- Platforms such as Zoom Video Communications are growing more popular during COVID-19 pandemic
- Many business owners immerse in visual networking platforms for convenience
- Business owners in Las Vegas notice that participants are more socially active in a virtual setting.
- Missy Day, a business coach and President of the Local Chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners, “There’s been a learning curve for people who had never been virtually involved in a group.”
- Many companies still lack the infrastructure to support virtual networking capability
Virtual networking platforms have witnessed a noticeable boom as a result of the pandemic.
Platforms such as Zoom Video Communications are growing more popular since more people are resorting to them for convenience during this unsettling time.
Cara Clarke, Vice President of Communications for the Las Vegas Chamber says, “Technology allows us to mix and mingle with people who may not even be in the same city as us.”
This is made possible as virtual networking platforms usually operate on a cloud-based peer-to-peer interactive software program.
“What we’re going to see in the future is a combination of virtual and in-person events.” Clarke.
Many businesses were already able to expand their networks by going virtual.
In a sense, such meetings help open up the world and create opportunities which wouldn’t have normally existed.
Paula Jackson. Co-owner of a Las Vegas-based company, “We’re gathering, so we have to look at the health situation and take people’s lives into account.”
She added, “We have to go along with what the governor says. That’s very important. We’re optimistic that we’ll have an expo in July.”
Virtual networking saving businesses time and money
Many business owners have had the chance to fully immerse in visual networking platforms during the pandemic.
The past months’ experience using platforms such as Zoom has proved to save time and money when it comes to business meetings for instance.
Missy Day, a business coach and President of the Local Chapter of The National Association of Women Business Owners said, “You don’t have the travel time…[and] people tend to be more focused when they’re virtual”
Some business owners have also noticed that participants are more socially active in a virtual setting. For instance, participants have more opportunities to ask questions and interact with each other on-screen.
Ability to work from home
Companies that have resisted the idea of allowing their employees to work from home have been recently forced to allow home-office situations to cope with the constraints posed by the pandemic.
While working from home would be great news for employees, yet companies still lack the infrastructure to support this capability.
Furthermore, many people would still need to learn how to effectively use such platforms on a day to day bases.
Day noticed that “There’s been a learning curve for people who had never been virtually involved in a group.”
She added, “We had to teach some people what the etiquette is, but once we got that established, I’d say people are more engaged virtually than they are in person.”