iotum Acquires TalkShoe.com Podcast Platform

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Los Angeles, CA, May 2nd, 2016 – iotum, a leader in group calling solutions, announced further expansion today with the acquisition of all assets, brands and operating services of TalkShoe.com, a Pittsburgh-based internet broadcasting and podcasting platform provider.

“iotum provides the perfect environment and key resources to accelerate TalkShoe’s growth,” said Marty Newingham, CEO and Chairman of TalkShoe. “The extensive TalkShoe user community will be well served by iotum’s excellent customer service team. They will enjoy expansion of coverage, services and access to great technology. It will move TalkShoe forward.”

The acquisition of TalkShoe.com marks the fifth acquisition in the past three years for iotum, which owns several collaboration and teleconferencing products, including the original free group calling service, FreeConference.com. This is iotum’s first foray into podcasting and broadcasting media.

“Podcasting is a natural extension for our technology,” said iotum President and CEO Jason Martin. “We help people communicate and create communities online. We’ll add loads of new features to TalkShoe to make creating and promoting content easier. If you’re a podcaster, you’re going to love it.”

For ten years, TalkShoe.com has been a popular tool to make and distribute online audio shows. TalkShoe podcasts are free to create and are available on iTunes, downloaded at Talkshoe.com or by dialing-in. Visit TalkShoe.com for more info.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About iotum

An award-winning leader in teleconferencing and group communications solutions, iotum provides collaboration SaaS products for organizations of any size. Each service is an easy, reliable and feature-rich conferencing alternative to over-priced or under-featured competitors. iotum’s flagship product, FreeConference.com, serves over a billion minutes a year of all–digital conference calls.

With offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, iotum is a fast growing private company and is #199 on Inc. Magazine’s Inc5000 list and No. 27 on the PROFIT 500. Deloitte added iotum to the Fast 500 in 2015. For more information about iotum please visit www.iotum.com.

Media contact

Sarah Jezek
VP, Marketing
iotum
sarah@iotum.com

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ALSO: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions are available. See further explanation below.

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

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Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

NOTE: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions - are sessions where a member of the TalkShoe User Support Team works with you directly over the phone at a mutually agreed upon time to answer specific questions and/or to troubleshoot specific problems. One-on-One sessions are available at the rate of $4.95 for each 15 minutes. If you are interested in purchasing a One-on-One session, please send your request to training@talkshoe.com

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TalkShoe Recording Storage Maintenance in Progress - Accessibility May Be Limited

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Key system maintenance is currently being performed on the TalkShoe Recording Storage Infrastructure. While the maintenance process is underway, accessibility to recordings is expected to be periodically limited. Thank you for your support during this time of important system maintenance.
The TalkShoe Technical Team

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This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. The training program consists of one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday February 11th at 7pm to 9pm Eastern Time (6pm - 8pm CST, 5pm - 7pm MST, 4pm - 6pm PST, 12am - 2am GMT)
Thursday February 13th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time (10am - Noon CST, 9am - 11am MST, 8am - 10am PST, 4pm - 6pm GMT)
Monday February 17th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time (10am - Noon CST, 9am - 11am MST, 8am - 10am PST, 4pm - 6pm GMT)
Thursday February 27th at 7pm to 9pm Eastern Time (6pm - 8pm CST, 5pm - 7pm MST, 4pm - 6pm PST, 12am - 2am GMT)

ALSO: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions are available. See further explanation below.

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

NOTE: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions - are sessions where a member of the TalkShoe User Support Team works with you directly over the phone at a mutually agreed upon time to answer specific questions and/or to troubleshoot specific problems. One-on-One sessions are available at the rate of $4.95 for each 15 minutes. If you are interested in purchasing a One-on-One session, please send your request to training@talkshoe.com

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Dear TalkShoe Community Members,

Thank you for making 2011 the highest volume year in TalkShoe’s history!

Thank you for all your support and use of TalkShoe!

Best wishes for a successful and prosperous 2012!
The TalkShoe Team

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Have you ever considered Hosting your own Show on TalkShoe? NOW is the time to start!

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of a new format - one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday January 11th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Wednesday January 12th at 9 to 11am Eastern Time
Saturday January 15th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time
Friday January 21st at 10am to Noon Eastern Time
Thursday January 27th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Thursday December 9th. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

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SIGN UP NOW to attend the new ADVANCED PREMIUM fee based on-line training program FOR ONLY $4.99!!! (Regular price is $24.99)

This training program is being offered on Thursday December 9th from 7-9pm Eastern Time - ie a single 2 hour session!

