6 WebEx Software Alternatives for Hosting Webinars

Share This Article

0 0 0 0

WebEx is one of the key players in the online meeting and webinar software industry. In fact, the product ranks third on our Top 20 Most Popular Web Conferencing Software list.

Header image for '6 WebEx Alternatives for Hosting an Extraordinary Webinar'

What makes WebEx so popular is its web conferencing and webinar management features. The software enables you to create webinar events, invite attendees, and manage the registration process. It also lets you collaborate with attendees during a webinar session with the help of built-in chat, live polling, and Q&A functionality. You can record webinars and host them on the platform of your choice.

The benefits of the software are evident in user reviews on Capterra. According to reviewers, WebEx provides high-quality audio and video streaming for webinars and web conferences. Reviewers also find the software’s interface and features easy to use.

However, despite a high recommendation rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Capterra, WebEx may not be the best product for your specific needs. For instance, some reviewers find account configuration and setup a challenge. Besides, there are some other webinar solutions that offer similar features at a lower cost.

This article looks at six highly rated WebEx alternatives. See the full list of WebEx alternatives here.

Before deciding on WebEx, you should also evaluate other highly rated alternatives that are available at a lower cost. By researching the top alternatives, you’ll also better understand the webinar management functionality of the key products, which will help you make a more informed software purchase decision.

In this article, we’ve analyzed data from about 120 different webinar solutions on Capterra to provide you with a list of the top six webinar solutions for your small business.

Selection criteria

The selection criteria we used to identify the top WebEx alternatives ensure that the selected products are relevant for small-business needs and have functionality and pricing comparable to that of WebEx.

To qualify as a WebEx alternative, the product must have:

  • Comparable pricing: We’ve included only products that cost the same as or less than WebEx.
  • Core WebEx features: The product should also include core WebEx features: live streaming, in-session collaboration, and reporting.
  • Small-business-specific offering: The product should have at least one plan tailored for small-business needs.
  • A minimum of 20 published user reviews on Capterra published in the past two years: This data provides us with sufficient reviews to analyze the pros and cons of the products.
  • High recommendation rating: The product should have a minimum average recommendation rating of 4 out of 5 on Capterra.
  • High functionality rating: Because we are evaluating alternatives in terms of functionality rating, to qualify the product must have a minimum average functionality rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Capterra.

We’ve sorted the list in alphabetical order.

Top 6 WebEx competitors for SMBs

6 cheaper alternatives to WebEx

If you need to host and manage webinars and are looking for a solution that is comparable to but cheaper than WebEx, there are options available. We’ve highlighted six below.

1. Adobe Connect: Webinar software tailored for event management needs

Top 6 WebEx competitors for SMBs
Recommendation rating: 4.0/5
Functionality rating: 4.2/5
Reviews: 425+

Adobe Connect is a cloud-based video conferencing and webinar software for businesses of all sizes. The product allows users to create webinar events, manage registrations, and track event performance in a dashboard.

Adobe Connect also provides users with Q&A and live polling features to improve attendee engagement.

We included Adobe Connect in this list because of its event management capabilities. The product lets users create events, register attendees, contact attendees via email, and measure participant engagement in a reporting dashboard.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the in-session chat interface easy and useful for collaborating with hosts and participants. The product has a lot of features, and users feel that it can take some time to learn all of them.
Users also find the mobile app useful, considering it lets attendees access webinars remotely. Adobe Connect users also feel that the product interface can be made more navigable and easy to use.

How much does Adobe Connect cost?

Adobe Connect is available in three packages: Adobe Connect Meetings, Adobe Connect Webinars, and Adobe Connect Meetings. If you are looking for webinar management functionality, you’ll need to purchase the Adobe Connect Webinars package which starts at around $130 per month for up to 100 attendees.

The following screenshot showcases Adobe Connect’s live polling functionality:

Live polls in Adobe ConnectLive polling in Adobe Connect (Source)


2. BlueJeans: Webinar software for large events

BlueJeans logo
Recommendation rating: 4.0/5
Functionality rating: 4.3/5
Reviews: 189+

BlueJeans is an online meeting and webinar solution for businesses of all sizes. The software helps businesses organize large-scale online conferences and webinars.

