Catalyst is a yearly convention which is taking place on October 5th through 7th in at the Infinite Energy Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. It boasts a host of speakers, labs, and leadership events that are designed to create the next generation of church leaders, and are sure to excite your ambition. According to their website, “It’s common in our culture to sort, divide, and exclude: to look out for ourselves, make it at all costs, and leave others in our wake. But Jesus is building something uncommon. It’s time for a family meeting”.
This isn’t like the house parties that you may have attended in your wilder years. This October 5th, 2016, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation will be throwing a house party at the Addison’s Residence in downtown Toronto, helping to raise funds for a sophisticated robot that will be essential in complicated surgical procedures at the hospital. Instead of keggers and beer hats, guests will be treated to an evening of casual fine dining and an exciting auction.… Read more →
Toronto, ON, September 26, 2016 – Canadian Business and PROFIT ranked iotum No. 40 on the 28th annual PROFIT 500 (#16th in Toronto), the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.… Read more →
Did you ever have one of those old, clunky desk phones? You know, the ones with the blocky plastic casing and the long, curly cord like a pigs tail? It may be hard to believe, but they used to be the norm. If you ever had to make a long distance call with one of these relics, you know the struggles that come with trying to connect with loved ones over landlines. Luckily, we now have free conference call HD.
Congratulations to our FreeConference.com iPad winner and a huge Thank You to everyone who filled out our survey – your feedback is incredibly important to us. We take everyone’s opinions and suggestions to heart and will be making some cool updates to the FreeConference.com site, and to our Mobile Apps as well. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements.
Here is some of the feedback we received through the survey:
“Didn’t realize there were so many features – until I saw them on the survey – so I need to check them out”
“I would like to know more about pinless entry, text-message notifications and mobile apps please.”
“I did not know video and web conferencing was available with this service. If it is free, I would definitely use it–just don’t know how.”
Last year was a huge year for all of us here at FreeConference.com – we expanded our team, redesigned our entire product and launched a completely overhauled website, and on top of it iotum Inc (our parent company) was honored with inclusion on the Inc 500, Profit 500, and the Deloitte Fast 50 and 500. Here’s a look back at some of our biggest changes and a little bit of insight into our process.
Some of you may remember our old website – needless to say, if we were going to make changes, this would be the place to start. The whole project took us the better part of a year – from the earliest designs, to copy and through pretty intensive analytics efforts, this was one BIG project.
But it didn’t just stop at the surface of the website, there was a lot of internal user interface design happening in tandem. This wasn’t just a facelift, after all, this was a complete product overhaul, and one we were determined to do right.
In the summer we began a private beta test of the new product. Over the span of 3 months we engaged with a core group of long-time users to help us build the new FreeConference; we wanted to know what worked and what didn’t, what they wanted that we didn’t have, and how we could make our service easier to use. Ultimately, we ended up with a conference dashboard that looks something like this:
As we neared the end of our beta tests, we were finally ready to launch some two of our biggest new features, ones we’d been excitedly testing in our offices for months: download-free video and screen sharing.
When we created FreeConference 15 years ago we were the only independent, free, web-based conferencing product (and not just all together, we were the only one in each of those categories) and, at the time, it was a revolution. But times have changed, and so have we. Phone conferencing will always be the core of our product, and we will always strive to make our phone-conferencing systems as high quality and easy to use as possible, but it was time to adapt – and since we’ve never been in the business of simply borrowing someone else’s technology, that meant it was time to innovate (you don’t get to be the first conference calling company to support a call of over 250 people by waiting for someone else to do it first).
And so we developed an HD, in-browser, no-download, completely integrated, totally free platform for screen sharing, and web and video conferencing.
Like I said, it was a big year.
Since we launched video and screen sharing we’ve been hard at work developing even more amazing, free features – including PIN-less call entry, text-message notifications, and mobile apps – and affordable paid bundles for our premium add-ons, because every business should be able to afford truly great conference calling.
We’re so proud of our entire team for pulling off such a huge amount of work in such a short time – and we can’t WAIT to show you what we have in the pipes for 2016.
Happy New Year to you and yours! The FreeConference Team