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Zoom, A Brutally Honest Review

by Scott Max
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So, you are considering Zoom.

You’ll be wondering if it's a good choice for you, if its feature set compares well to other options on the market, and if it is priced affordably enough for what you get.

This article will break all that down for you and more. 

Plus, at the end of the article you’ll find links to alternatives to Zoom as well as our top picks for the options in this category.

Or, just go straight to Our top picks for Best Webinar Software.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Zoom Features

Zoom offers a collaborative ecosystem for businesses and educational institutions to host meetings virtually and do video conferencing. It offers high-quality video and audio, enabling you to bring your team together and share ideas. With Zoom, you can create multiple conference rooms and set limits on invitations to restrict the uninvited members from joining.

Here are some exclusive features of Zoom:

Webinar Registration: With Zoom, you can promote your brand by customizing the registration page. It allows you to easily attract audiences with branded registration pages and event reminder emails. Moreover, you can build your business by monetizing the webinars through paid registration via PayPal.

Integrations: Many businesses already have an existing setup or workflow in place that's essential for their professional work. Zoom connects with applications like HubSpot and Dropbox, letting you use existing workflows to enable more productive lead generation, payment automation, and data collection processes. Zoom APIs allow developers to request information from Zoom, including user details, meeting reports, dashboard data and action history.

Host Controls: Before the webinar, the host and panellists can go into a practice session to prepare for the webinar. It allows you to get familiar with host controls and do a practice run before attendees join in. As a webinar host, you'll have specific controls only available to you. You can manage panellists and attendees during the live session or assign a co-host to help you manage the webinar.

Audience Engagement: Webinars don't need to be boring and sleep-inducing. With Zoom, you can interact and engage with your audience across all levels. You can involve your webinar attendees by using interactive polling and Q&A with the ability to comment or upvote questions.

Live Streaming: Hosts can promote attendees to panellists and allow them to speak or share the video while in session. You can broadcast to an even larger audience by streaming your webinar to Facebook Live, YouTube or other custom streaming services. Additionally, you can make the webinars on-demand so attendees can watch them later.

Zoom Pricing

Zoom offers 4 Subscription plans for its all-in-one collaborative package Zoom One.

The "Basic" is priced at $0 and allows you to set up meetings of upto 40 minutes. Additionally, you can use 3 Whiteboards and invite 100 attendees.

The "Pro" plan is priced at $14.99/user/month and offers 5 GB of cloud storage per license. Additionally, you can use chats and channels for collaboration and file sharing.

The "Business" plan is priced: at $19.99/month, and you can invite upto 300 attendees. Additionally, it offers unlimited whiteboards and company branding.

The "Enterprise" plan offers on-request pricing and allows you to invite upto 1000 attendees. Additionally, you can use Zoom Phone features and set up single sign-on.

Zoom Discounts and Coupons

Zoom currently does not offer any discounts or coupons for its video conferencing platform. However, you can opt for annual billing to make sizable savings on the Zoom One subscription plans.

Zoom Free Trial

Zoom offers a free subscription plan for its Zoom One package. It comes with time limitations for meetings but is ideal for hosting lectures or getting acquainted with the platform.

Zoom, A short how-to guide

Once you visit the Zoom website, click "Join" and input the meeting ID to enter the meeting. You can login or signup to set up a new meeting. Click on "Host" and select between "With Video Off", "With Video On", and "Screen Share Only". 

Once done, you'll enter the meeting and can share the invite code with all relevant participants or audiences through email. You can kick out a participant by right-clicking on the title name and selecting "Remove Participant".

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