Introducing Webinar 4.0

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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!

Feature Spotlight: Webinar Survey

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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

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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.

Recorded Webinars Make Great Content

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Content from your recorded webinars is a valuable tool for marketing, training or customer support. In fact, studies reveal that visually appealing content, such as video, is more effective in marketing and generating leads than traditional written content. So why not make the most of your webinars? AnyMeeting’s recording feature can record almost every aspect of your webinar, including the screen sharing, video conferencing and the audio, so you can reuse your presentation or demonstration again and again.  (But keep in mind that YouTube videos can’t be recorded due to copyright issues!)

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Once your webinar has concluded, AnyMeeting provides you with a link, and download option, so you can upload the video to a desired destination (your website, YouTube channel, etc.) and start directing folks to your content via blog entry or social media post. AnyMeeting also provides settings to enable your recordings to be password protected, if that suits your needs. This video content can be easily repurposed for multiple promotions or training sessions.

Ready to build a whole library of content and create a valuable resource for employees, customers or prospects? Just press “Start Recording” and AnyMeeting does all of the work for you. For more information about AnyMeeting’s free webinar service, visit www.anymeeting.com.

Top 5 Tools For Webinar Attendee Engagement

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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

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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.

Following-up After A Webinar: Why It Matters

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Sometimes you don’t think you have time to do it. Maybe you don’t see the importance in doing it, or just don’t know the best way to do it. But regardless the reason, following-up with potential customers after your webinar is vital to your business operation. Think about it: 24 hours after you wrap-up a webinar, you have the perfect opportunity to capture your attendees’ attention while the information is still fresh in their minds.

AnyMeeting makes it simple to follow-up with attendees after a webinar concludes, with easy-to-use email and survey features. In the AnyMeeting application, you can email attendees to thank them for participating in your online event, share a link to the webinar recording, and close with a call to action and/or some sort of incentive. You can also send attendees to a survey directly following your event, to gain presentation feedback and get a sense of attendee engagement.

So, what will you get in return when you follow-up?

  • An opportunity to qualify webinar leads: Savvy marketers already know that in general, webinars produce highly engaged leads.  But exactly which of your audience members are most interested in your product or service? Which are your best leads? You will know the answer to these questions once you receive responses from your follow-up efforts, and from there, you can determine which webinar attendees are the best leads to pursue.

  • Attendee feedback – Using the AnyMeeting survey tool, you are provided the opportunity to gauge attendee demographics, ratings for the webinar presenter, content, and technology, plus any custom questions you may have for participants. It’s important to gain feedback on 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 online presentations.

  • Webinar ROI: Ensure that time and money put into creating, promoting, and hosting webinars is worth your while. Are you attaining enough business to offset costs associated with webinar presentations? If, so, GREAT! Keep hosting webinars on a regular basis and watch your business flourish. If not, it might be time to figure out why, and work on your webinar presentation skills.

Follow-up doesn’t stop after the post-webinar email and survey. Follow-up is fluid, and should continue with the leads gathered from the initial round, through sales demos, presentations, etc. It’s now up to you and your sales team to take communication to the next level.   For that, you might need a great online meeting product… 😉

Increase Lead Generation and Customer Engagement with AnyMeeting and Zapier

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Use of webinars by marketers continues to rise. According to polling by Percolate, 20% of US marketing executives said their companies conducted webinars last year.

Another survey from Demand Gen Report found that 62% of US B2B marketers were using webinars as part of lead nurture campaigns in 2014. More than half of respondents also considered webinars effective for this purpose. Only white papers were more widely used, and they were slightly less likely to be rated effective. Chief Marketer also reported that 44% of US B2B marketers used webinars for lead gen last year, up from 29% in 2013.

Plus, the marketing technology ecosystem has exploded.  According to ChiefMarTec there are more than 1,800 vendors represented across 43 categories.To make it easier for marketers and small business owners to increase lead generation and customer engagement, AnyMeeting announced integration with popular business apps including Salesforce, HubSpot, Constant Contact, Eventbrite, LinkedIn, LeadPages and over 500 others through an integration with Zapier. See all of the available Zaps here: https://zapier.com/zapbook/anymeeting

Connect webinar registrants to your email marketing lists or CRM, save attendees to a spreadsheet, even schedule meetings automatically from any Zapier connected app. 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.

AnyMeeting users can use 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.

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.

Get started today by logging in to your AnyMeeting Account and choosing the “Integrations” tab.

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:

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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.