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Clear Touch Announces Expansion of Greenville, SC Headquarters

Additional Space to Support Ambitious Training and Service Initiatives

Greenville, SC – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch interactive flat panels for education and business, and a reseller of Clear Digital products, recently announced the planned expansion of its corporate headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina.

The development project, which will add approximately 10,000 square feet to the company’s existing headquarters, will house a brand-new training facility, a state-of-the-art service and support center, and cutting-edge demonstration studios. Company executives predict that the additional service offerings will allow the company to bring approximately 6-8 jobs to the Greenville area. The expansion plans also include the creation of additional offices and enhanced warehouse space to accommodate the expected personnel and supply growth.    

“We are excited about this office expansion for a number of reasons,” said Keone Trask, President of Clear Touch. “The extra space will allow us to provide offices for new team members, launch an advanced training center, and build additional demonstration studios, which give our customers and potential customers a chance to see the full potential of our best-in-class product line.”

Clear Touch, which was recently named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list and recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America,” also announced the addition of a new distribution facility in Duncan, SC earlier this month.  

 

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row and recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. U.S. owned and operated, Clear Touch is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for its innovative products. The company’s commitment to its customers, the reliability of its products, and its industry-leading innovation have paved the way for consistent growth. Clear Touch develops products for education, business, and government including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch is also a reseller of Clear Digital™ products including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile display signage.

The LED Video Wall Buyers’ Guide

Are you ready to create presentations that can’t be ignored? There is perhaps no better solution for creating larger-than-life visual presentations than an LED video wall. Whether you need a single LED display for a small space or multiple displays to create a large-scale immersive experience—LED video walls deliver display solutions that are scalable, bright, high-performing, and flexible.

In this guide, we will explore what an LED video wall is, what businesses get from LED video walls, and what are some of the many benefits of video walls over other solutions.

What is a video wall

A video wall is a modular LED video display that can form a single larger screen. A built-in video wall controller on each display enables each device to perform heavy-duty image and video processing, which results in high-quality performance that can be shared across multiple displays. The modular nature of LED video walls also means that you can scale your displays to create large, immersive visual experiences that are simply not possible with other solutions.

Benefits of using Clear Touch LED video walls

Here are just a few highlights of what businesses get from using a LED video wall (Note, Clear Touch is a reseller of Clear Digital products):

1. Better engage audiences

There is simply no beating the visual clarity and brightness of an LED video wall. Each Clear Digital video wall display has a high resolution. The displays are also bright and do not have many of the limitations that other solutions would when it comes to presenting resource-intensive media content. This means that your content won’t be missed no matter the situation. In addition, the Vue™ Video Wall includes PixelGuard™ technology that acts as a protective covering over the LED lights and protects the screen from casual contact while also reducing ambient light interference.

2. Create immersive experiences quickly and at a lower cost than other custom solutions.

The LED Vue™ Video Wall by Clear Digital™  comes in pre-set screen sizes and comes delivered in individual “tile” pieces that can easily and seamlessly be connected to display one full image. Choosing from pre-set video wall sizes means that you will have shorter turnaround time for receiving your video wall, and you’ll also pay less than you would for a custom solution. It also means that you can quickly set up your experience and get your message out to your audience. In addition, using tiles allows for front-end maintenance and easier (and cheaper) replacement of single tiles in case LED lights do need to be replaced, especially since the tiles are interchangeable.

3. Share your content in fresh ways

Video walls can also be used in a variety of other applications for businesses, churches, and more. For example, businesses can use video walls as a compelling replacement for wall-mounted displays to share information, data dashboards, or business results around the office. Organizations, such as churches, can use the displays to create compelling informational displays throughout a lobby or atrium to share important information, announcements, and content.

