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Webinar: Using Web Events to Increase Pipeline Velocity

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When it comes to lead generation, webinar marketing excels at connecting new prospects to your brand in a cost-efficient way. Although if you’re only using webinars to drive new leads, you’re not unlocking the full value of web events. Driving top-of-funnel leads is only the beginning. You can also use webinars to nurture and engage those prospects through the entire …

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13 Remarkable Marketing Quotes to Inspire & Motivate

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We all need a little inspiration in our work lives. To help us be innovative. To push through the clutter. To focus on meaningful productivity, not just busy work. To win new customers. To delight our current customers. To outsoar the competition. And to drive new ways of thinking, learning and experiencing. To help you reach remarkable and innovative heights …

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How to Master the 15-Minute Meeting

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Do you find yourself finishing tasks just minutes before they are due? If you’re like most professionals, delivering projects ahead of schedule is a rare occurrence. Most project managers sweat every last detail, down to the minute and thank their lucky stars when it comes together just in time. Sound familiar? During a recent commute, I listened to And So …

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Raising the Bar on CIO Leadership With Frost & Sullivan

Raising the Bar on CIO Leadership

How will emerging technology trends impact future CIO leadership and the way we work? PGi recaps the biggest trends and lessons from Frost & Sullivan’s annual event for IT executives. Top Tweets From CoNEXTions 2015 Last week, PGi attended the 3rd Annual ConNEXTions 2015: A Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange in San Francisco. IT executives shared a wealth of information, insight …

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Your Guide to Outside-the-Box Meetings

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If you’re a regular meeting host, you’ve probably wondered how you can make your in-person and virtual meetings more engaging. A lot of workers are naturally defensive about meetings; they view them as a bore at best and a total waste of time at worst. However, they remain one of the best tools for collaboration. If you find yourself struggling …

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Quiz: Does Your Virtual Team Show You Love?

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If your virtual team had a collective pulse, would it be a strong gallop or a weak thud? Healthy working relationships matter just as much, if not more, for remote workers to efficiently reach group goals. However, these teams face a slew of communication barriers, from missing body language cues to unstructured project management. These obstacles make collaboration difficult, let …

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Prep for Valentine’s Day with PGi’s “Love” Round-Up

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There are a lot of things we love here at the Future of Biz Collab. Collaboration. Meetings. Super nerdy watchfaces. The list goes on! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s take a look back on how we’ve spread the love: Do your customers love your company? Last summer, PGi’s Kevin Lyons explored the many ways modern companies can …

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Start Thinking Strategically About Collaboration

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Modern workers have to be able to come together, sharing information and communicating across departmental and geographical boundaries, in order to get things done. The key to bridging these boundaries is collaboration—the technology, workstyles and policies that enable your workforce to come together whenever and however they choose. Collaboration is a strategic benefit to your organization that can deliver improved …

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The Potential Perils of Automation

If, like me, you’ve recently binge-watched the British television series Black Mirror, you may find yourself dwelling on the dystopian dark side of technology. Plenty of real-world headlines contribute to the cause; most recently, it’s the worry that smart TVs are eavesdropping on your private conversations and reporting sensitive information to third parties. Is there inevitably a price tag attached …

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6 Phrases to Avoid During a Conference Call

Phrases to avoid during conference calls

Regardless of whether you think the conference call is still relevant in 2015, they remain a staple of our business day. Whether you’re meeting with coworkers or external vendors or clients, the need to talk quickly and easily with groups isn’t going away anytime soon. However, the audio-only nature of conference calls can lead to some awkward, inefficient moments if …

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Boost Your Productivity with These 9 Scientifically Proven Tips

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Testing out productivity tips could practically be a full-time job in and of itself. In fact, Chris Bailey demonstrated as much, taking an entire year to conduct productivity experiments on himself and talk to as many productivity gurus as possible. Perhaps you’re always in search of quick productivity hacks but you don’t have quite the time or desire to try …

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Increasing the Value of UC: PGi Acquires Modality Systems

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Collaboration is a complex, ever-evolving business, and nowhere is that more evident than in the increasingly mission-critical segment of unified communications (UC), led by Microsoft® Lync®. UC solutions like Lync provide the largest, most complex businesses in the world with the tools they need to collaborate quickly and efficiently, such as presence, instant messaging, ad hoc video and audio meetings …

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Can Virtual Meetings Weatherize the Workforce?

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The cost of lost productivity during severe weather isn’t only a nationwide, economic concern but also a source of financial distress for individual businesses. However, can companies avert the loss of output during snow days with tools like telecommuting and virtual meetings? The Cost of City Shutdowns The economic impact of the latest U.S. blizzard, Juno, is still only a …

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Nerd Alert: My Month with a Smartwatch

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About a month ago I made my first major gadget purchase in quite some time, joining the wearable technology revolution with the Asus Zenwatch (pictured above with the nerdiest watchface I could find.) While it does occasionally make me feel like I’m from the future, I can report that my life and productivity have not, sadly, been dramatically revolutionized. In …

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Watch the Webinar: Essential Productivity Tools for 2015

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Last week, experts from Voxa, Central Desktop and PGi revealed their best tips for productivity at work in the webinar, “New Year, New You. Essential Productivity Tools for 2015.” “If you’re looking for a productivity improvement, I would suggest maybe we start looking at one of the first places we spend most of our time,” Voxa’s CEO Johnson Cook said. …

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