Update.me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement

Week of March 27, 2015

The almighty cloud! Cloud computing offers advantages in productivity and collaboration, making it an integral part of every professional’s day-to-day work.  Companies are re-evaluating best practices and business processes, while workers are leveraging cloud solutions to be more nimble and productive. The articles below are just a few that have been published over the past few weeks that focus on cloud computing, including it’s affects on specific business lines and how mobile workers are adapting.

3.24.fortune12 Apps That Let You Manage On the Go
Working on-the-go no longer means carrying around your laptop, if you’re prepared with the right apps on your smartphone or tablet . Fortune Magazine lists the top cloud apps to help you manage your workload on the move – including join.me!

Follow: @fortunemagazine
Tag: #apps#mobile



3.24.eweekCFOs See Cloud Technology Boosting Collaboration, Analysis
New data shows that financial leaders are seeing great improvement in their business processes by using cloud solutions. Adaptive Insights surveyed 250 CFOs across the US and found that team collaboration has increased by 25%, while dependence on IT reduced by 24%.

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Tag: #cloud



3.24.cioinsightsGetting The Most Out of Apps in the Cloud Era
As the “power of the cloud” grows, tech leaders are at the front lines. This interview with Rod Smith, IBM’s Vice President of Emerging Internet Technologies, provides insight into the perspectives of and challenges facing developers and IT leaders.

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Tag: #IT#developers




3.24.hbrFive Basic Needs of Virtual Workforces
As cloud-based solutions replace existing hardware and location-based solutions, more people are working virtually than ever before. Given this shift, HR leaders need to reevaluate their processes to continue to meet the needs of their mobile employees.

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Tag: #virtual#futureofwork





As you look at the next few days on your calendar, how many meetings do you have? Probably a lot – our research shows that 91% of employees are spending more time in meetings than ever before. So with more and more of your time spent in meetings, you'll want to make sure they suck less and less. Take a spin through our infographic below to consider all the variables of your next meeting – time, location, snack situation – to help determine if your meeting will suck, and if so, what you can do about it.





Update.me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement

Week of March 20, 2015

Productivity is a key driver for success, individually and in businesses. Companies are constantly looking at how to improve employee and team productivity and thus bottom-line revenue; while individual employees are performing the same assessment to drive their own professional success. The articles below give some helpful tips to increase productivity at both the enterprise and personal level, including implementing the right collaboration tools, and understanding how to work best with the different styles of productivity of your colleagues.

03 20 update me entrepreneurFour Tools to Help Optimize Your Company's Culture of Collaboration

Entrepreneur Magazine describes four tools to help improve the collaboration culture in your organization, including project management software Asana and social network Yammer. Noticeably absent is a virtual meeting collaboration tool – we would add join.me to this list to round out the collaboration toolkit.

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Tag: #collaboration, #productivitytools


03 20information age update meWhy Businesses Must Let Employees Choose the Collaboration Tools they Use

Keeping employees satisfied with the technology they use at work will drive innovation, productivity, and recruit top talent. So when you’re choosing collaboration tools, listen to your employees! We saw sales teams at Meltwater drive the adoption of join.me, and in turn, the company quickly saw increased demos and sales revenue.

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Tag: #collaboration, #IT


03 20 fast company update meHow to Work with Anyone's Productivity Style
Your productivity and effectiveness at work directly correlates with your ability to work well with others. In this article, Fast Company breaks down four types of productivity styles, with tips of how to approach working with each to maximize success.

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Tag: #productivity


Your #TacoSelfie Photos from SXSW!

We’re back in Boston after a fantastic few days in Austin at SXSW Interactive. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enjoy some tacos and to chat with us. We were thrilled to meet so many join.me users who really love our product -“join.me is so simple and easy to use” and ”I use it every day, I couldn’t do my job without it” - we love hearing this kind of feedback!

A huge thank you to the Peached Tortilla for partnering with us at the event, your tacos were delicious and your team was fantastic!

Finally, we had some phenomenal entries to our event hashtag on social media. Check out the official “#TacoSelfie” gallery below!


