update.me – collaboration, innovation, engagement

Week of May 29th, 2015

Stop waiting for the future of work – its here! With rapid advances in mobile technology and economic shifts away from location-based industries like manufacturing, American companies are redefining what work is, and how to work. This week Fast Company replaced old workplace “rules” with five new ones. Among this list was the dying concept of daily commuting to an office, replaced with the idea of working anytime from anywhere in the world. Companies making this shift to a more remote working style will likely encounter some bumps in the road, especially among baby boomers who have spent their entire lives commuting. Companies can “take the sting” out of this transition, with advice published this week in Inc. Magazine.

200x200_FastCoThese are the New Rules of Work

Forget everything you think you know about work – the rules have changed. Fast Company reviews the five new trends of the global working world, including working from anywhere, anytime.

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Tag: #futureofwork #remotework


200x200_IncHow to Take the Sting out of Switching to a Virtual Office

Not every employee is happy or prepared for the shift to a remote-based work environment! Inc. Magazine lists some tips and tricks to adjust to working on the go – including using join.me!

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Tag: #remotework


200x200_predictions for future8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years

What lies ahead for the next ten years in technology? This list of predictions includes 100 connected devices and 8 billion “hyper-connected” people, getting online from numerous devices at unprecedented speeds.

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Tag: #future #innovation

200x200 art and innovationThe Intersection of Art and Innovation

Innovators are more than just their title of developer, designer, or engineer – at the core of it, they’re really artists of their craft. At the World Economic Forum, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde presents some unique examples of how art and innovation intersect, and how art can serve a true purpose in the future.

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Tag: #innovation #creativity


Tip Tuesday – Use these features for better virtual selling

A huge number of our customers are sales managers and teams, who use join.me as their go-to tool in sales pitches. The ability to show off the product as they talk about it and let their prospects test it out is a game changer for many of our customers (just ask Meltwater). So we’ve created some unique features specifically for sales teams who use join.me for their sales demos.

The CRM system most widely used by sales teams is Salesforce. So to help sellers work more seamlessly between their meetings and their contact database, we’ve developed a Salesforce integration in join.me Enterprise starting and scheduling meetings right from their lead screens. Learn how to install the plug-in and start your next join.me right from Salesforce in this video:

Another favorite feature of our pro users is join.me URL personalization. You can customize your join.me URL to whatever you’d like – your name, company, etc. This can be really helpful when running multiple sales calls and demos with a number of prospects – your dial-in information is easy to remember, and it helps get your brand name out there. Learn how to set it up in this video – plus how to personalize your background image, to create your personalized virtual meeting room!

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Update.me – Collaboration, innovation, and engagement

Week of May 22, 2015

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and many people will be out of the office, we thought we’d focus this week’s update.me on remote working and how the modern employee is choosing to work. Employees today are choosing to work remotely because they have the tools that allow them to do so available to them. As a result, the workforce is shifting to a more mobile, connected, and collaborative environment. Here are a few articles around how millennials are driving this shift and some companies who have chosen to support it.

May_1_JM_Blog_200x2005 Big Companies That Support Remote Work
Companies both big and small understand the importance of a remote workforce. Being able to source top tier talent from anywhere in the world and having a more productive, loyal, and dedicated workforce are just some of the reasons why companies are moving out of the office—and into the home office.

Tags: #remoteworking
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ITbiz_updatemeHave you met the 21st century employee?
While resistance to change continues to be alive and well in many organizations, the world is changing every day. We are in a time when entire economies, organizations and industries are transforming. And yet, we use antiquated organizational change management practices in our 21st century world. The biggest change leaders need to make is to have clarity on the shared purpose of their organization and how to deliver on it in a simple way where employees understand their roles.

Tags: #millennials  #remoteworking
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managersorg_updatemeHow Millennials are Driving a Remote Working Revolution
A tech-savvy generation of younger employees is reshaping the way we do our jobs. This UK article explores 4 ways to create an effective remote working experience.

Tags: #remoteworking #millennials


Tip Tuesday – Make your meetings truly collaborative by sharing control!

