Thursday, November 29th, 2012 .

How to Get Your Whole Company Hooked on Social with Michael Brito

SVP of Social Business for Edelman, Michael Brito, is a social media rockstar with over 30k Twitter followers and a book currently out on Amazon Smart Business Social Business. He’s one of the main forces behind social for companies like Hewlett Packard and Intel, and one of the foremost experts in the country when it comes to B2B social media marketing. Host of our Ubercast, Sarah Buhr, sat down to chat with Michael at the Edelman offices in downtown San Francisco about some key ways to get everyone you work with on board with the social program.

Tips:

  • Get engineers and others in the company involved. Ask them to write a blog post and actively talk about their expertise.
  • Create a social media employee guide to help those in the company understand messaging and social media etiquette
  • Encourage employees to actively tweet out and post company messaging on their own social channels.

Links mentioned in the podcast:

Amazon

Hewlett Packard

Intel

Friday, February 14th, 2014 .

You know how every so often you get roped into dealing with something that you really don’t want to be involved with?  I’m not talking something life-threatening like the Ebola Virus or listening to your uncle from Wisconsin lecture you about religion while you’re stuck in a car with him going to a funeral.

No, I’m talking about the modest little peeves of modern life, the ones that really get under your skin.

For instance, you’re sitting in the cafeteria at work, and a nice conversation is going on about the Academy Awards or the California drought or something interesting like that and then some wisenheimer in the group says this: “Hey, did you see that Justin Bieber got arrested?”

Oh, boy, here we go.  Next thing you know all ten of you are talking about Justin Bieber.  Including you.  You’re stuck.  Everyone has their views and all of a sudden you find yourself  saying you blame his father because you were reading on TMZ.com that he was there in the nightclub that night and also was involved in setting up blocking off the street so that Justin and his friend could have their idiotic drag race and then somebody says, ‘well, that’s not what I heard’ and then you have defend your sources on this topic and bam!  Fifteen minutes have gone by and it’s time to return to your desk.  As you sit down you realize that the fifteen minutes you spent talking about Justin Bieber makes your teeth hurt.

And don’t think you’re alone.  Look what happened to esteemed broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell during a discussion the other day on the NSA.  There was breaking Justin Bieber news.  Look at the pain on her face.  It’s heartbreaking, and it’s happened to you, too.

This is roughly where I rank teleconference PINs: right up there with a group discussion of Justin Bieber.  They’re both just hellishly painful, unnecessarily pointless, and yet, somehow completely inescapable.

You’re part of a design team that has several remote participants (including you) and it’s time for the weekly teleconference.  You dial into the teleconference system and they give you a PIN number you have to use to participate.  The computer-generated voice rattles off twelve completely random digits.  You’re writing them down:

8-9-5-8-1-3… oh, man, your pen stopped working.

Try it again.

8-9-5-8-1-3-8-9… the woman at the desk next to you just got a delivery of a dozen roses from her new boyfriend and she is squealing with happiness.

All right, let’s give this one more try.

Okay, you write: 8-9-5-8-1-3-8-9-4-9-7-5

Whew.  Got it.  That only took six hours.

Time to key it into your phone.  8-9-5-8-1-… wait, is that a 3 or a 5 I wrote down?  Call back and get the PIN all over again.  Yes, it was a 3.

And on it goes.

That’s why UberConference doesn’t use PINs.  You go to the website, log in, find your conference and click.  Voila.  Everyone’s there, you can see who’s there, and you’re ready to go.  It’s beautiful.  This is gonna go great, you think to yourself.

And then the person running the conference call says: “Hey, everybody, welcome to the call.  Before we get started, did you see that Justin Bieber was arrested?”

ARRRGGHH.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 .

Just in time for Christmas. The brand new UberConference Android app has hit the Google Play store. We’ve created this and the brand new iPhone app with some great features.

First, the app finds the contacts already in your Android and adds them into your conference call for you.
You just click on the person’s name to add them to the call.

Notice you can add several of your contacts to the call at once. You can also instantly dial out to everyone who should be on the conference call with you.

UberConference will dial all numbers associated with the person you select.

Make an Instant Conference Call
Creating calls is lightening fast! Just choose who you want to invite and click “Start a New UberConference”. That’s it! The system will automatically call participants to join the call right then. At the end of each call you’ll receive a summary with interesting stats.

Just Sign In or Sign Up
Signing in is super easy. If you have already signed up through the website you can just sign in with the same email and password (or your social media profile of choice) to the Android app. Signing up on the app is easy to do, too. Never used UberConference before? Just put in the email and password you want and then choose the social networks you’d like to connect with.

Connect Multiple Accounts Inside the App
UberConference is integrated with all of the major social networks. Just click on any participant on the call and bring up their information from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

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While on an UberConference call, you have access to an array of in-call controls. As the conference creator you can mute, hang up, block or “earmuff” selected participants at any time during the call. You can also start and stop call recordings.

Download now!

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Monday, November 18th, 2013 .

UberConference was proud to be a host for the second annual OpenCo festival in San Francisco.  OpenCo, an innovation themed open house hosted in four major cities, allows community members to get a peek into how local companies are breaking new ground.  Craig got a great reception as he shared how our corporate culture fosters creativity.

“OpenCo is a great opportunity to showcase how culture, collaboration and hard work play together in building a successful, thriving environment of creative thought and innovation,” said Craig Walker.

Thursday, June 12th, 2014 .

cloud collective

 

“Our objective is to amplify market awareness of third-party applications that extend the value of the Salesforce platform. Solutions add value, increase productivity, and improve the usability of the Salesforce apps we all know and love.”

UberConference is pleased to join the first coalition for the Salesforce AppExchange called the Cloud Collective. The nine SaaS providers that formed this coalition are doing so to strengthen the Salesforce ecosystem and increase awareness of apps available to Salesforce users. The goal is to streamline the Salesforce experience and improve integrated workflow.

To keep informed about the future of the collective, please sign up for updates here.