A webinar is made up of the terms "web" and "seminar". A webinar is therefore a seminar that you can hold online with the participants.
Webinars are no longer a rarity these days. No matter which service you offer - personal development, marketing strategies or online courses - if you want your webinars to be successful, you need more than convincing content and a well thought-out presentation. The factor that is at least as decisive is the choice of the right webinar software.
You can find many different webinar software tools & platforms online. Keeping an overview is not so easy.
So how do you choose the right webinar software? Which one is best suited for your company and your online seminar?
Everything about choosing the right webinar software including a presentation of 21 providers can be found in this blog article.
There are different webinar software for different needs. So before you start looking for a suitable provider, you can already narrow down your choice with these 5 questions:
What is the goal of your webinar:
The criteria you use to select a webinar software is closely related to your answers to the questions you just asked. The following criteria can be used to select the right tool for your webinar:
Do you want to hold a live webinar, should it be recorded or both?
Are there any special features that should not be missing, such as screen sharing, live streams or Facebook?
What technical requirements must be met, such as a connection to Zapier or an API?
How important is the individualisation of your webinar - through branding with your own logo?
To what extent should feedback and analysis functions be integrated?
How large will your number of participants be? Especially if you already have a customer base or target group that responds well to your offer, software for a larger number of participants can be worthwhile.
If you are aware of the requirements you have for your future webinar software, you can start your search. I have listed 21 providers for you here.
Zoom is a video conferencing provider that you can use free of charge in the basic version. The following features are included:
Thanks to these offers, Zoom has now left Skype and Webex behind.
If you want more than the standard video conference, there are various add-ons available. However, you can only use them if you own the paid Zoom version.
One of them is the add-on Webinar. In addition to the free features, with this add-on you can also transfer your webinar via Instagram and Facebook and have various tools to help you evaluate your results and statistics. Depending on your needs, you can add between 100 and 10,000 participants. The price increases with the number of participants. So you pay for…
Other add-ons, such as "Big Meeting" or "Cloud Recording" are also available for an additional charge.
Apart from Zoom, there are of course many other providers. The following are - as already mentioned - sorted by number of participants.
Webinar software for a smaller number of participants is often cheaper than software for thousands of members. But that does not mean that cheaper is worse. The cheaper providers also have their advantages.
Mikogo offers a webinar software that works completely via the browser and means no annoying downloads for you and your participants. You can hold your webinar on Windows, Mac and Linux as well as Apple and Android devices.
Spreed is also suitable for smaller webinars. You do not have to download a file, but can use the provider right away in your browser. Despite the small number of participants, some professional features are included:
Skype has been one of the best-known providers of video conferencing for years. However, the service is not only suitable for chatting with friends or face-to-face interviews, but also for holding webinars. It works just like a normal Skype conversation, but you can record the content here and then share it online. All in all this webinar software is very basic.
FastViewer offers an all-in-one package: A software not only for webinars, but also for online meetings, presentations and online support.
GoMeetNow is a 3-in-1 service. With the provider you have access to tools for video conferencing, web conferencing and webinars.
With Livestorm, especially teachers and university professors have a good e-teaching tool at their fingertips. The provider is designed so that teachers can teach their students live from home and immediately - web-based and without downloads.
Cisco WebEx is one of the best known providers of webinars and video conferences. It is suitable for small, medium and large teams as well as companies. Up to 40,000 participants are possible, but for this participant size you have to contact the provider individually.
GoToMeeting is particularly suitable for webinars that rely heavily on visual presentation and interaction with participants.
The next largest level is providers for webinars with a maximum of 1,000 participants. Here the price can be higher than before, but this participant size is also suitable for entrepreneurs who already have a certain amount of regular customers and can reach more people.
GoConference works without download or app simply via web browser. The host's screen is transferred to the participant's screen - so the participant is virtually a spectator of the host's activities.
Since TeamViewer is only worthwhile for companies in the higher price segments in particular, it is relatively expensive. Therefore it is especially suitable for professional webinars of companies.
Remo Conference is a tool that can be flexibly adapted to your needs. It has the right features for both individual freelancers who want to hold a webinar and large companies who need to offer their customers a higher level of professionalism.
Click Meeting is a real all-rounder. The webinar software is especially suited for product demos, training, online courses, business meetings and video conferences and has many features that make your work much easier.
Edudip is browser-based and ensures high-quality audio and video transmission thanks to WebRTC and HTML5. The features suit small and large companies as well as educational institutions and SaaS companies.
Zoom is one of the most popular providers of webinars and video conferencing - and is still on the rise.
With GoToWebinar you can create webinars quickly and easily. Extra functions for analysis help you to make the success of your webinars more efficient.
The following providers will provide you with webinar software that allows access for up to 50,000 participants.
The main feature of EasyWebinar is that there are various courses available to develop your skills.
WebinarJam allows up to 6 hosts to participate in the same webinar at the same time, making expert discussions easier than ever.
StealthSeminar is specialised in taking as much work off your hands as possible. This can be achieved primarily by automating processes, for example, previously recorded webinars can be published automatically at a set time.
Software for webinars with an unlimited number of participants is quite expensive, which is why they are only worthwhile for companies that can reach more than 50,000 people with their webinars.
For the least amount of work on your site, Webinaris is suitable. It automates as many processes as possible, which makes your work faster and easier.
WebarIgnition offers many features to promote and distribute your webinar. For example, you can integrate your webinar into your e-mail or embed it on your WordPress page, regardless of your e-mail provider.
Webinar Fly is a plugin from the company FlyTools, which is only suitable for WordPress. This tool covers not only the webinar itself but also the upstream and downstream marketing processes. But attention: To get the WebinarFly plugin, you must buy all FlyTools!
Number of participants: unlimited (Price: 37€/month or 297€/year)
Unlimited duration of meetings: yes
Unlimited number of meetings: yes
Live- Webinar and recorded webinar possible
Chat function: yes
Extras: e-mail marketing connection, call-to-action templates, statistics and evaluation tools
Webinargeek's features cover the needs of both small and large companies. Among other things, there are tools that make marketing easier for you.
No matter what reach your webinar has and how much money you are willing to spend: You will find the perfectly fitting webinar software. The offer is so large and covers everything from basic needs to extra features en masse.
Regardless of purpose, participant size, price range and other special features, you don't have to make any compromises with your webinar - because a perfectly fitting solution is waiting for you.
Which webinar software do you use? Or are you still thinking about which one suits you best? Give me your opinion about the webinar software and other providers that are still missing in the comments!