Press release from Business Wire
iMeet® – a Personal Meeting Room Online – Lets Beta Users Get a Room
<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Soft Launch Beginning This Month</i> </p>
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
iMeet® – a Personal Meeting Room Online – Lets Beta Users Get a Room09:00 EDT Tuesday, October 12, 2010 ATLANTA (Business Wire) -- PGi's (NYSE: PGI) latest innovation, iMeet, which gives users their own personal meeting room online, declared in July that the world of virtual meetings needed a fresh start. Since then, more than 500 beta users have joined the revolution – and a thousand more are standing in line for the opportunity to change their virtual meeting experience for good. Customer response to the expanded beta test of iMeet® has been overwhelmingly positive. Technology visionary Boland T. Jones, PGi founder, chairman and CEO, created iMeet with a simple mission: Make meetings more enjoyable. That makes meetings more productive. “We are excited by the incredible response and positive feedback we have received from iMeet beta users,” Jones said. “We are hearing what we set out to prove – that meetings should be about people, not technology. We aimed to awe users with the simplicity of the iMeet experience, and based on what we're hearing from customers, we are very encouraged.” iMeet beta participants received their own personal meeting rooms online, enabling them to get together anywhere, anytime, whether one-on-one or in a group setting. Each meeting room can be personalized and includes a rich interface that lets everyone see who is in the meeting and engage in a new, enjoyable way. “Beta users are telling us about new ways they're working together and how easy iMeet has been to use,” Jones added. “Now, they can't imagine going back to the ‘old way' of meeting online.” “With iMeet, everyone knows where to meet me online. It's like my own personal piece of the Internet,” said Dave Berge, chief operating officer of Cryodynamics Inc. “I love how intuitive the interface is, and I especially enjoy being able to connect to people's social networks within my meetings.” iMeet users are enjoying its simplicity and intuitive features, which include the ability to choose between using a webcam or profile photo, sharing photos, bios and contact information, easily showing and sharing videos, documents and Web pages, and connecting with one another in social networks without ever leaving their iMeet room. “I have seen the light!” said industry analyst and beta user Elliot M. Gold, president of TeleSpan Publishing Corp., which has been tracking the conferencing and collaboration field for 30 years. “With iMeet, PGi has made a quantum step forward, not just in conferencing and collaboration, but in virtual meetings. iMeet has given us the ability to quickly integrate literally any media into our meetings – even our social networks. I've not seen or heard of anything like this in the market.” Beginning this month, iMeet will be available to customers in San Francisco, Atlanta and Austin through preliminary direct marketing tests and user referrals. iMeet will be generally available in all North American markets in January 2011. To get your own personal meeting room online, visit www.imeet.com. About Premiere Global Services, Inc. │ PGi PGi is a global software and services company that enables real-time, virtual meetings. For almost 20 years, we have innovated technologies to empower people to connect, collaborate and come together in more enjoyable and productive ways. Every month, we bring together over 15 million people in nearly 4 million virtual meetings. Headquartered in Atlanta, PGi has a presence in 24 countries worldwide. For more information, visit us at www.pgi.com. Statements made in this press release, other than those concerning historical information, should be considered forward-looking and subject to various risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made based on management's current expectations or beliefs as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. A variety of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in Premiere Global Services, Inc.'s forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, the following factors: competitive pressures, including pricing pressures; technological changes; the development of alternatives to our services; general domestic and international economic, business or political conditions; risks associated with challenging global economic conditions or a prolonged recession, including customer consolidations, restructuring, bankruptcies or payment defaults; market acceptance of our new services and enhancements; our ability to complete acquisitions and successfully integrate acquired operations; concerns regarding the security of sending information over the Internet and public networks; our ability to upgrade our equipment or increase our network capacity; service interruptions; continued weakness in our legacy broadcast fax business; our dependence on telecommunications supply agreements; increased financial leverage; our dependence on our subsidiaries for cash flow; future write-downs of goodwill or other intangible assets; assessments of income, sales and other taxes for which we have not accrued; our ability to attract and retain key personnel; our ability to protect our proprietary technology and intellectual property rights; possible adverse results of pending or future litigation or infringement claims; federal, state or international legislative or regulatory changes, including further government regulations applicable to traditional telecommunications service providers; risks associated with international operations and fluctuations in currency exchange rates; changes in and the successful execution of restructuring and cost reduction initiatives and the market reaction thereto and other factors described from time to time in our press releases, reports and other filings with the SEC, including but not limited to the “Risk Factors” sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. 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