Why You Should Be Holding Online Meetings On A Regular Basis


We all know that web conferencing and online meetings are great technology. But how exactly do they improve our business, and why is it important to use this technology on a consistent basis? Here are a few specific points.

  • Web conferencing promotes workplace flexibility: Research conducted by Global Workplace Analytics reveals that currently 3.7 million U.S. employees (2.5% of the workforce) now work from home at least half the time.  Video conferencing and web conferencing virtually tear down the walls of the conventional office and provide a more flexible work environment.  This growing trend also allows employers the freedom to hire the most qualified and talented people they can find, without being restricted to a limited geographic radius. Whether working remotely or working in the office down the hall, video conferencing and screen sharing vendors like AnyMeeting allow employers to easily connect with their employees in real-time.
  • Video conferencing increases engagement: When you need to have a call, why settle for a phone call? Studies show that people are more likely to multi-task during phone calls vs. video calls. Video conferencing is simply more engaging because it offers real-time visuals — ensuring that your audience is paying attention. With 65% of the population consisting of visual learners, doesn’t it make sense to video conference?
  • Screen sharing increases productivity: Screen sharing is another effective method to engage the team during an online meeting, because it keeps everyone on the same page (or screen). There is no room for miscommunication or important details being lost in translation when the team is seeing, hearing, and contributing to the same document.
  • Web conferencing improves internal communication flow: Web conferencing fosters the ultimate team experience: meeting anytime, from anywhere, armed with a variety of tools to enhance productivity. Employees can share progress on their current assignments, discuss upcoming projects, attend training sessions, attend performance reviews, conduct group stand-ups, and more.  By providing the context of your screen or documents, your live video image, and innovative integrations like collaborative notes, web conferencing provides a rich collaboration experience that simple phone calls or a video call can’t match.

Implementing a web conferencing solution into your daily work environment is smart business. And whether working with colleagues, consulting with clients, or presenting to sales prospects, AnyMeeting provides all the features you need for a great web conferencing experience.


AnyMeeting Launches Single Sign-On from Chrome Web Store

As you know, AnyMeeting has worked closely with Google, being integrated with the Google Apps Marketplace.  Now, AnyMeeting is integrated with the Chrome Web Store, offering an easy, single sign-on option for Google Chrome users.  If you are a user of Google Chrome, you can download and install the AnyMeeting application and have easy and instant access to AnyMeeting through your Google Chrome account.

So, install the AnyMeeting app today and see how fast and easy starting your next meeting can be.  Also, be sure to rate the AnyMeeting app and post a review of your experience.

Bring Videos Into Your AnyMeeting With YouTube

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to share an informative or entertaining video with your attendees in a meeting?  Well, now you can.  With AnyMeeting’s new YouTube feature, you can share any YouTube video of your choice with your attendees.  Share a video from one of the millions of videos already on YouTube, or you can share a video that you have uploaded personally.

It’s easy to use, just open a meeting, select “share” and the YouTube icon.  Then, paste the link to the YouTube video you would like to share and click “Load Video.”  Your YouTube video will then be loaded and started.  Once finished just close the video and you can switch to screen sharing or close the sharing application.

YouTube provides a great way to share any video content in AnyMeeting.  For more information on how to use YouTube and uploading videos, visit our support site.

5 Reasons Web Conferencing Is Great For Your Business

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by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny housekeeper

Web conferencing is the way that meetings are done in the 21st century. Conducting a meeting without having to leave the office saves money and time for your company. Your business is more efficient when it has a good web conferencing system.

Benefit #1-Save Money On Travel Costs

Conducting a meeting via a web conference means no one has to travel. Say you are meeting with clients in Japan. It would cost thousands of dollars to buy plane tickets and book hotel rooms. Food and other incidentals would cost even more.

Benefit #2-Stop Wasting Time In Traffic

Walking to the conference room from your office only takes a couple minutes. You don’t want to sit in traffic for 30 minutes going to a meeting that is only scheduled to take 15 minutes. Wasted time equals less productivity for the company.

Benefit #3-Hold Meetings With Multiple Parties

You may need to bring in more than one person or company to seal the deal. Your company can meet in person with a local group while web conferencing with investors from across the country. It helps everyone get on the same page in a quicker fashion.

Benefit #4-Discuss Business From Wherever You Are

People who work from home can conduct business while the kids take their afternoon nap. Having a web conferencing system allows for face-to-face meetings at home, on the road or wherever else you may be. It adds a nice layer of convenience for everyone involved in the meeting.

Benefit #5-Solve Problems On The Fly

A traveling salesman may have run into trouble trying to close a deal for your company. Perhaps your employee said something that he shouldn’t have said to a client overseas. Having the ability to hold a web conference allows you to diffuse a situation that could potentially get ugly.

The ability to hold a face-to-face meeting from anywhere is crucial in the business world today. Web conferences save time, money and allow you to be productive from wherever you are. That means more productivity for both managers and employees at the company. Lower costs and increased productivity will equal higher profits for everyone.


Winner Announced: Meet and Win in February Contest

Kevin Atkinson

Congratulations to the winner of our Meet and Win in February contest, Kevin Atkinson from Littleton, CO.  Kevin held a lot of meetings during the month of February and won a new Kindle Fire.  We would also like to thank everyone for participating and using AnyMeeting for your web conferencing needs.

