Since there’s no download required, setup is as simple as signing in. However, a setup call can help walk you through how to get the most out of Business Hangouts, help you run tests, and answer any questions you have along the way.
Go live immediately after signup using our default Business Hangouts Cloud for instant unlimited storage. If you plan on configuring your YouTube Live to store your BHO broadcasts, allow 48 hours for live streaming clearance if you don’t have it already.
There are several ways to Invite people in a BHO Event
BHO REGISTRATION LINK – Step 5 of Event Setup
After creating your event, share your registration link via email or Social Media. Users will go to a registration page where they can sign up for the event. Once registered, they will receive invitation, reminder, and post event emails.
BHO PRE-REGISTER – Step 3 of Event Setup
You can pre-register your invitees and they will receive an automated email indicating they are registered for the event. In step 3 of event setup, you select “Additional Options” then “Automatic attendee pre-registration”.
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NOTE: In this method you are pre-registering viewers in the system. Never pre-register a participant as you will not be able to promote them. Also, if you are charging for the event, pre-registered users will skip the payment page.
No. You can create an account with any email address you’d like.
Same goes for your audience, who can have access using alternate email addresses as well as social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.
The host schedules the BHO event with their own time zone and it automatically adjusts for attendee time zone. The time zone shown in your attendee’s profile is the one used by the system to generate their confirmation e-mail.
A host can have an unlimited number of video participants by promoting and demoting viewers at anytime.
The system allows for up to 10 simultaneous video streams.
By limiting the maximum number of streams to ten at a time, Business Hangouts can ensure a quality event for your viewers .
The host can mute or un-mute anyone globally. The same applies for the volume amplification. Participants actions apply only to themselves.
The host is the conductor of a Business Hangout. Prior to a Business Hangout starting, the host can setup a pre-event video or animated images to pump up the audience.
Once the event is started, the Host decides what viewers see in the big rectangle on the right hand side. The options for streaming are video stream, screen share and content sharing. Content Sharing allows you to collaborate on any document in your Google Drive.
The Hosts and Moderators have several options for Video Streaming. They can use presenter or collaborator mode. In Presenter Mode, the host selects who is broadcast. In Collaboration Mode, it will automatically broadcast users when they speak. .
Only the broadcasted content is recorded.
The host is acting as a cameraman as they select the content or video stream to go on the main frame which is recorded.
Of course, if you are new user and just getting familiar with the system, the full proof way to know what a participant or viewer is seeing is to be a participant or viewer yourself or to invite a friend. Make sure you use a different email address and computer when you do this.
Login to the Planner and Select “Go Live”.
To start your broadcast, you can select the REC button. It will turn from green to red once you’ve gone live. That’s when your viewers can see the stream. Until then, the Moderator can collaborate with Participants before the recording begins.
Several levels of privacy are put in place for Business users’ convenience:
Select Scheduled Events from the Planner Menu. You will see a list of all your events. Under the registered users columns, you can select the highlighted number of registrants. Clicking this link will redirect you to a list of all your registered users.
A host can select the moderated chat option (small lock) a the top of the Universal Chat to approve comments before they are posted. Once on, only the host will see comments and can approve or decline them.
There are several ways you can brand your Business Hangouts:
The number of simultaneous video feeds is limited to 10 to keep the event manageable.
Have more than 10 speakers?
No problem. With Business Hangouts you can elevate any “viewer” to become a “participant” (= speaker) at any time, and return a participant to become a viewer, at any time. Also BHO’s unified chat is very efficient and allows viewers to ask questions and interact with the panelists easily.
BHO adds even more enterprise-friendly features to Hangouts making it an ideal platform for small business and associations as well as corporations:
If you want to run a Hangouts casually with some of your friends, you don’t need BHO. But if you try to use Hangouts for:
then Business Hangouts is for you. You will get the following with Business Hangouts that is not available on regular Hangouts:
The person initiating the Webinar is a Host. The Host has full moderation controls and decides who gets into the meeting.
A viewer is anyone who enters the event. Viewers can watch the video stream and participate in Universal Chat. Viewers can be promoted to Participants. Participants can use video chat and become part of the stream. Moderators are promoted Participants who have the ability to promote and demote other viewers/participants.
Attendees is a general term used in Business Hangouts covering both Participants AND viewers. The number of attendees is the sum of the number of participants plus the number of viewers.
Business Hangouts provides a single chat, used by hosts, moderators, participants and viewers. The universal chat features the following:
When you want to setup a paid event and charge event attendees a fee – you need to simply enable this feature inside Business Hangouts. As you are setting up your event, and as you reach Step 4, click on the “Charge for your event” option. Once there, enter the amount you want to charge for your event, currency type and your PayPal email address. This is the email address you use for your PayPal account. Keep in mind that Business Hangouts does not charge any fees for this and all payment processing will happen through PayPal. (PayPal will pay you directly). Your event attendees will be able to pay you via this PayPal account. When a potential attendee registers for your event, and once Business Hangouts gets confirmation that a valid payment to your account has been made, we will release the registration information to the attendee by email.
Rest Assured – Only users who pay will be able to see your Live Stream and Replays
Business Hangouts offers a free 14-day trial for all our products. You can cancel at anytime during the trial for any reason and you will not be charged. Simply email email@example.com that you want to cancel your trial before the last day and you will not be charged.
Need more time to try it? No problem, just let us know why and we will probably extend you a couple more weeks 🙂
Once you are charged for the service there are no refunds. You can cancel at anytime using firstname.lastname@example.org , however un-billed service is not refundable.
We love educational institutions (we spent lots of time in them) and good causes. Let us know your budget and we will try to work with you. Email email@example.com
Business Hangouts accepts all Major Credit Cards & PayPal. Additionally, we can invoice you if necessary.
To pay by wire transfer:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific requirements.
To pay with PayPal:
Business Hangouts invests significant time in every free trial to ensure our customers have a great experience. By requiring a credit card, we find it separates the serious testers from folks just kicking the tires. We are confident once you try the service, you will stay with us.
Regardless, if your organization does not have a credit card to use for free trials, please email email@example.com and we will setup a trial account for you manually. Please allow 2 business days to set this up.
24/7 Technical support is provided to all subscribers.
Office Hours: Free weekly session, inside a BHO, accessible to all. Come ask your technical questions. Register here.
E-mail : The support by e-mail allows you to ask individual questions privately. It is provided on a case by case basis.
Phone: Enterprise subscribers and Managed Services clients have access to phone support during operating hours.
Business Hangouts leverages many of Google’s APIs for Calendar, Drive, YouTube, Authentication. Business Hangouts is unaffected as we use our own, proprietary application instead of the Hangouts API.
Any camera will work! With our media options, you can use basic built in webcams or hook up external cameras and microphones to optimize sound and video.
Business Hangouts uses several Google APIs including Google Calendar and Google Drive. Since “Service” Accounts do not have Calendar or Drive, they will not work with Business Hangouts.
NOTE: Business Hangouts does work with free Gmail accounts if you really are looking to save money 😉