BlueJeans allows users to host webinars, collaborate with participants via chat and Q&A sessions, stream live webinars on Facebook, and view analytics reports on event performance.

BlueJeans offers features for conducting large-scale webinars, making the product a fit for online education and training business needs. The product also allows users to record webinars and publish them to a global target audience.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find BlueJeans easy to set up and use. Reviewers find the software’s learning curve slow. They feel that it can take some time to get familiar with the large-scale webinar management features.
Users also find the audio and video quality suitable for conducting large-scale webinars. Some users also reported a lag between audio and video streams.

How much does BlueJeans cost?

BlueJeans is available in three pricing plans: ME, MY TEAM, and MY COMPANY and starts at around $12.50 for up to 50 participants.

The following screenshot showcases the audience analytics functionality in BlueJeans:

Webinar performance reporting in BlueJeansAudience Analytics in BlueJeans (Source)


3. GoToWebinar: Webinar management and event marketing solution

GoToWebinar logo
Recommendation rating: 4.2/5
Functionality rating: 4.4/5
Reviews: 614+

GoToWebinar is a webinar management solution for small and midsize businesses. The software allows users to create webinars, manage registrations, create email marketing campaigns for webinars, and track session performance in a dashboard.

What makes GoToWebinar unique is its event marketing and branding functionality, which allows users to customize webinar invitations and registration pages with brand logos, fonts, and colors. Apart from that, users can publish their webinars for free on GoToStage.com, GoToWebinar’s webinar marketplace.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the webinar recording functionality easy to use and effective for creating high-quality recordings. Users find the mobile app interface less navigable than those of other applications.
Users also find the reporting functionality useful as it helps them track different engagement metrics such as the number of attendees and registrants. Some reviewers believe the cloud-based and on-premise version interfaces need an aesthetic revamp.

How much does GoToWebinar cost?

GoToWebinar is available in three versions—Starter, Pro, and Plus—and starts at $109 per month for up to 100 participants.

Following is a screenshot of the event reporting functionality of GoToWebinar:

Event analytics in GoToWebinarEvent reporting in GoToWebinar (Source)


4. Livestorm: Event-based webinar publishing and marketing solution

Livestorm logo
Recommendation rating: 4.7/5
Functionality rating: 4.4/5
Reviews: 78+

Livestorm is a cloud-based webinar management solution for small and midsize businesses. The software allows businesses to create webinar-based events, register attendees, record and publish webinars, and track event metrics.

The software also lets you create a live stream of webinars on social platforms and online streaming services such as YouTube Live and Twitch.

Livestorm is packed with features that cover multiple aspects of webinar management, such as event management, live streaming, email marketing, branding, and analytics. Besides, Livestream has the highest recommendation rating (4.7 out of 5) in this list.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the product’s interface intuitive and easy-to-navigate. Since Livestorm is based in France, its support is available during the business hours in France. For this reason, some U.S.-based reviewers have reported slow customer support response.
Users find video tutorials and other training material effective in learning the product features. Some users also feel that there is scope for improvement in the quality of webinar recordings and replays.

How much does Livestorm cost?

Livestorm is available in the following two plans: Webinar Basic and Webinar Premium. The Basic version is free for up to 10 participants and up to 20 minutes per session; the Premium version starts at $109 for up to 100 attendees.

The following screenshot showcases Livestorms’s live streaming functionality:

Live webinar session in LivestormLive streaming in Livestorm (Source)


5. Skype for Business: Webinar software with business collaboration tools

skype for business logo
Recommendation rating: 4.1/5
Functionality rating: 4.3/5
Reviews: 6,760+

Skype for Business is a business chat, online meeting, and webinar software designed for businesses of all sizes. The product features “Skype Meeting Broadcast” which allows you to schedule webinar sessions, invite attendees, and stream the session online. It also lets you record webinars and share them with external participants via URL.