As more and more businesses shift towards a collaborative atmosphere, less and less meetings are being led by just one person. Presentations are no longer one-to-many; they’re transforming into a conversation where everyone contributes. Some of join.me’s most beneficial features give you the ability to put anyone in the driver’s seat of the meeting, quickly and seamlessly.

The ‘pass presenter’ feature allows the meeting host to pass screen-sharing functionality from their dvice to another person’s device at any time during the meeting. Participants can also request access to takeover the present role. It proves extremely useful for team brainstorms, meetings with remote attendees, or to review multiple documents provided by various people. Everyone can contribute, and anyone take the lead in the matter of seconds. Check out this video to learn how to pass presenter control in your next join.me meeting:

We also understand that not all join.me meetings are the host presenting a document – sometimes it’s beneficial for the people in your meeting to get interactive with content or platforms. Our remote control feature allows meeting attendees to use the presenter’s mouse and control what’s on their screen and device. This feature has been a game changer for our customers who are giving sales demos. Allowing your potential customer to play around with your product, with you on the line to help, is a priceless value-add to your sales pitch.

Check out how to use join.me’s remote control feature in this video. For more user tips, check out our full video library here!


Customer Spotlight: Sprinklr, Connecting a Global Workforce

A few weeks ago we traveled to Austin, Texas to visit our friends at Sprinklr to learn how they are using join.me (and, of course, sample some epic barbecue). If you’re not familiar with Sprinklr, they create social software for brands to engage the voice of the customer through social platforms.

With about 600 employees in offices around the world, Sprinklr found that getting everyone on the same page was often a challenge. Especially for Katie O’Brien who leads product launches for the entire company, In Katie’s role, making sure that all employees are working together and collaborating is crucial.

Katie and the rest of the Sprinklr team uses join.me across the organization to collaborate internally and to train employees on new product launches. Speed and simplicity are the two main reasons Sprinklr chose join.me, and communication has since improved greatly across the organization.

Watch the whole story here:


Update.me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement

Week of May 15, 2015

Huge news in the digital media business was announced this week when Verizon, one of the largest mobile network providers purchased content producer AOL for about $4.4B. With this deal (pending regulatory approval) Verizon will acquire AOL’s online video services, content, news sites, and over $600M in advertising revenue.

This game-changing merger will allow Verizon to better create and manage content for tablet and smartphone users. Consumers can expect to see new, innovative ways to view content on their mobile devices – from TV, to movies, to news, and even advertising. This is just more proof that leading companies are moving toward mobile.

verizonVerizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion
Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion. The deal aims to create a major new player in the digital media business by combining one of the biggest mobile network providers with a leading content producer.

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Tags: #merger #digitalmedia



Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 3.26.38 PMThrough the Enterprise Collaboration Looking Glass
CMS Wire recently hosted a live tweet jam with collaboration thought leaders about collaboration tools and best practices. Catch up with this recap of “Making Sense of the Collaboration Tool Landscape”.

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Tag: #collaboration, #enterprise



collaborationZDNetCollaboration Industry Continues to Flourish and Multiply

Has the collaboration industry reached it’s peak maturity, or is there much more on the horizon? ZDNet looks at the future of the industry, and how using collaboration tools can forge truly valuable new capabilities among knowledge workers – if used correctly.

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Tag: #collaboration


dominosCraving Pizza? Send an Emoji to Dominos

Talk about innovation. In a new development appealing to their mobile and social media saavy customers, Domino’s will now start fulfilling delivery orders to customers who simply tweet the Pizza emoji.

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Tag: #socialmedia #mobile



Tip Tuesday: Enhanced Collaboration

Here at join.me, we know sometimes it’s hard to keep meetings on track and get everyone on the same page. Some of the best features of join.me help you do just that. Did you know you could highlight a document or draw on the screen to keep your attendees engaged? What about send a presentation file or document to attendees during the meeting? This week’s Tip Tuesday is all about the features that let you make the most of your meetings and get stuff done, fast.

Need to send a quick message to an attendee or the entire group?  Find out how chat works in this video.

