10 Reasons To Go Virtual

For businesses of all shapes and sizes, the financial and emotional stress of bringing together employees from across the country, or heck, across the globe, can weigh heavy on the minds of all involved in the meeting at hand.  First travel plans, then the actual travel itself, and finally trying to remain awake and inspired enough to participate in a long meeting once all of your employees have arrived? All of these things can really take away from the productivity of your meeting.  However, with the improvements in communication technologies, all of these worries can be washed away by hosting your meetings in a virtual space. Check out the 10 main reasons below why we, at Lighthouse Conferencing, and others believe in that virtual meetings can cause help your company:

1. Cut Costs

“It cuts down on costs—if your travel is of the international variety, the costs savings can be dramatic—and anyone who doesn’t require a face-to-face meeting with a colleague or client doesn’t have to waste time traveling.”

Six Ways Telecommuting Is Better Than Business Travel
Jeff Balke, Houston Press

2. No Hassle with Security

“[Airport] security is an increasing worry and we now have seamless and genuinely innovative ways of meeting without leaving our office or home.”

Is this the end of the road for business travel?
The Conversation

3. About as Real as the “Real Thing”

Virtual meetings can now deliver stunning realism. This is known as telepresencing.”

Is this the end of the road for business travel?
The Conversation

4. Ease of Use

“The convergence of analogous consumer tools and improved collaboration technology in the workplace has created a broader comfort zone and a better user experience. Employees can operate equipment without relying on technicians, and cloud-based bridging technology lets a variety of products connect easily.”

Total Collaboration Management Emerges as Corporates Mainstream Virtual Meetings
April Bridgeman, Business Travel News

5. Variety of Choices

“Organizations can choose among a spectrum of tools to satisfy all virtual collaboration needs and price points.” 

Total Collaboration Management Emerges as Corporates Mainstream Virtual Meetings
April Bridgeman, Business Travel News

6. Record and Reference

“Everything can be recorded for later reference by anyone including those who were unable to attend.”

Rethinking Meetings: Why Virtual is Better
Rick Ross, Rick Ross on Business, Technology and Life

7. Comfort

“The comfort of your own desk always trumps that of a conference room that’s inevitably too warm or too cold.

Rethinking Meetings: Why Virtual is Better
Rick Ross, Rick Ross on Business, Technology and Life

8. Eliminate Waste

“Virtual Environments take that one step further, ensuring all collateral is available digitally.  Those 50 trash cans full of Company X’s slick new marketing guides will not be there to worry anyone this time around!” 

Going Green with Virtual Events
Morgan Will, Lighthouse Conferencing

9. Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“When you consider travel accounts for 26% of greenhouse gas emissions…that can be a pretty big impact over time if we were able to move just ¼ of events to a virtual environment.  The impact would be about 20 MILLION total trips taken by participants.  Crazy stuff!

Going Green with Virtual Events?
Morgan Will, Lighthouse Conferencing

10. Less Waiting Saves Time

“Content should be easy to obtain.  Speakers should be easy to see.  Resumes should be easy to hand off.  Virtual events cover all of that.  No waiting in line to find a seat.  Pop right in and listen to a Fortune 500 CEO talk about the next big thing in their industry. ”  

Virtual Event Conferencing: Engagement in a Changing World
Jackson Gonda, Lighthouse Conferencing

We hope that these top 10 reasons to forgo business travel have helped ease your mind  about taking your meetings online.  Have you opted for a virtual meeting over business travel for your company’s meetings? If so, what do you think are the benefits to eliminating business travel?  Please comment below to let us know!

Opt for a virtual communications options over stressful business travel for your next meeting!

About Shaina Torgerson

Shaina Torgerson is part of the Client Happiness department at Lighthouse Conferencing, and also takes pride in being the media enthusiast within the team. When she’s not happily assisting our awesome clients and partners, she is managing Lighthouse’s PR and marketing efforts. She has a huge passion for being outdoors and active. Being an extremely active person, Shaina teaches yoga and love activities involving the outdoors like running, hiking, camping, offroading, snowboarding, hunting...the list goes on.

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Shaina Torgerson is part of the Client Happiness department at Lighthouse Conferencing, and also takes pride in being the media enthusiast within the team. When she’s not happily assisting our awesome clients and partners, she is managing Lighthouse’s PR and marketing efforts. She has a huge passion for being outdoors and active. Being an extremely active person, Shaina teaches yoga and love activities involving the outdoors like running, hiking, camping, offroading, snowboarding, hunting...the list goes on.

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