Prophet, with headquarters in San Francisco, CA, is a brand, marketing and design consultancy delivering solutions for clients ranging from national restaurant chains to European mobile phone networks to leading home appliance companies. Employing approximately 300 people, the company maintains 10 offices worldwide and actively leverages its global presence. Its unique team of thinkers, makers, and doers works in a collaborative, multidisciplinary way to bridge the gap between strategy and execution with clients.
In the past, Prophet has relied heavily on employee air travel between offices. For example, global project teams regularly congregated in central locations, while C-suite executives might visit all 10 offices in a single year. These trips created “out of control” costs, as well as placing considerable demands on employee time. Consequently, reducing
travel without sacrificing productivity has been a longstanding priority
at the company.
Prophet’s relationship with Beam began when Jeani Vance, chief information officer, was at a client site and observed an employee interacting via the telepresence device. The client sent a video of the experience to her and she shared the idea with others. Perpetually
on the lookout for technology that could improve global collaboration and productivity, she contacted Beam and arranged a “test drive” of the product. Vance was impressed with the way that the device’s sturdy build provided a more genuine physical presence than other telepresence solutions, and decided to purchase three Beams for the company’s primary U.S. locations, followed by two others for deployment in the London and Hong Kong offices.