Webinar Services Review

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Webinar Services: Expanding Your Audience

Based on its name, you may think that a webinar service is only meant to be an online seminar used for instructional purposes. In reality, webinars are used in sales presentations, training meetings and product demonstrations. An online webinar is a form of web conferencing, though it's meant to utilize a larger audience and requires less participant interaction. The major benefit of this type of service is that it allows you to communicate with others without getting everyone in the same physical room.

A good webinar provider provides the opportunity for the meeting host to upload and present slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The interactive portion of a webinar consists of some polling but largely relies on a question and answer section after the presentation. For a look at the best webinar services we rated, take a look at MegaMeeting, Infinite Conferencing and ClickWebinar. For more information about this topic, check out our articles on webinar hosting.

Examining Webinar Services: What to Look For

There are many different companies that offer webinar services. Some piggyback their online seminar services on their web conferencing application while others create specific, web-based seminar programs. Either way, webinars need to give you the tools you need to create an engaging and successful presentation. The following are the criteria we used to rank the different services for broadcasting seminars over the web:

Features
A good web seminar service needs to offer a variety of ways to present, instruct, demonstrate and receive feedback. This section takes into account how the seminars are set up, the interface of the application and how many people they can support. We also examined the security features of the service because when this much information is being shared, you want to know that your data is safe.

Audio/Video
In any seminar, you need to use a variety of methods to keep the attendees' attention. In this area, we rank how the program allows you to communicate with the participants. Things such as VoIP and full duplex support allow people to listen and speak right through their computers, while real-time screen sharing and webcam compatibility let your audience see what you’re talking about. Most of the people who use online seminar services are marketers, not computer programmers. This section also ranks how easy the web presentation application is to use. If you are unable to find and use all the provided tools, then your seminar won't be as captivating. Simplicity in design is essential.

Help & Support
Web conferencing is still a relatively new addition to the business world. Many people using these services will need some help to get the most out of their experience. Additionally, if anything goes wrong during the presentation, you should have resources available to get the problem solved. This section ranks how well each service backs up the product it offers.

Each one of these services will give you access to online communication in the most efficient way. The advantages of the services will determine what services fits your business best.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
MegaMeeting Infinite Conferencing ClickWebinar Adobe Connect GoToWebinar Cisco WebEx MeetingBurner VideoSeminarLive InstantPresenter iLinc
MegaMeeting Infinite Conferencing ClickWebinar Adobe Connect GoToWebinar Cisco WebEx MeetingBurner VideoSeminarLive InstantPresenter iLinc
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Monthly Price
(100+ Attendees)
Visit MegaMeeting
$99.00
Visit Infinite Conferencing
$100.00
Visit ClickWebinar 100
$79.00
Visit Adobe Connect 9.2
$45.00
Visit GoToWebinar
$99.00
Visit Cisco WebEx
$89.00
Visit MeetingBurner Premier
$99.95
Visit VideoSeminarLive Lite
$299.00
Visit InstantPresenter
$99.00
Visit iLinc
$79.00
Ratings
9.63
9.25
8.75
8.50
8.40
8.25
7.75
7.57
7.38
7.00
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
9.38
10.00
9.38
8.13
10.00
10.00
8.75
9.38
7.50
7.50
8.75
10.00
7.50
9.15
8.75
6.88
8.75
10.00
8.75
7.50
6.25
6.88
8.32
7.50
6.88
8.13
6.88
6.25
7.50
7.50
 
Features
Number of Attendees 100 100 100 25 100 100 1000 50 100 1000
User Registration
Password Protected
Private Chat
Evaluation/Reporting
 
   
 
 
Reminders
 
Encryption
 
No Attendee Download Required
 
 
Dashboard Monitoring
 
Annotation Tools
 
Mobile App Available
 
 
Recording $*
Customized Branding $*
 
Specific for Webinars
 
   
  
Polling
 
     
Attendee Payment
    
 
Audio & Video
Ease of Use (%) 95 90 85 80 80 80 70 80 80 75
Edit Playback
 
Embedded Video Sharing
Real-time Screen Sharing
VoIP
Webcam Compatibility
 
Full Duplex Support
  
 
Video for Participants
 
 
Help & Support
Tutorials
Email Support
Telephone Support
FAQs Page
 
Live Chat
 
  
Remote IT Support
    
Operator-Assisted Meetings $*
$*
 
    
* - Feature is available with an applied extra fee.