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.

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.

AnyMeeting Launches Integration With Over 400 Business Apps via Zapier

With a Few Clicks, Marketers Can Now Connect Meeting and Webinar Engagement Data With Records in Their Marketing and CRM Platforms

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 20, 2015) – AnyMeeting, a leading provider of webinar and web conferencing software for small business, today announced integration with popular business apps including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, LeadPages and over 400 others through an integration with Zapier. Zapier is a service that interconnects business apps by enabling users to specify triggers and actions between apps using a simple point-and-click interface.

Said Costin Tuculescu, CEO & founder of AnyMeeting, “As we increase our strategic focus on specific high-value use cases, helping the SMB marketing professional capture and leverage engagement data is critical. This is an important first step in helping marketers get actionable webinar and meeting data into the places their marketing and sales teams can best take advantage of it.”

Customers can now connect AnyMeeting to leading marketing automation, email marketing and CRM platforms using one of many prepackaged “shared Zaps” — automations created using defined triggers and actions between apps — or by creating their own Zaps. The prepackaged Zaps available today from AnyMeeting include:

  • Salesforce — Automatically create a Salesforce lead when someone registers for a webinar.
  • Constant Contact — Add a webinar registrant from a Constant Contact signup form to AnyMeeting.
  • Eventbrite — Use Eventbrite to register attendees for your AnyMeeting webinars.

A more complete set of prepackaged AnyMeeting Zaps is available on the Zapier website.

Customized integrations and automations can also be created as needed. Three AnyMeeting triggers are currently available including “Created a Webinar,” “New Webinar Registration,” and “New Attendee.” When these events occur in AnyMeeting, Zapier can trigger actions in other apps. Likewise, actions can be performed in AnyMeeting based on triggers in other apps. Currently, these actions include “Schedule a Meeting,” “Schedule a Webinar,” and “New Webinar Registration.” By combining these simple actions and triggers, users are able to create powerful automated tasks to improve efficiency.

The integration feature is now available to AnyMeeting subscribers on Meeting Pro and Webinar Pro plans. To kick off usage of the feature, AnyMeeting is launching a contest that will award an Apple Watch to one subscriber selected from among all who integrate AnyMeeting with other apps via Zapier by December 1st.

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. Since then, it has grown to more than 800,000 registered users of both its free service and its 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, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

Winning Webinar Strategies – Vote for your favorite

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After collecting numerous submissions for our Winning Webinar Strategies promotion, we’re excited to announce the finalists!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their webinar strategies. We’re excited to hear so many of you are producing impactful webinar programs that are making a real difference in your business and the community. Keep it up!

Now, to help us select a winner – vote for your favorite! Follow the links to review their winning webinar strategies then come back here and vote!

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Here are the finalists for this season’s Winning Webinar Strategies promotion:

Liz Parker, 121 Temps Winning Webinar Strategy

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Top webinar tips from Liz:

  • Less on the screen, just have a heading – too many points on the screen and people read rather than listen.
  • Ask a question for each screen and get feedback in the chat box
  • Start the session with some housekeeping and expectations.
  • Housekeeping, turn off all distractions (including any additional tabs or social media sites, phones and even put the dogs away.
  • Expectations – come as a student with an open mind and ask lots of questions
  • Don’t read your presentation verbatim, just make key points on a page to remind you what you want to cover.  Use lots of case studies or examples to emphasize your key points.
  • Don’t try and cover too much in one session especially if you are recording it as people won’t sit through 1 hour to try and get some nuggets of gold.”

Read the 121 Temps full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Nic Tsangarakis, Kwela Leadership and Talent Management Winning Webinar Strategy

Top webinar tips from Nic:

  • “There is no substitute for preparation.”  Kwela distributes a “webinar best practices” guide to each of its presenters and encourages practicing in advance with presenters and an acting attendee.
  • Avoid hard selling.  Kwela focuses on providing value to the audience to help build relationships and trust.
  • Keep the content simple, without too much content on each slide.
  • Don’t leave audience engagement and Q&A to the end of the presentation.  Take moments out within the presentation to solicit and address questions from the audience.
  • Understand that your audience can get distracted, so lead with what’s in it for them, as well as with assurances that the presentation will be brief, rich, and sensitive to their time.

Read the Kwela full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Jennifer McGillis, PROergonomics Winning Webinar Strategy

Top webinar tips from Jennifer:

  • Keep presentations informational and not too “salesy.”
  • Provide enough information to catch the audience’s attention and get them reflecting on the topic, but leave them wanting more, which will help drive follow-up engagement.
  • Keep events to an hour or less to be respectful of the time demands of your audience.
  • Ask questions of your audience, which can be managed through chat, to further engage them.

Read the PROergonomics full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Review their programs and then tell us below which one you feel others can best learn from!

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Get VoIP Provider Spotlight: Q&A with AnyMeeting, The Freedom to Conferencing

Reuben Yonatan of GetVoIP interviewed AnyMeeting COO, David Gerken in this latest Provider Spotlight:

In this Provider Spotlight series, we had the opportunity to get behind the scenes footage and learn more about AnyMeeting.com – a simple, affordable, full-featured conferencing tool.