LED Video Walls vs. Traditional Projectors

Video walls are often put side-by-side as an alternative to projectors. While video walls indeed are an alternative, this comparison does not do justice to the many significant advantages of videos walls over projectors. Here are a few comparisons:

1. LED video walls are brighter than projectors.

When it comes to comparing LED video walls to traditional projectors, LED video walls quickly distinguish themselves as the superior choice. Video walls are much brighter than projectors and are visible even in daylight, whereas projectors must compete with other light sources.

2. LED video walls last longer than projectors and require less maintenance.

Projector bulbs lose brightness over time. In fact, many lose up to 30 percent of their original brightness within the first year alone! A video wall’s LED construction, however, ensures that you have a crisp, bright, and clear image for years without any loss of brightness or image quality.

3. LED video walls deliver superior performance to projectors.

Projectors rely on external devices for the processing power to share content. When it comes to sharing multiple streams of content, this can quickly become a tedious and complex operation for a projector. Video walls, on the other hand, have a video controller built into each display. Video wall controllers can easily manage multiple streams of content, letting you create dynamic presentations. Projectors simply do not have as much power or flexibility.

4. LED video walls require less maintenance than projectors.

Video walls do require more time and effort to install initially than projectors. However, once installed they require much less maintenance. For example, the average projector bulb lasts 2,500 hours, while a video wall will last up to 100,000 hours. This means a video wall would last for the equivalent of 40 projector bulbs.

LED video walls: a wise investment

Simply put, video walls deliver superior performance, quality, brightness, longevity and are an excellent investment for any business or organization. Are you ready to present your message in a whole new light? Our solutions architects are standing by and ready to guide you to the right solution for you.

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Clear Touch Strengthens Distribution Operations with New Facility

Expansion Allows South Carolina-based Tech Provider to Streamline Logistics

Greenville, SC – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch interactive flat panels for education and business, and a reseller of Clear Digital™ products, recently announced the addition of a new distribution facility in Duncan, SC.  

The Greenville-based company, which was recently named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list and recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America,” obtained the 50,000 square-foot facility through a third-party logistics firm, Swafford Transportation. By consolidating four regional warehouses into a single North American distribution center, Clear Touch® will be able to streamline its logistics services, expand its distribution, and bring up to eight new jobs to the Upstate of South Carolina. 

“We chose this location for its valuable ports and access points, which allow us to ship products more efficiently and serve our current customers more effectively,” said Clear Touch Director of Operations, Blake Chastain. “As our customer footprint grows, we are always searching for strategic ways to provide industry-leading service. While this outstanding facility meets immediate logistical needs, it also sets our company up for future growth.”

 By merging multiple warehouses into a single, larger facility, Clear Touch will not only improve its ability to keep up with the growing demand for its products and services, but will also be able to convert existing warehouse space at its Greenville headquarters into state-of-the-art demonstration studios and training facilities, as well as additional offices for new employees.

 

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row and recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. U.S. owned and operated, Clear Touch is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for its innovative products. The company’s commitment to its customers, the reliability of its products, and its industry-leading innovation have paved the way for consistent growth. Clear Touch develops products for education, business, and government including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch® is also a reseller of Clear Digital™ products including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile display signage.

8 Strategies for More Effective Business Meetings

Every day thousands of work meetings take place in businesses and organizations all across the globe. Meetings are an essential part of daily operations for businesses and are where many of the most critical business decisions and discussions take place. But meetings are also one of the most-complained-about aspects of work life for a variety of reasons. 

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, “Such complaints are supported by research showing that meetings have increased in length and frequency over the past 50 years, to the point where executives spend an average of nearly 23 hours a week in them, up from less than 10 hours in the 1960s.” It continues, “And that doesn’t even include all the impromptu gatherings that don’t make it onto the schedule.”

This raises many questions about how we should and should not conduct meetings. There is ultimately not an inherent flaw in the concept of a meeting. Rather, meetings fail because they are poorly planned and poorly executed (or both). This wastes precious time, energy, and—ultimately—money. 

