Customer Engagement Best Practices: Are Your Customers Camera Shy?

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A wide range of businesses from brokerage firms and banks, to hospitals and HMOs, to online retailers and big box stores are launching video-enabled customer services embedded in portals and websites via ATMs, kiosks and mobile apps. Today Verint® Systems Inc, a leader in work force optimization, announced it was using the VidyoWorksplatform to enable video interactions between customers and service employees as part of its Verint Engagement Managementsolution. SEE THE PRESS RELEASE

The more video is used, the more these newly launched customer services face a challenge that is far from technical. Put simply, their customers are camera shy. Will camera-phobic consumers scuttle your plans to add video enabled customer engagement to your business? Not if you do your homework before rolling out the service.

Here are a few tips to ensure your video enabled service is well received by your customers:

  1. Know your customer demographics. Studies show that millennials are significantly more comfortable using text chat, video chat and learning via on-demand video. If the customer base you are targeting has a high percentage of millennials, you can launch new communication channels with confidence. If you serve a mix of demographics, make sure you continue to offer more traditional channels in addition to text and video. 
  1. Is a high degree of intimacy and trust critical to your customers? Deployments of video enabled customer care in highly personalized industries such as healthcare and wealth management have demonstrated that when intimacy and trust are an essential part of the customer relationship, customers of all ages are more open to using video. If trust and intimacy are key, your customers are much more likely to embrace a video experience. 
  1. Do your customers interact with the same account rep or relationship manager each time they interact with your company? Consumers may not be comfortable conversing with a complete stranger over video, but are much more at ease when conversing with someone with whom they are familiar. To this end, if your customers interact with the same person or group of people on a regular basis, they will be more open to adopting video as a tool.
  1. Let them opt out. Your best strategy to alleviate camera shyness may be to open every call with one way video. The customer can see the agent’s video and have a conversation, but the customer’s camera is not activated.  If the customer is comfortable using video, they can opt to turn their video on by clicking a button on the screen. If not, they can still benefit from seeing the agent demonstrate a product or technique, share documents or educational videos, and provide non-verbal communication through facial expression and gestures.

For more on customer engagement for the modern enterprise, check out these related blog posts, this customer engagement infographic and more from the Vidyo website. Ready for more? Access a 21 Day FREE Trial of Vidyo today!

 

Talking Telemedicine: Mayo Clinic, HealthSpot and Vidyo Increase Access to High-Quality Care for Rural Patients

Telemedicine is taking root – patients and doctors are embracing new technology to increase accessibility, save time and cut costs all while reimbursement for telemedicine appointments is becoming increasingly important providers and state legislatures. As telemedicine progresses, we’re seeing the face-to-face interactions between doctors and patients, move beyond the traditional definition of video conferencing.

 

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In telemedicine, doctors and patients can have even more efficient, valuable consultations with the addition of easy-to-use medical devices that gather, send and analyze data in real time to the physician. Leveraging the VidyoWorksTM platform, HealthSpot virtual healthcare kiosks do just this by connecting patients to providers in retail clinics and pharmacies. HealthSpot kiosks come outfitted with integrated tools such as blood pressure cuffs, thermometers, stethoscopes and otoscopes to give the physician on the other side of the screen a better understanding of what is ailing a patient. Once a diagnosis is given, the physician can send the prescription to the pharmacy (where the kiosk is located, convenient for patients). See Video: HealthSpot Experience at Rite Aid

Recently HealthSpot, Mayo Clinic and Austin Public Schools in Southeast Minnesota entered a pilot program, bringing a HealthSpot kiosk to the area. Prior to the pilot, residents in the Austin area could spend hours travelling to see a doctor. See a video of the kiosk in use in Minnesota here.

“This allows technology and innovation in medicine where the medicine can come to us in rural Minnesota, so people don’t have to take a whole day off of work to travel to Rochester or the Twin Cities or just go to their doctor. They can do it right here, and right where they are,” said Representative Peggy Bennett.*

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Representative Peggy Bennett gets her blood pressure tested at a HealthSpot kiosk in Austin

Minnesota passed legislation requiring private insurance companies to reimburse providers for telemedicine services, but a gap for Medicare patients remains. Learn more about the Minnesota program here.

