Thursday, March 6th, 2014 .

The new technology track for Google Apps Partner Program provides customers with apps to help them run their businesses more efficiently, and as an early partner, UberConference is  recognized for its richly collaborative service.

This partnership means that we will be provided with technical, marketing and sales support to bring UberConference to a larger audience, and we are proud to announce that our first month of collaboration has been wildly successful.

Just four weeks ago, we announced our integration with Google Hangouts. Since launching the new Hangout App on February 6, UberConference has seen more than 100,000 customer installs and over 80,000 Hangouts with UberConference in just the first month.

“We’re excited about the new tech tracks for Google Apps Partner Program, which we anticipate will make our efforts more productive, give us even greater recognition as a top partner and accelerate our joint momentum with customers,” said UberConference CEO Craig Walker.

For more information about the technology track in the Google Apps Partners Program, please read the announcement here.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 .

How to Network Like a Boss – Cass Phillips, San Francisco’s event queen, gives us some great tips on how to command a crowd on the first UberCast

So we’ve gone and started an UberConference podcast. We call it the UberCast. Using the power of our technology, we’ll interview some of the best and brightest minds in business to help you go about yours. First up is a name widely known in any Silicon Valley startup circle, Cass Phillips. 

You wouldn’t know it if you saw her in action, but Cass Phillips, owner of the popular event blog Web Wallflower, is actually an introvert. This can be a crippling trait for any business owner who needs to reach the right people at networking conferences. Lucky for you, she shares all her insider secrets on how to talk to anyone, become an influencer and connect with the crowd at any event.

Key Networking Tips:

  • People love to talk so really try to listen.
  • Add to the conversation with insight. Challenge the person you are having a conversation with. Be authentic!
  • Learn to be excited for others.
  • Carry an empty glass with you in case you need to duck out of a stale or unproductive convo.
  • Be honest, but only if you feel brave. If you are not truly interested in what the person has to say it’s okay to let them know you are not the right person to talk to. You can also politely offer to keep your eyes and ears open for someone they would want to connect to.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 .

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With about 1,300 employees globally and headquarters located in Atlanta, Georgia, The Weather Company is perhaps best known for its American television staple, The Weather Channel. Owned as a joint venture between NBCUniversal and investment firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital, the channel not only broadcasts weather forecasts and weather related news, but also features documentaries and entertainment programming related to weather. In addition to its programming on the cable channel, TWC also provides forecasts for terrestrial and satellite radio stations, newspapers, websites, and professional weather services. It also maintains an extensive online presence at weather.com and wunderground.com and through a set of mobile smartphone and tablet computer applications.

As of August 2013, The Weather Channel was received by approximately 99,926,000 pay television households (87.50% of households with a television) in the United States, making it the most common cable channel in the country.

TWC faced a business challenge that included providing a platform capable of holding the amount of people they needed on a conference bridge at a cost point that could actually scale with the business. As Nick Gardner, Senior Director of Internal Systems reflects, “We needed to be able to provide that solution to the number of employees that needs this ability on a daily basis. The amount of people in the company that need large conference bridges is very high because of different business units.”

When new employees join The Weather Company, the company holds IT training sessions to get everyone on board and show how easily their employees can go into Google Apps and UberConference to sign up for their free line. They also use Google Chromebox for meetings, where they use the UberConference integration with Google Hangouts.

“We rely heavily on Google Apps and UberConference for our day-to-day business,” Gardner said. “UberConference is one of the key pieces in our employee toolkit because it fits so nicely with Google, and it’s part of our forward-thinking technology plan.”

“UberConference usage and Google Hangouts usage across the company in general is very high,” Gardner said. “Drive and Hangouts are critical collaboration tools for us.”

The integration with Google was not the only benefit. After switching from their previous conference calling service, The Weather Company saved about 70%-75% of the cost with UberConference.

Employees are able to schedule their weekly meetings easily, and join them from anywhere. The mobile app adoption rate has been huge; it’s so much easier to get on calls on mobile devices because there isn’t a PIN number. “I request that anyone I ever have a conference call with uses my UberConference line,” Gardner said. “I’m on the road a lot, and don’t want to have to enter my PIN or punch in a bunch of random codes.”

Gardner also likes how easy UberConference is to use.

“The ease of use is also great,” he said. “Everyone gets into their calls a lot quicker

out the conferencing client. Speaking of saving time, I can set somebody up with a new conference bridge in a matter of minutes, instead of having to wait 48 hours (or sometimes more) with other services. The deployment process runs a lot more smoothly. That is a big deal to us as a fast-paced company. UberConference fills a huge gap for us and makes everyone more productive.” 

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 .

Great news for Google Apps users!  Now you can get ÜberConferencein the Google Apps marketplace, and run it right from your business Gmail or other Google Apps.  Once you add the ÜberConference App, everyone in your Google Apps domain will be able to see ÜberConference in the “More” drop down list of the menu bar.  Just click to log into ÜberConference whenever you need it.

For those that don’t already have an UberConference account, a new one will be created with the user’s Google Apps email.  Gmail contacts will also be automatically synched, making it even easier to get started with UberConference.   When you create conferences you can just type in a few letters to bring up matching names from your contacts and click to add them to the call. UberConference takes care of sending out all the conference info to the email addresses and phone numbers you have saved for your contacts, and authenticates them based on their phone numbers so they can join your conference without entering PINs.

We have had a lot of interest around people wanting to use UberConference in more ways across their businesses and organizations, and think the new Google Apps feature is a first step in doing more in this area.  More enterprise features are coming soon.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 .

The New Year brings out a time for nostalgia and innovation. As pioneers on the timeline of history, we continually look backward to create the ‘new’ going forward. Creativity (and some clever failures) have led from the railroad to the jetway, the cave dwelling to the cottage, and the telegraph to the telephone.

Ondi Timoner and the team at A Total Disruption published an article in the Huffington Post about our own disruptive path at UberConference in a high-level interview with CEO Craig Walker. As Ondi cites in the article, “It’s time we hop forward a few decades forward and do business better by embracing the disruptive innovation in this arena.”

We only get one opportunity to make the world a better place in one small way. Our hope this year is that UberConference continues to facilitate better team conversations and forge stronger bonds in your own area. Every minute spent speaking together as colleagues is valuable. Especially as the modern workplace scatters us across the globe, we hope we’re able to help you connect with your team more effectively. Happy New Year!