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Zoom's new features improve productivity and add new avenues to make money

By Ken Wong - on 16 Oct 2020, 11:18am

Zoom's new features improve productivity and add new avenues to make money

Zoomtopia is Zoom's Global User Conference.

Before their Zoom User Conference, Zoom has released news of two new features to their video conferencing solution.


Monetise your content with OnZoom

OnZoom will allow paid Zoom subscribers a platform to monetise their content.

For the first, Zoom is unveiling the public beta for OnZoom, their new online events platform and marketplace.

OnZoom allows paid Zoom users to create, host, and monetise events like yoga classes, concerts, stand-up or improv shows, and music lessons on the Zoom Meetings platform. These paid users can list and sell tickets to events via OnZoom for 100 to 1,000 attendees depending on their Zoom Meeting license.

With the platform and accepting payment through PayPal and major credit cards, Zoom hopes to make it easier for paying users to adapt or convert free or paid in-person online events into an online experience.

End-users can go to onzoom.com to find sessions that they want to attend. Current content onsite includes nutrition, wellness, travel, and inspirational talks and presentations. They can also gift OnZoom tickets to their friends and family members.


Use Zapps to increase productivity

Increase productivity and collaboration with Zapps.

The second new feature is Zapps.

Zapps are apps that users can use and access within the Zoom platform to help improve productivity and create more engaging experiences. No more switching between multiple applications on your desktop. Now you can quickly navigate to apps within the Zoom interface to streamline permissions, grant document accessibility, and collaborate on screen.

The goal of Zapps is to give employees give access to applications throughout their Zoom meeting workflow, to be more efficient and effective before, during, and after virtual meetings, to enhance productivity.

The first Zapps will be distributed in the Zoom experience by the end of the year and open to developers shortly thereafter. All types of Zoom users - free and paid - will have access to these apps.

At the launch of Zapps, Zoom announced that some 25 partners are building Zapps. These include Asana, Atlassian, Box, Cameo, Chorus, Coda, Coursera, Docket, Dot Collector, Dropbox, Gong, Hubspot, Kahoot, Kaltura, LoomieLive, LucidSpark, Miro, Mural, PagerDuty, Pitch, Remix Labs, Rev, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Slack, Slido, Superhuman, SurveyMonkey, Thrive Global, Unsplash, Workday, Woven, Wrike, WW, and Zendesk.


Not the only team in town

With the rise of Work From Home (WFH), there has also been a rise in tools to keep us connected and productive. Microsoft’s Teams, for example, announced a 70% rise in usage in May. The company has also been actively rolling out upgrades and enhancements to the app. Even WhatsApp is moving to increase the number of participants for their video calls too.

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