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The Value Of Virtual Meetings

Meet with clients from the comfort of your home office via the Internet.

By Julia Miller

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Considering wasting two days flying to attend a two-hour meetingwith a prospect who might not pan out? Perish the thought. Today,several companies specialize in putting together cyber conferences,thus eliminating the hassle and expense of travel and allowing youto meet with customers, prospects or colleagues from the comfort ofyour home office.

In many cases, with only a phone and 28.8K Internet connection,you can make your marketing efforts more immediate with interactivemeetings that range from one-on-one client presentations tointimate peer pow-wows. You can also integrate all types of media,including PowerPoint slides, streaming audio and video, and livedemonstrations. Web conferencing companies like WebEx, PlaceWare and Contigo all offer either free oraffordable virtual small-meeting space. Both PlaceWare's MyPlaceware and WebEx's Free Meetings software are free for smallgroups of up to five people. Contigo's i2i Meetings softwarecosts $2,799 for meetings with up to 10 people but includesunlimited usage during a specified period of time.

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