As costs rise, employees are traveling less for business and using more teleconferencing, videoconferencing and online collaboration tools. Fortunately, these top-notch tech tools are now more affordable and user-friendly, making them viable meeting alternatives.
Two virtual-meeting tools:
1. GoToMeeting (www2.gotomeeting.com): Create a free account, and you can host an unlimited number of , even if attendees aren’t registered users. During the meeting, you can share your desktop virtually, so everyone can see the presentation. Or you can give mouse control to others, allowing a group to collaborate on, or jointly edit, a project.
Cost: Free trial for 30 days. Monthly plan: $49 per month, or $588 annually. Annual plan: $39 per month, or $468 annually.
2. WebEx (www.webex.com): When you need to gather a group in real time, present and discuss documents, or even see one another via webcam, this easy-to-use tool does the trick. Just open your web conference from your browser and begin sharing your desktop.
Cost: Free trial for 14 days. Pay-per-use meetings are 33 cents per minute, per user, with no monthly commitment. You’ll pay more for the videoconferencing capability.