Growing Non-Profit Takes Wing with AnyMeeting Web and Video Conferencing to Lift Global Member Resources

Jet Aircraft Museum Innovates Membership and Donation Processes While Saving Hundreds of Volunteer Hours Using AnyMeeting All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Platform

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. –  June 10, 2014 – Innovating its membership and donation processes was a major project for the intercontinental non-profit JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM (JAM), and AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com) Web and video conferencing cloud software delivered the simple and affordable collaboration tool it needed to ensure a successful transition for JAM members and its officers and Board of Directors.

AnyMeeting allowed the team to train far-flung members, on time and on budget, and is now a key part of JAM’s optimized flight plan for reaching prospective members and driving its fund-raising campaigns.

THE CHALLENGE FOR THE JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM

JAM Logo (1)The JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM is a volunteer organization of 150 international members. The museum exits to create and maintain a dynamic and living history of the modern age Royal Canadian Air Force, and provides a center to honor the valiant Canadian men and women who flew these aircraft with distinction in periods of war, peace, and peace keeping.

The non-profit organization has as its primary purpose the acquisition, display, preservation, and maintenance of its jet aircraft, and, uniquely, it provides in flight demonstrations. Collaborating with members of the museum to fulfill its mission to combine the creation and operation of museum housing, while managing aircraft, historical artifacts, records, and salient memorabilia required the geographically dispersed volunteers to spend many hours trading emails, logging into Facebook, and managing a handful of other media. No one resource offered a consistent solution to everyone across the organization’s diverse demographics. And the ongoing challenge in the governance of a successful and expanding volunteer organization like the JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM requires streamlining processes and reducing costs wherever possible. The team needed a better way to communicate with consistency.

ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE

The JAM officers and Board of Directors were interested in Technical Marketing Director’s Steve Blackwell’s proposal to test online collaboration and meeting solutions to help manage team communications. Blackwell took several online meeting and video conferencing solutions like GoToMeeting and Cisco WebEx for test flights but found they were prohibitively priced for his organization’s budget. During his review process, he experienced another powerful web conferencing and video conferencing solution, AnyMeeting, in a meeting hosted by another of his clients. He was impressed with the performance and the simplicity of the experience and the price was right – free with easy upgrades.

FINDING A SOLUTION WITH ANYMEETING

AnyMeeting is an easy-to-use, full-featured Web conferencing and webinar software platform designed to meet all the conferencing needs of small but rapidly growing organizations like the JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM, with 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more, plus support for the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets (with Android phones coming soon). The museum initially chose AnyMeeting as the best solution to meet its needs to make it simpler for the volunteers to automate content management processes and collaborate on documents. Using AnyMeeting, Blackwell was also able to innovate processes, workflows and ad-hoc communications with members, saving significant time and resources.

“AnyMeeting allows us to engage in projects with our international members as if they were sitting all together in a room onsite at the JET AIRCRAFT Museum,” said Blackwell. “AnyMeeting was easy for members to use as an all-in-one conferencing solution to simplify collaboration processes.”

According to Blackwell, “AnyMeeting proved invaluable during the launch of its recent website refresh, which included a new and more efficient way for members to access information on the site.” The new processes required member training. “We saved hundreds of hours training members using AnyMeeting,” added Blackwell. “It was much easier to get everyone up to speed, and honestly, I can’t think of how we would have done it with emails and phone, much less in-person. With AnyMeeting, we accomplished the demos in real time. Everyone is happy!”

Blackwell sees expanding the use of AnyMeeting to attract new members and increase informational and guest speaker communications for the organization. “I’m excited about the possibilities to utilize AnyMeeting to facilitate committee and Board meetings, and to help in attracting new members. I recommend it to any growing organization.”

“AnyMeeting is specifically built as one tool to satisfy all the meeting needs of small businesses and other organizations with remote team members and clients,” said Costin Tuculescu, founder and CEO of AnyMeeting. “From a one-on-one video conference to a 200-person webinar, AnyMeeting empowers organizations like the Jet Aircraft Museum to communicate effectively, grow, and reach their goals like never before possible.”

 

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.

