How Can Your Business Benefit from Skype

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“I don’t care how someone lives or how good their spoken English is. I do all of my interviews on Skype text chat – all that matters is their work.” –Matt Mullenweg

Just a little over a decade ago, a small unknown startup called Skype was formed. It was the brainchild of Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. The technology was developed by Estonians, Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn. Along with Friis and Zennström, this group also founded the popular site, Kazaa. The domain name was purchased in April of 2003, and the first beta version was released in August of 2003.

Fast forward to today, and the company currently boasts 1.2 billion monthly users recorded at the end of 2013. Who knew how aggressively Skype would grow over the years? Moreover, it was purchased by software giant, Microsoft in 2011. So, what makes Skype so unique and useful for individuals and businesses the world over?Why is it that so many professionals find it the one technology they require as a necessity? Read on to learn more.

 

Affordability

One of the key features that makes Skype so popular is its pricing structure. In fact, if you plan to only call other Skype users, you can utilize the platform for free. You can also video conference with one user at a time. This can make a world of difference when it comes to allocating your financial resources from one part of your company to another. In addition, saving and using money wisely when your business is first launching is pivotal to success.

Of course, you aren’t left without options. You can still have your video conferencing system and get a pay-as-you-go plan. With this choice, you only buy credits when you need to use them. Not to mention, they don’t expire. On the other hand, you can get an unlimited world plan that starts at $13.99/month, as of August, 2014. Although, if you want to stick with a free plan, just ask everyone you know to use Skype!

 

Usability

business-skype-managerAn attractive facet is Skype is extremely user-friendly. You don’t have to worry about hiring a rocket scientist to set up and install the application. Anyone can do it, and you can start using the service in a matter of minutes. Instead of going through several pages of instructions, you can add all of your professional contacts to your address book with the simple click of a button. Also, it comes with a test number to ensure your installation and microphone are working correctly. That way, you spend less time figuring things out and more time closing the lucrative business deals you need to keep your business moving forward.

 

Portability

So, you’ve got meetings all over the globe? You certainly can’t lug your phone system around with you, that would be ridiculous. You can, however, take Skype with you wherever you go. And, that is the beauty of the entire application. It works on all mobile devices, whether you have an Android, iPhone, iPad or Windows phone. You no longer have to be tied down to one particular office. If you work from home and want a change of space, Skype goes with you. Have a meeting in Paris and a morning flight to London? No problem! You can still get your free calls or pay-as-you-go plans working in between meetings and traveling. This means you get to facilitate global communication for very little upstart costs.

 

“I wake up every morning and I feel like I’m juggling glass balls. I live in Los Angeles, my business is run out of London, and most evenings I’m cuddled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London. I travel a lot, my team travel a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”Victoria Beckham

 

Video Conferencing

skype1What are the advantages of video conferencing? Well, if you can’t meet in person, you can still get to know an individual through video meetings. As a business professional, you already understand the importance of face-to-face interaction. You get to see more of a person’s personality, as well as their facial expressions through video than you would via text messaging. However, the choice is up to you. It’s just good to know that you have it.

 

Dependable Call Quality

Have you ever been on your cell phone with an important client and all of a sudden the call drops and you can’t get coverage to return the call? Now, think back to that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach you experienced as you rush to redial. Who wants to go through that again, am I right? The good news about Skype is you do not have to worry about dropped calls or poor call quality. All of which can wreak havoc on potential business. Whether you call another Skype user or a mobile phone, the connection is made quickly with no echoing background noises. It is as if your recipient is right next to you. And, when it comes to forming new alliances and partnerships, who doesn’t want that?

 

skype-logoSo, now that you understand the many benefits Skype provides business users, what are you waiting for? Join Skype for Business

 

 

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