Vidyo is also used by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, to provide Alaska’s most remote residents access to on-demand, high quality and affordable care over any Internet connection, dramatically changing the delivery of care in rural Alaska.

More than 40 of the top 100 Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs), such as Partners Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente®, United Health and Anthem Blue Cross, use the VidyoWorks platform to power integrated telemedicine solutions. Vidyo technology is also integrated with top global EHR management systems including Epic, Cerner and EMIS to embed video communication into existing EHR workflows.

*Source: KTTC “Telemedicine: Healthcare of the Future?” 

#VidyoToolbox: Jumpstart Small Team Collaboration with VidyoOne+™!

vidyoone+What do you get when you combine the simplicity and affordability of VidyoOneTM with the flexibility of virtual edition infrastructure, interoperability and encryption with firewall traversal capability? We call it VidyoOne+™! The VidyoOne+ bundle comes with everything needed to start collaborating via Vidyo. It includes virtualized infrastructure software and endpoint software to connect users on mobile, desktop, and group systems including third party H.323 and SIP systems.

VidyoOne+ delivers up to 4k quality video and content sharing. Perfect for small team collaboration, participants experience rich face-to-face communication that is just a click away with calendar integration and guest link functionality. Plus, all of the standard Vidyo endpoints, such as VidyoRoom™, VidyoDesktop™, VidyoMobile™ and VidyoWeb™ are all supported!

So, what do you get with the VidyoOne+ bundle? VidyoOne+ includes:

    • VidyoPortal™ VE
    • VidyoRouter™ VE
    • VidyoGateway™ VE
    • Vidyo software client licenses for 100 users
    • VidyoLine licenses to support up to 10 concurrently connected users

Not enough? You can expand the VidyoLine capacity to 20 with optional VidyoLine expansion pack. At a cost equivalent to the included VidyoLines, VidyoOne+ is a 53% savings over buying the components individually! VidyoOne+ represents a tremendous value for small team collaboration.

If you’ve been wanting to connect your small team via Vidyo, VidyoOne+ is a great way to get started. Contact your authorized Vidyo reseller for more information. Check out the VidyoOne+ data sheet for details.

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Vidyo in India: Embracing Video Conferencing

Over the past few years in India, Vidyo has seen a significant upswing in adoption of its video conferencing technology, deployment of integrated video communications applications, as well as partnerships across verticals and with service providers– a true testament to the scale, flexibility and value of the VidyoWorks™ platform!

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VidyoMobile™ being used by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on a tablet. 

Because Vidyo works on virtually any device and network, either in the cloud or on premises – it is the perfect fit for the specific market challenges in India. With bandwidth being a constant obstacle, Vidyo is the foolproof solution to connect and collaborate using public Internet and wireless networks that can affordably scale as needed.

The need for reliable, scalable technology has become particularly relevant in the Government sector. The Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility is an example of a colossal Vidyo deployment at the state level where more than 1,200 Vidyo rooms have been deployed across Andhra Pradesh & Telangana’s 23 districts and 1,100 Mandals.

To learn more on the Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Conferencing Facility watch this video case study.

Andhra Pradesh Technology Services (APTS) launched the massive network that provides the State Secretariat in Hyderbad with a direct video conferencing connection to all 1007 district zones across the state, facilitating visual interaction between top level officials and field level personnel.

The national and state governments’ focus on ensuring digital workflows has driven large scale adoption of Vidyo’s technology across multiple departments, from State High Courts to the Department of Financial Services and Department of Education to Premier Government Technical and Management Colleges such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs).

Vidyo partnerships with top service providers like SIFY and Arkadin have also contributed significantly to Vidyo’s success in India. Most recently, our partnership with Airtel, India’s number one telecom provider, has allowed Vidyo to not only grow its footprint, but has given us the opportunity to act as a key thought leader in the video communication and collaboration arena.

