Avon Uses 3D Conferencing For National Sales Meetings

In an article published this week by Network World, and relayed by the Association of Virtual Worlds, two 3DXplorer customers talk about their experience with the platform used for web conferencing. Here is one of them, through an excerpt from the mentioned article:

… Global cosmetics giant Avon Products had a problem. The teenage girls who were the primary salesforce for its “mark” brand of youth-oriented cosmetic products had a hard time sitting through Web conferences composed mostly of PowerPoint presentations. But the need for online meetings was unavoidable – the girls were located all over the country, and needed to participate in training and attend sales meetings.

Avon goes 3D for conferencing
“When you’re sitting in a Web conference, it’s easy to be distracted, check your email, watch TV,” says Natalie Wood, assistant director for the Center of Consumer Research at Philadelphia’s St. Joseph’s University, which was asked by Avon to help solve this problem.
The Center for Consumer Research had experience working in various environments that were more engaging than watching slides on the Web while on a conference call. The most popular of these was Second Life, but this platform wasn’t appropriate for Avon, chiefly because of its steep learning curve and technical requirements.
The platform the Center for Consumer Research decided on, 3DXplorer from Altadyn, is a Java-based online meeting space where companies can fully customize the virtual environment and hold meetings similar to the ones they would have in Second Life.
“It’s Web-enabled,” Wood says. “You don’t need a fancy computer, and you don’t have many firewall problems. And you do not need to be highly competent to use 3DXplorer. Second Life definitely has a steep learning curve.”
The Center for Consumer Research has already begun holding virtual meetings for Avon’s young sales agents in the 3DXplorer environment, and the feedback has been positive.
“One of the things we’re finding is that the girls no longer feel anonymous,” she says. “Girls are commenting to each other, ‘It’s wonderful to finally meet you!’ – even though they’re not actually meeting, they’re meeting the avatar.”
They also felt that the meetings were more serious and legitimate, she adds.
Avon’s virtual meeting space in 3DXplorer is modeled after its headquarters in New York City, and visitors can actually see the New York skyline when they look out of the virtual windows.
“It gives them the feeling that they’re really in the ‘mark’ offices in New York,” Wood says….

Saint Joseph University - Center of Consumer Research - 3D Conferencing

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quidexpat.com Likes Meeting Website Visitors Live !

QuidExpat.com is a leading website where the French-speaking population around the world finds useful information on expatriation.

The website features a network of French-speaking professionals whose mission is to respond quickly and efficiently to questions of many individuals and businesses in different categories, such as expatriation, real estate, legal, employment, health, technology, etc …, over the phone. The provided services have been focused on the USA, so far. Other countries are about to be added.

Since a few weeks, their home page has a new amazing feature: an awesome 3D space to meet and greet visitors.

 

quidexpat 3D space built with 3DXplorer

quidexpat 3D space built with 3DXplorer

Commenting on their use of 3DXplorer, Biba Pedron and Laurent Millour, co-founders of QuidExpat.com said:

“The 3DXplorer room is a great asset to our company. After seeing the whole potential of this new technology during the demo, we decided to acquire our own space to greet our visitors, show our customers the full extent of our services, and organize seminars on different topics related to expatriation.

Here are the reasons why we like our 3D room:

• It allows us to interact with customers all around the world in real time
• It sets us apart from the competition
• It gives us the opportunity to organize virtual seminars with attendees from all over the world
• It creates a buzz in the French-speaking community since QuidExpat is the pioneer in using this technology ”

Biba Pedron and Laurent Millour who successfully ran their first seminar, are now looking forward to even broader use of their 3D space: “No doubt that our 3D room will bring a lot of interest to our company, improve our customer service, and will make it easier to convey our message and services to our customers”.

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Tennaxia Demos Its Software Products Inside Virtual 3D Spaces.

Tennaxia provides a leading SaaS platform for Sustainable Development reducing manufacturers risks and enabling EH&S compliance. It’s a European technology leader, expanding its products and services on international markets.

In the past few months, the company’s challenge was to increase outreach to international customers, for sales and marketing, without spending millions of dollars in new offices and new hires. –A long time user of standard (2D) web conferencing solutions, Tennaxia looked for an advanced collaborative platform for presenting its solutions to oversea customers, with a higher sense of presence and interaction, in a warmer and closer context than traditional web conferencing tools.

After a 3DXplorer demo to the executive management team, the company’s leadership decided to build a virtual demo room, in an open green environment, designed in line with its corporate culture. The 3D space was used successfully for demonstrations and virtual sales meetings.

In a second phase, after a successful series of demos, the company started expanding the use of 3DXplorer to all its sales force, as well as the support and training team.

Benefits from the use of 3DXplorer are:

  • Appearing “close” to those geographically distant customers
  • Reducing travel costs
  • Increasing efficiency of web presentations
  • Increasing sales

Commenting the use of 3DXplorer at Tennaxia, the company’s Chief Executive , Bernard Fort declared: ” In a competitive market like the one we see now, it’s very important to differentiate ourselves and be “close” to our customers. Delivering our software demos in a 3D room is interesting as we can be close to our customers while controlling our costs. Also the fact that we don’t need anything else than JAVA is clearly an advantage.”

