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.

9 Easy Ways To Promote Your AnyMeeting Webinar

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So, you’re hosting a webinar using AnyMeeting! Awesome! Your presentation material is polished, you have completed the webinar set-up in the AnyMeeting app, and you are ready to lock-in some valuable attendees by promoting your online event. But where to start? With so many promotional tools out there, how do you maximize your reach in a timely manner, without the added cost?

The following 9 promotional channels are free, almost effortless, and will truly amplify your online presentation’s exposure:

  1. Your Email Contacts: This is the easiest place to start your webinar promotion.  When scheduling your webinar, you can copy and paste your email list of your targeted audience…and just like that, your promotional campaign takes off! Your webinar is set-up, your people have been invited via email, and they’ll even receive reminders on the day of the webinar!
  2. Your AnyMeeting Public Profile: The second easiest channel to use for AnyMeeting webinar promotion is an informative landing page. Use your AnyMeeting Public Profile as a landing page, by directing potential attendees to this page (located in the Account Manager under the “Public Profile” tab — make sure it’s on the “public” setting).  This is an ideal way to direct traffic to all of your upcoming webinars.  As long as your mark your webinars as public when scheduling them, they will show up on this page with all the info your attendees need!   
  3. AnyMeeting Social Integration Tools: While you are still in the AnyMeeting app, click on your AnyMeeting Public Profile tab to share and promote your upcoming webinars quickly and easily through Twitter and Facebook. Once the integration is set up, your scheduled webinars are automatically posted to your stream. How easy is that?
  4. LinkedIn: LinkedIn is an ideal place to promote your business webinars, and can be done so quickly and easily. You’re on there every morning anyway — why not drop a note about your upcoming event?
  5. Instagram and Pinterest: A picture is worth a thousand words — especially when it becomes viral. Snap a cool photo or create a catchy graphic that represents your webinar topic, load it with hashtags, event info, and your AnyMeeting landing page link, and voilà!
  6. Your Blog: Already blogging for your business? Great! Be sure to post about your webinars as they approach. You can do this in a way that is fun and interesting, by creating a consecutive series of blog entries that touch on topics which will be covered in your upcoming webinar. Without giving away too much valuable information (save it for the webinar!), you can spike interest and even collect questions from readers to address at the upcoming event. Always close the series with details about the upcoming webinar, and a call to action: “Secure your spot today!”
  7. Another’s Blog: To cast an even wider net, try promoting your online event by joining forces with a popular blogger in your industry. “Guest Blogging” is a great way to reach new potential attendees, and create relationships with other voices in your line of business.
  8. Video Channels: Periscope, Vine, and YouTube are fun and out-of-the-box channels for promoting your webinar. Using viral video tools, you can quickly create free promotional materials that are sure to get potential attendees’ attention. Think fad-like social media channels like Periscope and Vine are not marketing tools? Think again! Live and unedited promotional pitches show authenticity and creativity, and break up the monotony of traditionally written promotion that may be ignored.
  9. Your Email Signature: While it may seem too simple to be true, adding upcoming webinar information with a link to your email signature is a highly effective, and effortless way to promote your upcoming webinar. Think about all the people you exchange emails with on a daily basis who may click your link, or forward the info to a colleagues.


Okay, we have only touched the tip of the iceberg, my friends! I’m sure we could list dozens of more easy ways to promote webinars, but we know you need to get back to work.  😉

Have any fun ideas to add to this list? Leave us a comment!

Five Easy Content Marketing Wins for Small Business

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Producing great content that appeals to people beyond your established audience is an increasingly vital part of the marketing mix. But contrary to what some might have you think, doing it successfully doesn’t have to be big budget and it doesn’t have to be massively time consuming.

Here are five ways small businesses can produce and promote great content.

1) Make the most of your meetings

Meetings of all kinds produce a wealth of interesting content which is often cast aside after it has been used for its original purpose. However, with just a little bit of re-purposing it can be given a new lease of life.

If someone makes a presentation on how they managed to generate a 30 per cent increase in organic traffic, why not take their slides, tweak them if need be, and then upload them to a service like Slideshare so other people can learn from your expertise?

