As FaceTime gains in widespread use, we are incorporating the suggestions of planners and suppliers into enhancements that will provide even more value to FaceTime event organizers and meeting professionals worldwide
Santa Barbara, CA (Vocus) March 3, 2010
Responding to overwhelming demand from buyers and suppliers following the 2010 MeetDifferent and the 2009 Motivation Show conferences, Elite Meetings International (EMI) has made its FaceTime™ appointment scheduler available as a universal appointment scheduling solution. More information on FaceTime is available at http://www.FaceTimeScheduler.com, or by calling (805) 730-1000.
FaceTime is a proprietary streamlined technology which helps buyers and sellers request, create, and manage appointments at meetings and conventions.
“We are delighted by the reception given FaceTime in the marketplace, and frankly, we are a little surprised,” said Elite Meetings CEO Kelly Foy. “FaceTime was originally created as a solution for helping us organize our own meetings, at events like the Elite Meetings Alliance, but response from the marketplace has encouraged us to make it available as a universally available appointment scheduling solution.”
Foy concluded, “As FaceTime gains in widespread use, we are incorporating the suggestions of planners and suppliers into enhancements that will provide even more value to FaceTime event organizers and meeting professionals worldwide.”
Users of FaceTime can research details, profiles and contact information for conference attendees in advance, and then use a proprietary messaging system to build relationships with other attendees even before the event begins. Users can set, organize, view, rearrange, and print appointments, all in one place. Buyers, suppliers, and show managers can view the appointment information differently, as FaceTime can be customized to the specific needs of every kind of event participant.
“FaceTime was successful for us - so much so that on the first day if its availability, close to 800 appointments were made in less than 8 hours” said Kristen Przano, exhibits manager at Meeting Professionals International (MPI), which utilized FaceTime to power its Hosted Buyer
Program at the 2010 MeetDifferent conference. “FaceTime helped drive appointments beyond our expectations, and we are excited to receive feedback from program participants.”
The FaceTime technology ultimately helped MPI seamlessly connect hundreds of planners and suppliers who attended MeetDifferent.
The unique features and benefits of FaceTime, include:
- Simple and instantaneous appointment scheduling
- Detailed user information allowing potential business to be identified easily
- “Smart” scheduling via cross-referencing multiple appointment schedules and suggesting available slots
- Advanced communication functions through real-time appointment request system and streamlined responses
- Easily accessible display and printing of comprehensive event schedule with appointments
- An appointment “alert” system that notifies participants of additions, changes, cancellations and messages from other event participants
In addition to MeetDifferent, FaceTime was an overwhelming success that powered the Hosted Buyer program at the 2009 Motivation Show in Chicago; it has been sought by independent planners and companies domestically and overseas.
About FaceTime . . . and Elite Meetings International
Created by Santa Barbara-based Elite Meetings International (EMI), FaceTime™ is a proprietary streamlined technology for helping planners and suppliers request, create and manage appointments at events and tradeshows.
EMI is an integrated solution provider that helps enhance the performance of meeting and hospitality professionals. It supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs, and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, the company’s Web site, http://www.EliteMeetings.com, serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale, and upscale properties. EMI’s innovations include FaceTime™, and SpeedRFP™, a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call (805) 730-1000.
Michael Frenkel for Elite Meetings International, Inc.