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Connecting Developers at #DevTO

Developers don’t just write code, they network and make things happen. That is why MeetVibe is partnering with #DevTO, a forum where developers meet and mingle. Each month #DevTO brings together over 100 attendees to listen to speakers and collaborate with industry peers. MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities were showcased at the most recent event and we are thrilled to facilitate even more introductions at upcoming events.

MeetVibe Round Up – February 2017

A Warm Welcome to All of Our New Users!

Seamlessly connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities, MeetVibe provides instant access to information participants need during events. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting many MeetVibers in person over the past couple of months and are excited to welcome our newest members on board.

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MeetVibe @ PodCamp Toronto 2017

We showcased MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities at PodCamp Toronto, Canada’s largest and longest running digital media un–conference, held at Ryerson University in Toronto.

We partnered with the Organizing Committee of this digital media creation hub to pilot our proximity technology and increase the participant value at this unique event. Our phone-to-phone feature allows participants to discover and view the profiles of others in their proximity.

We staged a number of beacons throughout the venue to broadcast the session schedule on each floor. As attendees mingled and moved from room to room, contextual schedule information was delivered to their fingertips, helping them choose the most relevant session.

Over the course of the two days, we have enabled more than 200 profile discoveries, facilitating introductions tailored to participants’ interests and networking objectives. And, close to 100 people wirelessly received a premium Membership promo code by simply coming up to the MeetVibe booth.


 

Growth

Joining Facebook’s FbStart Program

Early February we joined FbStart, Facebook’s global program designed to help mobile startups build and grow their apps. The MeetVibe app was chosen because of its impressive development so far and its potential for continued growth.

Facebook is working with great companies to offer exclusive benefits for its program members. FbStart has helped startups around the world build, grow, and monetize their apps.

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Community

Enjoy MeetVibe on Every Phone

The MeetVibe app is now available for both iPhone and Android. Tell us how you use MeetVibe to build your business, form partnerships, and make connections by sharing your story on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MeetVibing.

Untap the potential at your next social event. Whether it’s a lecture or conference, MeetVibe can aid in introductions and simplify follow-up scheduling. We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen.

Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join MeetVibe today.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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MeetVibe Round Up – January 2017

We’re Glad You Could Join Us

A warm welcome to all of our new users! Just a few weeks ago we launched the MeetVibe app for Android. Now anybody with a smartphone can access the information, confidence, and opportunity they need to make the most of any social environment.

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Generating Synergies: A Conversation with TechPartners

Technology is a wonderful enabler of social connectivity when applied effectively. The first step for technology was increasing the reach of our social interactions. Now, we’ve moved on to the most important stage: strengthening those bonds. Our insightful Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder Carol Aebi sat down with TechPartners, a Zurich-based digital consultancy, to share the MeetVibe story and discuss the power of facilitating a Social Internet of Things.

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Growing

IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

We are thrilled to join IBM Global Entrepreneur, a program that equips startups with go-to-market support, business mentorship, services, and networking opportunities. Over the next few months we will be working on transitioning part of our infrastructure to the IBM Cloud platform. Tapping into new mobile services, IoT, or even Watson just got easier.

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Community

Enjoy MeetVibe on Every Phone

The MeetVibe app is now available for both iPhone and Android. Enjoy features like Around Me phone-to-phone discovery, side-by-side Calendar Availability viewing, or Concierge text message arrival notifications across both mobile platforms. Tell us how you use MeetVibe to build your business, form partnerships, and make connections by sharing your story on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MeetVibing.

The untapped potential of our social environments is incredible. Whether it’s the lecture hall or the conference hall, MeetVibe can be found wherever there are introductions to be made and ideas to be shared. We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen.

Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join MeetVibe today.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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Effective Networkers Build More Than Bridges

Our networks have become incredibly expansive. Today, we interact globally despite previous geographical barriers. It is a given that we can remain updated about an industry peer met at a conference in London or chat regularly with a relative in Morocco.

Technology in the information age has led to tremendous improvements for our social and business networking. It is, and will continue to be, a fantastic relationship enabler. And as our social expectations increase, technology is adapting to meet those demands.

The Present Social Media Landscape

Technology has been successful at extending our networks far and wide, but it has been less successful at enabling the depth of relationships we also seek. Recent trends show people are sharing less on websites like Facebook indicating a shift away from mass sharing platforms towards increasingly personal platforms with defined and intimate audiences, such as Snapchat or Instagram.

With all social media, users turn to a computer or mobile device to share information that can be viewed by their networks. We can like, comment, or share, but it is not necessary for two parties to be present at the same time to exchange information. As a result, people are maintaining these arms-length networks, but also looking to harness technology for more meaningful connections. Factors such as touch, tone, and shared experiences are human-to-human interactions that online social media cannot replace.

Social Networking and Social Capital

To understand how social networking technology is evolving, first consider why humans build and use their networks. Our networks impact our social standing and our ability to enjoy a higher quality of life. Sociologists refer to the beneficial and purposive power of relationships and interconnectivity as social capital. Both sociologists and psychologists have leveraged this concept of social capital to develop two different categories: bridging and bonding.

Bridging social capital refers to social networks that allow different groups to share and exchange information, ideas, and innovation. The groups represent diverse interests with interactions that are often superficial, coming together only when needed. On the other hand, bonding social capital refers to relationships between like-minded people who interact frequently and build strong ties.

Dr. Larry Rosen of the Washington Post writes that the connections we form over social media largely consist of bridging social capital while those we cultivate in the real world constitute bonding social capital.

Social media creates an interface between the people as a bridge: human → social media platform (bridge) ← human. Technology is adapting to get the platform out of the middle by tapping into the expansiveness of digital social networking while creating the conditions for both bridging and the more intimate prerequisites of building bonding social capital.