Our Account Manager dashboard gets a facelift — and more!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re rolling out a UI improvement that will make navigating our account management dashboard much easier.  We’ve simplified our tabs, meeting information layout, and cleaned up the clutter in the interface.  Here’s what you’ll see:

anymeeting web conferencing UI

This UI is also friendlier for iPhones, which will now be able to start meetings and participate in meetings (if you have our iPhone app), as well as dial directly into your conference call with just one click.

We’re also rolling out a few other improvements today:

  • Meeting hosts now receive an email that they’ve scheduled a meeting, with a link to start the meeting directly from the email
  • If the host somehow gets confused and ends up at the meeting login page, and the meeting isn’t started, they can start the meeting directly from there

We really hope you like these improvements, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at http://support.anymeeting.com.

New AnyMeeting for iPhone Lets Small Businesses Meet on the Go

screen568x568Demand Increases for AnyMeeting All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Platform Now for iPhone, iPad and Android Tablets

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 5, 2014) – AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com), developer of web and video conferencing tools specifically designed and priced for small business, announced today that AnyMeeting for iPhone is available free, for immediate download on the Apple iTunes App Store. The AnyMeeting iPhone release follows the recent launch of AnyMeeting iPad and Android tablet apps, which have already been downloaded more than 50,000 times.

AnyMeeting customers and large distribution partners are now tapping into AnyMeeting all-in-one Web and video conferencing platform for its powerful and simple mobile capabilities, in addition to the ease-of-use and affordability it has always offered.

AnyMeeting Innovative Push-to-Talk Capability Clears Conference Call Noise
With this release, AnyMeeting iPhone introduces a new push-to-talk conferencing model, designed to eliminate background noise, echoes and other problems commonly associated with conference calls. AnyMeeting is designed to make conferencing more effective and efficient for business people on the go.

“AnyMeeting is focused on delivering the simplest and the most affordable conferencing tools for small business,” said Costin Tuculescu, founder and CEO of AnyMeeting. “Now, with AnyMeeting for iPhone, customers gain powerfully simple visual conferencing, readily accessible wherever they need to go.”

With AnyMeeting for iPhone, You Can:

  • Launch a meeting via the AnyMeeting.com website
  • Participate as an attendee from anywhere, with the ability to view the presenter’s screen, shared documents and webcams
  • Join the conference call via the iPhone without entering PINs
  • Participate in audio through iPhone microphone and speakers, with single-tap push-to-talk capability
  • Join the video conference using your iPhone’s front or back facing camera
  • Collaborate with text chat, see public meeting notes, and access attendee list (if shared by presenter)
  • Pinch to zoom meeting content

Adding the Visual Element to On-the-Go Communications Increases Effectiveness

“A rich, full-featured mobile web conferencing experience gives people the freedom to meet effectively and engage with others visually from anywhere at any time,” said Andy Nilssen, Sr. Analyst and Partner at Wainhouse Research. “Adding the visual element to on-the-go communications increases its effectiveness — and demonstrates to customers and prospects that the business using it is on the leading edge. Simplicity across devices is essential for driving adoption.”

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 now available on iPhone. AnyMeeting for Android phone is expected to be available in early Spring, 2014. 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.

The Results are In! Customers Say Ease of Use a Top Reason for AnyMeeting in Customer Survey

AnyMeeting Web ConferencingThanks to all of the AnyMeeting customers who participated in our latest (and largest) customer survey.  We found some interesting tidbits to share:

    • Small businesses use AnyMeeting for a broad range of meeting needs, but training (34%) and collaborating with colleagues (29%) were mentioned most frequently as the top uses.  As an all-in-one conferencing tool for small business, we’re happy to see the diversity of ways our customers use us.
    • Users love our simplicity — cited as one of the strongest reasons small businesses select AnyMeeting.
    • Small businesses are leaving the big guys to come to us — Of those coming to us from competitors, 50% are coming from either GoToMeeting or WebEx.

Small business is the largest segment of the web conferencing market, and our only focus here at AnyMeeting.

“Small businesses in North America will spend over $1.4 billion annually on web conferencing services by 2016 – up from $560 million in 2012 – representing a 26 percent compound annual growth rate,“ said Clayton Miller, Associate, AMI-Partners.

