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What is Audio Conferencing?

Put in simple terms, Audio Conferencing is a conference using telephones. The definition of a conference is a meeting for discussion between 3 or more people. Conferencing in the past was conducted in physical spaces, such as boardrooms and meeting rooms. With the advent of the Internet, digital technology allows people from all over the world to connect in real time, using easy to use software and hardware.

3-way conference calls are common but the power of teleconferencing lies in the fact that you can connect hundreds of people together to participate in a single conference. The logistics of getting that same number of people together in one physical room can be complicated and costly. Audio conference technology offers a cost-effective, efficient, and productivity-enhancing solution to the problem of connecting potential conference attendees that are based in different geographical locations.

According to Statista, the global market for Audio Conferencing reached US $4.3 billion in 2015. And the market is growing. I don’t need to point out that audio conference technology is an important part of the economy.

Business owners like you understand the value of reducing travel time and costs. Not to mention the unnecessary downtime for their staff. Most small businesses today are funded entirely by their founders. Without investor funds, saving money is a priority. Flying staff around the world to attend meetings is a large expense and one that can be eliminated through the use of audio conferencing software.

Audio conferencing has become such an integrated part of business these days that few people remember a time when there was only one option. The importance of audio conferencing for business, especially international business can’t be overstated.



Benefits of audio conferencing
• Improves productivity. The simplicity of setting up a call and the elimination of travel time mean that people can be more productive with their time.
• Saves money. Cost savings are realized further when one takes into account the travel expenses (transport, hotel, food) that attendees pay in traditional conference scenarios. The only cost involved in audio conferencing is for the software subscription itself.


Advantages
• Allows businesses to reach many more people than a traditional conference allows. Free from the limitations of physical space, audio conference technology offers a higher quality experience for more people.
• Fast setup. With other forms of conferencing participants might need several pieces of hardware and software. Apart from the cost of these items, time is lost waiting for computers to start, software to logon, and the other participants to do the same. Audio-only conference calls rely on efficient methods of call connection and communication, which virtually eliminate lag in call setup and call quality

What is the difference between audio, video, and web conferencing?
Audio conferencing uses voice only whereas video conferencing utilizes a live video stream. Web conferencing makes use of the full power of multimedia.

Video conferencing is great for presenting ideas in a visual form. Web conferencing, which includes webinars and interactive presentations, requires even more high-end technology. This all comes at a price and the number of points of failure rises with the increased complexity.

Teleconferencing uses proven technology that seen improvements over many years. The technology is at a point where it is extremely cost-effective for small businesses. This reliability and ease-of-use give it the advantage over video and web conferencing.

How does teleconferencing work?
Each participant in a call receives a code. The caller dials a pre-configured number, which connects their line to the conferencing bridge. They then use the code as identification. The bridge is a piece of hardware or software that acts as a central point for the virtual meeting and connects everyone together. Conference rooms, which hold the virtual meeting, can be secured by the use of a code or PIN that the conference organizer creates. Once all participants have dialed in and identified themselves the conference can begin.

Creating a conferencing call
This is the easy part. Conferencing technology has progressed to the point where we don’t need to read a manual to operate the software. It’s as simple as making a phone call, and we all know how to do that, right?
• Arrange by email or phone call, the time of call
• Send out invitations and codes to each participant
• Start the conference call and wait for all participants to join
• Introduce yourself and conduct the meeting as any normal meeting, allowing callers to speak to the entire group when required.


How do I get a conference call number?
Call Blue Conferencing today, and within 30 minutes they will have you set up with an audio conferencing number, which you can use straight away. Choosing a provider is always a difficult task but Blue Conferencing offers free trials for all of its services so you have nothing to lose.
The best conference call services offer 24/7 access, trial service periods, unlimited usage options, and month-to-month service plans.
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