer using face-to-face over video versus without a video connection
- Do you remember the time: When given a choice of meeting moments to record, 28 per cent would want to capture the “ah-ha” moment when an idea came to light, and 12 per cent would want to record their ideas right before their boss took credit
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California.