The following topics will be included:

* Connecting to TalkShoe via VOIP/SIP (free X-Lite & Skype Out)
* Improving Performance and Response Time via TalkShoe Live Pro
* Enabling Professional Capabilities via vEmotion (intros, outros, local recording, etc.)
* Advantages of a Direct Dial Number
* Local Recordings - Why and How
* Editing Audio Files (Audacity & intros, outros, recordings, sound effects, etc.)
* Finding Royalty Free / Podsafe Music
* The Use and Non-Use of Licensed and Copyrighted Material
* Hosting Resources - And Where to Get More Help
* Arranging for Premium TalkShoe Features & your free premium with this training

A Question and Answer segment will be held at several points during the 2 hour training session. The fee for this Advanced Premium Online Training is $24.95.

HOW TO ENROLL:
1) Send an email to training@talkshoe.com indicating your interest in signing up for this Advanced Permium Training (TS-TRNG201). This will enable details of the session to be communicated to you via return email.
2) Send payment of your Advanced Premium Training fee through PayPal by clicking on the link below and following the directions. (TalkShoe uses PayPal to accept training fees.) Once you access this link you will see that your payment can be made directly from a PayPal Account (i.e. if you already have one or if you want to create one) or through a major credit card. The instructions for both options are shown on the page. Here is the link:

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=4PNHTG6XGDTR8

This training was created in response to TalkShoe User requests.

We look forward to having you join this Advanced Premium Online Training session!

TalkShoe Launches Facebook Application

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TalkShoe Launches Facebook Application Allowing Users to Talk Live With Up to 250 of Their Friends
Simple Integration with Facebook Profiles Allows Users to Host Community Calls Anytime

Pittsburgh, PA – March 11, 2008TalkShoe, the community call leader, today revealed a new Facebook application that offers instant community calling capabilities within anyone’s Facebook profile. The TalkShoe Facebook application brings voice into Facebook, providing users with an easy way to talk to their social network.

Visit http://apps.facebook.com/talkshoeapp/content/main.faces to download the application now.

There is no need to sign-up with TalkShoe, Facebook users simply download the application to integrate it into their profile and can immediately start inviting friends, inside and outside Facebook, to join them on a Community Call.

For TalkShoe hosts, integrating the application with their Facebook profiles provides a new place to host their planned community call episodes and provide updates on future episodes, while reaching a broader audience.

TalkShoe Users Meet-Up
To celebrate the Facebook application launch, TalkShoe’s CEO, Dave Nelsen will be hosting a
meet-up in San Francisco tonight for TalkShoe users from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Varnish Fine Art.
For last minute registration, sign up.

News Highlights:
FaceBook TalkShoe call hosts can:
• Talk live with up to 250 friends about any topic.
• Keep calls private or list them so other Facebook members can join in as well.
• Have full control to determine when recording starts and when participants are muted.
• Publish their call details on blogs, message boards or anywhere else on the web and even non-Facebook and non-Talkshoe members can join in with one click, even if they were not invited to the call.

Key TalkShoe Facebook Application features:
• Facebook users can conduct live community calls and join live calls with embedded text chat from within Facebook.
• When they are not dialed into the community call, friends can listen in and text as the call is streamed to their computer.
• All calls can be recorded and saved as podcasts or in a call series for anyone who missed a call to listen later.
• Anyone in the world can join a community call using any phone or VoIP service via the TalkShoe.com website.

All TalkShoe functionality is embedded within Facebook:
• No need to ever go to TalkShoe.com to sign up, schedule, create or even run the call. Everything can be done directly from within the Facebook profile.
• TalkShoe Facebook application users have access to all of the tens of thousands of live or previously recorded TalkShoe calls directly from Facebook on every topic imaginable.
• Users can follow any call so it is booked marked in their “My Calls” section.
• Like TalkShoe, the application is free of charge.

Screenshots

Home Page
Live Community Call
Facebook Call Listing

Quotes

Attributed to Dave Nelsen, President and CEO, TalkShoe
“In the era of social communities where we rely on typed messaging to stay up to date on the lives and activities of members of our social networks, we have lost sight of the power of a voice conversation. By allowing Facebook users to integrate TalkShoe community calls into their profiles, we are empowering them to connect on a deeper level with their communities while preserving the convenience and simplicity of their social networking experience.”

Attributed to Justine Ezarik, blogger and TalkShoe Facebook application user
“As a new media enthusiast and avid Facebook user, I am always on the lookout for ways to engage my community on a deeper level. The TalkShoe Facebook application lets me add a whole new dimension to my social networks because I can easily and instantly invite both Facebook and non-Facebook users to join my community calls.”

