AnyMeeting Launches New “Quick Start” Program for Large Network Marketing Firms

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 10, 2012 – AnyMeeting, the free web conference and online meeting solution, today announced its new “Quick Start” program for large network marketing firms.  The program will provide these firms with a free, company-branded web conferencing tool, which can be made available to all of their distributors at no cost.  AnyMeeting is launching the program with a number of top network marketing firms including Ambit Energy, Southwestern, Stella & Dot and USANA.

“We have developed strong relationships in the network marketing community, and are very excited to offer our new program, designed specifically for them,” said David Gerken, Vice President of Business Development at AnyMeeting.  “With our completely free model and intuitive interface, AnyMeeting is ideally suited to network marketing companies and their networks of independent distributors.”

Offering a full-function web conferencing product, AnyMeeting meets all of the online meeting needs of network marketing distributors.  The service provides distributors with six-way video conferencing, conference calling, screen sharing, recorded meetings, integration with Facebook and Twitter, and much more.  The Quick Start program can be rolled out in only a few days, and with no IT resources from the partner.  AnyMeeting is also able to integrate with a company’s own back-office systems for distributors, supporting single sign-on, contact sharing, calendar synching and more.  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

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.

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AnyMeeting Supports Southern California Startups

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Apr 11, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced an initiative to help support new startup companies in Southern California. AnyMeeting is contributing one-year premium ad-free service accounts to all employees of companies within select Los Angeles area incubators and accelerators.

Los Angeles incubator and accelerators participating in the initiative include Launchpad LA, MuckerLab, Amplify LA, Science, Start Engine, K5 Launch and LA Cleantech Incubator.  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

Use AnyMeeting to Hire the Right Person

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According to the technology firm CDW, by the end of next year, 75 percent of businesses will rely on video conferencing to help cut travel costs and screen employees.  With the economy slowly improving, businesses are starting to have more positions available.  This means a lot of interviews to find the right person for those jobs.

So, how can AnyMeeting help?  Simple, if your company is looking to hire, use AnyMeeting as part of the interview process.  Here are five key ways AnyMeeting can help you hire:

  • No travel or waiting in traffic involved for you and the candidate
  • Quickly bring colleagues from different locations into the interview
  • Display a resume, work samples, web design projects, etc. with screen sharing
  • Record the interview to review at a later time
  • Interview prospective employees, freelancers, contractors or vendors

Especially for first-round interviews, AnyMeeting can be a valuable tool.  Don’t waste time making candidates come to your office, just bring them into AnyMeeting.  You can meet in real time and record the interview for review, which can be helpful in remembering what was discussed.  The recording can also be shared with colleagues, who were not able to attend the interview.

AnyMeeting’s 6-way video conferencing lets you see the candidate live, and you can quickly bring multiple people into the meeting who may be in different locations around the world.  The obstacles of location and costs of travel quickly go away when you expedite the interview process, and find the right person with the help of AnyMeeting.

AnyMeeting Launches ‘Meet and Win’ Contest

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Feb 3, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced a new contest for its customers. Each time users hold a meeting during the month of February, they will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a new Kindle Fire.

The more meetings that users have, the more chances they have to win. To be eligible for entry, each user’s meeting must be at least 10 minutes long with two or more participants. The contest will run through February 29th, when a winner will be chosen. See the complete press release on MarketWire.

Winner Announced: Google App Review and Win Giveaway

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Congratulations to the winner of our Google Apps Marketplace Review and Win giveaway:

Monica from Phoenix, AZ

Thanks to all the people that tried the app and left a review. We received over 50 reviews for the AnyMeeting free web conferencing app and it sounds like you like the product. We even got a 5 star rating. Bear in mind the giveaway was for giving a review – it did not need to be positive. But we are glad they were.

