New enterprise version of join.me is here!

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Due to growing demand – and more importantly, helpful input — from our customers, we’re excited to announce a new enterprise version of join.me is now available!

While IT has long been the trusted provider of workplace collaboration tools, the rise of cloud apps has led to an era where employees are increasingly taking matters into their own hands and bringing their own preferred apps into the workplace. Few apps have come to personify this bring-your-own-app (BYOA) trend more than join.me.  And today, we’re seeing this viral adoption drive larger and larger deployments of join.me in companies across the globe, while introducing a whole new set of management needs that come with company-wide rollouts.

Join.me has become one of the fastest growing collaboration offerings on the market, is used by tens of millions of people, and attracts more than one million first-time users every month.  In fact, there were more than 27 million join.me meetings last year, alone.

We created this enterprise version to help IT pros and team leads capitalize on the overwhelming adoption of join.me in businesses, while making it easy to bring join.me to virtually everyone in the business.  And we’re delivering it in a way that makes managing, customizing and deploying join.me quick and easy.  As a result, companies can now broadly adopt a collaboration tool already relied upon by millions of professionals.

The new enterprise version of join.me offers a variety of management features designed for larger teams, including:

  • Support for deployments of more than 25 users
  • Single Sign On (SSO) support via ADFS Integration and Active Directory Sync
  • Advanced user policies and permission settings for groups and individual users
  • Robust user management with provisioning, de-provisioning and user access controls
  • 100GB managed, secure cloud storage for sharing and/or storing recorded meetings and meeting-related files (powered by LogMeIn’s Cubby file sync and share app)
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook (pro & enterprise)
  • One-tap audio conference host for iPhone (pro & enterprise)

Already using join.me at your business?  Looking for help winning over your colleagues in IT on a better meeting tool?  Be sure to check out the new join.me website for more information.

         

join.me iPhone app update: Now featuring one-tap audio conference calling!

We’re pleased to share an update to the popular join.me iPhone app that provides one-tap audio conference calling is now available for join.me Pro users!

Do you ever find yourself out of the office or on the road and need to collaborate with your team quickly? This one-tap, audio-only, conference calling feature allows you to start a conference call right from your iPhone. When it comes to collaboration on-the-go, it’s all about speed and simplicity. With today’s workforce increasingly reliant on their mobile devices for work, we feel this app update is critical to creating an elegant, yet simple mobile meeting experience.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

Make sure your iPhone app is updated to the newest version.

1. Open up your join.me app and tap the phone icon to start your conference call:

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2. Your phone will dial your personal conference line and ask you to tap the icon above to share the dial-in details with others:

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3. Send the conference line info to any of your contacts by email or SMS text and return to your call:

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When your attendees receive the email or text, they can simply dial in to your conference line and join the call!

Sounds easy enough, right? If you’re a join.me Pro user, test it out today!

If you’re using the join.me free version, set up a free Pro trial here: http://ow.ly/oYSrp. For more information, visit our knowledge base at help.join.me

         

join.me takes on South By Southwest (SXSW)

The 21st annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11 and the join.me team is excited to be a part of the fun!


SXSW Interactive is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. The brightest minds in emerging technology along with networking events hosted by industry leaders and other events and showcases make SXSW Interactive THE place to preview the technology of tomorrow today!

As we gear up to head down there, we have spent some time reviewing the jam-packed event line up and have found it hard to pick what sessions and events to attend. But, here are some of the SXSW Interactive sessions we are most excited for:

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Top 5 reasons to add join.me to your solutions portfolio

join.me-logoAs the world’s fastest growing and most in-demand online meeting app for business, join.me is instant, intuitive and affordable, so it’s easily adopted by everyone in your client’s organization. By adding join.me to your portfolio, you improve your client’s collaboration and end-user productivity. And with the new BYOA market, you need solutions that boost your competitive advantage.

“We started using join.me late in 2011, and it has become a core sales and marketing tool. Ease-of-use, device interoperability and speed all contribute to more effective meetings for us. We actually spend the first couple minutes of every sales call selling join.me to others.”

– Jay McBain, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelEyes

Top 5 reasons why join.me empowers client collaboration and elevates your IT business:

1. Performs at the speed of business

Legacy meeting tools have legacy problems: users need to download and install software, interfaces are bloated and hard to use, and the cost is high and variable. join.me, on the other hand, is purpose-built for today’s workplace – fast-paced, highly mobile, highly dispersed, where collaboration needs to be spontaneous, continuous and widespread.