About TalkShoe
TalkShoe community calling integrates the power of group voice into your online networks to establish a deeper connection. Community calling uses the phone, cell phone or VoIP to enable group conversations between anyone, anywhere, anytime, allowing people to host and record interactive community calls on any topic. TalkShoe community calling integrates seamlessly with your already established social networks including Facebook, Meebo, and Ning. To learn more about how TalkShoe uses the power of peoples’ voices to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with your communities visit us at www.talkshoe.com or +1 724-935-TALK (8255).

For more information contact:
Carole Hutchinson
617-431-1024
ctrachimovsky@horngroup.com

NEWS: TalkShoe creates iPhone App

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TALKSHOE LAUNCHES IPHONE APPLICATION GIVING USERS INSTANT ABILITY TO TALK AND LISTEN INTO LIVE COMMUNITY CALLS

Discuss sports, politics, technology and more directly from your iPhone at iphone.talkshoe.com

Pittsburgh, PA – February 25, 2008TalkShoe, the community call leader, today unveiled an iPhone application that allows mobile users to participate on a call with just their iPhone. The iPhone web application was designed specifically for the iPhone and displays all live TalkShoe community calls, which allow people to join calls of interest with one click.

Visit iphone.talkshoe.com to join a community call now.

Community calls are being hosted constantly and bring together people to discuss topics such as sports, the latest in Mac innovations, pop culture, home winemaking, tips on financial matters, politics, religion, automotive trends and more. Now iPhone users can simply go to iphone.talkshoe.com, view the live and upcoming shows and join the call.

iPhone users do not need to register to participate in community calls, however registered TalkShoe users can now use their iPhone to conduct or manage their own community call episodes.

TalkShoe’s CEO, Dave Nelsen and Aaron Brauser, VP of product management along with special guests Victor Cajiao, host of the Typical Mac User and Adam Christianson, host of the Maccast Loop, will hold a community call tonight at 8 p.m. to showcase the new features. To participate, go to http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/1631

Cajiao and Christianson hosted the first iPhone-only beta community call on TalkShoe on Jan. 19 while driving back from the MacWorld show. This community call can be listened to here: http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/17436

News Highlights:
• iPhone users can join live calls and view upcoming calls they may want to participate in
• The iPhone application provides a one click link to auto dial-in and participate in a call. Up to 250 people can join and talk all together at once
• Hosts can create public or unlisted community call episodes and manage them through their iPhone
• TalkShoe members can follow specific calls, which can then be viewed from their iPhone or be notified via email or SMS when they start
• Features were built using TalkShoe’s publicly available API’s at Carnegie Mellon University
• New features showcase the flexibility of TalkShoe’s web platform in working with open API’s
• Calls can be recorded for later listening or turned into a podcast
• The iPhone application makes it very easy to record a podcast right from your phone
• In addition to participating through iPhone, anyone can also participate via phone, mobile phone, Skype, or VoIP via the talkshoe.com website

MultiMedia:

Screenshot of new TalkShoe-iPhone
iPhone Screen shot of home pageiPhone Screen shot of a Call

Quotes

Attributed to Dave Nelsen, President and CEO, TalkShoe
“The new features for iPhone offer an extension to the current capabilities offered by TalkShoe and make it easy for people to communicate and listen to community calls from anywhere. Now it is easy to view and participate in upcoming shows through your iPhone and have a party line with fellow iPhone, cell phone and Internet users on the topics you are passionate about.”

Attributed to Aaron Brauser, VP of Product Development, TalkShoe
“The TalkShoe iPhone application is TalkShoe’s first step for delivering the full mobile TalkShoe solution to iPhone users. We look forward to continuing iPhone development and are very excited about taking advantage of Apple’s iPhone SDK to fully integrate into all aspects of the iPhone.”

Attributed to Victor Cajiao, Producer/Host of Typical Mac User Community Call:
“Using my iPhone with the new TalkShoe Web client was already possible, but now with the TalkShoe iPhone application I’ll be able to easily start, manage and execute a community call wherever I am. Matched with the ability of the iPhone to initiate a call and then be allowed to browse the internet while you’re talking, the TalkShoe iPhone application will provide me with yet another way to engage my audience wherever I am. My show is about the Mac community and TalkShoe is helping me reach out to that community in new ways all the time. Keep it up TalkShoe.”

About TalkShoe
TalkShoe community calling integrates the power of group voice into your online networks to establish a deeper connection. Community calling uses the phone, cell phone or VoIP to enable group conversations between anyone, anywhere, anytime, allowing people to host and record interactive community calls on any topic. TalkShoe community calling integrates seamlessly with your already established social networks including Facebook, Meebo, and Ning. To learn more about how TalkShoe uses the power of peoples’ voices to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with your communities visit us at www.talkshoe.com or +1 724-935-TALK (8255).








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