Creating Killer Presentations: 5 Shocking Mistakes to Avoid

AnyMeeting users share thousands of presentations every month (literally) with nearly 20% of all meetings including a shared presentation. That is a lot of PowerPoint! And if you’re like most people, you’ve sat through a lot of PowerPoint presentations yourself. How many of them really rocked? And how many of them were just plain bad?

To help you rock your next presentation, tune-up your current one and shine like a star, check out these terrific tips:

SEO Marketing Killed Paper Directories: Why

By Claudia Somerfield, ReputationChanger.com Reviews

Before the advent of the Internet, paper directories were one of the few means of advertising available for businesses to use to attract new customers. While this type of advertising is still used, companies are looking for more advanced platforms to expand their business globally. Over the years, SEO marketing and online directories have developed, offering useful tools that make them superior to paper directories. In this article, we’ll take a look at the reasons why SEO marketing has effectively killed paper directories.

Interactivity

Unlike a paper directory, social networks allow companies and consumers to interact with each other. Consumers can directly link to your Facebook page to receive continued updates and exchange their opinions about the product. Unlike with the old paper directories, you can also update your web page instantly. Consumers’ opinions can be immediately incorporated into new strategies.

Global Audience

In the past, a company’s marketing approach was confined only to the local community. With SEO marketing, you can reach the global audience. It is easy for anyone with an internet connection to go online and search for the best restaurant or latest fashion store in the area. Consumers can use any of the search engines such as Google, Bing or Yahoo! to look for their favorite product and immediately get the results. In other words, having a global audience can promote sales for companies that engage in ecommerce.

More convenient

Today, people rarely have time to catch their breath, sit alone and flip through a directory for some information. For instance, if clients need information on multiple things, they have to flip through multiple directories. This is a time consuming task and will clutter their work space with bulky paper directories. Search engine optimization helps consumers to access relevant information instantly, no matter where they are. If they are on the go and need information fast, instead of running home they can just whip out their smartphone or tablet and access the required data.

Speed

Likewise, SEO marketing is an efficient method for a client to find a company. Flipping through a paper directory consumes their precious time. If a client wants to discover the working hours of a company, he has to spend a lot of time making calls to the company. Also there is no guarantee that the company on the other end of the call is what he was looking for. If it is not, he has to repeat the procedure for other companies until he finds the right one. With SEO marketing, he can easily figure out if it is the right company with just a click of a button.

Analytics

How can you really keep track of how many clients have read your marketing messages when you have advertised on paper? Although thousands of people have received the paper, not all of them have spent time looking at the ad you have published. With SEO, you can find all sorts of records. You can find out how many clients have visited your site, how they were directed to your webpage and so on.

Easy to Update

When you advertise through paper, you can update your ads only on its next edition. This takes a long time for the updates to reach your audience. With SEO, it doesn’t take more than a few clicks and keystrokes to update your content.

With all these benefits offered by SEO marketing techniques, you no longer need to rely on paper directories to get the word out. If you want global recognition for your business, SEO marketing is the best way to go.

AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Jeff Bartholomew, ACN

Jeff Bartholomew submitted a success story describing his experience using AnyMeeting as a tool to help grow his business as a regional director for ACN, Inc. A network marketing company, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for home and business. Jeff has been using AnyMeeting for over a month and further discusses his experience with AnyMeeting as a meeting tool for his business.

“I’m on the east coast and I have a team across the country, across the North American continent, and I’m able to do webinars regularly, three, four, five times a week. I can conduct trainings, briefings, presentations, communicating with my team and it’s been an incredible tool to help build my business. There is no way I would have been able to do this without AnyMeeting.”

AnyMeeting Success Story Winner Announced

We have collected all of the entries for the AnyMeeting Success Story contest and a winner has been chosen.  Congratulations go to Dewoun Hayes from Elite Office Concepts, Inc. She submitted her story and a link to a presentation titled “Thinking Differently about Difficult People.”  The presentation was given to a group of administrative professionals, and it was the first time the group had used a webinar platform.  The group was pleased with the benefits AnyMeeting’s service offered, making the event seem like a live, in-person meeting.

By using AnyMeeting, Dewoun has been able to provide exposure for her business to a broader audience, reaching people from all over the world.  As a result, she has been able to expand her network, which has added to the success of her business.

As the winner, Dewoun will receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Submissions from the finalists will also be featured on Facebook.  We would like to thank everyone for participating by submitting some great success stories, and for using AnyMeeting for your web conferencing needs.

UpComing Webinar: 5 Easy Ways to Create Content for Your Business Blog

Join us Wednesday, October 10th at 11 am PT for the next free webinar of our “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series, and learn some easy ways to create content for your business blog. Tom Treanor, a veteran marketing expert and founder of Right Mix Marketing, will highlight 5 different ways to create good blog content faster and easier so you can spend more time on the business and less time blogging.  All registrants will also receive a free copy of Right Mix Marketing’s “Blog Idea Generation Toolkit.”

Only 200 spots are available – so sign up today. Make sure you log in to the webinar early – attendance is on a first-come, first –served basis.

AnyMeeting Reaping Rewards for Network Marketers

In July, AnyMeeting launched a new “Quick Start” program, specifically designed for large network marketing firms.  The program allows participating firms to offer a co-branded AnyMeeting service to all of their distributors.  Several large network marketing firms have joined, and their distributors are able to use AnyMeeting to help build their business and increase sales.

