[Infographic] Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It)

It's not just you. As it turns out, there has been a significant increase in both the number and types of meetings today’s modern workers are having. A new research report conducted by Ovum, and issued today, explores the changing meeting behaviors and requirements of the online collaboration tools and collaborative workforce, along with the evolving habits of today’s connected employee. We believe it's the largest study of its kind ever produced.

Among the findings: More than 50% of workers reported an increase in the sheer number of meetings they are expected to attend; 2/3 of these workers indicate that at least 1/2 of their meetings are not of value; and worse, chronic late start times of these meetings are having a very real impact on worker productivity, most notably with executives, who, on average, are losing 3 hours a week – 5 1/2 days per year – in meeting delays alone.

You can get a full copy of the Ovum report, Collaboration 2.0: Death of the Web Conference (As We Know It) here, or get some quick highlights from the infographic below.

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[SLIDECAST] Bring Your Own App: The Secret Weapon for Sales and Marketing Success

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Recently, I attended the 2013 salesforce.com Dreamforce event.  I had the excellent opportunity to talk about how to best understand and leverage the Bring Your Own App trend in your organization.  It’s an interesting topic because it affects sales, marketing, and IT, albeit in vastly different ways.  The trick is using it to your advantage!  Here’s a description of the presentation, right from my abstract:

Bring Your Own App:  The Secret Weapon for Sales and Marketing Success

CIOs and their counterparts in Sales and Marketing have learned the hard way that saying “no” to user-chosen productivity applications is a non-starter.   Learn how leading enterprises are embracing these best of breed applications to achieve transformative improvements in overall collaboration and sales and marketing productivity.  This slidecast will help sales and IT leaders alike better understand and align around an ever-changing sales persona, driving better productivity and sales as a result.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, I’m sharing it with you below.  You can pace yourself through the slides and my audio with the SlideShare commands.

What about you?  Does your workplace embrace a BYOA phenomenon?  Are you a millennial ‘Joe’ sales person?  Let us know in the comments.

         

3 Reasons Why join.me is a Smart Choice for Inside Sales Professionals

95% of a sales professional’s interaction with prospects and customers occurs over the phone and internet. For this reason, join.me is an ideal tool when pitching these prospects or demoing a product. An article from earlier this year on Business2Community.com nicely outlines the reasons why join.me is a smart choice for inside sales professionals. Here’s our take.

1. Contains Costs

Overhead costs of web conferencing tools, CRM, phones, software, etc. add up very quickly. If you’re a SMB salesperson, keeping these costs down is vital to your business. The free and pro versions of join.me provide options for every sized business or personal user. The free meeting tool allows up to 10 meeting participants. The pro version, available for $13/month, allows up to 250 meeting participants and additional features, not available in the free version.

2. Instant Screen Sharing

The speed, simplicity and reliability, of join.me’s instant screen sharing capabilities are what users love most about our tool. It’s cliché, but first impressions count, and in sales and marketing, they count in dollars. If you’re pitching new business or trying to advance accounts with clients, being able to immediately connect, without the fear of hassles on either end, can go a long way toward winning over new accounts. If you have a prospect on the phone and you determine that it is appropriate to show them a demonstration screen, you need a tool that will enable your prospect to view your screen, regardless of the browser, firewall or security settings on either computer. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why join.me is a Smart Choice for Inside Sales Professionals” »

         

Infographic: Cloud Computing Growth

We all know the saying “you’ve got your head in the clouds.” Well, maybe that’s not such a bad place to be…

According to AwesomeCloud, the total cloud computing industry is expected to reach $150 billion in 2014. With new technology allowing us to access the cloud wherever we go, it makes sense that 60% of server workload is expected to be virtualized by 2014.

Today, Cubby and join.me work together to extend the collaboration benefits of each product and offer a simple, secure way to store your meeting recordings --and this is just the beginning.

How else has the cloud grown? Check out this infographic by AwesomeCloud to learn more:

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Image Credit: Cloudtweaks.com

         

join.me Valued For Its Ease of Enterprise-wide Deployment

Nucleus Research finds join.me is valued for its ease of enterprise-wide deployment

Nucleus Research, a third-party research firm, recently published a report stating that one of the key benefits join.me customers experience over other online meeting tools is the ease of creating a business deployment.

The research document, the join.me Guidebook, cites several of our customers who have used other online meeting tools in the past. Nucleus Research interviewed them about their previous experiences with other tools, as well as their current experiences with join.me, to uncover the key reasons why these companies made the switch to join.me.

Nucleus found that many of these enterprises were introduced to join.me by individual employees, who were using the tool outside of their company-sanctioned meeting tool. The users then elevated their requests to management and IT to purchase the application. One natural concern at this point in the process is, “How do I deploy and manage a cloud-based application to my company?”

Nucleus dove into this issue head-first by interviewing customers who have been through the process and discovered that the  administrative interface was easy to use.  Companies could quickly aggregate all single users into a single  console and deploy to new users with a simple email invitation, and  it was easy to use for ongoing management of licensces

 

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One company interviewed stated that they were already using a competitive meeting solution, but decided to put join.me to the test on a trial basis. They specifically noted how simple it was to add 75 users to the corporate account, quickly.

