Introducing the easiest way to schedule an online meeting: Meet@AnyMeeting.com

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If you know a thing about AnyMeeting, then you know we like to innovate!  We previously brought you “talk@anymeeting.com” that allows you to schedule conference calls straight from any email or calendar program with no plugins or apps required.

Well, I’m very excited to announce that we’re bringing this same innovation to online meetings and video conferences.  Starting today, you only need to remember one thing — just CC: meet@anymeeting.com in your email or calendar invite to start an online meeting.  Within seconds, we create an online meeting for you and invite everyone on your email or calendar invite.  It could not be simpler.  You don’t even require an existing AnyMeeting account — anyone can use this service.

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To recap, setting up an online meeting or video conference with up to 4 people for FREE now only takes three easy steps:

1) Create an email or calendar invitation and add your recipients

2) Add meet@anymeeting.com to your email/calendar invite as well

3) Hit send.  You can even try it now – click here and invite someone!

Within seconds, everyone receives the invite to your online meeting.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this feature — please feel free to email us at info@anymeeting.com with your thoughts.

Introducing Meeting 4.0

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We here at AnyMeeting are pretty excited! Why? Because we recently launched Meeting 4.0 — a major upgrade to the AnyMeeting platform you all know and love. So what’s different about Meeting 4.0? For starters, the user interface has a brand new look, and has been rebuilt from the ground up to make it simpler to hold online meetings.

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We also completely democratized the online meeting by allowing everyone in the meeting to have mostly the same rights as the host (except ending the meeting or starting recording).  For example, everyone can mute each other as needed (you’ve been in those meetings where someone walks away and you can hear their dog in the background) or share their webcams.  What we make sure to do though is to notify who muted who, in the chat area, like a log.  That way there’s a record that Sally muted John, and when John un-mutes himself, he can tell Sally that he didn’t really appreciate that.

What we wanted to do was to make the online meeting as natural as possible, like an in-person meeting, where we mostly rely on social cues to drive the direction of the conversation.  We’d really love to hear your feedback on our approach.

Other noteworthy improvements to the meeting platform include the following:

Integrated Social Media Information
Hosts with AnyMeeting Pro Plans can now click on any attendee’s name to view additional social media information, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles.

Automatic Attendee Images
Attendees will have their image automatically populated with the help of Gravatar.com.

Emojis and Chat Images
We’re proud to announce that chat now contains 868 unique emojis to have fun with😉. We also provide an image of each person chatting, and the opportunity for everyone to keep track of actions such as muting or know where to download files that have been shared during the meeting.

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Meeting Notes
Meeting notes can now be edited by multiple people at once and we’ve added formatting options (for bullet lists and so on). As always, meeting participants will conveniently receive notes via email after the meeting ends.

Video Sharing And Storage On The AnyMeeting Platform
In the past, meeting hosts were limited to using YouTube to show video files within the meeting, but thanks to a major upgrade to video sharing, you can now upload videos directly to AnyMeeting. Additionally, audio from the video can now be heard by those using a phone line to attend the meeting. We also increased the content library to 1 GB of storage for presentation files and videos. And as another bonus, you can now record the video playing during your meeting to share at a later time.

Presentation Sharing For All!
Share a PowerPoint presentation with your attendees and allow them to download the content.  In addition, attendees can now easily upload share their own presentations or videos during the meeting.  Their uploaded files are deleted at the end of the meeting.

HD Video Conferencing
We now provide 720p HD video for meeting hosts and up to 5 other video participants, with highly improved picture quality. It’s almost like meeting in person!

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Mobile Apps Upgrades
We’re also happy to announce that mobile apps have been upgraded for iPhone and iPad devices — with Android soon to follow! Upgrades to mobile devices includes HD audio and video, as well as chat capabilities, and anything else a web-based AnyMeeting user can do.

We strive to constantly innovate and provide products to help you grow your business. That’s why it’s important we hear from you, so we can keep building a platform to fit your needs. Let us know how we are doing by leaving us a comment below!

For more information about AnyMeeting’s simple, reliable web conferencing solution, visit www.anymeeting.com.

Feature Spotlight: Webinar Survey

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A survey can be a very powerful tool; especially when paired with webinar service, like AnyMeeting, to boost your business or conduct your training sessions. Attendee feedback is essential when it comes to measuring ROI or gauging if your message was received. Moreover, it’s important to gain feedback after each of your webinars, so you can improve and evolve as a presenter, and determine the direction you’d like to go when it comes to future online presentations.

The easy-to-use and integrated AnyMeeting survey tool provides the opportunity to collect attendee demographics, gauge the performance of the webinar presenter, content, and technology, plus any other custom questions you may have for participants. Never used our survey tool? No problem. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

1. When setting up your meeting or event in the AnyMeeting app, you will be guided through the following 6 steps: Invitation, Registration, Survey, Preview, and Finish. Once you have provided basic information for your webinar invitation, you will have the option to create an attendee registration form, followed by a prompt to create a survey for your webinar audience.

