The online meetings (or web conferencing) industry is growing rapidly. More and more businesses turn to the Internet to hold remote meetings with employees and clients. Why? It’s a lot less expensive than holding an event or a meeting in one location. Plus, it eliminates the cost of travel for the participants and, sometimes, businesses.
Many event planners, and other professionals, use online meetings tools to schedule webinars to educate their clients, other professionals, and anyone interested in a specific topic. There’s a big chance you’ve experienced webinars before; they’re everywhere today.
The industry’s market is primarily dominated by either Cisco (WebEx brand) or Citrix (GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting brands). The cost of using these services can add up by the end of the year, especially if you use it often for webinars.
What if you could have all the features of Cisco and Citrix services with a few extra features for zero dollars? Wouldn’t you like that?
Online Meetings with AnyMeeting
“In 2009 we realized that while prices of web conferencing were coming down, there really wasn't any compelling and completely free offering out there,” Costin Tuculescu, President and CEO of AnyMeeting, says. “Hence, we packaged our technology as an ad-supported model in order to offer it for free to users everywhere.”
The Huntington Beach, California-based company was known as Freebinar before re-branding to AnyMeeting in March of 2011. The free, ad-supported and feature-packed online meetings platform delivers quality experience to the host and the participants.
One of the coolest features offered by AnyMeeting is a profile page, which allows participants to register for upcoming webinars or view recordings of the past webinars. It also integrates with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The profile is a great way to promote your webinars not only in social media but also gives search engines something to chew on. Something other service providers do not offer.
“One huge differentiator between us and WebEx and GoToWebinar is that our platform doesn't need any downloads, installs or setups for your audience. It's completely browser based,” Tuculescu says.
Your audience doesn’t need to download annoying applications that don’t work right most of the time. The only download that comes with AnyMeeting is the screen sharing plugin for the presenter. This might be a good selling point for your webinars, especially if your audience is less tech-savvy and doesn’t like to download additional applications. It will definitely increase your attendance.
Once your attendance begins to increase, you can go as high as 200 participants — one of the highest limits in the industry.
The free service is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to get into the online meetings industry as well as for the advanced users looking to cut expenses. You can learn more about the full array of features offered by AnyMeeting by visiting its features page. By now your mouth should be watering and your wallet begging you to switch. They offer great tools at the unbeatable price of free. There’s really no way you can refuse it.
“We believe that using our ad-supported platform, we can offer the service free to anyone who needs it — forever,” Tuculescu says.
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