WebinarJam Vs Zoom: Full Product Comparison And Review
Starting an online business lets you do so much because of how many tools and programs are available. Somewhat ironically, that’s also the reason why it can be overwhelming; choosing one is difficult.
Today, we’re going to compare WebinarJam vs Zoom to help you pick the best platform for your business.
Both solutions offer a huge advantage; webinars are one of the best ways to generate leads these days. With the current global health situation, countless businesses are realizing this, so you shouldn’t lag behind
We’ll take a look at both platforms: their features and prices as well as what makes them similar and different. That’s because both platforms have the same fundamental goal: hosting webinars. Yet, each one has its own approach with different features.
Don’t worry: once you’re done with this article, you’ll be more than ready to make a decision. Therefore, let’s dive right into it.
WebinarJam: what is it?
WebinarJam lets you create and host your own live webinars without too much effort. It was created by Genesis Digital: the same people behind Kartra. Over 50,000 people make up their user base, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bad review.
WebinarJam was released back in 2013, and it has quickly become an industry standard for what it does. It offers enough features to make creating and promoting your webinars effortless; once it has started, features like polls, live chat, and offers make it perfect for keeping your audience engaged and promoting your products
Of course, it’s not glitch-free, and it’s not the only option you have. However, it packs all the features necessary to make it one of the best.
What are these features, you ask? Well…
WebinarJam comes with a library with premade templates. You can import these and edit them quickly, and creating your webinar takes minutes at most. These are entire customizable to fit your own brand, and their variety reduces the effort even further
All templates come from the hands of experienced marketers, so they’re optimized to make your offers as attractive as possible.
Speaking of pages, you can customize your registration forms with just as much effort and time. Once they’re ready, you can embed these forms into any website you own; this means you don’t have to redirect them to a separate domain for registration.
That doesn’t mean WebinarJam fully integrates with custom websites; you can’t stream your webinars from anywhere else. Once they register for a webinar, they must head over to the main platform to watch the stream.
The keyword there is “fully”; there’s actually a workaround for that issue.
Broadcasting to YouTube
You can’t stream directly from your website, but you can broadcast your webinar on YouTube. Well, YouTube videos and streams can be embedded into custom websites without too much effort.
You know where this is going, don’t you? You can use YouTube as a bridge between WebinarJam and your website.
It also benefits your YouTube channel, and it saves time promoting your event since you can leverage your YouTube audience. However, you do need to keep in mind that features like live chats—and everything related to it—is only available inside WebinarJam’s platform.
However, as long as you stick to YouTube policies—and are willing to give up these features for part of your audience—it should be enough.
In case you don’t know, hybrid webinars combine live and pre-recorded events. The short explanation would be that it lets you play pre-recorded webinars during your live webinars. It’s an excellent way to save time and effort whenever you need to reference or explain something already covered in a previous webinar.
It also lets you pay attention to your attendees without disrupting the flow of your webinar. Naturally, it also saves money you’d otherwise spend hiring someone to help you.
Even better, there’s no way to identify whether or not you’re watching a live or a recorded webinar. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about people complaining about you “cutting corners”.
Another useful use for hybrid webinars is to display a recorded webinar before your actual webinar. This lets you keep your audience entertained before the main event starts. Likewise, you can also replay a webinar after your live presentation ends in case your audience wants more.
Of course, you can also replay webinars in the middle of a live event. You can use these as breaks for your audience, and you can even score a few conversions by showing shorter ads during this moment.
In “webinar terminology” this feature means you can turn any attendee into part of your live webinar. You can feature them live, and they can talk to the others—it’s great for testimonials and promoting discussions.
Sure, pre-recorded interviews are a great way to feature customer testimonials, but live testimonials have a much stronger impact. Besides, it’s another very versatile feature if you know how to use it,
You can employ spotlights to feature any expert that might be part of your audience. If you have an attendee who can share special knowledge on the subject, you can bring them on stage to share their expertise.
However, the smartest use I’ve seen for the spotlight feature is bypassing the maximum amount of live presenters. You see, WebinarJam’s maximum capacity is 6 presenters per webinar, but you can use the spotlight to have way more.
Of course, you can also spotlight your attendees to ask live questions and solve any doubts.
Boring your audience is a death sentence for any webinar, so these tools can be a lifesaver. You can run poll, surveys, and even quizzes during your webinar, and these can be used right after completing a registration form.
When it comes to surveys, you have the fundamentals covered: single and multiple answers, short and long answers. Just remember that actual quizzes and polls are only available during the webinar; you can set up the exact time you want them to come up.
You can also enable an advanced live chat anytime during your webinar. When enabled, it lets you chat directly with your audience during the event; they can comment and ask anything they want.
WebinarJam also lets you display your own product offers during the event. Since most people plan to use webinars to increase their sales, this is one of the most useful features you can have.
During the event, you get to show special offers, discounts, and CTAs to your audience so that they can buy your products instantly.
WebinarJam also supports scheduling for you to set all events depending on your availability. You can even host a webinar series using this feature, and it’s a great approach once you’re used to individual webinars.
Webinar series are actually a special feature within the scheduling interface. You can specify the length of your series and more. Scheduling is entirely customizable, so you’re free to host the entire series without having to alter your personal schedule.
Scheduling also works with both email and SMS communications; it’ll automatically notify your dates to all attendees, so it’ll be difficult for someone to forget when it’s airing.
Zoom: what is it?
Zoom is a complete platform developed for hosting private meetings, but it has quickly adapted to its extended use as a webinar solution. It was created back in 2011, and it’s the most common recommendation for people on a tight budget who still want to host webinars.
It’s important to remember that it was conceived as a meetings platform. It’s been adding webinar features just recently, so it’s not as complete as WebinarJam and other competing platforms.