AnyMeeting continues to work hard to provide the simplest, most affordable conferencing tool for individuals and small business users.  Thanks for your support!

 

Why SMBs are ready for a new Web Conferencing pricing model

Small business owners are a creative and resourceful bunch.  In my experience, they are able to get what they need done quickly and on a shoestring budget.  That means piecing together a solution that works, even if it’s not quite perfect – it just needs to work.  We’ve seen this in our industry with customers putting together a free conference calling service, with a screen sharing service, with a video conferencing service – to make a solution that sometimes works for them.  In other cases, when the small business owner shells out the cash for a more integrated, business grade solution, there may be a propensity to share that account with a few colleagues, because it doesn’t really make sense to pay for multiple accounts when they can just share one.

Well, I’m proud to say that today at AnyMeeting, we’ve launched a product that will free our customers from having to make such compromises.   Introducing: AnyMeeting Company Pro.  With this new solution, everyone in your small to medium enterprise can have their own AnyMeeting account, which comes with everything they need for productive collaboration and online meetings.  That means they get an ‘all-in-one’ solution with integrated phone conferencing, video conferencing, web conferencing, screen sharing, recording, mobile access and much more.  Very importantly, we’ve also priced Company Pro so competitively that there’s no need to share accounts – which just feels better for everyone.  When it comes to business grade online meeting tools, no competitor offers a tool as easy to use and specifically built for small to medium businesses, at such a competitive price.  Let’s do a quick price check:

10 Users on GoToMeeting: $4,680 per year

10 Users on AnyMeeting: $1,500 per year

Annual savings: $3,180 or almost 70% less

What this means is that your entire organization can now become more productive, efficient and responsive in all that they do.  Your sales team can better pitch your product, better demonstrate your value proposition and better elaborate on their proposals – all from their desk.  Your marketing team can conduct more marketing webinars, more focus groups and have more meaningful engagement with outside resources.  Your professional services folks can meet more often with clients, better collaborate on requirements, and more frequently communicate on progress and deliverables – all from their desk.

At the end of the day, an increase in productivity for your entire team truly benefits the business’ bottom line.  Nationally, the average knowledge worker’s salary is about $40K – with some regions being substantially higher.  For less than 1% of their salary, doesn’t it make sense to give every knowledge worker in your organization the tools that have been proven to increase their productivity?

The Promise and Perils of WebRTC

Since Google first laid out their plans for WebRTC, I was excited that there was going to be a next evolution of browser based communication. Before this, Adobe had actually built a pretty amazing framework for real time communications, which gave you webcam and microphone access right from the browser, support for the H.264, G.711 and Speex codecs, as well as a new low-latency UDP based protocol, RTMFP. However, Adobe failed to iterate on the technology, build a devoted developer community, open source the framework (when they actually did do it, it was too little too late), and ultimately get any real buy-in that this could be a disruptive communications framework – even though it basically did everything that WebRTC does.

Regardless, Google has now provided the world with the promise of open communications straight out of the browser, and Firefox has jumped on this wagon pledging their full support. There has been a huge amount of buzz around this technology, and everyone from chat sites to telecom carriers are trying to get a handle on the disruption that is heading our way.

However, as a developer of browser based, real-time communication platforms for the past several years, I feel like I’ve developed a bit of a 6th sense for the challenges that come with delivering enterprise grade reliability out of the browser – and I’m concerned about WebRTC’s ability to deliver on this promise. Specifically, our recent experience with implementing WebRTC based audio showed us how different Chrome’s implementation of the spec was from Firefox’s, and how this can lead to some serious reliability challenges.

Chrome’s implementation has been extremely smooth, which makes perfect sense for obvious reasons. However, Firefox’s implementation in 22 and 23 is almost completely unusable for reliable communications. It suffers from a lack of echo cancellation which can manifest itself as howling feedback, and a bug that results in an ever growing lag that can only be fixed by hanging up your call and reconnecting. For that reason, even though WebRTC is available on Firefox, we cannot roll it out to our users at this time, until these critical issues are resolved.

