"Meet Me" Pages
Arrangr started out as an application designed exclusively for setting up one-on-one meetings, so our
capabilities in this are unparalleled.
Calendar invites are useful once you have already figured out where and when to meet, but figuring that out is the hard part!
With an Arrangr invite, you can zero in on those details with our interface specifically designed to bring your schedules together!
Just fill in our simple one-on-one invite form, where you can suggest several times or windows of time that are good for you, as well as
give them multiple locations or call methods to choose from. They'll receive a nicely formatted email, summarizing the options you
gave, and they can just click an option right from the email to accept. Or, as often happens in the real world, if your suggestions
don't work for them, they can easily counter with some alternatives.
Our interface makes it super simple to find times when you're both available. On one calendar interface, you can see everything you
currently have scheduled, all the times the other party is busy (if they have set up their Arrangr account), so you can simply click
and drag on the calendar to suggest some times when it appears neither of you have commitments! And don't worry, others will only
see the fact that you are busy - they will never see any of the event details from your calendar, and you can always
choose not to share your busy times.
Sometimes finding a good place to meet is even harder than finding a time! Well, we can help with that too! On Arrangr, you can
search for cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. in an area and we'll show you some good options, along with ratings, reviews, and
pictures. Want to meet half-way? We can calculate the route between the two of you, show you the midpoint, and suggest
some appropriate venues! If you're not sure where they're coming from, you can just say where you'll be coming from,
send them the invite, and they can use Arrangr to pinpoint places in the middle.
Setting up a new conference for every meeting you want to have can be a pain, and you never know what conferencing applications
they are comfortable using. With Arrangr, if you want to do a simple phone conference, we will automatically create a dial-in
for you, and share it with all parties for the meeting. Want to do a video conference? You can suggest a few conferencing platforms to
them, and have them select the one they are comfortable with. We have integrations with Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, and Skype,
making those options seamless, but you can also add your own custom options with details on how to connect.
We get it, sometimes you don't have the time to proactively send out an invitation to everyone you want to meet with. Or
sometimes you have no idea what their schedule looks like, so you don't know where to start. With your personalized Arrangr
"meet me" page, you can sit back and put the ball in their court. Just give people the link to your page (arrangr.com/your_id),
and let them send you an invitation to meet.
When others visit your main "meet me" page, it is much like when you send a one-on-one meeting invitation. They can suggest
a meeting of any length, they can suggest multiple times or windows of time, and they can suggest any in-person location,
call method, or video conference method. If you have synced your calendar, they will be able to see when you are busy to avoid
suggesting those times. We'll alert you by email when you receive a new invitation, and you can simply accept one of the options
they proposed, decline the meeting with a message, or send back some alternatives.
For types of meetings you conduct frequently, you can set up customized pages to receive requests for that type of meeting.
On these pages, you can restrict and customize the options presented to the other person, optimizing it for that type of
meeting. For example, let's say you conduct a lot of 15-minute intro consultations. You can set up a page with it's own custom link
(say, arrangr.com/johndoe/introcall). When others visit that page, you can set it so that the meeting length is automatically
set to 15 minutes, and the method of connecting is already set to "phone call". Additonally, you can have it appear that you are
always busy outside the hours of 9am to noon, funneling them to suggest a time within that span.
As another example, let's say you conduct a lot of 45-minute meetings at your office, but sometimes will do a nearby cafe instead.
You can create a custom page (arrangr.com/johndoe/officemeet), that defaults to setting up 45-minute meetings at your office.
But you can also give them the option, if they want, to suggest a nearby cafe to meet at instead.
These are just a couple ways you can use the powerful tool of setting up customized meeting pages. We're excited to see
how else you might use them!
Trying to schedule a meeting with just one other person is normally plenty difficult, but trying to coordinate and organize
a meeting or event for a whole group introduces an entirely new level of difficulty! Trying to track everyone's preferences
through an email or chat chain can quickly get very unwieldy. A few polling platforms exist that can be helpful, but they often
don't handle the nuances very well.
Okay, sometimes you already know where and when you want to hold the meeting, and you just need a way to share all the information
with everyone invited, keep track of who is attending, and start a dialogue for sharing information about the event. For these
scenarios, we have a streamlined event set-up process that lets you skip the poll, and simply set up an event page. If you
want to conduct it by dial-in conference, we can automatically create the dial-in for you and share it with the group, or if you
want a Google Hangout or GoToMeeting, we will generate and share the url for the conference. A group message board lets
all the participants engage in dialogue about the event. For an in-person event, our event page will map the location, help
participants with directions, and even help them summon an Uber if they want!
When you are trying to figure out a time, place, and/or call method that works best for the whole group, that is when
you really need Arrangr!
Our event poll is incredibly simple to set up. Just highlight all windows of time on the calendar during which you
might want to hold the event. We'll automatically break any large windows of time you highlight into potential meeting blocks, and have
the invitees rate how well each option works (For example, if you highlight 1pm-6pm for a 45-minute meeting, we'll break it into
potential meeting times of 1-1:45, 1:30-2:15, 2-2:45, etc.).
We recognize that timing isn't the only thing that can be difficult to settle so that it's convenient for everyone - settling on
the best location or call method can also be a challenge. On Arrangr, you can also suggest multiple places and/or conference
methods, and also have the invitees rate their preferences for those.
We have seen time and time again that a simple binary "yes" or "no" often doesn't cut it. Many people, in an attempt to steer things
towards times that are best for them, will mark less convenient times as "no", even when they are available. In other cases, you might
find 5 different times that work for everyone, but no way to actually see which is the best among them. Participants need to be able
to clarify between options that will work for them but aren't ideal and options that are great. They also need to be able to clarify
between options that they definitely can't do, and options that they might be able to make work, but there is a good chance won't
work out. To tackle this, we give 4 simple rating scores for each option: "Won't work", "Can maybe make it work",
"Probably fine - not ideal", and "Great". We have found that this is just enough to cover the fundamental nuances, but few enough
that the meaning of each option is clear.