Business on the Go: A Guide for Managing Your Business on the Road

By James, Skyscanner.net


Business never sleeps, no matter how many red eye flights you catch. Stay one step ahead even when you’re hopping from country to country by choosing the best apps and software to help you manage your business on the go.

Find your nearest WiFi spot:

The number one essential for any business traveller, keep yourself connected with the help of apps that will pinpoint the nearest WiFi locations for you.

JiWire is an excellent locator for iPhones and WiFoiFoFum is a suitable scanner for Windows phones, and if you prefer to find somewhere to sit and enjoy a connection and a coffee, the Free WiFi Cafe Spots app for most smartphones is ideal.

Stay powered up:

There’s nothing worse than flat-lining your phone or netbook battery right when you’re in the middle of complicated negotiations, and when you’re running from meeting to meeting it can sometimes seem impossible to find a powerpoint.

Luckily on-the-go recharger packs have hit the highstreet, meaning it’s easy to stash a spare one in your bag. Try the iGo Anywhere line, or the new pocket charger range from Duracell.

Keep on schedule:

Got an evening call with an investor, flights to New York to catch in the morning and three emails to reply to before end of play? Make sure you don’t miss a trick by getting used to keeping your appointments and lists online.

For a to-do list that’s always in-sync and up to date, download Toodelo, which will make sure all of your tasks are collated and up to date. Find the best free online calendar for all your appointments – there are plenty to choose from – and know you’re always on schedule.

Speak the language:

If you have to travel for business a lot you’ll know how awkward it can be to negotiate necessities when you don’t speak a word of the language. While many countries speak English, you’re sure to find yourself in a situation where knowing a few basics proves beneficial.

Download an app like World Nomads or Linguo to help you make sure you at least know the basics, whether you are trying to order a coffee to keep you going or find directions to your next meeting.

Hold your meetings anywhere:

Need to be in two places at once? Make use of free tools like AnyMeeting and hold your business meetings remotely, no matter where you are.

Host webinars and collaborative meetings for up to 200 hundred people on the go, share your screen, choose video conferencing and record your meeting for future reference all online – meaning that as long as you have your laptop and a reliable web connection, you could be working from anywhere.

What My First Social Media Webinar Taught Me

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Your first webinar can be scary, but you'll get the hang of it

By Anita Hovey, Twirp Communications


My first webinar on anymeeting.com was interesting for so many reasons, not the least of which was the fact that I was having a conversation with people I had known in cyber space for years. I offered a free webinar about Facebook features and tactics to my e-friends from the papercrafting community as a means for me to test out the anymeeting.com platform. I was scared to schedule a “real” webinar until I had done a test run and the papercrafting community has given me so much, this seemed like perfect way for me to give back a little something. Here are some observations from my first webinar.

Talking to Yourself
It’s really hard to concentrate on what you’re saying when you’re staring yourself in the face…and that face is time-lapsed just a tiny bit. Once you get moving and get on to the slidehow or screen-sharing portion of the webinar it’s much easier. At first I put the screen share up, but I quickly realized that sometimes the screen share just isn’t that interesting. You have to remember to come back to your face when there’s really nothing happening on the screen. I tried to switch back to my “talking head” during long explanations so at least the audience would have something dynamic to look at. After a little while the switching back and forth became intuitive and I learned to look at other parts of the screen when my face was on-screen.

Talking to an Invisible Audience
It’s really hard to talk to yourself for two whole hours when there are no faces looking back at you. Because this was a free webinar I opted for chat only and I didn’t enable any voice inputs. I missed the instant interaction I was used to with in-person workshops because:

  1. You can’t tell if they’re awake.
  2. You can’t tell if they’re listening.
  3. You can’t even tell if they’re still in the room!

To overcome this, when I asked a question I would simply wait for the answers to pop up in chat–it didn’t take very long–and then I would continue. At this point I would always make sure the screen was showing me reading or waiting, so the audience knew I was still there and not “timed out” or something like that.

Ummm, Errr, Ahhhh
I still say “um” a LOT. I don’t know if the participants noticed it, but I sure did. Years ago when I was on the public speaking team in high school my English teacher worked really hard to get me to the point where I didn’t do that. Now it’s back and I’m disgusted by it. I always notice it in other people, so it really bugs me when I catch myself doing it. Better preparation will prevent that next time.

Doing the Necessary
Sometimes you just have to do something…it can’t wait! I was scared to death to touch my nose when it got itchy because I didn’t want anyone thinking I was doing anything gross. You can always pull up a screen shot at that point, I guess, but I didn’t think of that in time.

Overall, my first webinar went very well. The participants learned a lot and so did I. Another win-win.

Have you given a webinar? What was your experience like? Share your thoughts in the comments.

CONTEST: Tell Us Your AnyMeeting Story

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Tell us your story and you can win prizes

Enter Contest

Contest Instructions

Use our Contest page on Facebook to tell us how and where you have conducted your most interesting meeting using AnyMeeting. Bonus points for unique locations and creative descriptions. (Note: you will need to Like AnyMeeting to participate)

Grand Prize

Pro Presenter Tool Kit:

  • Logitech 720p Webcam Pro 900
  • AnyMeeting Pen Set
  • AnyMeeting Coffee Mug Set
  • AnyMeeting Polo Shirt

2nd Prize

AnyMeeting Coffee Kit

Prize Eligibility

Only persons who are at least 21 years of age and reside in the US can enter

Contest Starts

September 21, 2011 @ 09:00 am (PDT)

Contest Ends

October 03, 2011 @ 12:00 am (PDT)

Official Rules