Cisco WebEx Offers Small Businesses Killer Deal
Are you using online meeting software? If not, you are probably traveling more than you need to or missing out on valuable face to face contact with coworkers, clients and prospects.
In a move to help small business owners make the most of their time, Cisco is rolling out a special deal worth blogging about. Small businesses can now tap into Unlimited WebEx meetings for up to eight people for just $19 a month.
In case you aren’t familiar with WebEx, it’s a Web conferencing solution that lets you connect with anyone, anywhere, in real time. It combines desktop sharing through a Web browser with phone conferencing and video.
Citrix’s GoToMeeting is a similar product. But Cisco is undercutting the popular service with its new pricing. GoToMeeting costs $49 a month, or $468 a year.
“While executives are clear they need a powerful communication’s arsenal … smaller businesses and individuals aren’t yet reaping the rewards,” Cisco wrote in a blog post. “WebEx wants to make video conferencing accessible to everyone in any sized company—from the 90 percent of employees who work offsite cited in the report, to freelancers, home businesses, start-ups and more.”
Essentially, Cisco is offering WebEx 8, which offers all the same features and functions of the traditional WebEx product, only with a smaller meeting room and a smaller price. You can host up to seven people with WebEx 8, and it also works with WebEx Mobile, which means you or your participants can join in from a mobile device.
Here’s some of the cool stuff your small business can do with WebEx 8: share your desktop or a single file for faster collaboration and communication in a group, record meetings so you can replay it later or publish it online somewhere, and schedule WebEx meetings tools like Microsoft Outlook.
At $19.95 a month, this is a no brainer for many of you. If you aren’t sure it’s right for you, you can take a 14-day spin during a free trial period. But this is the wave of the future, for sure.