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  • Projekto.Biz | All About Marketplaces Fees (taking money like "Vegas" slot machines...)

    Source: The Verge, August 2021 Apps are just one example of how online platforms for small businesses and independent creators have shifted the world we live and work in. Membership platforms, like Patreon, allow creatives to charge monthly payments in exchange for new videos, comics, and essays. Video services like Twitch and YouTube allow creators to monetize their time through advertising revenue. And marketplaces like Etsy and Amazon allow people to sell an assortment of products directly to customers around the world. The cut each platform takes varies significantly: Apple notoriously takes 30 percent of many digital in-app purchases; Twitch takes a 50 percent cut of subscription fees and a cut of advertising; eBay asks people to buy space and then pay a fee. Here are the various fees each platform takes, divided into four categories: app stores, creator platforms (including memberships, video services, and more), digital marketplaces, and games marketplaces. App stores App stores are where an enormous number of businesses operate. Whether someone is selling a line of jewelry on Etsy or spending oodles of money in Roblox, app stores are the gateway to reaching people who shop on their phones and computers. Approximately 80 percent of Americans shop online, according to the Pew Research Center, and more than half of those shoppers use a mobile device like a phone or tablet. Apple App Store: 30 percent standard commission on apps and in-app purchases of digital goods and services; sales of physical products are exempt. Subscription commission falls to 15 percent after one year. Developers that make less than $1 million yearly in App Store sales can receive a 15 percent commission through Apple’s App Store Small Business Program for as long as they qualify. Google Play: 30 percent standard commission on apps and in-app purchases of digital goods and services; sales of physical products are exempt. Subscription commission falls to 15 percent after one year. Google takes 15 percent in fees on developers’ first $1 million in Play Store revenue every year. After the $1 million threshold, the rate goes back up to 30 percent. Galaxy Store: 30 percent standard commission on purchases through the app store, but it can be negotiated with Samsung. Amazon App Store: 30 percent standard commission on apps and in-app purchases. The subscription commission is 20 percent on video apps and 30 percent on everything else. Developers that make less than $1 million per year in app store revenue can receive a 20 percent commission and 10 percent in “promotional credits” for Amazon Web Services through Amazon’s Appstore Small Business Accelerator Program for as long as they qualify. Microsoft Store: 15 percent commission on apps and 12 percent commission on PC games are starting in 2022. A 30 percent commission on all apps, games, and in-app purchases on Xbox consoles. Non-game sellers can also use their own payment system and avoid Microsoft’s commission entirely as of July 28th, 2021. Creator platforms While app stores largely fit into the logic of their real-life, physical counterparts, an ever-growing breed of creator platforms allows people to monetize their personality and creativity more directly. Whether glued onto an existing social network like Facebook or reinventing old forms of entertainment like Clubhouse, creator platforms have found familiar ways to earn a buck on the backs of creator popularity. Membership Patreon: There are three types of plans creators can enroll in, and each plan comes with a different cut. Lite plan: Patreon takes 5% Pro plan: Patreon takes 8% Premium plan: Patreon takes12% The tiers are geared toward different types of creators and businesses. The pro tier lets a creator offer tiered memberships to fans, while the premium tier provides a dedicated contact at Patreon who can provide support. Then, there are payment processing fees. For creators in the United States, Patreon takes 5 percent plus 10 cents for payments of $3 or less. Payments over $3 result in a 2.9 percent cut plus 30 cents going to Patreon. OnlyFans: OnlyFans takes 20 percent of subscription fees and other earnings, like tips. Creators can set their subscription fees between $5 and $50 per month. Tips max out at $100 for new users and go up to $200 for users who have had an account for four months or longer. You can tip $500 per day as a new user, with the limit increasing over time. Twitter: Twitter offers an array of ways for creators to make money. Super Follows allows creators to offer subscriptions of $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month in exchange for perks like exclusive tweets. Ticketed Spaces allow creators to charge for access to live audio events, with ticket prices ranging anywhere from $1 to $999. For both products, Twitter takes a 3 percent commission on payments (after payment processing and in-app purchase fees, such as Apple’s 30 percent cut) until creators earn their first $50,000 on the platform, after which Twitter takes 20 percent. The features are only available to select users for now. Creators can also receive money directly through Twitter’s Tip Jar feature, which is currently in beta and only available to some users. Twitter doesn’t take a cut, but payments are subject to the processing fees of whatever third-party payment service is linked. Facebook: Facebook lets creators offer monthly Fan Subscriptions and receive support directly from their followers. Facebook plans to take up to a 30 percent cut each month, but the company has announced it won’t be taking any fees until 2023. Apple and Google do take their typical cut on mobile, though, reducing creators’ share to 70 percent. Facebook also offers a tipping feature for live streams called Stars — basically its answer to Twitch’s Bits. Creators get 1 cent per star, but (like Twitch below) viewers buy them for more than a penny each. If a viewer is buying only a few dollars at a time, Facebook might take upward of 18 percent of the money spent on tips. Creators also need to meet Facebook’s eligibility requirements to enable Stars. Bulletin, Facebook’s newsletter product, currently doesn’t take a cut of subscriptions, though Facebook has so far