Ever since launching in 2013, Gruveo has been all about making it really simple for people to connect to each other. We began by enabling any two people to start a video or voice call simply by popping into the same Gruveo room – no account or installs needed. And last year, we added Gruveo handles – permanent usernames that work like phone numbers and let others call you anytime, anywhere.
Starting today, we are making handles the defining feature of Gruveo. With this, we are putting handles front and center in Gruveo’s value proposition as a tool for businesses to let their customers get in touch in an easy, secure and feature-rich way.
A Gruveo handle is a truly magical thing. Every handle comes with a short link, e.g. grv.to/@myhandle, which, when clicked, starts a call with you right in the caller’s browser. No account or installs are needed, even on mobile!
Here is what makes Gruveo handles so great:
Handles become part of the new Gruveo subscription, which is available immediately and comes with a risk-free 14-day trial. As a Gruveo subscriber, you can:
You can cancel your Gruveo subscription anytime, and if you do, you will be able to access your account for another 14 days to save your content.
We are no longer offering Gruveo Pro to new customers, but if you are an existing Pro user, you can continue enjoying your subscription without changes. Actually, there is one change: Now you can organize group calls with 12 participants instead of 8!
If you are a free registered user with a Gruveo handle, you will continue receiving calls on your handle as before. You can switch to the new Gruveo subscription anytime, too, but please be advised that you will not be able to keep your handle if you cancel.
Finally, if you don’t have a Gruveo account, you can call handles, join call rooms and have unlimited one-on-one conversations on Gruveo just like you did before.
We are convinced that you will like the new Gruveo subscription. To start your risk-free 14-day trial, click here.
Last but not least, in this final article on how to use your Gruveo handle for your business, let's have a look at how you can benefit from including your handle in advertisements. And yes, any kind of printed or digital ad can present your handle and help grow your business.
Firstly, you can include your Gruveo handle in your printed ads in magazines, in leaflets (even though these are quite rapidly becoming outdated), on billboards, etc. Anywhere you would use your email or phone number, your Gruveo handle or—even better—your Gruveo call link can be used instead.
...and it will make your Gruveo call experience even smoother!
Why should you be excited about a technical "thing" when you're just a Gruveo user? Let us explain.
Let's imagine this scenario you must be familiar with:
You've finally managed to schedule an important call with your very busy client to discuss a very important matter of your co-operation.
It’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to be listed on review websites and various other portals. These, usually large, websites are where people go when they're looking for advice for a particular problem, a comparison of two or more competing products or services, or reviews of whatever they're planning to buy.
There are countless websites of this kind, and they cover pretty much every area of life and various types of goods. We're talking about TripAdvisor for hotels, Capterra and G2 Crowd for software, LegalMatch for attorneys, Zocdoc for doctors, etc. You get the idea.
Have you been looking for a simple way to quickly add video and voice calling into your website or your iOS and Android app? Haven't found the perfect solution?
We have great news for you today - Gruveo for Developers now covers all major platforms!
With the latest release of the iOS SDK, the package is now complete and ready to enable video calling on websites and apps around the world.
The new SDK lets you add a video chat screen to your iOS app and communicate with it using a simple API. The screen comes with all user-facing controls already in place and is the quickest way to add video and voice chat to your application.
Great news for the Arabic world! With our latest version that was just released, you can use the Gruveo Android app in Arabic.
Even though Gruveo was blocked in the UAE in February, there are still many Arabic users who love using Gruveo, One Call Number For All Your Communications, and would love it even more in their native language. The Gruveo for Android app now offers this option.
In this article, we'll talk about where and how you can publish your Gruveo handle on your social media. Social media platforms are huge and you know it. Pretty much everybody is using at least one so why not take advantage of this!
The first option is to include your @handle or, even better, your Gruveo call link in the description of your business on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. These are the more traditional social media platforms, but no matter what you use, you can put your handle/call link into the About section.
This article continues where the previous one left off. Another place your Gruveo handle should be presented is on your business card—for all the same reasons laid out in the last article about including your Gruveo handle in your email signature.
We'd like to add one crucial psychological point that many professionals don't think about.
After adding your Gruveo handle on your website, we recommend next including it in your email signature. This might seem like the obvious choice to you, and maybe you already have it there. If you do, thumbs up from us 🙂
But many business professionals still think about their email signature as a place for "traditional" contact information. If this sounds like you, you probably keep your Gruveo handle as a secret "weapon" for cases when call recording or screen sharing is needed. And for all your other "normal" calls, you'll use your phone number.
If you run a WordPress website, you'll be very excited to learn that supercharging it with a Gruveo call button is now easier than ever. With our new Gruveo Call Button plugin, adding the button to your WordPress site is now a simple matter of a couple of clicks — no HTML copying and pasting required!
With a Gruveo call button, your website visitors call you on your Gruveo handle with voice and video without having to leave your site. Callers don't need their own accounts, and the service works in all major browsers without installs.