Skype has been around for almost 10 years, and a lot of people who have family and friends interstate and overseas have falling in love with that fact that it offers free (or cheap) phone and video calls.
Yet much of the business world is yet to embrace it, which, honestly, surprises us here at Direct Sites Online. After all, it’s an efficient, simple and inexpensive way to not only communicate with stakeholders, but also share files.
It is especially useful in this shrinking world, where your contract web content manager may well live in Timbuktu.
Skype offers some great benefits for businesses, for example: free Skype-Skype calls, video calling, conference calls, file and screen sharing, instant messaging and more. And, for a small financial outlay, you can also use Skype to call landlines and mobiles as well as texting. See more on the Skype website.
So how can this make you work smarter?
“Face-to-Face” customer service
A lot of people prefer that one-on-one interaction, but if they can’t come to your bricks and mortar store – or you are online only – video calling is the next best thing.
Engage your remote team members and make them feel more valued with regular video calling.
Simple conference calls
Skype can connect you with three or more parties, and is a lot cheaper and easier than using most other conference call providers.
If you have an important piece of information to share with you team, and you don’t want it lost in email inboxes, you can use the Skype instant messaging option and everyone will get a “pop up” on their screen.
File and screen sharing
Send files through Skype so that the other people on the line will be able to refer to them immediately – great for meeting agendas or documents that need input from various experts. There is also a screen sharing option, which is great for team training and tutorials.
If you need help in setting up Skype, and discovering all its benefit, contact Direct Sites Online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My Skype address is peternflint if you would like to chat “face-to-face” about any other internet marketing, social media or web project.