OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EMBARQ(R) customers no longer have to call the customer service number to get all of their questions answered; now they can just go to YouTube. EMBARQ is going where its customers are with the launch of the YouTube Channel, featuring instructional videos to help answer some of its top customer service inquiries.
"The YouTube Channel is another way for us to show our customers that we are here for them," said Dan Alcazar, EMBARQ(R) Consumer Marketing Officer. "From this site, we can use videos to provide them with step-by-step instructions while actively listening and responding to their questions and concerns."
Customers can visit the channel at http://www.youtube.com/embarq to watch how-to videos on a variety of topics such as how to install High-Speed Internet, set up an EMBARQ(R) account and use EMBARQ(R) e-mail. They can also see product demonstration videos for new popular products and services like EMBARQ(R) eGo(SM), a cordless home phone with Internet-powered features, and soon see clips featuring EMBARQ(R) RescueIT(SM), a new computer support service.
"More people are watching online video than ever before, but dial-up Internet connections often make the process frustrating and tedious because of its slower speed," said Alcazar.
According to a 2008 study from Nielsen's NetViews and NetRatings, an estimated 119 million unique visitors watched 7.5 billion video streams online during the month of May alone. A 2007 study by Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 66 percent of people with high-speed connections at home watched online video, while only 39 percent of dial-up users did.
EMBARQ is helping launch its brand channel with the 48 Seconds Video Contest. Forty-eight seconds is the amount of extra time it takes to download an average web page with dial-up Internet as opposed to EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet -- visit http://www.embarq.com/hsi for further details on this comparison. Instead of wasting all those seconds, EMBARQ wants to see what you can do, learn, perform or create with that time, so it has launched the EMBARQ(R) 48 Seconds Video Contest.
Can you tell your life story, paint a replica of the Mona Lisa on your fingernail, read a book from cover to cover, choreograph a dance routine or come up with a faster way to make a grilled cheese sandwich?
Whatever it is that you can master in 48 seconds, video tape it, go to http://www.youtube.com/embarq and upload your video. The person whose video receives the most votes wins $5,000 and a year of free EMBARQ(R) High-Speed Internet. The first 50 people to upload a qualifying video will win $50, and the five video finalists win a Flip Video Ultra Camcorder by Pure Digital.
Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. The company has approximately 18,000 employees and operates in 18 states. EMBARQ is included in the S&P 500 and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.
For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.
For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business-Class High-Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.
For more information, visit embarq.com.