This week on Toolkit Time I”m not doing my usual video review of one cool tool, instead I’ve highlighted 3 tools that will make you view holding meetings in a whole different light!
So lately there’s been this spate of services popping up to offer us entrepreneurs better ways to promote, market, demo and teach online for free.
After the domination of the big players like GoToWebinar, WebEx, Citrix and Adobe Connect, the little guys are moving in to say
“Hey you guys all suck. You’re way overpriced. Your systems are clunky and slow and we can do better!”
Don’t you love that entrepreneurial spirit of David socking it to Goliath. And I have to say it’s come at an awesome time.
I run 1-2 webinars a month, I host monthly Q&A calls with my Social Media Club members where I want to share my screen but let them chime in too, and I like to do screen sharing for clients when I’m coaching them on tool and social media strategy.
I’ve tried several of the above now and I’m impressed with none.
So let me introduce you to the new-ish breed of companies stepping up to do battle and fighting the fight for the little guys and gals running their online businesses and needing the right solutions.
Webinars Any Time
If you’re looking for a free webinar platform that allows you to have up to 200 attendees then you should check out AnyMeeting. The layout and interface is very similar to GoToWebinar if you’ve been using that.
You can also include a survey in your registration sign up which is handy and even better their recording software provides you with a link after you‘ve finished to view it via their platform (no more hassles converting a video format and making it viewable to your attendees).
The minor downside is your registration form has advertising at the top (hence why it’s a free platform) and the share buttons include a little advertising blurb about using AnyMeeting (which you can edit out).
The only other frustration I have with AnyMeeting is that you can’t have two presenters talking or presenting at the same time. So you have to stop talking. Turn off your microphone. Set them as the current speaker and then they’re off and running. Great if you both know what you’re doing – that’s why I advise to get on the call 30 minutes before your attendees arrive.
The Fastest and Easiest Meetings Ever
MeetingBurner are still in beta but their short video intro won me over in a heartbeat. It’s frickin hilarious and really well done. You can check it out on their home page.
I’ve now used their platform for several group coaching calls and love the clean interface, easy to use layout and fact that their loading time is beyond quick and there’s no software to install. In fact I did a full review of them last week on Toolkit Time on How to hold the fastest meetings ever with MeetingBurner and from the tweets and comments I received it seems like there are lots of new happy signups starting to use it.
Here’s an awesome review of how Meetingburner Reignited Webinars at AppStorm.
Say Goodbye to Costly Online Meetings!
FreeConferenceCall.com are excited to launch their FreeScreenSharing.com service. Basically this is an online meeting and web conferencing tool that is perfect for screen sharing, product demonstrations, webinars, training sessions and much more – and all is absolutely FREE! Just in case you didn’t pick that up in the name….
According to them: “All it takes is your name, email address and a self generated password to get started. When you register you’re provided with a complimentary FreeConferenceCall conferencing account to use during your online meetings.”
However, if you’re like me and you already have an account you’re welcome to use your existing conferencing account or any account you prefer.
I haven’t yet checked out their service but having used their free conferencing line in the past with no problems this is another alternative you may want to try.
Have you used any of these services or found another you want to share?