AnyMeeting Brings Successful Webinar Series Into New Year

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Jan 18, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced that sales and marketing expert Michael Halper will kick off the first webinar of 2012 for AnyMeeting’s “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series. An established industry professional with an extensive background in sales and marketing, Michael Halper will present his webinar on Wednesday, January 25th at 11 am PST titled, “Rapport Tactics that Instantly Build Relationships.”  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

AnyMeeting Launches New Screen Sharing Preview Widget

Screen Sharing Widget

Always working to improve our service, AnyMeeting now offers an enhanced Screen Sharing Preview Widget that allows you to see a small preview of what is being screen shared. The widget also allows you to view and send text chat messages while screen sharing.  The widget will only be viewable to you, the presenter and you can freely move the widget around the screen where you like.

When you start screen sharing, an audio announcement will state that screen sharing has started and you will see a prompt on the screen.  To find out more about the new screen sharing preview widget, visit our Knowledge Base.

8 More Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars

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By Julie Bawden-Davis

It’s no easy feat to hold an effective webinar that keeps participants engaged and not distracted by what’s on their desks or watching the clock to see how long until it’s over. The key to a must-see and stay event is adapting your presentation to the webinar environment. These 8 tips will help you hook and keep an audience.

1. Introduce Yourself

Depending on how you set up the webinar, attendees may not see you right away or at all during the presentation. Start with a welcome slide that includes your head-shot and that of anyone assisting you. Label the photos with names and titles. Those listening will be more engaged if they can put a face to the voice.

2. Choose a Narrow Topic

It’s hard for webinar participants to get excited with an unfocused, broad topic, no matter how thoroughly you cover the subject. Attendees are much more likely to be pulled into your webinar and stay with you when the topic pinpoints a particular concern or walks them through how to accomplish a certain task.

3. Deliver Exceptional Content

Webinar organizers sometimes get so caught up in the logistics and mechanics of the webinar that they forget the importance of content. Superior graphics alone won’t keep participants engaged. Craft a presentation that persuades, inspires, educates or informs your attendees. The best way to do this is to consider that each of your viewers will ask himself or herself—what’s in it for me if I stick with this webinar? You want your attendees to obtain useful takeaways and feel satisfied that they stayed until the end.

4. Use Memorable Visuals

To keep participants engaged, introduce visually appealing graphics and photos that get your message across, including short videos. Use text-based,
bulleted materials sparingly. A static list on the page while you drone on will cause participants to lose interest.

5. Pay Attention to Pacing

Many online meetings make the mistake of either screeching through information so quickly that attendees have difficulty comprehending, or they repeat the same information so many times at tortoise speed that everyone but the speaker is asleep or gone by the end. Strike a balance and keep things exciting by providing just enough time in between points for attendees to take notes.

6. Involve Participants

Asking participants for their involvement during the webinar keeps their interest piqued. Starting at the beginning and throughout the online presentation, encourage interaction with attendees through on-line polls, quizzes and by opening up the floor for questions. Offer incentives for participation, such as raffle prizes.

7. Stand Up and Walk Around

If the audience sees you presenting during the webinar, rather than giving a static impression by staying seated, introduce a dynamic element by getting up and walking around like you would in a face-to-face presentation.

8. Rehearse

Practice might not make your webinar perfect, but it will make it engaging.

How do you keep your audiences interested and engaged throughout your webinars? Let us know in the comments.

AnyMeeting Achieves 875% User Growth, Releases Ad-Free Version

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Nov 10, 2011) – AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced 875% user growth over the last 12 months. By addressing the web conferencing needs of the small business community, AnyMeeting has grown to over 75,000 customers. The company is venture backed, with $780,000 in funding from Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels and Maverick Angels….

Taking the next step in expanding the service to a broader spectrum of small business users, AnyMeeting has just implemented an ad-free version in response to requests from users, who would like to have the option of removing the ads from the meetings they host. The feature set for the ad-free version is exactly the same, the only difference being that no ads are displayed.  See the complete press release on MarketWire.