Airtel and Vidyo Economic Times

Every month over the course of the next year, Vidyo and Airtel, in conjunction with the Economic Times will be presenting to customers and prospects on the value of video conferencing in business work flow. Listen to our first cooperated effort on the power and potential of video collaboration and watch our TV segment on ET Now: Empowering Enterprises.

But of course Vidyo’s versatile technology is permeating several industries across India! Powerful integrations in the financial services space, such as IndusInd, provided India with the first “face-to-face” online banking experience, and Reliance Mutual, a top Capital Asset Management company in India, also uses Vidyo to power their Video Chat function that allows distributors to connect with Reliance Mutual experts. Together these companies are driving interest in Vidyo across banking services throughout India!

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VidyoWorks powers Video Branch, a mobile and desktop-based banking service deployed across India. 

And keep your ear to the ground for new Vidyo applications in Healthcare – yet another vertical that is recognizing the immense benefits of real time video communication. Multiple VidyoWorks integrations are on the horizon that will boost the quality of care and promote better patient outcomes in various healthcare platforms across the country.

With a population of more than 1.25 billion people, almost 980 million mobile connections, the impending launch of 4G services nationwide and around 300 million Internet connections* – the Indian market is ready to embrace the next generation of video communication.

Sunny Rao is general manager of India and can be reached at sarao@vidyo.com

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*http://gadgets.ndtv.com/telecom/news/telephone-connections-in-india-cross-1-billion-mark-telecom-minister-712083

Vidyo Teams with Logitech to Put Customers First

Vidyo is very proud to announce our participation in the Logitech Collaboration Program! Together, we will provide our customers with an exceptional integrated collaboration experience, by enhancing business solutions with seamless, face-to-face video communication. Vidyo’s group and personal solutions work with a broad range of industry standard peripheral devices for VidyoRoom™ and VidyoDesktop™ deployments. See a full list and details here.

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“Vidyo’s software based platform delivers high definition, multipoint visual communications on virtually any device and network,” said Mark Noble, Vice President, Strategic Marketing, Vidyo. “Professional grade cameras like Logitech’s CC3000e deliver superb HD quality pictures that complement and leverage Vidyo’s industry-leading video conferencing technology. We are happy to support this Logitech camera, among others, for our growing customer base who have come to expect the best quality the market has to offer.”

Vidyo’s patented, innovative technology puts high definition, multipoint video communications within reach of anyone on any device and network. We are excited to be working with Logitech to deliver the best experiences and solutions for our customers.

“The Logitech Collaboration Program will focus on an exceptional user experience by enhancing business communications with end-to-end solutions that simply work,” said Jason Moss, general manager of Logitech’s collaboration group. “Working together with industry-leading technology companies on the integration of Logitech products will provide improved product functionality, customized user experiences, and will accelerate new innovations into the collaboration market.”

Some Logitech® Cameras that Vidyo supports include:

Logitech supported-cameras

You can learn more about the Logitech Collaboration Partner Program here.

Vidyo Positioned as Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant!

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Great news! Gartner issued their first Magic Quadrant for the topic of Group Video Systems and Vidyo was one of only three companies positioned in the critically important “Leaders” quadrant!* We see this as a tremendous acknowledgment of both Vidyo’s vision and Vidyo’s ability to execute. Read more about the report in our latest Gartner Newsletter!

According to Gartner, “The introduction of innovative new form factors, software infrastructure and cloud services is reshaping enterprise video collaboration. The following vendors offer potential for greater reach, scale and interoperability while addressing the most critical video user cases.”

Gartner goes on to say, “Group video systems primarily serve the need for high-quality video interaction across a range of meeting room sizes. In addition to one or more screens of video, these systems allow for content sharing, as well as integration with unified communications (UC) platforms. As participants join meetings from outside the conference room, these systems also accommodate desktop and mobile endpoint add-on while providing continuity of experience.”

We believe that being placed as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant is confirmation of Vidyo’s market momentum. Today customers of all sizes including those requiring extreme security are using Vidyo to visually connect their global teams, and customers, providing the highest level of collaboration tailored to the specific needs of each company.

The VidyoWorks™ platform is being selected by enterprise companies, financial services, telemedicine providers and government agencies and offers an innovative alternative to incumbent providers. Vidyo offers enterprise companies the best and most affordable way to connect and collaborate and as our customers tell us, ‘it just works.’