So, how can technology improve the way we meet people? Suppose you are attending an event and wish to network, but do not know who to talk to. Walking up to a random stranger and beginning a conversation is not always welcomed. New phone-to-phone discovery technology is offering the information, confidence, and opportunity for people to meet the right people at the right time.

The MeetVibe app lets you view the profile of others in your direct proximity providing the information about who they are and what they want to talk about. Because they have set their profile to Public it is viewable giving you the confidence to know they are open to meeting new people – now. Proximity technology ensures you are only being alerted to people who are nearby and accessible, giving you the opportunity to connect.

This type of bridging technology enables direct human ↔ human bridging for social interaction.

Successful networkers know that it is not enough to just collect contact information.

And technology is advancing to provide us with the seamless instant access to the people who matter most.

Calendar availability viewing means we can see instantly when others are available to come together. Now, friends, family, and colleagues will only suggest times when we are actually free. No more wasting time on the back and forth of scheduling.

We call this creating social synergies: social technology providing optimizing solutions to achieve more with fewer resources. Focus on the interaction to make the most of your time!

Our current generation of social media and social networking has done a terrific job of building our networks wider and now technology is also taking us deeper into building meaningful relationships.

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Scheduling Fatigue? Blame your Email

Managers and employees have been well aware of the productivity drain caused by email for a long time. Back in 2006, CEO Scott Dockter of PBD Worldwide implemented an interesting company initiative: no email Friday. All internal communication took place in person or over the phone. Only customer service could answer external email inquires.

Mr. Dockter tells Fast Company that he decided to try the idea out after noticing how much time he and his assistant were wasting by emailing back and forth when she was seated right outside his office.

So, what were the results of no email Fridays? The roof did not cave in, and the sky did not fall. Instead, the change improved communication between colleagues and team members. Employees noted that things got done faster without the back and forth. And Fridays had a looser feel with the increased human interaction. No email Fridays was so successful that nine years later, employees were still following the policy.

Without a no email Friday, busy people look for other strategies to reduce email fatigue. In the Harvard Business Review, Peter Bregman wrote about his experience clearing his inbox after a week long vacation. It took him three hours to reply to the backlog. During a regular workweek he would spend roughly three hours per day answering emails. A more targeted, focused approach to handling emails seemed like the way to go. Rather than read every email as they came in, he decided to dedicate a specific chunk of the day to responding to them.

A peculiar psychological effect makes putting off reading emails a tricky challenge. Psychologists call the underlying stimuli of email addiction operant conditioning. We cannot resist checking and responding to a ping or peeking at our inbox because opening a new message means that there is something waiting for us, like exciting news or an intriguing offer. As a result, we cannot get enough of it. Opening an email guarantees a specific consequence: a new message. Knowing there will be a specific outcome reinforces our behavior of constantly checking it.

To add to the problem, people tend to check constantly incoming emails on the phone in their pockets. Roughly 53 percent of email is opened on a mobile device, skimmed but then dealt with via computer later. This effectively doubles the effort of reading each message.

So if we talk directly with others as much as possible and acknowledge that we are better off going through emails during an allotted time, what are other strategies to reduce email fatigue?

In some situations we can remove the need for email altogether. Scheduling is an example of a process where we spend ample time going back and forth with our contacts to come up with a convenient meeting time and location.

MeetVibe‘s mobile application provides a shortcut that bypasses this tiresome email route to scheduling. A large number of these scheduling emails involve eliminating times that do not work. Much like in traditional business tools, with MeetVibe, calendar availability can be shared with others inside or outside of your organization. When looking for a good time to get together with an associate, client, customer, or supplier the organizer can avoid requesting times that are already booked for the other person. Now, that is a useful start, and considerably more helpful than blindly emailing a handful of time windows and hoping something overlaps. The organizer can propose a date and time based off known availability.

 

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Moreover, MeetVibe tackles the other pesky challenge of sending meeting invitations via email. The probability of someone reading a meeting request over their mobile device and subsequently delaying or forgetting to respond without a reminder is quite high. Much of the back and forth is due to a lack of action on the part of one or both parties.

This issue of inaction has been masterfully addressed – MeetVibe invites expire after 24 hours.

With an imposed time limit and your calendar’s validation that you are available, there is more of a push to respond. Instead of opening an email with a mobile phone then responding later with an email, it is easier to simply click accept and finalize the scheduling process.

Likewise, the need for additional steps is gone. Receiving an invitation via email on your mobile device requires you to file it away for later when you can more comfortably access your calendar or cross-check against other email invites on your computer. MeetVibe’s invitations are delivered within a platform that has already accounted for your scheduling needs including everything from your calendar to your preferred meeting locations. This way, arranging appointments and liaising with contacts can be conducted efficiently throughout your day while you’re on the go.

Email inefficiency is widely recognized, and how we address this issue depends on our work style. Some opt for absolutist measures while others allocate specific time simply for answering emails. Whichever method you employ, a smart overall strategy is to stop throwing processes like scheduling under the auspices of email.

Naturally, this shift away from email necessitates a period of transition. MeetVibe works best when your calendar is synced to the app and your contacts are connected as Followers to view your available time. Your calendar entries or activities are never shared. Instead, followers view blocks of busy or free time. Adding your MeetVibe profile link when sharing your contact information will quickly become second nature.

For one CEO, tackling email inefficiency meant stepping outside of his office to chat with his assistant instead of emailing back and forth. For another it was dedicating a specific time exclusively for email. We like to think that there are better tools or alternatives to email. As our technology evolves, the ways in which we manage our business and cultivate our relationships change, too. MeetVibe’s scheduling solution provides a forward-thinking alternative that recognizes the importance of all these needs.

Make the most of your time – adopt the MeetVibe solution and join today.

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