join.me Adds Instant Scheduling for Google App Users!

You wanted simplicity — and we’re happy to bring it to you! To all our  join.me users using Google Calendar, scheduling your join.me meetings is now easier than ever. With the new app extension for chrome, join.me pro and enterprise users can schedule and start meetings directly from Google Calendar in Chrome.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. First, download and install the extension from the Chrome Web Store.
  2. For any Google Calendar event, go to the Event Details page and compose a new event.
  3. Click Make it a join.me meeting. You may be prompted to log in to your join.me account
  4. Once logged in to your pro or enterprise account, you can edit meeting settings. You can choose the type of meeting to hold (personal link or code) and the conference numbers to include in the invitation.
  5. Click Generate invitation. Your settings are inserted into a new invitation.
  6. Edit and send the meeting just as you would any other invitation.

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Want to get started today? The join.me plugin is now available for download in the Chrome Web Store. Don’t have a join.me pro account? Click here to start your free trial.

         

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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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 sales 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 #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!

         

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” »

         

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