On-Demand Webinar: Find Success by Hosting Webinars Regularly

Recently, we hosted a webinar featuring two Webinar experts; Jeremy Koenig, Creative Director of Mobile Cause, and Chris Bechtel, Partner of Growth Engineer Labs based our blog post, “Why Successful Companies Do Webinars Regularly.”

Our experts discussed how you can use webinars to extend your reach, engage customers, improve products, drive lead generation, educate prospects, inspire influencers and boost thought leadership.

If you couldn’t attend, don’t worry. We’ve posted this Webinar online to view at your convenience.

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We also encourage you to sign up for our next webinar,  “How to Close More Deals,” on March 22nd at 12:00 pm PT; featuring Andrew Bermudez, CEO & Co-Founder of Digsy.AI and Costin Tuculescu, CEO and Founder of AnyMeeting. Click here to register.

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.

Feature Spotlight: Webinar Survey

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

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.

Top 5 Tools For Webinar Attendee Engagement

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

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.

Why You Should Be Holding Webinars On A Regular Basis

You probably already know that holding webinars is a great way to grow your business. But how often do you hold webinars? To truly maximize the benefits, it’s smart to hold webinars continuously, delivering a stream of value into your business. Here’s the kind of value I’m talking about:

  1. Generate quality leads: Webinars are a smart tool when it comes to lead generation, but do you realize the quality of leads you are achieving? Your webinar attendees have registered for your event because they are interested in what you have to offer, and in addition, they are providing contact information, demographic information, and are committing their valuable time to listen and learn from YOU!  With proper follow-up, these valuable attendees ultimately become paying customers! 
  2. Great content marketing strategy: With content marketing trends shifting to more interactive and visual materials, webinars and webinar recordings are an ingenious way to distribute your valuable content. According to a recent report from Content Marketing Institute, B2B Content Marketing 2016: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America, 66% of B2B marketers said that webinars are one of the most effective tactics for content marketing; 62% said videos (like your webinar recordings!) are most effective in content creation and distribution. 
  3. Establishes you as an “expert” and “thought leader”: When your name and brand are attached to a successful and informative webinar, you are the expert. Once word gets out that your webinars are worth attending, and that you are a credible leader in your industry, attendees will flock, leads will spawn, and business will flourish. It’s that simple. 
  4. Helps you practice public speaking: Bright lights and live audiences can be exceptionally daunting when you haven’t done it much, but webinars can be a stepping stone towards being a great public speaker.  Getting comfortable speaking to your online audience from the comfort of your office will help build up your confidence — especially when you start seeing all the positive feedback filling the online text chat!  The more you do it, the more of a guru will become, and public speaking engagements will become much less intimidating. 
  5. Partnership opportunities: Bringing in partners as “guest hosts” is a strategic way to build stronger business relationships, expand your customer-base, and bring fresh content to your audience. Not only will you keep things fresh, but you will ultimately maximize your brand’s exposure by broadcasting your webinar to a wider audience, and generate new leads. 
  6. Helps you hone-in your message: As a business leader, you want to make sure that when you speak to prospects, your message resonates and enforces your value proposition and market position.  When you do this on a regular basis, you will get better and better, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. In addition, be sure to survey attendees after each webinar, and include questions that will help you assess if your presentation was effective in relaying your message. Incorporate this feedback and with each new webinar, you will further refine the message that resonates with your customers.

Ready to plan some killer webinars? AnyMeeting is ready to help!

 

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!”