If you’re the type of person who has to plan a lot of meetings, you know it’s can be hard to go it alone. Whether for one person or 1,000 people, it can be nearly impossible to schedule a time and place and to get everyone on the same page. Luckily, the market has been flooded by apps to help you organize and plan meetings. But with so many options, it can be hard to figure out what is best for your needs. Below, you’ll find what I think are the four best applications for planning your next meeting–along with video overviews to help you get started.
Mightybell is an aesthetically pleasing web and iOS app that helps you to plan and organize your meetings. Whether it’s a small office meeting or a big event, Mightybell allows you to create polls and use private messaging for free with up to 1,000 group members. But if you’re looking for a little more, there are higher price points which give you a lot more bang for your buck. At $49, you can create a group with unlimited members and track advanced analytics. At $99, you can charge for membership and receive sponsor advertising.
If you’re planning a virtual meeting, GoToMeeting is your best option. GoToMeeting is a web and iOS subscription-style app with plans for free, $19, $29 and $49 a month. This app allows the organizer to send invites via phone, email or instant message and attendees can join the meeting though voice or video conferencing from their computer, Apple or Android device. Perhaps GoToMeeting’s best feature is document sharing. Attendees can view, share and edit all kinds of interactive documents and can even access other desktops remotely.
Doodle is the most straightforward app for planning meetings. It has an iOS app and accompanying website which allow attendees to mark times when they are free to meet. The layout is simple, easy to understand and allows for quick demarcation of one or more available times. It also allows the organizer to create polls so you can decide ahead of time or ask a question.
Mixmax is one of the more robust planning apps available. With $9, $19 and $49 monthly options, this Chrome app does everything you need to do all within your Gmail account. If you just want to find a time to meet, Mixmax offers group scheduling. But if you’re looking to be a meeting-planning master, Mixmax offers email scheduling, email templates and even undo send functionality, allowing you to correct and change emails you’ve already sent.
Planning a meeting can be complicated, but whether you just need to figure out a time and date, or if you need to collaborate on multiple documents, these four apps have your back.
Are any of your favorite planning apps missing from this list? Let me know in the comments below!