With Skype and Google Hangouts dominating most of the video chat market, do we really need another website that does basically the same thing? Zoom is unique in its business focus and ability to include 100 people in one video chat session. You can use the service for free, but the website’s true features come alive when you start paying for the premium version. Zoom also lets users share files, their screens, and message across different types of apps. Whether or not you use Zoom for business purposes, the website is a fantastic substitute for any video messaging website out there.
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Today Zoom announced that our founder and CEO, Eric S. Yuan, has won a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award honoring the Top CEOs in 2018. Yuan is the #1 CEO of a large company on Glassdoor, with 99% employee approval. Zoom has a 4.9/5 star approval rating and 96% positive employee recommendations on Glassdoor.
Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, released its annual report recognizing the top CEOs, which highlights leaders employees most love working for in companies throughout North America and parts of Europe. Among the chief executives recognized by employees in the U.S., Yuan received the top approval rating based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews that Zoom employees shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year.
When employees submit reviews about their company on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate various factors about their employment experience, including their senior management and CEO. Among the 770,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 69 percent.
“What an incredible honor to receive such a recognition from my employees,” said Eric. “I am humbled not just by the award, but by the hard work and dedication that they demonstrate at Zoom every day. This award represents the culture that they have built as much as it does any achievement on my part. Thank you to each and every one of them.”
“Winning a Glassdoor Top CEO award is a true acknowledgement of exceptional leadership, as it reflects the opinions of the employees who work with a chief executive every day. I congratulate all of this year’s winners on this significant achievement,” said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO. “It can be a real recruiting advantage to have a top-rated CEO at the helm of a company who has strong support from his or her employees. The best CEOs are inspiring, trustworthy, innovative and can be great motivators for people to bring their best selves to work.”
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Check out our recent case study on Klaxoon, a productivity and collaboration company based in Rennes, France.
Founded in 2015, Klaxoon works to improve teamwork efficiency by offering a suite of applications, including meeting tools, brainstorming tools, a survey maker, and private networks. Klaxoon’s suite of apps helps companies to get 100% employee participation and reduce meeting times by half, creating a high return on investment and saving resources.
With 150 employees distributed across the world in cities such as Rennes, Paris, Lyon, and New York, Klaxoon is constantly thinking of ways to improve their own internal collaboration and keep their workforce connected.
David Weinling, marketing and business intelligence manager at Klaxoon, believes that video communications is a core element of the company success. “We are all about teamwork efficiency … Being in touch and seeing each other face-to-face is quite an advantage. We see video communication as an extension of Klaxoon, narrowing the distance between employees.”
Klaxoon needed a video communications solution that supports audio, video, and collaboration features, such as screen sharing. They also needed a solution that would be convenient, easy to deploy, and simple to use. After looking at a wide array of solutions, Klaxoon chose Zoom because it met these needs with reliability and simplicity.
Klaxoon uses Zoom for both internal and external use cases. Zoom has been particularly helpful in sales demonstrations and customer support meetings. Because Klaxoon’s application suite is highly visual, Zoom’s screen sharing feature has been perfect for easily sharing visual information with customers and in engineering stand-ups.
Klaxoon employees find Zoom extremely easy to use, and management appreciates its ROI. “You just click, and you’re in a meeting … Zoom has been a great return on investment as well. It reduces the distance between remote employees, and it has become a crucial part of our team’s efficiency. It’s very affordable compared to other solutions, and frees up a lot of time for us,” says Weinling.
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Check out our recent case study on Snapfish, a global photo sharing and printing service. Snapfish is based in San Francisco, with offices in Colorado, Europe, and Australia, and remote workers around the world. Snapfish offers photo products such as prints, photo books, cards, and mugs.
Before integrating Zoom into their communications workflows, Snapfish used Skype for Business as their main conferencing service. While Skype for Business had become a staple at Snapfish, especially the instant messaging service, the audio and video quality proved to be unreliable. This resulted in a heavy loss of productivity.
“We used to joke about waiting 15 minutes before a Skype meeting because that’s the amount of time it takes for everyone to get synced up. At the end of the day, it’s a 15-minute waste of productivity time [for each person]. We had to force ourselves to move fast in an already fast-paced work environment; this disrupted our workflows and functions,” says Kenneth Lam, technical operations manager at Snapfish.
Snapfish started with a small pilot of Zoom. Quickly more and more employees asked for accounts. In just two weeks, Zoom became an integral part of Snapfish’s communications without the need for any formalized adoption program. Employees loved Zoom’s reliable audio and video quality. Lam is impressed by the impact Zoom had on their team. “Zoom has brought more freedom to our workflows. Employees can find what works well for them, which improves efficiency … We have also seen huge productivity gains from remote workers and those unanticipated flexible work schedule days.”