It’s obvious that WebRTC is still an extremely young technology, being iterated on very quickly by the browser manufacturers. However, the world is eager dive in and realize the benefits that are being promised, and this can’t be done unless there’s a very high quality standard being enforced. As the browser becomes a critical piece of communication infrastructure, any bug released can cripple communications around the world. Additionally, as communication vendors move into the browser, their business models, customer satisfaction levels, and revenues all depend on the proper and flawless implementation of this standard.

It’s inevitably challenging to roll out a disruptive new standard like WebRTC. Working as a community to deliver the highest quality WebRTC stack possible, validated with best-practice QA procedures, will help speed adoption of this important new standard by those of us creating the future communication and collaboration platforms built on it.

The promise of WebRTC is there. We’re excited and ready to innovate.

Free Webinar: 7 Steps for Small Business Marketing Success

Small Business Marketing: While this may be hard for some business owners to come to grips with, like those who feel that “marketing is a strange form of creative voodoo thinking,” marketing is not only a system—it may be the most important system in any business. This marketing system involves getting someone who has a need to know, like and trust you. One could argue about what “like” or “trust” is in any given industry, but now more than ever, this definition gets at the heart of the game.

These 7 core steps make up the simple, effective, and affordable Duct Tape Marketing System. Businesses that appreciate and implement this approach to marketing grow in a consistent and predictable manner.

Whether you’re starting a business or working to take yours to the next level, you’ll benefit from this engaging 60 minute webinar hosted by AnyMeeting.

Join us for this Free Webinar and get insight, tips and tricks from John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing and host Chris Bechtel as we discuss, “7 Steps for Small Business Marketing Success”. 

Sign up today! Space is limited.

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Bonus: Get the Free eBook from Duct Tape Marketing – “7 Steps to Small Business Marketing Success”

AnyMeeting Continues Growth Within Direct Selling Industry

AnyMeeting Booth at DSA Conf

The Direct Selling Association (DSA) recently held its annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.  The event featured numerous workshops and conference sessions on a variety of topics of interest to leaders in the direct selling industry. Many of the top brands in the industry were present, including Amway, 4Life, Herbalife, and Usana, to name a few.

This was AnyMeeting’s second year exhibiting at the DSA conference, and our first year as a conference Sponsor.

We’re currently working with more than a dozen large “direct selling companies”, providing a valuable productivity tool for their independent distributors.

The direct selling industry is one of many small business verticals where AnyMeeting is building strong partnerships and a recognized brand. Others verticals include real estate, financial services, professional services and healthcare, among others.

Want to learn more about how AnyMeeting can help your business, industry or association? Contact us.

Three Keys to Meeting and Webinar Success

web-conferencing-field2Effective meetings and webinars start with proper preparation and readiness. That includes the content as well as your tools.

Here are three ways to boost your effectiveness:

1) Make screen sharing easy
If you plan on sharing your screen, a presentation or document, make sure you are using our latest screen sharing plug-ins!  Learn more and ensure you have installed our latest plug-ins for Windows and Mac.

2) Go mobile
Empower your attendees to participate in meetings and webinars via their mobile devices and tablets. Need to hop into a meeting real quick on the go?  Check out ouriPad and Android Tablet Apps to attend the meeting FAST!

3) Check your system
Critical for presenters: ensure your system, network and internet is capable of running a successful meeting or webinar. Take the system test now!

AnyMeeting Releases New iPad App

Small business happens everywhere.  And meetings, webinars, and video conferences must be easy to attend from anywhere at anytime.  That’s why we are excited to announce that AnyMeeting has released a new free iPad app that is available for download in the iTunes App Store.  The app enables iPad users to easily attend a meeting, watch a screen share, and even broadcast their video.  Today, meeting attendees participating  from the iPad app, will be able to:

  • View any presentations.
  • Listen to any audio broadcast through your iPad speakers.
  • Call in to participate through your phone.
  • Broadcast video through either the front or back camera of your iPad.

AnyMeeting iPad App Screenshot 4-way-video

For complete instructions on using the new AnyMeeting iPad app visit our support site.