limited the platform to a select group of higher-profile writers and personalities. Video YouTube: Creators primarily make money on YouTube through ad revenue. YouTube takes 45 percent of revenue from ads and gives creators 55 percent, according to Variety. YouTube also has a number of ways for creators to get paid directly by viewers: The platform lets channels offer memberships, which are monthly subscriptions that run between $1 and $100 in the US. Similar to several Twitch features, YouTube’s Super Chat, Super Stickers, and Super Thanks features give fans the ability to tip creators in exchange for perks like better comment placement in a Livestream chat, custom stickers, and animations. Prices range from $1 to $500 for pinned Super Chat comments, $1 to $50 for Super Stickers, and $2 to $50 for Super Thanks. YouTube takes 30 percent of the revenue earned on memberships and Super features once taxes and applicable app store fees are deducted. Creators can also sell merchandise from select retailers directly to subscribers via the merch shelf underneath videos. YouTube doesn’t take a cut of merch sales, but creators may be subject to different fees depending on which of the 31 different supported retailers they partner with. YouTube also shares revenue from YouTube Premium subscriptions based on the amount subscribers who watch a creator’s videos. The company has not disclosed how that money is divided, but YouTube tells The Verge most of the revenue from Premium goes to creators. Twitch: A creator can start making money from ads, subscriptions, and donations once they become a Twitch affiliate, which takes a certain amount of streaming and followers. Twitch typically takes 50 percent of subscription fees. Subscription pricing varies by country to reflect the local cost of living. As an example, a base subscription is $4.99 per month in the US but around $1.20 per month in Turkey. Twitch also offers streamers a way to be paid via donations using a virtual currency called bits. Twitch pays creators 1 cent per bit, so after receiving 100 bits, a streamer gets $1. The catch is, that viewers, pay extra upfront to buy those bits: 100 bits cost $1.40 to buy on the web or around $2 to buy on mobile to account for app store fees. That means anywhere from 29 percent to 50 percent of the money spent toward tipping is being lost to fees. Streamers frequently accept donations through third-party payment platforms, too. Twitch doesn’t take a cut of these, but the platforms themselves may come with their own deductions for payment processing. On top of subscriber fees, streamers also earn ad revenue — usually around $3.50 for every 1,000 views of an ad on their channel. For both subscriptions and advertising, bigger streamers may get better deals. Audio Clubhouse: Live social audio app Clubhouse allows listeners to pay creators directly via a “Send Money” button. The clubhouse doesn’t take a cut of the payments, and the person leaving the tip is asked to cover the payment processing fee from Stripe. Spotify: Through its subsidiary Anchor, Spotify allows podcasters to offer subscriptions. Spotify won’t take a cut until 2023, after which the company will charge a 5 percent commission. Creators have to cover payment processing fees out of their share. Apple: Subscriptions in Apple Podcasts are subject to the same rules as other subscriptions on Apple platforms: there’s a 30 percent commission to start, but if subscribers stick around for a year, the commission drops to 15 percent. Creators also have to pay $19.99 per year to offer subscriptions in the first place. Discord: Through its live audio feature, Stage Channels, Discord offers creators the ability to sell tickets to their audio events. The feature is currently in a limited beta, and Discord hasn’t announced if it will keep a portion of ticket sales or when the feature will be available for everyone. Writing Tumblr: A subscription feature, called Post Plus, lets creators offer subscriber-only posts for $3.99, $5.99, or $9.99 per month. Tumblr takes a 5 percent commission on subscription fees, and for subscriptions made through iOS or Android, creators will lose an additional 30 percent to the respective platforms. Substack: The newsletter platform takes 10 percent of subscription fees. Substack lets writers choose how much they want to charge newsletter subscribers per month or year. (There’s also a free tier.) Wattpad: The fiction publishing platform Wattpad offers a limited form of monetization for certain creators. Invite-only Paid Stories allows fans to purchase coins to unlock entries in an ongoing story or novel. Currently, Wattpad sells coins in several different packages (you can get nine coins for 99 cents, for example) and chapters are usually priced at three coins each (though some go for more). Wattpad says writers receive the “majority of the revenue from the program,” but it has not publicly disclosed the exact split. Kindle Vella: Amazon has its own take on Wattpad’s Paid Stories, called Kindle Vella. Writers who publish with Vella receive royalties based on the number of tokens spent on an “episode” in their story, with the token cost determined by the episode’s length (one token per 100 words). Writers get to keep half of whatever a reader spent on the tokens they used to unlock their story, minus taxes and fees. The complicating factor is that Amazon offers tokens at different price points — you can buy 200 tokens for $1.99 or 1,100 tokens for $9.99 — so payouts can vary. At those price points, for example, a writer who receives 100 tokens would either get $1 or 90 cents. Digital marketplaces Digital marketplaces for physical goods are at the core of online shopping. Many of us use Amazon on a daily or weekly basis or peruse eBay at work to keep an eye on the latest auctions. But while large businesses can be built on these platforms, their terms can be complicated to navigate and tend to ensure the platforms make a cut on just about every sale that goes through. Facebook and Instagram: Facebook collects either 5 percent per shipment of products sold (one order can include multiple shipments if items are mailed separately) or a flat fee of 40 cents for shipments of $8 or less. This covers taxes, and payment processing fees, and applies to all checkout transactions on both Facebook and Instagram. Facebook is waiving