How we work together is changing. Today, more and more companies are switching to partial or fully remote work. As professionals adapt to this new work environment, they are faced with new communication challenges. This has created a growing need for tools geared towards helping remote teams communicate. While platforms like email and slack have made it easy for employees to have asynchronous conversions, they are a poor substitute for regular face-to-face interaction.
Our company believes that asynchronous communication should not be limited to text because tone, body language and facial expressions are all lost in text-based communication. So we made sending and recieving private videos as easy and secure as email; we call it vmail. Vmail enables asynchronous conversations through video with the intimacy of your face, voice, and screen.
While some benefits of vmail are easily measured, such as saved time, other benefits are less tangible but equally important in improving communication within teams, throughout companies and even with customers.
The key benefits of vmail are:
Vmail is just like email but with video. Using your vmail address you can send and receive private video messages. When sending a vmail, you can select any number of recipients, include a subject and short written description, as well as attach files just like you would when sending an email.
Vmail is optimized for back and forth conversations through video with the intimacy of your face, voice and screen. Video sharing, on the other hand, is one-way communication with video. Current video sharing platforms such as Loom and Vidyard are optimized for the one way sharing of recorded videos and don’t adequately support two-way video conversations.
Another important distinction between vmail and video sharing has to do with privacy settings. Vmails are by definition private; they can only be accessed by the individuals they are sent to, just like emails. This makes vmail optimal for sharing private feedback, coaching or other sensitive conversations. On the other hand, when sharing a video, privacy is optional. For example, on loom you first share a video and then optionally secure who can watch it with a password. It’s default setting is not necessarily secure and there are external steps involved in securing the video.
While email is a fast and easy way to organize, edit and share your thoughts, it lacks the intimacy (and often clarity) of face-to-face communication. For some messages, it’s not just the text that matters, but also the manner in which it’s delivered. In these cases, sending a vmail allows you to include the audio and visual cues such as tone, body language and facial expressions that you can’t attach to an email.
However, not every message needs to be sent through video. You should consider sending a vmail when it’s inconvenient to share something in real-time or face-to-face, but you feel that without your face, voice and/or screen:
From our personal phones to our work computers, Kommute makes it easy to have asynchronous conversations through video. We believe that vmail has the potential to revolutionize how remote teams communicate with coworkers and customers. Now that you have learned how to use vmail for better communication, relationships and productivity, the next step is getting started.
Go to https://www.kommute.com/ to try out vmail today.