This does not need to be the case for your meetings! Here are 8 meeting management tips to help you address these frustrations and conduct work meetings that are more productive and effective.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare

The first meeting management tip is to prepare thoroughly. Failing to prepare for a meeting is perhaps the single biggest reason why business meetings fail. So, before you hit send on that next meeting invite—stop and think through a few critical questions:

  • Firstly, do you know why you are meeting? Express this in a single sentence if you can.
  • Secondly, what are the decisions or actions that you want to result from your meeting. Write these down as well.
  • Thirdly, is a meeting even necessary? Or could an email, a phone call, or some other form of communication accomplish the same purpose more efficiently?

2. ALWAYS have an agenda

Once you define your purpose and determine that you indeed need to meet, go ahead and write out your purpose and outcomes into a simple meeting agenda that can be shared with all participants on the meeting invitation. Sending out the agenda early is important, as it helps participants adequately prepare for your meeting. It also is invaluable in keeping your meeting focused and on track.

Pro tip: Be careful not to be too vague. Agenda points like, “discuss project” or “present slides” are not helpful. Be appropriately specific!

3. Invite the right people

It can be tempting to include anyone and everyone on your meeting invitations (and sometimes this is necessary), but doing so can be a massive drain on others’ time and energy. If you’re unsure if someone should attend your meeting, consider giving them a quick call or sending an email or chat asking them if they would like to be included. Another option is to use the optional attendees function on some calendar applications.

4. Be courteous about when you schedule meetings

Be very careful about when you schedule your meetings. In many companies, there are certain times of the day that are considered taboo for scheduling meetings. Generally, these are the first half hour of the day, at lunchtime, or in the very last hour of the day. Scheduling meetings during these times runs the risk of wasting time if one or multiple participants are running late or have to leave early. However, every organization is different, so schedule your meetings according to your particular organization’s DNA.

5. Start on time, end on time (or early)

It’s absolutely acceptable to let people mingle and talk for a moment or two at the start of a meeting, but it’s also important to ensure that you start and end your meetings as close to on-time as possible.

To help keep things on track, look for strategic ways to corral participants and start on time. For example, consider standing up and closing the meeting room door once all participants are in the room. You could also ask the person closest to the door to close it. Either approach will subtly cue participants that the meeting is about to start.

Or if your meeting end time is approaching, tactfully interject yourself into the discussion and notify participants that time is running out. For example, you could say, “This has been a great discussion, and I don’t want to cut it short, but we are running up on our time. Should we schedule a followup meeting to continue this discussion?”

It is also important to encourage participants to actively participate in the meeting to ensure you are utilizing everyone’s time most efficiently. You may even consider discouraging participants from using their phones during the meeting to avoid unnecessary distractions.

Pro tip: It’s ok to have short meetings! If you’ve already met your purpose for the meeting, simply share with participants that you’ve accomplished the meeting’s goal earlier than expected and that you are going to end the meeting early to give everyone a bit of time back into their workday. Your coworkers will appreciate this!

6. Take notes

It is important to take notes and capture any and all takeaways from your meeting, whether they are discussion points, action items, key decisions, or open questions. Sometimes it’s even worth typing your meeting notes on-screen for all to see. In addition to keeping the conversation focused, this has the added benefit of ensuring collective understanding and clarity regarding the meeting outcomes.

7. Direct the discussion

Sometimes—especially in brainstorming meetings—it can be easy for the discussion to wander off topic. At times, these digressions can be valuable, but more often they are not immediately feasible or helpful. At times like this, it is important to tactfully guide the conversation back to the appropriate agenda topic.

Whenever there is a point in your meeting where conversation is deviating far afield, consider tactfully interjecting yourself into the conversation and using one of these strategies to refocus the meeting:

  • Capture the item in your notes as a future discussion item for a different time
  • Suggest scheduling a separate meeting to explore the idea
  • Respectfully state that the conversation is going off-topic and that you would like to steer it back to the agenda.