the selling fee for all orders shipping through June 30th, 2022. Amazon: Amazon is a complicated one. First, businesses can choose between using a professional selling plan, which costs $39.99 a month, or an individual seller’s plan, which has no monthly fee. Those on the professional tier do not have to pay a sales fee on items sold, while those on an individual seller’s plan pay $1 per sale. Amazon then takes a commission on each sale, including shipping fees. This fee depends on what the item is, typically ranging from 8 to 20 percent. There’s also a $1.80 closing fee for products listed under media categories, including books, DVDs, music, game consoles, and more. Etsy: Etsy charges a 20-cent fee for people to list each item for sale. Then, for every product sold, Etsy takes a 5 percent transaction fee, and a payment processing fee of 3 percent plus 25 cents. The company also runs an advertising program that’s somewhat controversial with sellers. Etsy pays to advertise their products on sites like Google and then takes up to a 15 percent fee (but no more than $100) if they lead to a sale. Small sellers can opt-out, but larger sellers have to participate; for them, Etsy only takes a 12 percent referral fee. eBay: Generally speaking, eBay sellers might pay a small fee to list a product and a 12.5 percent commission on the sale price. Fees can vary significantly depending on product category and listing type, though. eBay also offers paid premium store features that can reduce fees. It’s a fairly complicated series of options — you can get a sense of some possibilities for paying stores from this chart.

  • Projekto.Biz | Procrastination, Understanding its Effects and How to Overcome it

    Procrastination is when we put off doing important work and plan to do it later instead. Delaying any action or decision also counts as procrastination. It may seem like a good idea at the time, but then we start rushing to complete the work as the deadline approaches. Panic sets in, and the work may be substandard or remain unfinished. If you are a procrastinator, know that you are not alone — procrastination is a widespread global phenomenon. About 25% of adults agree that they procrastinate, while the number of college students who put off important tasks is much higher at 70%. More than 50% of people report using the internet to procrastinate and avoid doing what they should be doing. Some people are chronic procrastinators, while some are occasional. Their reasons for avoiding work can be entirely different, from mental fatigue to stress to burnout to excessive family pressure. What causes procrastination? Let’s take a look at possible causes of procrastination: Fear of criticism Avoidance Fear of failure Perfectionism Low self-esteem A tendency to self-defeat Self-pity Lack of focus Depression Tendency to wait until the last minute ADHD Task aversion Indecision or decision fatigue Resisting challenges Difficulty defining goals Lack of energy A disconnect with the future self Procrastination stops you from achieving your goals — in your career, studies, relationships, and much more. It hinders teamwork, triggers depression and low self-esteem, and may even lead to job loss. Many people even forgo essential wellness habits such as regular exercise and health check-ups due to procrastination. Understanding the effects of procrastination The negative effects of procrastination may range from missing a project deadline to something more severe, like losing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get your dream job. You should avoid giving in to your tendencies to avoid important tasks. Procrastination can have life-altering effects for those who don’t choose to deal with it. However, conscious efforts to curb procrastination should help you gain control over it. 1. Losing precious time Have you ever contemplated how much time you may have wasted procrastinating? It suddenly makes you realize that you’ve grown two, five, or ten years older, but nothing significant has happened in your life. The helplessness and feeling of regret will resonate. You will feel frustrated knowing that your situation cannot be reversed. Yet, all this could have been different had you taken the first step to fight procrastination. 2. Blowing opportunities How many opportunities could have been seized had you not put them off? This realization will prompt you to knock procrastination out of your life. One study found that 80% of people have experienced the negative effects of procrastination. You need to embrace all life opportunities with open arms as soon they are presented to you. Overthinking and procrastinating will result in you getting left behind. 3. Not meeting goals Procrastination tightens its grip when we let our minds wander with thoughts of what we want to achieve in life. Your intense desire to change something should propel you into taking action, but you seem to be stuck in the spiral of your thoughts. Our goals drive us to success. If those goals are not pursued, you don’t progress, and the chances of making your life better diminish significantly. If procrastination prevents you from accomplishing your goals, you should first unearth the root cause and resolve it. 4. Ruining a career Procrastination may become an impediment to achieving monthly targets or meeting your deadlines. This can have dire consequences on your career. Even a single percentage point increase in procrastination can lead to a decrease in salary. You may miss out on annual promotions or be laid off from your job. 5. Lower self-esteem Low self-esteem can make us feel incapable of completing an important task or project. It triggers feelings of self-sabotage and being unworthy of success. It slowly breaks your confidence, demoralizes you, and turns you into a procrastinator. 