Yes, I Wear SpongeBob Boxer Shorts – That’s Why I’ll Pass On Video Technology For Now

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of video chat. Actually, I wish that the technology never came into existence in the first place. Perhaps it’s because I’m a person who is a curmudgeon? Do I not like changes? Are you a tyrant?

Yes, I am all of that. However, that’s not the reason I don’t enjoy video chats. The reason is because I’m a mom of teenagers. Their school gave them as well as their peers, gratis Macbooks at the start of this year. Within minutes of receiving the devices, they quickly figured out how to make use of the video chat software that was pre-installed on. Now I can’t go to the kitchen to drink an iced drink at 10 pm at night without hearing an exuberant teenager living just two miles away saying “Hi Mr. Marks” or “Nice boxers, Mr. Marks.”

However, the reality is that video technology is on the horizon. It’s inexpensive. For some small-sized business owners , it’s become an essential part of their company’s communications.

Like Marty Grunder. And Lee Buffington. Both use Oovoo, an online video chat service to aid them in running their business. According Marty, Marty, “it’s revealed a whole new world.” For me, it’s been revealed in the tenth grade that I’m wearing SpongeBob boxers.

Marty is an expert consultant and speaker in landscapers. He assists his clients to grow their businesses and improve the profitability of their businesses. He rely heavily on Oovoo to assist him in doing this.

“The last several days in a row I had back to back coaching sessions with clients,” Marty recently said to me. “These were with landscapers located in different parts of the country. I did it all face to face…from my desk.”

Lee Buffington is one of Marty’s customers. His company, the northern Alabama located in northern Alabama, Turf Tamer Inc. provides commercial and residential landscaping services such as designing and building lighting, irrigation and landscaping. Additionally, he uses Oovoo to communicate face to face with potential and current customers to discuss their projects.

For men such as Marty and Lee A picture is worth 1000 words. A video is worth a million. However, they’re not the only small-scale business owners who benefit from the video chat software. Doctors are deploying assistants to make calls to their homes on their behalf, and sending videos instantly from their mobile phones to consult. Roofers are showing videos of shingles that are flaking to office estimators to ensure that their estimates are more precise. Realtors are showing new homes to prospective buyers when they are put on the market.

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It inspired me to think about my own company. My business sells customer relationship management accounting, as well as other software for business. Should I use video sharing technologies like Oovoo (or Skype, or other similar technologies) as well?

The services appear to be easy to setup. For God’s sake that both Marty as well as Lee have jobs as landscapers. They mow lawns for money. If they could do it, I’d imagine that everyone could (just kidding, guys).

The truth is that using a service such as Oovoo is incredibly simple. You create an account yourself. You’re then listed in Oovoo as a member. Oovoo community as a member – other users can click on your profile and ask to connect. However, your video doesn’t need to be shared with an Oovoo member. It’s enough to send an email that contains a link to the person you want to invite. The recipient clicks the link and immediately he’s able to see your computer’s web browser. If there’s a video camera installed on your computer, you’ll be watching him as well.

Skype requires you to install software (it does not take too long, though). Oovoo does not. The applications are compatible with PCs as well as Macs. The majority of computers today have video cameras built-in. If not, purchasing one and connecting it to an USB port is also easy. The two Lee and Marty recommend that you purchase a good camera, too.

I completed everything. It was easy to download Oovoo and installed it on my computer in less than one minute. Then I sent an email to video conferences to a friend who clicked it within a minute I was able to see him (he did not even have a webcam installed on his laptop). I tried the same thing for my 10th-grader (trust me, he has an operational webcam on the back of his Macbook) And we instantly saw one another in close proximity. It works, and it does so well. The video chat technology has me wondering if I thought my children were cute and snuggly.

By by the way…I have done all this for free. Oovoo is similar to Skype, iChat (that’s Apple’s software that is included in their products) and other video-based chatting software is completely free. There is no cost for two-way video time. Also, calls to other members of Oovoo. Oovoo is able to do this because they charge for advertising so make sure you don’t accidentally click the link of a third party on the video call screen. You can purchase premium services such as audio calls, more people in a video conference and higher resolution, as well as the recording video conference calls and sharing of desktops too. Business plans, which include these features , as well as more tech support and administrative capabilities vary between $39.95 monthly for one user up to $699.95 monthly for fifty people.

Marty and Lee are both awestruck by Lee and Marty seem to love this. “If I say ‘how’s business going’ and I don’t see a client’s face when he answers then I’m not getting the whole answer,” Marty states. “I need to look in people’s eyes if I can really help them. It adds a whole new level of accountability.” Lee is awed by the ability to communicate with his clients and share his ideas without the need to spend an entire day off for travel.

You might think that I’m all on board, right? Unfortunately, I’m not. Actually, I’m planning pretend to be video chat for a bit to promote my work. I’ve got my own reasons.

It’s for a start, it’s somewhat intrusive. Perhaps I’m old-fashioned. Perhaps I’m a bit nervous about seeing teenagers who aren’t my friends wearing my boxers all late at night (it’s not the most attractive appearance). However, I do a lot of work at home. When I’m not working on my phone, I’m doing other things like walking around and checking ESPN or clipping my nails. I’m not sure if my clients would like to see all of that. I’m not sure ANYONE would like to see it. And I’m willing to bet those I’m speaking to do not always want me to know what they’re up to as well. Certain things should be left to the imagination.

In addition, video chat isn’t necessary in my company. I don’t offer coaching or consultation like Marty. I’m not demonstrating landscape designs as Lee. I’m not looking at bedsores or a damaged gutter that hangs off the roof. Nobody wants to look at my picture. They want to know about my software, and how it will assist their employees to be more productive. I’ve got great desktop sharing tools that can assist me in that.

Video chat? It’s a lot of fun for teens. It’s a valuable tool for business owners. But with a face as similar to mine? I’m not interested.

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