8. Follow-up with a message

Assuming you’ve kept good notes throughout the meeting, this step will be a breeze. Simply send out your notes to all participants at the end of the meetings. If there are particular follow-up items, add these to your to-do list or task manager to keep track of them. If there are follow-up meetings to be scheduled, go ahead and schedule these immediately to ensure you don’t run into future scheduling conflicts.

Conclusion

Conducting meetings effectively is both an art and a science, and it’s important to review your meeting performance regularly. At the end of each day, ask yourself questions about your meetings:

  • Did your meetings accomplish their goals?
  • What went well in your meetings?
  • What could be improved?

By regularly honing your meeting management skills, you will maximize your meetings and build respect with your coworkers who know that you are a person who gets things done and respects their time.

Whether you are hosting an on-site meeting, syncing up with your remote team, or a mix of both—the right technology can help bring your teams together and conduct more effective meetings. Learn more today about how Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels can transform your meeting efficiency.

How To Choose the Best Display Size for a Conference Room or Classroom

How do you choose the right size display for a classroom? Or how do you choose the right TV size for a conference room? These are deceptively simple questions with surprisingly complex answers. In fact, there is quite a bit of science, math, and geometry behind answering these types of questions.

It is so complex in some cases that the audiovisual industry has created a set of calculators to help simplify the various equations used in determining things like the ideal screen size, mounting height, or viewing distance. Even then, we feel that these calculators have a steep learning curve and require the taking of too many measurements to help you confidently buy.

A simple guide to choosing the right display for a standard room

To eliminate the complexity, we have assembled this helpful guide to help ease the buying process for the standard conference room or classroom.

What size screen should I buy for a conference room or classroom?

The distance of the farthest viewerIdeal display size
27 feet or less 55 inches
27-32 feet 65 inches
32-37 feet75 inches
37-43 feet86 inches
Greater than 43 feetConsider a video wall

What is the closest distance a viewer should sit to the screen?

To ensure an ergonomic conference room design and to avoid unnecessary eye strain, the simple rule of thumb is that the closest viewer should sit no closer to the screen than the width of the screen. For example, if you had a 48-inch wide display, the closest person should sit no closer than 48 inches to it.

How high do I mount the screen on the conference room wall?

The best way to determine how high to mount your display on the wall is to measure the average height of your viewer’s eyes and mount your display no lower than that height. For example, if the average eye height of a seated viewer is 40 inches, you would want the bottom of your display to be mounted no lower than 40 inches.

Does the need to view precise details on screen change the size recommendations?

Yes! If your organization requires you to display and analyze precise details on the screen, such as architectural drawings or medical images, then you will want to decrease the distance of the farthest viewer significantly for each particular screen size. This will ensure that you achieve the proper level of clarity.

Again, we would recommend contacting one of our experts to determine the right fit for your particular needs, but the following chart gives some general guidance on how much to reduce the distance of the farthest viewer for each display. Please note that these distances will likely vary depending on your specific needs.

The distance of the farthest viewerIdeal display size
14 feet or less 55 inches
15-16 feet 65 inches
17-19feet75 inches
20-22 feet86 inches
Greater than 22 feetConsider a video wall

Are you ready to get started?

Choosing the right display size for your particular organization is a critical decision that you want to get right from day one. We hope this guide was helpful to you. If you would like to speak with one of our solution architects about your particular needs, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are eager and willing to help you navigate the entire process.

Clear Touch® Named to “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine

Greenville-based company is one of only two national firms headquartered in SC to make the 2019 Entrepreneur 360™ list 

Greenville, S.C. – Clear Touch®, a leading provider of multi-touch interactive flat panels for education and business, and a reseller of Clear Digital products, was recently recognized as one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ Ranking, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Based on this study created by Entrepreneur magazine, Clear Touch® is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth, leadership, and value. 

Clear Touch® also holds the distinction of being one of only two national companies founded and headquartered in South Carolina to be named to the list. 