Skype for Business hosts webinars and conferences on the Azure platform optimized for audio and video streaming, which lets you host high-quality webinars online across multiple devices. Featuring a business chat functionality, Skype for Business is a cost-effective option for businesses looking for a business collaboration tool along with webinar management functionality.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the audio and video quality of live webinars and recorded sessions suitable for delivering large-scale webinars to global participants. Reviewers feel that Skype for Business can get expensive if your business is growing rapidly and you need to keep adding more participants.
Users also find the group chat functionality helpful in collaborating with the team members. Users have also mentioned the interface is not very intuitive and can be improved.

How much does Skype for Business cost?

Skype for Business starts at $2 per user per month for up to 250 users.

The following screenshot showcases an ongoing business conference in Skype for business:

Live webinar in Skype for BusinessOngoing Conference in Skype for Business (Source)


6. Zoom Video Webinars: Webinar software for live virtual events and broadcasts

zoom logo
Recommendation rating: 4.4/5
Functionality rating: 4.5/5
Reviews: 1,413+

Zoom Video Webinars is a cloud-based webinar management solution for business of all sizes. The product allows users to create webinar events, manage registrations, designate a panel of webinar hosts, conduct in-session polls and Q&A sessions, and prepare event reports. Zoom Video Webinars also allows users to stream webinars live on Facebook Live and YouTube.

According to our research, Zoom is the most frequently compared product with WebEx. Besides, with the average functionality rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 on Capterra, the product has a higher functionality rating than any other product on this list.

Pros

Cons

Capterra reviewers find the webinar management interface easy-to-learn and use. Though reviewers find the product interface easy to learn and use, they feel that it looks slightly out-of-date and needs an aesthetic upgrade.
Users also find the Gmail integration useful as it helps them schedule Zoom webinars and meetings directly from Google Calendar interface. Some users also find the phone dial-in functionality more difficult to use than other products.

How much does Zoom Video Webinars cost?

Zoom Video Webinars starts at $40 per host per month for up to 100 participants.

The following screenshot showcases the in-session messaging, poll, and Q&A functionality of the product:

In-session collaboration in Zoom Video WebinarsParticipant engagement in Zoom Video Webinars (Source)

The final verdict: Which WebEx alternative should you invest in?

After you’ve gone through the list of WebEx alternatives, the next step is to select the solution that best fits your business needs. Follow these steps in listed order to find the right alternative for your business:

  1. Shortlist products on required features: Go through this list of webinar software features and identify the ones that are vital to your business. Use these features to shortlist products in this list.
  2. Select products that fit your budget: Set an annual or monthly budget for online webinars. Select products from the previous step that fit your budget.
  3. Refer to Capterra reviews: For each of the products finalized in the second step, go through Capterra reviews to understand the utility of the product for your business size and industry. Use this input to rank the products.
  4. Demo the products: For each of the products ranked in step 3, set up a demo session with the vendor. Ask the vendor specifically about deployment timeline and a product’s usefulness in your line of business.

If you are currently using a webinar software that has benefited your business, please let us know in the comment section below.

Read on for more information on webinar and web conferencing solutions:

Looking for Web Conferencing software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Web Conferencing software solutions.

Share This Article

About the Author

Comments

Avatar

Very informative content. Thanks for sharing.

Avatar

Great round-up article, thanks for such a thorough overview! From all these solutions thou I prefer Blizz, which i discovered recently. It’s super light, doesn’t crush on any device and is easy to use – says my grandma! she says it’s a better skype because it’s bigger :))))
I used it’s meetings for calling my family – spread across the globe. and they dont even have to download the program, i just send them a link, that’s it!

Avatar

Great review, Andrew. I would also suggest looking into Blizz.com for a reliable webinar software. What my eye caught first was that it’s made by TeamViewer – a token of high quality. And it was, indeed, of such. Great features, stability and relatively lower price points. Check it out.

Avatar

Love Business Hangouts! Great customization features, can charge for my events, integrated with gsuite so I can share all of my google docs and collaborate.

