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Having relocated from the UK to Canada I find I am using Skype and FaceTime about 3 times as much as my landline for personal calls. But, what are businesses using? And, why aren’t they using visual conference calling more? This branch of the social media tree is powerful, persuasive and cost saving – with many of the options free.

Mashable profiles all four, recognizing freeconferencecalling.com as a starting point.

Then they analyze Rondee, Wiggio, GroupMe and Google Voice. They all have outstanding characteristics: Rondee, easy meeting coordination; Wiggio, other group management services; GroupMe; the quintessential mobile group meeting App; and Google Vocie, people simply call your contact number at the same time and you approve.

This technology has come a long way, and it is quite surprising that many people – who also complain about the travel time and expense – are still driving, flying, riding to meetings that could be just as effective in a virtual environment. And, reduce the carbon footprint and costs substantially.

HR consulting firm Randstad’s recent Global Workmonitor survey shows Canadian employees prefer social media for personal, not professional use, lagging behind employees in Asia.

Although 77 percent of Canadians have a social media account, only 27 percent said they used them for business purposes such as job hunting. In China and India, the study showed the majority used social media sites solely for professional reasons.

Asians surveyed said they also used the platforms to gather information about customers, compared with about 30 percent in the US, UK and Europe.

Although Canadians said they believed social media could help them find a job, the percentage using it for that reason was smaller than in other countries surveyed. The survey concluded that Canadian workers lag behind their global counterparts in taking advantage of social media to further their careers.


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