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Phase2Solutions Increases Revenue Thanks To 3DXplorer Products!

Experts in Central PA have their own website: CentralPAExperts.com . It was created to provide local business professionals with a resource and online community to assist in the advancement of commerce in the Central Pennsylvania region. This website serves as an interactive resource for local professionals to get answers to their questions, an opportunity to read expert articles that are pertinent to their professional life and an opportunity for them to share their expert knowledge and meet others within their business community.

Two 3DXplorer solutions  have recently been added to the site  (see here):

3DXplorer Meet-in-3D (3DX/Mi3D) : NEW 3D Virtual Office featured added to 3D Expert Lounge on website allowing each expert to have their own virtual space for private business meetings, sales presentations, etc.

3DXplorer Virtual Events Platform: Expert Virtual Events feature added allowing Expert Members to host virtual events in our 3D Conference Hall. Events are designed to attract new clients and providing valuable information to visitors at the same time.

CentralPaExperts uses 3DXplorer

The site is owned and operated by Phase 2 Solutions, whose President, Jason Verdelli states:

“Engaging website visitors on a consistent basis can be a difficult task. Just earlier this year I was looking for a program that would engage my website visitor at http://www.centralpaexperts.com to interact virtually the same way we do in “real life”. Most of the solutions out on the web that I was searching for were too over-priced and were not practical for a small to medium sized company. Then I found 3DXplorer. I was sold the minute I entered their 3D virtual conference room having actually talked, not typed, with staff members and be able to ask questions and collaborate in a way that simply is not out there on the web today. Visitors that attend events in my 3D space tend to buy more because they can interact closer to what I or someone on my staff is presenting. Overall, using their space has resulted in over $15,700 in revenue from new clients resulting from presentations recently. Clients have also mentioned that they prefer using the 3D space because there are no downloads and it is easy to use.”

Enter Jason’s Networking Hall, or attend one of their conferences here.

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Virtual Events: Why Settle For 2D or even 2.5D, If You Can Maximize Networking with Full 3D?

Attendees socialize and network naturally in Full 3D as it’s more engaging, gives a closer to face-to-face experience, and more real! Attendees are free to walk to where ever they like in an exhibition hall, or inside a booth, engage in conversations with others through Voice/IP, private chat or global chat, access to each other’s public profile and get the best of a virtual show. 3DXplorer is:

* More Networking
* More Engagement
* Closer to Face-to-Face
.Virtual Event: Virtual Trade Show
See for yourself. Attend  a Live Full 3D presentation and see if it works for your next Virtual Event !

The best way to see what your attendees will feel is to try it by yourself and attend one of our own virtual conferences in full 3D. If you like it as an attendee, then your virtual event’s attendees will love it.

To participate to a 3DXplorer Virtual Event, register here.

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Watch A Recorded Video of CloudSlam10, The Global Virtual Event on Cloud Computing.

During the CloudSlam10™ Virtual Conference, www.CloudSlam10.com from Mach 23rd , 2010 to March 25th,  with thousands of visitors, Altadyn provided CloudSlam’10™ delegates, with two 3D spaces;

  1. CloudSlam™ C – Level Lounge™: An exclusive virtual space reserved for V.I.P delegates that have been selected to attend this gathering.
  2. CloudSlam™ Virtual Expo™: – A communal virtual environment, profiling CloudSlam’10™ key solutions partners; each with their own virtual booth

The recorded video below shows how visitors discovered the virtual venues built in 3DXplorer, communicated with the exhibitors and netwroked with each other, in a unique immersive and engaging environment while easily accessible.

Enjoy the video!

Built-in Web-native Browser-based VOIP in 3DXplorer: You asked for it, you got it!

As a customer-driven company, Altadyn has constantly been listening to users demands and Voice over Internet Protocol commonly called VOIP, was on top of the list since a while.  To satisfy our customers, we evaluated several VOIP technologies on the market, but noticed that they all require that the end-users download a client software. We believe that 3D web conferencing and virtual events markets will become mainstream only if they are easy to use, and accessible to all. That’s why we developed our own java based VOIP technology which works seamlessly in the browser.  With what we have come up with, in order to attend a meeting, a user just presses on the invitation link received by e-mail and enters the space; he/she immediately hears the attendees voice; nothing to install, no other action required.

The VOIP enabled version is available to all users as of this week, under “Test”. To use it, login to your account, then open your 3D space settings page, under tab “Version” you usually see “LastRelease”. Change it to “Test”. As soon as you do this change, any visitor entering this space will be using the test release, which has Voice enabled.

When a new user walks into your voice-enabled space, he/she will hear whatever is going on in the room, but he/she is not heard, until the “Voice” button is activated. This button appears on the upper left corner of the screen.

A voice icon appears over the head of the avatar who talks, so that everyone can notice who’s talking.

Moderators can cut voice by pressing the  “Mute Audience” button at any time.