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  1. The AnyMeeting survey form allows presenters to customize the following fields:
  • Survey Header Text – Text to appear at the top of your survey, usually like an intro
  • Standard Fields – Common fields like address, marketing information, and rating scale for the presentation
  • Custom Fields – Allows you to add your own questions to the survey, with an option to score the custom questions as if it was a test.  
  • Footer Text – Text to appear at the bottom of your survey, usually like a thank you
  • Additional Options – Receiving email notifications every time someone fills out this survey, or providing a link for attendees to visit after the survey is completed. 

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  1. Once you have completed survey customization, you will be able to preview the survey, and if it’s good-to-go, simply click “Finish.” Keep in mind, your webinar attendees will be taken to your survey immediately following your webinar, but you also have the option to send the survey link to individuals manually — like in a follow-up email. 
  2.  The results are in! Ready to check out your survey data? Locate the completed webinar in your Account Manager, and click the meeting header text to be taken to a “Meeting Details” page. Click the “Survey” tab to view survey data. From here, you have the option to view or edit the survey, and more importantly, export and download the data as a CSV file to create your own spreadsheet. Apply this information to help shape your next meeting, presentation, or training session. 

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As a presenter, it’s important to keep your audience engaged, to know what they really thought of your presentation, and measure what they have learned. AnyMeeting’s survey feature empowers you to do just that, and it’s included with your Webinar Pro subscription — so be sure to take advantage of it!

For more information about AnyMeeting’s webinar service and robust features, visit www.anymeeting.com.

 

New Trigger For Your AnyMeeting Zaps: Recording Is Available

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A few months ago, AnyMeeting  announced its Zapier integration feature, available to AnyMeeting subscribers on Meeting Pro and Webinar Pro plans. If you are unfamiliar with Zapier, it is a service that interconnects business apps by enabling users to specify triggers and actions between apps using a simple point-and-click interface — for example, allowing AnyMeeting customers to increase lead generation and customer engagement, in a matter of minutes.

In addition to connecting webinar registrants to your email marketing lists and scheduling meetings automatically from any Zapier connected app, you can now create Zaps for whenever your webinar recordings become available for viewing. This is especially valuable when it comes to post-webinar attendee communication. By simply creating Zaps to automate emails about your recorded content, or emails that include surveys for valuable feedback, you will be working more efficiently and saving time.

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You can now trigger Zaps for when your webinar recordings are ready for viewing!

 

Our CEO, Costin is super excited: “It’s really exciting to be able to offer this integration to our customers because it’s given them the freedom to use AnyMeeting in ways we never considered. They are able to integrate our platform into their other business processes, which allows us to deliver value in lots of interesting and new ways.”

Other AnyMeeting triggers currently available include:

  • New Webinar Scheduled – Fires whenever you create a new webinar, so you can maybe automatically post it to your social media
  • New Webinar Registration – Fires when a new attendee registers for your webinar, so you can maybe send them a custom email, put them in a Google Sheet or add them to your CRM
  • New Attendees – Trigger when a meeting ends, and sends you a trigger for each attendee that was in your webinar.  Again, this is great for adding them to your CRM, sending an email or other fun activities.

Actions available include:

  • Schedule a Meeting – Creates a new meeting with information provided
  • Schedule a Webinar – Creates a new webinar
  • New Webinar Registration -Register a person for your webinars, for example like when they sign up for MailChimp

Again, the Zapier integration feature is available to AnyMeeting subscribers on Meeting Pro and Webinar Pro plans. Check out this useful integration feature by logging in to your AnyMeeting Account and choosing the “Integrations” tab. Click here more information about the new AnyMeeting recording updates to Zapier.

Recorded Webinars Make Great Content

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Content from your recorded webinars is a valuable tool for marketing, training or customer support. In fact, studies reveal that visually appealing content, such as video, is more effective in marketing and generating leads than traditional written content. So why not make the most of your webinars? AnyMeeting’s recording feature can record almost every aspect of your webinar, including the screen sharing, video conferencing and the audio, so you can reuse your presentation or demonstration again and again.  (But keep in mind that YouTube videos can’t be recorded due to copyright issues!)

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Once your webinar has concluded, AnyMeeting provides you with a link, and download option, so you can upload the video to a desired destination (your website, YouTube channel, etc.) and start directing folks to your content via blog entry or social media post. AnyMeeting also provides settings to enable your recordings to be password protected, if that suits your needs. This video content can be easily repurposed for multiple promotions or training sessions.

Ready to build a whole library of content and create a valuable resource for employees, customers or prospects? Just press “Start Recording” and AnyMeeting does all of the work for you. For more information about AnyMeeting’s free webinar service, visit www.anymeeting.com.

