AnyMeeting Achieves Milestone With Strong Growth in Small Business Community

Online Meeting Service Brings Innovative Resources, Including YouTube, to Over 200,000 Users

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., August 16, 2012 – AnyMeeting, the free web conference and online meeting solution, today announced that it has achieved a milestone in the small business community.  Over 200,000 registered users are using AnyMeeting’s service to help grow their small business.  Breaking down the barriers to entry for small businesses, AnyMeeting is able to offer a solid, full-featured web conferencing and webinar service that is completely free to a market segment that is steadily growing.

“Spending on web conferencing solutions by small businesses is on the rise and is expected to grow 26 percent annually through 2016,” said Monik Seth, research analyst for AMI-Partners, an industry leading global research firm, specializing in IT, Telecom and Internet related sectors, with a focus on SMBs.  “Solutions that are friendly to the small business community, like AnyMeeting, are wise to focus on within this market.”

AnyMeeting is full-featured to address the complete range of small business needs, from one-to-one video conferencing to 200 person webinars, and includes advanced features such as 6-way video conferencing, screen sharing, application sharing, recording, registration and survey forms, and more.  Other AnyMeeting features that are uniquely important to small businesses include persistent personalized meeting URLs, social media integration, profile pages and webinar ticketing.

Always looking to innovate and add value, AnyMeeting has also introduced a new feature that will greatly enhance the in-meeting experience.  Users can now share any YouTube video in their meeting by simply copying and pasting the URL of any YouTube video.  The new feature offers synchronized controls, so that presenters can pause and skip ahead in a video, all while keeping their audience in perfect sync.

“By focusing on the needs of our existing small business customers, we’re building a service that meets the online meeting needs of the 30 million small businesses in the US, a hugely underserved market in our industry,” said Costin Tuculescu, president and CEO of AnyMeeting.  “The addition of YouTube integration provides yet another tool to help our users make the most out of every meeting they hold.”

See the complete press release on MarketWire.

7 More Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar

Heather Butts Webinar

Embracing the summer heat, AnyMeeting continued its popular “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series with its latest guest webinar from Heather Butts, founder of L.E.A.R.N for Life Consulting.  A professional webinar consultant and frequent user of AnyMeeting, we would like to thank Heather for presenting “7 More Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar,” which expanded on her previous webinar in May.

We’d also like to thank the more than 140 attendees who participated with great questions and comments. Heather’s webinar provided more valuable insight on pitfalls to avoid and tips to ensure a successful webinar that generates leads. If you were not able to attend live and would like to view the recording, just click: Recorded Webinar to Generate Leads.

Use Formatted and Optimized Article Content to Increase Your Visibility

Karen Cioffi Webinar

AnyMeeting’s “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series kicked off summer with its latest guest webinar. Presented by Karen Cioffi, a multi-award winning writer, the webinar showed how to properly craft your written content for effective search engine ranking and optimization. It provided a lot of great advice and was ideal for anyone using article marketing and blog posting as part of their marketing strategy.

We would like to thank Karen for her insightful presentation, and the more than 150 attendees who participated with great comments and questions.  If you were not able to attend the live presentation and would like to view the recording, just click: Recorded Webinar to Increase Content Visibility.

UpComing WEBINAR: Use Formatted and Optimized Article Content to Increase Your Visibility

Karen Cioffi

Join us Wednesday, June 20th at 11 am Pacific for the next free webinar in our “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series, and learn how to properly craft your written content for effective search engine ranking and optimization.  Presented by Karen Cioffi, a multi-award winning writer and founder of Writers on the Move, this webinar is ideal for anyone using article marketing and blog posting as part of their marketing strategy.

Additionally, Karen will offer a free copy of her e-book, “Article Content Properly Formatted and Optimized,” to all registrants.

Only 200 spots are available – so sign up today for free.  Make sure you log in to the webinar early – attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. A recording of the webinar will also be made available.

7 Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar

Heather Butts Webinar

AnyMeeting’s “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series kicked off May with its latest guest webinar from Heather Butts, founder of L.E.A.R.N for Life Consulting.  A professional webinar consultant and frequent user of AnyMeeting, we would like to thank Heather for presenting “7 Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar.”

We’d also like to thank the more than 200 attendees who participated with great questions and comments. Heather’s webinar provided great insight on pitfalls to avoid and tips to ensure a successful webinar that generates leads. If you were not able to attend live and would like to view the recording, just click: Recorded Webinar to Generate Leads.

UpComing WEBINAR: 7 Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar

Heather Butts

Join us Tuesday, May 1st at 11 am Pacific for the next free webinar in our “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series, and get helpful tips to have a successful webinar.  Professional webinar consultant Heather Butts will provide valuable insight on the proper steps to take and pitfalls to avoid when putting together a solid webinar that generates leads.

Additionally, Heather will offer the first 20 registrants to respond a free evaluation of your next planned webinar, including a detailed report.  Heather will also provide everyone a free copy of her e-book, “How to Run A Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar.”

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

AnyMeeting’s “Small Business Toolkit” Webinar Series Rolls On

 

How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales

AnyMeeting kept the “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series rolling with its latest webinar from Tom Treanor of Right Mix Marketing.  A veteran marketing expert, we would like to thank Tom for presenting “How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales.”

Tom’s webinar was very informative and provided some great insight on how webinars can work for you.  If you were not able to attend Tom’s webinar and would like to view the recording of his presentation, just click here.