Also easy for my attendees to use. All they have to do is select the link I send them. AMAZING!

Avatar

Great stuff and I found it very useful. I think if you want to host an extraordinary webinar/meeting, then you need to try meeting wall. This is new meeting management technology trusted by most Indian companies. Just have a look here – http://themeetingwall.com/

[…] “6 WebEx Alternatives for Hosting an Extraordinary Webinar,” by Caroline Malamut on the Capterra website. […]

Avatar

Great list you have Caroline but I wonder why you haven’t added MaestroConference. It’s trusted by over 15,000 thought leaders. It’s an excellent technology platform for hosting highly interactive webinars and virtual events.

Some of its awesome features I like are Breakout Groups, Screen Share, Video Conferencing, Private Chat, and Automated Enrollment has helped entrepreneurs as well as non-profit organizations share their unique value around the world. It’s truly a great platform for hosting extraordinary events. I hope you’d check them out too. Here’s the link to their website -> http://maestroconference.com/

Avatar

Great Article!

One can use WizIQ, Easy and very simple to use. I am using it, its fantastic. The support is top notch 24/7

Avatar

I’ve recently switched to free AEROADMIN and it looks good.
You may want to do the same as soon as you try.
Hope this helps

Avatar

What is the best platform for sharing a power point that is very heavy with video? Will any of the above work?

Avatar

Great article!

Any idea for platforms that allow you to host a one-time webinar (rather than a monthly/yearly package)?

Avatar

Awesome list here Caroline! Thanks so much for putting it together … I just requested a trial of on24 and ReadyTalk and am looking forward to putting them to the test. I wasn’t satisfied with GoToWebinar and found your article when I asked my friend Google for an alternative to it 🙂 Thanks again! See ya around the interwebs~

Avatar

Hello All,

A thorough article, Caroline! Unfortunately even on the list of 100, the WorkCast platform wasn’t mentioned..

No plug ins or downloads, an actual SAAS, browser-based platform.

Not a meeting tool – agree with the guy above who says anything with that in the title isn’t what you need unless meetings is your goal – WorkCast are a presentation platform.

Actual bespoke designs and branding for every client, not just the opportunity to add a logo and call it branded. Webinars hosted in pages that look exactly like your website.

The ability to embed into your website and your marketing automation tool, as standard.

Thorough analytics and all of the functionality for interactivity you’d come to expect.

The only platform with the ability to handle embedded video within a powerpoint slide, without screensharing.

Various security models and a robust and reliable piece of software. Finally.

And a platform that has everything ON24 does, plus more, for a fraction of their price.

We’re also all kinda nice, too. You may like our blog page on our site.. head over and take a look 🙂

L

Avatar

Hi Caroline –

Great article on WebEx Alternatives. I represent Mikogo and we offer web seminars as well. For non-commercial use, we offer a free account. For commercial use, we offer a two week free trial. One of the best features of Mikogo.com is that we are cross platform compatible. Only the host has to install the software. Participants can be involved by simply joining through ANY browser from ANY operating system. We would love for you to check it out and let us know what you think! 🙂 Here’s our website for you, Caroline: http://webinarjeoreviewz.com/

Avatar

Thanks for sharing these amazing tools! You did a great job reviewing each of them. What about Google Hangout on Air? Have you considered it as a good tool for webinars?

Avatar

Any Meeting no longer has Pay Pal integration. Instead, they are using a Zapier plug in to handle financial transactions.

Avatar

Btw, Rumble has evolved to become Livestorm (https://livestorm.co).

Avatar

The best webinar software is the one that will fix the webinar problem. Webinars are broken.

They are a great business driver BUT the existing tools (such as GoToWebinar and Webex) are not exploiting the webinar to its full potential.

Here are the main problems:
* Poor UX overall (extra software to install, old UI…)
* No real relevant data on your audience (registrants/attendees is not good enough)
* No interconnection between tools (I want my webinars data everywhere)

You should look for a tool that will solve those problems.