While many employees have shifted all of their communications to Zoom, others find the benefit of using both Skype for Business and Zoom, especially due to S4B’s convenient place within O365. “Some employees embrace Zoom for everything while others [still] use Skype for Business for business chat,” explains Lam.
Snapfish now has 18 Zoom Rooms between their San Francisco and Colorado offices in addition to their employees’ accounts. Zoom is also used to run the Snapfish all-hands meeting, replacing UberConference, which suffered lost quality as more people joined a meeting.
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Today Zoom announced that our founder and CEO, Eric S. Yuan, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year® for the Northern California region in the SaaS category by Ernst & Young (EY). The award was first announced at a gala hosted at the Fairmont San Francisco on June 8th. This is the 32nd year that EY’s independent panel of judges has recognized leaders that make a difference. Past recipients include Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn.
The nominees were judged on the following criteria: extraordinary innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and community. Eric’s track record demonstrates exemplary achievement in these aspects. Zoom is the most innovative company in the communications industry, disrupting massive legacy players. As for financial performance, we have seen triple-digit YoY user and revenue growth for the past several years. And finally, Yuan is renowned as a caring and inspiring leader. Zoom’s workforce of over 1,100 employees on three continents is exceptionally happy, with an overall 4.9/5 star review on Glassdoor, serving happy customers who have given us the industry-crushing net promoter score of 71.
“I am humbled to receive the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® award. It means so much to me to earn such recognition among so many talented and visionary nominees,” said Eric. “Zoom is so much more to me than just a business. It is gratifying to have acknowledgement of the significant efforts that my team and I have made to get to where we stand today. My sincere congratulations to the other winners; it is a privilege to be counted among you.”
Eric was joined in the winner’s circle by his fellow entrepreneurs: Adam Foroughi, Co-Founder & CEO of AppLovin; Beth Cross, CEO of Ariat; Jeff Tangney, CEO of Doximity, Inc.; Raul Vazquez, CEO of Oportun; Alex Solomon, Co-Founder and CTO and Jennifer Tejada, CEO of PagerDuty Inc.; and Jay Chaudhry, Founder and CEO of Zscaler. As a Northern California award winner, Eric is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 National Awards, to be announced in November 2018. For additional details on the winners, please visit ey.com.
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In a week of incredible channel developments here at Zoom, we’ve got more amazing news: Zoom and Tech Data have entered into an agreement to build a global distribution and sales framework for Zoom Rooms hardware bundles. This partnership will bring together the industry’s leading technology providers – Zoom Technology Ecosystem Partners, Zoom Authorized Reseller Partners, and Zoom Rooms Certified Integrator Partners – to deliver happiness to our joint customers by expanding the availability and choices of Zoom Rooms hardware bundles. Tech Data’s global presence and success of their Mavericks AV Group provides an ideal partner for Zoom to continue our global expansion and delivery of high-quality and easy-to-use communications services.
“Zoom has had tremendous growth and solidified its leadership position in the communications market. Building a more robust channel program helps us take our growth to the next level in the US and internationally,” said Laura Padilla, head of BD and channels for Zoom. “The success of Zoom Rooms has been instrumental in the growth and adoption by our partner community. By partnering with Tech Data we can expand the success of our Zoom Rooms platform both in the US and internationally.”
“Maverick AV solutions (Tech Data corporations specialist AV solution) believes in offering market-leading platforms. Working with Zoom extends our channel choice,” said Jon Sidwick, global vice president, Maverick AV Solutions. “We are excited to team up to provide our customers with world-class video communications and a complete partner set of solutions. We look forward to more Zoom innovations in the future.”
For more information on this announcement please stop by the Zoom’s booth at InfoComm (N2628), where we are demoing various Zoom Rooms configurations using hardware from our ecosystem program, as well as our mobile and desktop solutions. Many of these solutions will be key components in the upcoming Zoom Room hardware bundles delivered via this new partnership.
Check out our newest video case study on 21st Century Fox. This quick (<2 min) video covers a lot! Zoom is used across the 40,000-employee organization, top to bottom, on both the creative and business sides of the company.
21st Century Fox was looking for a communications solution that could support their end-to-end creative process. “We’re a global media company that distributes content to 195 countries. We have 40,000 employees,” says Jeff Dow, 20th Century Fox CIO (20th Century Fox is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox). “We needed a solution that would allow people to effectively and seamlessly collaborate…X-Men, Deadpool, Apes; Zoom was used in the production process across all of these. That was something we’ve never seen before at Fox.”
The company had high standards in their search process for a new solution. They required flawless video and audio, and stringent security. “My clients go all the way to the top of the company, meeting around the world, all the time. It has to absolutely work, and has to be flawless,” says Doug Goetz, SVP of Collaboration Services at 20th Century Fox. Adds Dow, “Cyber security is extremely important for Fox…Our Zoom deployment was a lockdown solution.”
