InterCall Makes Streaming Interactive

Conferencing provider InterCall announced this week the launch of a new communications and collaboration tool that enables streaming events to be more interactive, flexible and mobile by integrating mobile technologies, SMS polling and social media functionality. 

Called InterCall Streaming, the platform is available for sale through InterCalls indirect sales partners and there is no change to the training and compensation, according to a company spokesperson.

Among the new features, SMS poll voting allows users to vote on polls using a standard text message, giving participants a way to vote interactively without being in front of their own computer.

Participants also are able to log in to their Twitter accounts right from the application’s module navigator and Tweet about the event or just follow the conversation as it is happening. The Twitter hashtag automatically is inserted into the participants Tweet.

According to a company press statement, the new tools enable the presenter and audience to interact live.  During a training session, for example, the presenter can send out quick polls every few minutes to test participants understanding of the material. If all poll questions are not answered, a training participant may not receive credit for completing the training. 

The new tools also offer a means for participants to contribute to the presentation, the company stated.  Users can ask questions and respond back to polls about the content, which the presenter can respond to in real time. They also can participate in group chats during the session. 

InterCall Streaming also enables presenters to broadcast their desktop, all Flash-based, without any installation required for those viewing. It includes integrated video encoding so presentations are in top quality without additional steps. In addition, videos in PowerPoint presentations automatically are encoded and streamed during webcasts. Finally, users are able to zoom in on slide with complex graphs and charts.

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