what
is a
webinar?

a webinar is

an online seminar conducted over the internet using specialized software to share a presentation or provide video of the presenter as well as audio capabilities for presenter and participants. Webinar software is frequently used for online training, workshops, lectures and large online meetings or conferences.

how does a webinar work?

the host schedules and promotes an event. Participants register and pay (if applicable) for the event online. Participants are sent a link to access the event from their computers or mobile devices and often times are provided a conference call number for audio access. Most webinar services are browser-based and do not require additional software. Some service require a browser plugin that's automatically installed when initializing the session. Typically, participants see the presenter on-screen through a video feed and their presentation materials through screen-sharing. Audio is sent through the computer and/or via conference call.

how is a webinar different from an online meeting or web conference?

webinars are typically scheduled weeks/months in advance, whereas online meetings tend to be more impromptu or scheduled a few days in advance. Many webinars are heavily promoted and frequently require the participant to register and pay a registration fee. Webinars are typically much larger than online meetings and have a video feed of the host or presenter. As with seminars, there is typically less interaction between host and participants, unlike online meetings.

directory list of webinar software service providers

Last Update: 2/24/2014
Software Service Name Attendee
Registration
Capabilities?
Attendee
Payment
Capabilities?
Video
Conference
Capabilties?
Mobile
Capabilities?
Maximum
Number of
Participants
System
Requirements
Free Trial? Plan / Price
Participants - Best Price/Month
Software Service Name Attendee
Registration
Capabilities?
Attendee
Payment
Capabilities?
Video
Conference
Capabilties?
Mobile
Capabilities?
Maximum
Number of
Participants
System
Requirements
Free Trial? Plan / Price
Participants - Best Price/Month

GoToWebinar

Yes No Yes No 1000 PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
30 days 100 - $99/mo
500 - $399/mo
1000 - $499/mo

MegaMeeting

Yes Yes Yes No 250 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari, Opera
30 days 50 - $79/mo no video
50 - $109/mo w/ video
100 - $99/mo no video
100 - $129/mo w/ video
250 - $179/mo no video
250 - $209/mo w/ video

ClickWebinar

Yes No Yes iOS,
Android,
Blackberry
1000 PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
30 days 50 - $30/mo
100 - $59/mo
500 - $120/mo
1000 - $210/mo

WebEx Webinar

Yes No Yes iOS,
Android
3000 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
Yes 25 - $39/mo
100 - $69/mo
500 - $304/mo
1000 - $383/mo

InstantPresenter

Yes Yes Yes No 1000 PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
14 days 50 - $55.20/mo
100 - $79.20/mo
500 - $199.20/mo

VideoSeminarLive

Yes Yes Yes No 300 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Safari
14 days 30 - $69/mo
50 - $149/mo
100 - $299/mo;
pay-per-use:
.10/participant/min

MeetingBurner

Yes Yes Yes iOS 1000 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari, Opera, AOL
Yes 10 - Free
50 - $39.95
1000 - $99.95

omNovia

Yes Yes Yes iOS,
Android
5000 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari, Opera, others
No Call

YUGMA

Yes No Yes No 1000+ PC, Mac, Linux
Java App
Yes 50 - $29.13/mo
100 - $66.62/mo
500 - $133.29/mo

Watchitoo

No No Yes No 1000+ PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
30 days Call

Intercall

No No Yes iOS,
Android,
Blackberry
125 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
No 20 - $39/mo;
pay-per-use:
.17/participant/min

ReadyTalk

Yes No Yes iOS 3000 PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
Yes 25 - $39.16
150 - $79.16
500 - $319.16
1000 - $399.16

Adobe Connect

Yes No Yes iOS,
Android,
Blackberry
1000+ PC, Mac, Linux
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
Yes Call

Anymeeting Freebinar

Yes Yes Yes No 200 PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
No Free - Ad Supported
25 - $17.99
200 - $69.99

iLinc

Yes No Yes No 1000 PC, Mac
IE, Firefox, Chrome,
Safari
30 days Call

additional companies

 

features and functionality

benefits to using webinars

Webinars, or online seminars, have grown in popularity due to increased costs of travel and facility rental. While many would argue Webinars are not as effective as standing in front of a live audience, they have proven effective.

other

Webinars are also known as webcasts, video conferences, web conferences, web seminars and online seminars.