“We’re excited to be recognized as one of the nation’s top entrepreneurial companies,” said Keone Trask, President of Clear Touch®. “ Our success is a direct result of the entrepreneurial culture we’ve built and encouraged; every team member thinks like an owner, and it’s that entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and opportunities that have helped us continue to innovate and grow. It’s an honor to represent our home state of South Carolina among all the other outstanding companies from around the country.”

“Every entrepreneur knows that a healthy business isn’t just about growth. It’s about being well-rounded—growing your culture and your systems as strongly as you grow your revenue,” said Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur Magazine. “That’s why we’re excited to celebrate these companies with our fifth annual Entrepreneur360™ ranking. The companies that make the list have pushed boundaries with their innovative ideas, fostered strong company cultures, impacted their communities for the better, strengthened their brand, and grown impressively as a result.”

To learn more about Clear Touch®, visit: getcleartouch.com 

For additional details on the E360 List and the companies recognized, visit: entrepreneur.com/360

ABOUT CLEAR TOUCH®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch® is a forward-thinking technology provider named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row and recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. U.S. owned and operated, Clear Touch® is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for their innovative products. Our commitment to our customers, the reliability of our products, and our industry-leading innovation have paved the way for our growth. Clear Touch® develops products for education, business, and government including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch® is also a reseller of Clear Digital products including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile display signage. 

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How to Effectively Use Digital Signage in the Workplace

Implementing an internal communications strategy is easier than ever thanks to new digital tools and technologies. Using digital signage in the workplace is a proven, effective strategy for companies trying to increase employee engagement and streamline their internal communication.

Strong internal communications is an indicator of a vibrant, healthy workplace. When your company has a solid communication strategy in place, employees feel engaged, in the loop, and more closely aligned with company goals.

6 Ways to Use Digital Signage for Internal Communication

Implemented haphazardly, workplace digital signage is just another task for management and another distraction in your employees’ workday. With a clear strategy, however, digital signage becomes a powerful, engaging tool for company-wide communication. Here are 6 ways to use digital signage for more effective internal communication:

1. Post Company Events & Meetings

Simple and straightforward. Help employees stay informed and make sure everyone is on the same page by posting upcoming meetings and other company events. So much better than long email chains or dozens of calendar invites (though you should probably send those, too!).

Create a calendar and post daily, weekly, and monthly events, training dates, meetings, and more.

2. Display Welcome Messages & Announcements

Take advantage of how personalized and engaging digital signage can be. Greet specific clients, vendors, other visitors, or employees by name. You could even incorporate a short welcome video for your waiting room.

Digital signage is also an ideal tool for keeping employees informed and engaged. Post company announcements, corporate values, and new services, products, or sales competitions. Post company updates, sales figures for the month, and goals for upcoming months. Add photos from past company events and display birthday announcements. In other words, share any internal notifications that will help your employees stay up-to-date and feel connected to your corporate culture.

3. Share Digital Notices

Put the power back in your employees’ hands. Employees are more productive and engaged when they feel connected to their company and their colleagues. That’s important.

One way to create that connection is to give employees’ opportunities to share what’s important to them and have input at your organization. But asking employees to contribute to a blog, create a presentation for an upcoming meeting, or create a company newsletter can be overwhelming and take time away from important tasks. Why not try quick and easy notices instead?

Create a communication channel specifically for displaying employee notices on your Clear Touch® interactive panels. The simpler the better. Use the noticeboard app to allow employees to quickly enter text and choose a theme, creating a digital notice to add to your playlist in seconds.

This works particularly well for lunch invites, birthday wishes, and other celebrations, but it’s also an easy way for employees to make more substantial contributions. Consider posting a “Challenge of the Day” or “Brainstorming Board” and inviting employees to submit their ideas via digital notice.

4. Create a Social Media Feed

One of the most daunting challenges of using digital signage for internal communication is the need to change content regularly. While customers enter your workplace for a limited time and will only see customer-facing signage a few times at most, your employees are there for hours every work day. That means internal signage needs to change content far more frequently.