WEBINAR: How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales

Tom Treanor

Join us Wednesday, March 21st at 11 am PT for the next free webinar of our “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series, and learn how to use webinars to generate more sales for your business.

Webinars are a very important and powerful way to connect with your target market. They are also a way for your company to stand out from the competition and to build bonds with potential customers. Join Tom Treanor of Right Mix Marketing as he presents ways that webinars can generate more sales for your business.

All registrants will also receive a copy of Tom Treanor’s report, “12 Damaging Webinar Mistakes (you need to avoid).”

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.

Stop Clutter from Costing You

Cluttered Desk
Cluttered Desk

By Joshua Zerkel, Custom Living Solutions
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Have you ever met someone with a messy desk or cluttered office that uses it as a way to demonstrate how busy or important he or she is? Having a visual indicator of what’s going on can be helpful, but there’s a point where it starts getting out of control and begins to take a toll on you and your productivity. There’s no need to wear your clutter – whether physical, digital, or schedule-related – as a badge of honor. Clutter has real costs – and in order for you to stay productive and sane, it’s important to recognize those costs and look for strategies to overcome them.

Clutter costs you opportunities. When you attend a networking event, what do you do with the business cards you collect? If you’re like many of the people I work with, you spend lots of time networking, meeting people, and collecting their cards – only to get the cards back to your office, put a rubber band around them, and never follow-up again. How about the phone leads that you receive and write down on whatever scrap of paper happens to be around (and then proceed to quickly lose)? If these end up as piles on, around, and under your desk, you’re losing out on opportunities. Instead of cluttered piles of information, develop a system for follow-up so that you can take action on those important contacts.

Clutter costs you money. Buried in those piles of paper on your desk could be an unpaid bill, or an offer for a credit card at a lower interest rate than you’re paying right now. Even though those items are “somewhere,” if you can’t find them and act on them easily, clutter has taken a toll – often in the form of late fees, higher interest, or missed deadlines. I’ve worked with quite a number of clients who have plenty of money in the bank, but have consistently been paying bills late (and incurring fees) because they simply can’t put their hands on their bills, don’t have a system for paying them regularly, and forget about them. Create a strategy so that you’re always on top of any documents that could have a financial impact on you or your business.

Clutter costs you stress. Even though clutter, disorganization, and lack of productivity can cost you money and may force you to miss out on important opportunities, it has an even bigger, more far-reaching consequence in your life: stress and overwhelm. Now, it’s true that there are some folks out there who seem to function well when there’s a cluttered environment – and if that’s you, great. But what I know from working with my clients over the years is that a cluttered environment, lack of systems, and nowhere for your eyes to rest in your space can create almost paralyzing amounts of stress, lack of focus, and a sense of generalized business overwhelm. Make a plan for how you’re going to tackle each area of your space or each system that you need to create, and then follow it step-by-step to get unstuck and relieve yourself of clutter-related overwhelm and stress.

What are some of the ways clutter costs you? Sound off in the comments below.

 

Editor’s Note: This article is brought to you by AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service. Use AnyMeeting for your next online meeting.

Webinars vs. Conferences

Webinar vs. Conference
Webinar vs. Conference

By Angela Stringfellow

Delivering value to consumers through free information is a marketing tactic popular among both small and large businesses. These days, marketing executives have a number of good options to do just that, via social networking, webinars, podcasts and conferences.

Webinars and conferences provide the most interactive formats for delivering larger quantities of information to consumers. Some are fee-based, while others are offered free as a way to generate prospects or build an email marketing list.

When deciding between a webinar and conference, there are a few factors to consider.

  1. Webinars are often cheaper to deliver. Services like AnyMeeting offer the ability to host free or fee-based webinars, but in either case, usage can be free for the business. Conferences, on the other hand, require facility rental, audio-visual equipment, refreshments and other incidental costs.
  2. Conferences can be more interactive for attendees. Conferences offer one advantage over webinars: An interactive nature. Webinars allow attendees to ask questions via Twitter (with a hashtag), through comments or other means. Conferences, however, offer facilitators the opportunity to have attendees work in small groups, deliver presentations to the group as a whole and otherwise interact with other attendees.
  3. Webinars are convenient. Attendees tend to gravitate toward webinars due to ease of attendance. Attendees can attend a webinar from the comfort of their own home or office, as long as they have a reliable internet connection or phone line. Conference attendees often must travel, racking up pricey hotel and airline fees as well as sacrificing time away from their families.
  4. Conferences provide camaraderie. Attending a webinar doesn’t allow for professionals to interact with one another, sit next to each other and network with other industry professionals the way a conference does. A webinar can mimic this benefit to a lesser extent using a chatroom or Twitter hashtag to allow attendees to communicate directly with one another.
  5. Conferences have a larger environmental footprint. Not only are conferences more expensive, but they carry a larger environmental footprint. A conference room can be expensive to maintain, including electricity, supplies and refreshments. A webinar doesn’t require paper handouts, as all materials can be delivered electronically.
  6. A free webinar is more likely than a free conference. Due to delivery costs, conferences are rarely offered free of charge to attendees. Facilitators must cover their costs, and even if the fee is nominal, it doesn’t beat a free ticket. Minimal operating costs allow businesses to provide free information more readily to consumers and professionals.

There are many variables to consider when deciding which format to use. Whether a webinar or a conference is right for you depends on the nature of your industry, the material you’re presenting and how important face-to-face interaction is in conveying important concepts.