Beside the cutting edge VOIP feature, new functionalities have been released:

–          2 weeks free trial for all 3DXplorer products,

–          New meeting planner with invitation text supporting 8 different languages for 3DX/Online Meeting and 3DX/Conferencing

–          Customized invitation templates for 3DX/Online Meeting and 3DX/Conferencing

–          Drastically enhanced features for software developers using 3DX/API

Enjoy the new features, and give feedback to us. Your opinion matters!

Very Large Virtual Tradeshows Now Possible With Support Of AMAZON EC2

We are now supporting AMAZON EC2 web services by offering standard pre-configured instances with 3DXplorer, ready for customers’ virtual events. The easy replication of these instances enables Virtual Tradeshows with over 50,000 attendees over a few days to go full immersive 3D.
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier and more accessible.

High Performance, Reliable, Flexible, Inexpensive, Accessible, Highly Scalable and Easy-to-set-up, … all the criteria are gathered for using AMAZON EC2’s web services for virtual events. Very large Virtual Trade-shows can now be scaled up at a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions, while offering full immersion and interactivity, thanks to the replication of 3DXplorer spaces over the cloud.

Mid-size publishers, conference organizers and trade-show professionals of any size can now develop high-end 3D immersive virtual events solutions, without spending for costly infrastructures. They can use the high-end platform tailored exactly to their needs, with reliable and performing servers in the right geography (East Coast US, West Coast US, Europe, Asia), for just a few days (duration of the event).

AMAZON EC2 servers were used recently during CloudSlam’10™, a global conference on Cloud Computing held on 3DXplorer in March 2010, with thousands of participants from around the globe. Commenting on the conference success, CloudSlam’10™ Chairman – Khazret Sapenov said “Altadyn’s platform helped our conference to introduce new products this year, 3D virtual exhibition and networking lounge, adding more business value for both exhibitors and attendees.”

New Release, 3DXplorer V5.02.00 is Live Today!

Shortly after our previous release of March 1st , we are pleased to announce a new release with exciting new features; 3DXplorer V5.02.00 includes important feature enhancements and additions which drastically improve Virtual Events experience for attendees :

1) There are now three different chat possibilities:

  • Global chat visible to all attendees
  • One to one private chat
  • Group chats, private, visible to a selected number of users, but not to all

2)  Direct interaction with other participants or through a names list:

  • Attendees can see the list of other participants, and start communicating / interacting with them, either by clicking on their avatars, or through the list.
  • Moderators can also interact with participants either graphically or through the list.

3) Improved user interface:

  • New buttons have been added to enable the above features. They are all regrouped in the upper left corner of the screen.
  • The avatar’s control pop-up (the former chat) has been removed. The chat window can be started by pressing on the chat button and it will pop up automatically on other attendees window.
  • Avatars’ animations, when possible (ie: high res avatars) are now accessible under “My Avatar” button.

4) Video broadcast in sync:

  • When linking a video to a screen, It’s now possible to either have it “broadcast in-sync” so that  start /stop of the video , by a moderator or a VIP, will happen simultaneously for all users, or keep the former asynchronous mode, having users watch their video “on demand”.

This release is up and running as of today, March 13th , 2010.

And remember, no installation, no update, no download required…Enjoy it.

CloudSlam™ Selects Altadyn’s 3DXplorer® For Its Cloud Computing Virtual Conference

3DXplorer Cloud-Based Full 3D Immersive Platform For Virtual Events Powers CloudSlam’s Virtual Expo Hall  and the C-Level Networking Lounge.

CloudSlam’10™, a virtual conference produced by Cloudcor Inc™  March 23 – March 25 2010 developed to promote collaborative analysis of the latest trends and challenges in the world of cloud computing; today announced a “Bespoke” Collaborator Agreement with Altadyn for the CloudSlam’10™ initiative.

Cloud Slam ’10™   provides industry leaders and professionals insights into leading edge research, analysis and commentary, as well as providing a platform to network with leading experts in the Cloud Computing & IT industry. The CloudSlam’10™   event agenda will be published this week and can be viewed online by visiting  www.CloudSlam10.com

Altadyn will provide CloudSlam’10™ delegates, with 2 state of the art 3-D walk through environments modeled on;

  1. CloudSlam™ C – Level Lounge™: An exclusive virtual space reserved for V.I.P delegates that have been selected to attend this gathering.
  2. CloudSlam™ Virtual Expo™: – A communal virtual environment, profiling CloudSlam’10™ key solutions partners; each with their own virtual booth

The CloudSlam’10™ “Virtual Expo™” will be open and available to everyone that is part of the CloudSlam™ network to enter & will be open 24 hours a day, with free access during selected times over the 3 day proceedings.

Delegates entering the CloudSlam’10™ Virtual Expo™, will be able to virtually meet – in real-time and interact with, business leaders from organization’s helping to shape the Cloud Computing industry. In this capacity, CloudSlam’10™ will enable event delegates and key collaborators, the opportunity to network and collaborate in a way that has not been seen before.

To learn more about CloudSlam and Attend: www.CloudSlam10.com

To read the full Press Release, click here.

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