These days the iPad is becoming tool of choice for the meeting rooms. You’re not hunched over laptop, but with your tablet you can still find more data and take notes. But according to Helsinki-based Punos Mobile, right now users are too spread between apps and services for the meeting lifecycle. Their new app, Meeting Assistant, lets users prepare an agenda, take notes, and find out more relevant info within the app – all for the sake of more efficient meetings. If this all sounds familiar, we covered them last August, although their solution officially launched last week.
Unorganized meetings awful time sinks, so the app has a focus on creating an agenda and delegating that agenda to attendees. They offer a template for most meeting types, like sales meetings, weekly meetings, and pitch presentations, where you can add action points without typing everything in over and over again. Once the meeting is over, Meeting assistant sends the minutes, notes, and action items to the participants you select.
Meeting Assistant also plugs into social media and CRM platforms, so once you add an attendee’s email address you can quickly find out more information about their backgrounds, potentially adding more value to the meeting. Information from LinkedIn and Facebook are included.
At €0.89 the app isn’t going to break the bank to check out. But they’re also hooking you to pay a subscription for to social network connections and for creating personal agendas. The app also monetizes by connecting to Dun&Bradstreet business data as an in-app purchase.
This app isn’t going to be for every person to ever sit in a meeting, but if you’re the type of power meeting person who’s annoyed with how inefficient meetings are set up and run, then it looks worth checking out. This is the roots of the app as Hannu Alakangas, founder and CEO, explains, “As a business process consultant for the past decade, you can imagine the amount of business meetings I’ve been involved in. It was seeing how poorly organised and managed the majority of these were that inspired me and the team to create Meeting Assistant.”
The app can be downloaded here.