6. Making poor decisions Indecision or decision fatigue is one of the major effects of procrastination. Our decisions get clouded by our negative emotions, and procrastination takes over. It pushes us to make flawed decisions that may have a severe bearing on us in the long run. As a rule of thumb, you should never make a decision while procrastinating. Instead, write down all the options and analyze their pros and cons as soon as your mind settles down. 7. Damage to your reputation Think of a scenario where you keep making promises but don’t deliver. People will eventually begin to lose trust in you, and your reputation takes a beating. Your self-confidence and self-control are also tarnished. People will become aware of your avoidant attitude and refrain from offering you new opportunities. They may be worried that you will procrastinate, and they will have to clean up your mess. 8. Risking your health Procrastination aggravates serious mental health issues like anxiety and stress. Leaving them unattended for long may result in irreversible health risks. For example, depression can affect multiple areas of your life, from personal to professional. How to overcome procrastination Let’s focus on the brighter side now and find out how you can eliminate procrastination from your life. Follow the below steps to prevent procrastination from controlling you: Know yourself Knowing yourself solves half the problem. You need to understand the root cause of your procrastination before you can start dealing with it. For example, do you avoid a specific task because you do not find it pleasant and exciting? If your life is wrapped around the mundane aspects of the job, it’s time to change your mindset. Instead, focus on the fulfilling and enjoyable aspects of your job. Practice time management Consider adopting some time-management techniques to help you regain focus. Efficiently managing time and self-regulating can help you concentrate on your tasks. For instance, the Pomodoro technique is an excellent time-management strategy in which you track time using a timer. This helps you organize and manage your workflow. Change your perspective Replace the phrases “have to” and “need to” with more positive ones like “choose to” and “like to.” These positive words reassure your mind by implying that you have full ownership of what you do. This, in turn, makes you feel more empowered and confident and helps you take control of how you react to a situation. Commit to assignments Instead of avoiding a task, you should focus on doing it. Writing down each task and assigning a timeline for completion will help you deal with your to-do list Work in productive environments Finish all your tasks as soon as they are assigned to you and avoid spreading them over future dates. Since the internet is the main distraction for 50% of procrastinators, stay offline to boost your productivity. Switch off social media and email notifications and avoid watching television while working. Set realistic goals Setting achievable goals for yourself is the first step to overcoming procrastination. Make sure to define your goals clearly. Setting vague goals will resurrect your procrastination habit. Be positive Break the habit of blaming yourself for everything and embrace self-forgiveness instead. Forgiving yourself will significantly reduce the likelihood of future procrastination. Learn from mistakes It’s okay to make mistakes as no one is perfect. Don’t let the fear of committing mistakes stop you from attempting anything at all. Avoid denying or justifying your procrastination and instead take responsibility for your actions. This will quickly help you understand that you should have acted differently. Plan for obstacles Planning for obstacles coupled with a goal-oriented mindset will help you break the procrastination cycle. If you are not prepared to deal with obstacles, hitting a roadblock will lead you to procrastinate even more. Create a reward system If you manage to accomplish a challenging project, reward yourself with a cup of coffee or a slice of cake. It will lighten your mood and help you realize how fulfilling it is to wrap things up on time. Identify the problem Understanding the nature of your procrastination problem will help you successfully deal with it. For instance, does working from home make you put things off more than you do at the office? Seeking answers to such questions will help you effectively deal with procrastination. Get social Sharing your concerns with close friends and like-minded colleagues will help. If opening up to close friends seems challenging, use online tools like Procraster to monitor yourself. How to continue beating procrastination Procrastination is just like a riddle that you can solve. Create and follow a robust plan of action to overcome procrastination and take control of your life. Use these strategies for overcoming procrastination and break down your to-do list into smaller, more manageable chunks. Focus on getting started with your tasks rather than completing them. January 2022

  • Projekto.Biz | Virtual Platforms for Online Meetings

    The Covid-19 pandemic has been a great catalyst for the increase in the use of virtual meeting platforms. In a time of social distancing, businesses are relying on these platforms to stay connected, exchange information, and work together. What is an Online Meeting? An online meeting, also called virtual conferencing, is a method of communication that allows for multiple parties to meet and interact in the same space without physically being present. Through electronic device channels like internet service, projectors (for large teams), reliable sources of audio, laptops, tablets, webcams, etc., business employees and higher-ups can communicate back and forth with each other using various virtual meeting platforms. Best Virtual Meeting Platforms Skype An easy-to-use app that allows you to connect with a single person or a group of people. It is a well-known platform that many meeting participants most likely already have personal accounts for service use. Skype app comes with no long-distance costs but is prone to audio and visual display problems, buffering delays, and calls being dropped. Slack Slack helps to connect team members with each other through messaging tools, adjustable notifications and is streamlined with a multitude of office features. With its reliable messaging features catered to employees, email traffic between workers is lessened. Using this service costs $8 per person or $15 per month Google Hangouts A no-cost platform that offers tools to make phone calls, use instant messaging that connects with up to 10 people, and video conferencing. If you use Google, which is practically everyone, this platform is already installed into Google tools like Gmail. Another cool feature of Google Hangouts is that video calls can be streamed in real-time