Entering into the world of web conferencing can be intimidating, but MegaMeeting does a great job of easing you into it. The company's exclusively online service is easy to use and requires no downloads to your computer or to the computers of your attendees. An internet connection and a quick registration is all it takes to create effective and memorable web-based seminars. It is because of the simple interface and extensive conferencing tools that we found this to be the best of the webinar services we reviewed. It easily earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
Web-based seminars differ from traditional web conferencing because they require less interaction between attendees. The majority of the speaking is done by the host, with limited feedback from the participants. It's as if the presenter is standing in a large auditorium of people, taking the occasional question or comment. This kind of feedback is important, though, and is usually done through polls or surveys.
Creating online seminars instead of travelling from venue to venue saves you travel time and expenses. Services like this one also offer the ability to record the seminar, so you can use the same presentation over and over again. If this weren't enough, doing your presentation online allows you to reach a larger audience than you would through traditional methods.
Unlike many other webinar providers, MegaMeeting is based entirely online. A small plug-in needs to be downloaded if you want to record the seminar, but no downloads are required to host or attend an online seminar. This is an advantage because some attendees will be hesitant to download anything on their computers, which may cause them not to attend your seminar. It also means you can create and adjust your web presentation from any computer. This is one of the most impressive aspects of this service.
A chat window is offered for both the host and participants to communicate. Anything you type in this window will be seen by all. This is an area where attendees can ask questions and the answers can be seen by all. There is also an option to send a private chat if you need to communicate one-on-one with a specific person. You can also transfer files between the host and the participants. For additional interaction, a noteboard and whiteboard are provided.
After being invited, each user can register and create his or her own profile. As the date of the event approaches, this service, like some other webinar services, will let you send reminders to those who are attending. As the online seminar is being held, the presenter can poll the audience. Polling is especially important for these types of seminar presentations, because it gives the host immediate feedback on what they are presenting.
When your meeting is over, users can evaluate it and send you a report reflecting this evaluation. This will help you constantly improve the way you run your online seminars. Feedback is essential for creating engaging presentations.
The creator of the web-based seminar has the option of creating a password for the webinar. This service also uses SSL, native encryption and the security of your operating system to keep your session private and secure. This enables the host and the users to feel free to share information and will put everyone at ease during the presentation.
This service is primarily used for web conferencing and online meetings, but there is a Webinar option in the drop-down menu. Setting up an online seminar is different from setting up a business meeting, so having a specific set-up option is very helpful. In addition, the webinar package includes 100 seats, but you can upgrade to include more people.
When presenting a seminar, you need a variety of audio and visual aids to keep the attendees engaged. This service offers every item we were checking for. This is another one of the reasons that MegaMeeting ranked the highest among the webinar providers we reviewed.
Real-time screen sharing is probably one of the most important elements of an online seminar. This enables the host to show the participants exactly what he wants them to see. Using your own computer screen for the presentation allows you to show videos, use PowerPoint, or navigate a website without having to worry about the compatibility of other computers. This service gives the presenter the option to turn on or turn off screen sharing during the seminar.
Sometimes the attendees of a web-based seminar want to know who is presenting the product or service they're being shown. This service offers a webcam upgrade where you can show yourself as you are presenting. Allowing the participants to see you helps bring a feeling of familiarity to the presentation and diminishes the feeling of isolation. MegaMeeting also offers embedded video sharing for more visual variety.
When it comes to audio, this service offers one-way VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) for the host, so the sound will go through your computer and no external audio equipment is necessary, like some other webinar services require. If you prefer talking on the phone, the company provides integrated teleconferencing features, as well. Since the application has full duplex support, the participants and the host can communicate at the same time.
MegaMeeting was the most intuitive web conferencing application that we encountered in our review. Simply choose your account type, let the site know if you're the host or a guest, login and you're ready to go. This web service works on PC, Mac and Linux systems.
The application also has a fairly simple layout, with only a few buttons along the top and side. It only takes a moment to figure out how to use the variety of features offered by this service. Any of the webinar services will require some practice time, but you will feel like you're an expert before long when using this service.
Before you purchase this service, you can receive a live product demo. Most other webinar services have recorded demos or instructional videos, but MegaMeeting has actual people on webcam waiting to help you. We successfully used this demonstration service for quick answers to questions we had during our review.
The site also features a unique MegaWiki page. This searchable support database was very easy to navigate and was much more effective than traditional FAQs pages we encountered. This free feature has the familiar look of Wikipedia's site and the search bar is quite effective in locating a specific problem.
Technical support is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. You can email customer support, call the company on the telephone, or chat live with a representative. This means that you won't have to stress if you have questions the night before the presentation or problems during the presentation. There are also online tutorials and a manual. Everyone we communicated with through email, phone and live chat was very professional and helpful.
We were very impressed with how easy it is to use this service when compared to other webinar services. No downloads are required to create these webinars or participate in them. The simplicity of the design will enable you to create powerful and engaging online seminars with only a little practice. If you want a little more help, live support is available for training and tutorials. This service is also backed up by a variety of support options. MegaMeeting is a simple and effective way to present your product, idea or service.
No downloads are required to use MegaMeeting.
It only supports one-way VoIP and lacks a mobile application for smartphones.
MegaMeeting is an easy to use and effective webinar service with the best user tools on the market.