March 2017 New Features

Our product and engineering teams have been hard at work in March and we’re rolling some exciting new features for our Webinar 4.0 customers.  Enjoy!

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Private Presenter Chat

Private Presenter Chat – Presenters can now have their very own “backchannel” during a webinar, where they can confidently communicate about the webinar, next steps, feedback, etc.  It makes coordinating webinars with multiple presenters or moderators a breeze!  Notice the different look of this chat tab – basically looks like an Incognito browser!

Private Chat from Attendees – We’ve streamlined the way attendees can ask private questions of presenters.  Attendees are now able to designate if their chat message is private for Presenters, and Presenters can reply back privately to that individual attendee.

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Webinar Performance Report – There’s now a new report that gives you a great high level overview of your attendees.  Read more about it here.

Phone Number added by default to Registration Forms – Since most of our customers are using our webinar software to grow their business, we’re not including the phone number by default on webinar registration forms.  Even better, when receiving notifications that someone has registered for your webinar (also on by default now), the phone number will be included in that email so that you can call them right away.

We hope these new features enhance your AnyMeeting experience and continue to increase the value that you get from our service!

New Feature: Webinar Performance Report

We’re very excited to announce the Webinar Performance Report, which gives you a complete picture of how well your webinar went – from Invitation to Recording.

The Webinar Performance Report is really focused around the people associated with your webinar: those that you’ve invited, those who registered, those who attended and so on.  It shows you everyone who did any of those activities, and which activities they actually did.  In one report you’ll be able to see everyone who participated, the extent of their participation, and some cool new things like their engagement level and social media profiles.

At the top of the report you’ll get a quick breakdown of different aspects of your webinar.  These should be pretty self explanatory.  However, you might be wondering about Webinar Engagement – this is an average of the individual attendee webinar engagement score below.  Here’s a sample mockup of the report:

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Report columns

Name – This column will show you the picture, name, email and phone number (if provided in the registration form) so that you can quickly reach out to this attendee.

Invited – These are people that you’ve invited to your webinar using the AnyMeeting email invitation feature.  If you did your invitations through another platform, this column will show up as mostly blank – no worries.

Registered – These are people that registered using your AnyMeeting registration form

Attended – Clearly, the folks that attended your webinar

Downloaded Handouts – We wanted to call out these folks specifically because they really liked your content and downloaded it.  This will only happen if you Share your presentation materials during the webinar – click here for a quick tutorial on that.

Live Webinar Engagement – This Low / Medium / High metric is simply based on the amount of activity this attendee performed during the webinar.  Based on things like Chat messages, Q&A questions, voting on Polls, using Emojis and Downloading Handouts.  Attendees with a High rating show great engagement with your webinar content.

Watched Recording – These are people who’ve watched your recording.  Once the webinar is over, you will start collecting all new people who just watched the recording and never participated in the live webinar.

Social Profiles – We went ahead and searched the web for their social media profiles just for you!  Click on the appropriate icon to view that social media profile.

We really hope you find this report useful.  We’re working on bringing you more insights into your webinar data, so please let us know if you have any suggestions.  Thanks!

Introducing Webinar 4.0

After over 6 months in development, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that our next generation webinar software, AnyMeeting Webinar 4.0 has been released.  This platform builds upon the innovation and progress we achieved with our Meeting 4.0 release, taking advantage of the latest HTML5 and WebRTC technologies to create a truly engaging and powerful webinar experience.

Webinar 4.0 is a complete re-write of our previous Flash based platform, making it lighter and faster to load and well positioned for future innovation using WebRTC.  A download and installation is no longer required for hosts and presenters, and all functionality is available from modern browsers, like Chrome and Firefox.

Rich Video Capabilities

Your webinars can now features HD Video Conferencing with 720p video of you and your co-presenters, as well as the ability to upload and play video files (mp4).  Here’s what it looks like with a single host on video… gorgeous:

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And we support up to 6 video presenters at a time:

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6 Presenter Panel on Video

Your audience can see and hear all of the hosts which can lead to a powerful panel discussion.

Rich Content Capabilities

While having good looking folks on video is great, you often need to back it up with some charts and figures.  That’s where our support for Screen Sharing, Slides (PowerPoint and PDF) and Video playback really enriches your webinars.

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6 Presenters discussing a Slide Deck

Or if Screen Sharing is more appropriate…

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Single Host with Screen Share

And to really wow them, play a video…

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2 Hosts with Video playback

By providing these rich content sharing tools, we’re very confident that your audience will not only be wowed, but their grasp and retention of your content will be maximized.

Driving Engagement

When we began designing this new version, we knew that engagement was a key benefit that our customers were seeking.  Ensuring that an audience pays attention to your content and engages with your message is very important to our marketing and training customers.  So we’ve added a couple of features and improved upon an existing feature.

Improved Live Polling

Our polling feature got a great new UI/UX boost with a much more user friendly interface and intuitive controls.

