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From sales meetings to Q&As, these seven tools will help your business hold successful webinars that suit your needs. — Getty Images/fizkes

If you’re looking for ways to stay connected to your employees and schedule virtual meetings with clients, the right webinar software can be a game-changer. Here are seven tools you can use for hosting webinars.

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Zoom

Zoom is a great option for businesses of all sizes. If you have less than 100 participants, then the basic webinar features are free for up to 40 minutes. If you anticipate needing to host meetings for more than 100 people, the paid plans start at $14.99 per month.

You can share your screen with attendees and enable private or group chats. Best of all, Zoom works seamlessly across all devices, and you have the option to record your meetings.

Livestorm

Livestorm is ideal for businesses that need to conduct a live training or sales meeting. You can host either live or automated webinars, and the software is GDPR-compliant.

Livestorm gives you the option to poll your participants or host Q&A sessions. Participants don’t have to create an account to join the webinar, either. As long as they have the link, they can join instantly.

The software does come with a free plan that contains all the essential features. If you find that you need additional functionality, the company offers four other paid subscriptions.

GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar is a high-quality video conferencing and webinar solution. The software makes it easy for you to schedule a webinar and invite participants to attend. The only downside is that all meeting participants will have to download the software ahead of time.

The software comes with several useful features, including automated meeting reminders, built-in surveys, HD video quality and 24/7 customer support. Plus, the software integrates seamlessly with popular software like Zapier and Salesforce.

EasyWebinar

EasyWebinar is one of the best options for companies that want to do a combination of live and recorded webinars. It provides screening sharing, HD video and an interactive live chat room.

If you choose to go with the most basic plan, EasyWebinar is free for up to 100 attendees. And if you use the YouTube live integration, you can have unlimited live viewings.

In addition to webinar software, EasyWebinar makes it easy to promote and market your webinar. The software integrates with WordPress and popular emailing marketing tools like MailChimp.

Livestorm is ideal for businesses that need to conduct a live training or sales meeting.

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ClickMeeting

ClickMeeting is a robust all-in-one webinar software. It makes it easy for you to prepare your webinars from beginning to end. ClickMeeting is an excellent option for businesses that want to host paid webinars, product demos and online trainings.

It’s one of the best choices for companies that are looking to host large online events. And the pricing is flexible, so it’s a great choice for companies of all sizes.

Zoho Meeting

Zoho Meeting is an online meeting and webinar software. It makes it easy to collaborate with your team, host trainings, schedule presentations and more. You can even add co-organizers to moderate your attendees during the webinar.

With Zoho Meeting, you can plan all of the details of your webinar from beginning to end. You can create a customized registration form to make it easy for attendees to sign up, and you have the option to share your screen during the webinar.

During the webinar, you can launch polls and see the results instantly. And you can record the webinar and repurpose it at a later date. Overall, the software is straightforward and the pricing is affordable.

WebinarJam

WebinarJam focuses solely on webinars, so it’s going to offer more customizations than some of the other options on this list. The software allows you to host a live-streamed event on YouTube Live or Facebook Live.

The interface is extremely easy to use, and the software comes with detailed tutorials on how to set up your webinar. During your webinar, you can utilize a virtual whiteboard, live chat options and real-time polling. All webinars are automatically recorded and password-protected for added security.

The software is more expensive than some of the other options on this list, and the company doesn’t offer as many payment options. Some customers have also complained that the software can be unreliable and that occasionally, recordings will go missing.

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Published April 08, 2020