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.

Introducing Meeting 4.0

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.

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.

Be A Better Speaker With These 5 Tips

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.

 

Why You Should Be Holding Online Meetings On A Regular Basis

We all know that web conferencing and online meetings are great technology. But how exactly do they improve our business, and why is it important to use this technology on a consistent basis? Here are a few specific points.

  • Web conferencing promotes workplace flexibility: Research conducted by Global Workplace Analytics reveals that currently 3.7 million U.S. employees (2.5% of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time.  Video conferencing and web conferencing virtually tear down the walls of the conventional office and provide a more flexible work environment.  This growing trend also allows employers the freedom to hire the most qualified and talented people they can find, without being restricted to a limited geographic radius. Whether working remotely or working in the office down the hall, video conferencing and screen sharing vendors like AnyMeeting allow employers to easily connect with their employees in real-time.
  • Video conferencing increases engagement: When you need to have a call, why settle for a phone call? Studies show that people are more likely to multi-task during phone calls vs. video calls. Video conferencing is simply more engaging because it offers real-time visuals — ensuring that your audience is paying attention. With 65% of the population consisting of visual learners, doesn’t it make sense to video conference?
  • Screen sharing increases productivity: Screen sharing is another effective method to engage the team during an online meeting, because it keeps everyone on the same page (or screen). There is no room for miscommunication or important details being lost in translation when the team is seeing, hearing, and contributing to the same document.
  • Web conferencing improves internal communication flow: Web conferencing fosters the ultimate team experience: meeting anytime, from anywhere, armed with a variety of tools to enhance productivity. Employees can share progress on their current assignments, discuss upcoming projects, attend training sessions, attend performance reviews, conduct group stand-ups, and more.  By providing the context of your screen or documents, your live video image, and innovative integrations like collaborative notes, web conferencing provides a rich collaboration experience that simple phone calls or a video call can’t match.

Implementing a web conferencing solution into your daily work environment is smart business. And whether working with colleagues, consulting with clients, or presenting to sales prospects, AnyMeeting provides all the features you need for a great web conferencing experience.

 

Setting up your next conference call just got insanely easier: Introducing Talk@AnyMeeting.com

We’ve all been there: you’re checking your emails, and you’ve finally gotten some key stakeholders to agree on a time to meet and have a call.  What now?  Traditionally, you’d have to go online or through your notes, find your conference call provider, get the number and pin, copy, paste, and send it out to everyone — something requiring lots of switching between apps, services, etc.

Well, I’m very excited to announce that AnyMeeting’s putting an end to all of that.  Starting today, you only need to remember one thing — just CC: talk@anymeeting.com in your email.  Within seconds, we’ll send out YOUR conference call info to everyone on your email.  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 a conference call set up with a bunch of people now only takes three easy steps:

1) Create an email and add your recipients

2) Add talk@anymeeting.com to your email as well

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

Within seconds, everyone receives the invite to your conference call.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this feature — please feel free to email us at product@anymeeting.com with your thoughts.  We’ve got a lot more great productivity features like this in the works, so stay tuned!  Happy conferencing!

AnyMeeting Takes Small Businesses Global with New Release of Global Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Solution

New Toll-Free and International Dial-In Options, Plus New Meeting Start Modes to Help Users Launch and Schedule Meetings Even Faster

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., October 1, 2014 – AnyMeeting (http://www.anymeeting.com), a leading provider of web conferencing, video conferencing and phone conferencing for small business, announced today its new release introducing US toll-free and international dial-in options in more than 40 countries, plus new meeting start modes that streamline the scheduling and launching of meetings based on use case.

AnyMeeting Pro Plans Add US Toll-Free and International Dial-In Options

The new toll-free and international dial-in options are available in all AnyMeeting Pro plans and allow meeting hosts to provide a US toll-free option as well as local dial-in numbers in over 40 countries.  This latest release responds to the needs of many small businesses everywhere for greater global access, as well as the need of AnyMeeting’s growing international customer base for local dial-in options.