Promoting your company’s social media feeds with real-time updates from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook keeps your content fresh while bringing your employees closer to your customers. If applicable, mix in Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews or create digital signs featuring customer testimonials to play along with the real-time social feeds.

5. Recognize Star Employees

Sure. A whiteboard announcement in the break room is one way to highlight employee of the month. But wouldn’t a fun picture or video displayed in stunning HD be so much better? We think so.

Put the spotlight on top performers, acknowledge professional accomplishments—and recognize employees for accomplishments outside of the workplace. Have an employee who finished a marathon? Was featured in the local paper? Completed an advanced degree? Your employees are more than who they are at work, and bringing attention to these extracurricular accomplishments is a fantastic way to build your corporate culture.

6. Share Your Company Dashboard

What are the most important numbers for your business? Production metrics? Sales targets? New clients? Billable hours? If you’re already using a data visualization tool like Microsoft Power BI, Zoho Analytics, or Sisense, displaying this information will be incredibly simple. If you’re not, many data visualization apps are now incredibly intuitive and easy to set up.

Sharing your key metrics gives employees a snapshot of where your business is and where you’re going. It also helps employees care about the numbers more and have a better understanding of their role in the company. More connected employees are more committed and productive—so help them see where you stand.

You can also create just for fun company dashboards using these same apps. Post March Madness rankings or create a leaderboard for company-wide volunteer hours. Let employees vote on the best lunch conversationalist. The possibilities are endless and can bring your teams closer together.


As you’re implementing your digital signage strategy for internal communications, remember to keep it consistent, keep it fun, and keep the content fresh. Digital signage can be an effective tool, but there’s nothing more demoralizing than seeing the same outdated announcement day after day.

Used correctly, digital signage can help your employees see important information clearly and quickly, understand the “why” behind company policies, and connect with each other more meaningfully.

5 Unique and Effective Ways to Train Your Sales Team

A well-trained, cohesive sales team is the backbone of most B2B and B2C companies. Without the right kind of training, your sales team won’t show the kind of results they’re capable of and your business growth will suffer.

Thoughtful, structured sales training programs are the best way to improve sales results. But how much training is enough? What kind of training is really needed? How frequently should sales managers schedule training events?

While seminars and conferences are still staple training tools, many companies are rethinking their sales training efforts to focus on more personalized, easier-to-manage approaches. We’ve compiled 5 effective training methods for sales teams that are low effort and high impact:

1. Take advantage of e-learning and online seminars

The 3-day sales seminar will probably never go the way of the dinosaur. It gives teams a chance to be under one roof together and, in addition to the training, can provide valuable team building opportunities.

However, seminars and conferences aren’t practical for most day-to-day training needs. Sending your entire sales team away at once means that your sales process stops during this time. Plus, very few conferences are varied enough to meet the learning needs of every attendee.

Instead, more companies are discovering the value of online training—convenient access and customized content at the trainee’s own pace. To make online learning most effective, sales team leaders should take the time to sit with each team member to create a personalized training schedule based on their needs and knowledge gaps. In addition, online learning can save your company thousands in travel costs each year while providing top-level training.

5 Best Online Training Courses for Sales Teams

If you’re unsure of where to start, explore some of the top-rated online training courses for sales teams. Here are 5 options that consistently get high marks from online learners and experts in the field:

To take this strategy up a notch, plan one day a month where each team member presents the most valuable knowledge they’ve gained in their recent training.

2. Slow and steady—no crash courses

Keep in mind how the best students learned in school or how the best musicians and athletes train. Systematic, regular study followed by practice to reinforce the learning.

There’s good reason why this model is successful across many fields. Research shows that without a regular approach to learning and reinforcement, people forget approximately 70% of what they learn within 24 hours.

Again, while there’s a place for the intensive, 3-day sales seminar, it shouldn’t be the backbone of your training program (or the only training you offer all year!) Instead, focus on regular training that gets reinforced on the field. Your team will profit much more from 30 minutes of regular training every week than from one all-day session.

