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May
24
2013
Conference Call Success Story Maranda Gibson

Check out this amazing email we recieved from one of our customers. Not only we were happy to hear the compliment, but it was also one of the best creative stories we've heard in a long time.

Heroines: Rachel Yeakel, Tammy Flores, and Maranda Gibson of AccuConference.com or 1.800.977.4607.

Villains : Power outage and phone line interruption and short time frame.

Once upon a time, earlier this week, a call came in for the need to connect a person in Richmond Indiana, a person in Spain and a person in Jordan by phone for a conference. (Our) power was faltering, the phone lines were frail and we had less than 24 hours to complete the mission.

Having relied on our friends at AccuConference (for a dedicated conference line that is charged directly to our credit card but only as we use it), an unnamed heroine there offered an International Out Dial option. This feature, again at no cost unless we use the service, allows us to open the conference line in IN, reach out to Spain and Jordan and collect them in cyber space for the three way call. The cost comes back to us and not the cell phone or iPad we were calling on the other end.

But alas, a snag was encountered in the approval process that Tammy Flores jumped to thwart it with lightning fast email. When electronic updates failed to hold back the issue, Rachel Yeakel answered the service call with amazing calm and charm to wrestled the approval into submission. Her confirming email was balm to the soul.

The morning of the call - the phone line connection had trouble. Oh, no - was the Earlham system not up to the task? Maranda Gibson took my cell phone call, offered three solutions and the line was opened for the conference. The first international call to connect Jordan worked like a charm but the second call to Spain involved Maranda's assistance, who leaped on line, placed the international call and successfully added Spain to the conference already in progress. An instant email back confirmed all was in place and the day had been won. ...and they all talked happily ever after.

Moral of the story: If you need conference calling options, open a AccuConference account for a dedicated line for your office use, options for international dial out options and have it all charged as you use it to your credit card. You can also set up a one time conference call anytime. Check it out.

By: Lyn, Executive Assistant

Earlham College, Richmond, IN

May
13
2013
Dial Out Conference Calls Maranda Gibson

When you’re having a conference call you have the ability to call out to participants from a live call. You can either do this from the web conference screen, or you can manually perform a call out if you’re hosting a conference that is audio only.

Using call out for conferencing is a great tool for when you are missing individuals that you need on the call, when someone is traveling, or if someone failed to sign up for the conference, but you want to make sure they can join.

 

Send an Invite by Email – Audio & Web Instructions

Click on ‘Invite’ and click ‘Invite by Email’

Enter the persons email address. Our system will generate an email that will send the party the audio conference instructions as well as the web conference link they will need to go to. This kind of invitation is really helpful if you’ve used some kind of pre-registration system and have a last minute user who needs to join the conference. Once they get the email you won’t need to do anything else to get them to join the conference.

 

Send an Audio Invite to a Group

Click on ‘Invite’ and ‘Invite by Phone – Group’

Before your conference, you can preload a group of contacts into your account. When you click to invite the group, the automated message will be delivered to multiple parties at once. The invitation will give everyone the options to join, decline, or request a five minute call back.

 

 

Send an Audio Invite to an Individual

Click on ‘Invite’ and ‘Invite Individual by Phone’

Enter a phone number and our system will call them with an automated message to join the conference by pressing one, receive another call in five minutes by pressing two, or disregard the invitation by pressing three. It’s a great option for someone who might be between meetings or someone who is using a using a speakerphone or internet phone that may be having trouble entering in their conference code.

 

Call Directly to an Individual on a Live Audio Conference

  1. Press *1 on your telephone keypad.
  2. Dial the number for the party you want to reach. (Note: If they are an international party, you will need to call out to them using the 011 prefix.)
  3. Once you hear their voice on the other end of the call, you can briefly bring them up to date and then press *2 when you’re ready to join you both back to the conference call. There’s a few seconds of delay between when you rejoin the conference and when the new participants line opens up, so whenever I outdial I like to use the intro tones so that I know exactly when that happens.

If they don’t answer when you call them, press *3 to terminate the outdial and join you back to the conference so you can try again.

Conference call out is useful to help you get the people on your conference that are imperative to the call. Don’t want to mess with it? No worries – one of our operators can perform an outdial for you. Give us a call to find out more about operator outdial conference calls.

 

 

May
06
2013
Web Conferencing Terminology Maranda Gibson

Last month, we rolled out our completely revamped web conferencing software. If you read our blog post about the announcement, you know we’re very excited about it. If not, you should, it’s a great introduction to the web conference system.

Since more of our new and current customers are calling us to ask about the program, I’ve noticed that we all have different ways of explaining things. I put together a useful tool to help you understand the terms that we’re using as they apply to our web conference system.

Webinar - Lots of people use this term differently, but to us a webinar is simply where you’re having a conference with a visual element.

Application Sharing – From the list of opened programs on your computer you can select any one of those programs to share with your participants. It limits the exposure of your computer screen and any notifications you get while sharing.

Audio Over the Web – Participants can now choose the option to listen to the audio streaming over the web. If they choose this option, they will not be able to participate in the audio portion of the conference, like raising their hand for questions.

Moderators – A moderator is a person who will control the aspects of the conference call. This includes the audio portions and sharing information.

Speaker - A speaker is different from a moderator in the sense that they can only share their programs and applications. They cannot remove participants or control the audio portions of the conference call. It’s a great way to invite different people to your conference line without having to give out your moderator code.

Conference Controls – There are two different sets of controls on web conferencing. One set of controls is for your sharing of information, like your desktop or video. The other will help you control and moderate your audio portions of your web conference.

Desktop Sharing – Different from application sharing, this option will share your entire display. It’s an easy choice when you have a lot of different things that you need to show. There is some risk with desktop sharing because anything that is on your computer will be shown to participants – including instant messages, email alerts, or web browsing.

Those are just some of the terms that you might hear one of our operators going over with you. If you want to know more about our web conferencing options give us a call and we can answer any of your questions about these options and more.

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