Update.Me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement

Week of March 13th, 2015

Wheels up! The join.me team is en route to SXSW Interactive and we’re so excited to give away free Peached Tortilla tacos and network among industry innovators! This week, aside from packing and downloading the right mobile apps, we’ve been keeping up-to-date on the latest news and announcements about SXSW. Here are some interesting articles to read about SXSW Interactive:

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SXSW Interactive Panel Picks for CMOs and Big Data Futurists
This year at SXSW Interactive, there are 70 sessions scheduled on branding and marketing alone — and hundreds more covering other areas in art, science, and privacy (to name a few).  Which sessions do you plan on attending?  This article covers the top ten sessions, based off of recommendations from Umbel’s CEO and Forbes Author,  H.O. Maycotte .

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Tag: #sxsw, #SXSWInteractive, #BigData


SONY DSCThe Real Reason Every Marketer Should Attend SXSW
Besides the networking opportunities, new tech showcased, and the rocking parties, marketers and advertisers should attend SXSW for one real reason only:  it's an eye-opening metaphor for the cluttered media landscape that marketers have to deal with. Director of Growth and Innovation at RPA, Tim Leake, explains this in his Ad Age article.

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Tag: #sxsw, #SXSWInteractive,


NASA-m15-045_200x200Experience NASA at 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival
NASA will share how technology drives exploration, how we're exploring Earth, the solar system, updates on the journey to Mars, and how anyone can get involved with NASA. Talk about a total geek out!

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Tag: #NASASocial


Real Reason-sxsw-sign-01-2015_200x20010 Hot Trends at SXSW Interactive 2015
Every year at SXSW Interactive, a handful of topics gain more buzz and more media attention than any of the others. Read this article from Hugh Forrest, Director of the SXSW Interactive Festival, for the 10 trends that will gain the most traction at this year’s event.

Follow: @mashable, @Hugh_W_Forrest
Tag: #SXSW, #SXSWInteractive



Apps to Survive SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive kicks off this Friday (March 13), and the join.me team is getting excited for a jam-packed weekend of interactive sessions, networking, parties, and performances! It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of people you’ll meet and things to do, so once you’ve gotten your suitcase in order, be sure to pack your phone by downloading apps that will help you make the most of your SXSW experience. Start with downloading the SXSW Go app (that’s a given). Here are some others you might not have thought of:

miflightMiFlight: Take the stress out of your trip in and out of Austin with this simple crowdsourcing app. MiFlight reports on security line wait times at the top-traveled airports, updated in real-time by fellow travelers.





scannableScannable: This new mobile scanning app from Evernote will be essential as you collect business cards and receipts to expense. The app automatically syncs business card details with LinkedIn user profiles, allowing you to simultaneously save their information as a new contact in your phone.




taskrabbitTask Rabbit: If you’re hosting a party, manning a booth, or giving a presentation, you never know what you might need in a pinch. This help-with-anything service has an Austin branch, if you need something ordered, delivered, repaired, or assembled. You name it!




audioAudio Recorder: if you record presentations and sessions on your phone instead of taking notes, you’ll be more engaged and attentive, and can go back and listen to the details later. Try iTalk recorder for Apple, and Easy Voice Recorder for Android.




shazamShazam: Austin is one of America’s hottest music cities, so you’ll be hearing great songs all day, every day via live performances or on the jukebox at the bar.  Keep Shazam queued up so you can keep track of the songs you love at a moment’s notice.




foodtruckFood Trucker: we know you’ll be visiting us at the Peached Tortilla taco truck, but make time to check out some of Austin’s other delicious food truck offerings as well. This app will help you find the location of the trucks and monitor updates in real-time via their twitter posts.





Update.me – collaboration, innovation, and engagement

Week of March 6th, 2015

The millennial generation is 92 million-strong, the largest in US history, outnumbering baby boomers by over 15M people! Millennials are coming of age during a time of unprecedented technological innovation and economic transformation. This convergence is leading to massive, widespread changes in the global working world that no company can ignore. Our 2014 eBook focused on trends that millennial workers are driving in technology and collaboration, including remote access, online meetings, and cloud-based productivity tools. The articles below add additional insight into the motivations, expectations, and desires of today’s millennial worker.

update me goldman infographicMillennials: Coming of Age
Goldman Sachs presents a compilation of data on the millennial generation’s perspectives, priorities, needs, and buying habits in this cool interactive infographic.

Tags: #millennials, #economy
            Follow: @goldmansachs




update me image INC The Collaboration Effect - How Millennials are Impacting Leadership
As millennials begin to replace baby boomers in leadership positions, a new collaborative workplace environment is replacing the current standard of top-down leadership.

