Top 5 Tools For Webinars


Webinars come in many different shapes and forms. When searching for that perfect solution, you need to keep your organization, budget and general intentions in mind. Researching and comparing these solutions can be time-consuming and confusing, so we went ahead and prepared a breakdown of some of the most popular webinar tools on offer today.

GoToWebinar by Citrix
Thumbs up: Full-service registration, recording, archiving, polls and surveys, free trial available. Possible breakout sessions for small groups to collaborate on a specific task.
Thumbs down: Incomprehensible audio or presenters getting dropped from the webinar.
Dial in: Yes
Compatible with: Microsoft Outlook & Google Calendar. Mac, PC, Linux, Chromebook or mobile devices.
Reviews: Reviews on CollectMyThoughts highlight its usability, simple installation, compatibility with most browsers, fabulous support staff.
Pricing:
Starter: Up to 100 attendees, $79/month per organizer.
Plus plan: Up to 500 attendees, $319/month per organizer.
Best value: Up to 1000 attendees, $399/month per organizer.

Join.Me
Thumbs up: Free version available, can be used with mobile devices, high quality video conferencing sounds, video bubbles that float, bounce and can be grabbed to play with.
Thumbs down: Sometimes people get kicked out meetings when sharing screen and need to “knock” back into the meeting.
Dial in: Yes
Compatible with: Microsoft Outlook & Google Calendar. Available as a mobile app for Apple, Windows RT, Amazon and Android devices.
Reviews: Reviews on CollectMyThoughts highlight its usability, simple installation, compatibility with most browsers, fabulous support staff.
Pricing:
Free account: up to 10 people
Pro plan: $20 per user billed annually – with unlimited conferencing capabilities.
Enterprise plan: $25 per user billed annually – with advanced management capability.

Cisco Webex
Thumbs up: Automatic registration and registration tracking, display 5 panelists at a time or one speaker in full-screen view plus slides and data. Interactive features include polls and chat.
Thumbs down: Depending on your needs, can be considered pricy
Dial in: Yes
Compatible with: Microsoft Outlook & Google Calendar. PC, Mac and Linux devices.
Reviews: WebEx is delivered through cloud so there is no need to install any software.
Pricing:
Up to 100 participants: starting at $79 per month.
Up to 500 participants: starting at $379 per month.
Up to 1000 participants: starting at $479 per month.
Tips: For a large global group of customers your most powerful online tool will be Cisco Unified MeetingPlace. It can support an astonishing number of 14,400 participants.

Adobe Connect
Thumbs up: High-quality audio/video, various multimedia and interactivity, automatic registration, breakout rooms, analytics and engagement monitoring.
Thumbs down: Some of the features require different or additional program can be considered pricy.
Dial in: Yes, but you need to purchase additional teleconferencing service.
Compatible with: Microsoft Outlook integration. Full experience on iOS and Android mobile devices.
Reviews: Reviews on CMT praise the rich variety of features, usability, good connectivity and helpful staff.
Pricing:
Up to 100 participants: $104 per month, per manager
Up to 500 participants: $375 per month, per manager
Up to 1000 participants: $458 per month, per manager
For 1500 participants – contact Adobe Connect sales team.

Webinars On Air
Thumbs up: Service built upon Google+ Handouts. Webinars are automatically recorded and can be published on YouTube. It is hosted on cloud, one-click automatic registration. Extra features such as recurring webinars, sharing offers, polls, surveys and chat make this option attractive.
Thumbs down: Can be slower in response time; known occasions when presenters couldn’t log on.
Dial in: No, but planned.
Compatible with: Work on all devices and enables screen share.
Pricing:
Basic: $19.97 per month for up to 25 attendees
Professional: $59.97 per months for up to 500 attendees
Premium: $99.97 per month for up to 5000 attendees

So let’s face it: there is no perfect solution out there, but one might be more perfect for you than others. Hopefully, we’ve given you a good start in finding your perfect match.