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Webinar Services

by Business.com Editorial StaffLast Modified: March 2, 2018

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The Best Webinar Services For 2018

Webinars are quickly becoming an important business tool that allows companies to find new customers, educate current clients and strengthen their customer service. When using a webinar service, it's easy to create and share a PowerPoint presentation outlining certain products and services you offer or to allow customers to see screenshots or a live demonstration of the program, making troubleshooting more simple.

Webinar hosting has become more easily accessible to both businesses and viewers. Nowadays, attendees can join a webinar without downloads or complicated codes and join a meeting simply from a web-browser. Webinar programs have three main feature categories: presenter tools, moderator options and webinar features. These focus primarily on the attendee experience, including security, integrations and needed downloads before attending your webinar.

For added convenience, services are gearing their platforms for mobile devices so that attendees can join in from cell phones or tablets. Many of the services even allow you to present from a mobile device, making the platform even more convenient. Integration with Outlook is a great convenience to you and your attendees as it lets you invite, remind and schedule webinars from this common program. Social media integration makes it easy to invite people at large, share webinars and have attendees promote for you. The best services also offer encryption and passwords for security.

With archiving, you can hang on to your recorded webinars and share links if you don't want to transfer files onto your own website; although, most services allow you to download the recordings as well. Most of the webinar services have limited editing software for these recordings, usually just for cutting out sections. With this limited editing, you can remove dead time and off-topic questions for a higher-quality final product.

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Pricing

Monetization Options

Businesses want webinars for marketing and revenue, so monetization features play an important role. Some services have lead-generation tools that go beyond simply asking questions during the registration or survey process. Also, some services, such as GoToWebinar, can integrate with customer relationship management software so that your sales representatives can follow up with attendees interested in your company or service. A logout redirect lets you send attendees to a URL of your choice after logout, such as a survey, a buy link or a webpage with more information about your product.

Presenter & Moderator Tools

All services have VoIP capability and webcam functionality, but being able to handle phone-ins as well is a plus. Though all the programs we reviewed have these options available, a few of them, such as Adobe Connect, require you to purchase them separately rather than including them with your subscription price. Additionally, many of the services offer a toll-free option for attendees to call in with for an additional monthly fee.

Every webinar service we tested allows for screen sharing and loading of documents, such as PowerPoint slides, into a webinar "library" for use in the webcast itself. The services also allow you to share your desktop to attendees, broadening the applications you can share with your audience. Some of the services even allow you to share individual applications so that you do not have to reveal your entire computer screen to your attendees. This feature not only makes sharing applications more convenient but also adds a layer of security to the webinar.

Webinars are meant to be responsive to the audience, so it's useful for presenters to be able to see their planned slides before they post it for the attendees to see. This allows presenters to adapt the presentation to the audience.

What We Tested; What We Found

 

When testing webinar platforms, we used the available trial versions to hold a small meeting. We scheduled guest presenters and used the service features to set up the meeting with a summary page, presenter bio and images. We created webinar information pages and fliers, then looked at the capability of sending out bulk email invites.

During the webinar itself, we noted the sound quality, ease of setting up the platform and logging in as an attendee, and the usability of a presenter. We tried some of the most common features, such as muting and moderating attendees, adding PowerPoint slides, putting up graphics and video, and using transcription and poll features.

We looked closely at all of the features specified on each company's website and used our test group meetings to verify these features were included and functional. One important tool that we looked for is the ability to remotely access your attendee's screen from your computer. This is especially helpful for customer service and technical issues. This option lets you quickly fix any problems with the software, or even some computer hardware issues, without requiring your clients to watch the presentation, then remember each step. All three of our top choices include this feature.

Our Recommendations

All of the webinar providers on our review adequately support your need to present live presentations for both educational and marketing projects, though our top three services, Cisco WebEx, Onstream Webinars and Webinato, are the easiest to use and include most of the basic and advanced options for presentation software. Some products, such as ClickWebinar, include remote-access abilities that are helpful for customer service interactions, especially for technical support. A few products come with options for monetizing your webinar. Whether you need a webinar platform for education, marketing or technical support, our lineup displays the best webinar services to help you find the right product for those needs.

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Onstream Webinars

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Onstream Webinars

Onstream Webinars is one of the best webinar services because it is easy to use and has excellent features for running a smooth presentation.

Common Webinar Services Questions & Answers

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Hi Anne, I'm testing WebinarIgnition right now and like it. I've purchased Easy Webinar and found it wasn't so easy- tech glitches. I like InstantTeleseminar but their interface is so outdated, I don't want to communicate that to clients. Also, have you considered what other software you might want to use in combination with your platform? For instance, I got WI and Click Funnels almost at the same time. If I'd read the CF documentation and community first, I would've gotten Evergreen...

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Hi Tom, There are so many tools to manage your own webinars. Google+ hangouts is free but there's a limit on its usage. Skype is also free, but like Google+ hangouts, the features are limited. But here's some tools with cool features that may be suitable for the type of webinar you will offer (with charges): 1. Webinars OnAir 2. GoToWebinar 3.Cisco WebEx 4. Adobe Connect 5. ClickWebinar 6. omNovia 7. iLinc You can sign up for their free trials (but some doesn't have) and know...

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Easy...The most successful promos in the last few years had the following structure: * 3 recorded explainer videos, timed released (10-30 minutes each) * Entering funnel within the sequence allows viewing earlier segments * Build up to live webinar (45-130 minutes) * Offer made in final webinar (record for later use) * Leave sequence up with recorded finally webinar as an evergreen funnel Money wise, the rate you pay a producer depends on the extent you involve them. Consider a...

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ReadyTalk Webinar 150
1900 16thStreet
Denver, CO
ReadyTalk Webinar 150
AnyMeeting
7777 Center Ave
Huntington Beach, CA
AnyMeeting
ClickWebinar 100
71 Summer Street
Boston, MA
ClickWebinar 100
Onstream Webinars
1291 SW 29th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL
Onstream Webinars
Cisco WebEx Meetings Premium 100
2300 E President George Bush Hwy.
Richardson, TX
Cisco WebEx Meetings Premium 100
Adobe Connect
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar Starter
5001 Lyndon B Johnson
Dallas, TX
GoToWebinar Starter
MegaMeeting
17609 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA
MegaMeeting
Webinato
845 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Webinato

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