Tags: #collaboration#leadership
            Follow: @inc



updateme HBR articleMillennials Want to be Coached at Work
Compared to earlier generations, millennial’s are hungry for feedback from their managers. They aren’t just looking for managerial direction on their work, but mentoring and coaching for personal development.

Tags: #training#futureofwork
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update me Salon articleThe Millennial Job Paradox
Millennials want to live in cities, but the jobs aren’t there. In 91 of the largest 100 U.S. metro areas, the share of employment located downtown declined, creating a new leisure-focused culture of city life.

Tags: #millennials#jobs


Customer Spotlight: Meltwater Sales Teams Drove Adoption of join.me

We recently spent a fun afternoon visiting the Boston offices of one of our favorite customers, Meltwater. If you don’t know them, Meltwater is a leading media intelligence platform offering their clients smart solutions in media monitoring, database management, and news distribution services.

Meltwater has a team of over 600 global sales professionals, who are all happy join.me users! What we love about their story is that the adoption of join.me came from the ground up. Sales teams were unhappy with the complicated meeting tools that the company was providing. Download requirements that were incompatible with prospect software or security regulations were causing meetings to fall from their calendars.

The Meltwater sales teams did some research to solve their problem – and they started using trial join.me accounts for their meetings. With the simplicity and speed of join.me, Meltwater sales reps can now start unscheduled, on-the-fly sales demos, leading to more meetings throughout the day, and in turn, they’ve increased their sales revenue.

Watch more of the Meltwater/join.me story in this video:

Thanks so much to Meltwater for letting us visit and for sharing your story with us! If you’re a current join.me customer and have a story to share, please leave a note in the comments section below. We’d love to connect with you!


What’s in Your South-by-Suitcase?

South by Southwest Interactive 2015 kicks off next week, and the join.me team is so excited to enjoy the sun and hand out free tacos. To make sure we’re prepared, we’re making our packing lists and checking them twice. Here are some of the essentials we recommend bringing to make the most of your time in Austin:

  • Portable Phone charger(s) – You’ll be tweeting, e-mailing, and snapping pictures throughout the event, so keep this on-hand to juice up for afternoon sessions and networking events.
  • Bluetooth Speaker – Get pumped up for the day in your hotel room with your favorite Spotify playlist!
  • Water bottle – With the warm  climate, deliciously salty BBQ, and evening beverages, be sure to stay hydrated all day to keep your energy up! There will be water stations at the event to fill up on H20.
  • Pedometer - Whether it’s a Jawbone, Fitbit, or another wearable fitness tracker, be sure to pack it. You’ll get your steps in for sure!
  • Selfie Stick – For the after parties and dinners out, make sure you’re ready for some great photo ops.
  • Texas 2 Step Cheat Sheet – These two steps are the one way to fun at any country western bar in Texas! Be sure you’re brushed up on your moves.
  • Ten Gallon Hat and Armadillo Cologne – When in Rome, right?

update.me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement News

Week of February 27

As the great Bob Dylan sang, “the times, they are a changin’.” Rapid innovations in software and technology are driving a brand new economic era, writes Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum. Schwab describes the force of this technological revolution as a tsunami “with little warning and inexorable force”, cautioning that companies must adapt quickly or be left behind. Here at join.me, we aren’t scared; rather excited to be a part of this era of change. We are redefining collaboration and disrupting the market with simple and effective solutions, helping our customers quickly and easily adapt to this new economic landscape. This week’s articles revolve around a new age of collaboration and tools that are helping us improve collaboration.

updateme_Feb27_200x200The Age of Adaptation Klaus Schwab writes about the new economic era driven by technological change, and how companies must adapt to survive. “Competing in the twenty-first century economy will require relentless adaptation… every practice and standard will have to be rethought.”



frostsullivanJoin.me named Market Disruptor in New Report We’re excited to share a new analyst report by Frost and Sullivan, where join.me was named a market disruptor in the web conferencing industry, ranked as the fastest growing web conferencing product on the market.



eweek10 Social Networks Aimed at Improving Enterprise Collaboration Today, the lines are becoming blurred between using social networks as a business tool or a personal tool. eWeek recently compiled a list of 10 social networks aimed at improving enterprise collaboration.




smithsonianThe Accidental History of the @ Symbol We had to include this fun read about social media’s favorite character! How did the @ become a staple of modern electronic communication? Smithsonian Magazine writes an interesting history of the character that bears many interesting names, including the “snail” and the “monkey tail”.