3. Use mentorship and other collaborative models

Take a cue from the restaurant industry, where it’s common for more senior servers to train new hires on the job for a few nights.

Using a mentor/mentee model for training your sales staff has several benefits over traditional training methods. First, it takes some of the burden off of your senior leadership to provide all sales training. More importantly, it helps your business scale more quickly by training both participants at the same time: your newest salespeople get to learn from their colleagues, while your most tenured salespeople get training in management and leadership.

Other collaborative models may include peer-led meetings or learning circles and pairing sales reps in the field.

4. There’s no substitute for field training

Don’t get too bogged down in the abstract. Your business has a unique sales process, professional sales tools, and specific products or services, so any training you offer your team should have a grounded, practical side as well.

You’ll often experience the best ROI by offering regular training on the systems and processes you already have in place. If your team understands and enjoys using the tools they have, they’ll become more efficient and productive. Plus, when your team members see an immediate improvement in their daily work life, they’ll be more motivated to continue training.

5. Keep an eye on your data

Perhaps more than any other department, your sales department is results-driven. Looking at the data should go hand-in-hand with developing your sales team. If you aren’t already, be sure to bring the numbers into the discussion regularly.

Continually monitor progress and use data to track everything from open rates on various email templates to the close rate on phone scripts—then adjust as necessary.

Subjective feedback about your training program is valuable; it’s important to know that team members are enjoying the training and feel like they are growing professionally. However, you should always look at the results, too. Your sales team may love their training sessions on the importance of vocal quality during cold calls, but if their close rate isn’t increasing as a result the sessions could still be a waste of time.

Subjective feedback about your training program is valuable; it’s important to know that team members are enjoying the training and feel like they are growing professionally. However, you should always look at the results, too. Your sales team may love their training sessions on the importance of vocal quality during cold calls, but if their close rate isn’t increasing as a result the sessions could still be a waste of time.

By keeping these strategies in mind, you can develop a deep bench of sales expertise at your company and create a cohesive team in the process.

Clear Touch® Recognized as One of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies

Greenville-based business earns award for second consecutive year

Greenville, SC — Clear Touch®, an American-owned and operated company headquartered in South Carolina and a global provider of multi-touch interactive panels for education and business, has been recognized by The Capital Corporation as one SC’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. 2019 marks the second consecutive year that Clear Touch® has been named to this prestigious list, an achievement that highlights the company’s impressive 496% growth over the last three years and 2018 revenue of more than $44 million.  

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of South Carolina’s fastest growing companies, “ shared Clear Touch® President, Keone Trask. “Earning the distinction two years in a row is especially meaningful, as it speaks not only to the quality of our products but the consistency of our team as well.”

Presented by The Capital Corporation and co-sponsored by Integrated Media Publishing, this annual award program spotlights the outstanding economic contributions of private and publicly-owned companies throughout the Palmetto State. Award recipients will be honored on October 22, 2019, at a luncheon in Columbia, SC. At this luncheon, the official ranking for each company will be announced.

About Clear Touch®

Founded in 2012, Clear Touch® is a forward-thinking technology provider ranked among the top 1,000 companies named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing companies two years in a row and recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies. U.S. owned and operated, Clear Touch® is also a winner of multiple Tech & Learning Best of Show awards for their innovative products. Our commitment to our customers, the reliability of our products, and our industry-leading innovation have paved the way for our growth. Clear Touch® develops products for education, business, and government including multi-touch interactive panels, software suites, and accessories. Clear Touch® is also a reseller of Clear Digital products including LED video walls, interactive podiums, and mobile display signage. 

6 Best Uses for Document Cameras in the Classroom

Classroom technology has changed dramatically over the past few decades, but even in all of the change, there remains a great deal of similarity between past and present technologies. Nowhere is this truer than in the case of document cameras. 

What is a document camera?

A document camera is a modern-day replacement for transparency projectors—although document cameras are a greatly improved technology! You used to have to create plastic or acetate transparencies to project a document in class, but a document camera allows you to project documents—and anything else—digitally.

