Adding contacts to your TokBox contact list

One of the questions we often get from existing TokBox-ers is “How do I add contacts to my TokBox contact list?”, so I thought it would be worthwhile sharing the basics here.  In short, there are two ways you can add contacts 1) one at a time 2) entire contact lists.

Starting with adding individuals one at a time, here are the steps.

If you are looking for an existing TokBox user, enter their name or email address in our search box.  Once you have your results, you can add them as a contact.

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Top tips for a successful TokBox Broadcast Video Chat

Since we launched Broadcast Video Chat a couple of months ago we’ve had a lot of different people use it. There was of course the US Fish and Wildlife Service, our friends at Real Life Plus, the Critical Care team from a large national hospital and finally, this weekend the folks at Novoe Radio.

In talking to some of these people, we thought it would be interesting to share some tips on how to have a successful Broadcast Video Chat:

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Apple embracing video chat – it’s about (face) time

The announcement of the iPhone 4 with front facing camera has been long awaited by those in the video chat and video conferencing space, even before the leak a couple of months ago.  For us at TokBox, its something we have been hoping to see launched for some time. Here at TokBox, we’re huge believers in the power of face-to-face communication to create more engaged and engaging conversation between people in different places.  Our mission is to make it so easy for groups to video chat that those kinds of conversations and interactions happen everyday at home, in the office, or wherever you are. Mobile is a key part of that mission.

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Nat. Small Business Week: Social Media & Small Businesses

National Small Business Week kicked off in Washington, DC this week and it looks like the next few days will be jam-packed for those attending.  Discussions range from the impact of Small Businesses on America’s economy to Innovation and Social Media, and of course they will be announcing the winner of National Small Business Person of the Year.

I for one am particularly interested to hear what they have to say about Social Media and Small Businesses.  Recently I have been talking to businesses of all sizes about how they are leveraging Social Media in more and more innovative ways.  One trend I see emerging is the use of new Social Media tools to build deeper relationships with customers, one that goes beyond 140 characters and one that drives true engagement with the brand.

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A Conservation Convo: Black Footed Ferrets on TokBox

Last Friday was Endangered Species Day and to mark the occasion, the US Fish and Wildlife Service hosted a live TokBox Broadcast Video chat between Black Footed Ferret experts and 4th graders from a dozen schools across the US.

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Ash cloud disrupted your plans? Use TokBox

Over the last week we have been watching the news as the volcano eruption in Iceland has caused major chaos across Europe, leading to cancelled flights, missed meetings and low turn-out at conferences.  While many may be rejoicing in extended vacations and boring meetings they no longer have to attend, we realize that many of you are going to miss crucial meetings.  That’s where our Emergency Meeting Kit comes in to play.  Basically it tells you everything you need to know to organize a video meeting or conference at the last minute.  We thought it would be helpful to publish the contents below.

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Emergency Kit: Large meetings w/ presenters & audience

Below are the 6 simple steps to get your video conference started.  Remember that you can have up to 12 presenters/speakers on screen at once and an audience of up to 200 who can submit video questions or be brought on screen at any time.

1. Go to tokbox.com and sign up for a FREE account. No download is required.

2. Click on “Broadcast video chat”. Broadcast Video Chat is normally $18.99/meeting but is free while the ash cloud lingers

3. Give your meeting a name (which will then become its unique URL) and set the start date and time

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Emergency Kit: Group Meetings with an Agenda

Below are the 5 simple steps to get you and your team (of up to 20 people) up, running and ready to go with your first video meeting.

1. Go to tokbox.com and sign up for a FREE account. No download is required.

2. Click on “Schedule a video chat”.  Your first scheduled chat is free, then it is $9.99/month for unlimited meetings.  Give your meeting a name (which will then become its unique URL) and set the start date and time.

3. If you have presentations or videos to share, click on the TV icon and add the URLs of the media (that you have previously uploaded to SlideShare or YouTube) and click queue.  They will be queued ready for you to share in your meeting.

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Emergency Kit: For Informal Group Meetings

Below are the 5 simple steps to get you and your team (of up to 20 people) up, running and ready to go with your first video chat.

1. Go to tokbox.com and sign up for a FREE account. No download is required.

2. Click on “Start Video Chat”

3. Click on “Invite” and “Share URL”. Copy the URL

4. Send a video message, email or IM with the URL to all participants

5. Participants need simply to click on the URL you have sent to join the chat.  They don’t even need to sign up

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The TokBox Ash Cloud Offer: Free broadcast video chat

What is the TokBox Ash Cloud Offer ™?

While the Ash cloud lasts and until flights resume in Europe*, you can enjoy Broadcast video chat for FREE (normally $18.99).  Broadcast video chat enables you to have a meeting or conference with over 200 people at once, even allowing you to share presentations, videos and other media.

How do I get started?

It’s simple to get started. Follow these steps or watch our demo

1. Sign up for TokBox (it’s free)

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