Feature Friday: Editing Recordings

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Why use this feature?

Put your most polished foot forward! Edit your recordings to make them sound smooth and cohesive by cutting out dead time, white noise, unrelated portions, etc. This also keeps the focus on your content rather than distractions.

How to use this feature:

  • Log into Conference Center
  • On the ReadyTalk sidebar, select the Manage Recordings tab
  • Select the Recordings tab underneath, then select your recording from your recording list
  • In the drop down menu, select Edit under Manage:

 

  • A screen will open that looks like this:

 

  • Make sure to listen to your recording and decide which sections need to be cut
  • When you have these determined, input those times into the “Start” and “End” sections. For example, if you know you need to cut out the first five minutes, enter  00:00 in the MM and SS of Start, and 05:00 in the MM and SS of the End section
  • When you have input your times, click “Add cut point”
  • You can repeat this process as many times as necessary until you have added all the portions necessary .
  • When ready, click the “Make Cuts” button at the bottom of the screen

  • The cutting portion takes a few minutes to process
  • If you need to revert to your original recording, click the View Past Cuts link which will allo you to undo your cuts, or even revert back to the original recording.

And that's it!

Have you edited your recordings in ReadyTalk? Feel free to leave a note about your editing, or recordings in general, below.

The How and Why of Video Conferencing

Video conferencing has radically changed the convenience and frequency of social interaction. So, why not bring this capability into the workplace and use it for the greater commercial good? While there are certainly distinct advantages that virtual meetings afford companies, the commercial nature of an outfit means having some decorum and rules about how this mode of communication proceeds. When video conferencing is utilized to optimize business production and enterprise, the result can be astoundingly positive — provided it is done correctly. Here is a primer on the why, how and when of video conferencing — and the game changing possibilities that come with it.

Why It Works

Quite often, limitation is a huge roadblock toward any commercial progress. Whether personal or physical, these inhibiting factors can impair a company’s ability to be productive. Video conferencing is an essential boundary breaker — and that is precisely why it works. When companies seeking to conduct business with one another use video conferencing mediums, geographical challenges are yanked out of the equation. So, if a Portland-based outfit needs to take a meeting with a Paris-based operation, there is no need to budget for travel expenses when video conferencing is the communicative platform. Going less meta and focusing more on in-house operations, video conferencing is also a locally viable option. When employees are on leave, video conferencing is the perfect medium for telecommuting. Company productivity is not only maintained, but employee loyalty and retention actually increases.

How It Works

Computer monitors, adequate sound gear and software, a decent Internet connection and a few codecs are a general recipe for making video conferencing a possibility — in theory, at least. Each company would have to tailor its IT system and video conference software choice to best suit its commercial needs. The good news is that this is rather easy to do. Once a preferable video conferencing program has been chosen and system set-up is functional and working, a business can make video-conferencing happen. Once up and running, real-time dialogue can run free in the virtual world.

When Does It Work Best?

Video conferencing works when it serves a company’s best interest. Whether the teleconference involves multiple parties or one-on-one discussions, if the video-based communication furthers a positive agenda, then it has done its job well. Businesses that want to flourish by reaching outside of local markets definitely benefit from video conferencing. It is less expensive to purchase a reliable program than to rely on expensive airline prices and car rental fees — and generally accomplishes the same thing. Job security boosts employee morale, which keeps valuable people within the business collective and cuts unnecessary human resource costs to hire and train others. Essentially, video conferencing is the modern tool to increase global communication and exposure, while tending the commercial home hearth. Use it wisely, use it well and video conferencing can be a magnanimous gift for business growth.

Want to Learn More?

Check out a few other blog posts on video conferencing:

Best Practices for Video Conferencing

Saving Time and Money with Video Conferencing

Keeping Connected with Remote Employees

Feature Friday: Social Sharing on Registration Pages

Visit the ReadyTalk blog every Friday to learn more about a ReadyTalk feature.  

Why use this feature?

Get the word out! With people as connected as they are these days, don’t miss the opportunity to promote your event through your most important channels. ReadyTalk makes it easy to expand your reach through your favorite social networks including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It allows you to reach the audience of your audience.

And better yet, turn your participants into ambassadors by letting them promote the event for you. Scroll down for directions and pictures on how to do all of this, and more!

How to use this feature:

  • Open Conference Center
  • Select the “Schedule a Meeting” button
  • Enter the details for your event and then hit the “Save and Next” button.
  • The next page is where the magic happens.

Sharing through Social Media

 

  • Under the Promotion Tools section, click on your preferred social network.
  • You will see the following screen, giving you the choice of posting/tweeting to your personal network, or a link to copy and paste. Select the one that you would like to use:

This box will look the same for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

  • When you choose to let ReadyTalk post for you, this is how it will look:

On Facebook:

 

On LinkedIn:

 

On Twitter:

 

If you selected the box to allow your participants to share:

By selecting this box, you have allowed participants the ability to share for you! After they have registered for your event they will a screen to promote on their own:

 

And finally, ReadyTalk has a partnership with PR Newswire so it makes it easy to broadcast your event to the world with a press release. Simply select this box under the Promotion Tools section, and follow the prompts from there.

Please note, this service is available for an additional fee.

 

How have you used social share? Leave us a comment below!

The Webinar Field Guide: A start-to-finish toolkit for a blockbuster event

In a recent webinar with Demand Metric, Chief Analyst, Jerry Rackley discussed the method for creating a buzz-worthy webinar – from formulating an idea and generating the best targeted audience, to capturing their attention during the event and creating a compelling reason to follow-up.

Create a Buzz-Worthy Webinar

Similar to a blockbuster movie, an outstanding webinar takes work – a lot of work. Managing the webinar process could take an entire production crew – a resource most of us don’t have. Fortunately, if you’re successful in your approach, you’ll have all the facets of a big screen hit: buzz-worthy and highly anticipated, a great box office turnout and the potential for plenty of great follow-up marketing opportunities.

So where do you start the process? (Seems a little daunting when I’m putting you head to head with a critically acclaimed movie, I know.) Good news – we’ve already laid some of the groundwork. Now you just have to fill in the blanks. Utilize this Webinar Field Guide which includes 11 templates designed to help you orchestrate your webinar marketing activities, from pre-production to post-event campaigns.

Here is a teaser of what you’ll get (keeping with the theme of great movies, we have to keep you in suspense, at least for a little while):

  • Webinar Plan – A mini marketing plan for your webinar strategy.
  • Sample Webinar Program Manager Job Description A sample job description that breaks out the skills and responsibilities required in this role.
  • Webinar Project Management – Manage your upcoming, current and past webinars, as well as the team or individual responsible for each.
  • Webinar Maturity Assessment – Track and assess your webinar program's performance over time to quickly make improvements.
  • Webinar ROI CalculatorEffectively measure the estimated and actual return on time and budget spent on your webinar production.

P.S. If you still find yourself in need of some support, ReadyTalk provides professional, tailored webinar services that offer help from set-up to reporting.

 

 

VoIP like a Boss

ReadyTalk VoIP is now available! Collaborate with ease while providing your participants with greater flexibility.

With ReadyTalk VoIP chairpersons, co-presenters and participants are able to join a meeting through their computer audio system. Combining VoIP with dial in audio creates a hybrid audio experience, providing options for the most convenient method of collaboration. 

Supported by our tier-one global telephony network each VoIP call is high quality, reliable and fully secure. Over the past few months, ReadyTalk has been rolling out VoIP and is now available with all ReadyTalk subscriptions.

To learn more about VoIP read the FAQ’s , or check out the ReadyTalk website for more information.