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.

 

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!

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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WebRTC Will Not Take Off Until All Major Browsers Support It

google-webrtc-logoRiding on the heels on the most recent WebRTC Expo, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the current status of the WebRTC movement, the progress the industry has made and where vendors are focusing their energies and investments. My conclusion is that while there have been a number of impressive WebRTC implementations, progress has not been as fast as most of us would like, and the main reason for this stall is the lack of adoption by major browser manufacturers.

To recap, today we have Google Chrome leading the charge with full support for WebRTC, Mozilla Firefox having implemented the majority of WebRTC features, and a number of vendors releasing plugins and SDKs that allow native app development with WebRTC features on mobile and desktop platforms. However, none of these plugin based or app based solutions offer the ubiquitous access to communication that WebRTC promises. Having to install a plugin or app creates friction in the user experience that will prevent mass adoption.  This may work for enterprise applications where all of the endpoints are the under control of IT, but it will not work for consumer applications at internet scale.  Additionally, this route is very expensive, requiring multiple solutions for all the different desktop and mobile operating systems.

However, when WebRTC is implemented in the browser, it creates an elegant and simple experience for the user.  Anything from video chatting with your friends, getting instant contextual customer support based on the product you’re currently looking at, or collaborating over a document or task becomes as simple as clicking a button on a webpage or web app.  It’s frictionless, contextual and easy.  Additionally, companies are able to leverage Javascript developers to build these solutions, instead of telecom engineers, resulting in faster time to market and huge cost savings — truly delivering on the vision of WebRTC.

While Chrome and Firefox together command about 55 – 60% of the browser market, this is not enough to deliver on WebRTC’s potential.  We need all the browsers to adopt the standard before we will truly see this technology start to provide large scale value.  However, I am encouraged that this last week, there was great progress when a consensus was reached to support both H.264 and VP8 as mandatory codecs in the spec. This signals that perhaps Microsoft and Apple can finally get onboard with WebRTC and we may finally see the ubiquitous access to video and audio technology that only the browser can deliver to billions of users.

I truly hope the industry realizes this simple truth, so that we start focusing our efforts on moving the browser manufacturers towards implementing the full WebRTC 1.0 spec, as quickly as possible.  I’d love to hear any feedback or ideas on how we can ensure that this will happen in 2015.

Webinar Recording: What The Affordable Care Act Means for Small Employers

Watch part III of our “Growing Your Business” webinar series, presented by AnyMeeting and featuring the Small Business Administration’s Meredith Olafson.

This webinar focuses on what the Affordable Care Act means for small employers. Topics discussed include:

  • Insurance market reforms for small employers
  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits) – who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • SHOP Marketplace updates
  • Employer Shared Responsibility provisions
  • Key provisions for self-employed business owners with no employees
  • Tools and resources available for small employers interested in learning more about the law

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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.

Webinar Recording: SBA Resources for Growing Businesses

Check out this webinar presented by AnyMeeting and Comcast Business and featuring, Calvin Goings, SBA Region Administrator. SBA offers a wide variety of programs, services, and resources to help small business grow. This webinar focuses on the SBA’s core mission to reach America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners and addresses topics including:

  • Who is the SBA?
    • SBA’s 3 “Cs” and a “D”
  • Access to Capital—SBA guarantees loans for America’s small business owners
  • Access to Contracts—SBA advocates on behalf of small business in the federal procurement world
  • Access to Consulting—SBA provides counseling and business assistance through our network of resource partners
  • Disaster Assistance for small businesses and homeowners
  • SBA’s efforts to address the changing environment of innovation and investment—Overview of the Office of Investment & Innovation

Watch it now.

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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.

 

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.