Success stories of any kind always attract views and shares. You just have to decide how much you want to tell people.

2) Promote content via your existing network

A large part of a successful content marketing campaign is finding people who are willing to share what you have to offer. But most small businesses already have a network of contacts who only need a little encouragement to pass on your wisdom. It’s just a case of making it worth their while.

The best way to do this is flattery. To go back to our first example, if your SEO success was achieved with the help of a particular tool, let the company in question know about the slideshow you’ve created and that it mentions just how great their product is.

This means they’ll be more likely to share it with their audience, exponentially increasing the reach of your presentation.

If you can create valuable content that is relevant to your all your business partners, then you should make some big gains that are hard to beat.

3) Share your internal stories

Want international media coverage and thousands of websites linking to you? All you have to do is fall down a sinkhole and then have your wife write about it like the crew at Golf Manna.

Admittedly, that’s a little bit drastic but it goes to show you never know how interesting what happens in your company will be to other people.

Don’t expect everything you do to go viral, but what might seem like an insignificant event in your company’s day-to-day life can often be turned into something more interesting.

If you’re running a charity event, make sure you tell the local press about it. You might end up with some coverage (be sure to ask for a link back to your website if they run the story online) but you’ll also gain a valuable contact in the form of a local journalist who can promote your future successes.

You can also contact the charity you’re raising money for and offer to provide them with photos of the event so they can feature them on their site.

None of this may feel like marketing in the traditional sense, but it is a valuable way to increase awareness about your company.

4) Learn to love free tools

If you don’t have the budget to invest in monthly subscriptions for the leading content marketing tools, track down the free alternatives and make the most of them.

Buzzstream, a package which allows you to identify people who might be interested in publishing contact you’ve created and track your relationship with them, offers a wide selection of free tools which can be used to start a basic content marketing outreach programme.

The SEOMoz toolbar, which is also free, can be used to evaluate whether it is worth your time trying to get a site to link back to you. A guide on how to use the metrics you’ll see can be found on the SEOMoz site, as can a huge archive of valuable tips and how-tos.

These free tools can be used in a very basic way – to help you track down people who might be interested in promoting your content and to see how powerful their site is, both vital parts of content marketing.

5) Avoid shortcuts

Content marketing can be made easier, but it can never be made simple. There are a huge number of pitfalls awaiting the unwary small business taking its first steps into the world of content marketing.

Stay away from lost cost packages that promise cheap articles or a huge number of links – they’ll do you more harm than good. You should be proud of the content you create and promote and if you’re not then you shouldn’t expect other people to be interested in it.

Companies that have met with success on any scale have a lot of useful information to share and it’s this, rather than articles that cost a penny a word, that will help extend your reach as a business.

Guest post written by Will Stevens of 123-reg a provider of domain names and cloud hosting services.

SEO Marketing Killed Paper Directories: Why

By Claudia Somerfield, ReputationChanger.com Reviews

Before the advent of the Internet, paper directories were one of the few means of advertising available for businesses to use to attract new customers. While this type of advertising is still used, companies are looking for more advanced platforms to expand their business globally. Over the years, SEO marketing and online directories have developed, offering useful tools that make them superior to paper directories. In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why SEO marketing has effectively killed paper directories.

Interactivity

Unlike a paper directory, social networks allow companies and consumers to interact with each other. Consumers can directly link to your Facebook page to receive continued updates and exchange their opinions about the product. Unlike with the old paper directories, you can also update your web page instantly. Consumers’ opinions can be immediately incorporated into new strategies.

Global Audience

In the past, a company’s marketing approach was confined only to the local community. With SEO marketing, you can reach the global audience. It is easy for anyone with an internet connection to go online and search for the best restaurant or latest fashion store in the area. Consumers can use any of the search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo! to look for their favorite product and immediately get the results. In other words, having a global audience can promote sales for companies that engage in ecommerce.

More convenient

Today, people rarely have time to catch their breath, sit alone and flip through a directory for some information. For instance, if clients need information on multiple things, they have to flip through multiple directories. This is a time consuming task and will clutter their work space with bulky paper directories. Search engine optimization helps consumers to access relevant information instantly, no matter where they are. If they are on the go and need information fast, instead of running home they can just whip out their smartphone or tablet and access the required data.