Zoom has been a massive success at 21st Century Fox. Says Dow, “Zoom is probably the most well-received collaboration tool that we’ve seen at Fox in 20 years. There’s not a TV production or movie produced at Fox without Zoom in the mix somewhere…There is no other tool that has brought people closer together than Zoom has.”
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Today our friends at Polycom announced that we have teamed up to support Zoom Rooms with Polycom’s audio solution, Polycom Trio, and core camera technology. This joint solution offers customers the best of both worlds: the full Zoom Rooms experience through the Polycom Trio conference phone system.
The Polycom Trio can run the Zoom Rooms controller interface natively, allowing the easy and powerful experience you expect from Zoom. Polycom’s Zoom Room solutions can be purchased separately or in three distinct bundles designed for different size meeting rooms:
- Huddle Room Bundle: To provide a high-quality Zoom Rooms for the growing number of huddle rooms, Polycom includes its Trio 8500, new Eagle Eye Mini camera, and the Dell Optiplex.
- Mid-Sized Conference Room Bundle: Mid-sized rooms with more participants requires the next level of solution. This bundle adds the EagleEye IV camera to the Trio 8500 and Dell Optiplex.
- Large Conference Room Bundle: This bundle is perfect for large spaces. It features the Polycom Eagle Eye Director II speaker tracking camera system.
“Partnering with Polycom on Zoom Rooms solutions reinforces Zoom’s commitment to creating the best meeting spaces for our enterprise users. With the Trio as the Zoom Rooms controller and audio source, and Polycom cameras in the room, our users benefit from outstanding audio and video quality, ease of use, and reliability in both their hardware and software,” said Oded Gal, head of product management for Zoom.”
“Polycom is excited to expand our work with Zoom so customers can get the full Zoom Rooms experience in any size room using our premium Trio conference phone,” said Laura Marx, vice president, global alliance and partner marketing. “Taking the next step with Zoom benefits customers, but it also highlights Polycom’s commitment to fellow providers who invest in working with us to create the best meeting room experiences.”
The Polycom Zoom Rooms bundles focus on simplicity and ease of use. Bringing Zoom to every sized conference room is simple with Plug and Play deployment of Polycom cameras and the Zoom UI on the Polycom Trio. These bundles turn every room into a productivity center for employees create meaningful connections and collaborate.
Through our ecosystem of hardware providers and certified integrators, Zoom is proud to work with our partners to provide flexible options for our customers, whether they’re outfitting small huddle spaces or world-class training rooms. Polycom has been a valued collaborator in this mission since we teamed up last year.
The Zoom Rooms Polycom bundles will be available later this month in the US from CDW and Insight. Polycom’s certified solutions for Zoom will be available worldwide from any authorized Polycom reseller. The Zoom Rooms bundles will be available in CALA, EMEA, and APAC later this year.
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Amazon: it’s not just a place to buy your books and home goods anymore. That’s right, you can now pre-order Zoom Rooms huddle kits on Amazon alongside just about every other material object on earth! This kit includes just about everything you need for your small conference room or huddle room. Just add a monitor and a Zoom Rooms subscription and you’re ready to go. Zoom Rooms gives you simple one-click access to video meetings and wireless screen sharing.
Included in this kit are:
- Logitech Meetup: ConferenceCam with 120° field of view and integrated audio
- Dell OptiPlex 7050: Used as the “brain” of the Zoom Room
- iPad Mini 4 in Space Gray: Used as the meeting controller
- Heckler iPad Mini Console: Securely holds the controller
- VESA Mount for TV Monitor (Monitor is provided by customer)
- Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus: Used during room set up
- Cabling: 6ft HDMI, 7ft Cat5e, and right-angle lightning cable for iPad
These components combine with the Zoom Rooms software to create a powerful, yet user-friendly conference room system. All hardware has been carefully selected by Zoom’s product specialists to ensure flawless video, high-quality audio, wireless content sharing, and easy integrated scheduling. You can watch our quick (about 2 min.) video to guide you through the set-up process.
If you are looking for a high-quality small conference or huddle room setup, this is an ideal kit for you. A small business owner on the user review site G2Crowd says, “With Zoom Rooms, we were trying to solve multiple problems – meeting administration for large groups and a feeling of connected culture with our distributed team across the world. Zoom Rooms has helped us with both aspects and has really connected us in a better way than ever before…The Zoom Room enablement in our conference rooms means that IT spends less time facilitating conference calls.”
With Zoom, there is no need to spend hours setting up your conference rooms. Zoom Rooms on Amazon makes it fast and easy, without sacrificing quality. You can pre-order your Zoom Rooms kit on Amazon now and it will be available starting June 18.