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Two Hosts presenting a Live Poll

NEW – Live Questions and Answers

A brand new feature we’re rolling out is a managed Questions and Answers module that allows the audience to easily submit questions for the Hosts.  This is separate from the live chat, which might allow for some questions to get lost.  Hosts are then able to look through the submitted questions, discard unwanted ones, edit as needed and then present each question to the audience.  Here’s how it looks:

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Attendees submit questions…
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Hosts can easily review them…
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And present the desired questions.

NEW – Audience Reactions

Ever wonder how your audience is feeling during your webinar?  Well now they can easily tell you with our Reaction Emojis. Your audience has a slew of emotions to choose from, and their avatar in the attendee list will be update to reflect it.

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Attendee Reaction Emojis

These are just a few of the new features and capabilities of our new Webinar 4.0 platform that we’re so excited about.  In the coming weeks, we’ll provide more information and insight on how to benefit from these new capabilities.

Are you an existing AnyMeeting customer on our Webinar 3.6 version and want to move up to Webinar 4.0?  Simple… just click here to migrate your account.  If you need any help, just contact our support team.

Love it? Not so much?  Let us know!

AnyMeeting Acquires Timebridge.com to Simplify Meeting Scheduling

AnyMeeting announced today that it has acquired Timebridge with its free, cloud-based, collaborative online scheduler and more than 250,000 users. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Timebridge is used by sales, marketing, and other business professionals to dramatically simplify the process for scheduling meetings and sharing calendars. Every month, Timebridge users avoid the frustration and lost-time of having to send over a million emails to organize their meetings. Like AnyMeeting, Timebridge has been built as an entirely cloud-based technology that focuses on simplifying the lives of its users.

“We are excited about the addition of Timebridge to our growing platform of sales and marketing engagement tools for small businesses,” said Costin Tuculescu, CEO & founder of AnyMeeting. “Like AnyMeeting, Timebridge is known for its ease of use, great value, and growing user base. We are looking forward to leveraging this acquisition with our other product development to provide a fully integrated sales and marketing engagement platform that will make AnyMeeting the tool of choice for sales and marketing leaders in small business.”

Over the next several months, the Timebridge and AnyMeeting teams will work to bring together these platforms to provide a seamless meeting booking and online meeting experience focused around the needs of sales and business professionals. The platform will be part of an integrated system meant to dramatically improve the effectiveness of building awareness and demand, generating leads, and growing a customer base through online sales and marketing initiatives.

“We are delighted to be joining AnyMeeting and renewing our focus on simplifying the lives of our users,” said Alex O, Team Lead at Timebridge. “Booking meetings should be easy and automatic, and only the beginning of how we can help make sales meetings and lead generation simple and effective.”

About AnyMeeting
AnyMeeting pioneered the small business web conferencing market in 2011 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use webinar and web conferencing service tailored for small business users. Since then, it has grown to over a million registered users of its free and Meeting Pro and Webinar Pro subscription services. AnyMeeting offers a complete webinar and web conferencing service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform. Customers are able to invite up to 1,000 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, conference calls, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording, video uploads, and social media integration. For more information, please visit http://www.AnyMeeting.com.

About Timebridge
Timebridge is a free scheduling and calendar management service used by over 250,000 professionals. Use Timebridge to arrange outbound meetings, accept inbound meeting requests, and share your calendar with anyone using Outlook or Google Calendars. For more information, please visit http://www.timebridge.com.

New Webinar Scheduling and Recurring Meetings!

Scheduling a webinar is now easier than ever.

We’ve made a fairly large decision about our webinar product and we hope you like it.  In order to make our product as easy to use as possible for our webinar customers, we’ve streamlined the user interface by removing the Start Now button.

Now when you log in to your Webinar Pro account, there’s really only one foolproof way to get started with your webinars — just click the huge Schedule button. After that, pick a title and time for your webinar, and you’re all set.  You can edit your registration form and invite your audience when you’re ready.

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We decided to take away the Start Now button because it was actually starting a meeting and not a webinar and people were getting confused.  Also, we found that most of our webinar customers have a workflow that almost always starts with scheduling, so this was the best option for our webinar customers.  Feel free to let us know if you love or hate this change.

If you want to run quick and simple online meetings from your webinar account, you can schedule them ahead of time, or simply go to your shortcut meeting URL.  Here’s a great article that explains how it works.

We’ve also streamlined your webinar management

Once you’ve scheduled your webinar, our new “details” screen walks you through the process of managing your webinar.  There are simple buttons at the top that help you through each step.  Additionally, all relevant information about your webinar is nicely tucked away in a tab layout.

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You can now schedule recurring meetings!

A very popular feature request is now yours! Now when you schedule a meeting, just click the “This is a recurring event” checkbox and you’re off to the races.  Let us know how you like it!

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Hope you love it!  If you have any questions about any of this new stuff, please don’t hesitate to contact our support department at support@anymeeting.com.

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

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.

What is Meeting Pro?

Given that AnyMeeting has two great products for your online meeting needs, Meeting Pro and Webinar Pro, we wanted to explain what the difference between a Meeting and Webinar is. Check out the video below to learn more, specifically what the Meeting Pro product is specially built for.