Don’t forget to learn more about the report in our latest Gartner Newsletter.

* Source: Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Group Video Systems, by Robert Mason and Tom Eagle, July 15, 2015

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#VidyoToolbox: Refresh Before the End of July and Save!

VidyoRoom Update

Vidyo is offering an exciting new promotion to provide customers with the opportunity to upgrade their aging Vidyo server infrastructure and VidyoRoom™ systems. This provides an excellent opportunity for Vidyo customers with Vidyo hardware products that are near end of maintenance to update with future-proofed virtual edition server software or with current generation Vidyo servers and VidyoRoom systems.

Eligible VidyoPortal™, VidyoRouter™, and VidyoGateway™ appliances can be refreshed with the latest equivalent Virtual Editions. With virtual edition infrastructure, you will more easily be able to keep pace with Vidyo’s innovations that are continuously improving the way people communicate and collaborate. Vidyo’s Virtual Edition line of infrastructure products afford the flexibility to leverage existing datacenter compute platforms and move easily from machine to machine as necessary. If you are not ready to go virtual, you can also refresh with the latest generation Vidyo server hardware. All this is available at up to 50% off MSRP until July 31, 2015 for replacement of eligible Vidyo appliances.

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The promotion also includes refresh options for VidyoRoom systems. Eligible second generation VidyoRoom systems can be updated to the latest generation VidyoRoom HD-230. The updated HD-230 was architected to deliver levels of security and stability that were not possible in the second generation products. The VidyoRoom HD-230 also delivers superior usability with an intuitive interface that users love and advanced features like calendar integration that make joining a VidyoConference™ call as simple as pressing a single button. Add in support for 4K resolution for participants and content, high frame rate content sharing with audio for streaming recorded video into conferences, new and improved remote control options and compatibility with all of the latest Vidyo software, and making the choice to update the eligible VidyoRoom systems at up to 40% off MSRP until July 31, 2015 is a no brainer.

Contact your authorized Vidyo reseller or Vidyo representative to find out if your systems are eligible and how to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

#VidyoToolbox posts highlight new product updates and features across the Vidyo portfolio. Stay tuned for continued updates!

#VidyoToolbox: It’s Easier Than Ever To Meet On Time with Vidyo

At Vidyo we believe the user experience is paramount. This belief is what first led us to develop the VidyoWorks™ platform that delivers reliable and high quality video that works over real-world networks. But a great in-call experience doesn’t matter if it is difficult to join the meeting in the first place, so we’ve made scheduling and joining meetings even easier.

We originally started by adding calendar integration to VidyoRoom™ and VidyoPanorama™. With a single push of a button you can instantly collaborate using Microsoft® Exchange® or Google™ Calendar.

Next we moved to our VidyoMobile™ client, by making it easy to schedule meetings using the built-in calendar on your mobile device. Scheduling meetings only takes a single tap inside the VidyoMobile app. Joining from your mobile device is easier too with your current Vidyo meetings displayed inside the VidyoMobile app; just tap to collaborate on the go.

VidyoMobile calendar supportVidyoMobile calendar support on Android tablet and iPhone

Today, we’ve made it even easier for desktop users to collaborate by developing Vidyo Extension for Microsoft® Outlook® and Vidyo Extension for Google Chrome™.  Scheduling Vidyo meetings is as easy as clicking a button on your calendar. But, what if you don’t have these extensions installed or are not an Outlook or Google Calendar user? No problem! With VidyoDesktop™ v.3.5.2 you can now simply click on the calendar button in VidyoDesktop to schedule a meeting. VidyoDesktop launches the default calendar application installed on your Mac or Windows PC.

Vidyo Desktop Calendar Support

VidyoDesktop Calendar Button

Please check the release notes for more details and software dependencies. Visit the Vidyo Support Portal for more details on what’s new and get upgraded today!

#VidyoToolbox posts highlight new product updates and features across the Vidyo portfolio. Stay tuned for continued updates!

 

Look Out, Drone Stampede!

