Meetings are inevitable, but many consider them a necessary evil. Booking a meeting space can be a huge hassle, especially when you're going offsite or traveling. So, often the meeting is instead held in a restaurant or coffee shop—where the noise can be deafening, there is no whiteboard for brainstorming, and privacy is out of the question.
This is a problem the team at Bizly has experienced personally, and has set out to solve as a business. For a while, popular thinking held that technology would reduce the need for meetings. In reality, the opposite happened: The need for meetings in business exploded. Today, meetings are often the prime indication of progressâ€Š—â€Šsomeone pulling themselves away from their screen and traveling to see you in person equates to real progress. In this respect, perhaps the meeting is the quintessential of all business activities.
Meanwhile worklife is changing. Technology has enabled remote and mobile working, often around the clock and around the world. When this has been coupled with highly engaged in-person group work sessions, productivity has soared.
Teams need these group sessions to be impactful and memorable. Desks and chairs just aren’t enough. Meetings must be potent experiences. Meetings must make a difference in the way your team members feel about themselves, their colleagues and the mission at hand. And employers need to provide the safest and most reliable ways to meet, while fulfilling their duty of care.
This is why Bizly was created.
Bizly is a mobile app (iOS) for instantly booking private meeting rooms at leading hotels. The app launched in January in New York and will quickly expand to 5 more cities in the U.S. in 2016, and internationally in 2017. Web and Android versions are coming soon!
You can easily compare spaces available on your dates right from the app, with lots of photos, info on what’s provided with the room, and transparent pricing. Each location has been vetted for impeccable service, inspirational settings, audio/visual capabilities, Wi-Fi access and other meeting must-haves. And good news for last-minute planning: Most hotels offer super-low rates for same-week bookings. Then it’s just a couple taps to pick your meeting room, pre-order food and drink, invite guests and get to your destination.
Yes, they have great rates for these rooms. But their heart and soul is much more than that. Bizly is the only platform that enterprises can confidently use and know that they will get a great meeting experience for their team. They will be treated nicely, have access to help when they need it, be able to order food & beverage and have all the technology and amenities they need right at their fingertips. Most importantly, if there is ever an emergency or problem, hospitality professionals are onsite 24/7 to take care of them.
In addition, Bizly helps hotels both centralize and visualize their meeting room and workspace inventory, which is very difficult to book today through the manual process.
Meetings are here to stay. And that's good news, because when they're done right, meetings can move the needle. Bizly's mission is to help businesses do just that.