AnyMeeting enables its users to meet in real time with other users worldwide over the internet. Although AnyMeeting caters to the needs of small businesses, its services provide solutions to medium-sized businesses and larger companies as well.

Although basic in nature, AnyMeeting offers quality service with a clean interface, clear sound, and intuitive controls. A download isn’t even required to use AnyMeeting. Only a presenter wanting to share screen shots has to download the application. All other presenters and attendees can simply join in from their computers. Attendees joining through the use of a smartphone or tablet must download the app as well.

We would like to welcome David Gerken, AnyMeeting’s Chief Operations Officer, as he takes a moment to answer a few questions about the services and sheds some light on what their company has to offer.

Visit GetVoIP.com to read the full transcript.

AnyMeeting Introduces Incredibly Simple Way to Launch and Schedule Free Conference Calls

Just Add talk@anymeeting.com to Recipient List of Any Email or Calendar Invitation; No Account Needed

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwired – Mar 18, 2015) –  AnyMeeting, a leading provider of web conferencing for small business, today announced the simplest way yet to schedule conference calls. Using this completely free service, anyone — including those without AnyMeeting accounts — can hold conference calls by simply adding talk@anymeeting.com to the recipient list of any email or calendar invitation. When sent, all recipients and the sender immediately receive an email from AnyMeeting with the conference call details included (read more at www.anymeeting.com/talk).

For example, if a consultant wants to schedule a phone conference with her client team, she can simply send a meeting invitation from her calendar tool of choice (e.g. Outlook, Google Calendar, etc.) and include talk@anymeeting.com among her invitees. She and all her invitees then immediately receive a follow-up email from AnyMeeting with all the conference call details. There are no additional downloads or apps to install, and an AnyMeeting account is not required.

This patent-pending method of launching and scheduling phone conferences without an existing account — extensible to online meetings as well — is available only from AnyMeeting, and is provided to everyone in the U.S.

Users can later choose to upgrade to AnyMeeting’s complete online meeting tool to enjoy its full range of online meeting features including screen sharing, video conferencing, slide sharing and more.

“As the conferencing industry matures, we’ve found that one thing customers struggle most with is scheduling and inviting others to their meetings. With talk@anymeeting.com, anyone anywhere — even those without AnyMeeting accounts — can launch and schedule phone conferences from the email and calendar tools they already use, eliminating friction,” said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting. “It’s another important step forward in our goal of providing the easiest, best conferencing tools for small business.”

About AnyMeeting

AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2011 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 750,000 small business users of both its free service and low-cost “Pro” options. 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. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

 

Building Your Business Webinar Series

am-comcast-score-webinar-imageJoin us for a free 3-part Building Your Business Webinar Series, presented by AnyMeeting, Comcast Business and SCORE, a non-profit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration with over 11,000 volunteers dedicated to helping small businesses launch and grow. Check out the sessions below and register today.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Part 1: Marketing Without Money
  • Tuesday, February 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Guest Speakers: SCORE mentors Tom Patty and John Pietro
Join SCORE mentors Tom Patty and John Pietro to find out how you can use million-dollar marketing ideas on a zero-dollar budget. Learn the strategies of big budget marketing to grow your small business, how to get more customers and increase your response rate without spending a dime.
Tom spent over 21 years in the advertising business and retired as President of Chiat/Day, one of the most creative ad agencies in the country. John has over 40 years’ experience in marketing, advertising and promotions. He helped create the famous “Where’s the Beef” campaign for Wendy’s.
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Part 2: How to Develop a Business Plan in 6 Easy Steps

  • Tuesday, March 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Guest Speaker: David Albright, Small Business Mentor, SCORE
A business plan is an essential road map for business success, but few small businesses ever complete a plan due to over-complicated approaches that entail too much theory, writing and detail. This webinar will give you pragmatic, straightforward tools for setting goals, developing action plans for achieving them, measuring how you are doing on an ongoing basis and adjusting accordingly.

 

David Albright is an active SCORE mentor with extensive experience in the consumer products industry including being President of Pepperidge Farm, Inc., Godiva Chocolatier Worldwide and Glacial Confections, a start-up venture. He currently consults with venture capital firms on the food and confectionery industries.
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Part 3: The Many Ways SCORE Can Help You Succeed in Business

  • Tuesday, April 21, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Guest Speaker: Bridget Weston Pollack, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, SCORE
SCORE is here for the life of your business. With free mentoring, training and resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners,SCORE is committed to helping you succeed – whatever your business goal! With more than 10 million people served by SCORE since its inception in 1964, SCORE works with you to provide you with customized, unbiased assistance – no matter what business stage you are at. Join this webinar to learn about the ways that SCORE can help you today.

 

Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the SCORE Association. In this role, Bridget is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR, and communication efforts. She focuses on implementing marketing plans and strategies for the organization to facilitate the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services.
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