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Webinar Provider Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

Webinars have fast become the method to train, announce products or company information, host investor calls and even just bring friends together for real time sharing!  The webinar providers below all have varying skills compared to the price you wish to pay.  In the end, they emulate each other and you have to decide how sophisticated your event will be and then synch it with a feature set.

 

 

DimDim

Push button simplicity lets everyone host or attend live meetings, demos and webinars using just a web browser instantly increasing your productivity. Give presentations, share web pages, whiteboards, voice,  even record your events – with no software to install and with no hassles.

DimDIm is open source and they make their APIs available so you can modify the webinar setting to your liking.  Of course, that takes an uber geek to do, but we know you are out there!

DimDim should be the favorite for small webinars as you can hold one for up to 20 people FOR FREE.  Even slightly larger ones start at ~$25 per month with unlimited usage and they are scalable up to 1,000+.

Dimdim Pro, Meet Online, Buy it now!

 

MegaMeeting

MegaMeeting may be one of the most flexible meeting tools in existence, and is a great choice for small to medium sized meetings over long distances. The fee structure is transparent, with nothing hidden, and this service is a great choice for small businesses. It makes training, collaborations and communications with other companies much easier. PowerPoint presentations and other demonstrations can easily be done simply by sharing a computer screen with other members of the meeting.

The downside of MegaMeeting is the limited number of people that can be present – this isn’t the best choice for giving online seminars or holding a big training session or demonstration.

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omNovia

omNovia doesn't need software installation so your participants can quickly join in your conferences with a simple web browser. omNovia makes it easy to quickly share images and files while also providing easy to use room management features. Integrated voice also makes it quick and easy to communicate with your attendees to ensure that you have full control over all aspects of your web conference.  They also include some upgrade features such as:

Host up to 5,000 attendees

Real-Time Screen and Application Sharing

Slide Show Module

Virtual White Board

Movie and Flash Player

Live (webcam) Video

Instant Poll and Survey

Document Sharing

omNovia is a bit more scalable and has additional feature integrated for its discerning clientele.  Still a great choice if you can work through their pricing plans which tend to be a bit confusing.

 

 

Instant Teleseminar

It is user-friendly. You'll even get a step-by-step tutorial so you'll be putting events together in less than an hour!  Here are a few useful features of Instant Teleseminar:

Use of the Question Submission Form that involves your audience and gets them taking action. (While you are still in total control of the call.)

A reminder page to print out (so they show-up) straightforward Webcast listener controls for your event.

Instant Teleseminar is web based. That means there's no messy installation that conflicts with other programs and no maintenance on your part.

Add an offer with a link to your promotional page so your listeners go straight to your offers, your opt-in pages or affiliate sales pages.

InstantTeleseminar offers a complete event management system – it all works in harmony to save you from embarrassment, needless expense, and hours of time you could use more productively. Teleseminars are proven winners for opening up new revenue streams for your list.

 

GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting is one of the largest and most versatile webinar providers around.  Citrix has been an online force in managed services for a very long time, so their GoToMeeting (GoToWebinar for larger groups) has been vetted and integrated into many Fortune 500 training and meeting systems.

GoToMeeting allows you to host an online meeting with up to 15 people – so you can do more and travel less. Using their Web conferencing tool, you can share any application on your computer in real time. Attendees join meetings in seconds.

  • Hold unlimited meetings for one flat fee.
  • Collaborate with remote colleagues.
  • Host and attend from either a Mac or PC.
  • Save with integrated audio conferencing (via computer and telephone).

Fair warning:  since GoToMeeting it is not browser based, you may have to download their client software ahead of time.  That may delay entry to webinars for late arrivals.  They do have a 30 day free trial, so feel free to explore by clicking image below.

 

GoToMeeting - Online Meetings Made Easy

MyMeeting123

MyMeeting123 is a relatively new service that features "no contracts" and pro-rata return on any months of a discounted agreement.  They start at ~$18 and range up to $63 depending upon the number of rooms and participants.  They do a full feature set such as:

  • Desktop sharing with privacy control
  • Interactive chat, whiteboard and annotation functions
  • File sharing, record and playback

While not breaking any ground, MyMeeting123 seems to be a viable competitor and worthy of checking out for your next meeting!

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14 Responses to “Webinar Provider Reviews”

  1. IVA says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the great resource list. I myself use Dimdim and Bright Talk. But I'm always on the lookout for great resources.

  2. admin says:

    You are welcome! I just stumbled across a service called Mikogo which needs investigating. Free desktop sharing which may be good enough for some folks.

  3. shawn says:

    I have never participated in nor hosted a webinar.  But I need to host a meeting for 10 people.  What is the easiest/cheapest way to go?  What is the average cost of using a webinar service?  Is there a place to go for a tutorial? 
    Thanks for helping this newbie!

  4. admin says:

    Depending upon what you want to do during the webinar, several provide free service for groups of that size. DimDim is one of the easiest and is browser based, so anyone with an internet connection can join. Click Here for a DimDim trial

  5. I know this might be a bit off topic but seeing that a bunch of you own websites, where would the best place be to host? Someone recommended I use Blue Host for $6.95 a month which seems like a great deal. Anyone here on http://www.webinar-review.com/ using them?

  6. admin says:

    Blue Host is good, HostGator Deals Here! and MidPhase are all good ones!

  7. Zune Itman says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the great resource. - Solid basic info on webinars uses and functions. Most small businesses can use them to promote or provide information to customers. ;-)
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  8. Great blog, lots of useful info. happens all the time

  9. I really appreciate your writing style. This can be a wonderful post! Thanks!

  10. Thank you for this post. I’ve actually been researching different hosting companies to find my new host. So far I’ve been considering using BlueHost. In general, the reviews of them seem pretty good and their plan suits my needs. Do you think this is a good idea? — Jake

  11. John Dinsmore says:

    Most of the references you have listed identify services that deliver marketing/sales/in-house training content.  I am a director of a 200-member not-for-profit professional association that wants to offer information-rich seminars to its members via the Web.  If the audio component is communicated by dial-in land-line, is the cost of long distance charges time/distance-based for each participant, or are bulk rates available?  Alternatively, is live or pre-recorded video-cam presentation combining both speakers' audio and visual slide material over the Web a less expensive way to go? Which provider would best deliver the kind of services we are looking for?

  12. admin says:

    Well, that’s a lot to reply to…
    Each webinar provider has its own set of services and support. By its nature, a webinar will not need landlines as everyone is on a website watching the presentation. Several of the services do provide a true teleconference, but there would be no video. Almost all provider use VOIP for landlines as it is so cheap. You will pay for “seats” which is the maximum number of allowed participants.

    Most webinars are live presentations plus the service records for an extra fee. Then you can just send out a link to your members that were unable to attend and they see a word-for-word playback. This would not allow interaction, of course, but they can at least absorb the info.

  13. admin says:

    I do like Bluehost, and Midphase . Of course, Hostgator is the big man on campus while providing excellent service and support.

  14. David Warner says:

    Great list of webinar tools. On premise RHUB web conferencing appliances is another very good option for conducting quality webinars, web conferences, online meetings, online presentations etc.

     

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