on YouTube. Zoom meeting Not only can businesses hold virtual meetings on this platform, but they can also conduct training seminars, webinars, etc. During Zoom meetings, users can simultaneously share messages and documents with each other through Zoom’s chat tool. A basic plan with a Zoom meeting is free to use for unlimited time and offers unlimited meetings with a 40-minute time limit for each. GoToMeeting This platform offers tools that include messaging between team members, dialogue transcriptions for video, and adjustable team settings. Using GoToMeeting, businesses can conduct meetings with up to 100 people, including participating and holding meetings using a smartphone. This platform is offered to users through a 14-day free trial with plans starting at $12 per month. Microsoft Teams Microsoft Teams is a sub-feature of the Microsoft Office 365 platform. This sub-feature can hold meetings with up to 300 participants alongside access for guests, person-to-person and team video, phone calls, sharable files with 2 gigabytes per person, and 10 gigabytes per group, desktop sharing for easy collaboration, and file organization through coloration. This service is free with sign-up using an email address. Facetime This well-known platform is not just used for connecting with friends and family but can be used for business purposes as well. Although Facetime is only compatible with Apple devices, features include group chats that can hold up to 32 participants, tools to let you know who is currently speaking, and the ability to choose who you want to see on the screen. This service is free to use. Google Meet This updated and improved version of Google Hangout is streamlined into the G suite office productivity service. Google Meet provides the user with an assigned dial number so that virtual meetings can stay private within the team, a clear access line with no dropped calls and compatibility with both Apple and Android devices. This service offers 3 plans: G suite Basic ($6 per month), G suite business ($12 per month), and G suite enterprise ($25 per month). FreeConferenceCall As stated in its name, this service is completely free. FreeConferenceCall offers tools for collaborating and calls with group members for desktop sharing, drawing, and messages for public and private use. Not only is it free but it is simple to use as well. Intermedia Originally called AnyMeeting, Intermedia syncs video conferencing, messaging, and desktop sharing tools on a service based in the cloud. Come in 2 service payment plans: Lite ($10 per month) and Pro ($3 per month). If you upgrade to the Pro Plan, you can transcribe and record meetings in real-time plus receive an infinite amount of space in the cloud. Adobe Connect Adobe Connect goes above and beyond when it comes to being a virtual meeting platform. Not only does this service offer desktop sharing, messaging, and video chat features, but you can make smaller sites, organize emails, make digital rooms customizable to match the brand of the company. To hold meetings on this platform it is going to cost you a starting price of $50 per month while webinars go for the starting price of $130 per month. Amazon Chime Unsurprisingly this service syncs with Alexa, an AI assistant service created by Amazon, for virtual business meetings. Amazon Chime offers calls, messages, digital meetings, and video conferencing. The cost of this service is free if you only use the basic features of the platform, but pro features prices range from $3 per person/per day to $15 per person/per month, depending on which features are used. Join. Me The cost of using this virtual meeting platform is $0.00. Join Me has tools that allow users to change URL links to their liking and the ability to choose whatever background they want for the display that is shown during virtual meetings. It also syncs with other work tools like Outlook, Office 365, and Google Calendar. Lifesize Lifesize offers 4k high-resolution video for clear images, an interactive touchscreen interface for conference room phones, and video sharing tools stored in the cloud. Lifesize Go, a browser version of this platform, is free for all users. Lifesize Standard for small groups is $16.95 per host/per month, Lifesize Plus for small/medium-size businesses is $14.95 per host/per month, and Lifesize Enterprise is $12.95 per month with the ability to carry a minimum of 50 hosts. RingCentral Meetings This virtual meeting platform has a free plan for users, customer support for all other payment plans including the free plan, and can operate on all major platforms. However, RingCentral Meetings does not have sharing capabilities with outside users and only offers local recordings. The payments plan for this service has a starting price of as low as $14.99 a month. HighFive A unique feature the HighFive has on its platform is that it does not require passwords or pin numbers to access meetings. Users must wait in a digital meeting room until they are allowed into a meeting by a manager or host. Video conferencing for meeting rooms go for costs $99 per month/per room on a yearly basis. ON24 ON24 provides the opportunity for marketers to create information-based, interactive webinars, content learning, and interpreting audience behavior through polls, surveys, monitoring engagement and conversations, and analyzing resources. You can also record webinars or meetings in multiple takes and alternate between real-time and already recorded presentations. This service offers a free trial period of up to 30 days. BigBlueButton This platform is catered for instructors who teach children online, but it also can be used by businesses as learning seminars and webinars. BigBlueButton offers the ability to share facilitation, desktop, video, and audio while simultaneously working with other users through messages, notes, and polls. Although hard to set up, the platform is free to use and has the interface of costly digital learning virtual meeting software. Zoho meeting This well-known virtual meeting platform lets users conduct and participate in online meetings from anywhere. Its desktop sharing and display tools make sure that groups can effectively collaborate with each other. Zoho meeting’s camera-based virtual meetings ensure that online calls run smoothly. There are a free version and payment plans that range