Webinar hosting services are fundamental when it comes to connecting with your audience.
They allow you to deliver a high quality, smooth presentation without connectivity issues. They also help you communicate through different channels to get your message across (chat, screen sharing, specific software integrations, etc.), as well as keeping track of your attendee list for future conferences.
There are dozens of hosting platforms out there, with a wide range of services offered, and of price tags, ranging from free options to premium ones which will set you back $100 or more monthly.
For up and coming webinar speakers, however, many advanced functions are not necessary right away, and even among the budget options a number of key functions are guaranteed. To help you out, here we have listed 10 good and (relatively) inexpensive webinar hosting platforms, which can boast an excellent price-quality ratio.
Please keep in mind that the prices we list below are for the least expensive package the platforms offer. Many providers will charge you more for larger audiences, but if you are just getting started, the first tier should be fine.
Google Hangouts is part of the Google+ software group. It allows you to host a video group conference and to share your screen and files across computers. It does not have many top-of-the-line webinar specific functions, but hey, it’s free! Also, you’ll easily be able to keep in touch with attendees thanks to Google+
Well-known and reliable, Skype offers a similar package to Google Hangouts, with screen and file sharing functionalities and free group video chat for up to 25 members. Again, this is a great option to get your bearings in the world of webinars, but if you are looking for advanced features, scroll down to the next options.
With an easy-to-use interface and PayPal integration, AnyMeeting will give you a chance to get started in the field for a small fee. Additional features include a live chat during your presentation,screen sharing and slides interface as well as moderation tools.
AnyMeeting also has a free option which will work for up to 10 attendees, which is good if you want to check it out before paying.
ClickWebinar gives some interesting premium features for a relatively low price. The $30 price tag will cover up to 25 attendees, and the package includes tools to tweak your webinar interface for the presentation, as well as recording software to send your conference to your attendees after the webinar is over.
Keep in mind that if you wish to have your attendees pay for the webinar, this is not the right solution for you, as it lacks monetization features.
Webinars On Air
This is not so much a webinar hosting platform in itself, but an add-on to Google Hangouts which gives it additional webinar features. These include: live streaming of video and auto recording, email listing and payment options integration.
While definitely on the premium side of the budget spectrum, GoToWebinar offers some additional functions for your money, as well as a rock solid interface and performance.
With a long history of service, the platform is easy to set up, well optimized and very rarely gives issues with connectivity and audio.
The service also has an innovative feature which monitors viewer attention automatically and sends you data about it, as well as a multi-language interface.
With an intuitive interface and additional phone moderation options, MegaMeeting gives you a greater range of ways to connect with your attendees. To complete the package, the platform also comes with monetization options and ways to customize your webinar out of the box.
Another “big name” in the Webinar space, omNovia is built with a modular design in mind. This has pros and cons. On the upside, it gives you a solid base package relatively cheaply, and a number of interesting features to customize it with at your leisure. On the downside- those features won’t be free.
At a considerably lower price point than the competition, Fuze offers limited functionality aside from the typical screen sharing and group conversation options. It does feature a sleek and simple interface which helps make you seem professional, but it is known for sometimes freezing mid-talk.
Closing our roundup, Cisco WebEx is a solid choice, and in many ways gives the “best of both worlds”. It has a budget price while relying on extensive, high quality data centers internationally to provide consistent connectivity. It also boasts great synergy with other platforms to better connect with your audience, but curiously has limited social media integration.