2. Instant and intuitive

join.me is simple and fast, so your end-users can use it right away. There’s literally no learning curve and training is minimal at best. As well, because there are no viewer downloads, meetings start in seconds instead of minutes and require no IT involvement. And because of its simple design, most join.me actions are just one click away, so there’s no lost meeting time trying to find a tool.

3. Affordable

The price is as simple as the app itself. One price, one bill makes join.me attractive for businesses, large or small. And with user-based licensing at 1/3 the cost of competitors, it is clear that join.me is the tool of choice for the SMB market.

4. Unlimited Audio

Unlike other meetings tools, join.me comes with unlimited conference calling at no extra charge. Clients can choose to host online meetings and audio conferencing, or hold just audio conferences using a dedicated phone line or the Internet. Plus, with non-variable billing, clients always have one flat-rate bill without additional costs per minute.

5. Designed with IT in mind

join.me is built to fill the needs of even your most concerned users. With 256-bit SSL encryption, optional meetings locks and 99.99% uptime, you can rest assured clients’ meetings stay connected and secure. Plus, join.me is easy to deploy and no training is needed, so clients can get down to business fast. And its management capabilities help you stay in control as an important partner to your clients’ productivity gains.

“The intuitive nature and fast start time of join.me make our daily product development meetings much more productive and effective, while opening the doors for more ad-hoc collaboration sessions between teams.”

– Bud Ketterl, Vice President of Product Management, Scripps Interactive Network

Visit www.LogMeIn.com/Channel to learn more about join.me and the Elevate program

 

         

5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes

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Unproductive sales meetings aren’t a good use of your time, or your prospect’s. But all you need are five minutes to learn how to make your sales meetings more productive, engaging and profitable. Below are 5 tips from our ebook, 5in5: 5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes . Take a look!

1.       Be a Closer, Not a Road Warrior.

When you have more airline and hotel points than sales, something needs to change.  The reality is that travel requirements may actually limit how many sales you can close.  Think about it – while you are sitting in an airport, riding in a cab, or picking up a rental car, you aren’t doing anything close to selling.  Add to that the administrative duties that are part of your job, and you’ll see that it is a miracle that you have any time in front of prospects at all!

Luckily, there is a smarter, faster way to get sales done.  Stow your travel bag and get busy with web conferencing and online meetings.  Efficient, convenient and a good use of everyone’s time, online meetings will get you in front of more people and generate more sales in a shorter period of time.  Tools such as instant screen sharing facilitate the meeting process, letting you get right to business.  But  watch out for complicated meeting software that require downloads and trip you up on system requirements. Focus on solutions that are intuitive and easy for everyone to use.  With online meetings, your stats will skyrocket, and you’ll get rid of that horrible jet lag once and for all.

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3 Tips for Staying Productive During Your Snow Day

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For those of us living in New England, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’ve been hit with yet another snowstorm- making this the second storm this week, with one more on the horizon. According to various weather reports on Monday and Tuesday, we were expecting an accumulation of anywhere between 6-14 inches of snow. A big portion of the US is getting hit with Nika! Regardless, everyone left the office on Tuesday night prepared to work from home on Wednesday, just in case the threat of the wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain complicating our commute into work came true. Who would turn down the opportunity to work from home, in your pajamas anyway? – Not me!

So here we are, snowed in and working from home. For the sense of timeliness, I thought I would share some tips on how to stay productive, in the midst of working from your couch, watching the Today Show, coffee in hand.

  1. Stick to your To-Do list. I like to list out all the things I need to get done for the day and cross them off as I go. Creating a list of tasks will help keep you on track and reduce your ability to procrastinate. Another trick is to schedule out each hour of the day on your calendar so you know what you need to do when. The additional reminder alerts from Outlook are a nice nudge ;)
  2. Stay connected. When I’m working from home, I’m always on email and our company instant messaging service. But in addition to being available online, staying connected by using online meeting tools such as join.me can help you collaborate with co-workers, or anyone for that matter, whenever and from wherever. join.me makes it possible to hold that meeting to review the planning presentation you had scheduled for after lunch. You can share your screen, use the built in conferencing,  and even pass the presenter role if you needed to.
  3.  Give yourself breaks. Take a time out and let yourself indulge. Whether it is catching up on the Wall Street Journal or the latest post on Buzzfeed, it is ok! It will clear your head, and give your eyes a break from staring at a computer screen. We won’t give away your guilty pleasures, just keep them to yourself!

