In this blog, we’re going to explore all the implications of the shift to digital working and how VoiceBox can help you make it a success.

There are no two ways about it: We’re living in uncertain times, and the international situation is changing rapidly.

The global outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has already led to the New York Stock Exchange seeing its biggest collapse since 1987, as well as an estimated hundreds and thousands of redundancies globally.

What’s more, thanks to brand-new, UK Government-issued social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19, there has also been a huge (and necessary) shift towards digital working, remote working and working from home where possible.

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The Shift to Digital Working

Sure, here at VoiceBox, we’ve always mixed remote working with office-based work because, well, we’re the experts in digital multimedia, and that’s what we do.

But, given the timely and urgent circumstances, this transition to digital working is likely to have proved stressful ­– particularly for those companies that aren’t used to working remotely.

In fact, over the past week, many companies barely had time for in-person briefings or strategy meetings before they were forced to make enormous decisions to protect their teams from the threat of COVID-19.

There’s no doubt that staff welfare comes first. At VoiceBox, we’ve been particularly stringent about following UK Government recommendations. But it doesn’t mean that the shift to digital won’t present challenges for even the most forward-thinking of companies.

So, what can you do to make the shift to digital working as smooth as possible? Here are some of VoiceBox’s top tips for success…

Live Captioning for Video Conferencing and Digital Working

We launched our VoiceBox Live Captioning service last year and haven’t looked back since. We’ve since travelled across the globe, to countless events across multiple sectors, providing our live captioning expertise.

But what exactly is happening in the wake of COVID-19?

Well, as we all begin to adopt strict social distancing measures, this has translated to almost all large events being cancelled.

However, in many cases, the show must go on. Urgent business must be discussed, presentations must be given and information must be disseminated. This has meant that many of events have turned to video conferencing as a safe and accessible alternative.

We know that our biggest clients aren’t risking large gatherings, but they are rightly still insisting on accessibility. Indeed, many video conferences will involve clients that are not only hard of hearing, but aren’t native English speakers, living in a noisy, shared houses, juggling children in the background, or simply facing the inevitable delays and glitches involved in internet calling.

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That’s why our ever-agile team have now increased our output of live captioning through URLs, apps and even platforms like Skype, Zoom and FaceTime.

Whether you’re hosting a meeting, live stream or webinar, you can trust VoiceBox to guarantee quality and accuracy in our live captioning.

Remote Interpreting

For the first time in 15 years, business is positively booming with international clients… Which is all well and good until travel bans and flight restrictions come into play.

The point is, for many companies, it isn’t ‘business as usual’. It’s ‘business in unprecedented times’.

It’s more important than ever to foster cross-border communication. Companies are likely to be scrambling to set up urgent conferences with international clients and business partners.

In fact, in the last month we have seen an increase of 30% in the demand for Mandarin and Italian interpretation, and that’s not likely to slow down any time soon.

At VoiceBox, we have increased our capacity for remote interpreting. We can either cover these situations remotely via telephone or in specialist booths, to broadcast live to the people who need to hear it.

Voice Over That Cuts Through The Noise

One thing’s for certain: Your audiences are now going to be based at home for the time being. But what does this mean for you?

Well, online advertising has never been so saturated, radio listeners are sky-high, and paid content/sponsored posts are now running throughout the day rather than being restricted to the evening prime time. 

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What’s more, as we mentioned, there have unfortunately been countless permanent and temporarily redundancies. This has left people keen to upskill and get ahead in the job-seekers market, turning to e-Learning courses and content to stay productive.

So how on earth do you cut through the noise? Well, here at VoiceBox, we offer bespoke voice over guidance and high-quality voice over artists in over 200 languages. On top of this, we are utilising home studios to ensure we are obeying PH guidelines.

Our motto going forward? Be accessible when access is limited.

Want captioning seamlessly integrated into your live conferencing and meetings? Need remote interpreting to support your shift to digital working? Then get in contact with a member of our team today for a quote.

Article written by Sofia Ellen Lewis, VoiceBox contributor

Sofia Ellen Lewis
Sofia Ellen Lewis

Since graduating from University of Bristol in 2018 with a First in Italian and Spanish BA, Sofia has gone on to become a skilled translator, content writer and digital marketer. Sofia has a passion for storytelling and has also recently dipped her toe into journalism. A self-proclaimed language nerd, she is always looking for suggestions on which language to learn next.