AnyMeeting Jumps into the Halloween Spirit

The Halloween spirit is alive and jumping at AnyMeeting, with everyone getting into the fun.  Just about everyone at AnyMeeting headquarters was in costume and participated in our inter-office space Halloween costume contest.  Colin, one of our developers, took the honors when he came dressed as space defying and sound-barrier breaking Felix Baumgartner.

Dressed in his flight suit and helmet, Felix was ready to break more records with an entirely new jump.  From a dizzying height of the top of his desk, Felix once again prepared for a leap of faith.   When everything was set, he stepped off and quickly reached a maximum speed of three feet per second for a total distance of about three feet.

The journey was a complete success, and only took a second.  Our death-defying developer is now resting comfortably at his desk recalling his epic journey, and wishes everyone a Happy Halloween!!!!

AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Jeff Bartholomew, ACN

Jeff Bartholomew submitted a success story describing his experience using AnyMeeting as a tool to help grow his business as a regional director for ACN, Inc. A network marketing company, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for home and business. Jeff has been using AnyMeeting for over a month and further discusses his experience with AnyMeeting as a meeting tool for his business.

“I’m on the east coast and I have a team across the country, across the North American continent, and I’m able to do webinars regularly, three, four, five times a week. I can conduct trainings, briefings, presentations, communicating with my team and it’s been an incredible tool to help build my business. There is no way I would have been able to do this without AnyMeeting.”

AnyMeeting Integrates With VMware Zimbra Collaboration Suite

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Oct 18, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the free web conference and online meeting solution for small business, today announced it has integrated with VMware Zimbra® Collaboration Server™ with the launch of the AnyMeeting Zimlet.

The new AnyMeeting Zimlet gives Zimbra users the ability to schedule, launch and manage AnyMeeting online meetings all from within Zimbra. Users can designate meetings as AnyMeetings with a single click, or simply drag-and-drop contacts and emails onto the AnyMeeting Zimlet icon.

AnyMeeting is a full-featured web conferencing platform for small business, featuring 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, application sharing, chat, polls, meeting recording and more, plus support for up to 200 participants.

“We are very excited to work with an industry leader like VMware,” said David Gerken, Vice President of Business Development at AnyMeeting. “It’s an important step in our mission to bring the power of online meetings to everyone.”

VMware Zimbra is the email and collaboration suite built for the Post-PC era. More than 200,000 service providers, businesses, universities and government organizations rely on Zimbra to power more than 85 million paid mailboxes.

“Online meetings are a vital part of doing business today,” said Andy Pflaum, senior director, VMware Zimbra strategic alliances. “The AnyMeeting Zimlet takes advantage of Zimbra’s extensibility to provide users with an easy-to-use web conferencing solution that can make managing meetings from within the Zimbra platform even more convenient.”  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

Online Meetings, A Valuable Tool For Small Business

 

The web conference or online meeting has become a valuable tool for small businesses, opening a variety of options for connecting with clients and colleagues immediately.  As the growth of the small business community continues, we see an increasing amount of companies with employees working remotely.

In fact, a survey of 1,500 business owners was conducted earlier this year by Elance, a site that matches employers with employees who are able to work remotely.  The survey found that 54 percent of those business owners expect the majority of their work force to be working online by 2017.

A remote work force can help remove barriers that small businesses previously faced.  Employers are no longer bound by the location of their employees, and can select the best talent available, not just the best talent located in the immediate area.  Employees are no longer obligated to relocate their families when accepting a position that is located on the other side of the country.

The web conference now allows employers to connect with their remote workers in real time, who can share progress with their current assignments and discuss upcoming projects.  Employers can also train new employees and conduct performance reviews.  Web conferencing literally tears down the walls of the conventional office and provides a more flexible work environment.

The online meeting can also save time when conducting business with clients.  Instead of dealing with the travel time and expense it can take to meet with an existing or perspective client in person, the web conference can get that important meeting started immediately, and at no cost with a solution like AnyMeeting.

There are several resources available online that offer tips to help ensure a smooth and successful web conference.  Productivity501.com  has several articles including one with nine tips for effective online meetings.

AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Wales Webinar

The Genetic Alliance UK submitted a presentation entitled The Wales Webinar on the Consultation on the UK Plan for Rare Diseases.  The alliance believes that everyone living with a rare disease should be able to receive high quality services, treatment and support. The aim of their stakeholder engagement project was to encourage those affected by/interested in rare diseases to respond to a government consultation on a rare disease plan. The UK has never had a comprehensive plan a for rare diseases, even though 1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their life, which amounts to approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.  Samantha Reeve, Policy Research Officer for the alliance further discusses their experience with AnyMeeting.

“We held four events, in which participants watched live and put questions to the chair of RDUK, Alastair Kent.  More importantly, AnyMeeting’s recording function meant that our members could access the webinars at any time. In total, 408 people watched our recorded meetings for England, Wales, NI, and Scotland. Our members were really grateful that they could watch the slides whilst hearing Alastair explain things, and have the opportunity ask questions at the end.”

“We really enjoyed hosting these webinars, being able to connect with our members who can’t attend events.  As a small charity, being able to use a free meeting service was fantastic! The stakeholder engagement event was really successful, and although we are waiting for the rare disease plan to be published, we think that it will reflect the interests and experiences of our members. It will also help patients access services and treatments like other patients, in no small part thanks to anymeeting!”

5 Easy Ways to Create Content for Your Business Blog

Moving in to fall, AnyMeeting continued its popular “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series with its latest guest webinar from Tom Treanor, veteran marketing expert and founder of Right Mix Marketing.  A frequent user of AnyMeeting, we would like to thank Tom for presenting “5 Easy Ways to Create Content for Your Business Blog.”

We’d also like to thank the more than 200 attendees who participated with great questions and comments, and the over 1400 people who registered. Tom’s webinar provided valuable insight on ways to create great blog content faster and easier, so you can spend less time blogging and focus more on your business.

If you were not able to attend live and would like to view the recording, just click: Recorded Webinar to Create Content for Your Business Blog.

AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Connecting to the Heart

Canfei Nesharim (Hebrew: The Wings of Eagles), which educates the Jewish community on environmental protection, submitted a presentation entitled Connecting to the Heart.  The organization is made up of over 300 change agents around the world, who use materials to educate their Jewish communities.  Canfei Nesharim used AnyMeeting to organize a series of webinars to help change agents learn how to organize more effectively in their communities.  Evonne Marzouk, the organization’s director elaborates further on their experience with AnyMeeting.

“We love AnyMeeting and often recommend it because of its easy-to-use design, helpful ways of sending invitations and reminders, and the ability to integrate video conferencing.  We have often recommended AnyMeeting to other colleagues because of the excellent services – really good stuff for a free service!”

“We also organized a series of trainings for facilitators of a Leadership Training. This is an excellent example of how we used video conferencing to create a comprehensive, four hour training, and then used AnyMeeting for subsequent follow-up training calls.  We especially appreciated the video integration so the participants could see each other during this training, which required a higher level of intimacy within the group of people who were spread across the United States (Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Maryland, etc.).”

AnyMeeting Success Story Winner Announced

We have collected all of the entries for the AnyMeeting Success Story contest and a winner has been chosen.  Congratulations go to Dewoun Hayes from Elite Office Concepts, Inc. She submitted her story and a link to a presentation titled “Thinking Differently about Difficult People.”  The presentation was given to a group of administrative professionals, and it was the first time the group had used a webinar platform.  The group was pleased with the benefits AnyMeeting’s service offered, making the event seem like a live, in-person meeting.

By using AnyMeeting, Dewoun has been able to provide exposure for her business to a broader audience, reaching people from all over the world.  As a result, she has been able to expand her network, which has added to the success of her business.

As the winner, Dewoun will receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Submissions from the finalists will also be featured on Facebook.  We would like to thank everyone for participating by submitting some great success stories, and for using AnyMeeting for your web conferencing needs.

AnyMeeting Teams up with Financial Planners in San Antonio

AnyMeeting has teamed up with the Financial Planning Association (FPA) to provide members with our solid, full-featured web conferencing solution.  As part of the new partnership, AnyMeeting traveled to San Antonio, Texas to exhibit and take part in the festivities at the 2012 FPA Experience Conference, including a keynote address from noted political couple James Carville and Mary Matalin.

The conference allowed AnyMeeting to demonstrate the service to members, which has been integrated with the association’s new FPA Practitioner Resource Guide as the FPA Virtual Meeting Tool.  This tool will allow FPA members to expand their reach, and showcase their business to potential and existing clients anywhere.

With over 23,000 financial planning professionals, the FPA is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S., and includes professionals from all backgrounds and business models.