Top 5 webinar platforms and their key features

Published on 13/04/2022 by Ojasvini

Webinars can help enable organisations to have direct contact with their audience. In addition, businesses can use webinars to not only reach a wider audience but also to enhance their brand value. In this article, we have curated a list of the top five webinar platforms listed on Capterra Australia having a minimum of 4.6/5 star user ratings.

Webinar software can help users host online seminars and connect with their audience

Webinar software can help businesses and individuals host online seminars and have real-time conversations with their audience. As per a study by LinkedIn, 67% of marketers increased their investments in webinars in 2020. This study could indicate that many organisations might be using webinars to enhance their brand credibility as well as customer engagement. Before creating a webinar for their audience, businesses should ideally select appropriate webinar hosting software. 

In this article, we have listed the best five webinar platforms with top average overall ratings. The five webinar software have been selected based on factors such as software having user ratings above 4.6/5 stars, and the existence of more than 100 user reviews in the past two years. The full methodology for the list can be found at the bottom of this article. The tools listed below are arranged in alphabetical order.

1. BigMarker

BigMarker helps users conduct seminars for up to 50,000 attendees
Host control panel dashboard via BigMarker software [Source: BigMarker]
  • Ease of use- 4.8/5
  • Customer service- 4.9/5 
  • Features- 4.8/5
  • Value for money- 4.8/5 

BigMarker is a webinar hosting platform that helps businesses conduct seminars for large audiences of up to 50,000 attendees using HD —high-resolution video recordings— live audio and video streaming. The tool allows users to run different types of webinars such as live webinars, automated webinars, Facebook and YouTube live sessions, and even recurring webinars. Some of the significant features of this tool include polls/voting using which the audience can cast their opinion, muti-hosts —where more than one host can conduct the webinar— and customisable branding where users can create their own background and logos. 

This software also provides over 15 pre-made templates which users can choose from. It also allows them to customise email invites and reminders and send alerts and notifications. The tool also gives users the option to embed registration forms, live webinar links, and other videos onto their websites. Users can even track every click of the audience using the reporting/analytics dashboard and check which members, in particular, engaged with the webinar the most. BigMarker does not have a free version, and information on the paid plans can be viewed at bigmarker.com.

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2. Demio

Demio helps users upload their presentation slides directly during a webinar
Webinar hosting dashboard via Demio displaying the chat, polls, and handouts features [Source: Capterra]
  • Ease of use- 4.9/5
  • Customer service- 4.9/5
  • Features- 4.6/5
  • Value for money- 4.6/5 

Demio is a webinar hosting tool that offers customisation features to businesses where they can choose their preferred background colours, logos, and a variety of text colours. The audience can attend a webinar hosted by Demio with one single click from their preferred browser —be it Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. The tool also has a built-in feature via which users can upload their PowerPoint, Keynote, and Google Slides presentations as PFDs directly. This tool’s other helpful features include conducting audience polls, allowing more than one webinar host, sending reminders and notifications to attendees, and analysing audience engagement via the Demio reports dashboard. 

In addition, this software allows users to take advantage of the embed feature to insert a registration form for any event onto their website or landing page. Users can also view their contacts, check their status, access and manage their registrations, and export all data into a .CSV file. The webinar hosts can interact with the audience in real-time and even switch between private and public chat modes to allow or disallow conversations. When the chat option is public, the audience would be able to see the messages. If private, the messages will not be visible to other attendees. This tool only offers a free 14-day trial and not a free version. Additional details on other paid benefits of this tool can be found at demio.com.

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3. Livestorm

Livestorm helps organisations conduct webinars with up to 3,000 live attendees
Growth demonstration via webinar hosting using Livestorm [Source: Livestorm]
  • Ease of use- 4.7/5
  • Customer service- 4.6/5 
  • Features- 4.4/5
  • Value for money- 4.4/5 

Livestorm is webinar software that allows organisations to stream their seminars or events to up to 3,000 live attendees. The software offers significant benefits such as conducting workshops with unlimited hosts, gathering insights via their dashboard, exporting data in .CSV format, and scheduling automated email reminders and notifications. Users can also customise their registration forms and even add their specific brand colour, logo, and different background colours. 

