The public health and nonprofit environments in which most social marketing and advocacy campaigns are planned and carried out are notoriously resource poor. This becomes especially evident when groups are trying to jointly plan county or state (let alone national or international) initiatives and just the time and money for the travel to get together becomes a major hurdle. Online conferencing has been an (unaffordable) dream for many, but perhaps Vyew is an opportunity to change all of that.
Imagine up to 20 members of your team being able to simultaneously review and comment on formative research studies, environmental scans, marketing plans, creative concepts and products, and all those other aspects of planning a social marketing program that involve 'seeing' as much as 'hearing.'
And there's more...
- Upload documents and photos (.doc, .jpg, .xls, .ppt, etc.) and annotate them in real-time.
- Use VyewStorage to store up to 25MB of data
- Instant text chat with other meeting room members
- Create photo slideshows and set them to a MP3 track
- Share Google searches
- Pull up a Yahoo! Maps in your VyewBook
- Save and email annotated pages
- Send email invitations to guests
- Enjoy persistent sessions – Vyew remembers where your meeting left off at, so creators can resume their sessions even after logging off and logging back on.
- Talk to your meeting participants with a free voice conference call service offered through freeconferencecalls.com
Vyew is a browser-based conferencing and always-on collaboration platform that provides instant visual communication without the need for client downloads or installations. And while it's still in beta - it's free.
I'm trying to get a few colleagues to use it as we finish planning a workshop we'll be doing together at the USF Social Marketing in Public Health conference. Let us know how you make out with it.
[BTW - Have been using Sphere it! and the bookmarklet is a great tool for finding blogs on topics that you're reading about and for monitoring reactions to news stories on other news sites and blogs.]
Thanks to Guy Kawasaki for the Vyew tip!