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Tools for Organizing Professional Webinars

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Choosing the right webinar software and service is an important step in the planning of a good professional webinar. Other important considerations are the cost, the numb

1. Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a platform for webinars but also for eLearning and training. It is full of features and a high-end product. It provides rich multimedia content through its Flash Player, HD quality video conferencing of DVD quality and video conferencing integration. The software is sophisticated, logically so, since it comes from Adobe. It also includes features to create and deploy online training. It is a tool that goes well beyond the organization of webinars and online meetings. It also allows mobile users to connect to meetings and other types of online sessions. The pricing is quite complex with different types of plan – hosted, on-premise and manage services deployment for businesses; and monthly, annually and pay-per-use for individuals. Adobe is among the most complete webinar and web meeting tools around.

2. GoToWebinar

It is a professional tool from Citrix aimed at companies wanting to do serious online business. It is quite expensive, with up to nearly $500 per month for a thousand participants, but it gives a lot of features. These include the possibility of private branding and full-featured software that makes it easy to organize, manage and record webinars. Collaboration tools are also included. You may also consider the cheaper version called GoToMeeting which hosts up to 25 participants.

3. Cisco WebEx

This tool from Cisco is another high-caliber candidate for professional web meetings. It does not have the broad spectrum of Adobe Connect, but it does offer robust and sophisticated online meeting solutions, including webinars, corporate meetings and eLearning. It is specifically geared towards mobile integration in the corporate environment. You can initiate a meeting instantly or plan one in advance. It offers many interesting ways of sending invitations, including SMS. Participants do not need to install apps to participate. They can use their browsers. It has a free plan which hosts only 3 persons per meeting. For up to 25 participants, it is $49 per month. For bigger audiences, which can go up to 3000 participants, the price is tailor-made.

4. Saba Meeting

Saba is a nice tool that offers a free version with up to 4 participants including many features like whiteboard, polls, collaboration tools, video, recording etc. For $15 a month, you can have up to 20 attendees and 40 for $31. There is a 30-day free trial. There are also tailored plans with appropriate prices for larger webinars with up to 3000 participants, including site branding.

5. ElectaLive

It offers solutions for web conferencing, online teaching and businesses. The web conferencing tool starts at $30 per month and can host up to 50 participants, with all the common features of a webinar, including collaboration tools. The online teaching solution is at $40 per month with a lot of features. The business plan can be tailor-made with a price that follows.

6. WizIQ

WizIQ is mainly for online education, but can also be used to host webinars of all types, although it is best suited for training and eLearning. It has all the basic features of webinar tools like whiteboard, video, sharing and collaboration tools, multilingual support, recording, attendance management etc. There is also private branding. The pricing is quite interesting for individuals. For $19 per month, you can have up to 25 attendees, and more interestingly, you can have an unlimited number of attendees for $69 per month. For organizations, the price is sensibly more expensive, with tailor-made pricing for enterprises.

7. OmniJoin

OmniJoin offers basic options and features with good voice and video quality and ease of use. It is also good for collaboration and resource sharing. The plan for 30 attendees is at $49 per month and that for 50 attendees at $79 per month. OmniJoin is only for Windows machines. It has released a new version for Mac but with limited features.

8. Skype

Skype is the most popular VoIP app and service and is an interesting candidate to consider for web conferences if you don’t intend to have many attendees. Skype Premium, which costs around $5 a month, allows up to 10 attendees for group video calling, but for HD quality, having only five is recommended.
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