For example, USANA Health Sciences is one of the firms participating in the Quick Start program.  Sophia Marcoux, a 5 Star Diamond Director for the firm, is using AnyMeeting to help build her business.  Additionally, she has been selected as the winner of the AnyMeeting sign-up incentive program for USANA Associates.

As the winner, Sophia will receive a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet.  Sophia plans to continue using AnyMeeting on a consistent basis with her team, which includes top leaders in the firm.  If you are a distributor for a network marketing firm participating in the Quick Start program, sign up today and start using AnyMeeting to help grow your business.

Free Webinar: 26 Minutes. A Cup of Coffee and Empowering Your Business with the Cloud

If you’re a small business owner, you might be wondering, what’s all the fuss about the Cloud? What are the options and is one right for your business?

In this 26 minute webinar, you’ll get answers to the eight essential Cloud questions that every 15+ employee business needs answered and learn how moving your business to the Cloud will drive business improvement.

And just to make it a more pleasant experience, AdarIT will mail you a mug of Starbucks VIA coffee and Twining Earl Grey tea to sip while you learn. No big time commitment. No pressure. Just add hot water. It’s the easiest way to empower your business and get your head into the Clouds.

Two Sessions!
September 11th: Register Now – it’s free! and September 13th: Register Now – it’s free!

Contest: Share Your Online Meeting Success Story

Nexus 7 Tablet

Have a great meeting or webinar that you recorded in AnyMeeting and want to share?

This is your chance to showcase your business, your experience, and a recent “meeting success story” with the AnyMeeting community.

Do you have a compelling presentation, case study, business tips, or something else you feel others can learn from, or be entertained by?

We want to hear from you. Contest details: Your “Meeting Success Story” may be entered throughout the month of August. Top story submissions will be featured on Facebook and on our blog. A winner will be selected and receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus7 Tablet. Cool…

How do you enter? It’s easy. Simply send an email with a link to your AnyMeeting recorded meeting (or record a new one) to press@anymeeting.com (subject line: AnyMeeting Success Story Submission).

Be sure your “story” will help others learn (or laugh). Feel free to get creative. Include any details of the meeting or webinar results (e.g. how it helped your business). What was unique or interesting about your presentation, the meeting format, how you got people to attend your meeting and the results of your efforts?

This is a terrific opportunity to showcase your skills, highlight your business and win the new Google Android tablet! Start a New Meeting Now.

5 Tips For a Gold Medal Online Meeting Performance

Gold Medal Performance

We all get inspired and motivated from watching the Olympics.  Watching athletes give their best to earn a gold medal inspires us to give our best performance as business professionals.  A large part of the business world involves meetings, and a growing number of those meetings are online and involve web conferencing.

With this in mind, here are five tips that will help you give a gold medal worthy performance at your next online meeting.

  1. Test your equipment – Make sure that the computer you will be using meets the requirements needed to properly host a meeting.  The AnyMeeting System Test is a great way to run a test on your computer and make sure you are good to go.
  2. Avoid distractions – It’s important to be mindful of your location before you enter an online meeting and what distractions in the room (or on your person) may draw attention away from your presentation.  Make sure any distracting elements are not able to be seen or heard before you begin.  “When preparing for a Web meeting, imagine that your office is on stage and that the “audience” is in the room,” Chris Christopher, Microsoft Business.
  3. Are you prepared? – Even if you are not the host of the meeting, you may still have to give a presentation.  Be sure to practice before the meeting to ensure a flawless performance.  You will also want to be mindful of your audience (the others in the meeting) and what questions or input they might have. “Make sure you have everything prepared before the meeting. Video conferencing will tend to magnify any lack of preparation on your part,” Mark Shead, Productivity 501.
  4. Who speaks when? – Most online meetings have more than one person presenting.  If you are the host, make sure everyone knows when it is their turn to speak and/or present.  This will help ensure the flow of the meeting, and that everyone is ready when it’s time for their presentation.  “At the beginning of the virtual meeting, set ground rules for passing control and speaking,” Patrick Moran, Mashable Business.
  5. Keep them engaged – Meetings, online or in person can be boring and tedious.  So, be sure to keep everyone engaged.  Have your audience answer questions, ask for input and/or questions from your audience, or even tell a joke or two (keep it clean though).  This will help keep your audience in the game and paying attention.  “Inject fun into the event. Need fun stuff sprinkled throughout,” Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology.

As business professionals, meetings have become a large part of our everyday lives at the office.  Be it with clients or colleagues, if your meeting is online, following these tips will help you give a gold medal presentation.

AnyMeeting Wins Fast Pitch Session at LAVA ICC 2012

LAVA ICC 2012

This week, AnyMeeting exhibited at the (LAVA) Los Angeles Venture Association’s 2012 Investment Capital Conference.  AnyMeeting was among over 50 companies to participate in the event, which was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  Of all the companies exhibiting at the conference (including one that used live angry birds), AnyMeeting was chosen the winner of the event’s “People’s Choice” Fast Pitch session. The winner was selected by a vote of the attendees, and invited to present to the audience.

Held annually, the conference is designed to bring companies and investors together to share experiences and look at new technologies. This marked the second year in a row AnyMeeting has participated in the event.