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– Your Doodle Team
Today is a great day for our Doodle users because they’re now able to integrate their Doodle events into Outlook.com and Office 365 calendars. Also, all of our calendar integrations (including the existing ones like Google Calendar, iCloud, and ICS) are now available in our free Doodle version.
This means that all of our users are able to create and participate in meeting polls directly from their Doodle calendar view without needing to switch back and forth between their calendars. Now that’s what we call productivity!
You can visit the following page to learn more about Doodle Calendar Connect.
Your Doodle Team
In the past several weeks, our Doodle Engineering Team has worked hard to help people who are using our scheduling tool for the first time. In fact, we’ve redesigned the invitation step of the Doodle poll wizard and we’re launching the updated version today. So what are these changes and how do they help?
First of all, you can now use Doodle to send out up to 20 invitations without needing to sign up for an account. We increased this number because so many Doodle polls include up to 20 participants, and this number has risen week by week. This tells us that you’re using Doodle with more and more people, which is simply awesome!
If you want to invite more than 20 people, then we will require you to sign up, simply to prevent misuse and spamming. Doodle will send out beautiful emails to your invitees, all of which you can preview in the wizard. These emails explain what Doodle is and they contain the invitation link to your poll. You can even add a personal message to these emails.
Secondly, you can now connect your Google and iCloud address books right in the wizard to make it even easier to find all of the email addresses for the people you want to invite. We honor your privacy and only send invitation emails to the users you want to invite – we will never contact someone from your address book without your permission. We do not even store your address book on our servers.
For our regular users, we want to point out that you can still use Doodle the way you always have. You can still invite people by sending the link to your survey on your own. Just skip the invite step and you’re good to go.
What do you think? What other ways to invite people would you like to see on Doodle? Please give us your feedback right here on our blog.
Your Doodle Team
Swiss media group Tamedia has increased its share in Doodle to 100 per cent and intends to keep investing in the scheduling platform.
The founders Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç as well as the Innovation Foundation of the Canton Bank of Schwyz as minority shareholders have relinquished their 51 per cent share as already agreed upon in 2011. Following the successful transfer of operational management to Michael Brecht in February 2014, Michael Näf and Paul E. Sevinç are now leaving the Supervisory Board of Doodle AG with the sale of their shares.
The scheduling platform under the direction of the new CEO Michael Brecht has invested further in internationalisation over the past months. This strategy has been rewarded with a substantial increase in sales. Today, more than 20 million people use Doodle globally every month. The scheduling platform, which is available in 17 languages, plans the opening of an office in Berlin in 2015, from where 10 employees will support the platform’s international growth.
The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.
With over twenty million users each month, our online scheduling tools have already reached a lot of people, but we still have more work to do. In an effort to help spread the word about Doodle to even more people, we’ve created the WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com Public Service Announcement.
Many of you have shared stories about times when you’ve been stuck in the middle of a scheduling nightmare with a group of people who were using email, phone calls, and text messages to find a time for the group to meet, and in order to put a stop to the chaos, you suggested that Doodle should be used instead. This word-of-mouth promotion has been a large driver of Doodle’s growth, and our PSA makes it even easier to tell others about Doodle in this way.
So the next time that you find yourself stuck in a scheduling nightmare with a group of people, just send them the link to WeNeedtoUseDoodle.com and put a stop to it. We hope you like what we’ve created, and please help us raise awareness about online scheduling by sharing the link with others!
Your Doodle Team
Doodle CEO Michael was in Paris this week where he spoke to the French media about Doodle’s future.
Here is the link to the video on French magazine frenchweb.fr where Michael spoke to Marion Moreau about his first 100 days with scheduling specialist Doodle, his role in leading the Swiss start-up to become a global player and about the importance of growing in French speaking countries. Doodle is today used by more than 20 million users worldwide with French being one of the top three languages on its platform. Doodle as a scheduling platform for private and business use is available in 20 languages.
Thanks Marion for the interview, it was great talking to you.
This week is Work Wise Week in the UK and many firms will be looking to deploy or increase homeworking strategies for employees. Companies, however, should look beyond purely connectivity and security issues to make remote working a success. “Applications such as online scheduling tools should form part of the overall technology armoury as part of a cultural change in the way companies view remote working”, said Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK. Read more in our press release! Making homeworking work better: Streamlining with Web platforms essential, Doodle says