from $12 to $980 depending on the number of hosts and participants. ClickMeeting ClickMeeting is a simple to use platform that offers various features. Customizable meeting rooms and a variety of collaboration tools (desktop sharing and facilitation) are key features of this platform. Payment plans range from $25 a month for 25 participants to $165 a month for up to 5,000 participants. Intrado This prestigious platform conducts over 40,000 digital events and webcasts yearly using cloud-based technology and global partnerships. Intrado offers services in countries like South America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Canada, and, of course, the United States. Intrado offers a free trial service that lasts for 30 days. Pexip Considered one of the greatest virtual meeting platforms currently in the industry, Pexip lets users conduct online meetings individually. Pexip also allows users to hold meetings on various cloud services like Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, & Microsoft Azure with the ability to adjust service size and features to sync to traditional video operations. The cost of using this service depends on the size of the meetings you want to hold, but a free trial option is available. Cisco WebEx Meeting Center As with most virtual meeting platforms, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center offers its users a free option to use its service. The features of this platform include enhanced technology to audio and video delay and can display 25 feeds at the same time. However, the service only allows one host per license and the “Call Me” plan has added costs. Digitell This digital multimedia building organization caters to businesses needing help in leveraging their digital content. Digitell also provides services to capture the attention of its users with enhanced digital interfaces that allow them access to live streams, educational facilitation, and webinars. If your conference or meeting needs to be digitized, this is the platform for you. The cost of using this service is not mentioned on the main website. Contact the vendor for more details. Infinite Conferencing Infinite Conferencing is a virtual meeting platform that seeks to streamline the process of conducting virtual meetings. Using this service provides users with problem-solving tools for web and phone conferencing plus, Infinite Conferencing is browser-based. The cost of using this service is $100. ezTalks Cloud Meeting Using this service is free of charge for up to 100 users. ezTalks Cloud Meeting specializes in messaging, video, and audio tools. With desktop and document sharing features, this platform also provides users with a whiteboard feature that can share highlights, writings, drawings, and screenshots with other group members. ezTalks Cloud Meeting is compatible with all mobile and desktop devices. Live webinar Though “webinar” is part of LiveWebinar’s name, this versatile platform is also great for hosting meetings, virtual summits, online classes, and more. With no downloads or plugins necessary, you can immediately get started with your event! Enjoy over 50 features, from whiteboards to breakout rooms, polls, and tests to screen sharing, even customize the meeting room with your colors and logo. Get started with a free two-week trial, from there you can select one of three packages, or go with a fully customizable enterprise option. What to Look for in Online Meeting Software? Insight: Make sure that the virtual meeting platform that you choose to use has features the can accommodate future needs Dependable and Superior: Consistently quality service and high-resolution visuals ensure that online meetings run smoothly which can lead to an increase in productivity for a business Desktop Sharing: An important aspect of team collaboration is not just being able to see fellow team members work, but having the ability to interact and edit the work in real-time Video Conferencing: This is the main feature that a virtual meeting platform must have in order for online meetings to take place Streamlined Instant Messaging: Tools for communication between team members must be easy to use, can be used on various platforms, and can be synced with popular devices Sign-On button: Is it easy for a new user to create an account and log back in for use of service? Benefits of Virtual Meeting Platforms No time wasted: To keep team members engaged, it is encouraged for hosts to have virtual meetings be no more than 30 minutes. The features of virtual meeting platforms help to alleviate potential time that could be lost Enhanced communications: Face-to-face interactions helps to enhance how messages are given, taken, and interpreted even if it is behind the computer screen Lessens traveling costs and time: There is no need to travel across the city, state, or even country lines when a user can talk to anyone from anywhere in the world with the touch of a button Enhanced efficiency: Productivity increases when communication is clear, goals are known, and everyone has a voice Spread knowledge: Virtual meeting software helps a business (both employees and higher-ups) know what is going on with operations when everyone is working remotely Giving infinite invitations: No matter how many members business has, as long as the host has the ability to give access to virtual meetings through its features Different meeting schedules: Despite the earlier advice to have virtual meetings on Tuesday afternoons, last-minute work updates and emergencies might require pop up meetings that can be scheduled and conducted using various platform features Easy to use interface: A virtual meeting platform’s level of usability is essential to whether a meeting was productive or an unorganized mess Live recorded meeting: Although note-taking is useful during a meeting, being able to record not only exactly what has been said but who said it and how they said it is a godsend to employees and supervisors who are already incredibly busy General productivity increases: Short meetings, being able to stay in one place, recording everything that is happening, and easy collaboration between employees and supervisors ensures a guaranteed increase in work that is able to get done Disadvantages of Virtual Meeting Platforms Less direct interaction: Although virtual meeting platforms allow users to