|By Marketwired .||
|June 10, 2014 10:02 AM EDT||
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/10/14 -- Momentum for AnyMeeting (www.anymeeting.com) continues to grow as small businesses -- the major growth engine of the U.S. economy(1) -- discover its easy-to-use, affordable, all-in-one conferencing tool.
Serving small businesses across industries including technology, healthcare, professional services, real estate and financial services, AnyMeeting delivers a powerful all-in-one conferencing tool for everyday use. A growing number of companies are adopting AnyMeeting to cut travel and meeting costs and simplify training and collaboration. In particular, an increasing number are buying AnyMeeting Company Plans, which offer a range of administrator controls together with access to AnyMeeting's all-in-one conferencing tool for a number of employees. With Company Plans, administrators can add and remove users, manage consolidated billing, and view detailed meeting activity reports.
AnyMeeting CEO and founder, Costin Tuculescu, notes that momentum for AnyMeeting is a testament to the company's dedication and focus on small business: "More than half a million new companies are launched each month, and to stand out, they need tools to communicate with remote colleagues, engage with clients and prospects, demo products and conduct training, all while tightly controlling costs. AnyMeeting is all about making that easy for small businesses."
Easy Upgrade Path to Company Plans, Anytime
AnyMeeting Company Plans provide host accounts for three or more people in a company, plus administrator controls to manage them. Every user gets access to AnyMeeting's all-in-one conferencing tool featuring 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more. Rapidly growing start-up Groopt http://groopt.com is among the many AnyMeeting customers that have recently made the decision to upgrade to a new AnyMeeting Company Plan.
Groopt's Goal to Deliver Clear and Reliable Communication to New and Existing Clients
Patrick Allen is founder and CEO of Groopt, a bootstrapped start-up based in San Francisco. The five-year-old firm began as a boutique design agency and pivoted a year ago into a thriving, 14-employee database platform for faith, nonprofit, alumni, sports, political and social groups. Like many entrepreneurs, Allen realized the company's success depends on having clear and reliable communication with both existing clients and new business prospects, making Web conferencing an important consideration.
Allen recognized that early-stage organizations like Groopt need to be smart and nimble with their finances, and that sending employees to in-person meetings all over the globe would be unsustainable. The value of Web conferencing for entrepreneurs like Allen is immeasurable. Being able to conduct productive and comprehensive meetings with integrated screen sharing, shared documents and notes, live polls, and full audio and video conferencing from anywhere can have an immensely positive impact on their businesses.
Groopt Addresses the Web and Video Conferencing Challenge
Groopt initially tried a variety of Web conferencing tools ranging from established players like GoToMeeting and Skype to lesser known solutions. As Allen explains it, the services were either too expensive or cumbersome, or worst of all, made participants download software before entering the meeting. After experimenting with various upgrades and approaches, he was close to giving up on Web conferencing all together.
Finding the Best Web and Video Conferencing Solution for Small Business With AnyMeeting
Allen was introduced to small business Web conferencing leader AnyMeeting through a mutual acquaintance, so he decided to give the service a try. What attracted him to AnyMeeting was that the cloud-based service was developed specifically for small businesses like Groopt.
He started by using AnyMeeting's core service and liked it enough that he encouraged his staff to give AnyMeeting a try. Across the board the team found AnyMeeting to be elegantly designed, intuitive, and most of all, reliable. After a few short weeks, Groopt's team had become so enamored with AnyMeeting that they often found themselves promoting the service to webinar participants. Allen recently elected to upgrade Groopt to AnyMeeting's Company Plan, providing accounts for his entire team along with administrator controls, consolidated billing and reporting his company needed.
AnyMeeting Web Conferencing is an Integral Tool for SMB Growth
Groopt has continued to grow and just released its newest product, a mobile-friendly database to help any group measure and leverage its data to achieve its membership, civic or funding goals. According to Allen, AnyMeeting's Web conferencing services will continue to be an integral part of the company's strong growth.
As a cloud-based and browser-based solution, no pre-installation, training, or configuration by administrators or IT staff is necessary. The service is conveniently integrated with audio on the phone, so participants can join by either phone or computer. Attendees on the go can also join the online meeting using their iPhone, iPad or Android tablet.
Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 500,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options. Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company's proven Software as a Service platform. Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration. AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings. Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum. For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.
1. According to the Small Business Association, 28 million small businesses are thriving in the US and more than 22 million are self-employed with no additional payroll or employees (these are called non employers) Of these, more than 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business.
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