Another company stated that they were able to quickly provide licenses for 300 users. “We sent the invite to 300 people and they were set up.”

It’s that quick and easy. Continue reading “join.me Valued For Its Ease of Enterprise-wide Deployment” »

         

New research shows how join.me is being adopted by enterprises

 

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Wonder if join.me would fit the many needs of your enterprise – from continuous collaboration to value? Don’t take our word for it. Find out what you need to know from an independent third-party research firm who evaluated our solution and asked our customers directly.

The new join.me Guidebook authored by Nucleus Research features background information on challenges enterprises are facing, a review of join.me as an enterprise solution, key benefit areas as identified by four enterprise customers, and best practices for maximizing the value of join.me.

Nucleus Research states, “Our research builds on vignettes and quotes from customers to develop a framework quantifying how organizations have achieved value from a solution.” In this case, they focus on the value and key benefits of join.me to four distinct enterprises.

One key benefit outlined in the report is identified as ease of use and greater adoption. It appears that many businesses are introduced to join.me by an individual employee who prefers its ease of use to their company’s incumbent conferencing tool. With use, join.me starts to catch on.

“I started using this for my meetings and got questions from people who were able to join with just one click. People would ask me how to get this tool.” – A quote included in the Nucleus Research join.me Guidebook.

Start reading the full report now to see if join.me will work as your enterprise’s collaboration solution. And look for more information on this informative research in the near future.

Happy meeting!

         

Present Your Cubby Files from Your iPad Using join.me

Did you know you can share your Cubby files from your iPad using join.me? With join.me and an iPad you will never have to sprint back to the office for that last minute online meeting again. These step by step directions will get you presenting your Cubby files in no time.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make sure you have the Cubby and join.me apps installed on your iPad.
  2. Open your Cubby and select that game changing presentation that has to be shared with the world before it burns a hole in your iPad.
  3. Tap on the file to view the presentation within the preview pane and select the “open-in” icon in the upper right hand corner (the box with the arrow).
  4. Select “open in join.me” option from the list.

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The join.me app will open and you’ll need to log in with your join.me Pro credentials. Once logged in, choose to start the meeting with your personal link or one-time code.

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5.  Click the start meeting button to begin sharing.

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You are now hosting a meeting from your iPad and sharing that game changing presentation that was saved in your Cubby.

Want to try it for yourself? 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

         

Nucleus Research finds join.me is valuable to enterprises for external collaboration

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The independent research firm, Nucleus Research, recently interviewed several enterprises about their past web conferencing experiences with other tools and their current experiences using join.me. In the resulting evaluation research report, the join.me Guidebook, Nucleus states that one of the top four key benefits of using join.me over other tools is seamless external collaboration with suppliers and partners.

 

The enterprises questioned for the research stated that collaborating outside of their company’s networks posed firewall issues, yet the need to communicate externally was especially important, whether for vendor management and partnerships, or for working with external employees. Companies surveyed found that other web conferencing solutions ran into security or networking issues, while join.me works securely and simply through a web browser.

 

When business is moving so fast that every day, hour and minute count, companies must seize every opportunity when dealing with external firms without wasting time trying to connect with them. Not only do failed connections frustrate the internal team, but they have the potential to damper partnerships essential to the business. In such an environment where time is money, enterprises need to be able to share content across networks quickly and effectively.

 

As stated by one company in the Nucleus Research join.me Guidebook, “Some of the other programs didn’t work very well with other company networks, which made it difficult to bring vendors and suppliers into meetings.”

 

When connections count, they trust join.me.

 

About the research report

The new join.me Guidebook authored by Nucleus Research features background information on challenges enterprises are facing, a review of join.me as an enterprise solution, key benefit areas as identified by four enterprise customers, and best practices for maximizing the value of join.me.

Nucleus Research states, “Our research builds on vignettes and quotes from customers to develop a framework quantifying how organizations have achieved value from a solution.”

Start reading the full report now to see if join.me will work as your enterprise’s collaboration solution. And look for more information on this informative research in the near future.

 

Happy meeting!

         

Reporting is now available for join.me pro

We're giving you a bit of history today - of your meetings, that is. With join.me pro, you can now pull reports of your past meetings. Details include presenter name, email, meeting subject, start time, duration, number of participants and features used. You can find it in the "reports" tab in your join.me account:

Check it out now at join.me.

Happy reporting!

         

join.me now fully supports Windows 8

Today's a good day for everyone who's upgraded to Windows 8 - join.me now fully supports both sharing and viewing in Windows 8. Don't have Windows 8 yet? There's still two cool enhancements to join.me: One, your desktop app will now autofill (in the "join" field) your frequently visited personal URL's. (Read: Less typing for you.) You can also move the join.me menu behind what you're sharing - it's a little more flexible now.

Happy sharing - let us know what you think in the comments.