The use of the Internet has helped to erase boundaries of community and state and has allowed business professionals to connect with service providers and clients across the globe. One-on-ones with clients and team members in other parts of the country and all over the world is now as simple as creating a Google Hangout or Skype account. But what if you need to conduct an event that is more detailed and longer than your average meeting? Luckily, there are a bevy of great webinar tools available to help entrepreneurs conduct business like a pro.
22Social: Created initially to be a Facebook Engagement tool and landing page creator, users can also use 22Social to host a G+ Hangout on Google and their Facebook page. By using 22Social’s Free App, anyone can syndicate the 22Live show on their Facebook page and mobile site.
ClickWebinar: ClickWebinar and ClickMeeting allows all users to run video conferences and webinars with participants anywhere in the world for up to 1000 people. Use your Apple iPad, iPhone, Android, Galaxy Tab, or Blackberry Playbook to schedule meetings, send invitations, and deliver presentations. ClickWebinar supplies users with Audio and Video conferencing, Moderated Chat and private discussion and up to 10 hours of recording. Prices for both tools range from $30/month (ClickMeeting) to $210/month (ClickWebinar) with a free no obligation 30 day trial.
WebinarJam: While definitely not an inexpensive option, WebinarJam is a front end marketing machine for Google Hangouts developed by marketers, for marketers. This add-on software takes Google Hangouts to its full potential and lets users conduct live webinars and online meetings with unlimited attendees using Google Hangouts. Features include the ability for viewers to log in in without a Gmail or Google account and the option for the system to automatically open the webinar room and notify all registrants at your pre-defined date and time. Users can also have staff members answering the chat comments in real time and there’s also the option to add as many co-presenters and co-administrators as you wish. WebinarJam also allows you to register potential views directly from your own website, preventing this critical web traffic from being redirected elsewhere. Plus you keep the webinar environment entirely within your own branded website: your own domain name, your own custom design, etc. Again, WebinarJam is not free and comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $497 per year (which actually comes out to about $42 per month).