These should help you stay productive during your snow day. Do you have any other tips for staying productive when working from home? Please share with us in the comments below!

Until the next snowstorm…

 

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5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes – Tip #1

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#1 Be a Closer, Not a Road Warrior. 

When you have more airline and hotel points than sales, something needs to change.  The reality is that travel requirements may actually limit how many sales you can close.  Think about it – while you are sitting in an airport, riding in a cab, or picking up a rental car, you aren’t doing anything close to selling.  Add to that the administrative duties that are part of your job, and you’ll see that it is a miracle that you have any time in front of prospects at all!

Wondering if there is a smarter, faster way to get sales done?  There is.  Stow your travel bag and get busy with web conferencing and online meetings.  Efficient, convenient and a good use of everyone’s time, online meetings will get you in front of more people and generate more sales in a shorter period of time.  Tools such as instant screen sharing facilitate the meeting process, letting you get right to business.  But do watch out for complicated meeting software that require downloads and trip you up on system requirements. Focus on solutions that are intuitive and easy for everyone to use.  With online meetings, your stats will skyrocket, and you’ll get rid of that horrible jet lag once and for all.  Want more tips like this?  Check out 5in5: 5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes today.

         

5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes – Tip #2

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#2 They Snooze, You Lose. 

Let’s get real here.  If you are sitting in meeting after meeting, the words all start to string together, and before you know it, you are daydreaming.  It happens to all of us.  From the sales side, the problem is that when people begin to daydream during a sales presentation, you lose the dream you have of making a sale.

Holding a client’s attention is one of the best ways to ensure a sale.  If you notice meeting members starting to fumble with their phones, flip through papers that aren’t related to your meeting, or stare off into space, then it’s time to change tactics.  Pause and see if anyone has questions.  You can ask, “Hey, how about a change of direction?  I’m wondering if this (enter suggestion here) would more accurately address your needs.” Better yet, if they have already agreed to the purchase, stop!  Unless there are immediate details that need to be worked out, enjoy the win and end the meeting early.

If you are looking for a smarter, faster way to sell, be prepared to change tactics to keep your meeting attendees engaged in the process and read 5in5: 5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes.  The first step to winning is staying awake.

         

5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes – Tip #3

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#3 Will the Real Decision Maker Please Step Forward? 

Have you ever had the experience of doing a presentation and not having any sense as to who the decision makers are?  If you have, you would be accurate in your assessment.  If you think you know who the decision makers are, you don’t!

Typically, about seven people within each organization work to make buying decisions.  Not being able to see into the future, you have no idea who might be the junior staff member today and who will be leading an entire department in two years.  The solution is a real no-brainer.  Simply address everyone who attends the meeting as though they are the primary decision maker.  Easy, right?  Allow everyone to share their input and opinions and leave the guessing game as to who has the final say to someone else.

By including everyone, you are also planting seeds for the future.  Not everyone sitting at the table will be a lifer with that particular company.  When they move on, if they remember you have treated them with respect and you have a product or service they need, they may call you – not your competitor – for support.  Talk about a smarter, faster way to sell:  you are not only explaining your services to current decision makers at one company but preparing for the future as well!  Access 5in5:  5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes to learn more meeting tips now.

         

5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes – Tip #4

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#4 Get 10 hours of your life back, each and every month!

Oh, to have the time to take a breath and actually get some work done!  With professionals averaging a brutal three meetings per day, there is literally no time to get work done, plan or follow up on anything other than the most urgent matters.  There is a smarter, faster way to decrease your meeting time.  All you need to do is to scale them back with the 10-minute principle.

It’s easy!  Simply schedule your meetings in 20 or 50 minute blocks instead of the normal half hour or full hour.  That extra 10 minutes can make all the difference.  Less time means more efficient work, sticking closer to the agenda and making decisions more quickly – all things that can benefit business, spur sales and create momentum.

The best part?  That extra 10 minutes that you normally would have scheduled for a meeting is now free!  You can take a walk to clear your head, jot notes for next steps and creative solutions, or simply kick back and get a latte.  Losing 10 minutes of meeting time will give you peace of mind and better productivity.  Want more tips like this?  Take a look at 5in5: 5 Tips to More Profitable Meetings in 5 Minutes today!