Why use a document camera?

At its most basic level, a document camera is a specially constructed web camera for projecting images of documents and objects crisply and clearly to a display, touchscreen panel, or other device. The Clear Touch document camera has the benefits of a flexible multidimensional neck, built-in LED lighting, built-in microphone, and wireless connectivity to give teachers maximum flexibility in the classroom. Our document camera also comes preinstalled with a lite version Clear Touch Canvas™, our premier infinite whiteboard software.

There is a clear reason why this category of technology has persisted to the present. We live in a physical world, and technology in the classroom needs to bridge the gap between the real world and the digital one. For example:

  • We still have a need for books and physical objects in the educational process, and document cameras give teachers the ability to work with these objects while gleaning all of the benefits of digital technology.
  • Document cameras give students the ability to see an object or text clearly from anywhere in the classroom, which is important for comprehension and understanding.
  • Document cameras replace the need for costly handouts and help to save paper.
  • And much more!

Creative Ways to Make the Most of Your Classroom Document Camera

Here are 6 of our favorite ways we’ve seen teachers using their document cameras in the classroom:

1. Read & Write Along with Your Students

Even in today’s high-tech classroom, teachers and students still rely on textbooks, handouts, and other printed materials. Use your document camera to follow along in the textbook or novel when your students are reading out loud, to display a handout, or to inspect a chart, map, or graph as a whole class activity. If you teach younger students, your document camera can make storytime come alive and ensure all students can see the pictures. Your classroom document camera is also an invaluable tool when you want to display in-class writing and go over it with your students.

2. Bring Science Labs to Life

Science classes may benefit the most from having a classroom document camera. Use the document camera to demonstrate a dissection, study the pattern of petals on a flower, or see the striations on a rock more clearly. You can even quickly and easily document the steps of an upcoming lab or identify the parts of a frog by hitting record or taking photos of the process. Use these photos for identification questions on your next quiz or test.

3. Put the “Show” Back in Show-and-Tell

Students love Show-and-Tell. It’s a classic elementary school rite of passage that encourages even the most reluctant students to share a little more about their lives. But how often can the entire classroom really see what’s being shown? The next time your student proudly brings in a seashell or favorite toy, put the object on the document camera so the whole class can see it in stunning detail.

4. Magnify Math Manipulatives

Teachers love math manipulatives! These amazing educational tools teach students math basics such as counting, arithmetic, and pattern recognition while also honing their fine motor skills. With your document camera, you can use your interactive display to model the task for your students before they try it for themselves. Create a pattern with foam color tiles for your students to copy at their desks. Or, project a geoboard and make shapes with rubber bands while your students follow along. The possibilities are endless.

5. Demonstrate How To Use Technology

Sometimes it’s easier to quickly demonstrate how to do something rather than trying to explain it. A document camera is an effective tool in higher-level math classes and other classrooms. Show your students how to use their complicated graphing calculators or their tablets. Everything seems simpler when you have a guide to follow!

6. Review & Discuss Quizzes or Tests

Maybe you have electronic copies of all of your tests, quizzes, and other classwork—but probably not. If you’re like most teachers, you like to be prepared for the day’s lesson but have the freedom to be spontaneous. Your document camera allows you to review pop quizzes and handwritten assignments and tests in the moment.

There are many more ways to make the most of your document camera. Show students a historical artifact or painting. Play a game of cards or dice under the document camera to teach students about probability. Play a matching game to teach students new vocabulary words. However you decide to use your document camera in your classroom, the objects you display will show up in TrueHD on your Clear Touch interactive whiteboard.

Understanding your DC100 Document Camera

Here is a quick reference guide to help you understand all of the Clear Touch DC100 document camera’s buttons and ports:

WiFi Indicator Light
Working Modes Status
Power Indicator Light
Auto Focus
MIC ON/OFF
Supplement Light
Power Supply
USB port
USB Extended Port
Power

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