Fri, 09 Dec 2022

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Meetings aren't working, according to a recent whitepaper from Verizon and Boston Consulting Group. An issue long before the pandemic, it's one that's become heightened in today's anytime, anywhere work environment. To better align with shifting workforce dynamics, Verizon Business today announced updates to its virtual events platform, BlueJeans Virtual Meetings. The updates include new features to help streamline and facilitate more immersive, inclusive, and engaging meetings.

Personalization has always been a major key to success in the business world. In recent years, however, the importance of employee experience has risen to the top of business priorities lists across industries. This is due in part to the rise of remote teams, the major skills shortage across the industry, and a new generation becoming the dominant majority in the workforce. People have become used to a high level of customization and personalization in their everyday lives, and they expect the same at work. To meet this demand, Verizon Business has introduced new BlueJeans Virtual Meetings features aimed at personalizing the meeting experience. These features include the ability to customize meeting interactions and remove the need to meet altogether. By helping to drive effective collaboration, Verizon Business is making a major impact on the employee experience.

'No two meetings are alike, nor are the people attending them,' said Chris Lewter, VP and General Manager, BlueJeans by Verizon. 'Similarly though, we are all striving for engagement, both in our personal and professional lives. And as organizations continue to place more emphasis on enhancing the employee experience as a way to drive inclusivity and retain and attract top talent, this next phase of remote and hybrid work will be all about providing the right tools to drive flexible work practices that adapt to different work engagement styles and personalities.'

Immersive meetings are more engaging

Instituting best practices and acknowledging that existing 'work' expectations are antiquated is a good place to start. But creating an inclusive and productive meeting environment also requires intuitive technology to help facilitate immersive, fluid, and effective meeting experiences for all participants, regardless of their work mode-office, home, or remote/field.

From the BlueJeans Virtual Meetings desktop application, turning on Weather Person Mode allows users to overlay the presenter on top of the content being shared to facilitate a more natural, inclusive experience that simulates an in-person presentation for virtual and hybrid settings. This feature enables presenters to be placed in front of any type of content or application, and expand beyond slideware to create more dynamic and creative meeting possibilities. Furthermore, the addition of Auto-Camera Framing removes the need to purchase high-quality camera equipment and the potential for human error in the camera setup, while limiting distractions by zooming in to focus on the person rather than their background. With our virtual events platform, you can have the best of both worlds - the flexibility of virtual events and the engaging experience of in-person events.

On the BlueJeans Mobile app side, customized updates for foldable devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z series, utilize every screen available to maximize the video conferencing experience and make it easier for users to focus on both the content and other meeting participants-fostering a more equitable and efficient meeting experience. Similarly, participant scrolling enhances the user experience in Active Speaker view to better feature the primary speaker and other meeting attendees, and the addition of HD Content and Video Sharing for iPhone and iPad allows mobile users the ability to share 1080p Content and Video.

Personalizations for Meeting Efficiency

Business leaders have a responsibility to make hybrid work arrangements work for everyone, which requires a focus on creating more individual and inclusive workflows for teams. New BlueJeans Virtual Meetings features that allow users to personalize the meeting experience include:

Multi-Language Closed Captioning and Transcripts: More language options to better support diverse, dispersed teams,

Hide Self View: The ability to hide one's own video, while still allowing others to see you, reduces video fatigue caused by constant hair checks.

Binge Meetings (iOS and iPadOS): Gives users the flexibility to easily get notified and jump into their next call,

CallKit Support (iOS and iPadOS): Providing assistance for remote worker time management, Call Kit Support for iOS and iPadOS allows users to better manage incoming phone calls while on a BlueJeans Meeting by switching over without dropping either call,

Breakout Sessions: The ability to 'Ask for Help' with broadcasting a message creates better communication across dispersed breakout participants,

Virtual Backgrounds: Virtual backgrounds available on iOS, iPad OS and Android devices mean more options to personalize or minimize unwanted background distractions,

RTMP Streaming: On the Desktop, Stream your Meeting to any feed with a URL and Streaming Key (previously only available in BlueJeans Virtual Events Platform).

Additionally, updates to the BlueJeans app on Meta Portal can help to account for different working patterns and preferences. These include Collab Board Support and a Share Screen Link for fast second Screen Login access/share.

Organizations are increasingly turning to virtual events platforms like BlueJeans Virtual Meetings to provide better meeting and collaboration options for their employees. This is an important aspect of addressing inequities and enabling a better work/life balance. With strong analyst report placements and award wins in 2022, including a PC Mag Editor's Choice, a TrustRadius Top Rated Award in the Web and Video Conferencing category, G2's Best Software List for Collaboration and Productivity Products, and a Metrigy 2022 Top Provider for Meeting Applications ranking, BlueJeans is well-positioned to provide users with the virtual meeting tools they need to be productive. For more information visit www.bluejeans.com.

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