Video conferencing has become the preferred methods for meetings, especially for virtual teams. When you work in a digital world and often don’t meet your clients or team members in person, virtual meetings can help increase trust and improve communication.
While almost anyone can hop onto a video call on their iPhones, video conference and webinar software make it much easier to hold professional and effective meetings.
You want to find the right software that offers privacy, file sharing, screen sharing, meeting recordings and other helpful features that will ensure your meeting goes off without a hitch.
These are our favorite video conference and webinar software that every startup can use.
Google Hangouts is one of the most popular video conference tools, given that almost everyone has a Google account these days. Google Hangouts offers free voice and video calls. You can have several participants the meeting if you need and you can share your screen or share and collaborate documents via Google Docs. The best part about Google Hangouts is that it’s free.
Skype isn’t nearly as fully featured as some other video conference apps but we love it because it’s free and easy to use. Skype is best for one on one calls and they have a chat feature and a file share feature. You can also share your screen on Skype, making it useful for trainings and presentations.
Zoom offers free and paid plans and is a very reliable web conference tool. The free Zoom account includes conferences that allow up to 100 people, screen sharing, video white boarding and limited one-on-one calls.
We use Uberconference at Social Savvy for all of our conference calls. While they don’t allow video conferencing, the system includes many useful features including call recording, international conference numbers, screen sharing and document sharing.
If you want a webinar software so that you can broadcast to a large amount of participants, look no further than WebinarJam. WebinarJam provides customized webinar pages for brand consistency, interactive features like whiteboards, polls and live chats. You can stream your webinar to Facebook or Youtube and communicate with attendees before and after the webinar.
AnyMeeting is a great free option for web conferencing software. The drawback to this software is that you have to put up with advertising to use it as its an ad-based tool. But with AnyMeeting, you can have up to 200 people on a meeting, record meetings and follow-up with attendees afterwards. It’s easy to use and attendees don’t have to download any software to take part in meetings!
GoToMeeting is a great choice if you have a small team that you work with on a regular basis. You’ll have virtual meetings of up to 15 participants. They have features such as chat, screen share and recorded meetings. GoToMeeting also has an excellent mobile app so you can hop into meetings while you’re on the go.
A great video conference or webinar software can help your startup engage in a more professional and effective manner. Whether you need it for your team, to connect with investors or to talk to clients, having a great video conference tool in your back pocket is essential for your success!