Today, as a result of COVID-19, we have been catapulted into a world where “contactless” exchanges have become the norm, a giant leap from the paperless campaign of the early 2000’s where virtually everything became electronic. Cars are now keyless and perhaps one day even driverless, and no doubt that mobile devices and smart phones will continue to grow into their full capacity to handle all the business in the day and life of regular human beings, it’s an appendage for sure, and mobile companies have catered to that as multiple family plans are rolled out daily for each member. Contactless exchanges are the preferential way of doing all sorts of personal business now as pandemic measures are shaping the future. Starbucks as an example has eliminated seating, at least for the foreseeable future as the beloved dark roast must be ordered now on a phone app and then picked up at the door. Convenient, and yet eliminates the need for human contact.
Prior to COVID-19, smart phone digital payments technologies were already transforming the way people exchanged business. In Singapore for example, early investors piled into stocks around automatic payments processing much like a wallet-less asset class as everyday purchases on a mobile phone were much the norm. Apps with new modalities are created and added to Google play and Apple pay daily, generating the statistics that indicate most people are turning to mobile hand-held devices for the large majority of their internet searches, banking and financial needs, and other routine purchases, i.e. mobile point of sale. Digital transformations are extremely disruptive and are turning entire industries upside down in the race to compete. We saw this in business realms in banking as online alternative lenders could provide small business loans with faster turnaround times than traditional banks who had previously relied on relationships in the community and human judgment as a primary means for determining the credit worthiness of borrowers. Today, lending can be done straight from a mobile interface
The desire for speed and automation have clearly become the most transformative elements impacting life today.
While mobile exchanges have risen as the preferred form of contact, virtual meetings and connectivity have been mandated to satisfy social distancing safety standards. imeetify, a mobile productivity app has created the unparalleled ability to easily schedule meetings directly from a smart phone. The need for social distancing and virtual meeting calls and conferences has created demand for the app as numbers of subscribers have grown over 300% since the onset of quarantine measures back in March. This is the first time ever that meetings could be scheduled from a mobile app and represents another step away from the desktop as the primary means for handling business organization and scheduling.
Imeetify originally developed a quick meet feature where meetings could be scheduled without requiring an email address. Users could simply open the app on their mobile phone and tap out contacts while adding time and location details. This version of imeetify was known as “quick meet”. The app has evolved now to include calendar sharing where users can share availability with attendees and choosing time slots. The significance lies in the fact that this is the first time that meeting scheduling has been made available via a smart phone, the process is typically cumbersome and requires multiple steps where mistakes are all too easy to make amid the process. Remember the boss asking his exec assistant why the meeting with the next leader of the free world was scheduled at 3 AM? Easy calendar sharing across multiple time zones is now featured in imeetify as calendars can also be shared among non-imeetify users with a permanent link. These speedy meetings also include automatic links to zoom.us, join.me or google Meet. The virtual meeting joiner is set up by a single tap. Why so easy?
The app was crafted using a minimal design approach with the end user in mind in order to facilitate a simple and smooth transition between coordinating contacts, calendar sharing, and connecting with virtual meeting rooms. Ben White, CPO imeetify says “speedy connectivity afforded by imeetify is in line with our core philosophy to keep things simple. We are committed to optimizing applications to meet the demands of consumers and their needs for better technologies. We are simply harnessing the power of AI to create features that are easy to use while increasing productivity a bit more effortlessly so that managers and other users can focus on the meeting, and not the calendar” Future editions include AI voice activated meeting notes as well as a de-spammer. Integrations with CRM and ridesharing applications are also in the works.
Overall, imeetify is a scheduling platform that acts to help businesses harness the power of AI to increase productivity. Whether you are scheduling virtual conference calls or attempting to plan an event in a ‘contactless’ world, imeetify will allow you to seamlessly “tap your way through ” directly from your phone.
The app itself is free, and calendar link versions are available under paid plans in Apple pay and Google play.
By: Melinda Crump, media relations in financial technologies and tech trends.