Speed

Likewise, SEO marketing is an efficient method for a client to find a company. Flipping through a paper directory consumes their precious time. If a client wants to discover the working hours of a company, he has to spend a lot of time making calls to the company. Also there is no guarantee that the company on the other end of the call is what he was looking for. If it is not, he has to repeat the procedure for other companies until he finds the right one. With SEO marketing, he can easily figure out if it is the right company with just a click of a button.

Analytics

How can you really keep track of how many clients have read your marketing messages when you have advertised on paper? Although thousands of people have received the paper, not all of them have spent time looking at the ad you have published. With SEO, you can find all sorts of records. You can find out how many clients have visited your site, how they were directed to your webpage and so on.

Easy to Update

When you advertise through paper, you can update your ads only on its next edition. This takes a long time for the updates to reach your audience. With SEO, it doesn’t take more than a few clicks and keystrokes to update your content.

With all these benefits offered by SEO marketing techniques, you no longer need to rely on paper directories to get the word out. If you want global recognition for your business, SEO marketing is the best way to go.

Tips for Growing Your Small Business with Digital Marketing and Social Media

Wrapping up another great year, AnyMeeting closed out its popular “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series for 2012 with its last guest webinar from Chris Bechtel, director of marketing for AnyMeeting.  A 15 year digital marketing veteran, we would like to thank Chris for presenting “Tips for Growing Your Small Business with Digital Marketing and Social Media.”

We’d also like to thank the more than 400 registrants and attendees who participated with great questions and comments. Chris’s webinar provided a fast-paced, interactive webinar that introduced smart and effective strategies for growing a small business through digital marketing and social media. If you were not able to attend live and would like to view the recording, just click: Recorded Webinar to Grow your Small Business.

AnyMeeting Joins American Express in Supporting Small Business Saturday

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there is Small Business Saturday.  Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country.  The effort helps drive sales to small businesses on one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends of the year.

Along with American Express, Small Business Saturday is supported by a host of advocacy groups, political officials and corporations throughout the country.  This year, AnyMeeting is getting in on the fun and has become a corporate sponsor of Small Business Saturday.

So, help AnyMeeting and American Express support small business on Saturday, November 24th.  For more information on how you and your company can get involved and what opportunities are available for small businesses, click here.

UpComing Webinar: Tips for Growing Your Small Business with Digital Marketing and Social Media

How valuable would it be to learn about the latest, smartest and most effective strategies for growing your small business through digital marketing and social media?  Small businesses have more ways to communicate and engage with customers than ever before.  Everything including mobile, Facebook and blogging is “fair game” for businesses to use to reach their customers – and customers can talk back!

Join us Wednesday, December 5th at 11 am PT for the next free webinar of our “Small Business Toolkit webinar series, and get answers to these and many other problematic and promising issues in small business marketing.  Our own Chris Bechtel, Director of Marketing for AnyMeeting, will lead a fast-paced, interactive webinar that will address a wide range of critical small business marketing issues and help bring your strategy up-to-date.  Chris is a 15 year digital marketing veteran, consultant and growth hacker.

Only 200 spots are available – so sign up today.  Make sure you log into the webinar early – attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.  A recording of the webinar will also be made available for all those who register.

Help AnyMeeting Support Movember & Raise Awareness on Men’s Health

It’s that time of year again.  Just as we all have finished wearing pink to support women’s health and the fight against breast cancer, now it’s time to grow some facial hair and raise awareness for men’s health issues.  We at AnyMeeting have started growing our moustaches to support Movember, and we need your help.

Go to the AnyMeeting Movember Team page where you can help support the AnyMeeting team, and/or the individual members of the team (Colin, Jeff, Mickey, Bob, Iain).  Your support and donations will help AnyMeeting raise awareness of men’s health issues and at the same time, ensure that we are the best looking web conferencing company.  Additionally, the team member that raises the most money will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

So, go to AnyMeeting’s team page today, pick a team member and help him and AnyMeeting raise awareness and money for a great cause, men’s health.

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!!!!