Video conferencing lets you host a meeting where everyone can see and hear each other, despite being miles apart, with little more than simple software, an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Don't get us wrong, we love conference calling. After all, we live and breathe it. But, you can't argue with the benefits of seeing everyone in your long-distance meeting. And, with Powwownow, we're talking video quality clear enough to view the laughter lines (or furrowed brows) on your participants' faces when you crack your favourite joke. There's even document and screen sharing built in and the capability of having 15 people on screen at one time.
It all basically equates to you getting everyone on the same page as easily as possible through words and visuals, wherever they are and whatever set-up they're using.
How you use our service
People tell us we're easy to use, and we wear that badge with pride. We love a super quick set up and simple steps. In a stripped down form, here's how you host, watch and control our video conferences.
To host a video conference (i.e. to set one up and be in charge of the conference) you've got to install iMeet on your desktop or touchscreen device respectively and then sign in. From there you can send an invite e-mail to all participants with all the necessary details included. Open a room and wait for your attendees to join.
To watch a Powwownow video conference, all you need is the hosts unique URL whether you've written it down or if they've sent you an email invite. If you click on the right link in the e-mail you'll go straight to the participant login page where you'll need to decide on a username for this session and click on the right iMeet room link.
What you need
iMeet, which works over a standard internet connection and on-the-go via 3G and 4G. So, besides some people to actually talk to (after all, one is the loneliest number), to host a video conference, you'll require:
A stand-alone webcam and microphone if you don't have them built into your device
The right software or app for whatever you want to use: iMeet works across all of your favourite devices, so you can use it on desktop or mobile – whatever works for you.
If you only want to join a video meeting to view it (maybe you've had an invite), it's even simpler. You need:
A stand-alone webcam and microphone if you don't have already have them on your smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop. We recommend using a USB headset to improve sound quality.
The iMeet room URL, which is unique to you and always stays the same.
Who it's for
Business and creative professionals (or amateurs) tend to be most likely to use Powwownow video conferencing. It's pretty darn good for teachers and tutors, too, because you can have up to 15 people involved.
When and why you might use it
Picture this: you've got to give a visual demonstration to a whole group of people who you need to see. Maybe you're doing a lesson or a seminar, or giving a presentation that involves showing something physical like a whiteboard or a prototype product, not just PowerPoint slides or an application, to people miles apart.
Video conferencing is right up your alley. You can switch between screen sharing and your video feed on the fly, hear questions from participants and see them demo things themselves.
Or, perhaps you've been using conference calling but it hasn't been as productive as you wanted. Maybe people haven't been contributing as much, or have found it hard to communicate what they wanted to say – or, worse, you've got a suspicion some people's attention is being diverted elsewhere (i.e. Facebook, cat videos, that sort of thing).
With a video conference, people often find it easier to get their point across and you can be sure attendees aren't busy liking a picture of Joe's #yummy breakfast when it'd be much better if they were paying attention. In turn, everyone gets more out of their valuable time.