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Today Zoom announced that we have developed a new channel charter, featuring a series of initiatives designed to make the experience of working with us even easier and more profitable for reseller and referral partners. The channel charter is a focal point in Zoom’s program to expand our global footprint, grow into new customer segments, and increase product sales for Zoom Rooms. It also complements the deployments made through an ecosystem of technology providers and certified integrators that we announced earlier this year.
In the past year, Zoom Rooms sales grew by over 250%. Zoom Rooms feature video and audio conferencing, wireless content sharing, and integrated calendaring running on off-the-shelf hardware. Extension products include digital signage and room scheduling display. Zoom Rooms can be quickly deployed across any enterprise meeting, training, or communal space, for seamless, modern communication and collaboration.
The new channel charter, rolling out to existing and new partners now through August 2018, features the following initiatives for Zoom channel partners:
- Expanded partner portal, featuring more deal registration, marketing, and training resources
- New reseller price list with product bundles focused on helping partners drive customer sales
- Enhanced and streamlined deal registration and discounting process for all partners
- Joint marketing programs
- New reseller training program with certifications and sales enablement
- Partner summits, featuring networking, roadmap updates, and training
- Enhanced referral program with access to training, partner portal, and marketing materials
“Zoom has had tremendous growth and solidified its leadership position in the communications market. Building a more robust channel program helps us take our growth to the next level in the US and internationally,” said Laura Padilla, head of BD and channels for Zoom. “We will be tackling new customer segments, use cases, and markets, hand in hand with our incredible channel partners. And these new initiatives will help make that journey even better for these valued partners.”
“Maverick AV solutions (the Pro AV solution of Tech Data Corp) believes in offering market-leading platforms. Working with Zoom extends our channel choice,” said Jon Sidwick, global vice president, Maverick AV Solutions. “We are excited to team up to provide our customers with world-class video communications and a complete partner set of solutions. We look forward to more Zoom innovations in the future. We’re eager to see these new initiatives roll out and to know that the channel is a true priority for Zoom.”
This announcement follows two other recent Zoom channel announcements. The first, in mid-March, announced new Zoom Rooms Ecosystem and Integrator Programs. The second, also in mid-March, announced that IBM will embed and resell Zoom as the video meetings component of IBM Watson Workspace.
InfoComm attendees can learn more by visiting Zoom at booth N2628, June 6-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. At InfoComm, Zoom will receive the rAVe Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Conferencing/Collaboration Manufacturer. Those interested in Zoom’s channel programs may visit zoom.us/resellers.
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Next week Zoom will exhibit at the largest and most epicly thrilling conference in North America focused on the professional audiovisual industry: InfoComm. It’s an annual multinational event that takes place in Las Vegas and hosts 44,000 attendees from 110 countries.
The Zoom Booth
Zoom will be located at booth N2628 (N stands for North Hall).
Visitors will experience a live demo of Zoom Rooms conference room solutions with a variety of configurations and extension products including Scheduling Display, Digital Signage, and Zoom Rooms for Touch. Moreover, you can meet our new head of channels and BD, Laura Padilla, and grab some highly-coveted Zoom swag.
The Zoom Panels
Numerous panels will take place at InfoComm, and Zoom is participating in six of them:
Workspaces of Tomorrow (June 6, 11 am)
- Topic: New work environments and policies that have proven successful for organizations.
- Speaker from Zoom: Janelle Raney, head of product marketing
State of the UCC Industry L&L (June 6, noon)
- Topic: The latest issues related to conferencing, collaboration, and unified communications.
- Speaker from Zoom: Dave Berman, president
How Alexa, Siri and Friends are Changing Collaboration (June 6, 1 pm)
- Topic: How voice controls are changing how people interact with technology.
- Speaker from Zoom: Cynthia Lee, product manager
Wireless Display Transmission Update (June 6, 2:30 pm)
- Topic: The various wireless options and the pluses & minuses of each choice.
- Speaker from Zoom: Wayne Driggers, channel and strategic alliances leader
Touch and Collaborate: The Interactive Display Comes of Age (June 7, 8 am)
- Topic: New products are driving exponential growth in the interactive display market.
- Speaker from Zoom: Cynthia Lee, product manager
The Huddle Room: How to Find the Right Technology Solutions (June 7, 1 pm)
- Topic: Best practices for selecting huddle room technology from the myriad of choices.
- Speaker from Zoom: Oded Gal, head of product management
Click here and type Zoom into the search field to get more details about the panels and speakers.
You Can’t Escape Zoom
Zoom isn’t the only one Zooming at InfoComm. Numerous partners are showcasing our technology at their booths. Be sure to stop by and say “Hi!” to:
Make sure to register for InfoComm as soon as possible – it starts tomorrow! Want to learn more about Zoom but can’t make it to InfoComm? No problemo. Sign up for a customized 1-1 demo with a Zoom product specialist to walk through Zoom’s communications solutions from your office at your convenience.