You can share your screen, enable live chat, and more. Just keep in mind most of these features require you to install a separate add-on.
Now, onto the features.
Zoom lets you live stream your webinars on YouTube as well, but it also supports Facebook. Unlike WebinarJam, you can also run your webinars directly into your own website.
It integrates seamlessly with WordPress, so most people won’t have issues doing it. It’s easily the best feature in Zoom, and it’s one that separates it from several other platforms.
When you install the Zoom Webinar add-on, you receive a bunch of engagement features, similar to WebinarJam’s. For starters, you have access to advanced chat features, polls, and hand raising.
The advanced features for the chat lets your attendees leave questions for the host and panelists to answer. Other attendees can view these questions and both vote and comment them.
These settings also let you enable a private chat to group attendees and panelists. It makes it so that attendees can only see their chats. You can also create actual group chats, and attendees can only see their fellow member’s messages.
You also have a polling feature, and you can create up to 4 questions to gather comments and feedback from your registrants. Take note of the word “registrants”, though, as you can only use this feature on your registration pages.
The hand raising feature is just as it sounds: assistants can ask to intervene by “raising their hand”.
A nice way to keep your attendees interested is to give them breaks during your webinar to let them process the content before moving on. You can use these breaks to interact with your viewers and answer their questions.
With Zoom, you can set interactive periods during your webinar. It basically pauses your presentation so that you can take your time with everyone; people can also take this time to do something else before continuing.
Your admin dashboard lets you manage your entire team to coordinate better. You can schedule your production, which works as a plan for your event. It lets you segment your webinar into different stages and set the entire order.
You can use a timeline for your sessions and presenters, indicating when each one’s turn. The same goes for breaks and other sections. One of these “other sections” include Q&A sessions, and you can come up with your questions beforehand and set a time for each answer.
While Zoom doesn’t support any marketing features and tools in its package, it does integrate with many of the most popular solutions. Still, it’s worth keeping this in mind if you want to reduce spending.
It supports Google Calendar, WorkPlace, Marketo, Salesforce, and more. For example, Marketo lets you gather leads from your webinar attendees; Pardot is also supported, and it’s perfect for collecting prospect information.
How are they similar?
Both platforms let you stream to YouTube directly from their dashboard. This lets your YouTube subscribers join your webinar without being redirected.
Both platforms let you share what’s going on in your computer screen. Both platforms also let you display attendee’s screen; you can unmute attendees in Zoom or use WebinarJam’s spotlight functionality.
You can feature attendees during your live webinar for them to talk to others and even share their screens. As mentioned, you do this by either using WebinarJam’s spotlight or unmuting in Zoom.
Both Zoom and WebinarJam support live chats for attendees to comment and make questions. You also get interactive polls for your registrants with both platforms.
You can study your webinar’s performance using analytics and reports, but Zoom’s analytics are a lot more basic than WebinarJam’s. If you want to study how many people got to your landing page and sales volume, Zoom isn’t for you.
Both platforms integrate with several marketing and automation tools. While WebinarJam might not have as many direct integrations as Zoom, it does support Zapier, which works as a bridge to hundreds of platforms.
You can manage your webinar team through a control center regardless of which platform you choose. WebinarJam has a separate control center, whereas Zoom makes it part of the dashboard.
Finally, you don’t need to worry about which platform you can use to host paid webinars. Zoom integrates wi9th PayPal and WebinarJam with different payment software.
How are they different?
You don’t get any templates with Zoom, but WebinarJam comes with premade templates to help you build registration and landing pages in minutes.
WebinarJam’s polls and offers
WebinarJam lets you create limited offers and time them at specific sections of your live webinars; it comes with a button for your attendees to buy quickly. This isn’t available with Zoom.
On the other hand, Zoom does feature user polls, but you’ll need WebinarJam if you want to display your polls during the actual webinar.
Zoom’s custom streaming
Zoom is your best choice if you want to stream your webinars in more platforms than just YouTube. You can use said platform as a bridge for WebinarJam, but you can do it directly with Zoom, and it also supports Facebook.
WebinarJam integrates evergreen webinars
While not by default, WebinarJam integrates with EverWebinar: it’s sister platform. This lets you host recorded webinars as if they were live. If you don’t want to get a separate platform, you can also display recorded webinars during your live events.
If you want to download your platform to your mobile device and use it from there, then Zoom is better. Unfortunately, it also means you need to download the app for both mobile and desktop if you want to either host or join webinars.
This is actually a disadvantage for Zoom. You need to get your basic Zoom subscription; this can be as cheap as $14.99. However, then you need to pay for Zoom Webinar—the add-on—which would set you back an additional $40.
In the end, the cheapest rate you can get is $54.99 every month, and that’s for a single host and 100 attendees.
Luckily, there’s a free plan for private meetings. You can host “budget webinars” on this plan, and it’s capped at 100 participants for 40 minutes.
WebinarJam has 3 different pricing options, and they’re all annual subscriptions instead of monthly payments. Therefore, it’s a cheaper option if you can pay upfront.
The Basic plan is $499 for unlimited webinars. You can have 2 hosts and 500 attendees per event for up to 2 hours.
The Professional plan is $699, and it lets you have 4 hosts and 2,000 attendees for up to 3 hours.
The Enterprise plan is for larger companies, and it’s $999. You can have 6 hosts and 5,000 attendees for up to 4 hours.
In the end, both platforms have their own set of features and advantages, but I have to give it to WebinarJam.
Zoom has excellent features, but it’s a lot better for private meetings. Considering most of the webinar features require you to buy an add-on, it’s even harder to compare it to WebinarJam.
However, if you have no money and want to host a conference for 40 minutes with a smaller audience, then Zoom might save your day.
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