These new phone options are available today for general release to AnyMeeting’s 600,000 small business customers across all the verticals it serves, including health care, technology, professional services, financial services and real estate.  International dial-in options are included in all AnyMeeting Pro plans at no additional cost, while US toll-free service is available as an option to Pro subscribers and is charged based on usage, at a rate of only 6 cents per minute – among the lowest rates in the industry.

Latest AnyMeeting Release Makes It Even Faster to Start and Schedule Meetings

With its new release, AnyMeeting has made it even faster and simpler for users to launch and join meetings and conference calls by introducing new meeting start modes, which optimize tool settings for the type of meetings users want to host.  For example, for simple phone conferences, meeting invitations include only conference call details.  For video conferences, meeting attendees join the meeting with webcams turned on.  For webinars, hosts are offered the option to create custom registration forms and surveys, and attendees join the meeting muted by default.

This release also includes a beta instant screen share option, enabling users to launch simple screen sharing with just one click.  New support resources are available to guide users through the new meeting options.

“AnyMeeting is focused on providing small businesses with the simplest, most powerful conferencing platform specifically tailored to their needs,” said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting.  “These new capabilities enable our customers to better tap international business opportunities and improve their efficiency by anticipating and adapting to their needs.”

AnyMeeting is an easy-to-use, full-featured web conferencing and webinar software platform designed to meet all the conferencing needs of small business, with 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more, as well as support for mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets.

AnyMeeting customers – as well as its large distribution partners focused on providing the best solutions for small business — are tapping AnyMeeting’s all-in-one web, video and phone conferencing platform for its power, simplicity, affordability, and now its global accessibility.

For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

About AnyMeeting

Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 500,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options.  Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform.  Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration.  AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings.  Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum.  For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

Growing Your Business Webinar Series

To kick off the fall season, AnyMeeting is pleased to announce a free 3-part Growing Your Business Webinar Series to help your business expand and thrive. Featuring guest speakers from the Small Business Administration, this series will present topics and resources important to small businesses today. Register below for one or all of these valuable sessions.

AnyMeeting Announces Partner API at WebRTC Expo

Enables Service Provider and Platform Partners to Easily Integrate WebRTC-Enabled Conferencing into their Own Solutions

AnyMeeting at WebRTC Expo IV, Booth 218 in Atlanta, June 17-19, 2014

Huntington Beach, Calif. – June 17, 2014 – AnyMeeting (www.anymeeting.com) today announces its partner API, which enables service provider and platform partners to integrate all or portions of its full-featured, browser-based web, video and phone conferencing tool into their own solutions.

AnyMeeting is one of the first WebRTC-enabled conferencing platforms in large-scale production. The AnyMeeting API has already been leveraged in partnerships with large cable operators and telcos, as well as with platforms including Outlook, Zimbra, Google Apps and select vertical platforms in markets like real estate. AnyMeeting is now opening its API to new partners that wish to add WebRTC-enabled conferencing to their own services and platforms.

Said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting, “WebRTC represents a disruptive technology that opens major new opportunities for service providers –enabling new features, service models and platform economics that will transform the industry. We’re excited to serve partners seeking to tap those opportunities today, leveraging our API and integration experience to build great WebRTC-enabled solutions together.”

AnyMeeting Founder and CEO on Plenary Panel at WebRTC Expo

AnyMeeting is a Gold Sponsor of WebRTC Expo IV in Atlanta, June 17-19, where Tuculescu will be a featured speaker on the plenary panel “Using WebRTC to Make Money”at 3:40pm Tuesday, June 17. AnyMeeting will also available at booth #218 for more information and demonstrations.

Proven, Scalable AnyMeeting API for Screen Sharing, Video, Phone & VOIP Conferencing

Partners can leverage AnyMeeting’s proven and scalable API to quickly add screen sharing, multi-party video conferencing, phone and VoIP-based audio conferencing, online meetings with recording, and full-featuredwebinar capabilities to their own platforms and service offerings.

AnyMeeting’s full-featured conferencing solution also works with non-WebRTC-supported browsers, providing a complete cross-platform solution. The company, which launched the AnyMeeting brand in 2010, has attracted more than 500,000 users and is a trusted partner to many large cable operators, telcos, platform providers and associations serving its target SMB customer base.

About AnyMeeting

Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 500,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options.  Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform. Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration. AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings. Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.