technically be face-to-face, the physical work environment cannot be replicated Unstable connection: No matter how advanced a technological platform is, there still is a possibility of technical difficulties to occur Less human contact: Employees interacting with each other online does not compare to the personal relationships that can form from being physically present in one space Hacking: Trolls are not just on social media platforms. Zoom recently had an incident occur where people hacked into online learning sessions and spewed racially insensitive comments toward its users, many of whom were children How to Run a Successful Online Meeting Share URL links to participants the day before the official meeting date to give them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the platform interface and features Start and be on time. Courtesy does not end just because work is now currently being done from home Communicate to participants what behaviors will be expected of them during the meeting Encourage participation by using features that allow individuals to be highlighted when speaking Make sure everyone is paying attention to what is going on. Being at home can allow for users to get easily distracted Review and follow-up on main objectives and goals that were discussed during the meeting to ensure that everyone is on the same page Hector Lopez January 2022

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  • Gestión de proyectos | Projekto.Biz | Héctor López | Servicios Globales

    Home Sobre Experiencia Servicios Metodologias Casos Herramientas Preguntas Blog Resultados de la búsqueda Videos Contacto Informaciones legales Política de privacidad Condiciones de Uso Política de cookies Cumplimiento de GDPR More Projekto.Biz PMP Project Management Professional y Especialista en marketing y negocios EN DE ES PT FR IT Los servicios de consultoría en gestión de proyectos son vitales para proyectos de alto impacto, urgentes, los más críticos para el éxito de su organización ... Hector Lopez PMP Gestión de proyectos Negocios y marketing Madrid, ES ​ + 34 910 600 687 Descargar CV Sobre MI HISTORIA Con una pasión por los negocios, la gestión de proyectos y todo lo relacionado con el marketing, tengo el conjunto de habilidades y la experiencia profesional necesarios para sumergirme en el mundo de la gestión de proyectos, así como en el marketing y la investigación de mercado. Como un jugador de equipo optimista, automotivado con excelente comunicación, visualizo proyectos emocionantes en la industria. Navegue por mi sitio para ver todo lo que tengo para ofrecer. Ir a Experiencia Ir a Proyectos Servicios UNA MUESTRA DE LO QUE OFRECEMOS Estudios de viabilidad Adaptado a Operaciones, Asuntos Técnicos, Economía, otros ... Ver más detalles Proyectos por tipo Administrativo, Construcción, Diseño, Equipamiento, Desarrollo de Producto, etc. Ver más detalles Ver más detalles Ver más detalles Ver más detalles Leer más Ver más detalles Ir a Servicios Proyectos por industria Fabricación, procesos comerciales, cadena de suministro, fusiones y adquisiciones, capital, etc. Ver más detalles Metodologias LOS MÉTODOS DE GESTIÓN DE PROYECTOS QUE UTILIZAMOS Método secuencial * Método Cascada PM * Método de ruta crítica (CPM) * Cadena crítica PM (CCPM) La familia ágil * Método ágil de PM * Método Scrum * Método Kanban * Programación extrema * Marco de proyecto adaptativo (APF) Gestión del cambio * Método de cambio de evento (ECM) * Gestión de proyectos extremos (XPM) El proceso basado * El método Lean * Método Six Sigma * Lean Sig Sigma * PM basado en procesos Método PMBOK * La guía y el método del PMBOK * Implica dividir los proyectos en 5 Grupos de Procesos acordados por el PMI (Project Management Institute) Otras metodologias * Príncipe 2 * Prisma * Realización de beneficios * Otros Ir a Metodologías Casos de proyectos UNA MUESTRA DE PROYECTOS QUE AYUDAMOS A DESARROLLAR CON NUESTROS CLIENTES Pharma | Acquisition with Integration A pharma co.acquired a smaller company that would complement its businesses. An integration process was necessary. We participated in this project with key client management for the integration process. We used Asana, Smartsheets, and Slack for the project team collaboration. Electrical | Small ERP Implementation Based on the requirements, we joined forces with the internal finance team, in order to put together a small project team to help with the implementation of the SAP Junior ERP system. We used MSProject, Smartsheets,and Zoom for the virtual joint meetings. Software | SAP Developer Firm Client: Texas, US, based software firm, SAP products developer for end users. SOW: checking the Brazilian market for IT/SAP product development in BR & Latam. We provided full market research for the segment in BR and the client finally opened an LLC in Brazil. Ir a Casos Herramientas de proyecto HERRAMIENTAS QUE UTILIZAMOS PARA LA ELABORACION DE PROYECTOS Ir a Herramientas Publicaciones del blog NUESTROS POSTES Y ARTÍCULOS MÁS RECIENTES Projekto.Biz | All About Marketplaces Fees (taking money like "Vegas" slot machines...) Projekto.Biz | Procrastination, Understanding its Effects and How to Overcome it Projekto.Biz | Virtual Platforms for Online Meetings Ir al Blog Projekto.Biz Videos Reproducir video Reproducir video 00:34 Projekto.Biz | Services Overview We assist organizations in doing the right projects—those with strategic alignment that make the best use of your time, talent, and budget—and doing them right. Our approach to Project Management is to understand your culture and right-size practices to fit your organizational needs, aligning our recommended structure, tools, and processes with your goals and resources. With a passion for business, project management, and all things marketing, I have both the skill set and professional background necessary to dive deep into the project management world, as well as Marketing and Market Research. As an upbeat, self-motivated team player with excellent communication, I envision exciting projects in the industry. Browse my site to see all that I have to offer. Reproducir video Reproducir video 00:38 Projekto.Biz | Showcasing Some of Our Projects We assist organizations in doing the right projects—those with strategic alignment that make the best use of your time, talent, and budget—and doing them right. ​Our approach to