Here’s the transcript from the video:

“Hey everybody!
Costin here with AnyMeeting!
Just wanted to do a quick post here about what is the difference between a “meeting” and a “webinar“; specifically when it comes to Anymeeting. So, right now I’m going to talk to you about what we consider a “meeting.” I’ll do a couple of other videos where we talk about the “webinar” and when you should choose one or the other, but for now, let’s talk about our product; Anymeeting Meeting Pro.
So, what is Meeting Pro?
Well, really, when we think about a “meeting,” it’s gotta be open and collaborative; meaning people can quickly get into the meeting, get the job done, and move on. Make decisions, collaborate; so it should be a real simple, easy, and open environment.
The simple part is people can just join through the browser, they can just dial in on the phone, they can join in via mobile. Really quick and easy; not a whole lot of customization or setup needed. It’s ready to go! And we do that by giving everyone of our hosts, everyone of our account-holders, their own permanent Meeting-URLs. So, you can set up your account to have maybe your name, maybe your Company’s name, any sort of custom Meeting-URL and everybody can always just go to that Meeting-URL and join your meeting!
You also have a permanent dial-in number.  So, if you ever need a conference call for those quick, just-on-the-go meetings, you got that as well.
One of the things about the “meeting,” is that, like I said, it’s open. So, everybody joins unmuted, right? So, everybody can talk, everybody is on an equal playing field. But you, as the host, you can always easily mute them all. However, just keep in mind everybody joins unmuted.
So, again, its an open meeting, just like a conference room; anybody can walk into a conference room and start talking, versus “webinars,” where its more controlled, more like an auditorium. We’ll talk more about that later.
So, with a meeting;
You can turn on your camera
You can use your computer for audio
You can use your phone for audio
You’ve got tools like screen sharing or sharing slides
And you can take notes… you can take “public notes”; for everybody to see and it’s very collaborative; and “private notes.” And those notes get emailed to you at the end of the meeting. So, you know, notes are kind of a key thing about meetings.
Additionally, we’ve got the reports of who attended your meeting.  You know, in case your boss or somebody needs that.
And finally, if you really want to have a record of everything that was said and who participated; we’ve got recordings. So, everything that happens in the meeting gets recorded; from the video to the audio.  In fact what you’re seeing right now, is a recording via AnyMeeting!
So when all these simple tools come together, you’ve got yourself a great online meeting!
If you have any questions feel free to post on our blog, or contact us at support@anymeeting.com and thanks for watching!
Take care, bye!”

Webinar Recap: “Smart Financial Management” from Part 3 of the free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth”

Part 3 of our free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth” entitled “Smart Financial Management”. This series is presented by AnyMeeting, SCORE, a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses launch and grow, and Comcast Business, a provider of advanced communication solutions to millions of small business.

In this series, we’ve presented webinars featuring business leaders and SCORE mentors speaking on topics important to small business.

This webinar features SCORE mentor John Harman who discusses tips on working with financial statements, financial ratios, cash flow forecasts, and trusted advisors to drive and fund your business’s growth.

John is Managing Director of Adulant Consulting Services, which advises small and mid-sized businesses on strategies for growth and operational excellence, and a SCORE mentor. John’s prior experience includes senior executive roles at Eastman Kodak, the Gartner Group and Pitney Bowes in sales, marketing, quality management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, and new market development. Before entering the business world, John was an adjunct professor of history at the University of Rochester and worked in the Office of Research Administration as Assistant Director. John is currently an adjunct professor in the Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Get insights and listen to actionable advice as John engages the audience in live Q&A.

Whether you are just starting your business, looking to accelerate your growth or simply want to gain an edge to get your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss out.

Watch the full webinar recording here.

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Want to view and download the presentation from the webinar complete with John’s resources? Get it from Slideshare.

Be sure to check out the other webinars from this series and stay tuned for our next webinar coming soon!

Webinar Recap: “Strategies to Boost Your Sales” from Part 2 of the free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth”

Part 2 of our free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth” entitled “Strategies to Boost Your Sales”, presented by AnyMeeting together with Comcast Business and SCORE, featured speaker Carleton Smith, the former Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Harris Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with worldwide operations. During his forty year business career, Carleton managed turnarounds, acquisitions and mergers, and worldwide sales and marketing for companies and divisions in difficult markets with demanding customers and tough competitors. Carleton has been a volunteer business counselor with SCORE in Austin since 2006.

Carleton’s insightful and engaging presentation is designed to help small business owners and marketers learn how to accelerate sales by:

  • Expanding your distribution channels,
  • Building and motivating your sales team,
  • Benchmarking,
  • Using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to manage and retain customers.

Get insights and listen to actionable advice as Carleton engages the audience in live Q&A.

Whether you are just starting your business, looking to accelerate your growth or simply want to gain an edge to get your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss out.

Watch the full webinar recording here.

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Want to view and download the presentation from the webinar complete with Carleton’s resources? Get it from Slideshare.

Be sure to check out the other webinars from this series and sign up for the latest webinar today!