Hopefully, at Rumble we are working on those 3 main issues. We will provide features to address the webinar problem. You can register for private beta here (https://rumble.live/).

We want to make webinars smarter, simpler and more efficient. Visit Rumble – Give smarter webinars, get better leads (https://rumble.live/) to learn more.

Hope this helps,
Gilles

Avatar

Interesting overview, Caroline, thanks for the summary.

But could you tell me what an ‘extraordinary’ webinar is?…

Avatar

I am the volunteer coordinator at the College and Career Center at a public high school in California. We are planning to host a few webinars next school year having to do with college readiness, preparing financially for college, etc. Our audience would be high school parents and students. This is something that is totally new to me.
If I wanted to host one – one hour webinar for up to 100 people, what would this cost me?

Avatar

We had a sales call and demo of ON24 with Level 3 Communications. Their platform is really incredible, but the price was exorbitant. Something like $1500 per webinar – and our webinars are pretty rinky dinky internal communications and training events, typically with around 50 people. I was floored by the price.

Avatar

Hey Caroline! Whilst its great to see these alternatives, surely there is only one to rule them all? Drum’s browser based web meeting solution which can be embedded inside your website or existing service? With no downloads and a unique dashboard to manage all of your meetings!

Avatar

Has anyone tried Zoom? It is great alternative to Webex that offers webinars, web and video conferencing , sharing content from any device and more .

Avatar

Adobe Connect has fantastic feature for hosting webinars such as presenter only area, polls, Q&A, file transfer and editable recordings.

Avatar

Try LetsMeet

LetsMeet is a collaborative audio video conferencing solution for the enterprise. Where you can meet any one at any time across the globe and collaborate with anyone in real time.

It doesn’t requires any kind of downloads on either side because its a browser based solution and the best part is that it can be completely white label to suits your requirements, you can enhance your band by incorporating your logo, colors etc. across multiple screens.

LetsMeet is hosted on cloud and it’s completely secure, however we can also host LetsMeet servers at your end, in this case you have complete access to your own data at all time (unlike the other conferencing solutions out there)

Avatar

Great summary of the web conferencing tools. Has anyone tried ClickMeeting? I’m curious about it.

Avatar

For all people who looking for an alternative please have a look to RHUB Turbomeeting App. Available for all devices: iOS,Mac OS, Android, Linux, Windows. Many features equal other tools, and a lot more features (+40) than other solutions. Search for RHUB Turbomeeting Appliance http://www.rhubcom.com . Purchased once, used by everyone, unlimited users, On-premise: security, branding, integration & speed. No more limits on employee access. No more monthly subscription fees. No more third-party surveillance risks. No more limits on how your company,
your employees and your customers can communicate. Why keep paying subscription fees forever? You can own your R-HUB server with just 3-10 months of subscription fees.

Avatar

I use http://www.2freeconference.com. I’m not sure if it will stay free but I’ve been using it for a year now and had almost 100 people in a webinar. I can do my powerpoint – share my screen etc.. and my agents can even dial in by phone if they prefer the audio that way. Thanks for the info though I might try out some of these.

Avatar

Great article! Thank you for the thorough and helpful analysis.

Avatar

Great review, my team uses ClickWebinar and one thing that we definitely enjoy is the rebranding, logo, colours etc. Affordable, effective and feature filled platform.

Avatar

Thanks for the great overview. I was missing one option which is completely free: Google Hangout on Air. Is there anything you typically would miss using it for webinars? I think the number of viewers will be virtually unlimited?

http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html

Avatar

This is great information. I am looking for one that does not require a monthly subscription. I look to host 2-4 webinars per year…likely a max of 50-75 attendees (more likely less than 50), and I would like to record.

Any suggestions?

Avatar

Great article. omNovia actually starts at $199 for 100 seat capacity now. Each account also comes with unlimited licenses so you can use seats for extra moderators or admins without paying extra. An important aspect to consider when managing larger webinars.

We also support multiple meeting rooms so you can set up dedicated conference areas inside each account. You can set up meeting rooms for different roles (sales), for different functions (new hire training) or for different presenters.