If you want to share a file or presentation with your meeting attendees, learn how to use file transfer in this short video.

Once you’ve mastered the meeting basics, take your collaboration to the next level with annotation by learning how to highlight or draw on the screen.


Update.me – Collaboration, innovation, and engagement

Week of May 8, 2015

Collaboration is essential to the beginning stages of a company, from ideation to product design to organizational planning. This week we’re sharing a number of articles about why collaboration is key to entrepreneurship and successfully starting a new business.

In a video interview with Inc. Magazine, Founder of The Huffington Post Ariana Huffington talks about redefined entrepreneurship that involves more flexibility, collaboration, and getting the job done on your own time (outside of the office). We agree that being an entrepreneur no longer means sacrificing everything for 18-hour days in the office, month after month. Leveraging digital tools like join.me can allow a startup team to stay productive, but with the flexibility that avoids burnout.

Entrepreneur Mag_update.meWhy Collaboration is Essential to Entrepreneurship
Every entrepreneur has to have the right mix of skills to get their ideas off the ground. Entrepreneur Magazine explains why collaboration is so important to success, including knowing what you’re NOT good at.

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Tags: #entrepreneur #collaboration



NextWeb_updatemeDesigning Collaboration Inside a New Business
Collaboration is becoming standard in the development of new products and businesses, replacing the old-hat linear process. Learn how companies are using new collaborative methods in the earliest design stages of a product, from user interviews to data collection.

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Tags: #startup #innovation



Inc_updatemeWhat Ariana Huffington, Richard Branson, and Other Successful Entrepreneurs Wish They’d Known at 22
What business advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Inc. Magazine asked this of some of the world’s most successful people, compiling a list of advice for entrepreneurs. Ariana Huffington comments on the importance of redefining of entrepreneurship to include more flexibility and collaboration.

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Tags: #entrepreneur #leadership


How join.me is a Hero for Zero

A producer of high-performance electric motorcycles and join.me customer, Zero Motorcycles employs a number of technical experts to train global sales teams and distribution partners. Without consistent and clear communication and training, the 125 global distributors and dealers that Zero works with would not be able to effectively sell their merchandise. We recently spoke with Chris Langlois, a Global Technical Training Manager at Zero, about the meetings he has in a typical workday and how join.me has made each day more productive.

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In any given day, Chris’s calendar is full of meetings with distributors and dealerships across the US, Europe, and Australia. These meetings are critical to ensure all his contacts are properly trained on the technology and product advances across all the Zero product lines. Previously, Chris used a “hodge-podge” of meeting tools, which led to big problems – often the most critical meeting attendees couldn’t connect, or didn’t have the right dial-in details. Just connecting to a meeting became a huge waste of time. Chris saw this same problem echoed internally within Zero, for management and all-hands company meetings.

Since Zero has adopted join.me as their standard online meeting tool, they’ve seen productivity improve across the entire organization – from training, to sales, to upper management.

“As a day-to-day business communication tool, join.me is right up there with the phone and e-mail. We just can’t live without it anymore,” says Chris.

Read the full story of how join.me is a hero for Zero Motorcycles here.


Tip Tuesday – Sharing is Caring! Share your Screen and Recorded Meetings

One of the fundamental benefits and uses of join.me is our easy and instant screen sharing. We are the simplest, fastest way to share content from your screen in real-time with whomever you need, wherever they are. But we go beyond the basics, providing individual window sharing and recording functionality that allows our users to improve collaboration, and host better meetings.

With just one-click, you can choose to share your entire desktop in your meeting or only one specific window or document. With this functionality, you can use your computer freely during the meeting – to take notes, review related documents, or keep an eye on e-mail – without any of your attendees seeing. Learn how to use join.me’s window sharing option in this quick video:

Given how difficult it is to schedule a meeting that everyone can attend, we’ve also made it really easy to capture and share recordings of your join.me sessions. Learn how to easily capture, save, and share your meeting recordings in this video. Share these recordings and absent team members won’t miss a beat!

For all join.me user tips and tricks, check out our full YouTube playlist.