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Well ok, not really, but this week Vidyo partner Stampede did announce that it is bringing drone-based video conferencing to life with Vidyo. How does it work? Drones connected to Vidyo endpoint software are able to bring live video feeds into a video conference, providing up-to-the minute bird’s eye-view content for those who need real-time visual information. Stampede’s new solution is a one-stop-shop for ProAV dealers – providing the hardware, software, training and consulting services needed for a complete drone deployment solution. See a video of the drone in action.

There is a lot of conversation around drones – but the novelty often overshadows their real-life applications for the enterprise and public sector. Drones can be used to bring eyes to situations more efficiently and easily. For example, helicopters are currently used to monitor and inspect oil pipelines and oil fields, which can rack up a cost of $1,500/ hour to operate, not including pilot or other personnel fees. A drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) could bring closer observation than a traditional helicopter at a fraction of the price. An especially relevant use case emerging this week is the use of drones to spot and better understand the behavior of sharks offshore in Southern California.

Drones Landing PadThe Drones Have Landed at InfoComm 2015!

Vidyo is already working closely with police, EMTs, emergency responders and internal communications agencies to help them enhance their current communications and video conferencing capabilities with live images from drones. The VidyoWorksTM software platform affords the flexibility to integrate with off-the-shelf video-enabled devices like drones, medical telemetry equipment, and smart glasses, and connect quality video streams over wireless Internet connections with a diverse set of endpoints.

This announcement coincides with InfoComm 2015, where Stampede and Vidyo are showcasing the solution at the Stampede Unmanned Vehicle University Drone Pavilion (#7042). Vidyo is committed to supporting its many partners at InfoComm2015 including Stampede, Ricoh (#4043) and Barco (#2529).

See a video of the drone in action and additional photos below!

Drone In Flight - VidyoUncaged Drone Stops by the Vidyo Table

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Vidyo Receives Partner of the Year Recognition From Intel for Workplace Transformation Solutions

 

Intel Award and Vidyo

Vidyo was recently selected as a winner of the Partner of the Year award in the category of Workplace Transformation Solutions at the 2015 Intel® Solutions Summit (ISS) North America.

Intel Solutions Summit is one of the most prestigious channel events in North America. This invitation-only conference enables top-tier Intel Technology Providers to connect with other Intel channel partners, Intel executives and receive updates on the latest technologies, market trends and Intel product innovations. Each year, Intel honors its Platinum partners for excellence in various categories. The Partner of the Year award in Workplace Transformation Solutions recognizes the Intel partner that adds value for the end consumer through integration of hardware, software and services to deliver increased collaboration without wires or passwords.

Vidyo’s alternative approach to expensive, network-dependent video conferencing solutions leverages the VidyoWorksTM software platform and APIs to deliver a simple, high-quality, embedded visual communications. To open new use cases that fully leverage the power of the VidyoWorks platform, Vidyo selected the Intel NUC as the hardware platform to move its multi-party software endpoint solution beyond the conference room. Today, the entire Vidyo solution runs on Intel platforms, from the software based infrastructure that provides the video conferencing, interoperability and recording services, to the clients that run on PCs, laptops and mobile devices as native apps or inside web browsers. Used to power self-service kiosks with live video assistance, light weight medical carts for mobile telemedicine in clinical settings, huddle spaces throughout enterprises to facilitate seamless collaboration regardless of location, and many other diverse applications, Vidyo and Intel are enhancing productivity and transforming work place solutions through effective visual communication.

“Intel is proud to honor our outstanding partners within the computing industry,” said Todd Garrigues, Director of North America Partner Marketing. “We feel privileged to showcase partners who demonstrate and deliver innovative customer solutions based on Intel technologies.”

Vidyo has worked closely with Intel over the years and is proud to receive this recognition for Workplace Transformation Solutions. From delivering the first mobile multipoint video conference on an Intel mobile platform in 2010 to enabling video collaboration on virtually any device today, Intel is an important part of Vidyo’s past and future.

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Bala Pitchandi, Director of Engineering, Vidyo, receives the Workplace Transformation Partner of the Year award at ISS 2015