Hope this additional info helps. Happy to answer any questions if you have some down the road.

[…] points and offer different features. Check out this comparison tool by OnStreamMeetings.com, and this list on WebEx alternatives for more information on webinar providers. Decide if you will use the built-in computer mic, an […]

Avatar

When we had to show our users the way to use new tools we used Ammyy Admin. You can show your screen to unlimited number of remote persons (depending on your bandwidth of course) with only 1 license for $99.90. Sure they limit free users to 15 h/month but that is plenty of time in our case.

Avatar

Hi Caroline –

Great article on WebEx Alternatives. I represent Mikogo and we offer web seminars as well. For non-commercial use, we offer a free account. For commercial use, we offer a two week free trial. One of the best features of Mikogo.com is that we are cross platform compatible. Only the host has to install the software. Participants can be involved by simply joining through ANY browser from ANY operating system. We would love for you to check it out and let us know what you think! 🙂 Here’s our website for you, Caroline: http://www.mikogo.com

Avatar

Additionally, you may want to consider a RHUB web conference server.

[…] Get details about above alternative site click here […]

Avatar

Have you tried myownconference.com webinars? Extremely stable!

Avatar

So I have to ask.. have any of you used join.me as a platform alternative? It’s extremely simple to use, but there are no reports, or detailed data like webex. Thoughts?

Avatar

Thanks for all of your comments and suggestions, everyone!

Avatar

Thanks for the list. BrainCert Virtual Classroom is tailor-made to deliver live classes, meetings, webinars, and conferences to audience anywhere and it integrates with PayPal and Stripe payment gateways. You can do more than just webinars with BrainCert and it comes integrated with a testing platform, courses marketplace, and unified content management.

Our cloud based high performance software offers a variety of features designed to help you reach larger audiences in the classroom, create engaging viewer experiences, and offer unique audio/video/chat services, screen sharing & recording, along with multiple interactive whiteboards.

https://www.braincert.com

Thanks,
Yasin Rahim
Founder & CEO
BrainCert.com

Avatar

I love that MeetingBurner doesn’t make you download anything as an attendee. Every time I attend a GoToMeeting webinar I have to download something!

Avatar

Its great to see a webinar blog post! But I have to respectfully disagree with all of this.
Anything that says “meeting” in the title is not a good “webinar” tool. GoTo Webinar is just a slightly jazzed up version of GoTo Meeting that can handle more people( but only up to 1000) . I have a prospect I am working with that hit his limit with GoToWebinar of a 1000 people and lost over a hundred prospects. The On Demand feature takes lot of time to re-purpose the content. There is no real time behavioral metrics. No branding capabilities. Very very little engagement. And there are downloads for both desk top computers and mobile devices which can significantly decrease the attendance. Also, the invite is not branded or custom – it is pretty much branded with GoTo… not your company information.

With that being said GoTo is great for just want it is was originally developed for – small online meetings. But when you are looking for demand generation, lead nurturing, and thought leadership applications…you can do much better.

ReadyTalk is probably the best option here.

If you would like to talk about a true webinar based marketing and training solution do not hesitate to reach out!

justin.combs@on24.com
Twittter: @jc_on24

Cheers!

Avatar

GoToMeeting is great for sending out confirmations. Join.me is good webinar training wheels if you’re doing instant screen sharing, smaller webinars on the fly. Literally nothing to load, its magic.

Webinars have evolved from insanely boring PowerPoint slide presentations to present day dueling moderators responding on the fly to Live Chat requests. Socks on fire webinars are the best, something always goes wrong!

Comment on this article:


Comment Guidelines:
All comments are moderated before publication and must meet our guidelines. Comments must be substantive, professional, and avoid self promotion. Moderators use discretion when approving comments.

For example, comments may not:
• Contain personal information like phone numbers or email addresses
• Be self-promotional or link to other websites
• Contain hateful or disparaging language
• Use fake names or spam content

Your privacy is important to us. Check out our Privacy Policy.