A couple of weeks ago, we announced with Google that our teleconferencing product, UberConference, was now integrated with Google Hangouts. The response we got from that announcement was almost overwhelming. Our biggest day of new customer signups-ever.
Which is great for us, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder. But let’s step back a moment and answer the question: why is this a big deal for you?
Well, first of all, UberConference and Google Hangouts are just about perfect matches for one another. Google Hangouts is a wonderful tool for video conferencing- it’s easy to use, and it works great, provided everyone is sitting in front of a computer that has a video camera, and your internet connection is solid.
But that’s not often the case with real life business calls. Many times you have callers who are on the road, riding in the back of a cab to the airport, stuck in a hotel room with a bad internet connection or don’t have a webcam immediately available. Or, frankly, don’t really want to be seen and are in no mood to get dressed at 5 a.m. in Los Angeles for an 8 a.m. conference call with New York.
Enter UberConference. When you use UberConference with Google Hangouts, you can take the conference call out of the confines of the office and out into the real world where you, your coworkers and your customers are living and working and doing business.
Plus, UberConference allows you to join a Google Hangout without a webcam. Or at least without turning on your webcam.
Then there’s the size of your conference calls. Google Hangouts is limited to 15 participants. By integrating with UberConference, that conference call can now add in another 100 participants.
The UberConference integration with Google Hangouts, however, was only part of the announcement. At the same time Google also announced its Google Chromebox for meetings.
For small to medium-sized businesses, what’s not to love about this product? Up until now, if your company did regular video conferencing, you were spending at least $10,000 on hardware for a video conferencing system.
What’s your investment cost with Google Chromebox for meetings? About $1,500. The Chromebox hardware package, which includes UberConference, is just under $1,000. Buy yourself an HD TV for another $500, and you’re set. You’ve got a complete video conferencing system for a fraction of the cost of existing systems.
And this is just the beginning of innovative, low-cost products we’re going to be rolling out for you. Stay tuned.