With this tool, users can gather the audience’s feedback by creating polls and sending them during the webinar or saving them as a draft for future reference. Users can also launch a call to action (CTA) at key points during the ongoing webinar. This could help direct participants towards a potential purchase or offer. This tool provides users with the opportunity to send data from webinars to their CRM systems automatically. Livestorm also offers the support of a customer care team to users. This tool has a free version available, and additional information on the paid plans is available at livestorm.com.

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4. LiveWebinar

LiveWebinar helps users choose from multiple webinar formats
Customisable branding feature via LiveWebinar [Source: Capterra]
  • Ease of use- 4.5/5
  • Customer service- 4.7/5 
  • Features- 4.6/5
  • Value for money- 4.8/5 

LiveWebinar is a cloud-based webinar hosting solution that provides multiple features such as customised branding —meaning adding customised logos, background, banner, and title— social media broadcasting, live video streaming, and providing analytical reports on audience engagement using the tool’s dashboard. Users can choose from varied webinar formats and record and share their webinars in HD. This tool also offers the whiteboard feature, which helps users draw or write valuable information for their audience using a virtual whiteboard. Other additional features of this tool include sending reminder alerts to the invitees, giving them the functionality to vote in a specific situation, and the ability to conduct webinars with multiple hosts.

This software allows 500 attendees to be in a virtual room at once. Users can also embed the webinar recordings directly onto their websites and create paid webinars using this tool. Users can connect LiveWebinar with other software and applications using the advanced API integration feature. They can also take advantage of the ‘phone bridge’ feature, which can help send in-call invitations to participants using toll-free and custom numbers provided by the tool. This tool has a free version available, and more information on the paid versions can be found at livewebinar.com.

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5. WebinarGeek

WebinarGeek allows multiple users to collaborate as hosts for conducting webinars
Customising webinar poll settings via WebinarGeek [Source: Capterra]
  • Ease of use- 4.7/5
  • Customer service- 4.8/5 
  • Features- 4.4/5
  • Value for money- 4.6/5 

WebinarGeek —as a webinar hosting tool— allows users to host most webinars types such as live, automated, on-demand, and paid. Users can invite their teammates and collaborate as co-presenters to host a webinar using this software. This tool also allows integration with over 3,000 other services and applications such as Google Sheets, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. This tool also lets individuals use polls, CTAs, quizzes, or information boxes to make their webinars more interactive. In addition, users can keep in constant touch with their audience by sending them confirmation emails, reminders, and follow-up emails. The tool also provides a centralised dashboard wherein users can analyse attendees’ engagement levels using metrics such as visitor statistics which measures metrics such as where the audience is attending from, viewer statistics which measure how the audience interacted, and extensive reports detailing how the webinars are performing and what can be improved.  

WebinarGeek provides a customisable branding feature and HD streaming quality. Users can also export all data collected during webinars into a .CSV file and conduct an in-depth analysis. This tool allows users to host unlimited webinars starting from 25 to 4,000 attendees depending on the chosen plan. WebinarGeek does not offer a free version but only a 14-day free trial period. Additional information on other advanced features of this tool is available at webinargeek.com.

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Methodology

For the webinar hosting platforms listed above, the following considerate factors were taken into account:

  • The five tools justify Capterra’s definition of webinar software: webinar software allows companies to conduct and distribute interactive live and recorded promotional or educational video presentations to existing or potential customers.
  • All five tools have the following core features: event management, live chat, and screen sharing.
  • Have overall user ratings above 4.6/5 stars.
  • Have more than 100 user reviews in the past two years (from 1 February 2020 to 1 February 2022).
  • From our resultant list, we then selected the top five tools having highest average overall ratings as compared to other products.
  • These tools also have the highest ratings in terms of the following four features: customer support, ease of use, value for money, and functionality.

This article may refer to products, programs or services that are not available in your country, or that may be restricted under the laws or regulations of your country. We suggest that you consult the software provider directly for information regarding product availability and compliance with local laws.

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Content Analyst for Australia. Focusing on insights about software technolgies critical to SMEs. Insipred by growing tech trends and how these help SMEs to grow.

Content Analyst for Australia. Focusing on insights about software technolgies critical to SMEs. Insipred by growing tech trends and how these help SMEs to grow.

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