Webex Cisco is a popular platform for conducting video meetings, webinars, webcasts, and online trainings. Recently it’s been dubbed the editor’s choice by the PC Magazine, however, is it really the ultimate solution out there? Let’s consider in this article.
We decided to compare Webex to its best alternatives so that you can make a better decision in your web conferencing pursuits.
Here are the benefits offered by MyOwnConference that Webex definitely lacks:
Free lifelong use
The platform allows its users to run webinars for free for as long as they please. Of course, there are certain limitations, such as the event’s duration (20 minutes) or the number of attendees (20).
However, the possibility itself is pretty tempting, especially considering that most companies only offer time-limited trials.
Unlimited room plan
With Webex you are required to pay for every new room separately, while with MyOwnConference you can purchase a plan for unlimited rooms. The latter is more convenient for bigger companies that have numerous teams working simultaneously on various projects.
Since Skype for Business was scheduled for retirement in 2021, Microsoft Teams is slowly but surely taking over its users.
Microsoft Teams can be obtained when purchasing an Office 365 Business Premium or Business Essentials plan.
Here are its key benefits:
In today’s world, almost everyone is more or less familiar with Microsoft products. Having a video conferencing platform that is intuitive and familiar for most attendees is a big plus that should not be overlooked.
Microsoft Teams allows its participants to work on documents together in real-time via screen sharing and interactive whiteboards. All those docs are integrated within the platform in yet again familiar formats: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
While the storage is not unlimited, 1 TB is definitely an improvement over Webex’ 10 GB for the business plan.
GoToWebinar is somewhat pricey, but it has its unique features that demand your attention:
GoToWebinar allows each user to store their webinars in their own unique webinar library. They can thus safely assume that their recordings won’t get erased in a laptop mishap. What is more, they can share the webinar recordings with other users and participants.
It’s a website integrated with the GoToWebinar platform, where you can publish your previous webinars to drive more engagement and widen your audience.
Since you can optimize the published webinar for SEO and customize it to reflect your brand, it’s just another outlet to attract new viewers and subscribers.
Zoom is yet another popular platform that can challenge Webex with its capabilities. Let’s take a look:
The platform offers customers to request a demo before signing up for a webinar plan. This enables them to learn more about different opportunities, ask questions, and make the best decision.
What is more, the company specifically states that it will help its customers plan, rehearse, and conduct live events. This is a nice gesture in any case, but it’s especially important for people who may be new to webinars or technology in general.
Like almost any webinar platform, Zoom has different software integrations on hand. For example, you may connect the software with CRMs and marketing automation systems such as Eloqua, HubSpot, Marketo, Salesforce, Pardot, etc.
You may want to choose Zoom over Webex if you are more familiar with the apps that Zoom has on offer.
Livestorm just like MyOwnConference has a free lifelong plan. However, as you might expect, this is not its only leverage. There are more:
Better user interaction
During a Q&A session, participants can upvote questions they find most relevant, and get notifications whenever the presenter answers them.
What is more, any attendee can become a speaker with just one click from the host or moderator.
Every webinar is recorded and stored automatically. There is no need to press a shiny button – the system will do it all for you.
While it may not seem like much of an advantage, it is all too easy to forget about such minor detail when you are about to present. Overall, it is very upsetting to lose a perfect webinar due to oversight.
No storage limits
Even the Webex business plan sets a storage limit at 10 GB. As you can imagine, this is not an issue with Livestorm.
Not only is there no storage limit, you can also keep your webinar recordings in the system indefinitely, since replays are stored forever.
Too many integrations
Livestorm alleges to integrate with over 1,000 various programs and apps, mostly via Zapier. This can be quite convenient, especially when it comes to payment systems, where the platform seems to have more versatile options: Stripe, Eventbrite, PayPal.
Join.me does not bombard the users with overly complex features. Its plans are simple and inexpensive, but they get the job done.
Better pro plan
While Webex’ plus plan only offers webinars for up to 100 participants at $17.95/mo, Join.me’s pro plan is suitable for 250 attendees for just $20/mo.
In addition, you get significantly more storage – 50 GB vs 10 GB.
Join.me video thumbnails look like bubbles instead of boring squares – this looks quite refreshing in comparison with the competitors.
The company also offers customization options when it comes to naming a webinar link or choosing the background for your registration or landing pages.
Adobe Connect is a pretty well-known web conferencing platform that, although more expensive than other options, is definitely worth considering.
There are two main products on offer: Adobe Connect Meetings and Adobe Connect Webinars. Whether you are looking to hold an internal work meeting or a marketing webinar, the company has a solution for you.
Here are the main benefits of Adobe Connect:
Just like with Webex, there is no need to get any specialized software or hardware for the meeting to work. However, it is interesting that once your room is set, you can just save it in the cloud, and it will be in the exact same condition during your next visit.
Alternatively, once you set up your perfect room, you can save it as a template that you can use whenever the need arises. This way you won’t need to waste time organizing everything for your future events.
While Webex has got a variety of integrations available, Adobe Connect definitely beats it in terms of customization. Not only does it have APIs, but it also includes different apps to help fulfil your most daring expectations.
For example, you may use a Countdown Timer to show how much time is left before the webinar starts, YouTube Player to play videos seamlessly during the event, or a Randomizer app to pick participants for rewards.
The analytics reports are very detailed and profound: from landing page views to the attention level during the event itself – you will know it all.
It is even possible to upload and use the reports in the external CRM systems.
Adobe Connect claims to be certified by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense – quite the impressive characteristics.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to using any platform. It all comes down to what you are looking for in your webinar software as well as to what you are willing to sacrifice in the process. We believe this article will help you choose the ideal web conferencing solution.
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