Project Management is to understand your culture and right-size practices to fit your organizational needs, aligning our recommended structure, tools, and processes with your goals and resources. ​Below we are show-casing some Projects we have been working on, jointly with the management of some of our clients. Reproducir video Reproducir video 00:38 Projekto.Biz | Tools for Project Management Project management tools are aids to assist an individual or team to effectively organize work and manage projects and tasks. The term usually refers to project management software you can purchase online. ​Despite its name, project management tools are not just for project managers. Project management tools are made to be completely customizable so they can fit the needs of teams of different sizes and with different goals. ​Project management tools are usually defined by the different features offered. They include, but are not limited to: ​Planning/scheduling - Project management tools allow you to plan and delegate work all in one place with tasks, sub-tasks, folders, templates, workflows, and calendars. ​Collaboration - Email is no longer the only form of communication. Use project management tools to assign tasks, add comments, organize dashboards, and for proofing & approvals. ​Documentation - Avoid missing files with file management features: editing, versioning, & storage of all files. ​Evaluation - Track and assess productivity and growth through resource management & reporting. ​Below, we are showing some of the most frequently used tools for Project Management, Program Management and Projects Development .... Reproducir video Reproducir video 05:32 Projekto.Biz | Time Management Time Management refers to managing time effectively so that the right time is allocated to the right activity. Effective time management allows individuals to assign specific time slots to activities as per their importance. Time Management refers to making the best use of time as time is always limited. The 5 key elements of time management are: # a conducive environment, # setting priorities, # eliminating non-priorities, # goal setting, and # forming the right habits. 5 essential time management techniques Be intentional: keep a to-do list. ... Be prioritized: rank your tasks. ... Be focused: manage distractions. ... Be structured: time block your work. ... Be self-aware: track your time. The five most important time management skills are: Planning. Decision making and prioritization. ‍Setting boundaries and saying no. ‍Delegating and outsourcing tasks. ‍Building a system and diligently following it. One reason that time management is difficult is due to the planning fallacy—something that occurs when people underestimate how long it will take to finish a task, even if they have done the task before. 8 Barriers of Time Management Too many tasks on our schedule. We should admit that there are always more tasks we need to do than we think. ... Too many interruptions. ... Lack of priority. ... Procrastination. ... Fear of failure. ... Lack of organization. ... Lack of a strategic direction. ... Unable to say (NO!) Reproducir video Reproducir video 02:52 Projekto.Biz | Types of Market Research The most common types of Market Research are: Customer decision journey. Pricing. Competitive Analysis. Brand awareness. Marketing message testing. Market segmentation. Product development 10 great tools for market research # Google Keywords Tool. The Google Keywords tool acts as a window into the behaviour of consumers when searching online for products or services such as yours. ... # Questback. ... # Klout, Kred and Peerindex. ... # KeySurvey. ... # Google Analytics. ... # Market Data Websites. ... # FreeLunch. ... # Social Mention Collecting primary research can include: #Interviews (either by telephone or face-to-face) # Surveys (online or by mail) # Questionnaires (online or by mail) # Focus groups gathering a sampling of potential clients or customers and getting their direct feedback The response time is quick so online surveys have become the preferred method of data collection for many consumer satisfaction surveys and product and service feedback. It is easy to track respondents, non-respondents, and results through the data collection process. Two common themes arose from market research in 2020 – personalisation and convenience. Using AI-assisted data collection helps in advancing research for brands and researchers. The right data going to the right stakeholders in real-time define the success metrics of market research. Reproducir video Reproducir video 05:02 Projekto Biz | Project Management Methodologies A project management methodology is essentially a set of guiding principles and processes for managing a project. Your choice of methodology defines how you work and communicate. According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), a methodology is defined as 'a system of practices, techniques, procedures, and rules used by those who work in a discipline. Lean practices, Kanban, and Six Sigma are project management methodologies examples. The most popular Project Management Methodologies are: Agile. Agile project management is well-named. ... Kanban. Although Kanban is technically an Agile framework, it is widely regarded as its own methodology. ... Lean. ... Waterfall. ... Six Sigma Selecting the Right Project Management Method thru: Project focus (e.g. task activities versus final product) Customer and stakeholder involvement. Industry. Flexibility of timeline. Allotted budget. Number and type of teams working on the project. Complexity of projects. Resources needed versus resources available Why is a Methodology used: In terms of resources, a methodology helps shorten the team's learning curve and, as it is used in projects, it is improved and transformed in line with the company's personal style. With an adapted and standardized focus, it is possible to lower implementation risks and improve the work Therefore, no matter what subject area you're working in, your methodology section will include the following: A recap of your research question(s) ... A description of your design or method. ... The background and rationale for your design choice. ... An evaluation of your choice of method, and a statement of its limitations Videos

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