At one time, “work” meant sitting at a desk all day, surrounded by your phone, computer, and other associated tools of the trade. But today’s small business owner is constantly on the move, using mobile devices to stay connected.
One element makes it a little difficult to operate from the field, however, and that’s the conference call. As technology has enabled businesses to save money and time on travel costs, an increasing number of meetings are being held via telephone and web conferencing sites. Dialing into calls via smartphone is always an option, but dialing long conference call numbers with passcodes can be grueling on tiny smartphone keyboards, risking the odds of a misdial. Once you do get connected, you may somehow lose connectivity, which can be embarrassing, especially if your conference call is with a client.
MobileDay allows you to dial into a conference call with just one touch. Here’s how it works. MobileDay syncs with all major conference services, as well as your own calendars. When you log into MobileDay, all of your conference calls are there. Simply click on the green “Call” button and you’re into the call with your passcode automatically entered for you. Set up the thirty-second alert, and you’ll be dialed in thirty seconds before the call is scheduled to begin.
“Even though audio conferencing is a four billion dollar per year business, with over five million calls made into conference calls a day, 25% of those made from mobile phones, the process has not gotten any better over the years,” Jim Haid, MobileDay CEO, says. “In fact, it’s gotten worse.”
Many conference call invites involve long passcodes that have to be entered. The problem is, unless the person has printed out the invitation, he or she must remember that long passcode even if they can automatically click the link in the invite to go to the call. Add elements like being behind the wheel at the time of the designated call and dialing into an audio conference can be a nightmare.
Since connectivity can be iffy on a cell phone, MobileDay allows you to reconnect with just one click, minimizing downtime. If you’re running late, you can send a message to all attendees letting them know.
In order for MobileDay to work, however, the event will need to be loaded onto your calendar. The announcement will also need to contain all information pertinent to the call, including the passcode number. You can either manually enter the information into your calendar or have it sent there.
If you want to be able to create conference calls directly inside the app, MobileDay allows that, as well. You can use MobileDay’s web conferencing capabilities. MobileDay is available for free in the iTunes Store, as well as on Google Play as an Android app.