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Ken Molay
Cary, NC USA
Webinar consultant, blogger, and services provider
Interests: film, scuba
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Hot on the heels of my last post about how web conferencing is jumping as fast as it can from Flash to HTML5 comes today's announcement from ON24. The press release touts expanded HTML5 capabilities including Adaptive Bitrate Capability, which... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Webinar Blog
INXPO just put out a press release touting an upcoming product launch on March 29 that will introduce a new version of their INXPO STUDIO webcasting platform. It is advertised as stepping away from Flash towards HTML5 as the underlying... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
The Einstellung Effect describes how people can fall into a single way of thinking about solving a problem, ignoring equally valid alternatives. It can be particularly detrimental in the world of software design... Software engineers think up a hypothetical use... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
Time for the annual warning to global webinar hosts, presenters, and attendees. We are about to enter the two-week period where the USA and Canada start Daylight Saving Time before the UK and Europe. That means for two weeks, your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
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I saw a press release today from Lifesize, a video conferencing company. It announced availability of a new live streaming capability that could let users videocast a meeting out to audiences of up to 10000 people. I thought it would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
I received an email from the VP of Sales at Digital Samba targeted at users of the Voxwire web conferencing service. The letter states that the owner of Voxwire (Turnkey Internet) has decided to decommission the Voxwire servers and cease... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
Thanks, Gary! Great additions.
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I just read a great rant with the self-explanatory title of "20 Horrific Conference and Trade Show Staples That Need to End." I love its highly opinionated challenges to the industry, and as a former product marketing guy in Silicon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
I agree with you about not encouraging attendees to click away from your webinar. But I love creating a post-webinar references and resources page with links to follow for additional reading and study (or self-directed activities for attendees to pursue). This is where you could theoretically end up in trouble. I want to be clear that I'm not defending the practice of suing people who link to your content. But it's better to be aware of the issue than to have it blindside you later from some over-litigious rights holder. Common sense and how you think the web oughta work is not a legal argument. I'll be the first to point out that I use deep links all the time. I never even knew I was theoretically at risk. Now I can make decisions about risk-reward with more information at my disposal.
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I wasn't thinking of case #1, Dave. Showing graphic content without permission is a larger issue of Copyright vs Fair Use (see earlier post referenced in this one). Plenty of conferencing products allow you to provide an active text hyperlink in the attendee Chat or in some kind of "links" pod that let people click through to the target web page. Some products also permit an active link on a slide to be active for attendees (Webinato comes to mind as an example). In either of these cases, the article states that the target content site could potentially sue under Copyright Law just for you providing a way around their navigation system. NPR was given as an example of an organization that has pursued linkers. One of my educational clients is extremely risk-averse and will not allow active text links to be referenced in any of their webinars without explicit permission of the content holder.
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Thank you, Nicole. I was wondering if anybody would pick up on that! So far you are the only one to mention the title. I was rather proud of myself. :)
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One of my highest traffic posts on The Webinar Blog is "Copyrights And Fair Use In Presentations." In that article, I pointed out that fair use determination is a highly subjective legal area, and that no clear and unambiguous determinants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
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"Think Different." The incredibly effective (and grammatically infuriating) late nineties marketing campaign for Apple is still studied as an example of how to differentiate a brand and make iconoclasm work for you. People love pointing to non-conformist geniuses to show... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
Thanks, Craig!
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Why do you start your webinar by introducing the presenter? No, honestly. Think about it… People come to a webinar for two main reasons. Either they really want to hear the information that has been promised or they really want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
Cheryl, I didn't try it. The support page for the WebEx UCF toolkit starts off with "The Cisco WebEx Universal Communications Format (UCF) toolkit is a plug-in for Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and earlier" so that goes right along with everything else I was saying... WebEx simply stopped trying to keep up with PowerPoint after the Office 2010 release. https://help.webex.com/docs/DOC-1251
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A press release just hit the wires announcing that PGi will be acquiring ReadyTalk at the end of this month (barring unforeseen hiccups in the legalities). PGi has made several acquisitions in the collaboration and communication space over the past... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
Certain types of questions come up time and again on webinars. A well-organized webinar team knows the answers ahead of time and is ready to provide quick responses to attendees. If you have a moderator or session assistants monitoring the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
January 9, 2007… 10 years ago today, Steve Jobs announced the brand new iPhone. It is still remembered as one of the best structured, best presented product announcements of all time. You can learn a lot by watching just the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at The Webinar Blog
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Every so often I add another stock photography site to my master list of reviews. Today I'll look at Depositphotos.com. Depositphotos boasts an interesting "About Us" page that offers a more intimate look at the company than most such sites.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at The Webinar Blog
Thanks for the comments, Craig! For those interested in Craig's post on modern design, it can be found at https://remotepossibilities.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/modern-presenting-3-secrets/ I wrote a post early this year where I shared a PowerPoint created by one of my clients (I had no hand in it). It gives a nice illustration of cohesion over consistency, as you put it. You can review it at http://wsuccess.typepad.com/webinarblog/2016/02/rebelling-against-boring-powerpoint-templates-one-mango-at-a-time.html
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Ellen Finkelstein wrote a post on her PowerPoint Blog this month entitled "10 Tips For Modern Design in 2017." She then contacted other bloggers (including yours truly) to get complementary takes on modern design tips and insights. I welcomed the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at The Webinar Blog
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Lately I have had intermittent difficulties opening and sharing PowerPoint files in WebEx (both Meeting Center and Event Center). When I attempt to use File - Open and Share on my PPT or PPTX file, I receive an error in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at The Webinar Blog
Thanks for that, Philip!
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The latest version of Google Chrome (Version 55) now disables Adobe Flash Player by default. If your web conferencing vendor relies on Flash to run the application inside a web browser, you can expect to start getting complaints and requests... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at The Webinar Blog