Top 5 Tools For Webinar Attendee Engagement

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Does your webinar service provide the right tools for attendee engagement? The folks at AnyMeeting know that webinar attendee engagement is what drives an online presentation. That’s why AnyMeeting offers a variety of tools to facilitate awesome online presentations. Here are the top 5:

  1. Handouts: A lasting impression with a compelling handout will further carry your message and brand. The AnyMeeting platform enables attendees to download your presentation and handouts directly during your webinar.
  2. Polls: Engage attendees while gathering useful information. AnyMeeting’s polling feature allows you to gather information, increase engagement, and generate live insights related to your webinar topic.
  3. Text chat: If attendees have questions or comments during your AnyMeeting webinar, they are able to communicate via text chat. This flow of communication between you and your attendees ensures engagement and encourages attendee participation.
  4. Video: Whether you are video conferencing or presenting a YouTube clip during your AnyMeeting presentation, your attendees are sure to pay attention to dynamic visuals — versus a dry slide presentation.
  5. Interact Feature: Audience members who are truly captivated will react to your presentation in real-time. AnyMeeting makes it easy for attendees to share those reactions — and  for presenters to assess engagement with the smart “Interact” feature. Interact icons include hand raising, thumbs-up for “Yes,” and requests like “Speed up” or “Slow down.”

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When it all comes down to it, YOU hold the key to engaging your online presentation audience. The good news is, AnyMeeting provides an array of robust tools and dedicated support team to help make your webinar a real success. For more information about AnyMeeting, and its turnkey online meeting service, visit www.anymeeting.com.

Practice Makes Presenter

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Webinars are an awesome tool for growing your business. You know this because you are here, reading about webinar best practices, like…practicing. Presenting your message effectively, with a guaranteed ROI, requires preparation beyond practicing your script in front of the mirror. Solid webinar preparation involves testing and getting to know the webinar platform’s features to gain a real sense of how your presentation will flow, and to shake off any nervous energy you may have prior to your webinar.

AnyMeeting knows that practice can make or break a great webinar, so it offers a convenient “Practice” feature for Webinar Pro plan customers, which allows you to rehearse your webinar up to one hour prior to scheduled start time.

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While in “practice mode,” you can familiarize yourself with AnyMeeting’s robust webinar platform features like screen sharing, slide or document sharing, polling, recording, and more. Practicing your webinar is also a great way to collaborate with guest hosts — ensuring they are comfortable with the presentation before the webinar begins.

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An effective webinar begins with preparation. When it comes to having the right tools for solid webinar presentations, AnyMeeting has you covered. For more information about how you can conduct webinars like a pro, visit www.anymeeting.com.

Be A Better Speaker With These 5 Tips

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Let’s face it, compelling public speaking abilities do not come naturally. Most people, both introverts and extroverts, will admit that public speaking can be scary. In fact, public speaking often tops the list of “biggest fears” for surveyed Americans. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Whether it’s your first time on an online meeting, or you want to get better at speaking to your online audience, the following 5 best practices for webinar, web conference and video conference presentations will help you nail your message delivery:

  1. Create a presentation outline or script to follow: The very first thing you should do when preparing for a webinar, web conference, or video conference presentation, is to organize your material by creating an outline or script. You will most likely make several revisions, so don’t feel pressure when it comes to creating the first draft.
  2. Practice, practice, practice: Start with simply reading the script, then record a practice run or two for your review. Listen to your recorded voice — do you sound bored or nervous? Are you rushing through your slides? Do you need to make revisions to the script? Be sure to time yourself during these practice runs. If you are practicing for a video presentation, pay attention to your body language, and where your eyes are focusing during the recorded rehearsal.
  3. Speak with confidence, and enthusiasm: Yes, in reality, you might be a little nervous, but having a solid outline and practice under your belt, you will come across as credible and polished. Keep in mind, if you are interested in the presentation’s message, your audience will follow suit, so make sure your voice reflects the importance, excitement, and value of your topic.
  4. Prepare for questions from attendees…and have the answers: A successful online meeting presentation includes audience engagement and participation. This could be in the form of “chat” during the presentation, or maybe questions asked during Q&A at the end of the presentation; regardless of when questions pop up, it helps to be prepared. Even the most seasoned “experts” get thrown-off by questions, and the last thing you want is to lose focus. Know what kinds of questions might be asked, and jot down informative responses. Try practicing your presentation in front of a colleague or friend, and invite them to come up with challenging questions for you to answer, so you can get a real sense of what your attendees might say.
  5. Keep it light (and short): Be sure to humanize yourself by adding light humor to your presentation, or personalize your information in some way that is relatable. This will keep the audience from drifting off or multi-tasking, and ensure the presentation is memorable. It is also important to respect the audience’s time by keeping the presentation concise and to the point. Studies have revealed that the average audience member prefers a presentation that is no longer than 30 minutes, and ending early (without rushing through the material) is always a plus. 

See? Public speaking doesn’t have to be intimidating. Just remember: you are the expert, you are in control of the presentation, and AnyMeeting has your back.