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FaceTime Appointment Scheduler is Now Available to Meeting Professionals, Suppliers, and Conference Organizers Worldwide

After Connecting Record Numbers of ‘MeetDifferent’ Attendees, Overwhelming Demand Spurs Elite Meetings to Release its FaceTime Scheduling Technology as a Universally Available Solution for Organizing Appointments at Meetings and Conferences 


Santa Barbara, CA – March 2, 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 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, 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™ (www.FaceTimeScheduler.com), and SpeedRFP™ (www.SpeedRFP.com), a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit www.EliteMeetings.com or call (805) 730-1000.

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Contact: 

Michael Frenkel, MFC PR
for Elite Meetings International, Inc.
michael@mfcpr.com
(212) 808-6556
 

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Also See: Elite Meetings International (EMI) Holds its First Offshore Elite Meetings Alliance (EMA); Meeting Professionals and Hotels Come Together in Honolulu to do Business, Exchange Ideas / February 2010
Elite Meetings International (EMI) Adds Two Sales Directors and Promotes a Third; As EMI Increases its Suite of Products to Support Meeting Professionals and Hotels, it Bolsters its North American Sales Team / February 2010
Elite Meetings International Announces Mark Ley as Director of Marketing; Sales and Marketing Executive to Spearhead Building Communities and Social Networks Around EMI's Suite of Products, Services and Events / January 2010
Elite Meetings International Names Carol M. Lynch Director of Planner Communications; Seasoned Sales and Planner Relations Executive will Expand Program of Meeting Planner Outreach, as EMI Brings SpeedRFP, Other Innovations into 2010 / January 2010
Elite Meetings International to Present SpeedRFP™ at The  Travel Innovation Summit@The PhoCusWright Conference – Available in Q1 2010, SpeedRFP offers a Solution to the Inefficiencies and  Costs of Submitting Request For Proposals Online / November 2009
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